Monday, June 17, 2013

More NSA stuff - misc links

Big Brother Is Watching Watch
3 NSA veterans speak out on whistle-blower: We told you so USA Today
The Snowden Principle John Cusack, HuffPo
GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits Guardian. I’m sure G8 is pleased to know this.
Here’s (Possibly) the Whole Truth About How PRISM Works The Atlantic. This is the current version of the official story. So far, Team Obama has managed their surveillance scandal far better than Bush did.
US spy agencies say they checked under 300 phone accounts in 2012 FT
Obama does not feel Americans’ privacy violated: chief of staff Reuters. But secret law? Jake with the angels!
The Big Money Atrios. Secret laws, huge budget, no oversight, body shops galore. What could go wrong?
Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden Guardian
Private Spy Agency Booz Allen Hurting Following Snowden Leaks Gawker
Coups, Corporations, and Classified Information NBER (MS). Oldie but goodie. Note front running possibilities.
How the NSA Kept Us From Knowing About a Previous, Illegal Domestic Spy Program in 2006 Green Is The New Red
China army newspaper hits out at PRISM The Age
U.S. Operating Massive Online Spying Program The Onion

Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program (also; and also; hmm). Geeks, thoughts?

 From the Guardian interview, which can be read here;


Kimberly Dozier @KimberlyDozier
US officials say terrorists already altering TTPs because of your leaks, & calling you traitor. Respond? 

US officials say this every time there's a public discussion that could limit their authority. US officials also provide misleading or directly false assertions about the value of these programs, as they did just recently with the Zazi case, which court documents clearly show was not unveiled by PRISM.

Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive that, and ask yourself if it was worth it. Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.

Further, it's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

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