Celebrities against NSA spying. ~ “Stop Watching Us: The Video” #StopTheNSA #F11 #DataLove (by EFForg)
StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at https://rally.stopwatching.us. This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit civil liberties law and advocacy center that has been fighting the NSA’s unconstitutional spying for years. Learn more at https://eff.org.
#NSA #Whistleblower Russ Tice - Where’s the Pushback?
Identifiable images of bystanders extracted from corneal reflections - @_@
Animated zoom on the cornea of a high-resolution photographic subject. The zoom begins with a passport photo-style framing of the subject, and ends with a full face close-up of a bystander captured in the subject’s corneal reflection. Successive movie frames represent a linear magnification of 6%. Each frame was resized to 720 pixels wide x 540 pixels high using bicubic interpolation to reduce high spatial frequency noise. Contrast was enhanced separately for each frame using the Auto Contrast function in Adobe Photoshop to improve definition. The image sequence was then converted to movie format for viewing.
‘Nothing is beyond our reach’: Evil octopus strangling the world becomes latest US intelligence seal
Billions of dollars annually are being used to fund operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, the likes of which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders’ phone calls and about everything in-between.
One thing that budget hasn’t bought, however, is subtlety. The US National Reconnaissance Office launched a top-secret surveillance satellite into space Thursday evening, and the official emblem for the spy agency’s latest mission is, well, certainly accurate, to say the least.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence live-tweeted Thursday’s launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and throughout the course of the ordeal made no effort to ignore the logo for the NROL-39 mission.
The latest spy satellite to be sent into orbit by the NRO can be recognized by its seal: a malevolent octopus with furrowed brows that also happens to be wrapping its tentacles around all corners of the Earth.
“Nothing is beyond our reach,” the NRO boasts on the bottom half of the emblem just below the most sinister-looking cephalopod likely ever to be sent into space.
Along with the National Security Agency and more than a dozen others, the NRO is one of 16 federal offices under the directive of DNI James Clapper and is responsible for building and operating the spy satellites used to collect intelligence around the world. NRO-gathered intelligence was reportedly instrumental in the mission that brought US Navy SEAL’s to the home of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, and decades earlier the agency launched a school-bus sized satellite into orbit to spy on Soviets at the height of the Cold War.
This time around the ODNI says the satellite’s payload is mostly classified, but did admit over Twitter that around a dozen mini satellites funded by both the NRO and NASA will be brought along to orbit as well. Another thing they didn’t bother to acknowledge, of course, is how the lack-of-subtlety apparent in the Earth-strangling octopus emblem could quickly be used by critics of the US intelligence community as fodder to further condemn the government for admitting to their sheer and unmatched ability to control the world’s information.
Thursday’s launch of the latest NRO satellite occurred almost exactly six-month-to-the-day after The Guardian and Washington Post newspapers published the first of what has since been revealed to be a trove of leaked national security document showing proof of the NSA’s widespread and extensive ability to monitor people around the world. On June 6 those papers first disclosed evidence in which the NSA was documented to demand telephony metadata from millions of people daily, and a steady stream of leaked files attributed to former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have since captivated the world while also raising a number of questions.
Reporters with access to the cache of pilfered papers have reportedly released only a sliver of what’s been reported to be 50,000 documents during those six months, but the response has already been widespread. The leaders of countries such as Brazil and Germany have lashed out at the NSA’s behavior, and DNI Clapper and his deputy manning the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, have easily become two of the most embattled public figures in Washington.
That being said, you’d think ODNI would reconsider launching a new spy satellite. Or maybe even not put an octopus strangling the Earth on the outside.
“You may want to downplay the massive dragnet spying thing right now,” Chris Soghoian, the chief technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, tweeted Thursday. “This logo isn’t helping.”
According to a top-secret budget document released by Snowden and first reported on in August, the NRO is in the midst of modernizing their signals intelligence, geospatial and communications system to replace current capabilities.
Looking at the NROL-39 logo, people could be forgiven for mistaking it for a version of the Lovecraftian elder god Cthulhu, who wants to swallow the Earth whole. But that is not the only National Reconnaissance Office emblem with an interesting spin on the space-spying theme: others include Masonic motifs, superhero ones and a few more that, frankly, defy easy classification.
I have to tell you, though, I’m deeply suspicious some of the NSA’s assertions.
They seem to be claiming that they have cracked nearly everything, and that they have backdoor access to privacy software. But this is practically impossible.
A lot of encryption software used today is actually ‘open source’. This means that the software code is freely available to anyone.
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) is a great example. GPG is an open-source, free alternative version of Phil Zimmerman’s original PGP software. And it’s widely used to encrypt files and emails.
But because GPG is open-source, the software code is available for anyone to view, inspect, and modify. If there were any backdoor access for the NSA, thousands of people would see this.
Not to mention, to penetrate a single 2048-bit encryption key can take anywhere from thousands of years to tens of millions of years, even with the fastest supercomputers.
Consequently, it’s IMPOSSIBLE for the NSA to have cracked everything. And my assessment is that this is an intimidation campaign.
The NSA wants people to think that they have this capability.
And if everyone thinks that the NSA is Big Brother’s Big Brother, all-seeing and all-knowing, then not only will everyone be terrified, but everyone will simply stop using encryption.
After all, why bother going through the hassle of encrypting/decrypting if the NSA can still read the contents of your email?
It’s in the NSA’s interest for people to think that the agency is almighty. I don’t buy it. These people are seriously vile. But they don’t have superpowers.
When done properly, email encryption is still a good option. And there are a number of open-source tools out there to consider using.
#SPREADTHIS -> (AMY GOODMAN): ‘What are you facing? When you say “the lesser of two evils,” what was the other choice?’ *
(LADAR LEVISON): ‘Unfortunately, I can’t talk about that. I would like to, believe me. I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore, which is why I’m here in D.C. today speaking to you.’
I watched an interview about this last weekend. If you don’t know the details, I strongly suggest you read up and be horrified and write letters and vote because holy crap, this is not how the US should be running. (via monkeyfrog)
Silent Circle’s thing has always been the promise of end-to-end secure communications, and that drive is apparently causing it to shut down the Silent Mail email service. Reasons cited in a blog post by CTO Jon Callas include the insecure nature of email protocols and preemptively avoiding the outside (read:FISA) pressures that prompted Lavabit to close its doors. Silent Circle says it hadn’t received any “subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else”. Still, CEO Michael Janke tells TechCrunch he believed the government would come knocking due to certain high profile users of the service. Its phone, video and text products remain operational and claim to be “secure as ever”, if you’re wondering.
It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens’ online activities, conducted primarily through the NSA and seemingly beyond the realm of the law.
If the reports are to be believed, metadata about virtually every aspect of individuals’ lives - phone records and geographic data, emails, web application login times and locations, credit card transactions - are being aggregated and subjected to ‘big data’ analysis.
The potential for abuse, especially in light of the recent IRS scandal and AP leak investigation, appears unlimited.
Knowing this, what steps can ordinary individuals take to safeguard themselves against the collection, and exposure, of such sensitive personal information?
I would start with greater adoption of PGP for emails, open source alternatives to web applications, and the use of VPNs. Are there any other (or better) steps that can be taken to minimize one’s exposure to the surveillance dragnet?
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform | #GIG | #NWO | #GlobalInformationGrid | #InternetOfThings | #SystemsOfControl | #InvasionOfPrivacy
The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.
“It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”
For now, the legislation allows the database to be used solely for employment purposes. But historically such limitations don’t last. The Social Security card, for example, was created to track your government retirement benefits. Now you need it to purchase health insurance.
“The Social Security number itself, it’s pretty ubiquitous in your life,” Calabrese said.
David Bier, an analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees with the ACLU’s fears.
“The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities,” he said. “It’s like a national ID system without the card.”
For the moment, the debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee is focused on the parameters of legalization for unauthorized immigrants, a border fence and legal immigration in the future.
The committee is scheduled to resume debate on the package Tuesday.
#AaronSwartz - @Cryptomeorg’s open access guerilla warfare has released a library of #ebooks and papers relating to #cyberwar, #surveillance state, #propaganda, #crypto and #cybersecurity
For those that are hungry for knowledge, these are feasting times. Caches of knowledge are being released all over the place. Cryptome has been releasing a collection of ebooks that are very interesting for /r/evolutionReddit.
Thank you Cryptome!
- Aaron Swartz: Oxford Dictionary of Slang
- Aaron Swartz: Postcolonialism Introduction
- Aaron Swartz: End of the World Guide
- Aaron Swartz: Power Sex Suicide
- Aaron Swartz: March of Unreason
- Aaron Swartz: Global Catastrophes Introduction
- Aaron Swartz: Surviving Armageddon
- Aaron Swartz: Emerald Planet
- Aaron Swartz: Magic Universe
- Aaron Swartz: Information Society Theories
- Aaron Swartz: Democracy Inc: Totalitarianism
- Aaron Swartz: Governing Global E-Networks
- Aaron Swartz: Information Arts, Science, Tech
- Aaron Swartz: Wireless Internet Security
- Aaron Swartz: Internet Jurisdiction-Regulation
- Aaron Swartz: InfoTech Moral Philosophy
- Aaron Swartz: Thinking in Action On the Internet
- Aaron Swartz: Who Controls the Internet?
- Aaron Swartz: US-UK Spy Cooperation Post-911
- Aaron Swartz: Government Secrecy in Net Age
- Aaron Swartz: US Telecom Policy in Net Age
- Aaron Swartz: Cybercrime Principles
- Aaron Swartz: Cybersecurity Law and Economics
- Aaron Swartz: Global Transparency Perils-Promise
- Aaron Swartz: Cryptography and Complexity
- Aaron Swartz: Guerilla Open Access Manifesto
- Aaron Swartz: Marketing Rebellion (ie WikiLeaks)
- Aaron Swartz: Munitions of the Mind: Propaganda
- Aaron Swartz: Citizen Spy: TV Spying Propaganda
- Aaron Swartz: Spy Wars, Moles, Deadly Games
- Aaron Swartz: Spying Blind: CIA, FBI, 9/11
- Aaron Swartz: The Culture of Conspiracy
- Aaron Swartz: Norms in a Wired World
- Aaron Swartz: Prison State: Mass Incarceration
- Aaron Swartz: Media, Politics, Network Society
- Aaron Swartz: Internet Scientific Collaboration
- Documents Allegedly Downloaded by Aaron Swartz
- Aaron Swartz: Disposable Women of Global Capital
- Aaron Swartz: Achieving Human Rights
- Aaron Swartz: Constructing Knowledge in Networks
- USA v. Aaron Swartz Terminated
- Aaron Swartz: Managing InfoSys Emotional Intel
- Aaron Swartz: MIT Compile of Cognitive Sciences
- Aaron Swartz: Philosphy and Computing
- Aaron Swartz: Acts of Rebellion
- Aaron Swartz: Media Psychology
- Aaron Swartz: Interrogation-Confession Handbook
- Aaron Swartz: Psychology Law Truth and Lies
- Aaron Swartz: Psychology of Spying Analysis
- Aaron Swartz: Psychiatric Slavery
- O’Reilly donating ebook “Open Government” as a tribute to Aaron Swartz
- 18,592 scientific publications totaling 33GiB, all from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and which should be available to everyone at no cost, but most have previously only been made available at high prices through paywall gatekeepers like JSTOR.
- Links scraped from Twitter hashtag #pdftribute
- Github for research. Searchable paper repository. Easy upload, perhaps with a tweet. Brought to you by a collaboration of the people behind pdftribute.net
- The Papester Collective. Need to get behind a paywall? Send a tweet.
- Open Access in Memoriam. Collecting email addresses for those interested in being a part of open access efforts going forward – based on the #pdftribute hashtag
- Operation Angel: Phase Two
- Also, if anyone is interested in helping build a P2P darknet library on retroshare, i2p and Tor – send me a PM. Basically, the aim is to build an unbreakable body of books and scientific papers accessible to all. But staying with the general eR theme of pushing darknet P2P as the final solution to a free information society.
- I also a very wildcard idea; but looking for someone who is familiar with using bots to submit to reddit.
White House Petitions:
- Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
- Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann.
- Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to reflect the realities of computing and networks in 2013.
Open Access Journals:
- arXiv.org – Open access to 812,816 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
- Open Access Journals
- DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
- Science Citizen – Doing Science in Public
- DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA
Book Collections on Tor:
This is far from over and the fight to release information from paywalls to the effective public domain has only just begun.
Blowing the Whistle on the #NSA (by @corbettreport)
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7271
Thanks to these insiders, we not know that the NSA has consistently and systematically broken the law in its surveillance activities, and in fact that these programs started before 9/11, which served merely as a justification for bringing them into the public spotlight. Find out more about the NSA whistleblowers in this week’s BoilingFrogsPost Eyeopener report.
#Anonymous - To America - You ARE being WATCHED-1.8 Billion Megapixel Camera. #Argus - #NWO
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do Not forgive
We do Not forget