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Category Archive: NSA

Jul 30 2014

So much for going through the proper channels

The Obama administration and its supporters of the national security state never tire of telling us that whistleblowers like Edward Snowden should not go public with the revelations but instead go through the ‘proper channels’ since those channels supposedly have safeguards to protect them from retaliation. Apart from the fact that Snowden was a contractor …

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Jul 28 2014

GCHQ’s activities

While the NSA has been the focus of much my criticisms, its British counterpart the GCHQ has been even worse in its disregard for people’s privacy. Glenn Greenwald has a new story out today revealing more of its activities and its propaganda techniques to manipulate public opinion.

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Jul 27 2014

US and Saudi Arabia cooperation

Saudi Arabia has one of the most brutal governments and repressive social practices. The terrible way it treats criminals and women and gays and indeed anyone who deviates from strict Islamic orthodoxy is legendary. Hence the US government’s close ties with that country and its reluctance to criticize its practices is noteworthy showing how the …

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Jul 10 2014

Whom the NSA is spying on

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain have published an article that identifies five individuals whose emails were intercepted by the NSA, out of 7,485 listed on a spreadsheet. This is the first time that the targets of the NSA spying have been identified by name. All of them were people who, as far as anyone can …

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Jun 26 2014

Cashing in, big time

It appears that former NSA director Keith Alexander is now consulting on cybersecurity and getting paid $600,000 per month and this is naturally raising questions about the nature of the information he might be willing to give that is worth so much, given that he worked in a top-security agency. It also shows that there’s …

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Jun 18 2014

The GCHQ is even more brazen than the NSA

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that the NSA and the US government have used every linguistic contortion, legal loophole and, when those failed to meet their needs, outright breaking of laws in order to achieve its ultimate goal of sweeping up all the communications on the planet, and then lying about it.

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May 29 2014

A risky strategy on Greenwald’s part

Both Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald had long hinted that even greater bombshells were in the works and in recent days, Greenwald has indicated that this will be in the form of revealing the names of those who have been spied upon by the NSA.

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May 27 2014

Get ready for a flood of names to be revealed

Glenn Greenwald has confirmed to the British Sunday Times what I speculated about, that the big Snowden finale to appear soon will be the names of Americans who have been spied upon by the NSA and that this will appear on The Intercept.

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May 25 2014

Mystery country X revealed

I missed something when I wrote about the revelation that the NSA was collecting pretty much all the cell phone calls made in the Bahamas. In The Intercept report by Glenn Greenwald that I cited, there was one paragraph that said:

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May 22 2014

The United States of Secrets-Part Two: Privacy Lost

I just watched the 54-minute Frontline follow-up to the first part The United States of Secrets-Part One: The Program that I wrote about here. You can watch this part also online here. It is well worth watching.

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