Friday, March 23, 2018

Congress Should Place More Limits on Cellphone Location Tracking After Carpenter

This spring, the United States Supreme Court will issue a ruling in the landmark case of Carpenter v. United States, deciding whether the government requires a warrant to continuously track individuals’ location through their cellphones, a practice called cell site tracking.

In the (knock on wood, likely) event the court does rule that location tracking requires a warrant, Congress will need to step in to fill inevitable gaps in the law. A ruling on such a broad issue will probably contain ambiguities in application, necessitating legislation to offer clarity to law enforcement and courts. And even if the parameters of a warrant requirement are clear, there are numerous unresolved policy issues with cellphone tracking that the Supreme Court is unlikely to address.

With this in mind, below is an initial list of items Congress should address — in addition to a warrant requirement — as part of any legal scheme permitting tracking of Americans’ location via cellphone:

5 Privacies You Didn't Know You Lost

Know Your History: Google Has Been a Military-Intel Contractor from the Very Beginning

But the fact that Google helps the military build more efficient systems of surveillance and death shouldn't be surprising, especially not to Google employees. The truth is that Google has spent the last 15 years selling souped-up versions of its information technology to military and intelligence agencies, local police departments, and military contractors of all size and specialization — including outfits that sell predictive policing tech deployed in cities across America today.

As I outline in my book Surveillance Valley, it started in 2003 with customized Google search solutions for data hosted by the CIA and NSA. The company's military contracting work then began to expand in a major way after 2004, when Google cofounder Sergey Brin pushed for buying Keyhole, a mapping startup backed by the CIA and the NGA, a sister agency to the NSA that handles spy satellite intelligence.

Spooks loved Keyhole because of the "video game-like" simplicity of its virtual maps. They also appreciated the ability to layer visual information over other intelligence. The sky was the limit. Troop movements, weapons caches, real-time weather and ocean conditions, intercepted emails and phone call intel, cell phone locations — whatever intel you had with a physical location could be thrown onto a map and visualized. Keyhole gave an intelligence analyst, a commander in the field, or an air force pilot up in the air the kind of capability that we now take for granted: using digital mapping services on our computers and mobile phones to look up restaurants, cafes, museums, traffic conditions, and subway routes. "We could do these mashups and expose existing legacy data sources in a matter of hours, rather than weeks, months, or years," an NGA official gushed about Keyhole — the company that we now know as Google Earth.

Military commanders weren’t the only ones who liked Keyhole's ability to mash up data. So did Google cofounder Sergey Brin.

The purchase of Keyhole was a major milestone for Google, marking the moment the company stopped being a purely consumer-facing Internet company and began integrating with the US government. While Google’s public relations team did its best to keep the company wrapped in a false aura of geeky altruism, company executives pursued an aggressive strategy to become the Lockheed Martin of the Internet Age. “We’re functionally more than tripling the team each year,” a Google exec who ran Google Federal, the company's military sales division, said in 2008.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal

INTERNET PARANOIACS DRAWN to Bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, Bitcoin started out as a high-minded project to make financial transactions public and mathematically verifiable — while also offering discretion. Governments, with a vested interest in controlling how money moves, would, some of Bitcoin’s fierce advocates believed, naturally try and thwart the coming techno-libertarian financial order.

It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world — and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to “help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins,” according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013. The data source appears to have leveraged the NSA’s ability to harvest and analyze raw, global internet traffic while also exploiting an unnamed software program that purported to offer anonymity to users, according to other documents.

Although the agency was interested in surveilling some competing cryptocurrencies, “Bitcoin is #1 priority,” a March 15, 2013 internal NSA report stated.

Robert Mueller Has Been Botching Investigations Since The Anthrax Attacks

Mystery surrounds Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russia and President Trump. Some think he is the ultimate professional, others that he is a Democrat lackey, still others maintain he is working on Trump’s side.

We can see how he works if we look at how Mueller ran his second-most important investigation as FBI Director. In September of 2001, an entity began mailing anthrax through the US Postal system, hitting such prominent targets as NBC and Senator Daschle’s office. The terrorist attacks killed five and left others hospitalized. The world panicked.

Under Mueller’s management, the FBI launched an investigation lasting ten years. They now brag about spending “hundreds of thousands of investigator hours on this case.” Let’s take a closer look at Mueller’s response to understand the context of the investigation — who his people investigated, targeted, and found guilty.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Jefferson Morley: CIA and Mossad - Tradeoffs in the Formation

Jefferson Morley is a veteran Washington investigative reporter and the author of the 2017 St. Martin’s Press book, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. The book sheds new light on Angleton’s close relationship with Israeli intelligence, citing such cases as Israel’s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty and the diversion of U.S. government-owned weapons-grade uranium from Apollo, PA to Israel in the 1960s.

China Banning People From Transit for Bad "Social Credit" Scores

The slow-motion train wreck of "social credit" systems and the "gamification" of society has moved to the next stage. Now the Chinese government is going to start barring people from flying or riding trains if their social credit score is not up to snuff. China may be the test case for these ideas, but they're already being rolled out in other countries. So what are we going to do about it?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

No Agenda: Sunday (3-18-18) Episode 1017 - Tech Neck

Skull & Bones Secrecy and Our Republic

Kris Millegan discusses his father's work for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Military Intelligence (G2), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam; his father's work with Ed Lansdale; the JFK assassination; what his father told him about secret societies, communism and plans to opiate an entire generation; secret societies in general, and Skull & Bones in particular; his anthology, "Fleshing Out Skull & Bones"; the Illuminati; control of both sides in controlled conflict; secret societies control on three levels; Antony C. Sutton's "Technology and Soviet Economic Development" published by the Hoover Institute; Sutton's "National Suicide"; Sutton's "America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones"; and Sutton's sudden death.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired

The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)," Sessions said.

InfoWars, Alex Jones sued for defamation over Charlottesville claims

A protester who filmed the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally last year in Virginia sued far-right news site InfoWars and its leader Alex Jones on Tuesday, saying the site stoked conspiracy theories that he was working as a “deep state” operative for the government.

Brennan Gilmore, a foreign service officer at the State Department, alleges that Jones, his website and several of its contributors made “false and defamatory” statements by claiming he had an “ax to grind” in recording the event.

The lawsuit, filed by Georgetown University law school's civil rights clinic on behalf of Gilmore in Virginia district court, alleges the defendants “caused irreparable damage” to Gilmore’s reputation “and threatened his physical and emotional well-being.” The group seeks compensation and punitive damages from Jones and other defendants.

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How Cops Hide Surveillance Snooping From Courts

Alverez-Tejeda's case—ultimately upheld by a federal appeals court in 2007—is a particularly complicated example of "parallel construction," a tactic used by law enforcement to hide its investigative methods from courts and defendants by building another plausible evidence chain. A January report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which examined 95 similar cases, says federal agencies may be regularly laundering intelligence information to each other, as well as to local law enforcement, to build criminal investigations while concealing the origins of the evidence. The report argues parallel construction raises numerous civil rights concerns, chiefly the right to a fair trial.

"When you have parallel construction, you have defendants and even judges who don't know how evidence was gathered and can't challenge the constitutionality of that," Human Rights Watch researcher Sarah St. Vincent says. "What you have is very one-sided, where the government, on its own, is deciding what practices it thinks are legal."

St. Vincent argues parallel construction can hide illegal searches that violate defendants' Fourth Amendment rights or result in exculpatory evidence not being turned over, violating the Fifth Amendment. It can also hide discriminatory actions by law enforcement.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Washington Breaks Out the “Just Following Orders” Nazi Defense for CIA Director-Designate Gina Haspel

Haspel oversaw a secret “black site” in Thailand, at which prisoners were waterboarded and subjected to other severe forms of abuse. Haspel later participated in the destruction of the CIA’s videotapes of some of its torture sessions. There is informed speculation that part of the CIA’s motivation for destroying these records may have been that they showed operatives employing torture to generate false “intelligence” used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

John Kiriakou, a former CIA operative who helped capture many Al Qaeda prisoners, recently said that Haspel was known to some at the agency as “Bloody Gina” and that “Gina and people like Gina did it, I think, because they enjoyed doing it. They tortured just for the sake of torture, not for the sake of gathering information.” (In 2012, in a convoluted case, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to leaking the identity of a covert CIA officer to the press and spent a year in prison.)

The Danny Casolaro Primer: 13 reasons to doubt the official narrative surrounding his death

With an incomplete investigation, uncooperative agencies, and numerous outright lies, the journalist’s death remains a mystery

The official version of events surrounding Danny Casolaro’s death has been questioned since the beginning, but several recent revelations resulting from the release of government documents have undermined it. While there are still questions about Casolaro’s death, there are over a dozen reasons to doubt the official conclusions.

For more information on the Inslaw/PROMIS affair that Casolaro was researching before his death - more colorfully known as the “The Octopus” - start here.