German spy chiefs on Snowden: Leaks were Russian op to drive ‘wedge’ between US & Europe


Edward Snowden’s leaks on the BND targeting European bodies and individuals at NSA’s request could be part of Moscow’s elaborate efforts to “drive a wedge” between the United States and Europe, German intelligence chiefs have claimed. NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under “Russian influence,” the heads of Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and

America’s Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors


A new council designed to bring greater openness and transparency to the US intelligence services will soon meet for the first time. Behind closed doors. The Intelligence Transparency Council was formally established by director of national intelligence (DNI) James Clapper last week when he signed its charter [PDF]. It will remain in place for five

Is the U.S Intelligence Chief Serious About Fixing Overclassification? Time Will Tell


EFF has long been critical of overbroad government secrecy, which has been used to cover up everything from illegal activities to questionable legal justifications for mass surveillance. Given that government officials default to withholding important details from the public regarding national security, we were pleasantly surprised to read a memo that Director of National Intelligence

The top secret military technology found in covert planes that could be watching at this very moment


Before the advent of the Lockheed U-2, gaining intelligence about the Soviet Union’s secretive actions during the Cold War was almost impossible for surveillance planes flying low over Russia. But the U-2 spy plane, which was able to fly out of reach of enemy fighters and missiles and take detailed aerial photographs of airfields, factories

CIA Chief: Agency Knew of Impending ISIS Attack ‘Days Before’ Paris


U.S. intelligence knew that Islamist group Islamic State (ISIS) was trying to carry out an attack “just in the days before” the group’s operatives killed 130 in a series of mass shootings in Paris, CIA director John Brennan told broadcaster CBS. Speaking on the channel’s 60 Minutes program, which was broadcast on Sunday, Brennan said

‘Shadow CIA’: West Close to Make Concessions to Russia Over Ukraine, Syria


Cooperation with Russia on the Syrian crisis and Western concessions over NATO’s buildup along the Russian border may contribute to easing tensions between Moscow and Washington, Stratfor analysts said. According to the article, Russia’s latest success in Syria may prompt the West to change its positions on such issues as the conflict in Ukraine and anti-Russian sanctions. In January, Russian Foreign

U.S. defense intelligence chief predicts increased ISIS attacks


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State is likely to step up “the pace and lethality” of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Monday. Speaking to a security conference, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart linked his

UK Lawmakers Say Proposed Spy Law Fails to Protect Privacy


British government plans to strengthen spies’ powers to snoop on the Internet are muddled and don’t do enough to protect privacy, lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the country’s intelligence agencies said Tuesday. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a “piecemeal” approach to protecting privacy. It said in a report that

Did A Spy-Turned-Congressman Just Out His Role In Cyber War With Russia?


WASHINGTON — A former CIA operative who now serves as a member of Congress indicated at a recent public event that the U.S. has engaged in “offensive cyber operations” against Russia, a revelation that comes while the two countries are effectively squaring off in Syria and Ukraine. The disclosure of the operations, which are likely

JFK, più di 3600 documenti ancora secretati dal governo USA


  Sono più di 3600 i documenti collegati all’assassinio di JFK ancora secretati dal governo USA. La notizia, anticipata da Jefferson Morley, ex reporter del Washington Post e curatore del sito jfkfacts, ha trovato conferma nei giorni scorsi con la pubblicazione, dalle pagine web di WhoWhatWhy, di un file con la lista completa dei documenti.

Crowdfunding effort seeks gov’t records of CIA agents involved in Iran-Contra

Freedom of Information Act requests to the CIA and FBI seeking documents on former officers involved in the Iran-Contra affair have been pre-approved, but before any documents are released, a self-styled “national security geek” must raise over $1,000. Michael Best’s FOIA requests center on former CIA officers Thomas G. Clines and Ted Shackley. Both agents

Canada vulnerable to major attack


Canada and the United States are currently vulnerable to an imminent threat that could “topple the pillars of civilization”, says the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National Homeland Security, a U.S. Congressional advisory board. In a recent trip to Toronto, Dr. Peter Pry discussed the importance of protecting North American infrastructure from

NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System


It was the talk most anticipated at this year’s inaugural Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco and one that even the other speakers were eager to hear. Rob Joyce, the nation’s hacker-in-chief, took up the ironic task of telling a roomful of computer security professionals and academics how to keep people like him and

El Chapo versus Longstanding CIA Global Drugs Trafficking


Drug lords come and go, El Chapo’s arrest of little consequence, doing nothing to stem the flow of illicit drugs. Business as usual continues. His operation and others like his pale compared to CIA global drugs trafficking – a topic the media won’t touch. Its involvement began in 1947, its first year of existence. In

Future Snowden hunt starts with audit of NSA spooks’ privileges


The National Security Agency (NSA) has decided it really needs to catch the next Edward Snowden before he turns whistleblower/traitor (strike one according to your political orientation). According to this memo (PDF) from Carol Gorman, an assistant inspector general in the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Cyber Operations, an audit is going to ask whether

Silicon Valley appears open to helping US spy agencies after terrorism summit


Technology giants appeared to be open to helping the US government combat Islamic State during an extraordinary closed-door summit on Friday that brought together America’s most senior counter-terrorism officials with some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives. The remarkable rendezvous between Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and others and a delegation from the White House revealed

Germany reportedly resumes domestic surveillance efforts with the NSA


After halting its internet surveillance targeting German companies and officials last May, the country’s BND intelligence agency has resumed its spying operations in collaboration with the NSA, according to Reuters. German media reported that collaboration between the two agencies have started up again at the Bad Aibling surveillance station and that the BND has resumed supplying

GCHQ mass spying will ‘cost lives in Britain,’ warns ex-NSA tech chief


Plans by the UK’s Conservative government to legitimize the mass surveillance of Brits won’t work, and will cause lives to be lost to terrorism. That’s the view of a former senior US National Security Agency (NSA) staffer, who will sound off on blanket snooping at a parliamentary hearing this afternoon (Wednesday). William Binney, the former

Time to get serious about Europe’s sabotage of US terror intelligence programs


The intelligence tools that protect us from terrorism are under attack, and from an unlikely quarter. Europe, which depends on America’s intelligence reach to fend off terrorists, has embarked on a path that will sabotage some of our most important intelligence capabilities. This crisis has been a long time brewing, and up to now, the

What comes after NSA bulk metadata collection?


Former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who remains exiled in Russia, exposed the global scope of the NSA surveillance program nearly two years ago, shocking the world with revelations that the agency was spying not only on phone calls but also on the social media profiles of an unknown number of users. The NSA also infiltrated