Tag: Signals intelligence

What We Know About the NSA and AT&T’s Spying Pact

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Two stories published almost a decade ago by WIRED and Salon provide in-depth details about the secret rooms at AT&T facilities in San Francisco, Missouri, and other areas across the US that the NSA used to siphon internet data. According

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

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A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, the first known instance in which the Central Intelligence Agency killed hostages in a

Ex-NSA technical chief: How 9/11 created the surveillance state

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The US National Security Agency’s mass electronic surveillance programme, known as PRISM, is widely regarded to be one of the biggest privacy invasions of all time, and yet it was US citizens themselves who had demanded to be kept safe

What Business Can Learn From Intelligence

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I just read the interesting story about Edward Snowden in Wired, and I can’t quite figure out what I think of the man. He seems neither the patriot that James Bamford (not surprising, given his background) portrays him to be,

NSA document confirms Tawhid-Salam findings on Turkish intel chief

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Leaked confidential US government documents appear to corroborate the findings of Turkey’s own investigation into the Iranian-backed terror network Tawhid-Salam in which the head of Turkey’s spy agency was alleged to be working for Iranian intelligence. The top secret US

Australia’s collateral damage in the US drone program

In the last few years there has been a hotly contested global debate about the civilian impact of the U.S. drone strike program and its moral and legal justifications. Despite being geographically part of Asia (where the majority of drone

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

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One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else

Iran reveals footage of alleged Israeli spy drone

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Iranian experts are decoding the intelligence devices of what it says is an Israeli spy drone that was shot down over central Iran on Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced Sunday night. The corps’ aerospace force shot down the

US slams China over spy plane ‘provocation’

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The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an “intercept” of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea. The Obama administration condemned the latest incident, with

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We are currently working on a new supplement about intelligence and espionage.  We are searching for people who really know their way around intelligence subjects, who are passionate and have a talent for writing;  these could be freelancers or journalists, better if

NSA Has ‘Far-Reaching’ Partnership With Israeli Intelligence Agency

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Documents published Monday by The Intercept revealed the “far-reaching” extent of the U.S. National Security Agency’s collaboration with Israeli intelligence services. The revelations came as the U.S. State Department criticized Israel for its “disgraceful” shelling of a U.N. school, and

U.S. spy plane avoids dangerous run in with Russian jet

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An RC-125 Five Joint evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission on July 18 This is just one day after the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board

Silicon Valley sees hope in battle against NSA

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Tech companies and civil liberties groups are becoming more optimistic that the Senate will take major steps to rein in the National Security Agency this year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday

New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution

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John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying. The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses are taking place under the auspices of Executive Order

Top CIA and military officials warn US drones could create endless war

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Top officials late of the CIA, Army, and Department Defense agree, according to a just-out non-partisan panel report: the United States’ use of drones is dangerous, risking both war without end and a global drone arms race. Their public arguments parallel

The House just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the NSA

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The House of Representatives just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the National Security Agency. By a vote of 293 to 123, the House approved a proposal by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and others that

The NSA’s big problem, explained by the NSA

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Amongst the new trove of classified documents released by Der Speigel is a rather academic discussion, in the NSA’s own foreign affairs journal, about the differences between American signals intelligence collection and German signals intelligence collection. One passage in particular

Congress Decides This Week Whether to Shut the NSA Backdoor: Here’s How You Can Help

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The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be

NSA: Our systems are so complex we can’t stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit

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The National Security Agency recently used a novel argument for not holding onto information it collects about users online activity: it’s too complex. The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA

Vodafone Privacy Disclosures Seen Spurring Rivals to Follow

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The National Security Agency recently used a novel argument for not holding onto information it collects about users online activity: it’s too complex. The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA