NSA “touches” about 1.6% & analysts examine about 0.00004%, of worldwide internet traffic.

Cited from http://dni.gov:

NSA “touches” about 1.6% and analysts only look at 0.00004% of the world’s internet traffic.

Americans and others everywhere who use the internet daily have been increasingly worried about the security, privacy and sanctity of their online information as it passes through multitudinous international servers, hosts, portals, hubs and other routers each day. This evening I found an official press release which I thought was interesting enough to share.

You can read the original at:  http://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/191-press-releases-2013/917-joint-statement-nsa-and-office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence

Joint Statement: NSA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 21, 2013

Press reports based on an article published in today’s Wall Street Journal mischaracterize aspects of NSA’s data collection activities conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The NSA does not sift through and have unfettered access to 75% of the United States’ online communications.

The following are the facts:

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–Media reports based upon the recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article regarding NSA’s foreign intelligence activities provide an inaccurate and misleading picture of NSA’s collection programs, but especially with respect to NSA’s use of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

–The reports leave readers with the impression that NSA is sifting through as much as 75% of the United States’ online communications, which is simply not true.

–In its foreign intelligence mission, and using all its authorities, NSA “touches” about 1.6%, and analysts only look at 0.00004%, of the world’s internet traffic.

–The assistance from the providers, which is compelled by the law, is the same activity that has been previously revealed as part of Section 702 collection and PRISM.

–FISA is designed to allow the U.S. Government to acquire foreign intelligence while protecting the civil liberties and privacy of Americans.

o Section 702 specifically prohibits the intentional acquisition of any communications when all parties are known to be inside the U.S.

o The law specifically prohibits targeting a U.S. citizen without an individual court order based on a showing of probable cause.

o The law only permits NSA to obtain information pursuant to Section 702 in accordance with orders and procedures approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

–When conducting 702 FISA surveillance, the only information NSA obtains results from the use of specific identifiers (for example email addresses and telephone numbers) used by non-U.S. persons overseas who are believed to possess or receive foreign intelligence information.

o Foreign terrorists sometimes communicate with persons in the U.S. or Americans overseas. In targeting a terrorist overseas who is not a U.S. person, NSA may get both sides of a communication. If that communication involves a U.S. person, NSA must follow Attorney General and FISA Court approved “minimization procedures” to ensure the Agency protects the privacy of U.S. persons.

–The collection under FISA section 702 is the most significant tool in the NSA collection arsenal for the detection, identification, and disruption of terrorist threats to the U.S. and around the world.

Barack Obama on NSA Spying and Personal Privacy: Classic Doublespeak

“No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war.” – Barack Obama speaking on privacy in 2005

Mr. Obama had plenty of harsh words to say about the NSA‘s data collection programs under the George W. Bush presidency back in 2005. Three years later he would run for high office on some of these same statements.  Listen in the video below to what he had to say regarding the NSA collecting data and spying on American citizens without their knowledge or consent. We already know that most political candidates for the US presidency will say ANYTHING  to win the public trust and get elected. Then once they are in office, all bets are off.

I have to admit, of all the many many broken promises that were made to the American people by Barack Obama before he was elected president, I find this one particularly offensive. It’s the kind of thing which can inspire a person to NEVER ever trust a presidential candidate‘s words again.

When a voting population has been lied to ON SUCH A SCALE that it strains all credulity, how will that same voting public EVER trust what a political candidate says in a campaign ever again? I didn’t vote for this SOB, and I am proud of it. But I cannot fathom how millions of people who DID vote for him now feel. I don’t think the word “sucker” quite covers it. Here’s the video:

Tags: politics, lies, privacy, the presidency, doublespeak, barack obama liar

See also http://www.westernjournalism.com

NSA Maps Americans’ Social Network Connections [ And More ]

Report: NSA Maps out a Person’s Social Connections

WASHINGTON September 29, 2013 (AP)
For almost three years the National Security Agency has been tapping the data it collects to map out some Americans’ social connections, allowing the government to identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, The New York times reported.

Citing documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, the Times reported that the NSA began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine some Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after NSA officials lifted restrictions on the practice. The newspaper posted the report on its website Saturday.

A January 2011 memorandum from the spy agency indicated that the policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, the Times reported.

The documents Snowden provided indicated that the NSA can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, the paper reported.

NSA officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing, the Times reported. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest, the paper reported.

The documents provided by Snowden don’t specify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, the Times reported, and NSA officials wouldn’t identify them. However, NSA officials said the large database of Americans’ domestic phone call records revealed in June was not used, the paper reported.

Disclosures from documents leaked by Snowden earlier this year have sparked debate over the government’s surveillance activities and concerns that Americans’ civil liberties have been violated by the data collection. Russia has granted temporary asylum to Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., and his whereabouts remain secret.

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See also US NSA and UK GCHQ ‘can spy on smartphones’

ROAD TRIP! Let’s Travel To Bluffdale Utah, Shall We?

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I always wanted to take a nice long road trip through Utah. There’s so much of Utah that I haven’t ever seen. One town I would just love to visit is picturesque and charming Bluffdale Utah.  Below are some travelogue photos, some fun videos and helpful links that feature the scenic and absolutely fascinating town of Bluffdale Utah.

See also http://www.cryptome.org/

See also:  http://jimmarrs.com/

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If you believe that Islamic militants aren’t paying attention to recent LARGE SCALE construction projects out of Bluffdale Utah, think again. Look I what I found today on a radical Islamic Jihadist news blog hosted on blogspot.com – the Jihadists are definitely watching Bluffdale Utah and they are sharing what they learn.  See http://censored31.blogspot.com/2012/03/memo-nsa-is-building-countrys-biggest.html

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See also:

Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA’s Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos)

More high-level fraud at NSA uncovered

NSA Funds New ‘Top Secret’ $60 Million Dollar Data Lab

Tags: visit Bluffdale Utah, travel tourism, fall vacations, Bluffdale Utah, scenic utah, road trips Utah, Bluffdale Utah International RFID control center, 666 mark of the beast center bluffdale utah

“Evil Genius” Right Hand Man to NSA’s Keith Alexander A Monumental Flop

This is one of those news stories that every red blooded American, whether liberal, moderate, or conservative, MUST READ. If you pay taxes, and give half a damn about what the FED does with the money, then read this story. You are about to find out just exactly how stupid the top dogs are at the NSA.

An Obscure ‘Evil Genius’ Engineer Was Instrumental To the NSA’s Expansion

If you aren’t angry enough after reading the above recitation of abject stupidity disguised as intelligence gathering, ponder the magnitude of the NSA’s fleecing of American tax dollars by reading the next article below:

Tags: NSA idiot James Heath, NSA idiocy, NSA, failed intelligence, wasted US tax dollars, General Keith Alexander, information dominance center, loony tunes NSA men

While I Was Away From My Desk This Summer, Here’s What Happened

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No, seriously.  I actually believe that this is the most important question facing the American public in 2013.  It trumps all lesser concerns as it presents the gravest threat to our national security – EVER.  One well placed Jihadist hired into the behemoth spy complex who gains access to what Edward Snowden gained access to could bring down the entire nation. We are foolish if we think “it could never happen.” We all thought 9-11 could never happen either.

I have never been more alarmed and concerned about time cherished American constitutional freedoms and civil liberties than I am at this time in American history.  From excessive force being routinely used by police, to increasing incidents of police officers gunning down innocent Americans in cold blood, often in front of dozens of onlookers, with impunity – our nation is not just slipping toward fascism – it is now plunging headlong.  What’s worse, the lack of any audible outrage by the majority of the American people about any of this is possibly the most alarming development of all.

I have been spiritually awake about many things, with my eyes WIDE OPEN, for a very long time.  At least 20 years. I started writing online about what I was seeing happen in the beloved land of my birth about 6 years ago.

Several years into my new hobby as a “news blogger” I began to experience firsthand the non-stop fiddling that the NSA [ and other alphabet spy orgs ] will do to the work of citizen reporters who are publishing uncomfortable facts about a sitting president that they don’t necessarily want revealed.  From 2008 until the spring of 2011 I authored another popular news blog, conservative in nature, [ now deleted to keep FEDS from knocking at my front door  ] and I did not hesitate to publish the truth about Barack Obama as I found it.  My former news blog was tinkered with, obstructed, posts disappeared, I was monitored online and surveilled as I worked, odd messages suddenly appeared on my WP dashboard, and on some days just the mere process of writing and posting a block of text which I wrote became nearly impossible.  I do not blame WP for any of this, as I now believe that backdoor programs run by the NSA trump any security settings on the server side of WP and that NSA employees enter the domain at will and do what they wish – at any time.  This was the ONLY explanation I could arrive at for what I was experiencing each time I began to author a post which the White House might consider contrary to it’s own agenda.

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As trying to publish hidden truths which threaten American civil liberties got harder, I finally got to the point that I felt I just needed to step away from the web for a season. And so I did. Between the summer of 2009 and the spring of 2011 I had authored about 2500 pages of material in news blog form that I have now, sadly, chosen to remove from the internet in order to protect my privacy and my future as a private citizen. Another 3,000 pages of material I authored from 2008 to 2012 has now been “blocked” by the owner of the Wetpaint wiki in Seattle.  Those 5,500 pages of published material – now gone – are years out of my life that I will never get back.

No explanation has ever been given to me as to why my 3,000 pages of published material on Wetpaint.com was blocked. The block went into effect in January of 2013.  Much of the published documents had to do with the secret past of Barack Obama, plans for a one world government and currency, HAARP, project blue beam, FEMA, the US economy, and covert planing for a one world government. I also wrote extensively about the many hundreds of FEMA camps which have been built on American soil.

Suffice it to say,  I WELL KNEW from personal experience years ago how dangerous an unhinged unmonitored unbridled spy org like the NSA had become.  I was already experiencing the ugly end of NSA tinkering and surveillance of my internet work, years back, at least 2-3 years before Edward Snowden let loose what he had found on NSA computers. And I am just a little insignificant home based news blogger. Doesn’t it make one wonder what REALLY happened to one of the alternative news communities’ really big dogs, Andrew Breitbart?

Does the NSA Actually Run the Federal Government?

Due to my own personal experience as a news blogger / citizen reporter, I eventually arrived at some conclusions about the NSA back in early 2010, three years before Edward Snowden‘s stunning revelations pulled the pants down on an agency that appears to answer to no one other than murky generational Illuminati elements somewhere beneath or behind the set dressing of the White House.

Right about the time I felt spiritually inclined to remove my old news blog out of concern for my own future as an American citizen, I began wondering out loud in early 2011 [ mostly to close friends and offline ]  whether the entire US government is just one huge elaborate stage prop, not unlike a movie set, to convince television viewers that something called “governing” is going on inside, when the real “governing” of the nation actually issues from the offices of it’s multitudinous interlaced spy orgs:  the NSA, NCS, [ little known “National Clandestine Service“] CIA, DARPA, DIA and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

Alot has happened since I first began speculating in 2011 as to how much of the nation’s business is actually planned inside the halls of it’s spy agencies.  Much of what’s been revealed is proving me right. Some very interesting facts have come to light this year which seem to corroborate my earlier speculations about who actually runs the US government.

While I took the summer off to work on other projects, several significant events took place in the United States. So better late than  never, here are video reports and links for a few of them.

Obama gives himself control of all communication systems in America

After Edward Snowden’s revelations, why trust US cloud providers?

Edward Snowden NSA files: secret surveillance and our revelations so far

First hour of September 16th 2013 Coast Radio Show, Interview with Charlie Smith about the NSA:

Edward Snowden Warns Of ‘Surveillance Gone Too Far,’ Accepts Whistleblower Award By Proxy (VIDEO)

Documents reveal illegal NSA intercepts

The Truth: The NSA Has Been Working on Domestic Spying for Ten-Plus Years

The NSA’s global spying operation in one map

The Truth About Spying: The FEDS Are Intercepting Your Internet Data and the Tech Giants Know it

Obama’s NSA spying: Eloquence vs. Honesty

Groklaw Shuts Down As True Cost of NSA Spying Mounts

Barack Obama [ Liar-In-Chief ]: We Don’t Have A Domestic Spy Program

CBS: Obama Has To Admit ‘Startling Truth’ On Spying

Tags: spies, spying, NSA, DIA, CIA, White House, Edward Snowden, NCS, DARPA, citizen reporters, alternative news reporting, Charlie Smith, Coast radio, surveillance, internet censorship, backdoor computer chips, spying on Americans NSA, freedom of speech, fascism

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What Really Happened to Michael Hastings?

Re-blogged from the LA Weekly on 8.22.2013 by Screenshots News:

 

Michael Hastings’ Dangerous Mind: Journalistic Star Was Loved, Feared and Haunted

By Gene Maddaus Thursday, Aug 22 2013

In April, a man named Erin Walker Markland drove off a mountain road near Santa Cruz and was killed. The woman who had planned to marry him, Jordanna Thigpen, was devastated. For comfort, she turned to a man who had taken up residence next door. He had been through something similar — years before, his fiancée had been killed.

Michael Hastings' publicity photo shows him as a battle-hardened war correspondent.

Michael Hastings‘ publicity photo shows him as a battle-hardened war correspondent.
Hastings recently had lost weight and went clean-shaven. In March, he donned a hoodie for an appearance on Current TV.

Hastings recently had lost weight and went clean-shaven. In March, he donned a hoodie for an appearance on Current TV.

“He was the only person in my life who understood what I was going through,” she says.

The landlord they both rented from had encouraged her to meet him, saying he was a writer. In their initial conversations, he was unusually modest. It was only when she Googled his name — Michael Hastings — that she learned he was a famous war correspondent.

In February, Hastings had rented a one-bedroom apartment with a gorgeous view overlooking Hollywood. The landlord allowed him to use another unit, the one below Thigpen’s, to write.

Often, when Hastings was done for the day, he would visit Thigpen. He would talk passionately about the stories he was working on. They talked about other things in the news, about stories she thought he should pursue, and about their shared sense of grief.

“We both suffered the same thing, which was depression,” she says.

Hastings was intensely interested in government surveillance of journalists. In May, the story broke about the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records of Associated Press reporters. A couple weeks later, Edward Snowden‘s revelations about the National Security Agency‘s massive surveillance program became public. Hastings was convinced he was a target.

His behavior grew increasingly erratic. Helicopters often circle over the hills, but Hastings believed there were more of them around whenever he was at home, keeping an eye on him. He came to believe his Mercedes was being tampered with. “Nothing I could say could console him,” Thigpen says.

One night in June, he came to Thigpen’s apartment after midnight and urgently asked to borrow her Volvo. He said he was afraid to drive his own car. She declined, telling him her car was having mechanical problems.

“He was scared, and he wanted to leave town,” she says.

The next day, around 11:15 a.m., she got a call from her landlord, who told her Hastings had died early that morning. His car had crashed into a palm tree at 75 mph and exploded in a ball of fire.

“I burst into tears,” Thigpen says. “I couldn’t believe it had happened again.”

See also: New Surveillance Video Shows Fiery Crash

Michael Hastings was just 33 when he died, but he left behind a remarkable legacy. In tributes across the Internet, he was remembered as one of the best journalists of his generation.

He was most famous for “The Runaway General,” the Rolling Stone piece that ended the career of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the Afghanistan war. Hastings had built a reputation as a fearless disrupter of the cozy ways of Washington, gleefully calling bullshit on government hacks and colleagues alike. He was loved and admired, hated and feared.

The day before he died, he’d warned colleagues in an email that he was being investigated by the FBI. He also said he was onto a “big story,” and would be going off the radar. Almost inevitably, his death — in a fiery, single-car crash, at 4:20 a.m. on June 18 — resulted in a swarm of conspiracy theories.

Amateur forensic examinations have proliferated online. A common refrain is, “A car just doesn’t blow up like that.” Some argue that he was murdered by the CIA, or the NSA, or the Pentagon.

Hastings’ family and the Los Angeles Police Department both have dismissed the conspiracies. LAPD also has ruled out suicide. “My gut is that this was really a tragic accident,” his widow, Elise Jordan, told CNN.

Interviews with friends as well as the coroner’s report suggest that Hastings’ mental health was deteriorating. As a young man, he’d abused drugs and alcohol and received a possible diagnosis of manic depression. Now, after a long period of sobriety, he had recently begun smoking pot to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder — the product of years of covering combat.

His family was concerned. In the days leading up to his death, one of his brothers visited L.A. in an attempt to get Hastings into rehab; he later told investigators he feared more serious drug use.

Hastings had long been both brilliant and troubled. Friends recall him as a captivating storyteller. “It was thrilling to have a conversation, because you never knew where it might end up,” says Alyona Minkovski, a close friend. “Everybody was drawn to him.”

He was charming; he also could be an asshole. That was all part of his public persona. But he also had a darker side, which he tended to keep hidden.

“[S]elf-destruction does haunt me,” he wrote, on the road to Baghdad. “[T]here was a long time in my life where I thought the only thing to do with myself was to destroy it.”

Hastings was born in Malone, N.Y., in 1980. The family moved to Montreal when he was 11. As a teenager at Lower Canada College, a private prep school, Hastings got hooked on the gonzo writings of Hunter S. Thompson. He wrote a column for his school paper, called “Fear and Loathing at L.C.C.”

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