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Brick TeeVee and the Smashing Hard Drives! To get up-to-speed watch the entire Democracy NOW! from Friday with Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption, Bruce Schneier on NSA’s Secret Online Spying and Adam Entous, national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal on Prince Bandar and his Secret Saudi-CIA Effort to Aid Syrian Rebels. We'll have much more later today so check back this evening. In the meantime visit all our regulars!
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  • Ellen Brown at her WebOfDebt blog The Leveraged Buyout of America
  • Eric Boehm of reported a few weeks ago so-called Dem Diane Feinstein wants to limit who can be a journalist The most recent congressional threat to the free press in the United States comes from California Democrat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write. The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet. “It rubs me the wrong way that the government thinks it should be in the business of determining who should be considered a journalist,” said Ken Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at the Missouri School of Journalism. But on the other hand, Bunting said, there is a great need for federal shield law in light of recent attempts by the U.S. Justice Department to force journalists to give up information about confidential sources. The difficulty with writing any such law — this is the third time Congress has attempted to craft a federal shield law — is that any such law would have to set standards for who counts as a journalist or what qualifies as an “act of journalism.” ....... At a congressional hearing on the matter last week, Feinstein said shield laws should only apply to “real reporters.” An amendment offered by Feinstein would extend shield-law protections to those who work as a “salaried employee, independent contractor, or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information,” though students working for news outlets would similarly be covered. The definition seems to leave out the new tide of bloggers and citizen journalists who thrive on the Internet. Calls and emails to Feinstein’s office were not returned on Monday. ..........
  • Respect MP George Galloway on The Keiser Report [KR489] Keiser Report: The Killing of Tony Blair (ft. George Galloway)
  • Elliot Hannon at Chelsea Manning Requests a Presidential Pardon
  • Alana Semuels at the Los Angeles Times - Engineers say thousands are close to collapse. And between the recession, sequestration and congressional gridlock, money to fix them is scarcer than ever. Across U.S., bridges crumble as repair funds fall short
  • The Congressman With Guts ALAN GRAYSON has launched a new website!! Go there NOW! See The Big Picture WED Why We Shouldn't Attack Syria
  • Michael Doyle at the McClatchy Washington Bureau - Obama’s proposal seeks broad war power despite vow of limits
  • Mark Seibel, chief of correspondents for McClatchy Newspapers - To some, US case for Syrian gas attack, strike has too many holes; also watch on DN! As U.S. Pushes For Syria Strike, Questions Loom over Obama Claims in Chemical Attack
  • Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog - Is The United States Going To Go To War With Syria Over A Natural Gas Pipeline? Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been "jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime"? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region. On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom. Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict. If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia. This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all. It has been common knowledge that Qatar has desperately wanted to construct a natural gas pipeline that will enable it to get natural gas to Europe for a very long time. The following is an excerpt from an article from 2009......
  • Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, at Syria chemical mayhem: Another Israeli false-flag? ..... Fox News transmitted the Israeli script:
    "'In Syria, the regime has used chemical weapons and it's not the first time,' (Minister of Military Affairs) Yaalon told Israeli defense correspondents. ‘It's a life and death struggle between a regime based on the Alawite minority and a disparate opposition composed of Sunni Muslims, some Muslim Brotherhood members, others linked to al-Qaeda. We don't see any end to the fighting - even the fall of (President Bashar) al-Assad won't bring it to a halt, there will a bloody settling of accounts over a long period,’ the minister added. 'We could see the implosion of Syria with the Alawites controlling the western part - the coastal region and a corridor to Damascus - and the Kurds and Sunnis controlling the east and north.'" Yaalon's tirade is not an analysis. It is a program of action. It is what the Israelis want to happen. First, the Israelis want the world to swallow the unlikely notion that the Syrian government is crazy enough to launch a massive chemical weapons strike at the exact moment weapons inspectors are entering the country. They want the world to believe that the Assad government would risk all of the huge gains it has made in recent months by launching a poison gas attack designed to provoke massive Western intervention against it. ....... The destruction of Syria would be the culmination of a decades-long Israeli project: The Oded Yinon plan for the Balkanization of the Middle East. Since at least the 1970s, Israeli strategists have planned to smash neighboring Middle Eastern countries into tiny ethnic and sectarian Bantustans. The Oded Yinon plan to break up the Middle East became Netanyahu's 1996 “Clean Break” plan. To achieve the destruction of Israel's neighbors, Netanyahu's neocons - led by Richard Perle, the self-styled “Prince of Darkness” - schemed to trick the US into doing Israel's dirty work. In September 2000, Perle, Wolfowitz, and the other Zionists at Project for a New American Century (PNAC) called for a “new Pearl Harbor.” Their goal: A long-term US war against Israel's enemies. One year later, on September 11th, 2001, their New Pearl Harbor became a reality. The Israelis and their American proxies have already smashed Iraq, Libya, and Sudan into pieces. Now they are targeting Syria and Egypt - two countries whose land they plan to steal to create a “Greater Israel” stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates. ......
  • Catherine Austin Fitts at - Will There Be a False Flag Event This Fall? I am getting this question. I think it is the wrong question. I was born in 1950. I can not remember a time when there was not some covert operation blowing things up financially or physically or energetically someplace in the world. These operations are getting more obvious. And certainly, bigger ones are happening closer to home. However, this is how things have been for a long, long time. The gods are warring. Low polls in support of Syria and foreign dignitaries furious about being spied on by the NSA are not good signs. Digital communications are making more people aware of the hidden forces behind things. So you need to be prepared in case an event happens where you are, or touches your life directly. But you also need to make sure you do not let your awareness paralyze you from building your future or a collective future for all of us – including one where we create the conditions that would tend to reduce the need for such operations. It’s a little bit like the old game shows where the guy dressed in the guerrilla suit wrecks the stage set and you win the game if you can resist looking at him. If what we pay attention to grows, then let’s pay attention to the wealth building people and events this fall. Do you water the weeds and feed the pests in your garden, or nurture the fruits, vegetables and flowers? Let’s ask, “Where are the opportunities for me to be of service? How do I find them?” ......
  • Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan at the NYT - Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s
  • Reuters via The Guardian - NSA 'spied on communications' of Brazil and Mexico presidents
  • Barton Gellman and Greg Miller at the WaPo U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget' summary; See all the cool graphs at WaPo's Special Report The Black Budget
  • Barton Gellman and Ellen Nakashima at the WaPo - U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show; also see Mike Masnick at from the we-are-the-cybersecurity-threat dept. Feds Waged Hundreds Of Cyberattacks On Other Countries; Spent $25 Million Buying Vulnerabilities
  • Abby Martin's BREAKING THE SET on RT - Things that make you go WHAT THE FUCK?!!!!! NSA Blackmailing Corporate Media? | Interview with Russ Tice
  • Matt Welch at - Report: DEA Has Been Secretly Snooping on More Americans’ Phone Calls Than Even the NSA
And our FEATURE goes to Kim Zetter at's Threat Level blog - NSA’s Decade-Long Plan to Undermine Encryption Includes Backdoors, Stolen Keys, Manipulating Standards who covers the fall-out of the UK barging in to the Guardian UK's offices and demanded to destroy their hards drives not even realizing how foolish and thuggish they now look seeing how many copies are now all over the world! Pro-publica, the NYT and The Guardian have dropped the other shoe! It was only a matter of time before we learned that the NSA has managed to thwart much of the encryption that protects telephone and online communication, but new revelations show the extent to which the agency, and Britain’s GCHQ, have gone to systematically undermine encryption.Without the ability to actually crack the strongest algorithms that protect data, the intelligence agencies have systematically worked to thwart or bypass encryption using a variety of underhanded methods, according to revelations published by the New York Times and Guardian newspapers and the journalism non-profit ProPublica, based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. These methods, part of a highly secret program codenamed Bullrun, have included pressuring vendors to install backdoors in their products to allow intelligence agencies to access data, and obtaining encryption keys by pressuring vendors to hand them over or hacking into systems and stealing them. Most surprising, however, is the revelation that the agency has worked to covertly undermine the encryption standards developers rely upon to build secure products. Undermining standards and installing backdoors don’t just allow the government to spy on data but create fundamental insecurities in systems that would allow others to spy on the data as well. “The encryption technologies that the NSA has exploited to enable its secret dragnet surveillance are the same technologies that protect our most sensitive information, including medical records, financial transactions, and commercial secrets,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement about the revelations. “Even as the NSA demands more powers to invade our privacy in the name of cybersecurity, it is making the internet less secure and exposing us to criminal hacking, foreign espionage, and unlawful surveillance. The NSA’s efforts to secretly defeat encryption are recklessly shortsighted and will further erode not only the United States’ reputation as a global champion of civil liberties and privacy but the economic competitiveness of its largest companies.” The revelations are the latest in a trove of documents obtained by Snowden earlier this year that detail extensive spying operations on the part of the NSA and foreign partners like the Government Communications Headquarters in the UK. Past revelations have disclosed the extensive amount of data — encrypted and unencrypted — that the agencies siphon from land and undersea cables. Previous documents have discussed how the NSA retains encrypted traffic with an eye toward researching methods to crack it. According to today’s media reports, the NSA maintains an internal database, called a Key Provisioning Service, of encryption keys for specific commercial products to automatically decode communications. If the necessary key is missing from the collection, a request goes out to the so-called Key Recovery Service to obtain it. .......... According to a classified NSA memo obtained by the Times, a fatal weakness in a 2006 standard, discovered by two Microsoft cryptographers in 2007, appeared to have been engineered by the NSA. The agency wrote the standard and aggressively pushed it on the international group, the paper writes, privately calling the effort “a challenge in finesse.” The NSA managed to became “the sole editor” on the standard, ensuring that its underhanded efforts paid off. ........ The program, according to the documents, “actively engages the U.S. and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products’ designs” to make them “exploitable.” By this year, the Times reports, the program had found ways “inside some of the encryption chips that scramble information for businesses and governments, either by working with chipmakers to insert back doors or by surreptitiously exploiting existing security flaws. ............... “Basically, the NSA asks companies to subtly change their products in undetectable ways: making the random number generator less random, leaking the key somehow, adding a common exponent to a public-key exchange protocol, and so on,” cryptographer Bruce Schneier notes in a story by the Guardian. “If the backdoor is discovered, it’s explained away as a mistake. And as we now know, the NSA has enjoyed enormous success from this program.” ........... Schneier offered a handy list of five things you can do to better protect your communication, including using Tor and other hidden services to anonymize yourself. They’re not foolproof, but the point is to make it a little harder and little less attractive for the NSA and other intelligence agencies to get and read your data. Go to Mother Jones if you are "Sick of government spying, corporate monitoring, and overpriced ISPs? There's a cure for that" by Clive Thompson How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer and also visit Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy (And Your Sources) in the Age of NSA Surveillance which almost seems a moot point now. Of course if the NSA has cracked the strong encryption used by everyone like banking and commerce and credit cards anyone using the internet is at severe risk. Stay tuned!
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