Snowden Live: Canada and the Surveillance State


Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what have we learned? Where are we headed? And what questions remain?

Moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of CBC Radio’s The Current and CJFE Board member, Snowden will be answering questions submitted in advance via Twitter.

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Meet the “Dark Mail Alliance” Planning to Keep the NSA Out of Your Inbox


 

 

 

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Edward Snowden inspired the “Dark Mail Alliance.”

Photo by AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images

Email might be on the verge of a radical makeover. And the NSA is not going to like it.

On Wednesday, two American companies with a track record of offering encrypted private communications are set to join forces in an unprecedented bid to counter dragnet Internet spying. Some of the world’s top cryptographers are behind the secure communications provider Silent Circle, and they’ve teamed up with the founder of Lavabit, the email provider used by Edward Snowden, which recently shut down in a bid to resist surveillance. They’re calling it the “Dark Mail Alliance.” For months, the team has been quietly working on rebuilding email as we know it—and they claim to have had a breakthrough.

The newly developed technology has been designed to look just like ordinary email, with an interface that includes all the usual folders—inbox, sent mail, and drafts. But where it differs is that it will automatically deploy peer-to-peer encryption, so that users of the Dark Mail technology will be able to communicate securely. The encryption, based on a Silent Circle instant messaging protocol called SCIMP, will apply to both content and metadata of the message and attachments. And the secret keys generated to encrypt the communications will be ephemeral, meaning they are deleted after each exchange of messages.

For the NSA and similar surveillance agencies across the world, it will sound like a nightmare. The technology will thwart attempts to sift emails directly from Internet cables as part of so-called “upstream” collection programs and limit the ability to collect messages directly from Internet companies through court orders. Covertly monitoring encrypted Dark Mail emails would likely have to be done by deploying Trojan spyware on a targeted individual’s computer. If every email provider in the world adopted this technology for all their users, it would render dragnet interception of email messages and email metadata virtually impossible.

Existing forms of email encryption, like PGP, can be used to encrypt the content of an email. But PGP cannot encrypt the “subject” header or metadata like the “to” and “from” fields, and the average user can find it too complicated to use. Dark Mail promises to address both of these issues in the form of an easy-to-use iOS app and an Android app. There will also be desktop versions for Mac and Windows users. People using the technology will still be able to send emails to friends or colleagues using Gmail and Hotmail—but when sending messages to non-Dark Mail users, a warning will be displayed, making it clear that the communication could be intercepted.

Silent Circle and Lavabit don’t plan to offer the technology exclusively. On the contrary, the source code of the software will be made public for anyone to scrutinize and audit, and the team is hoping that other email providers will be willing to join the Dark Mail Alliance. The more companies that do, the more secure email will become.

“Our vision is three or four years from now that this will become email 3.0—the way the majority of Internet users email,” says Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. The 45-year-old, a former Navy SEAL sniper, acknowledges that the launch of the service is going to be “politically hot.” Major companies like Google and Microsoft may be unwilling to adopt it because of how controversial it could be, with governments potentially furious that the technology could thwart their attempts to monitor communications and track criminals. But surveillance has become “completely out of hand,” Janke says, and he believes it’s time to readdress the balance between security and privacy.

Silent Circle, which launched in 2012, boasts a crack team of renowned cryptographers including Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas, who developed PGP email encryption and Apple’s whole-disk encryption respectively. The service offers encrypted phone apps for secure calls and texts. It previously operated an email service, but pre-emptively shut it down in August after seeing Lavabit abruptly do the same in response to a sweeping government surveillance order. At the time, Silent Circle said it had to shut its email service because “there are far too many leaks of information and metadata intrinsically in the email protocols themselves.” What the company did not reveal was that it was gearing up to launch a new tool that would address that problem.

With the Dark Mail Alliance technology in place, Silent Circle is planning to resurrect Silent Mail in early 2014. All Dark Mail emails passing over the company’s servers will be encrypted, and it won’t hold the keys to decrypt them. Its servers will be located in Canada and Switzerland. “Any agencies that come down to us have no way to force us to comply [with surveillance] because architecturally it’s impossible,” says Janke. “That’s the beauty of it.”

Ladar Levison, Lavabit’s Texas-based founder, is a natural ally of Silent Circle. He teamed up with the company following his highly publicized face-off with the government, but has been working on implementing secure, privacy-focused communications for the best part of a decade. Levison, who is currently appealing the Justice Department’s attempt to force him to hand over Lavabit’s master encryption keys, plans to work with Silent Circle to help other email providers—large and small—implement the Dark Mail technology on their servers. He is due to formally announce the project during a keynote speech Wednesday at the Inbox Love email conference in California.

When email was first created more than 40 years ago, Levison said in a phone interview Tuesday, it was used on a small scale by researchers who trusted one another and didn’t have to worry about security of the protocols they were using to send messages. But that has drastically changed, as the Snowden disclosures have helped hammer home.

“What we’ve learned is that we need to replace email because it’s just too easy to snoop on,” says Levison. “And if we want to eliminate that from our society, what we need to do is reinvent the protocols from the ground up.”

 

 

Ryan Gallagher is a journalist who reports from the intersection of surveillance, national security, and privacy for Slate‘s Future Tense blog. He is also a Future Tense fellow at the New America Foundation.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/10/30/dark_mail_alliance_lavabit_silent_circle_team_up_to_create_surveillance.html

 

EU Parliament Votes to Suspend US from Financial Databank to Avoid Spying as US Denies Spying on Merkel


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AFP Photo / Frederick FlorinAFP Photo / Frederick Florin

From RT.,com – October 23, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/q3l5dhf

The European Parliament voted Wednesday for US access to the global financial database held by a Belgian company to be suspended because of concerns that the US is snooping on the database for financial gain rather than just to combat terrorism.

The Strasbourg based parliament voted 280 in favor, with 254 against, with 30 abstentions, and called for a suspension of US access until a full enquiry clarifies the situation.

“We need full transparency, especially with all the NSA revelations. Europe cannot accept that the data of private citizens is being accessed without anyone knowing about it”, Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament, told Reuters.

EU lawmakers are concerned that the US is covertly using information from the SWIFT database following leaked US documents aired by Brazil’s biggest television network Globo, which indicated that the US has secretly tapped into SWIFT.

Under current agreements the US has limited access to the SWIFT database. The deal is part of transatlantic cooperation following the September 2001 attacks, and allows certain data from SWIFT to be shared with the US treasury.

The idea was that by sharing on a limited basis the millions of financial messages that take place across the world every day, it would help combat terrorism.

However, the parliament’s vote is symbolic, not binding, and rather reflects EU wide public anger at the NSA spying allegations. The European Commission and the various EU governments will still need to approve a suspension of US access to SWIFT.

The European Commission has said in a statement that it had no immediate plans to propose a suspension of SWIFT to its member states and that it was “still waiting for additional written assurances” that the US was respecting its prior written agreement with the EU.

For its part the US has denied it is doing anything wrong. According to the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, the US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism, David Cohen, has told her that the US government has respected the 2010 agreement on SWIFT.

But there is undoubtedly a firm belief within certain sections of the EU parliament that the EU should be more careful about what it shares with the US.

“The EU cannot continue to remain silent in the face of these ongoing revelations: It gives the impression we are little more than a lapdog of the United States,” said Jan Albrecht, a German Green in the EU parliament.

The vote comes on the back of allegations by the Le Monde newspaper that the NSA has spied on the agency records of millions of phone calls of top French politicians and business people.

The claims were taken seriously by the French government and on Monday morning the US ambassador to France Charles Rivkin was summoned to the French Foreign Ministry to give an explanation.

It was also reported earlier this week that years of spying on Mexico by the NSA had helped Americans get the upper hand in business talks and get investment opportunities that were more favorable to them.

Obama-and-MerkelUS Denies Tapping Merkel’s Mobile Phone

From Al-Jazeera- October 24, 2013

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/10/us-denies-tapping-merkel-mobile-phone-20131023185133142198.html

German government obtained information that chancellor’s phone had been monitored by US but White House rejects claim.

US President Barack Obama had assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the US is not monitoring her communications, according to the White House spokesman.

Carney’s statement on Wednesday comes in response to the German government’s announcement that it has obtained information suggesting the US may have tapped Merkel’s mobile phone.

Merkel called Obama to demand an immediate clarification, her spokesman said in a statement.

“She made clear that she views such practices, if proven true, as completely unacceptable and condemns them unequivocally,” the statement read.

“Between close friends and partners, as Germany and the US have been for decades, there should not be such monitoring of the communications of a government leader. This would be a grave breach of trust. Such practices should be immediately stopped.”

‘Shared security challenges’

For its part, the White House denied that the US is listening in on Merkel’s phone calls now.

“The president assured the chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor,” spokesman Jay Carney said.

“The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges.”

However, Carney did not specifically say that the US had never monitored or obtained Merkel’s communications.

The news broke as Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Rome, faced fresh questions about mass spying on European allies, based on revelations from Edward Snowden, the fugitive ex-US intelligence operative granted asylum in Russia.

French President Francois Hollande is pressing for the US spying issue to be put on the agenda of a summit of European leaders starting on Thursday.

French newspaper Le Monde reported earlier this week that the National Security Agency (NSA) had collected tens of thousands of French phone records.

Just four months ago, Obama defended US anti-terrorism tactics on a visit to Berlin, telling Germans at a news conference with Merkel that Washington was not spying on ordinary citizens.

http://aquariusparadigm.com/2013/10/24/eu-parliament-votes-to-suspend-us-from-financial-databank-to-avoid-spying-as-us-denies-spying-on-merkel/

Ed. note: Seriously, did U.S. policymakers honestly believe they could get away with spying on EVERYBODY with out MAJOR repercussions??? First we occupy 160+ foreign lands with military operations,  launching multiple illegal wars the U.S. invades and destroys entire country’s, we drive every nation in the world to the brink of bankruptcy and then to make matters even worse, we have virtually every leader and their administration under surveillance??? Talk about psychopathy at the highest levels and an absolutely insane foreign policy!? Time to get creative with pitchforks, guillotines and torches…figuratively speaking of course.

Remember, even if confronted with violence we must keep keep the revolution peaceful at all times. Imagery is very powerful and is enough to make them crap their pants if everywhere they look they see posters, flyers, bumper stickers, images on blog posts, billboards and hackers leaving images of pitchforks and torches on the all office computer screens. Lets shame them to death…shame is also a VERY powerful tool when used properly.

NSA surveillance goes beyond Orwell’s imagination – Alan Rusbridger


theguardian.com, Monday 23 September 2013 17.08 EDT

Guardian editor says depth of NSA surveillance programs greatly exceed anything the 1984 author could have imagined

Alan Rusbridger, Guardian editor

‘All sorts of people around the world are questioning what America is doing,’ Alan Rusbridger told an audience in New York. Photograph: Sarah Lee

The potential of the surveillance state goes way beyond anything in George Orwell‘s 1984, Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian‘s editor-in-chief, told an audience in New York on Monday.

Speaking in the wake of a series of revelations in the Guardian about the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations, Rusbridger said: “Orwell could never have imagined anything as complete as this, this concept of scooping up everything all the time.

“This is something potentially astonishing about how life could be lived and the limitations on human freedom,” he said.

Rusbridger said the NSA stories were “clearly” not a story about totalitarianism, but that an infrastructure had been created that could be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands.

“Obama is a nice guy. David Cameron is a nice social Democrat. About three hours from London in Greece there are some very nasty political parties. What there is is the infrastructure for total surveillance. In history, all the precedents are unhappy,” said Rusbridger, speaking at the Advertising Week conference.

He said that whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked the documents, had been saying: “Look, wake up. You are building something that is potentially quite alarming.”

Rusbridger said that people bring their own perspectives to the NSA revelations. People who have read Kafka or Orwell found the level of surveillance scary, he said, and that those who had lived or worked in the communist eastern bloc were also concerned.

“If you are Mark Zuckerberg and you are trying to build an international business, this is dismaying to you,” Rusbridger said.

Zuckerberg recently criticised the Obama administration’s surveillance apparatus. “Frankly I think the government blew it,” he told TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

The Facebook founder was particularly damning of government claims that they were only spying on “foreigners”.

“Oh, wonderful: that’s really helpful to companies trying to serve people around the world, and that’s really going to inspire confidence in American internet companies,” said Zuckerberg.

“All sorts of people around the world are questioning what America is doing,” said Rusbridger. “The president keeps saying: well we don’t spy on our people. [But] that’s not much comfort if you are German.”

Rusbridger said the world of spying had changed incomparably in the last 15 years. “The ability of these big agencies, on an international basis, to keep entire populations under some form of surveillance, and their ability to use engineering and algorithms to erect a system of monitoring and surveillance, is astonishing,” he said.

He said that as the NSA revelations had gone on, the “integrity of the internet” had been questioned. “These are big, big issues about balancing various rights in society. About how business is done. And about how safe individuals are, living their digital lives.”

The Guardian editor rebuffed criticism from the Obama administration that the newspaper was drip-feeding the stories in order to get the most from them. “Well, the president has never worked in a newsroom,” he said.

“If there are people out there who think we have digested all this material, and [that] we have all these stories that we are going to feed out in dribs and drabs, then I think that misunderstands the nature of news. What is happening is there is a lot of material. It’s very complex material.

“These are not stories that sit up and beg to be told.”

Rusbridger said the Guardian and its partners at the New York Times and ProPublica were working through the material. “It’s a slow and patient business. If I were the president, I would welcome that.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/23/orwell-nsa-surveillance-alan-rusbridger

Ed. Note: GnosticMedia.com has done great research with connecting the dots with Orwell and Huxley to MKULTRA, NLP and other mind control programs. It’s was quite shocking to realize how meticulously and masterfully controlling the collective was planned and executed over the last 60-70yrs. Jan has diagrammed all the connections between individuals, corporations, secret societies, think tanks on their YouTube channel in a whole series of jaw dropping videos with interviews on this subject.

 

Meltdown in Washington: President Obama Reported Sedated Following Emotional Breakdown


I just pulled this from BrianKelly’s news blog and haven’t vetted the story yet. If so, it sure is an unexpected turn in events, but since the press is known to obfuscate facts it’s really difficult to know what’s going on behind closed doors in the White House. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. IMO Obama is strictly a puppet with very little real say over military, banking and intelligence agency policy, but he is the President. Thus the scapegoat for the real criminal master minds behind the tyranny we’ve been living under.

But seriously, think about it. If he were truly the psychopathic monster the media  portrays hims as, he wouldn’t be having a nervous breakdown. All the shame and geopolitical fallout would roll his back like oil on water, just like a true psychopath. Bush never let this stuff bother him, he just hit the bottle and partied his way through the last couple years. Maybe I’m wrong, but doesn’t a nervous breakdown indicate he has a human side and he may not be that bad of a guy after all? That he has a conscience?

In the first couple years of Obama’s presidency he wanted to pull out of Afghanistan, but the military industrial complex wouldn’t have it. Obama initially advocated for universal health care similar to European plans, naturally the insurance companies and the GOP killed any chance of that happening. That’s how we ended up with ObamaCare – funny how little press that angle got.

I’m not a big Obama fan and I could be wrong, but it’s important to keep in mind we don’t have all the facts and with all the political smoke and mirrors being played out at all levels it’s really impossible to know what’s going on at this stage of the game. And we may never know the truth behind it all, something completely different could be going on…as is the case in politics most of the time.

Grab the popcorn and get to your seat, the curtains are rolling…things are about to get interesting!

Aloha! Annette

 

September 21, 2013

By Nigel J. Covington III
Editor-in-Chief

Late this afternoon White House insiders leaked information stating the president has suffered a mental breakdown and is presently resting and under a doctors care. This afternoon the National Report received three calls on our nationwide hot tip line (206) 222-1975. Two of the three callers are insiders known to the National Report to be reliable confidential informants.

The caller unknown to this publication is a low level employee who could only state that there was some kind of a medical emergency involving President Obama. The other two callers known to us are both support personnel within the Obama administration. Both confirmed this week has been a political disaster for the president and this has taken a tremendous toll on him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Recently Shamed Obama on the World Stage

Earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin derailed the president’s plan to bomb Syria and bury the U.S. in another war the people want nothing to do with and can ill afford to pay for. Putin negotiated a deal with Syria for control over its chemical weapons providing a peaceful resolution to a certain US attack. With the world watching Obama was forced to stand down causing him a great deal of shame and public embarrassment.

Before Putin extended the olive branch of diplomacy to resolve the Syrian crisis, he also agreed to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, the man who stole US secret documents that exposed the NSA secret program already underway and approved by President Obama to spy on all US citizens. Not only did Snowden expose the top secret NSA program to the world, he escaped US authorities in China and arrived in Russia where he repeatedly bitch-slapped the president by releasing more US secrets to the media.

Safely in the arms of Mother Russia Snowden, showed the world people how helpless and weak the Obama administration is at being utter failures at diplomacy, tact and statesmanship. While Putin and Obama were engaged in “negotiations” over Snowden’s extradition, Snowden and Putin were engaged in conversation about Snowden’s defecting to Russia.

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden Exposed Obama-NSA scandal

In one of the most crippling moments of President Obama’s tenure Putin cut a deal with Snowden for asylum giving the Russian president tons of other US secrets. Edward Snowden now lives safely beyond the reach of Obama’s dirty scandal ridden administration who would’ve imprisoned or killed Snowden without a trial clearly disregarding all of Snowden’s civil liberties and denying him the opportunity to explain his actions before a court of law who would determine Snowden’s fate… not Obama. Then Putin told Obama ‘no’ on Snowden’s extradition completely shaming the president in front of the world.

In the past couple weeks the big winners on the world stage have been Syria, Russia, Snowden and Putin; all at the expense of America’s impotent and fraudulent president.

Remember what Obama “sold” the American people in his 2008 bid for the presidency? Obama the “agent of revolution” guaranteed “change” instead he lied to everyone by promising the “most transparent” government – “no special interest” – “a new way of doing business” – “most honest” – “most righteous” – “the new beginning” – then there was the abortion of Obama’s world tour… what a national mortification. And today how many of these promises has the president kept?

President Obama – Epic Failure Shames America

Then today’s Gallup poll results have been absolutely devastating for the president and the Democratic party. Obama’s approval rating dropped to the lowest in presidential history, and support from the Democratic Party plummeted more than 25% from this time last year.

Our sources confirm late this afternoon a doctor was summoned to the oval office and remained with the president for about a half-hour. When the doctor emerged he was heard to say the president needed rest and would be sedated once he was moved to his bed. The White House has remained silent and has yet to make a statement publicly.

http://nationalreport.net/meltdown-washington-president-obama-reported-sedated-following-emotional-breakdown/

Sources:

The Nixon Alliance Underground:
http://www.thenixonallianceunderground.com/obama-has-had-a-nervous-breakdown-and-he-does-not-know-it/

The Telegraph UK:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100058278/a-presidency-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-5-key-reasons-why-barack-obama%E2%80%99s-future-looks-increasingly-bleak/

NSA Follow the Money branch spied on VISA customers, SWIFT transactions report


 

 

Published: Sep 15, 2013, 07:31 PM
The NSA has been widely monitoring international banking and credit card transactions, a new report says referencing Edward Snowdens leak. The agency targeted VISA customers and global financial service SWIFT and created its own money flows database.
Referring to information leaked by Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor, German Der Spiegel reports that the surveillance was carried out by a branch called “Follow the Money” (FTM). 
After the information on transactions was obtained, it was redirected to the NSA’s own financial database, called “Tracfin“.
According to the leaked documents, in 2011 the database contained 180 million records, with 84 per cent of those being credit card transactions details.
Among the millions of records, the NSA’s Tracfins also contained data from the Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). Used to conduct business operations with speed, certainty and confidence, this global financial service is used by more than 10,000 banking organizations in 212 countries.
The NSA spied on SWIFT on several levels, involving its “tailored access operations” division, according to the report in Der Spiegel. Reading “SWIFT printer traffic from numerous banks,” was just one of the ways the NSA was accessing the information.
One of the NSAs goals was to “collect, parse and ingest transactional data for priority credit card associations, focusing on priority geographic regions.”
According to documents dated 2010, the agency was spying on large credit card companies customers, Der Spiegel adds. In particular, the NSA was getting access to transactions by VISA customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Reportedly, speaking at an internal conference that year, NSA analysts described in detail how the search through the US company’s complex transaction network for tapping possibilities was conducted.
However, when Der Spiegel reached VISA for a comment, its spokeswoman ruled out the possibility that data could be taken from company-run networks.
According to one of the documents, the UK’s intelligence agency, GCHQ, admitted cooperation with the NSA to spy on the world finance system. In its report, concerning the legal perspectives on “financial data”, it said that the collection, storage and sharing of politically sensitive data was a deep invasion of privacy and involved “bulk data” full of “rich personal information,” much of which “is not about our targets.”

 

 

Lavabit CEO: ‘If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It’ ~ The Young Turks


“The email service reportedly used by surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden abruptly shut down on Thursday after its owner cryptically announced his refusal to become “complicit in crimes against the American people.”*

The encrypted email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden, Lavabit, has shut down abruptly. CEO Ladar Levison published a letter on the company’s website, saying: “I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, John Iadarola, and Wes Clark Jr. discuss.

*Read more from The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology…

 

TalkingStickTV – Naomi Wolf – The End of America


On the heels of the Edward Snowden revelations of widespread surveillance of American citizens by the NSA, Naomi’s speech is far more relevant today than it was in 2007. She nailed it…maybe now, more people will be willing to listen. 

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Talk by Naomi Wolf author of “The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot” given October 11, 2007 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

Downloadable audio mp3 of this talk can be found at http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php…

Interview with Naomi Wolf discussing “The End of America” available at http://youtube.com/watch?v=aW9PulYpjGs

 

The NSA ~ Mankinds Greatest Enemy ~ Max Igan


Max Igan – Surviving the Matrix – June 28th, 2013

http://thecrowhouse.com
IP: http://67.20.81.143

Universal Law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts I am a party to, not giving full disclosure to me, whether signed by me or not, are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law 1.

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader” – Plato