Edward Snowden exposes National Security Agency domestic surveillance

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  4. Tena Koutou katoa - Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi

    Anonymous - New Zealand, thanks, Kim Dot Com, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, and Ed Snowden.

    We may be a small island paradise, but that doesn't mean we are all asleep in the sun. Quite the contrary .. We're wide awake to John Key's bullshit agenda.

    Mauri ora! Kia ora!

    Anonymous NZ
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    Laura Poitras Film About Edward Snowden to World Premiere at New York Film Festival

    "CITIZENFOUR," a new documentary from Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and surveillance, will have its world premiere at the upcoming New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today.

    It's the first time in the film festival's history that it has added a film to its Main Slate lineup after it's been announced. The film will be distributed theatrically by Radius, in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and Participant Media. It will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 24.

    As part of the festival's Main Slate, "CITIZENFOUR" will premiere as a Special Presentation on Friday, October 10 at 6pm in Alice Tully Hall. Poitras will also participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues the following day, October 11, at 4pm at the Walter Reade Theater.

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    The NSA's crazy fine threat against Yahoo put in perspective

    By Dell Cameron

    Last week, we learned from the New York Times that in order to acquire the Internet communications of Yahoo’s customers, the U.S. government was willing to impose a $250,000 per day fine for the company’s noncompliance.

    New details brought to light by the the attorneys involved in the 2008 legal action, however, reveal the situation to be much worse. The financial consequences Yahoo faced for standing up to the National Security Agency (NSA) was nothing less than a loaded gun at the side of its head.

    “Imagine a well-known, publicly traded company suddenly ceased operating, and the CEO couldn’t explain why,” an article on Yahoo! Finance read Tuesday morning. “Picture shareholders losing everything, with zero warning.” According to a recently unsealed motion filed by attorneys representing the U.S. spy agency, that scenario almost certainly describes Yahoo’s fate, had they not agreed to follow the government’s orders precisely.

    See, the $250,000 per day figure cited by the Times isn’t the whole story. According to attorneys Marc Zwillinger and Jacob Sommer, who represented Yahoo in the secret spy court, the coercive fine would have actually doubled each week, quickly reaching an unprecedented figure.


    On the 163rd day of fining Yahoo—approximately 23 weeks after the first $250,000 was collected—the NSA could have liberated America from its national debt, having collected over $17.72 trillion. (Of course, by now, Yahoo is no more.)

    Less than a month later, after just 29 weeks of collecting on a daily fine that started at $250,000 and doubled each week, the NSA would have been owed the total wealth of the world: an estimated $241 trillion.

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  9. Kim Dotcom retweeted
    [IMG] Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald · 14h
    Evidence can't be evaded forever: John Key concedes Edward Snowden 'may well be right' …

    Kim Dotcom retweeted
    [IMG] Laila Harré @lailaharre · 11h
    What do you think about offering home to Snowden in NZ - an English-speaking, democratic country while he resolves issues with US?
    [IMG] Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom · 12h
    "I don't run the NSA" - John Key But he can access all emails, texts, calls & metadata of all Kiwis via X-KeyScore
    [IMG] Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom · 14h
    If you change the government this year the Internet MANA party will work with Labour and Greens to get Edward Snowden asylum in New Zealand.
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    Internet surveillance explained

    Published by Magic Markers on February 21, 2014

    Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)
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  11. Hugh Bris Member

    Gotta love that "we;re gonna crush you if you assert your rights" attitude. Makes me feel all safe and warm, knowing my grand leaders will crush anyone who doesn't toe the line. Just hope they don't look my way, or yours...
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    Irate NSA Staffer Doesn't Like Being Filmed in Public, for Some Reason

    By John Cook, The Intercept

    The NSA sent someone bearing the nametag “Neal Z.” to the University of New Mexico’s Engineering and Science Career Fair today, in the hopes of recruiting young computer geniuses to help manage the yottabytes of data it is collecting about you. But instead of eager young applicants, Mr. Z. encountered University of New Mexico alumnus Andy Beale and student Sean Potter, who took the rare opportunity of being in the room with a genuine NSA agent to ask him about his employer’s illegal collection of metadata on all Americans. Mr. Z. did not like that one bit.

    In two videos posted on YouTube — each shot from a slightly different perspective — you can watch Beale politely question Mr. Z. about NSA programs, and watch Mr. Z. attempt to parry those queries with blatant falsehoods like, ”NSA is not permitted to track or collect intelligence on U.S. persons.” As Beale continues to attempt to engage the recruiter on the legality of the NSA’s mass surveillance initiatives, Mr. Z. becomes increasingly angry, calling him a “heckler,” saying, ”You do not know what you’re talking about,” and warning, “If you don’t leave soon, I’m going to call university security to get you out of my face.”

    After a few minutes of back-and-forth, Mr. Z announces, “You’re done,” and attempts to grab the phone that Potter had been using to film the encounter, literally at the very moment he says, “I’m not touching your phone.” Beale and Potter were later ejected from the facility by campus police for “causing a disturbance,” though their on-camera behavior is unfailingly quiet and civil. The officers declined to act on their complaint that Mr. Z’s phone grab constituted assault. The videos are below, judge for yourself. And be careful if you catch an NSA staffer in the wild, they’re wound pretty tightly these days.

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    Journalists 'should not be exempt' from national security rules | The Guardian

    A committee reviewing changes to Australia’s national security laws has rejected calls for journalists to be exempt from a new measure criminalising disclosure of “special intelligence operations”.

    But the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security recommended changes to the Abbott government’s bill, including greater oversight of such operations and written confirmation that the director of public prosecution must take into account the public interest in publication.

    The bill, intended to increase and update intelligence agency powers, would create a new framework for covert operations involving conduct that would otherwise breach criminal law.

    These special intelligence operations would be authorised by Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) chiefs and any person who disclosed information about these matters could face a jail term of up to five years. The maximum penalty would increase to 10 years if the information could endanger lives.

    Lawyers, news organisations and the media union raised serious concerns that the offence provisions were broad enough to capture journalists who published Snowden-style revelations considered to be in the public interest.
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    Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot | Ars Technica

    "Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data."

    No, Apple probably didn’t get new secret government orders to hand over data | Ars Technica

    Rare warrant canary vanished, likely due to new 2014 Justice Dept. guidelines.
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    Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

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    The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones.

    Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically, meaning only authorized users will be able to see the pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones.

    The move offers Android, the world’s most popular operating system for smartphones, a degree of protection that resembles what Apple on Wednesday began providing for iPhones, the leading rival to devices running Android operating systems. Both companies have now embraced a form of encryption that will make extremely difficult for law enforcement officials to collect evidence from smartphones in most situations – even when authorities get legally binding search warrants.

    “For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won't even have to think about turning it on.”

    The move, which Google officials said has been in the works for many months, is the latest in a broad shift by American technology companies to make their products more resistant to government snooping in the aftermath of revelations of National Security Agency spying by former contractor Edward Snowden. Expanded deployment of encryption by Google and Apple, however, will have the largest effect on law enforcement officials, who have long warned that restrictions on their access to electronic devices makes it much harder for them to prevent and solve crimes.

    Apple and Google have been engaged in an increasingly pointed competition over the lucrative smartphone market, with Apple in recent weeks portraying the iPhone as a safer, more secure option – despite a recent run of bad publicity over the leak of intimate photos from the Apple accounts of celebrities.

    There remain significant differences between how Apple and Google are handling encryption. Apple, which controls both the hardware and software on its devices, will be able to deliver the updated encryption on both new iPhones and iPad and also most older ones, as users update their operating systems with the latest release, iOS 8.

    That is likely to happen over the next several weeks, and for those with iOS 8, the encryption will be so secure that the company says it will lack the technical ability to unlock the phones or recover data for anyone -- whether it be for police or even users themselves if they forget their device passcodes. Much data is likely to remain on iCloud accounts, which back up pictures and other data by default for many iPhones and iPads; police with search warrants will still be able to access this information. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information can adjust their phone settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.

    By contrast, Google does not have the ability to deliver its updated operating system, called the “L-release,” quickly to most users. Several different manufacturers make smartphones and tablets that use the Android operating system, and those devices are sold by many cellular carriers worldwide. This results in what experts call “fragmentation” – meaning there are hundreds of different versions of Android worldwide, many several years old, making it difficult to keep them current with the latest security features.

    The newest Android devices will likely ship with default encryption after October, but it will take many months and probably years before most Android devices have encryption by default.
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    DOJ Proposal Would Let FBI Hack Into Computers Overseas With Little Oversight

    from the freedom?-what-freedom? dept

    Ahmed Ghappour, over at JustSecurity, alerts us to a rather frightening proposal from the Justice Department that would enable law enforcement to hack into the computers of people who are trying to be anonymous online. At issue is that current rules basically would extend the powers granted for terrorism investigations to everyday criminal investigations, concerning specifically the DOJ/FBI's ability to hack into computers.

    In the past, judges could issue warrants for such computer hacking if the target was known to be located in the same district. But the proposed change would wipe out that limitation, and basically give the DOJ/FBI the power to get approval for hacking into a much broader range of computers. Without the geographical limitation, there's concern about just how broadly this new power would be (ab)used:

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    New Zealand Whistleblower Reveals He Was Told To 'Bury' Unflattering Info About The Gov't Spying On Dotcom

    from the incredible dept

    The list of incredible screwups concerning the investigation, raid and prosecution of Kim Dotcom in New Zealand is fairly incredible. At nearly every step of the way we find out more and more about just how monumentally questionable the whole thing was. Frankly, I have no idea if what Dotcom did with Megaupload broke the law, but the indictment against him was filled with really questionable claims, the GCSB (local equivalent of the NSA) illegally spied on Dotcom and then deleted the evidence, the police sought to suppress images of the raid itself, evidence was mishandled. Oh, and it was eventually revealed that customs officials agreed to share info on Dotcom with the FBI in the US to "buy... brownie points" with the FBI.

    And, now a former high-ranking New Zealand Customs lawyer has said that he quit his job after he was ordered to "bury" information that made the New Zealand government look bad. Specifically this is about that last point above -- the letter concerning the brownie points. Apparently, the New Zealand government didn't want that email to get out, despite it being required to be released under a freedom of information request (in New Zealand it's the Official Information Act). Curtis Gregorash, a lawyer in the Customs department was told directly not to release any such documents:

    "Mr Taylor directed me to withhold all information and pass the same direction on to my team."

    He said he was subjected to an internal investigation after releasing information about Dotcom sought by the NZ Herald through the Official Information Act. The information released saw Customs staff discuss earning "brownie points" by passing on Dotcom information to the FBI.

    "Simpson Grierson [Dotcom's lawyers] had made several Privacy Act requests of the Government, some of which flowed through Customs, and decisions were made from ministerial level with Maurice Williamson directing Customs, 'Don't you dare release anything - nothing at all.'"

    Gregorash apparently disobeyed these orders, and released the "brownie points" letter -- as required by law -- and then faced an internal investigation, leading to him resigning in protest.

    The "brownie points" OIA release to the Herald was the tipping point. "I got dragged over the coals for it. There was an investigation into me. I was cleared. I resigned after that."

    He also seems to indicate that other documents that should have been released were withheld as well:

    "All sorts of jokes and laughs and cut-downs that were being made by officials to each other were being withheld for [what he considered to be] no reason."

    Gregorash had held onto the story for a while, but decided that it needed to be told.

    Combined with everything else about this investigation and prosecution, it again makes you wonder what people were thinking. It still really feels like the DOJ and New Zealand officials all simply believed Hollywood's fanciful stories about Dotcom being "Dr. Evil" -- a cartoonish villain so bad that official and legal processes could be thrown out the window to just get him at any cost. Once again, it suggests that Hollywood and the DOJ officials who support it would be much better off actually taking the time to understand the nuances of the copyright debate, rather than their crude "piracy bad" level of understanding they seem to have of it.

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    Clapper Denies Lying, Announces New Ethics Policy | The Intercept

    An unapologetic James Clapper bristled at accusations of misconduct in front of a trade group today, announced that he intends to continue serving as national intelligence director through the rest of the Obama presidency, and released a new “National Intelligence Strategy” that includes a “Code of Ethics” that seems disconnected from the reality of intelligence collection as revealed by Edward Snowden.
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    13 Principles Week of Action: Human Rights Require a Secure Internet | Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform. Every day, we'll take on a different part of the principles, exploring what’s at stake and what we need to do to bring intelligence agencies and the police back under the rule of law. You can read the complete set of posts at: The Principles were first launched at the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 20 September 2013. Let's send a message to Member States at the United Nations and wherever else folks are tackling surveillance law reform: surveillance law can no longer ignore our human rights. Follow our discussion on twitter with the hashtag: #privacyisaright
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    Apple Still Has Plenty of Your Data for the Feds | The Intercept

    By Micah Lee

    In a much-publicized open letter last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to protect user privacy with improved encryption on iPhones and iPads and a hard line toward government agents. It was a huge and welcome step toward thwarting the surveillance state, but it also seriously oversold Apple’s commitment to privacy.

    Yes, Apple launched a tough-talking new privacy site and detailed a big improvement to encryption in its mobile operating system iOS 8: Text messages, photos, contacts, and call history are now encrypted with the user’s passcode, whereas previously they were not. This follows encryption improvements by Apple’s competitors Google and Yahoo.

    But despite these nods to privacy-conscious consumers, Apple still strongly encourages all its users to sign up for and use iCloud, the internet syncing and storage service where Apple has the capability to unlock key data like backups, documents, contacts, and calendar information in response to a government demand. iCloud is also used to sync photos, as a slew of celebrities learned in recent weeks when hackers reaped nude photos from the Apple service. (Celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers answered security questions correctly or tricked victims into giving up their credentials via “phishing” links, Cook has said.)

    While Apple’s harder line on privacy is a welcome change, it’s important to put it in context. Yes, a leading maker of smartphones, tablets, and laptops is now giving users better tools to lock down some of their most sensitive data. But those users have to know what they’re doing to reap the benefits of the new software and hardware — and in particular it helps if they ignore Apple’s own entreaties to share their data more widely.

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    Australia's Prime Minister gives a master class in exploiting terrorism fears to seize new powers | The Intercept

    By Glenn Greenwald

    If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack which most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.

    Despite all that, Australia’s political class is in the midst of an increasingly unhinged fear-mongering orgy over terrorism. The campaign has two prongs: ISIS (needless to say: it’s now an all-purpose, global source of fear-manufacturing), and the weekend arrest of 15 people on charges that they planned to behead an unknown, random individual based on exhortations from an Australian member of ISIS.

    The Australian government wasted no time at all exploiting this event to demand “broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists.” Even by the warped standards of the west’s 9/11 era liberty abridgments, these powers are extreme, including making it “a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits.” Already pending in that country is a proposal by the Attorney General to make it a criminal offense ”punishable by five years in jail for ‘any person who disclosed information relating to ‘special intelligence operations’”; the bill is clearly intended to outright criminalize WikiLeaks-and-Snowden-type reporting and the government thus expressly refuses to exempt journalists.

    This morning, Australia’s Liberal Party Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (pictured above), delivered a speech to the nation’s Parliament that is a perfect distillation of the key post-911 pathologies of western democracies. It was a master class in how politicians shamelessly exploit terrorism fears to seize greater power.

    Abbott assumed the grave demeanor and resolute tone that politicians in these situations don to convince others that they’re the modern incarnation of Winston Churchill: purposeful, unyielding, and courageously ready for the fight. He depicted his fight as one of Pure Good v. Pure Evil, and vehemently denied that his nation’s 10-year support for the invasion and occupation of Iraq plays any role whatsoever in animosity toward his country in that region (perish the thought!) (“It’s our acceptance that people can live and worship in the way they choose that bothers them, not our foreign policy”). And, most impressively, he just came right out and candidly acknowledged his real purpose: to exploit the emotions surrounding the terrorist arrests to erode liberty and increase state power, telling citizens that they will die if they do not meekly acquiesce:

    Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we’re used to, and more inconvenience than we’d like.

    Regrettably, for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift.

    There may be more restrictions on some so that there can be more protections for others.

    After all, the most basic freedom of all is the freedom to walk the streets unharmed and to sleep safe in our beds at night.

    With those scary premises in place, the Prime Minister proceeded to rattle off a laundry list of new legal powers and restraints on freedom that he craves. It begins with “creating new offences that are harder to beat on a technicality”, which he said is “a small price to pay for saving lives.” It includes brand new crimes and detention powers (“Legislation to create new terrorist offences and to extend existing powers to monitor or to detain terror suspects will be introduced this week”). There’s also this: “it will be an offence to be in a designated area, for example Raqqa in Syria, without a good reason.”

    His Christmas list also (of course) entails vastly increased spending on security (“the government committed an additional $630 million to the Australian Federal Police, Customs and Border Protection, the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Office of National Assessments. . . biometric screening will start to be introduced at international airports within 12 months”). And the government – already a member of the sprawling Five Eyes spying alliance – will vest itself with greater surveillance powers (“As well, legislation requiring telecommunications providers to keep the metadata they already create and to continue to make it available to police and security agencies will be introduced soon”).

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    Your Smartphone Broadcasts Your Entire Life To The Secret Service
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    FBI Director James Comey 'Very Concerned' About New Apple, Google Privacy Features

    FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was "very concerned" about new steps Silicon Valley tech giants were taking to strengthen privacy protections on mobile devices.

    "I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is beyond the law," Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law."

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    Is Apple's warrant canary now a dead parrot?
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    Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy | The Guardian

    Web inventor says world needs an online ‘Magna Carta’ to combat growing government and corporate control
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    New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools | American Civil Liberties Union

    Today, we're releasing several key documents about Executive Order 12333 that we obtained from the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the ACLU filed (along with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School) just before the first revelations of Edward Snowden. The documents are from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and others agencies. They confirm that the order, although not the focus of the public debate, actually governs most of the NSA's spying.

    In some ways, this is not surprising. After all, it has been reported that some of the NSA's biggest spying programs rely on the executive order, such as the NSA's interception of internet traffic between Google's and Yahoo!'s data centers abroad, the collection of millions of email and instant-message address books, the recording of the contents of every phone call made in at least two countries, and the mass cellphone location-tracking program. In other ways, however, it is surprising. Congress's reform efforts have not addressed the executive order, and the bulk of the government's disclosures in response to the Snowden revelations have conspicuously ignored the NSA's extensive mandate under EO 12333.

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    A Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower in the Age of Blowback | Common Dreams

    The following is excerpted from Tom Engelhardt's just-published book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World, with a foreword by Glenn Greenwald. It appears here on Common Dreams with kind permission from the publisher, Haymarket Books. Copyright 2014 Tom Engelhardt. All rights reserved.
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    Twitter sues U.S. government over surveillance disclosure rules | LA Times

    Twitter Inc. is the latest tech giant to sue the U.S. government for the right to reveal the scope of government surveillance of its users.

    The San Francisco microblogging site filed suit against the Department of Justice and the FBI on Tuesday, saying it was being "unconstitutionally restricted by statutes that prohibit and even criminalize" the public disclosure of such requests.

    Twitter hopes to be able to publish a "full transparency" report, which details the kind and number of national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders the company has received from the government.

    "It's our belief that we are entitled under the 1st Amendment to respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance," Twitter lawyer Benjamin Lee said in a blog post. "We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges."

    The suit, filed with the U.S. District Court in Northern California, asks the court to declare the restrictions unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment.

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    DIRTY WARS by Jeremy Scahill - paperback launch with Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras

    Streamed live on October 9, 2014

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    New York Film Festival: Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

    At the end of the Laura Poitras doc, the famed informant registers shock over another who outranks him

    A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence.

    That bombshell comes toward the end of Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

    In the key scene, journalist Glenn Greenwald visits Snowden at a hotel room in Moscow. Fearing they are being taped, Greenwald communicates with Snowden via pen and paper.

    While some of the exchanges are blurred for the camera, it becomes clear that Greenwald wants to convey that another government whistleblower -- higher in rank than Snowden -- has come forward.

    The revelation clearly shocks Snowden, whose mouth drops open when he reads the details of the informant's leak.

    Also revealed by Greenwald is the fact that 1.2 million Americans are currently on a government watch-list. Among them is Poitras herself.

    And the surprises don't end there. Near the end of the film, which received a rousing standing ovation, it is revealed that Lindsay Mills, Snowden's dancer girlfriend of 10 years, has been living with Snowden in Moscow.

    When Poitras went to Moscow in July to show Snowden an early cut of the film, she shot footage of the two cooking dinner together, which appears in the final cut.

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    Citizenfour review – Poitras' victorious film shows Snowden vindicated | The Guardian

    Laura Poitras’ documentary disentangles NSA surveillance and plots the story of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and Moscow

    Cryptome @Cryptomeorg · 5m 5 minutes ago
    Is This NSA Source No. 2 (Snowden's dropped jaw in Citizen Four):
    Associate of Poitras, Appelbaum, Barlow, et al.
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    Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany | The Intercept

    By Peter Maass and Laura Poitras

    The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

    The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. The documents describe a range of clandestine field activities that are among the agency’s “core secrets” when it comes to computer network attacks, details of which are apparently shared with only a small number of officials outside the NSA.
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    The American Government Tried to Kill James Risen's Last Book | The Intercept

    James Risen’s new book on war-on-terror abuses comes out tomorrow, and if you want to find a copy it shouldn’t be hard to obtain. As natural as that seems, it almost wasn’t the case with the Risen’s last book, “State of War,” published in 2006. Not only did U.S. government officials object to the publication of the book on national security grounds, it turns out they pressured Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS, to have it killed.

    The campaign to stifle Risen’s national security reporting at the Times is already well-documented, but a 60 Minutes story last night provided a glimpse into how deeply these efforts extended into the publishing world, as well. After being blocked from reporting on the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program for the paper of record, Risen looked into getting these revelations out through a book he was already under contract to write for Simon & Schuster, a book that would look at a wide range of intelligence missteps in the war on terror.

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    UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

    By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

    The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly today that condemns mass electronic surveillance as a clear violation of core privacy rights guaranteed by multiple treaties and conventions. “The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.

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    Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible | WIRED

    As a journalist, Laura Poitras was the quiet mastermind behind the publication of Edward Snowden’s unprecedented NSA leak. As a filmmaker, her new movie Citizenfour makes clear she’s one of the most important directors working in documentary today. And when it comes to security technology, she’s a serious geek.

    In the closing credits of Citizenfour, Poitras took the unusual step of adding an acknowledgment of the free software projects that made the film possible: The roll call includes the anonymity software Tor, the Tor-based operating system Tails, GPG encryption, Off-The-Record (OTR) encrypted instant messaging, hard disk encryption software Truecrypt, and Linux. All of that describes a technical setup that goes well beyond the precautions taken by most national security reporters, not to mention documentary filmmakers.

    Poitras argues that without those technologies, neither her reporting on the Snowden leaks nor her film itself would have been possible. In an interview ahead of the October 24th opening of Citizenfour in theaters, she talked about the importance of those crypto tools, how to make a film in the shadow of the NSA, and a new era of high-level whistleblowing.

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    lol tor is for fags
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