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VIDEO: Edward Snowden asks U.S. government for a fair trial

RUSSIA, October 15, 2014 – On Saturday, Edward Snowden gave an exclusive interview to the New Yorker from an undisclosed location in Russia. In his interview, Snowden repeated his request to the U.S. government to return and stand trial for his alleged crimes.

Snowden, the former NSA employee who famously leaked sealed documents detailing the government’s massive and illegal surveillance program, claims he has been repeatedly denied the right to a fair trial by U.S. government officials.

In June of last year, Snowden was charged with “unauthorized communication of national defense information” and with “willful communication of classified intelligence information to an unauthorized person” in violation of the Patriot Act.

In his interview, Snowden stated, “If I’m allowed to make my case before a jury. I would love to do so.”

Snowden continued to defend his decision to expose the infringement of all Americans’ rights by their government stating, “It was about getting the information back to people so they could decide if they cared about it. I could not have been more wrong in thinking that people wouldn’t care.”

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The NSA Created Its Own Secret Google

A new batch of classified documents obtained by The Intercept shows that the National Security Agency is using a search engine similar to Google, called “ICREACH” to deliver data to U.S. government agencies.

ICREACH was created to function as the “largest system for internally sharing secret surveillance records in the United States, capable of handling two to five billion new records every day.”

A top-secret document provided by The Intercept from 2007 stated that the ICREACH team “delivered the first-ever wholesale sharing of communications metadata within the U.S. Intelligence Community.”

The Intercept reported that the classified documents regarding ICREACH provide the first “definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies.

These documents were among the ones leaked by NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden, and they reinforced the fact that the NSA was collecting phone calls, e-mails, cellphone locations, and Internet chats from hundreds of millions of innocent Americans.

While a document from 2010 shows that ICREACH “has been accessible to more than 1,000 analysts at 23 U.S. government agencies that perform intelligence work,” a document from 2007 cites the Central Intelligence Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as key participants.

This team began over two years ago with a basic concept compelled by the IC’s increasing need for communications metadata and NSA’s ability to collect, process and store vast amounts of communications metadata related to worldwide intelligence targets,” the document revealed.

This is not something that I think the government should be doing,” said Brian Owsley, an assistant professor of law at Indiana Tech Law School, who said he was shocked that agencies like the FBI and DEA were involved.

Perhaps if information is useful in a specific case, they can get judicial authority to provide it to another agency. But there shouldn’t be this buddy-buddy system back-and-forth,” Owsley said.

A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jeffrey Anchukaitis, maintained that the mass sharing of information has become “a pillar of the post-9/11 intelligence community.”

Anchukaitis also insisted that by using ICREACH, “analysts can develop vital intelligence leads without requiring access to raw intelligence collected by other IC [Intelligence Community] agencies.”

A co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, Elizabeth Goitein, said that she found the mass scale of the ICREACH system “extremely troublesome.”

The myth that metadata is just a bunch of numbers and is not as revealing as actual communications content was exploded long ago,” said Goitein. “This is a trove of incredibly sensitive information.”

Whistleblowers under new threat from government

In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks in June of 2013, whistleblowers have been making headlines for what they have reported and what the government has done in response to them.

Now, the government has called on Bill Evanina, a former FBI special agent and counter-terrorism specialist, to help in their efforts to help “assess damage from intelligence leaks and tighten the security clearance process,” according to TechDirt.

Evanina is taking up a position titled the National Counterintelligence Executive, or NCIX.  According to Defense One, the position requires Evanina spend most of his days in his Bethesda, Md. office coming up with a “marketing strategy of new openness, which includes explaining which part of the federal government does what.”

However, in the same breath, Evanina seems to feel leakers and whistleblowers, no matter what their intentions might be, are still performing criminal acts and should be prosecuted.  “Instead of getting carried away with the concept of leakers as heroes,” said Evanina, “we need to get back to the basics of what it means be loyal…Undifferentiated, unauthorized leaking is a criminal act.”

Evanina continues by saying security clearances are “sacred,” and a person who has access to confidential files should feel honored and privileged with their level of access.  People should not take advantage of their level of access to sensitive information and to do so, according to Evanina’s stance, is to treated like a crime, no matter what the outcome or what the material shows.

An initial way to combat the whislteblowers and their potential crimes, according to the same TechDirt article, is to take away 100,000 employee’s security clearances.  This does indeed lower the number of probable whistleblowers, but it also means the prospect for abuses of power rises as fewer people have eyes on what the government is doing.

Another plan in place is to hold continuous evaluations which would “expose future Snowdens,” but it would also help to identify employees in financial need so agencies could sooner understand and help them with their struggles.

Some are arguing the continuous evaluations would threaten the privacy of government employees, but Evanina said, “employees understand that it’s done to protect them.”

Dishonesty, Deceptiveness, and Disservice – Why Snowden Chose to Become a Whistleblower

Former contractor with the National Security Agency, and famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, recently spoke out in an interview with Wired Magazine. In addition to discussing how he first became involved with the NSA, Snowden also revealed what made him decide to bring light to the agency’s actions.

While there were many instances when Snowden considered “whistleblowing,” he finally chose to do so after hearing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, tell Congress that the NSA does “not wittingly” collect data on millions of American citizens.

While Clapper’s testimony to Congress struck Snowden as corrupt, he noted that his colleagues did not appear shocked. This made Snowden realize that he was getting too deep into an “evil” system.

Snowden compared the “Clapper event” to the story of “the boiling frog,” where “You get exposed to a little bit of evil, a little bit of rule-breaking, a little bit of dishonesty, a little bit of deceptiveness, a little bit of disservice to the public interest, and you can brush it off, you can come to justify it.”

However, justifying the dishonesty “creates a slippery slope that just increases over time, and by the time you’ve been in 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, you’ve seen it all and it doesn’t shock you,” said Snowden. “You see it as normal. And that’s the problem, that’s what the Clapper event was all about.”

Snowden pointed out that Clapper “saw deceiving the American people as what he does, as his job, as something completely ordinary.” Even when Clapper lied under oath, “he didn’t even get a slap on the wrist for it.”

Snowden concluded that the scenario of James Clapper, “says a lot about the system and a lot about our leaders.”

When Snowden made the choice to release the NSA documents, he did so knowing that consequences would follow. “It’s really hard to take that step,” said Snowden. “Not only do I believe in something, I believe in it enough that I’m willing to set my own life on fire and burn it to the ground.”

If the government will not represent our interests, then the public will champion its own interests,” insisted Snowden. “And whistleblowing provides a traditional means to do so.”

When looking back on his decision to release the classified NSA documents, Snowden admitted that he was worried about what kind of reaction the public would have. “I thought it was likely that society collectively would just shrug and move on,” said Snowden.

Despite any apprehension Snowden might have had, the information he released caught the attention of both the public and the government. The existence of the program Prism, which allows government agencies to take information from companies such as Google and Microsoft, was one of Snowden’s largest revelations.

It depends a lot on the polling question,” said Snowden. “If you ask simply about things like my decision to reveal Prism, 55 percent of Americans agree. Which is extraordinary given the fact that for a year the government has been saying I’m some kind of super villain.

Although it has been over a year since Snowden released the first NSA documents, he maintained that the agency still hasn’t fixed their problems.

They still have negligent auditing, they still have things going for a walk, and they have no idea where they’re coming from and they have no idea where they’re going,” said Snowden. “If that’s the case, how can we as the public trust the NSA with all of our information, with all of our private records, the permanent record of our lives?”

“The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is what are we going to do about it?”

Ellsberg to Snowden: “How Many People Should’ve Done What You Did?”

The 2014 Hackers On Planet Earth, or HOPE X Conference, in New York City, united some of the most famous whistleblowers, to discuss why they did what they did, and the impact it had on the United States.

Daniel Ellsberg, who became famous as a whistleblower when he leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, was in attendance at the conference. He had a conversation via webcam with Edward Snowden, who became famous as a whistleblower in 2013, after leaking several documents from the National Security Agency.

According to Ellsberg, Snowden was the one person in the NSA who did exactly what he should have done. “How many people should’ve done what you did? We all took the same oath to protect and defend the Constitution,” Ellsberg said to Snowden.

Ellsberg pointed out a previous comment Snowden had made, in which he said that every individual has seen things that are wrong, that should be known, and that should be exposed, and yet they have turned their eyes away because they were intimidated.

“I believe that’s true of every human on earth,” said Ellsberg, in response to Snowden’s comment. “There are times when they bite their tongues or keep their mouths shut because to reveal it would lose a relationship, or a job, or a career. Then you said, but there comes a time when the level of wrongness or inhumanity is so great that you have to cross over that line.”

Ellsberg commended Snowden on his standards, saying, “Your colleagues in NSA, as you said, agreed with you, many of them, that this is wrong. But ‘I have a mortgage,’ ‘I have a marriage,’ ‘I have children to send to college.’ And that was enough.”

“It shouldn’t be that you are the extraordinary hero that we thank,” said Ellsberg. “It should be that we should ask the question of those other people, ‘what made you think that you could keep this secret for so long? Keep it totally secret, keep your mouth shut?’”

“A lot of blood has flowed because people bit their tongue and swallowed their whistles, and didn’t speak out. And it’s time I think that we not prosecute them, but tell them, ‘that is not the way to preserve a democracy. You’re not fulfilling your oath.’”

“What I hope, Ed, is that you will inspire more people to take even significant risks,” said Ellsberg. “There will always be risks. And the willingness to take that risk, for civilians, is very rare.”

“No one in the U.S. executive branch, or in any branch of government, has fulfilled the oath to uphold and protect the Constitution as well as you, so thank you.”

Germany asks US official to leave, while media likens US to “North Korea or Iran”

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the NSA of wiretapping hers and millions of other German’s digital communication, the German government has asked the top CIA representative in the country to leave at once.

According to the Guardian, the CIA representative was responsible for coordinating secret service activities in Germany, and this representative was also the contact for two German officials recently arrested on charges of spying for the U.S.

“The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America,” says German government spokesman Steffen Seibert according to the Washington Post, “has been requested to leave Germany.”

This all comes a year after whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked the evidence showing the NSA was wiretapping foreign citizen’s communications.

The German government has been frustrated, according to the New York Times, with the U.S. for not explaining their actions concerning the wiretapping as well as over assurances from President Obama that the government will no longer spy on German citizens despite the two arrested German officials.

The White House, earlier this week, said the relationship between the U.S. and German governments is one built on respect, but the German media has likened the actions taken by the U.S. government to those of “pariah states like North Korea or Iran.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not comment on the state of U.S. intelligence.  “Any sort of comment on any reported intelligence acts,” Earnest says according to the LA Times, “would put at risk U.S. assets, U.S. personnel and the United States national security.”

Catlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the NSA, said, “Our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one, and it keeps Germans and Americans safe… and we will continue to be in touch with the German government in appropriate channels.”

Latest Snowden leak claims most information gathered “useless”

The most recent batch of leaked files from Edward Snowden shows the NSA has collected data on far more ordinary citizens, American and non-American alike, than those the NSA would consider dangerous.

Of all the files retained, The Washington Post describes the majority of them as being “useless by the analysts,” and telling stories of “love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.”

A majority of the collected files, some 65,000, were “minimized” to protect the identities of citizens, but some 900 email addresses were left unchanged and could be used to identify citizens.

This same article from The Post continues by describing one way the NSA has violated the rights of all American citizens.  The NSA collected, as the article says, “medical records,” which under the Health Information Privacy and Security Act of 2007, are protected as private information and require any entity which houses, uses, or accesses private medical information to notify the citizen of whom the medical information refers.

One disturbing fact gathered from the leak shows the NSA analysts need only to have a “reasonable belief” the person they are collecting data from is foreign.  This means if an email or chat is in a language other than English, the analyst can begin to collect their data.

One analyst even claims data collection would not just take place on the person writing in the foreign language, but on those including in the original targets “buddy list” as it was assumed they were foreign nationals also.

Collection on such a mass scale also offers a view into how the FISA Amendments changed data collection methods.  These amendments gave the NSA authorization to collect data on all but four foreign countries in the world, which civil liberties groups claim to be far-retching.

One Year Later, NSA Scandal Has Cost Tech Companies Billions

One year after his first revelation, Edward Snowden’s actions are still on the minds of many Americans, including tech executives who think the NSA controversy has harmed their business.

Executives from leading companies such as Netflix, Google and Facebook met with senior White House officials in December, and in March. The Obama administration made it look like these meetings had helped to resolve issues on intelligence reforms. However, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen argued that the meetings were “mostly for show and have produced not even a little progress on privacy and surveillance issues.”

Andreessen went on to say, “The level of trust in U.S. companies has been seriously damaged, especially but not exclusively outside the United States. Every time a new shoe drops — and there are 10,000 of them — it serves a blow to the U.S.

Some estimates suggest the news about the NSA’s surveillance practices will end up costing tech companies tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue. A senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Daniel Castro, predicted that the United States cloud computing industry could lose $35 billion by 2016. He said, “It’s clear to every single tech company that this is affecting their bottom line.”

Deputy general counsel at Microsoft, John E. Frank, said, “We’re hearing from customers, especially global enterprise customers, that they care more than ever about where their content is stored and how it is used and secured.

While Obama announced in January that there would be a series of proposed changes to the NSA’s surveillance practices, such as requiring the spy agency to seek permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court every time it wants to investigate U.S. phone records, it was Congress that voted recently to allow companies to talk more openly about the data requests they receive from the government.

The White House may wish that tech companies will eventually forget about the whole thing, but according to Andreessen, “the view from Silicon Valley is that the White House hung the NSA out to dry.

NSA Collecting Millions Of Facial Images From Web, Text Messages, Teleconferencing

According to The New York Times, evidence sourced from documents leaked by none other than Edward Snowden has shown that the National Security Agency is collecting “millions of facial images” from across the Web every day.

The documents presented to the NYT showed that the NSA’s dependence on facial recognition technology has increased considerably under the Obama administration. The NSA has been utilizing new software to effectively “exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications,” according to the newspaper. The NSA appears to be considering the processing of millions of facial images as vital as processing written and verbal communications.

Of the millions of images being collected, about 55,000 of them are “facial recognition quality images”.

“The government leads the way in developing huge face recognition databases, while the private sector leads in accurately identifying people under challenging conditions,” said Jennifer Lynch, the Senior Staff Attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She also said that “the government and the private sector are both investing billions of dollars into face recognition.”

In response to the NYT article, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said “We would not be doing our job if we didn’t seek ways to continuously improve the precision of signals intelligence activities — aiming to counteract the efforts of valid foreign intelligence targets to disguise themselves or conceal plans to harm the United States and its allies.”

Since facial images are considered by the NSA to be a type of communication, the agency has defended that court approval would be required to collect images of American citizens, much like the agency needing court approval to be listening to phone calls or reading emails.

“Unfortunately, our privacy laws provide no express protections for facial recognition data,” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) pointed out in a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration last December.

The documents obtained by Snowden do not specify how many people worldwide, or in the United States, have been subjects of these interceptions of images. Facial recognition software has been in use for quite some time and is constantly advancing, but there remains room for improvement in its reliability.

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Edward Snowden Censored Segment: “Had All Info Needed To Detect 9/11 Plot “

Last June, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News that he was “glad” that his data was being collected and analyzed.

“I’m a Verizon customer,” he added. “I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States,” Graham said.

In an unaired clip  of NBC News’ interview with Edward Snowden, he explains that mass surveillance isn’t making us safer and is just taking our rights and privacy away.

“I take the threat of terrorism seriously, and I think we all do. I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort of scandalize our memories to sort of exploit national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and that our Constitution says we should not give up.”

In the allegedly censored clip, Snowden also reveals that the U.S. had all of the intelligence regarding the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 but we unable to connect the dots.

“You know this is a key question that the 9/11 commission considered, and what they found in the postmortem when they looked at all the classified intelligence from all the different intelligence agencies, they found that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community, as a classified sector, as the national defense of the United States, to detect this plot,” Snowden said.

“We actually had records of the phone calls from the United States and out. The CIA knew who these guys were. The problem was not that we weren’t collecting information, it wasn’t that we didn’t have enough dots, it wasn’t that we didn’t have a haystack, it was that we did not understand the haystack that we had.”

And all of this haystacking is a problem: “The problem with mass surveillance is that we’re piling more hay on a haystack we don’t understand.  And this is the haystack of the human lives of every American citizen in our country.”

Snowden said that we’re taking money away from successful investigation tactics and investing in these needle-in-a-haystack-type situation.

“If these programs aren’t keeping us safe and they’re making us miss connections, vital connections on information we already have. We’re taking resources away from traditional methods of investigation from law enforcement operations that we know work.

“If we’re missing things like the Boston Marathon bombings where all of these mass-surveillance systems, every domestic dragnet in the world, didn’t reveal guys that the Russian intelligence service told us about by name, is that really the best way to protect our country or are we trying to throw money at a magic solution that’s actually not just costing us our safety, but our rights and our way of life,” Snowden said.

Makes you wonder what else are we missing and why these shocking revelations weren’t included in NBC’s primetime broadcast.

Snowden: “Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your Constitution”

In his first-ever interview with the MSM, Edward Snowden sat down with NBC’s Brian Williams and offered his own insights on his alleged espionage.

Snowden recalled when his life changed when he released secret National Security Agency documents with journalists.

“It was the most real point of no return,” explained Snowden.

And at that point he became the “most wanted man in the world,” said Williams.

But wanted for what? Snowden said he wanted to know.

“If this has caused serious harm, I personally would like to know about it,” he said. He added that no one in the U.S. government can point to instances of harm caused by Snowden’s leaks. And if that’s the case, “Is it really so serious?” Snowden wondered.

Snowden also smashed the assumption that he is working with the Russian government since he’s been stuck there.

“I have no relationship with the Russian government at all. I’m not supported by the Russian government. I’m not a spy,” said Snowden. “I took nothing to Russia so I can’t give anything to Russia.”

Snowden explained his own history, which included a grandfather who worked at the FBI and a veteran father.

He was actually at Fort Mead outside the NSA on September 11, 2001. After that, he joined the U.S. Army.

“There is some things worth dying for, and I think the country is one of them,” he explained.

But he said that the intell used for the War in Iraq was bad.

“I believed the government’s arguments that we were going to do good things in Iraq,” he said, and added that somethings we’re told by the government are simply not true.

And he explained that the government’s data-collections means are quite powerful. Like we learned in the leaks, the NSA can completely take over a cellular phone.

“Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your country,” he added.

Snowden wants to return home, but not if he’s charged under the Espionage Act.

As far as facing the music, he’d like to, but the music he’s facing isn’t exactly fair.

“The music is not an open court and a fair trial,” he added.

Greenwald To Publish Full List Of Names Targeted By NSA Surveillance

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose deceitful United States surveillance practices, said that he plans to publish a full list of individuals that the NSA has actively spied on.

“As with a fireworks show, you want to save your best for last,” Greenwald told GQ Magazine regarding the upcoming revelations. “This will be the finale, a big missing piece.” Greenwald has been in the press promoting his new book “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State” and affirmed to The Sunday Times that the list of NSA targets will be the “biggest” disclosure yet.

“One of the big questions when is comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’” Greenwald mused to The Sunday Times. “Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists?”

Greenwald went on to belittle the NSA for its failure to intercept Snowden’s acquisition of nearly 2 million classified files, as well as its failure to stop Snowden from releasing the damning information, saying,

“Not only was he out there under their noses downloading huge amounts of documents without being detected but to this day they’re incapable of finding out what he took.”

Greenwald will publish the list on The Intercept, an independent online publication created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

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Snowden Urges Tech Companies to Create More Security Products

Edward Snowden urges tech companies to build more security products to help fight against government spying. Using better security technology that is easy to use, Snowden hopes to slow down government spying on innocent citizens.

“The people in the room in Austin, they’re the folks who can really fix things and enforce our rights through technical standards, even when Congress hasn’t yet gotten to the point of legislation that protects our rights,” Snowden said while speaking to the South by Southwest Conference in Austin via streaming video that was routed through seven proxies.

Snowden went on to criticize the volume of information that the NSA and other government agencies are collecting. He pointed out that “We’ve reached a point where the majority of Americans’ telephone communications are being recorded. We’ve all this metadata that is being stored for years and years and years.”

Snowden added that “We’ve actually had tremendous intelligence failures … because we’re monitoring everyone’s communications instead of suspects’ communications,” Snowden said. “That lack of focus has caused us to miss leads that we should have had.”

The entire Snowden talk:

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Spy Agency’s False Flag Operations Exposed by Snowden leaks

 

New Snowden leaks show how spy agencies disrupts, discredits dissent and sets up false flag operations.

In a new leaked document, journalist Glenn Greenwald exposes how the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) uses questionable tactics to infiltrate, disrupt and discredit voices the government doesn’t agree with.

The document, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations,” reveals shady practices like using “honey traps” that may start as Internet dating, but the PowerPoint also points to in-person meetings to discredit the subject.

Other findings include “false flag” operations (undertaking malicious actions and making it look like the work of a group they wish to discredit), the application of social sciences like sociology and psychology to disrupt and steer online activist discussions, lure targets into compromising sexual situations, deploy malicious software and virus and post lies about targets in order to discredit them.

According to NBC News, the British government, when asked about the document, would not confirm or deny the report: “All of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework,” said the statement, “which ensure[s] that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All of our operational processes rigorously support this position.”

Greenwald points out in an article on The Intercept that targets of these aggressive actions did not have to be charged with — or convicted of — a crime.

One of those groups targeted by these tactics were members of Anonymous, the internet hacktivist collective.

As Anonymous expert Gabriella Coleman of McGill University told Greenwald, “targeting Anonymous and hacktivists amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent.”

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NEW VIDEO: Guardian newspaper destroys Snowden files while feds look on

Screenshot from The Guardian Newspaper's video footage
Screenshot from The Guardian Newspaper’s video footage

LONDON, Janurary 31, 2014– On Saturday 20 July 2013, from the basement of the Guardian’s office in Kings Cross, London, watched by two Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ: British spy agency) technicians, Guardian staff destroyed hard drives and memory cards, which stored encrypted files leaked by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. This is the first time footage of the event has been released.

Editors and journalists were ordered to destroy all computers and peripheral devices which could have stored Snowden data. However, it is doubtful that this information is lost forever with today’s modern technology.

The video is certainly surreal. Sending chills down the spines of all who watch it, viewers are left wondering, “Have we lost?”

Government agents have literally entered the basement of a news publication and forced them to destroy evidence of the world’s greatest predatory threat to human rights.

The Guardian is starting a quasi awareness campaign with the release of this footage named #TheSnowdenFiles.

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Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.

In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.

He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”

It seems clear that the virtual blackout of this insightful interview is yet another deliberate attempt to obfuscate the truth from the view of the American public. The media has continually attempted to shill the official government lies about mass domestic surveillance programs, justifying them as necessary to fight the “War on Terror”, while attempting to painting Mr. Snowden as a traitor.

In regards to accusations that he is a traitor or a foreign agent, he states, “ If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy. Beyond that as far as my personal safety, Ill never be fully safe until these systems have changed.”

The attempt to bury this interview by the government/corporate symbiosis has extremely dark implications. Additionally, the fact that government officials have openly talked about assassinating Mr. Snowden cannot be taken lightly, and Mr. Snowden obviously takes these threats to his life very seriously. Sadly, the reality of the US government assassinating an American citizen is not beyond the realm of possibility in the age we live in.

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Clemency for Snowden? Greenwald calls out D.C. media in fiery debate – Video

 

After both The New York Times and The Guardian editorial boards published editorials asking for clemency or at least a deal for whistleblower Edward Snowden, the debate continues. Is Snowden a hero or a traitor?

This week, on CNN with host Jake Tapper, a fiery debate broke out between Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald controls the majority of Snowden’s leaked documents.

Marcus told Tapper that Snowden should have tested the constitutional system and taken his punishment instead of fleeing the country.

This did not sit well with Greenwald who fired back at Marcus and condemned the Washington media establishment.

“Ruth Marcus’ argument exemplifies everything that’s really horrible about the D.C. media … People in Washington continuously make excuses for those in power when they break the law,” said Greenwald.

“People in Washington who are well-connected to the government, like she is, do not believe that the law applies to them … That’s what people in Washington do. They would never call on someone like James Clapper, who got caught lying to Congress, which is a felony, to be prosecuted. They only pick on people who embarrass the government and the administration to which they are loyal like Edward Snowden. It’s not about the rule of law,” he added.

Greenwald stated that Snowden knew there was no way inside the system to make his fellow citizens aware of what their government was doing to their privacy.

General Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency, said on Sunday’s Face the Nation that Snowden doesn’t deserve our adulation.

Hayden pointed out that Snowden, who he said was responsible for the “most serious hemorrhaging of American secrets in the history of American espionage,” has openly offered to leak additional information to the governments of Germany ​and Brazil in exchange for asylum. “I think there’s an English word that describes selling American secrets to another government, and that’s ‘treason,’” Hayden said.

In late November, clemency for Snowden was shot down by the White House and leading House and Senate intelligence officials. The Guardian reported that the Obama administrator was offering no deal; they wanted Snowden to return to the United States to face trial.

Despite the Obama administration’s position, there is a dramatic trend shifting in Snowden’s favor as new NSA revelations come out. A top Obama official, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former State Department director of policy planning, said she agreed with an editorial in The New York Times that argued Snowden was “clearly justified in believing that the only way to blow the whistle on this kind of intelligence-gathering was to expose it to the public and let the resulting furor do the work his superiors would not.”

 

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NSA building new super-computer: You won’t believe what it does- “Owning The Internet”

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As leaks on NSA government spying continue to trickle in from NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden the market for anti-spying software and communication mediums has exploded. Google search volume and trends for Silent Circle, an encrypted communications medium, and Tor, a free software download for internet anonymity see spikes each time Snowden leaks information.

Anti-spying software and communication mediums rely on encryption to keep the NSA from having direct access. For months such methods have been advised by pro-privacy groups.

However, once completed, the NSA’s newest super-computer would put those mediums and products to the test. The new quantum super-computer would crack essentially all types of encryption, which will render essentially all anti-spying products useless.

According to the Washington Post, “The NSA is racing to build a quantum super-computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world…”

The project is part of an $80 million research project titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” One project detail is titled “Owning the Net,” and shows how the NSA plans to take control of software, hardware and equipment of targeted individuals.

Although the super-computer is still in development, physicists say that the NSA is running neck and neck with many private labs and European agencies.

Apple recently spoke out about the NSA hacking in their products to retrieve user data, calling the NSA “malicious hackers.”

 

The NSA declined the Washington Post’s request for comment.

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VIDEO: Edward Snowden Sends Christmas Day Message

 

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appeared in a televised Christmas message released to the British public by TV station Channel 4 on Wednesday. Watch video below.

 

 

Snowden has temporary asylum in Russia and recently told the Washington Post,  “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Snowden caused a firestorm, exposing the NSA’s data-mining in the U.S. and the international community, but only less than 1% of Snowden’s leaks have been published by the media.

Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA states that Snowden has access to what the CIA calls the “Black Budget.” It’s like a playbook, says Morell, revealing where the U.S. spends its money on its intelligence efforts. Morell says this could be damaging to the U.S. if the information falls into the wrong hands.

Some in the U.S. view him as a traitor. Others view him as a whistleblower and a patriot. But Snowden says that the debate sparked by his revelations of mass surveillance by the NSA could ultimately result in the end of the surveillance program.

 

Read Snowden’s alternative Christmas message transcript below:

Hi and Merry Christmas. I’m honored to have a chance to speak with you and your family this year. Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of mass surveillance watching everything we do. Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information.

The types of collection in the book -– microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us –- are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.

The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.

For everyone out there listening, thank you and Merry Christmas.

Guess Which Hot Christmas Game Console The NSA Is Hacking Into

Edward Snowden is at it again. The latest leaked documents provided to the Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica show that many NSA agents have the dreams job of many 20-year-old college men. According to the documents, NSA agents have created actual characters in World of Warcraft and Second Life and are using them to spy on players.

The documents detail that the NSA has mass data collection capabilities through the Xbox Live console online network. The network boasts more than 48 million individuals from all over the world. The documents even show that the NSA has been attempting to recruit tech savvy users as informants through the gaming network.

The documents do not detail any terrorist activity ever being detected on the network, or the capture of potential threats.

The NSA denied to comment on surveillance of the gaming network. GCHQ, a parallel British spy agency, works in coordination with the NSA through the gaming network. GCHQ would not confirm or deny the gaming surveillance.

The Tenth Amendment Center, a national think-tank, has started a campaign to end the NSA through state nullification. To learn more, visit the campaign HERE.

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