A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is ‘Partner and Target’ for the NSA | Spiegel Online

On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident.

Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they were guerilla fighters with the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The group was returning from northern Iraq and their mules were loaded down with fuel canisters and other cargo. They turned out to be smugglers, not PKK fighters. Some 34 people died in the attack. [Read more]

Turkey calls US envoy as Snowden reveals new spying | DW

On Monday, Turkish officials announced that they had summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation after the Spiegel newsmagazine reported that the United States had spied intensively on the country since 2006. According to Spiegel, the US partnered extensively with Britain to surveil Turkey’s leadership. The German weekly reported that the information came from documents released by the fugitive former National Security Agency (NSA) operative Edward Snowden, who has taken asylum in Russia.

“The US charge d’affaires has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry to demand an explanation,” Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters in Ankara in televised comments on Monday. The United States does not currently have an ambassador to Turkey as the Senate has held up the confirmation of nominee John Bass, formerly the top US diplomat in Georgia. [Read more]

Fake cell phone ‘towers’ may be spying on Americans’ calls, texts | RT

More than a dozen “fake cell phone towers” could be secretly hijacking Americans’ mobile devices in order to listen in on phone calls or snoop on text messages, a security-focused cell phone company claims. It is not clear who controls the devices.

ESD America, which markets heavily-encrypted cell phones built within the body of a Samsung Galaxy S3, said it was able to locate numerous towers intercepting mobile communications – but does not know who is running them. [Read more]

Blocking Consumer Choice: Google’s Dangerous Ban of Privacy and Security App | EFF

As reported last week in the Wall Street Journal, Google has banned the privacy and security app Disconnect Mobile from the play store. By doing so, Google has shown once again that it cares more about allowing third-parties to monetize the tracking of its users than about allowing those users to ensure their own security and privacy. The banned app, Disconnect Mobile, is designed to stop non-consensual third party trackers on Android (much like EFF’s Privacy Badger does in Firefox or Chrome). Disconnect released their app in the Android Play Store and Apple’s App Store a little over a week ago. Google removed the app just five days after it was released, citing Section 4.4 of the Play Store developer distribution agreement.1 This section states that developers agree not to use the Play Store to distribute apps that interfere with or disrupt the services of any third party. [Read more]

All Americans’ Private Photos Could Be Leaked Thanks to the NSA, Not Just Jennifer Lawrence’s | truthdig

Everyone’s talking about personal privacy violations due to the recent leak of celebrity nude pictures, but the National Security Agency is missing from the debate; Americans have resented teachers throughout history based on moral panic; meanwhile, big Republican donors are considering spending their money to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. These discoveries and more below. [Read more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments over NSA’s bulk collection of phone records | Washington Post

A federal appeals court on Tuesday for the first time heard oral arguments over whether the government’s mass collection of data about Americans’ phone calls is constitutional and legal.

In a case that may be headed to the Supreme Court, a lawyer for the government faced pointed questioning over whether the National Security Agency’s gathering of vast amounts of Americans’ call records from U.S. phone companies violates the Fourth Amendment and a law known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act. [Read more]


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