Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century | truthout

Many despairing observers of The New American Century have asked me whether – given the recent revelations about NSA surveillance, along with other signs that American democracy is deteriorating irrespective of which party governs – an honest vote counting system would even matter anymore.  A fair question to which I believe the ultimate, if uneasy, answer is “Yes.”

There was a brief glimpse during the Occupy movement of what public anger at American Systemic Injustice might come to if it found a way to assemble, to come out of its isolated private homes and apartments and shelters and cubicles into the public squares of the nation. It was a powerful image, one that so shook US rulers in their corporate and governmental corridors of power that they soon resorted to a federally-coordinated blitzkrieg to empty those squares and kill Occupy before it multiplied any further and before the Bastille was in any real danger. [Read more]

‘Core secrets’ exposed: NSA used undercover agents in foreign companies | RT

To infiltrate foreign networks and gain access to sensitive systems, the NSA has been using the tactics of “physical subversion” – deploying undercover agents in Chinese, German, South Korean and possibly even American companies, The Intercept reports.

Past reports on the National Security Agency (NSA) have typically depicted a government organ that hacks other systems or works with private corporations to bypass their own encryption protections, but the latest report based on files leaked by Edward Snowden suggests the agency could be embedding operatives into foreign, as well as domestic, “commercial entities.” [Read more]

Snowden Documentary Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower | OpEdNews

Though suspicions that a new source within the U.S. government’s national security apparatus has been leaking classified and sensitive documents to some of the same journalists that have been reporting on the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, not until the premiere of Laura Poitras’ new documentary film on the subject this weekend have those suspicions been confirmed by any of the journalists with direct knowledge of the facts.

However, in a dramatic revelation for those who have now seen “Citizenfour” — which debuted at the New York Film Festival on Friday night where it received a standing ovation — a scene captured by Poitras shows award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald quietly confirming to Snowden the existence of a secord source within the intelligence community who has been sharing highly-secretive information. [Read more]

These Are the Emails Snowden Sent to First Introduce His Epic NSA Leaks | wired

Six months before the world knew the National Security Agency’s most prolific leaker of secrets as Edward Joseph Snowden, Laura Poitras knew him as Citizenfour. For months, Poitras communicated with an unknown “senior government employee” under that pseudonym via encrypted emails, as he prepared her to receive an unprecedented leak of classified documents that he would ask her to expose to the world.

Poitras’ remarkable new film, Citizenfour, premiered Friday at the New York Film Festival, and opens in theaters on October 24. It is a haunting, historic document of Snowden’s motivations and personality, the sort of revelatory filmmaking that could only have been achieved by a director who was herself at the center of the story; Poitras lived out the NSA drama almost as completely as Snowden himself. [Read more]

Supreme Court Will Strike Down NSA Spying Programs | National Journal

Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said Saturday he believes the Supreme Court will review the legality of the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs and ultimately find them unconstitutional.

“These programs themselves are unconstitutional,” Snowden said during an interview with journalist Jane Mayer at the New Yorker festival in New York City. “I am confident that the Supreme Court will agree these programs went too far.”

Snowden cited a ruling by a federal judge last year that found the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records likely unconstitutional as one reason for his confidence. He also noted that two presidential advisory panels have raised concerns about the lack of judicial oversight of the agency’s programs. [Read more]

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox | RT

Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways.

“We are no longer citizens, we no longer have leaders. We’re subjects, and we have rulers,” Snowden told The New Yorker magazine in a comprehensive hour-long interview. [Read more]

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency | The Age

An American website has revealed some of the most secret activities of Australia’s electronic spy agency as well as counter-espionage information that Australia’s closest allies withheld from Canberra.

The Intercept website has published more documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that expose top secret operations by the US National Security Agency, as well as its Australian counterpart, the Australian Signals Directorate, designed to penetrate foreign computer networks. [Read more]


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