Posts Tagged ‘NSA’

NSA: FOR THOSE THAT DOUBT HOW BAD IT REALLY IS: XKeyscore presentation from 2008 – read in full

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The Guardian published, despite intimidation tactics, America’s NSA 2008 XKeyscore program training materials, that mention at the top of the document the names of three other countries: Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain. The declassified NSA “XKeyscore 2008 training program” details how analysts can use it and other systems, to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web. Several pagesd got blacked out, but there is a hell of a lot of information what is done to us, the people of the world.

It is truly alarming, read it in full, share and save it elsewhere, who knows how long it’s allowed to remain on the web, even so it was declassified.

To read the US NSA 2008 XKeyscore program training materials, click here

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page


NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

BRÜSSEL ENTSCHEIDET ÜBER DEINE DATEN! WAS DU JETZT TUN KANNST:

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Von der Digitalen Gesellschaft

UNSERE GRUNDRECHTE AUF PRIVATSPHÄRE UND DATENSCHUTZ SIND IN GEFAHR
Die Datenschutzreform hat zu noch nie dagewesenen Lobbyanstrengungen in Brüssel geführt. Viele europäische Bürgerrechtsorganisationen, darunter auch unsere Dachorganisation European Digital Rights, haben in den letzten Wochen die Änderungsanträge zur Datenschutzreform durchforstet. Ihr Ergebnisse haben sie in einem Bericht veröffentlicht, den wir für dich übersetzt haben. Ihre Ergebnisse sind alarmierend: Unternehmen und ausländischen Regierungen haben den einst datenschutzfreundlichen Entwurf der Europäischen Kommission durch intensives Lobbying massiv aufgeweicht. Bestehende Datenschutzrechte könnten sogar abgeschafft werden. Daher müssen wir jetzt reagieren und die Abgeordneten im EU-Parlament überzeugen, unsere Bürgerrechte und Freiheit im Internet zu verteidigen.

WAS DU JETZT TUN KANNST:
Die deutschen Abgeordneten gehören im EU-Parlament zu den wichtigsten Entscheidungsträgern rund um die Datenschutzreform. Im Moment werden sie geradezu von der Industrielobby überrannt. Die datenschutzrechtlich bedenklichen Stellungnahme der beratenden Auschüsse wurden teilweise nur mit einer äußerst knappen Minderheit verabschiedet. Bald kommt es zum großen Showdown im Europaparlament, bei dem sich die Zukunft unseres Datenschutzes entscheidet. Weil die Kompromissvorschläge in genau diesem Moment in Brüssel diskutiert werden, ist genau jetzt die Zeit zu handeln. Wenn alles gut geht, wird der federführende Ausschuss für Bürgerliche Freiheiten, Justiz und Inneres (LIBE) die Kompromisse noch vor der Sommerpause abstimmen. Zum aktiv werden hast Du mehrere Möglichkeiten, je nachdem wie viel Zeit Du gerade hast.

2 Minuten: Schau Dir dieses Video an & teile es in den sozialen Netzwerken Deiner Wahl:
Vidoe auf Deutsch
Video auf Englisch

5 Minuten: Kontaktiert daher die Abgeordneten des Ausschusses für Bürgerliche Freiheiten (LIBE). Auf https://www.nakedcitizens.eu kannst du eine Postkarte gestalten und mit ein paar Klicks in ein Abgeordnetenbüro in Brüssel schicken. Fordere Sie auf, sich für dein Recht auf Datenschutz einzusetzen.

10 Minuten: Deine Stimme wird am besten gehört, wenn Du Dich so spezifisch und persönlich wie möglich ausdrückst – innerhalb von ein paar Minuten kannst Du eine E-Mail an konservative und liberale EU-Abgeordnete schicken: http://www.privacycampaign.eu.

15 Minuten: Ruf Deinen Abgeordneten an. Das kannst Du auch machen, um Deine E-Mails zu ergänzen. Kostenlos in Brüssel anrufen geht mit dem PiPhone: Link Hier

HINTERGRUND
Um euch einen Überblick zu geben und das Fachchinesisch rund um die Datenschutzverordnung zu er klären, gibt es unsere Broschüre mit den 10 wichtigsten Punkten des Verordnungsvorschlags: Brüssel entscheidet über Deine Daten – die EU-Datenschutzverordnung in 10 Punkten.

Seit Anfang Januar 2013 liegt der Bericht des EU-Parlaments (pdf) zur Datenschutzverordnung vor. Bei dieser Verordnung geht es um unser Grundrecht auf Datenschutz und Privatsphäre. Insgesamt gibt es in dem Parlamentsbericht zwar einige gute Verbesserungen gegenüber des Kommissionsvor schlags (pdf), leider enthält er aber auch viele Kompromisse.

Die folgenden Ausschüsse (AS) befassen sich mit der Verordnung:

Binnenmarkt und Verbraucherschutz (IMCO) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Industrie, Forschung und Energie (ITRE) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Beschäftigung und soziale Angelegenheiten (EMPL) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Rechtsausschuss (JURI) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Hauptverantwortlich für den Bericht des EU-Parlaments zur Datenschutzverordnung ist der Ausschuss Bürgerliche Freiheiten, Justiz und Inneres (LIBE)

Die vier beratenden Ausschüsse haben bereits über ihre Stellungnahme abgestimmt – meist industriefreundlich und datenschutzrechtlich bedenklich. Diese haben großen Einfluss darauf, wie der federführende Ausschuss für bürgerliche Freiheiten (LIBE) und damit das ganze Europäische Parlament abstimmt. Die Stellungnahme des Rechtsausschusses (JURI) zeigt, dass unsere Bemühungen für Datenschutz und Privatsphäre nicht umsonst waren. Obwohl die JURI-Stellungnahme erhebliche Schwächen aufzeigt, stellt sie eine erhebliche Verbesserung zu den Stellungnahmen der anderen Ausschüsse dar. Es bringt etwas, Druck zu machen, also kontaktiert die Abgeordneten des Ausschusses für Bügerliche Freiheiten (LIBE), damit sie sich für hohe Datenschutzstandards einsetzen!

VIDEO: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Watch VIDEO by Democracy Now!

Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has abruptly shut down. The move came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve U.S. government attempts to win access to customer information. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we are joined by Lavabit owner Ladar Levison and his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it. I would like to, believe me,” Levison says. “I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore.” In a message to his customers last week, Levison said: “I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” Levison said he was barred from discussing the events over the past six weeks that led to his decision. Soon after, another secure email provider called Silent Circle also announced it was shutting down. (Related: Watch our continued discussion with Levison and Nicholas Merrill, who took FBI to court after receiving a national security lett

The Cochabamba Declaration by UNASUR (on the assault on President Morales)

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Cochabamba Declaration
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Cochabamba, Plurinational State of Bolivia

On this Thursday night Presidents of South American Nations, gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and issued a joint statement in which they affirmed their rejection of recent actions against President Evo Morales and required the governments of Portugal, France, Italy and Spain to explain the situation and asked for public apologies.

The Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Argentina, Cristina Fernandez; Uruguay, José Pepe Mujica; Ecuador, Rafael Correa; Suriname, Desi Boutersi; as well as delegations from other South American nations, held an extraordinary meeting to support the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in the recent situation that took place in Europe at the time he was returning to his country.

Following the intervention of presidents and delegations, and ratification of the rejection of the violation of multiple rights of the Bolivian president, the presidents issued a document securing its position concerning the attack. Several of the leaders questioned the effectiveness of the work of counterintelligence and investigations of the nations involved that led them to commit an error of this magnitude.

At the same time (the Presidents) seek rectification, a presentation of explanations of the case and ask for apologies for the assault on the indigenous South American Indian leader, which in turn is considered an attack against all the peoples of the region.

Below is the full text of the document signed by all the presidents:

Cochabamba Declaration

Given the situation that the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was subjected to by the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain, we denounce before the international community and various international organizations:

— The flagrant violation of international treaties governing peaceful coexistence, solidarity and cooperation between our states, that took place is an unusual act, unfriendly and hostile, configuring an unlawful act that affects freedom of movement and displacement of a head of state and his delegation.

— The abuse and neocolonial practices that still exist on our planet in the XXI century.

— The lack of transparency about the motivations of policy decisions that prevented air traffic for the Bolivian presidential vessel and its president.

— The injury suffered by President Evo Morales, which offends not only the Bolivian people but all our nations.

— The illegal spying practices that threaten the rights of citizens and friendly coexistence among nations.

In view of these denunciations, we are convinced that the process of building the Patria Grande (Integrated Latin America) to which we are committed must be consolidated with full respect for the sovereignty and independence of our peoples, without interference from global hegemonic powers, conquering the old practices of imposing first and second class.(status on) countries.

The male and female heads of state and governments of countries of the Union of South American Nations, gathered in Cochabamba on July 4, 2013:

1- We declare that the unacceptable restriction on the freedom of President Evo Morales, making virtually him a hostage, is a rights violation of not only the Bolivian people but of all countries and peoples of Latin America and sets a dangerous precedent for existing international law.

2- We reject the actions that clearly violate norms and principles of international law, the inviolability of the heads of state.

3- We call on the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to explain the reasons for the decision to prevent the presidential plane from the Plurinational State of Bolivia from overflying through its airspace.

4- Similarly, we urge the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain present the corresponding public apologies for the serious incidents that occurred.

5- We support the complaint filed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the serious violation of human rights and specific endangerment of the life of President Evo Morales; we also support the right of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to take all actions it deems necessary to the courts and relevant agencies.

6- We agreed to form a monitoring committee, entrusting the task to our foreign ministries to perform the actions necessary to shed light on the facts.

Finally, in the spirit of the principles set forth in the treaty establishing UNASUR, we urge all the heads of state of the union to stand by (accompany) this declaration.

Similarly, we call on the United Nations and regional organizations that have not done so yet, to make a pronouncement on this unjustifiable and arbitrary event.

Cochabamba, July 4, 2013

EVERYONE: LET’S DEMAND FROM OUR GOVERNMENTS TO GRANT ASYLUM TO NSA (Prism) WHISTLEBLOWER EDWARD SNOWDEN

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By Rebecca Sommer

In an impressively bold action, the source of the NSA leaks identified himself and his reasons.

I do not want to live in such a world”

Me neither.

Our hero’s name is Edward Snowden, 29 years young. He worked for several years as an IT analyst for the CIA, and later at NSA surveillance subcontractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He was among “thousands upon thousands” of such analysts hired to manage and sift through “huge amounts of data.” Yours and mine.

Edward fled to Hong Kong in the hope that the U.S. would have difficulties to get access to him, but ultimately he wants to seek asylum in Iceland. Sadly, Iceland announced that its asylum procedure demands the person to apply within the country, and not from the outside. Ridiculous, if there is political will – there is a way. Come on Iceland, let this brave man have his deserved freedom in your hauntingly beautiful country!

I hope that the Icelandic people will stand up for him, and pressure their government to make an exception to the asylum rules.

In the meantime, leftist German party “Linke” requested that Germany must grant him asylum – which is the exact right move any government should do, and I am sure that ~7 billion people from around the world agree.

So let’s start to demand this from our governments!

When Edward Snowden explained his motivation to leak the information despite the fact that he knew that he would be targeted by the US, he said that he does not want to live in a world in which you have no privacy. In addition:

“You can not wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I did realized leadership is about being the first to act…. I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things”

One could now summarize a lot of what Glenn Greenwald writes in the Guardian about it, or what Snowden says in the video interview with Greenwald. But you can also just watch yourself there. Again: Impressive.

Edward Snowden, THANK YOU.

WATCH VIDEO at the original source ! The Guardian

Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers, and thus uncovered massive wrongdoing by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War, was quoted as saying that he has been waiting for such a moment for 40 years.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist,  who should really get the Pulitzer Prize for the entire NSA stories this week, points out that Snowden is not on Facebook or Twitter, so all subsequent sounding accounts are fake.

For the matter of fact, I also refused to open a Facebook or Twitter account, suspicious that it was/is a spy machine. Little did I knew that any information that I was sending and receiving through my personal e-mail account, my skype conversations, my pdf or word files, my pictures . . are surveilled and stored by Prism for years anyhow, and my human right to privacy severely violated.