Posts Tagged ‘NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails’

NASA and DHS To Demonstrate heartbeat finding radar tool for disaster rescue

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Comment by Maggie Zhou

With coming climate disasters and associated manmade disasters to be anticipated, it would seem that better disaster rescue tools are great, right?

Well, any invention or discovery, even those with great promise for the betterment of human existence, can also be a deadly tool in the hands of the empire.  Here is another example.  Nominally the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (the same folks that Edward Snowden has been exposing) has now this new radar device that detects heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage.  It can locate individuals buried under as much as 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of solid concrete, or from a distance of 100 feet in open spaces.  It can even distinguish the unique signature of a human’s breathing pattern and heartbeat from that of other living creatures, such as rats.

Read more about it here

Contemplate its implications … when it’s used AGAINST the people.

The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and Spiegel reveal how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Comment by Rebecca Sommer

The word must be grateful that newspapers’ The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Der Spiegel (and others) continue to reveal how the US and UK spy agencies (in cooperation with little sister Angela Merkel’s Germany) defeat internet privacy and security. Despite intimidation games played by Scotland Yard with Greenwald and Guardian, and the Obama administration’s war on leaks and, by extension, the work of investigative reporters, has been unrelenting.

History will honor groundbreaking journalist Glenn Greenwald, and courageous whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, and not forget what countries denied Edward Snowden asylum, as well as remember that (the airplane of) the president of Bolivia was grounded in a European country,  just because . . . .

NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

While over 20 000 people in Berlin held a protest march “Freedom and not fear”against the global internet surveillance scheme yesterday, Der Spiegel revealed how the NSA program iSpy cracks smartphones, including Blackberry Read Der Spiegel article here, and The Guardian and The New York Times published Revealedhow US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security.

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records
• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
• Security experts say programs ‘undermine the fabric of the internet’

A commenter on Der Spiegel reflected what many Europeans think: “What will our EU institutions do to counter these degeneration into an all knowing all controlling institutional monitoring of our lives? EU Parliament Investigative commission president Mr. Cohelo did already launch an investigation more than a decade ago only to be ignored and humiliated when traveling across the Atlantic. What are your EU institutions willing to do to protect our dignity and right to free thought and not to feel compelled to hide our curiosity and inquisitive spirit in order not to be added into a Black List by the NSA or similar all knowing all powerful institutions in the future?”

I have a dream - I have a drone protest sign at NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

I have a dream - I have a drone protest sign at NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Earth Peoples posted information for concerned Europeans:

BRUSSELS RULES ON YOUR DATA ! WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

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