Posts Tagged ‘The Guardian’

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

To read click here

UK Media Crackdown: Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files, Greenwald’s Partner Detained

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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The Guardian has revealed the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed Snowden’s classified documents or handed them to British authorities. “At its core, what is at stake is the ability for a human being to have dignity and for journalists to have integrity with their sources, [threatening] the whole concept of a free democracy,” says computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, who has been detained and questioned numerous times at airports. “And I don’t mean that as hyperbole, but if everything is under surveillance, how is it that you can have a democracy? How is it that you can organize a political function, or have confidentiality with a constituent, or a source, or with a friend or a lover? That’s an erasure of fundamental things that we have had for quite some time.”

The Guardian: Antarctic ice melting at record rate, study shows

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Antarctic ice melting at record rate, study shows
The evidence comes from a 364-metre ice core containing a record of freezing and melting over the previous millennium

Summer ice is melting at a faster rate in the Antarctic peninsula than at any time in the last 1,000 years, a new study has shown. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

Summer ice is melting at a faster rate in the Antarctic peninsula than at any time in the last 1,000 years, a new study has shown. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

Read entire article at: The Guardian

VIDEO: Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

To watch VIDEO: Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (filmed by Rebecca Sommer, Sommerfilms)

Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (Photo+video ©Rebecca Sommer)

Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (Photo+video ©Rebecca Sommer)