Thursday 24th of July 2014

keeping who safe .....

keeping who safe .....

You, like most Americans, are friendly and like to mind your own business. You have 2.3 kids, a mortgage, and a loving spouse.

But, this is the 21st Century. A grand era of technology. Buck Rogers and H.G. Wells would be so proud of our technological advancements.

But so would Stalin, Mao and Hitler. The NSA’s recently leaked shopping catalog is chilling and would “harsh the mellow” of any regular Joe.

Let’s start with you.

You have a phone that you call home with. The NSA can listen in to your phone using PICASSO. It knows your phone book, your recent calls, where you’ve been, your PIN numbers that you’ve used, and can block your calls. Like if you’re being chased by black SUV’s and you want to call 911 – tough luck, they’ve shut down your phone.

But the REAL interesting part of the PICASSO- it can collect LIVE AUDIO from the phone. Are you carrying on a great conversation about how much you think Obamacare is a scam? Your political dissent can now be recorded in real time and documented.

MONKEYCALENDAR can remotely send your previous locations via text message to the NSA.

The Apple iPhone isn’t even safe. DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant that can pull files, photos, address book, listen in on your conversations, capture images with the camera, and tell them your exact location – all being sent covertly through the SMS system.

CANDYGRAM should be called FAKEOUT because it mimics a cell tower.  At 40,000 bucks a unit, it has been designed to be remotely erased in case it cannot be recovered.

How about your computer? We all know of PRISM and the other anagrams. Even your old computer isn’t safe.

SWAP and DEITYBOUNCE can be uploaded to Windows, LINUX, FreeBSD, or Solaris systems by the ARKSTREAM system to re-flash your computer’s BIOS to upload software via TWISTEDKILT to drop a payload. In other words, they can put files on your computer that you didn’t put on their, like child porn.

IRATEMONK alters your hard drive firmware and gains control of the Master Boot Record.

And the big guys aren’t immune from the NSA keyhole-peeking approach. Products such HEADWATER and HALLUXWATER are actually designed to defeat Huawei Eudeomon firewall servers and give the NSA a backdoor to many European and Asian companies. Don’t worry Cisco firewall owners, the JETPLOW can probably be found on your units.

TOTEGHOSTLY is designed for Windows Mobile PDA’s to do the same function as PICASSO and DROPOUTJEEP, including listening to conversations and taking photos.

Even old computers aren’t safe.  The Windows XP system has been compromised by SOMBERKNAVE, that helps VALIDATOR “calls home” and deliver the data to the NSA agent.

And this is nothing more than Tyranny, aided by the very manufacturers that expect you to trust them. Dell, Microsoft, and so many others have been in cahoots with the NSA since day one.

There is no room for individualism in this world. The government is everywhere, they see and hear everything and they control everything that isn’t human. They observe and report your actions, your thoughts, your feelings and emotions . You might think you and your family are succeeding in a small rebellion for a short while, but eventually it catches up with you. You realize they knew all along, they are already working against you and at the end of the day, they will kill every subversive thought you may or will have. There is not a chance to be an individual in this dictatorship.

They will get you. They always get you. And eventually, they get to you.

It's Not Just Your Phone Calls, It's You They Are Listening To

 

spying on grandma .....

If you’ve never done anything you wouldn’t want the government to know about, you should re-examine your life choices.

“The idea is to build an antiterrorist global environment,” a senior American defense official said in 2003, “so that in 20 to 30 years, terrorism will be like slave-trading, completely discredited.”

One must wonder: When will the dropping of bombs on innocent civilians by the United States, and invading and occupying their country become completely discredited? When will the use of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, CIA torture renditions, and round-the-world, round-the-clock surveillance become things that even men like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, and John Brennan will be too embarrassed to defend?

Last month, a former National Security Agency official told the Washington Post that the Agency’s workers are polishing up their résumés and asking that they be cleared – removing any material linked to classified programs – so they can be sent out to potential employers. He noted that one employee who processes the résumés said, “I’ve never seen so many résumés that people want to have cleared in my life.”

Morale is “bad overall”, said another former official. “The news – the Snowden disclosures – it questions the integrity of the NSA workforce,” he said. “It’s become very public and very personal. Literally, neighbors are asking people, ‘Why are you spying on Grandma?’ And we aren’t. People are feeling bad, beaten down.”

President Obama was recently moved to declare that he would be proposing “some self-restraint on the NSA” and “some reforms that can give people more confidence.” He also said “In some ways, the technology and the budgets and the capacity [at NSA] have outstripped the constraints. And we’ve got to rebuild those in the same way that we’re having to do on a whole series of capacities … [such as] drone operations.”

Well, dear readers and comrades, we shall see. But if you’re looking for a glimmer of hope to begin a new year, you may as well try grabbing onto these little offerings. When the American Empire crumbles, abroad and at home, as one day it must, Edward Snowden’s courageous actions may well be seen as one of the key steps along that road. I’ve long maintained that only the American people have the power to stop The Imperial Machine – the monster that eats the world’s environment, screws up its economies, and spews violence on every continent. And for that to happen the American people have to lose their deep-seated, quasi-religious belief in “American Exceptionalism”. For many, what they’ve been forced to learn the past six months has undoubtedly worn deep holes into the protective armor that has surrounded their hearts and minds since childhood.

A surprising and exhilarating example of one of these holes in the armor is the New Year’s day editorial in the New York Times that is now well known. Entitled “Edward Snowden, Whistle-blower” – itself a legitimation of his actions – its key part says: “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.”

The president has been moved to appoint a committee to study NSA abuses. This of course is a standard bureaucratic maneuver to keep critics at bay. But the committee – Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies – did come up with a few unexpected recommendations in its report presented December 13, the most interesting of which perhaps are these two:

* “Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry.

* “Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems.” 

The first recommendation refers to a practice, though certainly despicable, that is something the United States has been doing, and lying about, for decades. Just this past September, James Clapper, Director of US National Intelligence, declared: “What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies.”

Clapper is the same gentleman who told Congress in March that the NSA does not intentionally collect any kind of data on millions of Americans; and, when subsequently challenged on this remark, declared: “I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner by saying ‘no’.”

The second recommendation had not been revealed before, in a Snowden document or from any other source.

“That was a strangely specific recommendation for something nobody was talking about,” observed the director of a government transparency group.

ABC News reported that “A spokesperson for the NSA declined to comment on the issue of bank account hacking, and a representative for U.S. Cyber Command did not immediately return an emailed request for comment.”

Manipulating bank records is about as petty and dishonorable as a superpower can behave, and could conceivably, eventually, lead to the end of the NSA as we’ve all come to know and love it. On the other hand, the Agency no doubt holds some very embarrassing information about anyone in a position to do them harm.

The Anti-Empire Report