(RT) British intelligence officials can infiltrate the very cables that transfer information across the internet, as well as monitor users in real time on sites like Facebook without the company’s consent, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
The internal documents reveal that British analysts gave instruction to members of the National Security Agency in 2012, showing them how to spy on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in real time and collect the computer addresses of billions of the sites’ uploaders.
The leaked documents are from a GCHQ publication titled ‘Psychology: A New Kind of SIGDEV’ (Signals Development). Published by NBC News on Monday, the papers detail a program dubbed ‘Squeaky Dolphin,’ which was developed for analysts working in “broad real-time monitoring of online activity.”
Sources told NBC that the British have proven their ability to both directly monitor the world’s web traffic cable and use a third party to view the data stream and extract information from it.
Representatives from the companies in question said they have not provided any data to the government of the United Kingdom under this program, either voluntarily or involuntarily. One person who wished to remain anonymous said that Google, the company that owns YouTube, was “shocked” to discover the UK may have been “grabbing” data for years.
Previously published disclosures have made it clear that the US and UK are sharing intelligence tactics. The Washington Post reported in October 2013 that the NSA and GCHQ collaborated on a program known as MUSCULAR, which the agencies used to record “entire data flows” from Yahoo and Google.
Security officials have consistently maintained that the programs are authorized under the laws of their respective nation and that the surveillance is designed only as a tool for preventing terrorism. Still, the lack of transparency has left civil liberties advocates searching for more answers.
“Governments have no business knowing which YouTube videos everyone in the world is watching,” Chris Soghoian, chief technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC. “It’s one thing to spy on a particular person who has done something to warrant a government investigation but governments have no business monitoring the Facebook likes or YouTube views of hundreds of millions of people.”
When members of GCHQ delivered the presentation to NSA officials, they showed the Americans how to carry out the surveillance by extracting information from YouTube, Facebook, and Google’s Blogger service on February 13, 2012 – one day before anti-government protests were to begin in Bahrain.
According to the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the presenters were careful to mention that the intelligence gathering was not designed to monitor specific targets. “Not interested in individuals just broad trends!” one note reads.
Jason Healey, a former White House official under President George W. Bush, told NBC such activity not only sends a shiver through the public but has also become an impediment for Silicon Valley executives and the thriving social media industry.
“We want our security services to be out there and keeping us safe,” he said, “but we can also look for balance, we can look for limits, especially if we’re putting at risk this most transformative technology since Gutenberg.”
(FEDERALJACK) On this edition of DTRH Popeye covers the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and explains how agencies of the federal government were involved. There was a civil trial, and according to a Memphis jury’s verdict on December 8, 1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit of the King family versus Loyd Jowers “and other unknown co-conspirators,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government.
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(FEDERALJACK) The U.S. conclusion that a chemical attack near Damascus in August was carried out by the government has been challenged by a team of highly respected experts. Washington immediately blamed President Assad, but a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found the rocket couldn’t have been fired from government-controlled areas. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky looked into the MIT study, let’s get more details from him.
(FEDERALJACK) A US drone strike in Yemen has taken the life of another civilian, according to Reuters. This latest death, a month after a drone killed 15 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy, comes just as the US Congress is debating a spending bill that contains hidden details of the future of the US drone program. A secret provision in the $1.1 trillion, 1,500-page spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday keeps lethal counterterrorism operations under the umbrella of the CIA, instead of shifting control to the Pentagon, which would provide more transparency.
(FEDERALJACK) There’s a great deal of dirt in former CIA official John Rizzo’s new book, Company Man, including allegations about the torture program administered under the administration of former-President George W. Bush. That’s not all there is to read, however. In his just released memoir, the long-time government agent says Hollywood actors and producers are all too willing to work with Central Intelligence Agency when it came time to make motion pictures about secret spy operations. According to Rizzo, one silver screen star even asked the CIA if he could be compensated in $50,000 worth of contraband — namely “primo” cocaine, during the course of that cozy relationship.
(MEDIAITE) Okay, normally I introduce these posts with either a brief summary of the reason you clicked the link in the first place or give some kind of context-building set-up, but Anderson Cooper talked about cunnilingus on CNN Thursday night and I really just… I mean, really… just a loss for words here.
CNN was doing one of those year in review segments, and Cooper asked Dan Savage for what he thought was a really good scandal story this year. Savage had to go with the amazing saga of Rob Ford, and said, “I love a good cunnilingus joke on the evening news.”
Everyone (especially Andrew Sullivan) burst out laughing, and that’s when Cooper decided to over-share.
“My mom once wrote a romance memoir about men she had dated–and I use that term loosely–and she described one guy she was currently dating––my mom was 85 at the time––as the Nijinsky of cunnilingus. And she made me proofread the book.”
Thanks, Anderson! Thank you SO MUCH for that image! Really, just… wow.
But just for perspective’s sake, this is only the second weirdest Anderson Cooper/cunnilingus story this year…
Watch the video below, via CNN:
(FEDERALJACK) A few months ago, during the last insane push for an invasion into Syria, Saudi Arabia threatened Russia with terrorist attacks if they didn’t stop supporting Syria and blocking any attempt of an invasion. We all know that Russia didn’t back down, and so far no military invasion, yet. Flash forward to this week, suddenly Russia has had two terror attacks in as many days, leading up to the Olympics. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Follow the money, I bet it leads to the Saudis, and by proxy the CIA.
(FEDERALJACK) If you’re considering buying a new laptop online, you might want to think twice because US intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their destination.
(FEDERALJACK) Their job is to get the ungettable. A unit of mostly young hackers are helping the National Security Agency break into computers around the world to access some of the toughest targets. German news magazine Der Spiegel published a report over the weekend revealing the National Security Agency’s top hacking unit, the Tailored Access Operations. It’s best described as a team of digital plumbers that unclog blocked access to targets. One of their most sophisticated set of tools lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as targets, and was used to gain important economic data from high-ranking members of OPEC.