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May 17, 2014 Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA

QUOTE: A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA's dragnet.

Guardian Unlimited
Jan 17, 2014 Obama Outlines Calibrated Curbs on Phone Spying

QUOTE: in a speech at the Justice Department that seemed more calculated to reassure audiences at home and abroad than to force radical change, Mr. Obama defended the need for the broad surveillance net assembled by the N.S.A. And he turned to Congress and the intelligence agencies themselves to work out the details of any changes.

New York Times
Dec 27, 2013 How Worried Should We Be About the Alleged RSA-NSA Scheming?

QUOTE: If the NSA sabotaged a secure random number generator in a widely used commercial library, it used an extremely blunt instrument....There’s far more at stake here than NSA’s reputation or RSA’s and other U.S. business interests, however. We urgently need NSA and RSA to come clean with the public so we can begin to unravel the damage that’s been done to the basic mechanisms of trust in our online world.

Sep 27, 2013 NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers

QUOTE: The National Security Agency's internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentionally misused the agency's surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests...there are two additional incidents now under investigation and another allegation pending that may require an investigation.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 15, 2013 The Banality of Systemic Evil (THE STONE)

QUOTE: Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them. I would also argue that that moral principle has been clearly articulated, and it may just save us from a dystopian future. In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolph Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system....A good illustration of this phenomenon appears in “Moral Mazes,” a book by the sociologist Robert Jackall that explored the ethics of decision making within several corporate bureaucracies.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2013 NSA fact sheet on surveillance program pulled from Web after senators’ criticism

QUOTE: National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander acknowledged Tuesday that a fact sheet on the agency’s Web site inaccurately described the extent to which the communications of U.S. citizens are protected from the spy agency’s collection of e-mail and other material from technology companies.

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2012 Collaboration in Gaza Leads to Grisly Fate

QUOTE: Last month’s extrajudicial killings...were a stark departure from Hamas’s efforts since then to pursue collaborators in court and not the street, spotlighting its dilemma as a movement rooted in militant resistance now trying to run a government. The Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm, claimed responsibility for the killings, but some party leaders condemned them.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2011 Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel

QUOTE: While the American government routinely eavesdrops on some embassies inside the United States, intelligence collection against allies is always politically delicate, especially one as close as Israel.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2011 Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear

QUOTE: compared with countries like China and Russia...the ISI’s operations here are less extensive and less sophisticated... Even so, officials and scholars say the ISI campaign extends to issuing both tacit and overt threats against those who speak critically about the military.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2011 Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist

QUOTE: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.

New York Times
Jun 17, 2011 U.S. Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks

QUOTE: The Justice Department shows no sign of rethinking its campaign to punish unauthorized disclosures to the news media, with five criminal cases so far under President Obama, compared with three under all previous presidents combined....The string of cases reflects a broad belief across two administrations and in both parties in Congress that leaks have gotten out of hand, endangering intelligence agents and exposing American spying methods.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2011 Victor Toro, Tortured in Chile, Fights Deportation

QUOTE: A well-known advocate for immigrants and the needy in New York, Mr. Toro has been in and out of immigration court for nearly four years, unsuccessfully battling a deportation order and trying to win asylum.

New York Times
Feb 10, 2011 Ex-C.I.A. Agent Goes Public With Story of Mistreatment on the Job

QUOTE: He contends that the events broke up his marriage and destroyed his career, and that C.I.A. officials abused the State Secrets Privilege doctrine in an effort to cover up their own negligence.

New York Times
Jan 15, 2011 Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

QUOTE: [experts say that Israel at its Dimona facility] tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.... Mr. Langner is among the experts who expressed fear that the attack had legitimized a new form of industrial warfare, one to which the United States is also highly vulnerable.

New York Times
Jan 15, 2011 Renault Fires 2 Men Accused of Selling Corporate Secrets About Electric Vehicles

QUOTE: Renault has formally fired two of the men it has accused of espionage....While French officials have confirmed on background that investigators are following a lead related to China...

New York Times
Jan 06, 2011 Software security: Honesty is the best policy

QUOTE: Admitting to flaws in your code can be embarrassing, but OpenBSD's hunt for a backdoor proves the alternative could be much worse

May 15, 2010 U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts

QUOTE: Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2009 Who's in Big Brother's Database?

QUOTE: these new centers in Utah, Texas, and possibly elsewhere will likely become the centralized repositories for the data intercepted by the NSA in America's version of the "big brother database" rejected by the British.

New York Review of Books (NYRB)
Oct 19, 2009 Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets (Danger Room)

QUOTE: In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available...

Oct 16, 2009 C.I.A. Is Still Cagey About Oswald Mystery

QUOTE: For six years, the agency [the C.I.A] has fought in federal court to keep secret hundreds of documents from 1963, when an anti-Castro Cuban group it paid clashed publicly with the soon-to-be assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2009 CIA Committed Fraud, Judge Writes in Ruling: 5 Involved in Suit Could Face Sanctions

QUOTE: A federal judge has ruled that government officials committed fraud while defending a lawsuit brought by a former DEA agent who accused a CIA operative of illegally bugging his home.

Washington Post
Jul 14, 2009 Is China spying on Uighurs abroad?

QUOTE: Analysts and Uighur exiles say that China has an intelligence network aimed at monitoring developments in the Uighur diaspora and trying to sow dissension within and among Uighur groups. There is also wide agreement that Uighur operatives involved in the network are often coerced into it by the Chinese authorities.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 11, 2009 Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project

QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney...

New York Times
May 22, 2009 Spies’ Roots Reach Deep in Lebanon

QUOTE: Hundreds of Lebanese spied for Israel during its 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon, most on a short-term basis. Many felt they had no choice, and they were forgiven, or they served short prison terms after the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. But since then feelings have hardened toward those who spy for Israel, which waged a punishing bombing campaign here during its war with Hezbollah in 2006. Those convicted of spying can face the death penalty under Lebanese law.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2009 Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists

QUOTE: [Representative Jane Harman of California was] overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation...

New York Times
Mar 28, 2009 Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

QUOTE: A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world...

New York Times
Sep 06, 2008 Polish agents tell of CIA jails

QUOTE: "Polish intelligence sources have for the first time confirmed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran a secret prison facility on Polish soil."

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Aug 23, 2008 Group Suing AT&T for Spying Will Sue Government, Too

QUOTE: As for the unexpectedly long-lived suit against AT&T, the government and the EFF are discussing when and how the government will attempt to have the case dismissed using the amnesty provision. The EFF wants to challenge the legality of the amnesty before it is actually applied, while the government prefers to have the case dismissed first -- then have the EFF fight the dismissal.

Jul 24, 2008 58 years later, Rosenberg spy case gets another look

QUOTE: After 58 years, historians and journalists will have a chance to examine the secret grand jury testimony of witnesses in the espionage case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg....In an unusual move, federal authorities have said that because of the historic significance of the case, they do not oppose releasing the transcripts of testimony from witnesses who have died or who do not object to their release.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 13, 2007 Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm: Qwest Feared NSA Plan Was Illegal, Filing Says

QUOTE: A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be illegal.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2007 Government secrecy up despite exposure of issue: Stamping documents 'secret' cost taxpayers $8.2 billion last year

QUOTE: The Defense Department has more than doubled in real terms the amount it spends on classified weapons acquisitions since 1995. While the number of classification decisions actually dropped by 10 percent to 231,995 last year, the number of documents related to each one of those decisions ballooned to 20.3 million, up by 43 percent.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sep 24, 2001 War On Terrorism Stirs Memory of Internment

QUOTE: The Bush administration's proposals for increased law enforcement powers to fight terrorism are provoking a debate about whether American courts would repeat the kinds of rulings that restricted the civil rights of Japanese-Americans during World War II....experts say the reasoning of the 1944 ruling could permit limits on the civil liberties of Arab immigrants and even some Americans of Arab descent.

New York Times
May 25, 2001 Crude Detentions in China

QUOTE: As the diplomatic climate has decayed between Washington and Beijing in recent months, China has singled out one group of Americans for particularly harsh treatment. A lengthening list of Chinese-born Americans have been detained by China's State Security Ministry. One of them has recently been charged with spying for Taiwan...

New York Times
Mar 06, 2001 New Files Tie U.S. to Deaths of Latin Leftists in 1970's

QUOTE: [A recently declassified State Department] cable appeared to open new avenues of inquiry about the American role in Condor, a shadowy operation to stamp out the Latin American left that, among other things, dispatched death squads to kill critics at home and overseas.

New York Times