Microsoft, Too, Says FBI Secretly Surveilling Its Customers 21 Mar 2013 Microsoft said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is secretly spying on its customers with so-called National Security Letters that don’t require a judge’s approval, a revelation Thursday that mirrors one Google announced two weeks ago. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft announced that the type of accounts the feds are targeting with National Security Letters, warrants or court orders include Hotmail/Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Account, Messenger and Office 365. The announcements by the two tech giants mark the first time U.S. companies have divulged they were secretly responding to National Security Letters and coughing up user data to the bureau without probable-cause warrants.
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Posted in government, law, military, technology, tagged announced, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Google, Microsoft, National security letter, Redmond Washington, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE on March 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Since passwords have become an increasing problem for many, Google could be set to replace them entirely and is experimenting with USB keys, mobile phones and even jewellery that can act as a physical “key” to give users access to their account.
The search giant’s security bosses are set to publish their findings next month and say they could soon be commonplace
The Yubikey, which is believed to have been tested by Google, can automatically log users onto all their accounts without ever asking for a password by placing it into a Google laptop.
The tiny key can be used in any machine with a USB drive, and acts as a physical “key” to unlock the user’s account.
It can automatically log users in to all of their accounts, and even into their favourite websites, without ever asking for a password.
I am writing here to come out of the closet as a paid shill. For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet. This site, ATS, was NOT one that I was assigned to post on, although other people in the same organization were paid to be here, and I assume they still walk among you. But more on this later.
I quit this job in the latter part of 2011, because I became disgusted with it, and with myself. I realized I couldn’t look myself in the mirror anymore. If this confession triggers some kind of retribution against me, so be it. Part of being a real man in this world is having real values that you stand up for, no matter what the consequences.
My story begins in early 2011. I had been out of work for almost a year after losing my last job in tech support. Increasingly desperate and despondent, I jumped at the chance when a former co-worker called me up and said she had a possible lead for me. “It is an unusual job, and one that requires secrecy. But the pay is good. And I know you are a good writer, so its something you are suited for.” (Writing has always been a hobby for me).
WORLD NEWS TOMORROW - Government regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai to revise a wide-ranging communications treaty. Google has warned the event threatened the “open internet”, while the EU said the current system worked, adding: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
But the agency said action was needed to ensure investment in infrastructure to help more people access the net. “The brutal truth is that the internet remains largely [the] rich world’s privilege, ” said Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, ahead of the meeting. ”ITU wants to change that.”
The ITU traces its roots back to 1865, pre-dating the United Nations. Back then the focus was on telegrams, but over ensuing decades governments have extended its remit to other communications technologies. It helped develop the standards that made sure different countries’ telephone networks could talk to each other, and continues to allocate global radio spectrum and communication satellite orbits.
The current event – the World Conference on International Telecommunications (Wcit) – marks the first time it has overseen a major overhaul of telecommunication regulations since 1988. The ITU says there is a need to reflect the “dramatically different” technologies that have become commonplace over the past 24 years.
But the US has said some of the proposals being put forward by other countries are “alarming”. ”There have been proposals that have suggested that the ITU should enter the internet governance business,” said Terry Kramer, the US’s ambassador to WCIT, last week.
“There have been active recommendations that there be an invasive approach of governments in managing the internet, in managing the content that goes via the internet, what people are looking at, what they’re saying. “These fundamentally violate everything that we believe in in terms of democracy and opportunities for individuals, and we’re going to vigorously oppose any proposals of that nature.”
He added that he was specifically concerned by a proposal by Russia which said member states should have “equal rights to manage the internet” – a move he suggested would open the door to more censorship. However – as a recent editorial in the Moscow Times pointed out – Russia has already been able to introduce a “black list” of banned sites without needing an international treaty.
The ITU’s leader is also playing down suggestions that Russian demands will see him gain powers currently wielded by US-based bodies such as the internet name regulator Icann. “There is no need for the ITU to take over the internet governance,” said Dr Toure following Mr Kramer’s comments.
Pay to stream
One of the other concerns raised is that the conference could result in popular websites having to pay a fee to send data along telecom operators’ networks. The European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (Etno) – which represents companies such as Orange, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom – has been lobbying governments to introduce what it calls a “quality based” model.
This would see firms face charges if they wanted to ensure streamed video and other quality-critical content download without the risk of problems such as jerky images. Etno says a new business model is needed to provide service providers with the “incentive to invest in network infrastructure”.
A leaked proposal by Cameroon which talks of network operators deserving “full payment” has been interpreted by some as evidence that it is sympathetic to the idea. Mr Kramer has suggested that “a variety of nations in the Arab states” also supported the idea.
However, the US and EU are against it which should theoretically stop the proposal in its tracks. The ITU has repeatedly said that there must be common ground, rather than just a majority view, before changes are introduced to the treaty. “Voting in our jargon means winners and losers, and we cannot afford that,” Dr Toure told the BBC.
Such assurances have failed to satisfy everyone. The EU’s digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has called into question why the treaty needs to refer to the net. “The internet works, it doesn’t need to be regulated by ITR treaty,” she tweeted.
Vint Cerf – the computer scientist who co-designed some of the internet’s core underlying protocols and who now acts as Google’s chief internet evangelist – has been even more vocal, penning a series of op-ed columns. “A state-controlled system of regulation is not only unnecessary, it would almost invariably raise costs and prices and interfere with the rapid and organic growth of the internet we have seen since its commercial emergence in the 1990′s,” he wrote for World News.
Google itself has also run an “open internet” petition alongside the claim: “Only governments have a voice at the ITU. engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote.” However, the ITU has pointed out that Google has a chance to put its views forward as part of the US’s delegation to the conference.
“They are here, and they’re telling everyone that it’s a closed society,” said Dr Toure when asked about the firm’s campaign. “We will challenge them here again to bring their points on the table. The point that they are bringing – which is internet governance – it’s not really a place for discussion [of that] here.
“Therefore we believe they will find themselves in an environment completely different from what they were expecting.”
Freedom of information
The renowned global security threat analyst Baron Baretzky indicated that this ideas poses a global threat to freedom of information particularly that of the Intelligence community and it boils down to the 5WH scenario. Why, what, who, where and when ?
He indicated that the freedom of press and media would be at risk and this idealism should be argued in court of law and stopped. He further indicated that it might be illegal for the UN to propose such treaty as it directly violates the UN declaration namely that all mankind to have the right to freedom and information. Bn Baretzky also said that this could be s stunt from certain higher forces to manipulate the rights to human freedom and freedom of speech further.
Baretzky criticized Global Witness and the Human rights movements for not taking a stronger stand on this idealism and issue. According to some experts from the Swiz Arbitration court, such treaty would be illegal as the UN don’t have law-enforcement powers and nor does governments have such rights within their own constructional powers to restrict freedom of press.
The question now should be ask Why is this treaty being enforced or is the government at play just the puppet of e darker force at hand ?
The U.S. government — and likely your own government, for that matter — is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary — sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without.
That tin-foil hat really isn’t going to help. Take it off, you look silly.
Gen. David Petraeus, the former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, resigned over the weekend after he was found to have engaged in an extra-marital affair. What caught Petraeus out was, of all things, his usage of Google’s online email service, Gmail.
This has not only landed the former CIA chief in hot water but has ignited the debate over how, when, and why governments and law enforcement agencies are able to access ordinary citizens’ email accounts, even if they are the head of the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.
If it makes you feel any better, the chances are small that your own or a foreign government will snoop on you. The odds are much greater — at least for the ordinary person (terrorists, hijackers et al: take note) — that your email account will be broken into by a stranger exploiting your weak password, or an ex-lover with a grudge (see “Fatal Attraction“).
Forget ECHELON, or signals intelligence, or the interception of communications by black boxes installed covertly in data centers. Intelligence agencies and law enforcement bodies can access — thanks to the shift towards Web-based email services in the cloud — but it’s not as exciting or as Jack Bauer-esque as one may think or hope for.
The easiest way to access almost anybody’s email nowadays is still through the courts. (Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s true.)
Google received more requests from the U.S. government to hand over user data during the first half of this year than from any other country, according to the search company’s biannual “Transparency Report” released on Tuesday.
From January to June, Google received nearly 8,000 requests for user data from the U.S. government. The search company said it “fully or partially” compiled with roughly 90 percent of them. That’s up from the 5,950 requests for user data that Google received from the U.S. government during the same period a year ago.
More than 16,000 Google accounts were specified in the U.S. government’s user data requests, according to the report.
Still, that number dwarfs the requests from other countries: India and Brazil came after the U.S. with 2,319 and 1,566 requests for user data, respectively, during the first half of 2012.
Words of caution: The videos at the end of this page contain visual evidence that will change how you view the reality that you live in and help free your mind. If you are happy with how the world works and like to think that everything that you have learned throughout your life is truth, this article is probably not for you. It is probably best that you stop reading this article because you will most likely be offended. However, if you want to free your mind and find answers to why the world is such a mess, it would be a good idea to continue reading. On the other hand, if you are a truth seeker, a person who seeks for the truth with little fear of the unknown, then this article should be of great interest to you.
Mainstream media in the U.S. and most European countries usually contain roughly 25 percent truths and 75 percent distorted information and lies. The percentage of truths and lies will vary depending on the subject that is being covered. As for the media in other countries, the truths and lies will vary depending on how control their countries are.
Most people in the U.S. do not realize that their mainstream media outlets are owned and controlled by only six corporations. Below are two paragraphs extracted from TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com.
Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites.
The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the “big six” absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. But even those areas of the media that the “big six” do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.
Why controlling the media is essential for domination
Why are these six corporations so interested in dominating the U.S. mainstream media? The reason is because the media is one of the most effective tools to control the mass population. When they control the media, they can influence how the public think.
Controlling how the public think is one of the first steps to controlling its mind and influencing how it thinks. In other words, this is how they enslave us without our knowledge. Influencing how we think is great for making them money, because once they influence our thought patterns to a certain degree, they can motivate us to buy their unhealthy foods and drugs, and plant false knowledge into our minds.
For we, the people of the world, to regain our powers and freedom, we will need to rise above the deceptions and lies found in mainstream media, and remove the corrupt leaders who are in charge of it. Until the corrupt leaders in mainstream media are removed, my advise is to believe 25 percent of the news in mainstream media and take the other 75 percent as potential false news until you can verify that it is true. Some great techniques to help you do this are to cross reference the information with independent sources and use your intuition to discern the information.
If we, the people of Earth, want to truly be free, we will need to become aware of how the magicians of mainstream media deceives us with their “magic tricks”. Some of their magic tricks involve subliminal messages, news actors and frequency generators that can send energy patterns or codes that can influence our thought patterns. If these controlling techniques do not work, do you think they would spend millions of dollars per year on them?
Below are three great videos that show proof that the U.S. mainstream media is full of lies and distorted information. Even though these videos focus on the U.S. mainstream media, many of the tricks that the U.S. mainstream media use to influence the mind of its population are also heavily practiced in many mainstream media outlets throughout the world. As always, use your intuition to help you discern the information in the videos.
Posted in 9-11, foreign policy, government, law, media, military, tagged Bagram Airfield, Cato Institute, dick cheney, George W Bush, Google, Supreme Court of the United States, terrorism, United State, youtube on September 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
The recent demonstrations across the Islamic world aren’t so simple to understand. As an American, Terry Jones, the former CIA asset and his billionaire backers at Google, the CATO Institute and other groups that, when real investigation is done, at the root of this crisis, are not American at all.
America is an idea, or so I was told as a child, established by men like Jefferson and Adams, Washington, a Statue of Liberty in New York harbor welcoming the poor and hungry of the world, not a handful of what are mistaken for bigots.
The world is being torn apart as part of a plan, once originating among the powerful of the world, New York, Washington, Tel Aviv and Zurich, a plan to set nation on nation, religion on religion and set Mitt Romney, a sociopath in the garb of a hapless buffoon, who was chosen to assume the mantle of “Conqueror in Thief,” reassuming the crown left vacant after the departure of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Court Jester, Tony Blair.
American’s don’t think they are responsible for the wave of hatred across the world, focused on a blasphemous Google/Youtube video, meant to be spread like a virus through nation after nation though similar offensive material attacking any other group would be removed under “terms of service” or blocked immediately as a violation of law.
Nations, Canada, Britain, Australia, France, Austria, Germany, Italy and more have warmed to Islamophobia though they have imprisoned critics of Israeli persecution of Palestinians as “hate mongers.”
Though the US government has requested that Google review its “rules,” the United States has failed to use existing laws against corporations, and it is corporations we are discussing, being involved in supporting terrorism, interference in other nations and openly advocating violent acts against the United States.
Laws on the books in the United States would allow the immediate arrests without warrant of the Reverend Terry Jones, the entire management of Google and YouTube would allow the detention of all members of the CATO foundation along with others under legitimate suspicion of what are clearly criminal activities.
That list includes about a third of the “dual passport” Israelis billionaires that are, at times, “Americans of convenience.”
No, the protestors are more right than many of them know, that hatred and bigotry are not “protected free speech” when their actions are designed to foster violence, threaten rule of law and bring about killings.
Then others laws come to plan and the mantle of “free speech” is subjected to laws that limit the use of the media as a weapon.
The adage use most often by the Supreme Court is that of the individual who yells; “Fire!” in a crowded theatre. Those killed during the rush to the exits are murder victims.
As of now we have identified some of the corporations responsible but there has yet to be a real investigation. The techniques used against tens of thousands of Muslims, accepted techniques, “American” techniques of sexual humiliation, waterboarding, “stress” positions, sleep deprivation, starvation and thirst, the standard conditions at, let’s say, Bagram Air Force Base’s prison, these things can be used.
They are legal, they are in accordance with legal decisions from two US Attorney Generals, Ashcroft and Gonzales, they were done with the full approval of 5 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and with 85% approval of the Evangelical Christian community of the United States.
I want to so much to believe I am part of a nation innocent and wronged but truthfully I have made my bed with a pack of thugs.
Posted in government, law, taxes, technology, tagged AT&T, Broadband Internet access, Connect America Fund, FCC, Federal Communication Commission, Google, Hill, Sprint Nextel on August 27, 2012 | 2 Comments »
‘Get ready for another transfer of wealth via government confiscation. The FCC is ready to tax internet service in order to fund its Connect America Fund boondoggle.
As is usually the case in corporatist nations – Mussolini told us corporatism is the essence of fascism – mega-corporations support this brazen theft. “Numerous companies, including AT&T, Sprint and even Google have expressed support for the idea,” reports The Hill today.’
Motorola Mobility is cutting 4,000 employees as the company shifts its emphasis from feature phones to focus on high-end devices, the company said late Sunday.
About two-thirds of the staff reduction is set to occur outside the U.S., the company said in a statement.
Motorola, which was acquired by Google in May, plans to close or to consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities, as well as simplify its mobile product portfolio, making a shift from feature phones to more “innovative and profitable” devices, the company said.
Zero point two percent of the world population are Jewish, but Jewish influence on the major Internet companies means that over 99 percent of daily non-China Internet users are active on Jewish networks such as Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, MySpace, eBay, Newscorp……….
Posted in government, law, technology, tagged Electronic Privacy Information Center, European Union, Google, IP address, List of Google products, privacy, Thursday, youtube on March 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Google says the changes will make it easier for consumers to understand how it collects personal information, and allow the company to create more helpful and compelling services. Critics, including most of the country’s state attorneys general and a top regulator in Europe, argue that Google is trampling on people’s privacy rights in its relentless drive to sell more ads.
Here’s a look at some of the key issues to consider as Google tries to learn about you.
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, health, history, law, media, military, science, tagged Americans, Barack Obama, conspiracy theory, Google, Opposing Views, Slate, Stanford University, United States on January 24, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
‘Former fellow of George Soros’ Open Society and current Stanford University scholar Evgeny Morozov has called on Google and other search engines to become thought crime enforcers, by providing warnings about websites that contain “conspiracy theories” such as the belief, held by a majority of Americans, that global warming is not primarily man-made.
Morozov, whose biography confirms him as a well-connected insider, decries in a Slate piece how the Internet is a useful tool for “People who deny global warming” as well as “the anti-vaccination movement,” calling on Google to provide a “socially responsible curated treatment” that would marginalize such beliefs by amending search results.’
Posted in economics, government, media, military, politics, technology, tagged Google, History of the United States, Joe Lieberman, Lieberman, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, twitter, United State, United States Secretary of Defense on January 7, 2012 | 1 Comment »
‘Last January, four-term senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced that he would not seek reelection in the upcoming 2012 elections. This seems to have relieved any pressure of facing his constituency for approval, allowing him to push for some of the most draconian legislation in the history of the United States. Or, perhaps, he is just auditioning for a more powerful position like Secretary of Defense or Secretary of the DHS.
Besides his renewed pressure on Google and Twitter to openly censor the Internet, Lieberman’s desire to crush all dissent against the war machine has manifested in bills like his Enemy Belligerent Act, his Internet Kill Switch bill, and the recently introduced Enemy Expatriation Act.’