Sunday, June 17, 2018

Homeland: Massive New Database To Include Facial Recognition, DNA, Relationships



Huge shoutout to Jennifer Lynch of Electronic Frontier Foundation for investigative journalism to expose the Department of Homeland Security’s massive surveillance program. TN has warned for years that Technocrats in U.S. intelligence agencies have gone rogue while ignoring the U.S. Constitution, Federal law and citizen complaints. If surveillance is not stopped, America will quickly surpass China as a police state. ⁃ TN Editor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

The records DHS plans to include in HART will chill and deter people from exercising their First Amendment protected rights to speak, assemble, and associate. Data like face recognition makes it possible to identify and track people in real time, including at lawful political protests and other gatherings. Other data DHS is planning to collect—including information about people’s “relationship patterns” and from officer “encounters” with the public—can be used to identify political affiliations, religious activities, and familial and friendly relationships. These data points are also frequently colored by conjecture and bias.


https://www.technocracy.news/homeland-massive-new-database-to-include-facial-recognition-dna-relationships/

Why Hackers Aren’t Afraid of Us



Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans or the Russians will improve on the two huge cyberattacks they pulled off last year. One temporarily crippled the British health care system and the other devastated Ukraine before rippling across the world, disrupting shipping and shutting factories — a billion-dollar cyberattack the White House called “the most destructive and costly in history.”

The fact that no intelligence agency saw either attack coming — and that countries were so fumbling in their responses — led a group of finance ministers to simulate a similar attack that shut down financial markets and froze global transactions. By several accounts, it quickly spun into farce: No one wanted to admit how much damage could be done or how helpless they would be to deter it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/sunday-review/why-hackers-arent-afraid-of-us.html

Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?



The reason you’ve been receiving a steady stream of privacy-policy updates from online services, some of which you may have forgotten you ever subscribed to, is that the European Union just enacted the General Data Protection Regulation, which gives users greater control over the information that online companies collect about them. Since the Internet is a global medium, many companies now need to adhere to the E.U. regulation.

How many of us are going to take the time to scroll through the new policies and change our data settings, though? We sign up to get the service, but we don’t give much thought to who might be storing our clicks or what they’re doing with our personal information. It is weird, at first, when our devices seem to “know” where we live or how old we are or what books we like or which brand of toothpaste we use. Then we grow to expect this familiarity, and even to like it. It makes the online world seem customized for us, and it cuts down on the time we need to map the route home or order something new to read. The machine anticipates what we want.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/18/why-do-we-care-so-much-about-privacy

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Undercover at the world's most secretive society: Mail reporter infiltrates shadowy Bilderberg summit



-Secret conference of the global liberal elite held in luxury hotel on police lockdown for three days
-Elusive annual ‘Bilderberg Conference’ is always protected by anti-terror police, military and a no-fly zone
-Attended by figureheads of politics, business, banking, academia, royalty, telecoms, technology
-For the first time in its 66-year history a journalist penetrated security to go undercover at the hotel
-2018 agenda items included Populism, where populist political parties threaten to withdraw from EU
Conspiracy theories have surrounded Bilderberg for years, such as claims that it selects world leaders to impose a ‘New World Order’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5850053/Undercover-worlds-elitist-secret-society.html

Chappaquiddick Coverup? Kennedy left the scene, did not seek the help of the police or report it to authorities



On the morning of July 19, 1969, the discovery of a dead 28-year-old woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, in the back seat of a car owned by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one that had apparently crashed into the water off Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, did more than destroy any chance of Kennedy becoming the third brother of the famous family to run for the U.S. presidency.

The fateful car accident, commonly referred to as simply “Chappaquiddick,” exploded into a political scandal and then a controversy over a woman’s death that has never gone away, but instead gained momentum.

Almost 50 years later, attention is renewed with the release of a new film, Chappaquiddick, starring Kate Mara and Jason Clarke; the re-publication this spring of the book Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Coverup, the struggle over which reportedly drove its author, Leo Damore, to despair and suicide in 1995; and the debut in May of a podcast series about Kopechne’s death titled “Cover-Up” created by People magazine.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/06/16/chappaquiddick/

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Deep State Of Data: How To Protect Personal Information



Regardless of your background, socioeconomic status, or political spectrum, everything you do, everything you say, and everything you think is being subtly shaped by a “Deep State.” But the shadow organization I’m talking about isn’t a past or present administration. This isn’t the Alt-Right or Globalist Left. There’s no FBI or NSA faction trying to control your mind. No, the Deep State I’m referring to is the cabal of tech giants and data miners overtly and surreptitiously controlling what you see, whom you connect with, what you read, click, and care about.

Some, like Google, Facebook and Twitter are doing this out in the open. They believe the American public either doesn’t know, doesn’t care, or simply believes they don’t have a choice. Others, including Equifax and lesser known companies, shy away from the spotlight. Their offices may not be in Silicon Valley, but they’re minting profits from your information—whether you consent or not. They do this with the permission and support of our elected leaders (at least until they screw it up), through complex Terms of Service, and sheer will—not only assimilating our culture, but defining it.

https://www.technocracy.news/the-deep-state-of-data-how-to-protect-personal-information/

Thursday, June 14, 2018

DOJ Releases IG Report On Clinton Email Probe: Faults Comey, Notes FBI Agent "Hostility" Against Trump



After various leaks, first to Bloomberg then to Fox News and other outlets, finally the DOJ released to the public the Inspector General report of the Clinton email probe, which while hammering James Comey for being "insubordinate" and showing poor judgment during the 2016 election, it found no evidence to show his key decisions in the Clinton email investigation were improperly influenced by political bias; paradoxically, the same report also raised swirling questions about the role of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, whose texts with FBI lawyer Lisa Page the IG found suggested he "might be willing" to take official action to impact Trump's electoral prospects, or as one might put it, "clear bias" against Trump.

And while the IG does not fault the FBI for not charging Clinton, it did find that, not surprisingly, Comey used personal email for official business

The report also found that five FBI officials expressed hostility toward Donald Trump before his election and says in report to Congress that their actions have been referred to bureau for possible disciplinary action.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-14/doj-releases-ig-report-clinton-email-probe-faults-comey-notes-fbi-agent-hostility

OIG Report by Zerohedge on Scribd

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Here’s What Would Happen If a Nuclear Bomb Was Detonated on the Ground in NYC



One of the greatest misconceptions about nuclear bombs is that they annihilate everything in sight, leaving nothing but a barren flatland devoid of shape and life. In truth, the physical destruction inflicted by a nuclear explosion resembles that of a combined hurricane and firestorm of unprecedented proportion. Consider one example: A ten-kiloton nuclear bomb detonated on the ground in Times Square would explode with a white flash brighter than the sun. It would be seen for hundreds of miles, briefly blinding people as far away as Queens and Newark. In the same moment, a wave of searing heat would radiate outward from the explosion, followed by a massive fireball, the core of which would reach tens of millions of degrees, as hot as the center of the sun.



http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/what-a-nuclear-attack-in-new-york-would-look-like.html

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/heres-what-would-happen-if-a-nuclear-bomb-was-detonated-on-the-ground-in-nyc_06132018

The 18 things you may not realize Facebook knows about you



The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress.


1. ‘Device information’ from ‘computers, phones, connected TVs, and other web-connected devices,’ as well as your ‘internet service provider or mobile operator’

2. ‘Mouse movements’, which can help distinguish humans from bots

3. ‘App and file names’, including the types of files on your devices

4. ‘Device operations’ such as whether a window running Facebook is ‘foregrounded or backgrounded’

5. ‘Device signals’, including ‘nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers’ and ‘signal strength’ as well as Bluetooth signals

6. ‘Other devices that are nearby or on their network’

7. ‘Battery level’

8. ‘Available storage space’

9. ‘Plugins’ installed

10. ‘Connection speed’

11. ‘Purchases’ Facebook users make on third-party websites

12. Contact information ‘such as an address book’ and ‘call log or SMS log history’ for Android users with these settings synced

13. Information ‘about how users use features like our camera’

14. The ‘location of a photo or the date a file was created’ through the file’s metadata

15. ‘GPS location, camera, or photo’ information found through your device’s settings

16. Purchases from third-party data providers as well as other information about your ‘online and offline actions’

17. ‘Device IDs, and other identifiers, such as from games, apps or accounts users use’

18. ‘When others share or comment on a photo of them, send a message to them, or upload, sync or import their contact information’ text

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5834371/The-18-things-not-realise-Facebook-knows-YOU.html

https://www.pogowasright.org/the-18-things-you-may-not-realise-facebook-knows-about-you/

Facebook To Judge Which News Sites Are ‘Credible’ Or Not



The war on “fake news” is about to go to an entirely new level. According to media reports, Facebook has been seeking to hire “news credibility specialists” that will be tasked with “evaluating” which news publishers are “credible” and which are not. If the goal was just to simply filter out the handful of websites that purposely publish fake news stories, that would be fine. But as we have seen so many times in recent years, these types of programs inevitably discriminate against conservative viewpoints. Facebook is highly liberal, and they will be hiring from a California talent pool that is also highly liberal. And liberals invariably consider liberal viewpoints to be more “credible” than conservative viewpoints. Facebook built an empire by giving everyone a voice, and it is simply not fair for them to try to exclude conservative viewpoints now just because they do not like them.

Hopefully we can get some answers from Facebook about this. On their official job site, the advertisement for these positions indicated that these “news credibility specialists” would be involved in the creation of “a list of credible news organizations”…

https://www.technocracy.news/facebook-to-judge-which-news-sites-are-credible-or-not/

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Israel has secretly worked with Emirates against Iran for decades, report alleges



A lengthy exposé by a leading American newsmagazine has claimed that Israel and the United Arab Emirates, two countries that officially have no relations, have been secretly collaborating for more than two decades. Their secret cooperation has been extremely tight and has included clandestine weapons sales and intelligence-sharing, according to the exposé, which was published on the website of The New Yorker on Monday and will feature in the magazine’s print edition on June 18. The lengthy piece, which deals with the changing geopolitics of the Middle East, is written by Adam Entous, national security correspondent for The Washington Post, who has previously reported for more than two decades for Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

Officially, Israel and the UAE have never had bilateral relations. The Emirates, an Arab federal state ruled through an absolute monarchical system, does not recognize Israel as a country. Consequently, the two Middle Eastern states have no official diplomatic, economic or military relations. But in his lengthy article published on Monday, Entous claims that Israeli and Emirati officials have been meeting in secret for at least 24 years. He alleges that the first clandestine meeting between the two sides happened in 1994 in Washington, after Abu Dhabi sought to purchase a number of American-made F-16 fighter jets. The US warned the UAE that Israel would veto the deal, fearing that these fighter jets in the hands of Arabs may eventually be used against it. But Israel did not pose a veto. Motivated by the Oslo I Accord, which it had signed the previous year, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin secretly reached out to the Emiratis and offered “to discuss the matter directly” with them.

https://intelnews.org/2018/06/12/01-2337/

Google’s Deep Involvement With the Pentagon



Yasha Levine has covered Silicon Valley for years, and his new book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet (PublicAffairs, February 6, 2018) details Google’s fifteen-year history of selling search, mapping, and satellite imagery services to the Defense Department and a number of intelligence agencies.

Levine notes that the complete name of Maven is “Algorithmic Warfare Cross-functional Team: Project Maven” and its purpose is to improve object identification for use in drone warfare. He also wonders how so many Google employees could have been unaware of their company’s deep involvement in military contracting through a subsidiary called Google Federal.

He explains that Google Federal, based near the CIA in Reston, VA, originated in 2004 with Google’s acquisition of a startup called Keyhole. Keyhole was midwifed by the CIA’s venture capital operation, In-Q-Tel. Keyhole’s CEO, Rob Painter, had deep connections to military and intelligence agencies, as well as to the vendors that compete for intel contracts worth an estimated $42 billion annually; Painter now runs Google Federal.

https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/06/12/googles-deep-involvement-with-the-pentagon/

Monday, June 11, 2018

The hotlines between North and South Korea



The first hotline between North and South Korea became operational on September 22, 1971. The link was the result of the first inter-Korean Red Cross meeting held on September 20, which resulted in an agreement to establish two lines for direct telephone calls between the two countries.

It was also agreed to construct a liaison office inside the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom, which is in the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The direct telephone link between the liaison offices is therefore often called the Red Cross or border hotline.

https://electrospaces.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-hotlines-between-north-and-south.html

Summit gives Trump the chance to seek the return of Navy Ship USS Pueblo that North Koreans have been holding for 50 YEARS



President Donald Trump is being urged to press Kim Jong-un to make a goodwill gesture and return the USS Pueblo, a U.S. Navy ship seized and captured by North Korea 50 years ago and used as a propaganda instrument.

The North Korean Navy seized the Pueblo in 1968, after firing at the vessel while it was mapping the North Korean coast from international waters 16 miles offshore, according to the military.

It fired on the vessel, injuring 10 crew members and killing one U.S. sailor. North Korea held 82 surviving sailors prisoner for 11 months under harsh conditions that included beatings and interrogations.

North Korea has held onto the vessel, a former World War II supply ship converted for signals intelligence spying, as a form of trophy, turning it into a museum in Pyongyang.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5832153/Summit-gives-Trump-chance-seek-return-Navy-Ship-USS-Pueblo-seized-50-years-ago.html

Sunday, June 10, 2018

HART: Homeland Security’s Massive New Database Will Include Face Recognition, DNA, and Peoples’ “Non-Obvious Relationships”



The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

The records DHS plans to include in HART will chill and deter people from exercising their First Amendment protected rights to speak, assemble, and associate. Data like face recognition makes it possible to identify and track people in real time, including at lawful political protests and other gatherings. Other data DHS is planning to collect—including information about people’s “relationship patterns” and from officer “encounters” with the public—can be used to identify political affiliations, religious activities, and familial and friendly relationships. These data points are also frequently colored by conjecture and bias.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/hart-homeland-securitys-massive-new-database-will-include-face-recognition-dna-and