Sunday, June 26, 2016

C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The existence of the weapons theft, which ended only months ago after complaints by the American and Saudi governments, is being reported for the first time after a joint investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.

The Jordanian officers who were part of the scheme reaped a windfall from the weapons sales, using the money to buy expensive SUVs, iPhones and other luxury items, Jordanian officials said.

The theft and resale of the arms — including Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades — have led to a flood of new weapons available on the black arms market. Investigators do not know what became of most of them, but a disparate collection of groups, including criminal networks and rural Jordanian tribes, use the arms bazaars to build their arsenals. Weapons smugglers also buy weapons in the arms bazaars to ship outside the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/middleeast/cia-arms-for-syrian-rebels-supplied-black-market-officials-say.html

A Senate committee wants to crack down on spy agencies' cozy relationship with Hollywood

The Intelligence Community is going to have to justify its relationship with Hollywood.

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, included an amendment in the annual intelligence-spending bill passed late last month that calls for the Director of National Intelligence to submit an annual report to congressional oversight committees detailing how the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies interact with the entertainment industry.

The measure, which defines the entertainment industry broadly, follows a series of reports published by VICE News over the past year detailing the agency's role in the production of 22 entertainment-related projects between 2006 and 2011. They included major motion pictures like Zero Dark Thirty and Argo; reality television series such as Top Chef; the cable drama series, Covert Affairs; and books including The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson. In the case of Zero Dark Thirty, writer and producer Mark Boal and Katherine Bigelow gave CIA officers involved in the operation that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden gifts including dinners, fake pearl earrings, a bottle of tequila, and tickets to a Prada fashion show. The filmmakers, in turn, got access.

In some instances CIA officials disclosed classified information to producers and writers. An investigation by the CIA's inspector general (IG) into the agency's dealings with Bigelow and Boal identified several potential criminal violations of federal law, such as the bribery of public officials and witnesses, by the filmmakers. (The Senate Intelligence Committee receives classified versions of the CIA's IG reports at the time they are finalized. It appears that the catalyst behind the amendment is news stories detailing the CIA's relationship with Hollywood.)

https://news.vice.com/article/senate-cracks-down-on-cia-and-intelligence-community-in-hollywood

US Customs and Border Protection wants to ask for your "online presence" at the border

This week, the US CBP published a notice in the Federal Register proposing a change to the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record paperwork that visitors to the US fill out when they cross the border, in which they announce plans to ask travelers to "please enter information associated with your online presence."

The form element will be optional, but of course, CBP screeners may subject travellers who decline to reveal their online names for additional scrutiny.

Visitors to the USA are already photographed, fingerprinted, and interviewed.

http://boingboing.net/2016/06/25/us-customs-and-border-patrol-w.html

Friday, June 24, 2016

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver’s license. But according to a new government watchdog report, the bureau doesn’t know how error-prone the system is, or whether it enhances or hinders investigations.

Since 2011, the bureau has quietly been using this system to compare new images, such as those taken from surveillance cameras, against a large set of photos to look for a match. That set of existing images is not limited to the FBI’s own database, which includes some 30 million photos. The bureau also has access to face recognition systems used by law enforcement agencies in 16 different states, and it can tap into databases from the Department of State and the Department of Defense. And it is in negotiations with 18 other states to be able to search their databases, too.

The size of the total pool of photos the bureau can access, which was not clear until the new report from the Government Accountability Office, is shocking even to those who have been paying close attention to the FBI’s growing use of biometric data, says Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And the degree to which the FBI has access to photos in state-owned face image databases, which contain mostly driver’s license images, has Lynch and other privacy advocates concerned.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601738/as-it-searches-for-suspects-the-fbi-may-be-looking-at-you/

Sinn Fein: Brexit Referendum Results Intensifies The Case For United Ireland Vote

BELFAST (Reuters) - A British vote to leave the European Union intensifies the case for a vote on whether Northern Ireland should leave the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said on Friday.

“This outcome tonight dramatically changes the political landscape here in the north of Ireland and we will be intensifying our case for the calling of a border poll” on a united Ireland, Sinn Fein chairman Declan Kearney said in a statement.

“The British government as a direct result have forfeited any mandate to represent the interests of people here in the north of Ireland in circumstances where the north is dragged out of Europe as a result of a vote to leave,” he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sinn-fein-brexit-reaction_us_576cbc1ae4b017b379f586f9

Cameron Says He Will Resign



After Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, the British prime minister said he would leave his post by October.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000004491845/cameron-says-he-will-resign.html

Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West.

With 309 of 382 of the country’s cities and towns reporting early on Friday, the Leave campaign held a 52 percent to 48 percent lead. The BBC called the race for the Leave campaign shortly before 4:45 a.m., with 13.1 million votes having been counted in favor of leaving and 12.2 million in favor of remaining.

The value of the British pound plummeted as financial markets absorbed the news.

Despite opinion polls ahead of the referendum on Thursday that showed either side in a position to win, the outcome nonetheless stunned much of Britain, Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance, highlighting the power of anti-elite, populist and nationalist sentiment at a time of economic and cultural dislocation.

“Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, one of the primary forces behind the push for a referendum on leaving the European Union, told cheering supporters just after 4 a.m.

Britain will become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc, which has been increasingly weighed down by its failures to deal fully with a succession of crises, from the financial collapse of 2008 to a resurgent Russia and the massive influx of migrants last year.

The result left Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the charge for Britain to remain a member of the European Union, badly weakened and at risk of losing his job. It was a remarkable victory for the country’s anti-European forces, which not long ago were considered to have little chance of prevailing.

Financial markets, which had been anticipating that Britain would vote to stay in, braced for a day of losses and possible turmoil. Economists had predicted that a vote to leave the bloc could do substantial damage to the British economy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/25/world/europe/britain-brexit-european-union-referendum.html

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Uncovered: Dark New CIA Torture Claims

Newly declassified information shows a surprising set of CIA rationales for waterboarding—and more.

The CIA said it would only torture detainees to psychologically break them, according to a previously-unreported passage from a 2007 Justice Department memo. It’s a claim that’s at odds with how congressional investigators say the agency really handled captives in the early days of the war on terror.

And it’s not the only eye-opening assertion found in newly declassified portions of Bush-era documents on the CIA’s use of torture. A second document says that the CIA believed itself to be legally barred from torturing others countries’ detainees—but not from using so-called enhanced interrogations on its own captives.

In a passage from a 2007 memo by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, the CIA said it would only subject detainees to harsh techniques, such as waterboarding, in order to break a detainee down to the point where he would no longer withhold information. The interrogations weren’t designed to get answers to specific questions; in fact, the agency interrogator “generally does not ask questions... to which the CIA does not already know the answers,” the memo states.

But that claim is contradicted by the agency’s actual record, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the government to disclose the portions of the document.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/23/uncovered-dark-new-cia-torture-claims.html

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively ending what Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States.

The 4-4 tie, which left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan, amplified the contentious election-year debate over the nation’s immigration policy and presidential power.

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in January, it seemed poised to issue a major ruling on presidential power. That did not materialize, but the court’s action, which established no precedent and included no reasoning, was nonetheless perhaps its most important statement this term.

The decision was just nine words long: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/us/supreme-court-immigration-obama-dapa.html

The Virtual Vietnam Archive


The Virtual Vietnam Archive currently contains over 4 million pages of scanned materials.

Types of material include documents, photographs, slides, negatives, oral histories, artifacts, moving images, sound recordings, maps, and collection finding aids. All non-copyrighted and digitized materials are available for users to download.

http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/

http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/

FBI Releases 650 Pages on Carnivore

FBI Releases 650 Pages on Carnivore

https://cryptome.org/2016/06/fbi-carnivore-alexa-obrien-16-0622.pdf

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Donovan and the CIA: A History Of The Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency


Donovan and the CIA: A History Of The Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency

Topics: CIA, OSS, Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Strategic Services, Wild Bill Donovan, William Donovan

https://archive.org/details/DonovanAndTheCIAAHistoryOfTheEstablishmentOfTheCentralIntelligenceAgency


PDF

https://archive.org/details/nationalsecurityarchive

Memo Sheds New Light on CIA’s Network of Journalists

Most people with an interest in the history of CIA will have heard of “Operation Mockingbird” (an unofficial name), sometimes known as Frank Wisner’s “Mighty Wurlitzer,” which used a network of journalists for propaganda purposes. While the elements of Mockingbird that most people are familiar with were run through CIA’s Office of Policy Coordination, there is another side to Mockingbird that’s much less well-known. A declassified CIA memo from 1965 reveals a network of journalists that regularly received intelligence from Ray S. Cline, one of CIA’s senior analysts and at that time the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence. Several of these journalists were former intelligence officers and were not only involved in information and propaganda dissemination, but other ongoing CIA operations.

The journalists identified in the memo as having been a part of Ray Cline’s network are:

Joseph C. Harsch (May 25, 1905 – June 3, 1998) – Christian Science Monitor, NBC
Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 – December 14, 1974) – Los Angeles Times
John Scott (March 26, 1912 – December 1, 1976) – TIME
Joseph Wright Alsop V (October 10, 1910 – August 28, 1989) – Various
Wallace Carroll (1906-2002) – New York Times
Stewart Johonnot Oliver Alsop (May 17, 1914 – May 26, 1974) – Saturday Evening Post
Wallace Carroll (died 2002) – New York Times
Max S. Johnson – U.S. News & World Report
Cyrus Leo Sulzberger II (October 27, 1912 – September 20, 1993) – Various
Tadeusz “Tad” Witold Szulc (July 25, 1926 – May 21, 2001) – New York Times
Henry Gemmill (died 1994) – Wall Street Journal
Chalmers M. Roberts (died 2005) – Washington Post
Murrey Marder (died 2013) – Washington Post
Charles J. V. Murphy (died 1987) – FORTUNE
James Russell Wiggins (December 4, 1903 – November 19, 2000) – Washington Post
Alfred Friendly (December 30, 1911 – November 7, 1983) – Washington Post
Philip L. Geyelin (died 2002) – Wall Street Journal
Louis Kraar (died 2006) – Wall Street Journal, Fortune and TIME
Charles Leffingwell Bartlett (born August 14, 1921)
Harry Schwartz (died 2004) – New York Times
William V. Shannon (died 1988) – New York Times
William S. White – United Features Syndicate
Jess Cook – Time Magazine
Katharine Meyer Graham (June 16, 1917 – July 17, 2001) – Washington Post and Newsweek


Read more...https://glomardisclosure.com/2016/06/19/memo-sheds-new-light-on-cia-network-of-journalists/

Audio of NORAD & US Northern Command on 9/11

US Northern Command is in charge of monitoring and defending the US, Canada, and Mexico, while NORAD (a joint US-Canada operation) is in charge of monitoring and defending the airspace of the US and Canada. Needless to say, they played a big, disputed role in the events of 9/11.

Our friends over at Government Attic obtained and posted audio of the NORAD/USNORTHCOM radio channels on that day. With their blessing, The Memory Hole 2 has posted these files to the Internet Archive, meaning that you can now stream them online, download them as a torrent, or download the individual files in MP3 or open Ogg Vorbis formats.

Internet Archive page containing all these audio files in various formats

http://thememoryhole2.org/blog/norad-usnorthcom-911-audio