Thursday, May 17, 2018

United Nations Is Quietly Pushing International Gun Control



The United Nations’ International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is finishing up their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. According to IANSA, the goal of the week-long meeting is “for us to advocate collectively for an end to illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons.”

We all know what that really means: the United Nations presumes they have authority over every human being on earth, and as such, seeks to ban guns from the slaves they want to control. Of course, they aren’t going to come right out and say it just it. It took liberals decades before they simply admitted what we already knew: they are coming for our guns.

https://www.technocracy.news/united-nations-is-quietly-pushing-international-gun-control/

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Suspect Identified in C.I.A. Leak Was Charged, but Not for the Breach



The New York Times has learned the identity of the prime suspect in the breach: a 29-year-old former C.I.A. software engineer who had designed malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the Manhattan apartment of the suspect, Joshua A. Schulte, one week after WikiLeaks released the first of the C.I.A. documents in March last year, and then stopped him from flying to Mexico on vacation, taking his passport, according to court records and relatives. The search warrant application said Mr. Schulte was suspected of “distribution of national defense information,” and agents told the court they had retrieved “N.S.A. and C.I.A. paperwork” in addition to a computer, tablet, phone and other electronics.

But instead of charging Mr. Schulte in the breach, referred to as the Vault 7 leak, prosecutors charged him last August with possessing child pornography, saying agents had found 10,000 illicit images on a server he created as a business in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas at Austin.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/us/cia-hacking-tools-leak.html

Police use spying doorbells to create digital neighborhood watch networks



Police departments across the country are creating spying doorbell networks or as they call them 'Neighbors' a digital neighborhood watch program.

Amazon created a 'Neighbors' app that allows homeowners to send videos of suspicious people to the police and neighbors.

An article in Motherboard warns, "the app, while presented as a crime-fighting aid, could also be a new place for paranoid people to profile fellow citizens, as similar platforms in the past".

Nosy neighbors send videos of suspicious people to the police in real-time.

"App users can see recent crime and safety posts uploaded by their neighbors, the Ring team and local law enforcement via an interactive map. If a neighbor notices suspicious activity in their area, they can post their own text, photo or video and alert the community to proactively prevent crime."

https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2018/05/police-use-spying-doorbells-to-create.html

Monday, May 14, 2018

States can legalize sports gambling, U.S. Supreme Court rules



The U.S. Supreme Court freed states to legalize gambling on individual sporting events, unleashing what will be a race to attract billions of dollars in wagers and heralding a new era for the nation’s sports leagues.

The justices on Monday struck down the federal law that had barred single-game gambling in most of the country, saying it unconstitutionally forced states to maintain their prohibitions. Nevada has been the only state with legal single-game wagering.

Sports gambling could begin in a matter of weeks in casinos and racetracks in New Jersey, which instigated the legal fight by repealing its gambling ban. Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and West Virginia could follow soon, and the number of states might reach double digits by the end of the year.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/14/states-can-legalize-sports-gambling-u-s-supreme-court-rules/

Sunday, May 13, 2018

J.F.K. Assassination Records Archive – Previously Withheld JFK Assassination Documents Database



On July 24, October 26, November 3, November 9, November 17 and December 15, 2017, along with their final release on April 26, 2018, the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) released previous withheld records relating to the JFK Assassination. Upon this final release, the National Archive stated the following:

“All documents subject to section 5 of the JFK Act have been released in full or in part. No documents subject to section 5 of the JFK Act remain withheld in full. The President has determined that all information that remains withheld under section 5 must be reviewed again before October 26, 2021 to determine whether continued withholding from disclosure is necessary.”

The entire collection of all records released have been compiled below. Despite the files originally being released in a non-searchable format, The Black Vault converted 100% of the files to a searchable format, and compiled them into a search engine above. In addition, The Black Vault created a 3,032 page index file of the entire collection, with clickable links to download the files. This also can be downloaded below.

http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/j-f-k-assassination-records/

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE INDEX OF DOCUMENTS RELEASED [3,032 Pages, 28.3MB]

http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/jfkrelease-2017and2018.pdf

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Indicted in Dismantling of U.S. Informant Network in China



A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China unravel the agency’s spy network in that country was indicted on Tuesday on a charge of conspiring to commit espionage.

The officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested by F.B.I. agents in January after federal prosecutors accused him of illegally possessing classified information. But the new charge reflected a willingness of prosecutors to disclose sensitive details they might have been reluctant to acknowledge publicly.

According to prosecutors, two Chinese intelligence officers approached Mr. Lee in April 2010 and offered to pay him for information. The intelligence officers “provided Lee with a series of email addresses so that he could communicate covertly with them,” court papers said, and he received instructions from Chinese intelligence officers until at least 2011.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/us/politics/cia-china-jerry-lee-indictment.html

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sheldon Silver Is Convicted in 2nd Corruption Trial



Sheldon Silver, the former powerful Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly, was found guilty of federal corruption charges on Friday, less than a year after his first conviction on the same charges was thrown out.

During his two-week trial in Manhattan, prosecutors showed that Mr. Silver, 74, had obtained nearly $4 million in illicit payments in return for taking a series of official actions that benefited a cancer researcher at Columbia University and two real estate developers in New York.

Mr. Silver served more than two decades as the Assembly speaker, and along with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Dean G. Skelos, the former Republican State Senate majority leader, became known as one of New York’s “three men in a room” who controlled decision making in Albany.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/nyregion/sheldon-silver-retrial-guilty.html

Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too



Thousands of jails and prisons across the United States use a company called Securus Technologies to provide and monitor calls to inmates. But the former sheriff of Mississippi County, Mo., used a lesser-known Securus service to track people’s cellphones, including those of other officers, without court orders, according to charges filed against him in state and federal court.

The service can find the whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the country within seconds. It does this by going through a system typically used by marketers and other companies to get location data from major cellphone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, documents show.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/technology/cellphone-tracking-law-enforcement.html

Thursday, May 10, 2018

JFK Files Reveal US Biological Warfare Plans Against Cuba



In the summer of 1975, congressional staffer Loch Johnson was searching through classified papers at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, when he came across something he couldn’t believe — a covert plan by the US military to deploy biological weapons against Cuba.

This was more than Johnson was bargaining for, even though he was at the archive looking for files related to covert actions directed against Cuba. By July 1975, the Watergate hearings had finished, and three separate, high-level investigations were underway — all aimed at revealing covert and possibly illegal activities of US intelligence agencies, including assassination.

Johnson was working as top aide to Sen. Frank Church (D-ID), chair of the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, the so-called “Church Committee.” The American public knew that their government had a tense relationship with Cuba, especially with its feisty leader, Fidel Castro. The US had unsuccessfully underwritten a Cuban-exile paramilitary invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 — a disaster in every sense. And just a year later, the world came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse after a showdown with the Soviet Union over nuclear missiles it had placed in Cuba.

https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/05/09/jfk-files-reveal-us-biological-warfare-plans-against-cuba/

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The CIA Black Sites Program and the Gina Haspel Nomination



Today’s nomination hearing for Gina Haspel to be CIA director provides an opportunity for the agency and Haspel to fill in the blanks on the CIA “black sites” and interrogation program. The National Security Archive has already identified key questions about Haspel’s record [see box below]. Today, the Archive provides the basis for an evidence-based review of the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program, posting a selection of the most recent versions of declassified documents that reveal the RDI’s background.

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/intelligence-torture-archive/2018-05-09/cia-black-sites-program-gina-haspel-nomination

Plainclothes NYPD Cops Are Involved in a Staggering Number of Killings



The involvement of plainclothes police officers in Vassell’s death speaks to a dynamic of police violence in New York that frequently goes unmentioned: Despite being only a small fraction of the force, many police killings are carried out by on-duty officers who are not wearing uniforms.

An analysis by The Intercept, using data from the Fatal Encounters project, found that plainclothes cops play a role in such killings disproportionate to their relatively small numbers among the NYPD’s ranks. Plainclothes police have been involved in nearly a third of all fatal shooting incidents recorded since 2000, according to The Intercept study.

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/09/saheed-vassell-nypd-plain-clothes/

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Inside the new, state-of-the-art U.S. cyberwarfare bunker



The command post for any future U.S.-backed cyberwar is now officially open.

Last week, NSA and U.S. Cyber Command leaders posed together and smiled for pictures during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new, state-of-the-art spy bunker named the “Integrated Cyber Center,” or ICC.

Bland in name alone, the groundbreaking facility located inside Fort Meade in Maryland represents the latest step taken by the federal government to equip U.S. spies and a growing force of “cyberwarriors” with the physical infrastructure necessary to combat foreign threats online.

https://www.cyberscoop.com/nsa-integrated-cyber-center-paul-nakasone/

Monday, May 7, 2018

The NSA Seizes America's Liberties



Reuters reports"The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, Overall increases in surveillance hauls were both mystifying and alarming coming years after Snowden’s leaks, privacy advocates said. a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said. “The intelligence community’s transparency has yet to extend to explaining dramatic increases in their collection,” said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the Washington-based Open Technology Institute that focuses on digital issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=NO6Zk7csr4A

Sunday, May 6, 2018

With Smart Cities, Your Every Step Will Be Recorded



Sensor networks are being installed across America and will ultimately be ubiquitously connected together in real-time by the emerging 5G wireless communication technology. Note that all of this is created by scientists and engineers. Promising benefits to citizens is akin to the United Nations boasting that they are going to eliminate poverty worldwide. ⁃ TN Editor

https://www.technocracy.news/with-smart-cities-your-every-step-will-be-recorded/



Friday, May 4, 2018

Spy agency NSA collected 500 million U.S. call records in 2017, a sharp rise: official report



The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 500 million phone call records of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.

The sharp increase to 534 million call records from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after U.S. lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk. The reason for the spike was not immediately clear.

The tally remained far less than an estimated billions of records collected per day under the NSA’s old bulk surveillance system, which was exposed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-surveillance/spy-agency-nsa-collected-500-million-u-s-call-records-in-2017-a-sharp-rise-official-report-idUSKBN1I52FR