Edward Snowden stopped huge, totalitarian #NSA power grab attempt just in time

by 1389 on November 25, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), NSA, privacy, security, tyranny

As if the NSA has not already usurped too much power!

NYT: N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power

By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS

Published: November 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Officials at the National Security Agency, intent on maintaining its dominance in intelligence collection, pledged last year to push to expand its surveillance powers, according to a top-secret strategy document.

In a February 2012 paper laying out the four-year strategy for the N.S.A.’s signals intelligence operations, which include the agency’s eavesdropping and communications data collection around the world, agency officials set an objective to “aggressively pursue legal authorities and a policy framework mapped more fully to the information age.”

Written as an agency mission statement with broad goals, the five-page document said that existing American laws were not adequate to meet the needs of the N.S.A. to conduct broad surveillance in what it cited as “the golden age of Sigint,” or signals intelligence. “The interpretation and guidelines for applying our authorities, and in some cases the authorities themselves, have not kept pace with the complexity of the technology and target environments, or the operational expectations levied on N.S.A.’s mission,” the document concluded.

Using sweeping language, the paper also outlined some of the agency’s other ambitions. They included defeating the cybersecurity practices of adversaries in order to acquire the data the agency needs from “anyone, anytime, anywhere.” The agency also said it would try to decrypt or bypass codes that keep communications secret by influencing “the global commercial encryption market through commercial relationships,” human spies and intelligence partners in other countries. It also talked of the need to “revolutionize” analysis of its vast collections of data to “radically increase operational impact.”

The strategy document, provided by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, was written at a time when the agency was at the peak of its powers and the scope of its surveillance operations was still secret. Since then, Mr. Snowden’s revelations have changed the political landscape.

Prompted by a public outcry over the N.S.A.’s domestic operations, the agency’s critics in Congress have been pushing to limit, rather than expand, its ability to routinely collect the phone and email records of millions of Americans, while foreign leaders have protested reports of virtually unlimited N.S.A. surveillance overseas, even in allied nations. Several inquiries are underway in Washington; Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the N.S.A.’s longest-serving director, has announced plans to retire; and the White House has offered proposals to disclose more information about the agency’s domestic surveillance activities.

The N.S.A. document, titled “Sigint Strategy 2012-2016,” does not make clear what legal or policy changes the agency might seek. The N.S.A.’s powers are determined variously by Congress, executive orders and the nation’s secret intelligence court, and its operations are governed by layers of regulations. While asserting that the agency’s “culture of compliance” would not be compromised, N.S.A. officials argued that they needed more flexibility, according to the paper.

What the NSA can’t do openly, they do by stealth:

NRC.NL: NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

The American intelligence service – NSA – infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.

A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service – GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

NSA special department employs more than a thousand hackers

The NSA computer attacks are performed by a special department called TAO (Tailored Access Operations). Public sources show that this department employs more than a thousand hackers. As recently as August 2013, the Washington Post published articles about these NSA-TAO cyber operations. In these articles The Washington Post reported that the NSA installed an estimated 20,000 ‘implants’ as early as 2008. These articles were based on a secret budget report of the American intelligence services. By mid-2012 this number had more than doubled to 50,000, as is shown in the presentation NRC Handelsblad laid eyes on.

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1 Gramfan November 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Snowden is like Wikileaks – a double-edged sword.

Here our MSM has used one of Snowden’s leaks to undermine the government and our relationship to Indonesia.

This is an ongoing thing and the ABC has breached it’s rules. The whole country is in danger because of this and they should be called out, fired even for treason.

Bolt has more:
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_abc_still_hasnt_said_why_their_damage_was_worth_it/

(there are many articles about this – sadly some are behind a paywall)

http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/11/janet-albrechtsen-former-director-of-the-abc-board-who-appointed-mark-scott-calls-for-his-resignatio.html

2 1389 November 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

@Gramfan,

You have a valid point there.

Indonesia is a Muslim country and, as such, is an adversary of Australia. The ABC was clearly wrong to reveal Australian monitoring of Indonesia.

On the other hand, the NSA is promiscuously monitoring everything going on in the entire world – friend, foe, and everything in between – just because they can. This includes wholesale monitoring of, and data collection on, of US citizens who are suspected of no crime. Our Constitution forbids that, and rightly so.

3 gramfan November 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

@1389

I was furious with the ABC – the propaganda arm of of the Labor Party.

I blame them more than Snowden – that’s only fair. And the man is now safe in Russia.

They have shown no remorse and have used this to destabilize PM Abbott’s government which the Left here cannot accept. He won handsomely.

This spying was done under the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd governments.

The left seem blind to this. It’s Abbott’s fault!

Reminds me of the “Blame every thing on Bush” group in your country.

But of course everyone spies on everyone and after the Bali bombing and the bombing of our embassy in Djakarta why wouldn’t we want to know what they are up to?

The only part that is amusing about all this is the fact that someone leaked the pay scales of all ABC presenters.

This is a tax-payer funded entity and the ABC are furious that someone leaked this. “It’s not in the public interest” they wailed,,,poor babies!

Well,,,we have a right to know their pay after all.

There is a lot on my usual favourite sites, (which I am sure you are aware of), and I will keep you posted.

PM Abbott is not as yet going to defund the ABC even though they are a fifth column here.And he had better get tough with Indonesia before we are swamped with more illegals.

One lefty journalist tweeted that the Indons should send 50,000 boats here!

This is all to make PM Abbott look a failure.

Like the Roman Empire the Anglosphere will be destroyed from within.

If Snowden has helped the US I am glad of it.

4 Gramfan November 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

@1389
It seems PM Abbott – and the left MSM rudly refer to him as just ‘Abbott’ – seems to be on the way to resolving the Indonesian issue.
Let’s hope so!

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/imagine_if_gillard_had_been_in_charge_instead/P20/

Some interesting comments too.

5 Gramfan November 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you , your family and all your readers!

It’s such a great idea as a holiday.

There is nothing quite like expressing appreciation!

It is one of those immutable laws of the universe,,no matter what your religious creed is .

6 1389 November 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

@Gramfan,

Thanks very much for your support of this blog, your financial and editorial contributions, as well as your friendship and moral support!

7 gramfan November 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

@1389
You’re very welcome:)

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