Entire US Intelligence System Collapsed


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Russia Collapses Entire US Intelligence System Using Microsoft, Facebook And Google

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A very interesting (and actually gleefully written) Federal Guard Service (FSO) report circulating in the Kremlin today claims that the United States entire Domestic Surveillance Directorate (DSD) has been brought to near total collapse due to Federation intelligence analysts utilizing American tech giants Microsoft, Facebook and Google “spying agreements” to achieve a “digital tsunami” that has, in just barely 3 years, rendered the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) multi-billion-dollar Utah Data Center (UDC) obsolete. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

The Federal Guard Service is responsible for safeguarding presidential, governmental and other types of special communications and information provided to all Federation government ministries, this report explains, while the United States Domestic Surveillance Directorate states it’s mission is to “collect, process, and store U.S. citizen data for the good of the Nation”, while the Utah Data Center (code-named Bumblehive) is described as a “massive data repository” designed to cope with the vast increases in digital data that have accompanied the rise of the global network.

In 2013, this report says, the Federal Guard Service became “alarmed” when top secret NSA documents were released by one of their employees, Edward Snowden, showing how America’s largest tech giants were working in private with US intelligence agencies to spy not just on the American people, but, indeed the whole world.

 

Upon the release of Snowden’s NSA documents, this report continues, the Federal Guard Service ordered all Federation ministries to begin using typewriters for communication—but did allow the continued use of Microsoft (Outlook) and Google email and Facebook usage for “selected purposes”.

As to what those “selected purposes” for Federation ministries using Microsoft, Google and Facebook were, this report details in explaining President Putin’s order yesterday that they now be totally banned for use.

And according to these details, in 2013, the Federation had no existing counterpart to immediately replace Microsoft-Google-Facebook communications—but upon Federation computer intelligence experts discovery that Microsoft had given the NSA unrestricted access to their users encrypted messages, Google had made a secret alliance with the NSA, and Facebook had become the perfect mass surveillance tool for both the NSA and FBI, a “once in a lifetime/forever” opportunity was seen for the Federation to “strike back” against the Americans.

This “once in a lifetime/forever” opportunity, this report continues, was made even more “grander” in 2015 when it was discovered that Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, would not allow its auto-spying function to be turned off—thus allowing the NSA to have immediate access to all personal data, including content (such as the content of emails, other private communications or files in private folders) on any computer that installed it.

To how best to exploit the outrageous spying of Microsoft-Google-Facebook against not only the Federation, but the whole world, this report says, was provided in Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents that provided the massive number of “keywords American intelligence analysts were using to flag what they considered suspicious communications and/or computer files.

Once knowing these NSA “keywords”, this report explains, Federation intelligence analysts then began “flooding” the NSA with tens-of-millions of emails, files and other such computer documents on a daily basis from not only official Russian ministry computers using Microsoft-Google-Facebook, but from all other governments in the world too.

 

Not just from governments either did the NSA get “flooded” with Federation derived “keyword” messages, this report notes, but from personal and company computers from ordinary citizens in these countries too—including the United States where this report estimates the NSA, over the past 3 years, has had to flag nearly every single one of their citizens emails and/or computer files for them being suspected of having “terrorist linkages”—and that has put millions of them on their governments terror watch lists.

With the NSA having no ability to physically read the hundreds-of-millions (if not billions) of Federation derived “keyword” inspired emails and computer documents flooding into their servers, this report says, they’ve been rendered useless in determining who are real terrorist and who aren’t—but that hasn’t stopped these American “spy idiots” from putting even babies on their terror watch list as they did with 7-month-old “Baby Doe” this past year.

 

To how exactly Federation intelligence experts were able to exploit Microsoft-Google-Facebook to overwhelm the NSA with a literal tsunami of digital information remains in the highly classified portions of this report—but it is interesting to note the 2013 news reports of the sudden Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking events allowing hackers to spoof the IP address of another entity to misdirect traffic so the receiver would have no idea where it actually came from.

This report concludes by noting that as of now, Federation intelligence experts are estimating that the US Domestic Surveillance Directorate’s Utah Data Center is now holding in their servers 4-6 billion gigabytes of essentially useless information with more flooding in on a daily basis and that the American’s are unable to stop—or make sense of.

 

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‘Chilling Effect’ of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent Online


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Thanks largely to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, most Americans now realize that the intelligence community monitors and archives all sorts of online behaviors of both foreign nationals and US citizens.

But did you know that the very fact that you know this could have subliminally stopped you from speaking out online on issues you care about?

Now research suggests that widespread awareness of such mass surveillance could undermine democracy by making citizens fearful of voicing dissenting opinions in public.

A paper published last week in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), found that “the government’s online surveillance programs may threaten the disclosure of minority views and contribute to the reinforcement of majority opinion.”

“What this research shows is that in the presence of surveillance, our country’s most vulnerable voices are unwilling to express their beliefs online.”

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The NSA’s “ability to surreptitiously monitor the online activities of US citizens may make online opinion climates especially chilly” and “can contribute to the silencing of minority views that provide the bedrock of democratic discourse,” the researcher found.

The paper is based on responses to an online questionnaire from a random sample of 255 people, selected to mimic basic demographic distributions across the US population.

Participants were asked to answer questions relating to media use, political attitudes, and personality traits. Different subsets of the sample were exposed to different messaging on US government surveillance to test their responses to the same fictional Facebook post about the US decision to continue airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

They were then asked about their willingness to express their opinions about this publicly—including how they would respond on Facebook to the post; how strongly they personally supported or opposed continued airstrikes; their perceptions of the views of other Americans; and whether they supported or opposed online surveillance.

The study used a regression model—a statistical method to estimate the relationships between different variables—to test how well a person’s decisions to express their opinion could be predicted based on the nature of their opinion, their perceptions of prevailing viewpoints, and their attitude to surveillance.

This sort of model doesn’t produce simple percentages, but provides a statistical basis to explain variances in the factors being tested. In this case, the study found that “35% of the variance in an individuals’ willingness to self-censor” could be explained by their perceptions of whether surveillance is justified.

For the majority of respondents, the study concluded, being aware of government surveillance “significantly reduced the likelihood of speaking out in hostile opinion climates.”

Although more nuanced than a blanket silencing, the study still concluded that “knowing one’s online activities are subject to government interception and believing these surveillance practices are necessary for national security play important roles in influencing conformist behavior.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most significant conformist effect was from people who supported surveillance. They turned out to be more likely to conceal other dissenting opinions, which they felt strayed from the majority view.

When such individuals “perceive they are being monitored, they readily conform their behavior—expressing opinions when they are in the majority, and suppressing them when they’re not,” the paper concluded. These findings suggest that a person’s “fear of isolation from authority or government” adds new “chilling effects” to public discourse.

“What this research shows is that in the presence of surveillance, our country’s most vulnerable voices are unwilling to express their beliefs online,” said Elizabeth Stoycheff, associate professor of journalism and new media at the Department of Communication, Wayne State University, and lead author of the paper. “This finding is problematic because it may enable a domineering, majority opinion to take control of online deliberative spaces, thus negating deliberation.”

But, she added, the increasing complexity of surveillance, and its use in tandem with private industry, means that more research is essential to understand how surveillance is altering the way people interact online, with content, and with one another.

The study happens to confirm recent comments by Snowden himself last Saturday, during a live video address to a gathering of whistleblowers, journalists and technologists in Berlin.

“It’s the minorities who are most at risk” from the impact of mass surveillance, Snowden said. “Without privacy there is only society, only the collective, which makes them all be and think alike. You can’t have anything yourself, you can’t have your own opinions, unless you have a space that belongs only to you.”

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Wikipedia sues NSA, DoJ over mass surveillance


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The nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia free online encyclopedia, is preparing a lawsuit against the US National Security Agency and US Department of justice over a mass surveillance program initiated by the government.

Wikimedia is heading to court to prove that NSA’s Upstream program gathers foreign intelligence information through capturing communications with “non-US persons,” reports Reuters.

“Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world,” Wikimedia said in a statement.

“We are asking the court to order an end to the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of internet traffic,” Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales outlined in an opinion piece published in the New York Times.

Wikimedia is filing the lawsuit along with eight other organizations, such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch, all represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“Privacy is the bedrock of individual freedom,” Wikimedia’s statement maintains.

America’s IT giants have also suffered the consequences of the exposure of the NSA mass surveillance programs and are currently presenting a united front against government intrusion.

READ MORE: ‘The day we fight back’: 6,000 websites protest surveillance, honor Aaron Swartz

Wikimedia intends to prove that NSA internet surveillance activities have been violating the US Constitution: the First Amendment protecting the freedom of speech and association and the Fourth Amendment, which serves against unreasonable search and seizure.

Wikimedia also claims that current NSA practices go beyond the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA) granted by Congress in 2008.

“We believe that the NSA’s current practices far exceed the already broad authority granted by the US Congress through the FAA,” the statement goes on.

The previous challenge to the FAA (Amnesty v Clapper) was dismissed by the US Supreme Court in 2013 due to lack of “standing” an important legal concept requiring a party to prove it has suffered some kind of harm if it intends to file a lawsuit.

READ MORE: US court tosses out mass surveillance case against NSA, AT&T

For the current lawsuit Wikimedia has prepared a slide from a classified NSA mass surveillance presentation disclosed in 2013 that includes an explicit reference to Wikipedia and which uses the organization’s global trademark.

“Because these disclosures revealed that the government specifically targeted Wikipedia and its users, we believe we have more than sufficient evidence to establish standing,” the statement says.

READ MORE: ‘Encryption is a human right’: Wikipedia aims to lock out NSA

“By tapping the backbone of the internet, the NSA is straining the backbone of democracy,” Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Lila Tretikov wrote in a blog post.

“Wikipedia is founded on the freedoms of expression, inquiry and information. By violating our users’ privacy, the NSA is threatening the intellectual freedom that is central to people’s ability to create and understand knowledge,” Tretikov said.

READ MORE: New NSA reports show spy agency routinely collected intel on Americans

“Wikipedia is the largest collaborative free knowledge resource in human history,” the Wikimedia statement claims.

“It represents what we can achieve when we are open to possibility and unburdened by fear.”

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What Good Would It Do to Reform the NSA and the CIA?


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by November 21, 2014

People who are trying to reform the NSA and the CIA are just wasting their time.After all, at the risk of belaboring the obvious, these two agencies operate in secret. Moreover, they know that they can do anything they want, including breaking the law, and that nothing will ever happen to them.

Suppose, for example, that Congress were to enact a law that prohibits the NSA from monitoring everyone’s email. Let’s assume that the NSA decides that monitoring people’s email is necessary for national security. Does anyone really think that the NSA is going to fail to protect national security, even if that means violating the law? In the minds of NSA officials, that’s their job — to protect national security, including when Congress takes actions that jeopardize national security.

It’s no different with the CIA. It’s going to do whatever is necessary to protect national security, even if that means breaking the law.

In the minds of NSA officials and CIA officials, national security is everything. Their attitude is: What good are the laws if the nation goes down? Their adage is: The Constitution is not a suicide pact.

Let’s assume that the NSA and the CIA violate duly enacted laws that reform these two agencies. What will happen to the officials who knowingly break the laws?

We all know the answer: Nothing will happen to them! They will not be criminally prosecuted. If anyone sues, the federal courts will dismiss their cases without permitting even one deposition to be taken. In a national security state, national security is everything. No official is going to be punished or penalized for doing what he thinks is necessary for national security.

Look at DNI head James Clapper. He lied under oath to Congress about the existence of the NSA’s massive, secret surveillance scheme, never dreaming that he would be busted. He did it to protect national security. Nothing happened to him. He was never charged with perjury.

CIA agents were convicted in Italy of unlawfully kidnapping a man. Nothing happened to them. That’s because they were breaking the law as part of an operation to protect national security.

CIA agents also violated laws against torture. Nothing is happening to them. In fact, they even intentionally destroyed the videotapes that they were taking of their torture sessions. Again, nothing happened to them. National security!

Recall those illegal actions by U.S. telecoms, whereby U.S. officials and telecom officials conspired to violate the privacy rights of the telecoms’ customers. Everyone got immunity. National security!

So, no matter what reform is enacted for these two agencies, as a practical matter it won’t make any difference anyway. They are going to do whatever they want to do and cite national security. No one will know anyway what they’re doing because they’ll keep it secret. And if people do find out about it, everyone knows that nothing bad is going to happen to officials who are doing what they think is necessary to protect national security.

Equally important, even if the NSA and the CIA decided to comply with some reform law, what difference would it make insofar as freedom and privacy are concerned? Wouldn’t people still have to adjust their conduct with the assumption that their Internet activity and emails are being monitored and telephone calls being recorded? How can a society in which people are worried about those things truly be considered to be a free society?

For anyone who wants to know what it’s like to live in a free society, there is but one solution: Abolish both of these Cold War-era relics. If the NSA and the CIA are abolished, the possibility that these two agencies are monitoring emails and Internet activity and listening to people’s telephone conversations drops to zero. Now we’re talking about a genuinely free society, one in which people are no longer concerned about the possibility that the government is keeping track of their peaceful activities.

Obviously, in order for Americans to go in this direction — the direction of liberty and privacy — they have to lose their fear of what happens when these two agencies go out of existence. No, America will not drop into the ocean, and the IRS and the rest of the federal government will not be taken over by the terrorists, Muslims, communists, drug dealers, Russians, ISIS, Chinese, Cubans, North Koreans, or illegal aliens.

The notion that the NSA and the CIA are the only things standing between America and the barbarians at the gates is ridiculous. Actually, America would be much safe and more secure if these two agencies (and the rest of the welfare-warfare state) were to go the way of the dodo bird.

It’s time for Americans to think at a higher level — one that goes beyond reform, one that abolishes both the NSA and the CIA.

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Firefoxing the NSA or NSA Firefoxed: Mozilla team-up with Tor to improve internet privacy


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The internet browser Mozilla is teaming up with Tor to give internet users greater security online. The new Polaris project is designed to combat internet censorship and make NSA like intrusion’s a thing of the past.

Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning the extent of the National Security Agency’s spying on the general public, hit computer and internet enthusiasts hard. A poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the internet company Mozilla last month, found that three quarters of those surveyed feel that their personal information on the web is less secure than it was one year ago.

Mozilla, which is responsible for the Firefox browser, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is looking to regain the public’s trust again by enlisting the help of Tor, which is a popular software tool designed to protect online anonymity. Tor, which is an acronym for ‘The Onion Router,’ works by bouncing its way randomly around servers, which are manned by volunteers around the globe. This makes it significantly more difficult for surveillance companies to keep track of ones online movements.

Tor has had so much success that one top secret NSA document described it as being the, “the king of high-secure, low-latency internet anonymity,” which was reported by the Guardian in October 2013. The agency admits they are at a loss at how to try and decode the identity of a user in response to a specific request.

Apart from added privacy, Mozilla will also offer a ‘Forget button,’ which will allow users to not have their browsing history recorded. Users can select to forget the last five minutes, or last 24 hours and leave no trace that they were ever on the internet, the technology news site VentureBeat reports.

Although internet privacy is often a topic of conversation, it is yet to go mainstream; with many ordinary computer users put off by they perceive to be its complex nature to use. However, Mozilla hope the introduction of Polaris will help to change these stereotypes.

“Polaris is designed to allow us to collaborate more effectively, more explicitly and more directly to bring more privacy features into our products,” the browser stated on its website. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences. We want to advance the state of the art in privacy features, with a specific focus on bringing them to more mainstream audiences.”

Mozilla has also teamed up with the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), which like Tor is a non-profit organization. The CDT’s aim is to champion freedom of expression, while also supporting laws, corporate policies and technology tools that give users greater privacy. They are also trying to ensure that tougher regulations are implemented to control government surveillance.

“CDT looks forward to working with Mozilla on the Polaris program and advising on issues like combating Internet censorship and protecting online anonymity, which are vital to promoting free expression online.” said Justin Brookman of CDT in an article, which was published by Mozilla’s website.

Although Tor has proved to be an undoubted success in terms of providing internet browsing security, one of its downfalls is its speed, especially if a connection is less than ideal. However, this is where Mozilla can help. The browser is looking to combine the best of both worlds – combining Mozilla’s speed, with Tor’s ability to provide security.

“The Tor Project is excited to join Mozilla as a launch partner in the Polaris program. We look forward to working together on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations,” said Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project.

While the main aim of the Polaris venture is to improve internet security, while offering users the chance to browse at high-speed, the designers of the project are also looking at a second feature, which is still in the development stage.

The aim of the second project is to offer improved security, but also not penalize advertisers that respect a user’s preferences.

“We’re currently testing this privacy tool in our “Nightly” channel. The experiment is promising, but it’s not a full-fledged feature yet. We’ll test and refine the user experience and platform behavior over the coming months and collect feedback from all sides before this is added to our general release versions,” Mozilla said on its website.

Mozilla is one of a number of internet companies that has demanded more transparency from the US government, in the wake of Snowden’s allegations of NSA snooping.

In October 2013, they launched a new download that allows users to identify who’s tracking their Internet movements.

Dubbed “Lightbeam,” the free Firefox extension enables users to see which third party companies are monitoring their online presence, a move that Mozilla states will “illuminate the inner workings of the web.”

Besides the petrodollar, US is losing control of the Internet


Bloomberg

Back in September it was reported that Brazil and her partners in BRICS planned to get out of the “US-centric Internet” which is pipelined to the dreaded NSA and all the abbreviated US “agencies”. Now we see how serious Brazil is about this as Brazil’s Telebras begin to lay cables across the Atlantic. Will USA lose control of the Internet?

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Brazil-to-Portugal Cable Shapes Up as Anti-NSA Case Study

Brazil is planning a $185 million project to lay fiber-optic cable across the Atlantic Ocean, which could entail buying gear from multiple vendors. What it won’t need: U.S.-made technology.

The cable is being overseen by state-owned telecommunications company Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras SA (TELB4), known as Telebras. Even though Telebras’s suppliers include U.S. companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), Telebras President Francisco Ziober Filho said in an interview that the cable project can be built without any U.S. companies.

The potential to exclude U.S. vendors illustrates the fallout that is starting to unfold from revelations last year that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on international leaders like Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and Germany’s Angela Merkel to gather intelligence on terror suspects worldwide.

“The issue of data integrity and vulnerability is always a concern for any telecom company,” Ziober said. The NSA leaks last year from contractor Edward Snowden prompted Telebras to step up audits of all foreign-made equipment to check for security vulnerabilities and accelerated the country’s move toward technological self-reliance, he said.

Nigel Glennie, a spokesman for San Jose, California-based Cisco, declined to comment. Last November, Cisco Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said uncertainties related to NSA spying were causing international customers to “hesitate” in buying U.S. technologies.

Vanee Vines, a spokeswoman for the NSA, didn’t return a call for comment.

Damage Control

The Telebras-planned cable, which will run 3,500 miles from the Brazilian city of Fortaleza to Portugal, shows how losses to U.S. technology companies from the NSA disclosures are now crystallizing. While much of the handwringing over damage to U.S. firms has focused on existing technology contracts, the pain may come more from projects that are just getting off the ground. In many cases, it’s too costly and complex to remove existing computing infrastructure, no matter the rhetoric coming from government leaders.

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New projects are a different matter. With modern data networks being built worldwide — especially in emerging markets where information-technology spending is estimated to rise 9 percent this year to more than $670 billion, according to market researcher IDC — that’s where there’s opportunity to look increasingly to non-U.S. technology providers.

$35 Billion

U.S. companies could forgo as much as $35 billion in revenue through 2016 because of doubts about the security of their systems, according to the Washington-based Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a policy research group.

Brazil’s new cable is the “perfect project to go non-U.S.,” said Bill Choi, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott, given that laying cables is a labor-intensive process dominated by non-U.S. companies such as French firm Alcatel-Lucent and Swiss-based TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL)

Some of the anti-U.S. technology company talk may just be negotiating ploys to gain lower product prices. While Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) have lost some contracts in Brazil and Germany, and Cisco has reported declining orders from emerging markets, the finances of most U.S. technology companies have held up so far. Gross margins for the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Information Technology Sector Index are at their highest levels since 1990, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Yet there’s more risk for U.S. companies of being excluded from new projects, said Lee Doyle of consultancy Doyle Research. In Brazil, Russia, India and China, “the anti-NSA sentiment is real and significant,” he said.

Doyle added that only a minority of IT projects can realistically be implemented without any U.S. technology, yet “that doesn’t make it any less painful for U.S. tech companies looking to grow.”

Brazil’s Actions

Brazil is a key geography where the pain for U.S. technology firms is rising. The world’s seventh-biggest economy has long prioritized buying from its own companies. A 1991 law gave preference for state-sponsored projects to use locally made technology, and importers face steep tariffs.

Once news of Snowden’s leaks broke last year, Brazil began terminating its contracts with Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft for Outlook e-mail services. Brazil President Rousseff tweeted at the time that the change will help “prevent possible espionage.”

Controlling Expresso

Brazil is focusing instead on an e-mail system called Expresso, developed by state-owned Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados, known as Serpro. Expresso is currently used by 13 of the country’s 39 ministries.

“Expresso is 100 percent under our control,” said Marcos Melo, Serpro’s corporate solutions coordinator.

Jack Evans, a spokesman for Microsoft, said the company continues to hear from customers that “where their content is stored and how it is used and secured matters.” He said Microsoft is committed to “increasing choice and transparency about how we store our customers’ content.”

Last November, Rousseff also signed a decree requiring government ministries and agencies to use only technology services provided by public or partially state-owned companies, without competing for contracts in auctions.

The transition “for the preservation of national security” should be monitored by the ministries of defense, communications and planning and budget, the decree said.

Fortaleza Cable

The Fortaleza-to-Portugal cable, proposed in 2012 before the spying allegations, would further the country’s efforts to encourage local companies. The cable will bypass Brazil’s existing Internet traffic routes to Europe, which currently go through the U.S.

International submarine cables are prime targets for espionage, Rousseff said at a press conference in Sao Paulo on Oct. 20 as she campaigned for re-election. She said after the cables to Europe, Brazil will study building direct connections to Africa and Asia.

“It’s a very important strategy for the country, this question of submarine cables, because it’s good to remember that submarine cables are among the main mechanisms of spying today,” she said. Rousseff was re-elected on Oct. 26, in a result that had the tightest margin of victory since at least 1945.

Winning Vendors

So far, Telebras has said it will only partner with European, Asian and local vendors. In January, Ziober said at a press conference that Telebras will work with Madrid-based Islalink Submarine Cables SL and an as-yet-undetermined Brazilian associate to construct the technology pipe.

Ziober added that a project this complex could have multiple vendors, to be chosen from proposals presented after the third associate is finalized. Construction is slated to start in the first half of 2015, with the cable to be operational 18 months later, he said at an Oct. 15 event.

Among the beneficiaries is likely to be Padtec SA, a 400-person network-equipment maker based in Sao Paulo state. Padtec CEO Jorge Salomao Pereira said his company will submit an offer when the bidding process is opened to build and operate all of the submarine cable.

Closely held Padtec has 262.4 million reais of contracts with Telebras in Brazil’s national broadband network, including a 98 million-real agreement for maintaining fiber optic cables. State-owned development bank BNDES identified Padtec as a leader in the networking industry and last year helped the company raise 167 million reais for new products, acquisitions and international expansion.

The anti-NSA sentiment provides “a window of opportunity for other smaller companies to enter the market with this technology and become global players,” Salomao said.

Cisco’s Experience

Telebras’s Ziober said in the interview that the competition for the cable project is also likely to include Asian and European suppliers Huawei Technologies Co., Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson AB.

Huawei spokesman Bill Plummer declined to comment. Ericsson isn’t part of the cable project, said spokeswoman Elisabeth Manzi. Alcatel-Lucent representatives didn’t return messages for comment.

The Brazilian chill is already being felt by Cisco. The country, once one of Cisco’s most promising markets, is now among its poorest performing ones. Orders in Brazil fell 13 percent in the latest quarter ended July 26, continuing a series of double-digit declines there. Cisco doesn’t disclose underlying sales numbers for the country.

That’s a far cry from what Cisco had been working toward in Brazil. In 2012, the company said it would invest $1 billion in the country over four years. It opened an innovation center in Rio de Janeiro last year, eight days before Brazil’s most-viewed news magazine, Fantastico, revealed the NSA spying and disclosed that Brazilian leaders had been monitored.

It’s Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders


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Dear NSA Employees, You Now Have a Green Light to Loot and Pillage. It’s Time to Get Paid:

Are you just another one of those frustrated NSA employees who feels that unconstitutionally spying on your fellow citizenry under false pretenses isn’t giving you same thrill it once did? If so, have no fear.

Are you are sick and tired of having to spilt your precious working hours defending the destruction of our nation’s founding document to those pesky terroristic media dinosaurs who still think investigative journalism belongs in Amerika? If so, have I got a solution for you.

While it may sound too good to be true, trust me it’s not. You see, in recent years almost all crony-capitalist criminal activities have been deemed legal in the land of the free (to pillage). This incredible opportunity allows you to directly leverage your intelligence skill-set to earn the big bucks you know you’ve always deserved. You can now do just that by working in the private sector without having to give up that cushy government day job! I mean if we’re going to have this banana republic thing going we may as well GET PAID. Am I right?

Keep at it patriots,
Michael Krieger

If the above sounds like a joke, unfortunately it is not. Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed. They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA. Let’s start with the Reuters story, which covers former NSA-head Keith Alexander’s business relationship with the NSA’s current Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd.

Before we get into the meat of this story, I want to set the stage with a little background. In case you forgot, Keith Alexander launched his own cyber-security firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., earlier this year. I highlighted this development in the post, Ex-NSA Chief Keith Alexander is Now Pimping Advice to Wall Street Banks for $1 Million a Month, in which I noted:

So what’s a Peeping Tom, anti-democratic, Constitution-trampling intelligence crony to do after leaving decades of “public service?” Move into the private sector and collect a fat paycheck from Wall Street, naturally. Following in the footsteps of some of the other top tier public sector cronies looking to cash out after doing their best to destroy the Republic, such as Banana Ben Bernanke collecting $250,000 per speech and Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner hopping over to private equity giant Warburg Pincus, Mr. Alexander is in good crooked company.

So what is Mr. Alexander charging for his expertise? He’s looking for $1 million per month. Yes, you read that right. That’s the rate that his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., pitched to Wall Street’s largest lobbying group the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which ultimately negotiated it down to a mere $600,000 a month.

As if Mr. Alexander plowing right through the revolving door to earn $1 million per month from Wall Street less than a year after being at the center of perhaps the most expansive government violation of the Constitution in U.S. history wasn’t bad enough, he is now hiring top people still working at the NSA to concurrently work at his cyber-security firm. I wish I was making this up.

Reuters reports that:

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business.

Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA’s Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.

The arrangement was approved by top NSA managers, current and former officials said. It does not appear to break any laws and it could not be determined whether Dowd has actually begun working for Alexander, who retired from the NSA in March.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials, some of whom requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said they could not recall a previous instance in which a high-ranking U.S. intelligence official was allowed to concurrently work for a private-sector firm.

Alexander, who was the eavesdropping and code-breaking agency’s longest-serving director, confirmed the arrangement with Dowd in an interview with Reuters. He said he understood it had been approved by all the necessary government authorities, and that IronNet Cybersecurity, not the government, would pay for Dowd’s time spent with the firm.

As if the entity paying Dowd for his time spent at the firm is the issue. Alexander is the definition of the word creep.

Dowd, he said, wanted to join IronNet, and the deal was devised as a way to keep Dowd’s technological expertise at least partly within the U.S. government, rather than losing him permanently to the private sector.

Oh I get it now. America has become so hopelessly corrupt, that the revolving door itself is becoming too much of a headache. So the solution is to just get rid of it completely.

“I wanted Pat to stay at NSA. He wanted to come on board,” Alexander said.

Alexander and Dowd have jointly filed patents based on technology they developed while at the NSA. 

“If it isn’t structured very carefully, this runs the risk of conflict of interest and disclosure of national secrets,” Rothstein said. “It is a situation that in the interests of good government should be avoided unless there’s some very strong reason to do it.”

So Americans aren’t entitled to any privacy because of a trumped up terrorist threat, yet top NSA employees can moonlight for private businesses involved in the same areas as the NSA with apparently no threat to national security. America has gone completely insane.

Unsurprisingly, this is just the tip of the crony-capitalist fraud that the NSA has become. In fact, Buzzfeed broke a related story recently. It reports how one of the most powerful individuals at the NSA, Teresa H. Shea., has several intelligence related businesses run from her home. She is the registered agent for one of them, her husband holds that position for the other.

Teresa Shea is the director of Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, which refers to all electronic eavesdropping and interception, including the controversial domestic surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone use. Naturally, no one is commenting.

From Buzzfeed:

On a quiet street in Ellicott City, Maryland, a blue-grey two-story clapboard house, set back from the road, is shaded by two sycamores and a towering maple. It’s the unassuming home of one of the National Security Agency’s most powerful officials, Teresa H. Shea.

In September, BuzzFeed News disclosed a potential conflict of interest involving Shea, the director of Signals Intelligence. Called SIGINT in espionage jargon, it refers to all electronic eavesdropping and interception, including the controversial domestic surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone use.

As BuzzFeed News reported, there’s a private SIGINT consulting and contracting business based at Shea’s home in that quiet neighborhood. Shea’s husband, a business executive in the small but profitable SIGINT industry, is the resident agent for the firm, Telic Networks.

In addition, James Shea also works for a major SIGINT contracting firm, DRS Signal Solutions Inc., which appears to do SIGINT business with the NSA.

DRS declined to comment, and the NSA declined to answer questions related to the Sheas, Telic Networks, or DRS.

Now there’s a new wrinkle, which the NSA has also declined to discuss: Yet another company, apparently focused on the office and electronics business, is based at the Shea residence on that well-tended lot.

This company is called Oplnet LLC.

Teresa Shea, who has been at the NSA since 1984, is the company’s resident agent. The company’s articles of organization, signed by Teresa Shea, show that the firm was established in 1999 primarily “to buy, sell, rent and lease office and electronic equipment and related goods and services.” An attorney who also signed the document, Alan Engel, said he couldn’t comment on client matters.

Records show Oplnet does own a six-seat airplane, as well a condominium property with an assessed value of $275,000 in the resort town of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This summer the NSA turned down a Freedom of Information Act request for Shea’s public financial disclosure form. The agency said that, unlike every other federal agency, it could withhold the disclosure because of a sweeping 1959 law that allows it to keep almost everything secret.

Go ahead and read that twice. Read it three times. Still think we live in a free country?

Financial disclosure forms are central to public monitoring of ethics and potential conflicts of interests by federal officials. Without that form, journalists or concerned citizens must comb through corporate incorporations, property records, UCC filings, and court records to learn about an official’s financial interests outside of office. Often, these documents are not online and are in offices scattered across different states.

Teresa Shea, as head of SIGINT, has defended the program in declarations in two federal court cases.

Her husband has been involved in SIGINT as a private contractor and engineer since at least 1990, when he set up a company called Sigtek Inc., which would get hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts with the federal government, according to a federal contracting database. On his LinkedIn page, James Shea says the company’s key markets included “Defense SIGINT.”

In 2010, Teresa Shea was appointed the director of all SIGINT at the NSA, after a period working in London. The same year, James Shea became vice president at a major SIGINT contracting firm, DRS Signal Solutions, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies.

As BuzzFeed reported in its first story on the Sheas, neither the NSA nor DRS will comment on whether the company has contracts with Teresa Shea’s directorate.

Asked if there was a conflict of interest, DRS spokesman Michael Mount said “I understand your story, and we’ll still decline to comment.” He said that when responding to BuzzFeed News about questions concerning James Shea, the company has coordinated with the NSA.

Matthew Aid, who has written a book about the NSA, The Secret Sentry, said it would be difficult to understand why Oplnet, this second home-based business, was set up by Ms. Shea, without knowing more.

But he adds that the fact that Shea’s husband works for a SIGINT contractor, and has a SIGINT related company at the couple’s home, is confounding.

“From a purely financial point of view, there’s so much potential of conflict of interest.”

“The fact that the NSA will not respond to your request raises in my mind a host of questions. If there was nothing there, they could have come back to you and said, ‘She’d been diligent. She’s in compliance.’ Then there’s no story. But they’ve said nothing. That to me is what could potential signal some problems.”

Welcome to the American Dream in 2014. Looks a lot like the Soviet Dream.

Utterly shameless.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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