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MI6, MI5 & GCHQ in court over mass surveillance practices — RT UK News

The legality of British intelligence services’ mass surveillance programs will be assessed by the European...

GCHQ spooks in the dock over UK government bulk data hacking

British intelligence services, which authorized the bulk hacking of phones and computers, are at the...

British FM Boris Johnson to visit US to ‘patch up ties’ with Trump team...

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with President Donald Trump’s senior advisers in an...

US apologizes to Britain over White House claim GCHQ ‘wiretapped’ Donald Trump

The US has issued an official apology to Britain after the White House repeated a...

Skills shortage leaving Britain at mercy of cyber-attacks – former senior GCHQ spook

Britain is ‘highly vulnerable’ to a powerful cyber-attack due to a shortage in skilled staff...

GCHQ boss quits after just 2 years in top cyber-spy job

GCHQ director Robert Hannigan is stepping down after only two years as chief of the...

GCHQ spied on former colonies & African leaders, including UK allies – Snowden leaks

Britain’s electronic spy agency listened in on businessmen, government departments and politicians, including heads of state closely allied to the UK, according to the...

GCHQ recruiting for elite cyber force… but past experience not required

Britain’s electronic spy agency GCHQ is advertising 50 vacancies for its new elite cyber force,...

GCHQ hired New Zealand firm for mass hack capabilities – Snowden leak

Electronic spy agency GCHQ paid a New Zealand firm to tap undersea internet cables in...

GCHQ to build ‘great firewall’ to protect against cyber threats

The new cyber agency of UK spy center GCHQ is gearing up to build a...

Exposed: MI5, GCHQ have 15 secret bulk data collection warrants in force

Fifteen “secret warrants” are in force to enable British intelligence services to collect bulk data...

Snowden leak: GCHQ & America’s NSA regularly intercept British MPs emails

American spies and the UK’s listening post GCHQ regularly intercept the emails of British MPs...

Spy agencies chase female recruits as GCHQ announces ‘Girls Only Day’

UK spy agencies are keen to recruit middle-class mums and older women, it has emerged....

@GCHQ joins Twitter with ‘Hello, World’ greeting – instantly gets trolled

Britain’s secretive electronic spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), joined Twitter on Monday, only...

GCHQ spies worked their ‘magic’ to prevent Harry Potter book leak

British intelligence agency GCHQ worked to protect the sixth Harry Potter book from a potential...

Why is GCHQ boss encouraging activists and journalists to use the Tor network?

Mick Meaney (RINF) - During a speech at MIT, GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan suspiciously praised the Tor network, and encouraged the use of the technology which offers anonymous protection...

GCHQ losing cyberwar despite £860mn extra funding – spy chief

(RT) - Despite being handed hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ cash, British spooks are losing the cyberwar, a top GCHQ director has acknowledged. Alex Dewdney, who...

Spy continues to work at GCHQ despite rape allegations

A GCHQ spy accused of rape by two women is still working at the secretive security agency because the police “did not properly investigate”...

NSA helped GCHQ spies hack Juniper firewalls — Snowden leak

British spies enlisted the help of the US National Security Agency (NSA) to learn how to hack firewalls made by top internet security provider...

‘Free market failing cyber security industry,’ warns GCHQ chief

Britain’s electronic spy chief has called on the government to intervene in the cyber security industry after admitting the free market is failing to...

GCHQ handed new smartphone-hacking legal powers

Spy agencies in Britain will be given the explicit right to hack into smartphones and computers as part of a new law being introduced...

Snowden: NSA, GCHQ Using Your Phone to Spy on Others (and You)

You are a tool of the state, according to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA in the U.S., and its equivalent in the UK, GCHQ,...

Anonymous general who predicts anti-Corbyn mutiny should be named by GCHQ — SAS veteran

A former SAS soldier has blasted the anonymous British Army general who predicted a military coup if Jeremy Corbyn is elected prime minister. He...

GCHQ unit involved in manipulating citizens’ behavior via internet – report

(RT) - When not busy with counterterrorism operations, a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency reportedly helps traditional law enforcement and is engaged...
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Video: NSA, GCHQ hacked Kaspersky, other cybersecurity companies — Snowden docs

US and British spy agencies worked to reverse-engineer antivirus software in order to "exploit such software and to prevent detection of our activities." Russian...

GCHQ spying on rights groups ‘illegal’

The GCHQ’s secret surveillance of two international human rights groups was illegal, according to the judicial tribunal handling complaints against the intelligence services. The government’s...

GCHQ urged to halt snooping on people with no terror ties

In a new legal case filed against British intelligence agency GCHQ, activist group Privacy International (PI) has called for an end to collecting information...

Victory for civil Rights activists – GCHQ snooping illegal

(RINF) - In a major victory for civil rights activists, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the body which considers complaints about UK government surveillance, has...

You can’t control the internet. GCHQ needs to grow up and accept it

The revelations of Edward Snowden will soon make it very hard indeed to police the dark web. Instead, intelligence agencies should narrow their priorities The...

British Tribunal Rules Mass Internet Surveillance by GCHQ Was Unlawful

Earlier Friday the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in the UK ruled that the UK's Government Communications Headquarters' (GCHQ) access to information intercepted online by...

The GCHQ boss is wrong. We can have both security and privacy

The Snowden revelations made it clear how far GCHQ and other agencies had gone in hoovering up information about all of us, collecting ever-increasing...

UK must “do more” to distance itself from US drone programme, says ex-GCHQ chief’s...

A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government to implement “safeguards” to ensure that...

GCHQ and NSA Hack German Telecoms To Track ‘Every Device’

Intelligence agencies, including the NSA and GCHQ used Deutsche Telekom's network to create a 'Treasure Map' of the internet that could be used to...

Mass 3-Day Protest Outside GCHQ

RINF Alternative News A mass protest outside GCHQ is about to take place from Friday to Monday, in an effort to raise concerns about the increasing...

NSA and GCHQ: snooping because we can

The crucial thing about the latest revelations from the secret documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden is their scope. When the Guardian first began publishing...

GCHQ tribunal hears civil liberties legal challenge

​Civil liberties groups are making a legal challenge against the alleged use of mass surveillance by UK intelligence services. The tribunal follows revelations about UK...

UK Activists Begin Mobilizing Against GCHQ Spying

The NSA's counterpart in the UK, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has been exposed for its close cooperation in the global spy network. GCHQ...

How GCHQ & NSA tap Internet cables

RINF Alternative News Going against pressure from the British government to keep details of how GCHQ and NSA tap underwater Internet cables private, the Register has...

My Device Is Me. GCHQ — Stop Hacking Me

Eric King RINF Alternative News Spy agencies have long sought to turn the technologies that improve all our lives against us. From some of the very...

GCHQ – The Damocles Principle

Lenin Nightingale  RINF Alternative News The detail of how modern government agencies spy on people is not important, for such detail only informs of the latest...

Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ

- Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk - 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone - Yahoo: 'A whole new...

Secret GCHQ team jam communications & masquerade as web “false flags”

Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News In his latest reporting based on leaked documents by Edward Snowden, journalist Glenn Greenwald, along with colleagues at NBC News, revealed Wednesday...

If GCHQ mass surveillance catches terrorists why not armed gangs?

The Metropolitan Police has warned that London’s most dangerous gangs are continuously spreading their criminal acts in other cities of the UK. “What we are...

NSA, GCHQ Using Data From ‘Leaky’ Smartphone Apps to Spy

Andrea Germanos  RINF Alternative News As part of their arsenal of spying tools, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, are sucking up...

European Parliamentary rapporteur denounces NSA/GCHQ spying as illegal

Robert Stevens  RINF Alternative News A draft report from the European Parliament's civil liberties committee rapporteur, Claude Moraes, condemned mass surveillance by the US National Security...

GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief

James Ball and Nick HopkinsThe GuardianDecember 21, 2013 details of GCHQ and NSA targets are the...

Beyond Criminals & Terrorists: NSA/GCHQ Targeted Humanitarian Groups

British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU's competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and...

NSA, GCHQ spied on Israel, Germany, UN and others – new Snowden leaks

Leaders in Israel – one of America's closest allies–have for years been targeted in a surveillance operation waged by the United States' National Security...

NSA and GCHQ spies ‘operated in games including World of Warcraft and Second Life’

Matthew SparkesTelegraph.co.ukDecember 9, 2013 The NSA and GCHQ sent spies into online games to seek out terrorist or criminal chat and even to recruit...

UN Rapporteur to “Investigate” NSA / GCHQ Agency Spying

A senior UN counter-terrorism official is to assess Edward Snowden's revelations that US and British intelligence agencies are using specific software to retain and...

UN rappporteur to “investigate” NSA / GCHQ agency spying

A senior UN counter-terrorism official is to assess Edward Snowden’s revelations that US and British intelligence agencies are using specific software to retain and monitor telephone conversations, e-mails, and text messages. UN Special Rapporteu...

Afghan Opium Record, GCHQ spoofs LinkedIn, GMO Apples — New World Next Week

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Afghan Opium Output Soars To Record Level…Ag...

NSA, GCHQ spy on OPEC

A list of individuals targeted for surveillance included �œSaudi Arabia�™s OPEC governor”. The list of US spying targets now includes the Organization of the Petroleum...

Snowden Slams U.S. NSA and British GCHQ for Uncontrolled Surveillance

In an open letter published on November 3 by the German news magazine Der Spiegel, whistleblower Edward Snowden accused the U.S. National Security Agency...

GCHQ intercepts Google, Yahoo cloud data hosted in Britain, feeds info to NSA

Published time: November 04, 2013 22:57 Satellite dishes are seen at GCHQ's outpost at Bude, close to where trans-Atlantic fibre-optic cables come ashore...

GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

Julian BorgerLondon GuardianNovember 2, 2013 The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic...

Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret

Guy TaylorLondon GuardianOctober 26, 2013 The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a...

Leaked Memos Reveal GCHQ Efforts to Keap Mass Surveillance Secret

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a "damaging public debate" on the scale of its activities because it could lead...

Tory peer demands vote on GCHQ activity

Conservative peer Lord Blencathra demands vote on GCHQ activities.Conservative peer Lord Blencathra says MPs should be given a vote on Britain™s eavesdropping agency Government...

UK GCHQ intercepts lawyer-client emails

GCHQ is accused of spying on privileged lawyer-client emails.Britain™s eavesdropping agency the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been accused of monitoring private emails between...

MI5 warns of threat after GCHQ leaks

MI5 chief Andrew Parker describes GCHQ disclosures ˜a gift to terrorists™.The director general of Britain™s spying agency MI5 has described the leaked documents on...

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users

James Ball, Bruce Schneier and Glenn GreenwaldLondon GuardianOct 5, 2013 The National Security Agency has made...

Latest Snowden Leaks Show GCHQ Gleefully Hacking Belgian Telco

Mike MasnickTech DirtSeptember 21, 2013 Another day, another report on a leaked Snowden document, this time...

GCHQ HUMINT Operation Teams: British Intelligence Placed Undercover Operatives in Tech Companies

The National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have done just about everything in their power to intercept...

GCHQ HUMINT Operation Teams: British Intelligence Placed Undercover Operatives in Tech Companies

The National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have done just about everything in their power to intercept...

Internet giants voice concern over NSA, GCHQ circumvention of encryption

Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google expressed unease Friday about the National Security Agency’s ability to bypass online security systems that protect the privacy of internet...

US pays UK GCHQ £100m to spy for them

The US has paid £100 million in secret funding for GCHQ over the past three years.US National Security Agency (NSA) has made hush-hush payments...

GCHQ eavesdropping legal: UK parliament

Britain's communications spying agency has not violated the law by using the American data-espionage program PRISM, the British parliament says. The conclusion was drawn by...

What ‘GCHQ’ stands for in Britain?

Britainâ„¢s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is a spy agency dedicated to intelligence and information gathering. It's the UK equivalent of the National Security Agency...

GCHQ, Int'l spying, scandal: a look

Recent revelations about the Government Communications Headquarters show Britain, just like the United States, keeps its citizensâ„¢ presence in the virtual world under the...

GCHQ, Tempora and Global Surveillance

The relationship between Britain (or the UK, if you wish to be properly official) and the United States has always been peculiar. Accents are...

Britain’s Surveillance State: The Secret Ops of the “Government Communications Headquarters” (GCHQ)

“The innocent have everything to fear, mostly from the guilty, but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The...

UK GCHQ tapping global communications

UK spy agency GCHQ has been secretly accessing the worldâ„¢s phone calls and internet traffic. The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been...

G20 summits: GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications

London GuardianJune 17, 2013 Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in...

Hague under fire over GCHQ-PRISM intel sharing, slams leaks

The accusations that the US spying program PRISM was shared with the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are “baseless,” Foreign Secretary William Hague told MPs. He deplored classified data leaks, saying they create a “misleading picture.”

Britain’s GCHQ embroiled in spy scandal

ËœUK govt. used U.S. spying data to monitor Britonsâ„¢British eavesdropping agency (GCHQ) has become embroiled in the U.S. Prism programme scandal, in which spying...

PRISM fallout: Hague says UK citizens have ‘nothing to fear’ from GCHQ surveillance

Law-abiding citizens need not fear intelligence sharing between the US and UK, Britain’s Foreign Secretary promised. His comments follow reports data gathered in the...

PRISM fallout: Hague says UK citizens have ‘nothing to fear’ from GCHQ surveillance

Law-abiding citizens need not fear intelligence sharing between the US and UK, Britain’s Foreign Secretary promised. His comments follow reports data gathered in the...

UK’s GCHQ to be questioned over spying

Britainâ„¢s eavesdropping agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is to explain its alleged links to a controversial US spying scheme, local media reports have said. The...

Researcher finds just 400 tweets from Russia aimed at Brexit vote — RT UK...

The claims around alleged Russian meddling in British politics has been stirred by allegations that...

Someone in Russia sent some tweets, Theresa May warns the entire Western world may...

Theresa May deployed two methods of distraction at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech in London:...

Smartphone use among young Brits falls for 1st time, figures show — RT UK...

Published time: 30 Oct, 2017 08:47 Edited time: 30 Oct, 2017 08:56 Young Britons are...

Greenwald: Terrorism used as ‘pretext’ for mass data collection

Terrorism is being used as a “pretext” by governments and intelligence services to indiscriminately collect...

Spying on the spies: State surveillance of Britons now being monitored

Published time: 1 Sep, 2017 10:48 A new watchdog charged with regulating state surveillance has...

Let British kids play video games to ‘save the country,’ ex-spy chief says

British parents should let their kids spend more time online to combat a widespread and...

British spies could be forced to disclose deepest secrets in legal challenge

A legal challenge brought against British intelligence services aims to shed light on the nature...

Cyberattack on British NHS hospitals launched from North Korea, investigators say

Published time: 16 Jun, 2017 13:37 The ransomware cyberattack that hit Britain’s National Health Service...

Spy agencies expect torrent of new job applications after London Bridge attack

Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 12:58 Britain’s spy agencies expect the recent terrorist attacks in...

US military orders design of combined human-robot squads

The Pentagon has ordered the design and development of a prototype combined-arms squad consisting of human...

Does the Washington Post Have Fake News?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are two kinds of fake news: One is a report of something that actually didn’t happen, which for...

Are There Private Emails and Cellphone Calls

I have decided to share with you something which I originally sent out to the key members of the Saker community: my recommendation on...

Ex-spy chief condemns Microsoft for leaving Windows XP users vulnerable to cyberattacks

A former UK spy chief has hit out at Microsoft for cutting support for its...

Leaked NSA exploit blamed for global ransomware cyberattack

A zero-day vulnerability tool, covertly exploited by US intelligence agencies and exposed by the Shadow Brokers...

‘Like terrorist attack or hosting Olympics’: UK braces for election cyberattacks – report

Published time: 30 Apr, 2017 14:34 British cybersecurity experts are reportedly on high alert to prevent...

‘Militaristic, Russophobic rhetoric’ must stop, top Russian senator tells Tories after nuclear spat

A senior senator in the upper house of the Russian parliament has called on UK...

Hackneyed specter of bogeyman Putin becomes election weapon for Tories

Theresa May’s Conservative Party has launched its general election bid with a fresh scaremongering campaign,...

Judge Napolitano Vindicated

Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian...

Int'l Spy Agencies First to Spot 'Suspicious Interactions' Between Russia, Trump Team

The ongoing probe into ties between Russia and affiliates of President Donald Trump was reportedly first spurred by international spy agencies that picked up...

‘Banksy of punctuation’: Self-proclaimed ‘grammar vigilante’ corrects Bristol shop signs

Published time: 3 Apr, 2017 15:24Edited time: 3 Apr, 2017 15:31 A self-proclaimed ‘grammar vigilante’ is...

MI5 launches inquiry into whether it could have prevented Westminster terrorist attack

Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 has launched an internal inquiry into whether it could have...

Ex-PM David Cameron jokes he doesn’t have to listen to Trump’s ‘wiretaps’ anymore

David Cameron has joked that he’s glad he doesn’t have to listen to Donald Trump’s “wiretapped” conversations anymore now he’s no longer prime minister...

Donald Trump’s wiretapping allegations ‘nonsensical,’ ex-UK ambassador says

A former British ambassador to the US has lashed out at Donald Trump, calling his...

Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.

After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging...

Boris Johnson launches £700mn aid fund to ‘thwart Russia’s Europe takeover’

Amid criticism of Russia’s ‘soft power’ in Eastern Europe, Britain is now itself spending hundreds...

UK splurges £2bn on cybersecurity while ramping up Russophobia

The British government has shelled out almost £2 billion on bolstering its cyber-defenses while accusing...

‘No proof, just allegations’: Russia’s UK embassy brands Russian cyberattacks on UK ‘fake news’

The Russian embassy in the UK fired back at the claims made by Britain’s cybersecurity...

James Bond’s ‘Q’ is actually a woman, says MI6 chief in new spy recruitment...

MI6 chief Alex Younger has revealed the real head of gadgetry at the British spy...

Cybercrime makes up half of all offenses in England & Wales

Crime estimates for England and Wales have nearly doubled after fraud and cyber offenses were...

Ex-spies flocking to private security sector, eroding traditional codes of silence – report

Britain’s burgeoning security sector is increasingly recruiting former spies to do its dirty work, leading...

Europe’s highest court declares UK ‘snooper charter’ illegal

Britain’s controversial ‘snooper’s charter’ has been delivered a blow from the EU with its highest court ruling that the government’s “indiscriminate retention” of emails...

British spies who busted ‘world’s most wanted people smuggler’ may have got wrong man

An Eritrean man accused by British authorities of being one of the world’s “most wanted people smugglers” may actually be a victim of mistaken...

‘Furious’ German spies frozen out by UK intelligence after ‘leaking to WikiLeaks’

British spies are refusing to share secret information with their German counterparts because they believe Berlin’s leaky data servers have provided rich pickings for...

How To Instantly Tell

Anonymous CIA officials claim that Russia hacked the U.S. election by accessing emails from top Democratic officials and then leaking them to Wikileaks. But the...

British spies monitor Israeli diplomats, with help from US and Jordan – Snowden docs...

British secret services have been spying on Israel’s diplomats, defense firms, and military, according to...

Britain will ‘strike back’ at cyber-attackers with £1.9bn security boost – Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged on Tuesday that Britain will “strike back” if it comes under cyber-attack from hackers and foreign governments. The £1.9 billion program...

Court Rules UK Mass Spying Was Unlawfully Conducted for Nearly Two Decades

In what rights campaigners heralded as a "significant" reproach to government overreach, a British court which oversees the nation's  intelligence and clandestine services ruled...

Spy agencies illegally collected personal data on British citizens for 10 years, judges rule

British spy agencies broke privacy rules by secretly and illegally collecting massive amounts of UK citizens’ confidential personal information for more than 10 years,...

Victims of modern slavery ‘lost’ in system by British police

Police forces across the country are failing thousands of victims of modern slavery by failing...

British spy powers threaten freedom of expression, UN told

Human rights groups warned the United Nations this week that a new British law allowing...

Banks, regulators accused of leaving customers at mercy of cyber criminals

Banks are compromising the security of millions of bank customers by failing to address the...

Scam ‘every 15 seconds’ in Britain as financial fraud soars

A financial scam takes place every 15 seconds across Britain, according to Financial Fraud Action...

Source Betrayed: the Washington Post and Edward Snowden

Sergey Kohl The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has...

The Washington Post and Edward Snowden

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been...

UK spy agencies will be used to combat modern slavery

British intelligence agencies are set to join the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking...

Data security breached 9,000 times in government departments in just 1 year

Personal data security was breached nearly 9,000 times in UK government departments in one year, according to a damning report from the National Audit...

UK intelligence watchdog says MI5 spies broke dozens of privacy rules… by ‘mistake’

British spies have been censured by the government’s intelligence watchdog for breaking dozens of agency...

UK G20 delegation warned of ‘beautiful’ Chinese spies at summit

The UK delegation attending the G20 summit in China have been warned by government officials...

Royal Marine detained in terrorism probe was beaten by loyalists at age 16

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell, who was detained in connection with alleged dissident republican terrorism on...

Overtime for 007 as critics slam Britain’s lagging 1,900 spy recruitment drive

Britain’s pledge to deliver 1,900 new spies to protect the country against terrorism is under...

Smashed or stolen? Banksy ‘Spy Booth’ mural satirizing govt. surveillance removed (PHOTO, VIDEO)

A famous Banksy artwork that depicted illegal British government spying has been mysteriously removed from...

Churches told to bolster security after ISIS murder of Normandy priest

Churches must review their security to deter terrorist attacks, the British Home Office has told...

Spies could hack entire towns under new surveillance bill

Spies will be empowered to hack the electronic devices of entire towns under the government’s...

Spam King dethroned: 2 1/2 years behind bars & hefty fine for leading FB...

Sanford Wallace, the self-styled “Spam King,” will spend the next two and a half years in...

SAS, MI6 & 350 British paratroopers primed for Euro 2016 terror alert – reports

SAS soldiers are currently embedded alongside spies from MI6 in the Euro 2016 security apparatus,...

Alleged people-smuggling ‘king-pin’ snatched in joint Italian-British operation

One of the world’s most notorious alleged people-smugglers, believed to be responsible for the deaths...

GCH-who? Red-faced spies who busted ‘world’s most wanted people smuggler’ may have wrong guy

A man extradited to Italy accused of being one of the world’s “most wanted people...

MI5 was bulk collecting public’s data, with little or no oversight

MI5 was allowed to escape regular scrutiny of its bulk collection of communications data by the watchdog charged with overseeing it, newly-released confidential correspondence...

‘Zero chance of coup’: Military should be more involved in politics, says historian

Britain should drop the notion of an apolitical military and generals should be involved in...

Drone hunt: Pakistani man on secretive US ‘kill list’ sidestepped by UK govt

Downing Street has refused to respond to a Pakistani peace worker who’s demanding to know...

Brits hit by cyber theft could be forced to foot bill as banks shirk...

Brits who use online banking services vulnerable to criminal hackers could be made liable for...

‘Prove you were spied on,’ secret UK court tells 650 claimants

Hundreds of claimants who say they were subjected to illegal surveillance have been told by Britain’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) they must prove they...

Is Britain buying ‘compromised’ spy-planes just to hit its NATO spending commitments?

Britain will go ahead with a £2 billion order of Poseidon spy planes to defend its nuclear submarine fleet, despite fears the technology on...

Don't change your passwords too often, UK intelligence says

Security experts are often advising computer users to change their passwords to safeguard against hacking....

Good chance spies are hoovering up your personal data in bulk, documents show

British security services “routinely” collect personal data on bulk from thousands of public and private...

Has a double agent compromised £3bn UK spy plane before it even enters service?

Questions have been raised about the UK’s multi-billion P-8 Poseidon spy plane deal after a...

Drone kill list: Parliament deceived on ‘medieval assassination’ program

Parliament has been deceived by the Conservative government on the scope and details of Britain’s...

‘Weak’ European spy agencies are ‘ineffective’ & prone to turf wars – Hammond

Britain’s foreign secretary has called out ‘weak’ European counter-terror efforts, saying there’s too much red...

Private matter? That’s rich! Edward Snowden deals Cameron a Twitter takedown

David Cameron has been called out for hypocrisy by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden after the...

‘Privacy is not a privilege, it’s a fundamental human right,’ top privacy expert tells...

Britain should use targeted surveillance to tackle terrorism rather than collecting people’s private online data...

Major US spy base targeting Europe & Africa to open on British soil –...

US intelligence services will reveal plans for a new £200-million center in Britain this week. The Pentagon says it will be the American headquarters...

Peacefully protesting pensioner arrested outside NSA spy base

Police arrested a 74-year-old peace activist who refused to leave a protest site outside an...

Snoopers’ charter ‘unfit for purpose,’ 200 legal experts say

Home Secretary Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the snoopers’ charter, breaches international surveillance standards...

UK bill hands vast surveillance powers to police and intelligence agencies

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Barry Mason On March 1, Home Secretary Theresa May published the Investigatory...

Eton student who sent child porn to undercover cop spared jail despite Britain’s ‘crackdown’

A former Eton College student who made and shared graphic child pornography images has avoided jail time, despite Britain's promise to crack down on...

Two Former U.S. Presidents Simultaneously Advocate for a Close Family Member as the Next...

Americans love to mock the British for choosing — in the 21st century — to live under a monarchy and honor the hereditary succession of a royal...

Police guarding Trident nukes ‘overstretched,’ working ‘excessive overtime’

Military police guarding Britain’s nuclear weapons bases are so overstretched that officers are forced to work “excessive overtime” to maintain security, an official report...

‘They’re Not Americans’: CNN Guest Justifies Massive Attacks on Civilians

CNN host Michael Smerconish (Huffington Post, 11/23/15) brought onto his November 21 show former CIA officer Michael Scheuer, who said that if the US...

Who’s Making A Killing From the Paris Terror Attacks?

Terrorism is great for business if you’re in the business of growing the government leviathan. The bodies in Paris are not yet buried, while...

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks

By Julie Hyland Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a massive increase in Britain’s military/intelligence apparatus following last week’s terror attacks in Paris. Cameron’s proposals were outlined...

Osborne slashes welfare, injects £1.9bn into cybersecurity to counter ISIS hackers

Islamic State terrorists could launch cyberattacks on power stations, the National Grid and hospitals, Chancellor George Osborne warned in a speech outlining his commitment...

Science of snooping: Internet spying cost & feasibility examined by MPs

MPs have launched an inquiry into the cost and feasibility of the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, known as the Snooper’s Charter, to examine how...

Snowden condemns Britain’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has voiced his opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by the British government, saying ministers are...

UK government to legalise universal state surveillance

By Robert Stevens Conservative home secretary Theresa May introduced before Parliament the government’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill yesterday. The 299-page draft Bill is a fundamental assault...

BBC’s “Panorama” attacks Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens Last week the BBC’s flagship documentary show “Panorama” broadcast what it described as the first British TV interview with US whistleblower Edward Snowden. In...

No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined US Tech and Europeans’ Privacy

Danny O'Brien The spread of knowledge about the NSA's surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and...

Karma Police spying on the whole internet: Snowden

Documents recently leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) mapped “every visible user on the internet,” in...

Police told to apologize for treating Occupy London protesters as ‘extremists’

The City of London Police has been questioned by the Director of Legal Observers over its apparent classification of Occupy London protesters as ‘domestic...

Cameron to urge military action against ISIS in Syria, UK to accept 15k refugees...

British Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing for military strikes against Islamic State in Syria within a month, according to senior sources. The leader...

1. Whisper to NYT 2. Demand Anonymity 3. Truth!

Yes, Mideast militants knew the NSA was tracking their cell phones when Edward Snowden was still a teenager. (graphic: Intercept) Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept, 7/21/15)...

​Privacy rights group calls for ‘democratic control’ of UK spies

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Global Research and Countercurrents 3/2/2014
The propaganda strategy is always the same. We saw it with Gaddafi and Libya, Assad and Syria, Saddam and Iraq, Milosevic and Serbia, and now we are witnessing it again, this time with Putin and Russia. With banner headlines in the Western mainstream press claiming that Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine and that Putin is intent on clamping down on democracy and extending his ‘empire’, the ongoing demonisation of Russia is reaching new heights. The Western corporate media is once again acting as prime cheerleader for Pentagon and White House policies.
Claims about Russian aggression and violations are coming from the mouths of Western officials and are presented as fact by much of the corporate media. There is little or no mention of the West’s role of fomenting the coup that has put ultra nationalists into power in Kiev, which is misleadingly presented as a spontaneous democratic uprising, when it was anything but. How convenient for the media not to mention the billions spent by the US in promoting agitation and instability (1). How convenient to ignore the fact that what is happening in Ukraine has involved a carefully thought out strategy to destabilize that country with the ultimate aim of targeting Russia (2). And how convenient to seldom mention the fact that neo-Nazis in Ukraine have overthrown a democratically elected leader, regardless of how bad he may have been.   

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have attacked Russia's "clear violation" of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. A joint statement released by the leaders of the US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan  and the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission says they are  suspending preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit in the Russian city of Sochi.

These leaders said that Russia should address security or human-rights concerns it has with Ukraine through "direct negotiations and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe" and stated that "We stand ready to assist with these efforts."

Russia says it retains right to protect its interests and Russian speakers living in Ukraine. With claims by US officials that Russia has moved 6,000 airborne and ground troops into the Crimean peninsula, the G7 leaders called on all parties to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility.

Their statement says:

"We are united in supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future… We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country."


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia has broke international law with its intervention in Crimea. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for a diplomatic approach to resolve what he described as a "dangerous situation" in Ukraine. NATO has condemned Russia's "military escalation" in Crimeaand expressed "grave concern" regarding the authorization by the Russian Parliament to use armed forces on the territory of Ukraine.

A statement released by NATO says:

"Military action against Ukraine by forces of the Russian Federation is a breach of international law and contravenes the principles of the NATO-Russia Council and the Partnership for Peace."


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen accused Russia of "threatening peace and security in Europe." He says that what Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter and that Russia must stop its military activities and its threats.

With so much talk of Russia creating a dangerous situation, of violating international laws and principles, of escalating the situation, of invading a sovereign state and of the Western powers wanting to ‘assist’ in restoring stability, unity and political and economic health to Ukraine, it might be easy to get swept along in the tide of mock concern and selective morality.

All the things the West is accusing Russia of doing it has done time and again by direct, illegal military attacks on Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq; by funding proxy armies in the former Yugoslavia, Syria and in Africa; and by destabilizing countries across the globe from Venezuela and Iran to Ukraine.

Who in their right mind would allow the US to ‘assist’ in restoring stability, unity and political and economic health? It has set out to do destabilize, divide and cripple Libya, Syria and Iraq by military means and continues to terrorize civilian populations with drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has been responsible for millions of deaths as a result of its military escapes. Time and again, the US-led alliance has violated international laws and demonstrated no respect whatsoever for any notion of national sovereignty or territorial integrity with its invasions as well as its illegal mass surveillance courtesy of the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ.  

NATO’s Secretary General talks about Russia threatening peace and security and violating the UN Charter. Washington and NATO have become the biggest threat to world peace of all and in recent years the biggest violators of UN principles.

As Washington continues to embark on a quest for global domination (aka the Project for a New American Century) and as it continues its war on working people across the planet via its wealth-plundering ‘globalisation’ agenda (3) or any nation that challenges its interests, it enslaves us all. It plunges us ever closer to nuclear confrontation (4). The stench of hypocrisy is palpable.

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by Stephen Lendman

On December 23, he told the Washington Post:

"For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won." 

"As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself."

"All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals."

WaPo called Snowden "an orderly thinker, with an engineer's approach to problem-solving."

"He had come to believe that a dangerous machine of mass surveillance was growing unchecked."

Woefully inadequate congressional oversight and rubber-stamp FISA court rulings reflect a "graveyard of judgment," he said. 

NSA's business is "information dominance," he stressed. He didn't know if others would share his views.

"But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act, you realize that some analysis is better than" none, he said. 

"Because even if your analysis proves to be wrong, the marketplace of ideas will bear that out." 

"If you look at it from an engineering perspective, an iterative perspective, it's clear that you have to try something rather than do nothing."

He succeeded beyond anything he could have imagined. He captured world attention. Millions consider him heroic. There's no turning back now.

On June 22, a Justice Department criminal complaint charged him with espionage and felony theft of government property.

He signed NSA's Standard Form 312. He called it a civil contract. "The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy," he said.

"This is an oath to the Constitution. That is the oath that I kept that (NSA chief) Keith Alexander and (Director of National Intelligence) James Clapper did not."

He's irresponsibly accused of disloyalty. "I am not trying to bring down the NSA," he stressed.

"I am working to improve" it. "I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realize it."

"The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their responsibility," he said.

Some of his NSA colleagues feel the same way. They were "astonished to learn we are collecting more in the United States on Americans than we are on Russians in Russia."

"What the government wants is something they never had before," he stressed.

"They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing?" Does Washington have the right to invade everyone's privacy?

Should NSA be permitted to eliminate private spaces altogether? Do rule of law principles no longer matter? Is freedom a convenient illusion?

Snowden dismisses disloyalty accusations. He didn't pass on state secrets to Russia and China, he stressed.

"If I defected at all," he said, "I defected from the government to the public."

It bears repeating. Millions call him a hero. He connected important dots. He's the gift that keeps on giving. 

On December 20, Der Spiegel reported more. It headlined "How GCHQ Monitors Germany, Israel and the EU," saying:

Snowden documents "show that Britain's GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) signals intelligence has targeted European, German and Israeli politicians for surveillance."

Suspicions surfaced last summer, said Der Spiegel. Snowden documents confirm them. They provide "concrete evidence."

GCHQ and NSA operate jointly. They target UNICEF and other UN organizations. Medecins du Monde is a French organization. It sends doctors and other medical professions to conflict zones.

It's on NSA/GCHQ's target list. So is Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) head Kadre Desire Ouedraogo. Communications with his colleagues are monitored.

Targeting Angela Merkel, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, and other world leaders was disclosed earlier. New revelations show Israeli officials are watched.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was targeted. So was former Defense Secretary Ehud Barak and his chief of staff, Yoni Koren. More on surveilling Israel below.

European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia's name showed up on NSA/GCHQ's target list.

Last October, UK Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed an EU statement. It condemned NSA/GCHQ spying on world leaders. 

He did so knowing it was ongoing at the time. He lied claiming opposition. He could stop it through parliamentary action. Legislation could declare it illegal.

Political Britain is in bed with GCHQ the way Washington endorses unconstitutional NSA spying.

Disclosures show both agencies are rogue operations. They go way beyond what's lawful. They do it with impunity.

Snowden documents provide no insight into why organizations and individuals unrelated to national security are targeted. 

He called doing so NSA's "total awareness" obsession. It wants privacy entirely eliminated. It wants the ability to monitor everyone, everywhere, at all times. It wants no one escaping its dragnet.

US law prohibits economic spying. NSA does it anyway. 

Under Britain's Intelligence and Security Act, GCHQ may work "in the interests of national security, with particular reference to the defence and foreign policies of Her Majesty's government; in the interests of the economic wellbeing of the United Kingdom; and in support of the prevention and the detection of serious crime."

Critics raise serious questions. National security is left undefined. So is protecting economic well-being beyond helping UK companies defend themselves against intellectual property theft or cyber-attacks.

Earlier Snowden documents showed NSA and GCHQ conduct industrial espionage. They do so for economic advantage. They do it illegally. They do it anyway. They do it with impunity.

When questioned, both agencies lie. They claim they operate lawfully. Clear evidence proves otherwise.

Documents show NSA/GCHQ spying is remarkably comprehensive. No government or other officials of interest are left behind. Ordinary people are mass surveilled. 

According to Der Spiegel:

"In addition to many political and 'diplomatic targets,' (target) lists contain African leaders, their family members, ambassadors and businesspeople." 

"They also include representatives of international organizations, such as those of United Nations agencies like the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)." 

"A noticeably large number of diplomatic missions to the United Nations in Geneva are also listed."

"Even non-governmental organizations like Doctors of the World (Medicins du Monde) appear on the British intelligence agency lists, along with a representative of the Swiss IdeasCentre and others." 

"Individual companies can also be found on the list, especially in the fields of telecommunications and banking." 

"The partly government-owned French defense contractor Thales, along with Paris-based energy giant Total, is also mentioned."

NSA and GCHQ constantly search for new targets. They want nothing of potential importance escaping their dragnet.

Netanyahu criticized NSA spying on Israel, saying:

"With regard to things published in the past few days, I have asked for an examination of the matter."

"In the close ties between Israel and the United States, there are certain things friends mustn't do to each other." They're "not acceptable to us." 

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said he assumes it's spied on by allies. He stopped short of admitting Israel's extensive spying operation.

Israeli MK Nachman Shai lied saying:

"Israel is a friendly state to the US." (It) stopped all espionage" on America 30 years ago.

False! Israel spies aggressively. It does so on all allies. In 2011, former CIA counterintelligence specialist/military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi said Israel steals everything it gets its hands on. It includes military and industrial secrets.

"The reality of Israeli spying is indisputable. (It) always features prominently in annual FBI reports."

Washington's Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Israel "conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US ally."

The Pentagon accused Israel of "actively engag(ing) in military and industrial espionage in the United States." 

"An Israeli citizen working in the US who has access to proprietary information is likely to be a target of such espionage."

FBI whistleblower John Cole said Justice Department officials ordered dozens of Israeli espionage cases dropped. At issue was political pressure.

Despite longstanding ties, "US national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat," he added.

The CIA considers Israel its main Middle East counterintelligence threat. Its operations are highly sophisticated. 

Netanyahu claiming allies don't spy on us doesn't wash. Israel violates fundamental rule of law principles. It does so as egregiously as America.

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. So does Netanyahu. Both leaders threaten world peace and security. Lawless spying reflects the tip of their rogue governance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Police State Britain

by Stephen Lendman

Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) operates like NSA. They work cooperatively. They're out-of-control rogue agencies. 

They spy on their own populations. They do it globally. They conduct espionage. They collect enormous amounts of personal information. They do it illegally. 

Obama wages war on freedom. He targets whistleblowers and investigative journalists exposing government wrongdoing. So does Britain. It equates doing so with terrorism.

London's Guardian is threatened. Its offices were raided. Hard drive stored information was destroyed. Its editor, Alan Rusbridger, was warned. Cease and desist or else.

He asked if steps would be taken "to close down the Guardian's reporting through a legal route - by going to court to force the surrender of the material on which we were working."

"The official confirmed that, in the absence of handover or destruction, this was indeed the government's intentions."

It was "one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history," he said. It was likely the most chilling.

Two GCHQ security experts oversaw the destruction of Guardian hard drives. They checked to be sure nothing but "mangled bits of metal" remained.

Whitehall was satisfied. Freedom in Britain sustained another body blow. It's fast disappearing like in America. Both nations are more police states than democracies. 

They mock virtually all democratic principles. They govern lawlessly. They do it ruthlessly. Sweeping surveillance is official policy. So is suppressing information about government wrongdoing.

Journalists involved in exposing it are threatened. Guardian disclosures fall under parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee's remit. 

It reinforces government claims about compromising national security. When good journalism is equated with doing it, freedom dies.

Guardian contributors are targeted for doing their job. Doing so amounts to state censorship. Warnings about prosecutions and imprisonments follow.

Free expression is the most important of all rights. Without it, all others at risk. On the bogus pretext of fighting terrorism, America and Britain want none of their lawless activities exposed.

On August 18, UK authorities detained Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport.

He was held incommunicado for nine hours. He was denied legal counsel. A counterterrorism law pretext was used to do so. 

He was in transit from Berlin to Rio de Janeriro. He threatened no one. He violated no laws. It didn't matter. 

His laptop, cell phone, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and game consoles were confiscated. It was done lawlessly. Police states operate this way. 

London's Observer said Miranda was detained "for promoting 'political' causes." His detention shone "new light on the Metropolitan police's explanation for invoking terrorism powers - a decision critics have called draconian."

London's Mirror headlined "David Miranda detention shows UK is becoming a police state." Targeting him "shows just how determined the security services are to get the upper hand."

"Big Brother isn't just watching you. He knows which plane you're on, where you're traveling, and he's in close contact with Big Daddy across the water in Washington."

It "illustrates the general point that we are now living in a security state."

"Historically, the national interest has always been what's good for the government, not what's right for the people." 

It's more than ever true today. State-of-the-art technology makes it easy. So do rogue politicians wanting unchallenged control.

Greenwald called detaining his partner "a failed attempt at intimidation." I'll have the opposite effect, he said. Virtually never are in transit passengers detained like Miranda.

Schedule 7 of Britain's Terrorism Act says "fewer than 3 people in every 10,000 are examined as they pass through UK borders." Over 97% of examinations last under an hour. 

Individuals are questioned regarding possible involvement "in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism."

Miranda didn't enter Britain. He was en route to Rio. Targeting him was unrelated to terrorism. It was intimidation. It was harassment. Downing Street was directly involved.

It sent a message. Responsible journalism exposing government wrongdoing is threatened. Authorities want it entirely eliminated.

Miranda was released uncharged. Journalists, editors, human rights lawyers and civil libertarians expressed outrage over what happened. Doing so reflects police state harshness.

UK Metropolitan police lied saying:

"Holding and properly using intelligence gained from such stops is a key part of fighting crime, pursuing offenders and protecting the public."

Police states justify lawlessness this way. Miranda was threatened. He was treated like a criminal. 

He was told he faced prosecution if he didn't cooperate. He did nothing wrong. It didn't matter. It got worse.

On September 6, Britain's high court said government authorities could continue examining materials seized from him. 

They could do it to determine if he violated Britain's Terrorism and Official Secrets Acts. UK courts lack independence like America's. 

They support the worst of government practices. They rubber-stamp some of the most outrageous acts. They violate fundamental freedoms doing so.

On November 2, Reuters headlined "NSA Leaks Journalist Glenn Greenwald's Partner Accused of 'Terrorism,' 'Espionage.' 

After returning to Rio, Miranda filed suit. He wants lawlessly seized materials returned.

"At a London court hearing a document called a 'Ports Circulation Sheet' was read into the record." 

"It was prepared by Scotland Yard - in consultation with the MI5 counterintelligence agency."

It said "(i)intelligence indicates that Miranda is likely to be involved in espionage activity which has the potential to act against the interests of UK national security."

"We assess that Miranda is knowingly carrying material the release of which would endanger people's lives." 

"Additionally the disclosure, or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism."

Miranda wasn't charged. At least not so far. He remains threatened. He may become as much at risk as Edward Snowden.

A hearing on Miranda's legal challenge is scheduled this week. During a preparatory session days earlier, "new details of how and why British authorities (targeted him) were made public…"

Materials authorities seized allegedly included 58,000 NSA and GCHQ documents. In an email to Reuters, Greenwald said:

"For all the lecturing it doles out to the world about press freedoms, the UK offers virtually none. They are absolutely and explicitly equating terrorism with journalism."

On October 31, German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele met with Edward Snowden. He did so in Moscow. He released a letter he wrote. In part, it said:

"I have been invited to write to you regarding your investigation of mass surveillance."

"I believe I witnessed systemic violations of law by my government that created a moral duty to act." 

"As a result of reporting these concerns, I have faced a severe and sustained campaign of persecution that forced me from my family and home."

"Citizens around the world as well as high officials - including in the United States - have judged the revelation of an unaccountable system of pervasive surveillance to be a public service."

"Though the outcome of my efforts has been demonstrably positive, my government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense."

"(S)peaking truth is not a crime." He thanked supporters for their "efforts in upholding the international laws that protect us all."

Not in America or Britain. In a document read into the public record, Britain's MI5 said:

"Our main objectives against David Miranda are to understand the nature of any material he is carrying (so as to) mitigate the risks to national security that this material poses."

A UK Washington spokesperson had no comment. Equating good journalism with terrorism shows Britain will stop at nothing to keep government wrongdoing secret.

Doing so shows how low Britain has sunk. Its stripped off facade reveals dark side tyranny. 

Britain's Terrorism Law provides wide latitude. Its terrorism definition includes a "use or threat designed to influence the government (or international governmental organization)."

It's "made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause."

It does so if it "endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action (and) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public."

Most chilling is that UK security services, on their own, can decide if legitimate journalism is terrorism or its equivalent.

They can do so without publicly releasing materials allegedly able to compromise national security. They can pronounce guilt on their say alone. They can get courts to rubber-stamp their accusations. 

It's much the same in America. Government whistleblowers are threatened. They're fraudulently charged under the long ago outdated Espionage Act. 

It's a WW I relic. It belongs in history's dustbin. It's unrelated to exposing government wrongdoing. Revealing it is equated with aiding the enemy.

The so-called "enemy" apparently is "we the people." Our fundamental constitutional rights are threatened. Upholding them is what courts are supposed to do.

Not in America. Not in Britain. Terrorism or acts relating to it are what both governments say they are.

On July 30, Bradley Manning was wrongfully convicted on 20 of 22 bogus charges. He never had a chance. 

He was judged guilty by accusation. He got 35 years imprisonment for acting responsibly. 

It's by far the harshest ever punishment for leaking information everyone has a right to know.

Washington wants Edward Snowden prosecuted the same way. Russia granted him political asylum.

Whether he'll stay free remains to be seen. He's America's public enemy number one. Safety is his main concern. 

He's got good reason to worry. He's a wanted man. He knows how NSA operates. It'll try monitoring him every way possible.

Whether he'll stay free from its tracking remains to be seen. The same is true for everyone.

America and Britain are ruthless. They're unforgiving. They want unchallenged power. They want no one compromising it. 

They want government wrongdoing suppressed. UK Prime Minister David Cameron threatened Britain's media with injunctions or so-called D (Defense Advisory) notices. 

They're official requests not to publish or broadcast information for reasons of national security.

London's Guardian and Miranda remain in limbo. Criminal charges could follow. Responsible journalism is threatened. 

It bears repeating. Equating it with terrorism shows how low Britain has sunk. The same holds for America. Police state justice prevails.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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NSA Spies on Pope

by Stephen Lendman

NSA spies on world leaders, so why not? Even the Holy See isn't spy proof. It's not off limits. 

Pope Francis is monitored. Most likely Benedict XVI. Perhaps John Paul II through at least some of his papacy. NSA spies globally. No one's safe from its intrusive eye.

On October 30, the Italian publication Panorama headlined "Esclusiva Panorama: Datagate, anche il Papa è stato intercettato (Exclusive Panorama: Datagate, even the Pope was intercepted).

Reuters covered the story. On October 30, it headlined "Italian magazine says US spies listened to pope, Vatican says unaware." 

Internal Vatican communications are monitored. So are phone calls from the Domus Sanctae Marthae. It's Pope Francis' current home. It's where cardinals reside during papal conclaves.

NSA's interest was monitoring "leadership intentions," financial system threats, "foreign policy objectives," and "human rights." Vatican Bank president Ernst von Freyberg's calls were intercepted.

Francis was monitored when he was Buenos Aires archbishop. Doing so suggests all high-ranking prelates are watched globally. 

US embassies virtually everywhere are infested with spies. They operate covertly as diplomatic staff. Snowden-released documents revealed Rome has an elite spying unit. So do other major European capitals.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said: "We are not aware of anything on this issue, and in any case we have no concerns about it."

Whether or not Vatican officials knew is one thing. For sure, no one wants to be spied on.

NSA head Keith Alexander repeatedly lies. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper is an admitted perjurer. Take everything they both say with a grain of salt.

On October 30, NSA spokesperson Vanee Vines likely lied saying:

"The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican. Assertions that NSA has (done so), published by Italy's Panorama magazine, are not true."

Allegations followed the Cryptome digital library web site reporting NSA collecting 124.8 billion phone calls monthly. It said 46 million were intercepted in Italy from December 2012 through early January 2013 alone.

Panorama said the "National Security Agency wiretapped the pope…(T)he great American ear" never sleeps. Calls to and from the Vatican are monitored. Big Brother intercepts prelate conversations routinely. 

For sure following Pope Benedict's February 28 resignation through the papal conclave convened to elect his successor. Conversations of future Pope Francis were likely monitored.

The former Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a person of interest since at least 2005. He was considered a potential future papal candidate.

Sistine chapel discussions relating to electing new popes are especially kept secret. A special system scrambles cell phone calls. Anyone caught breaking the sacred trust faces excommunication.

NSA reportedly intercepted communications relating to the 2012 Vatileaks scandal. It exposed high-level corruption. Documents were leaked to Italian journalists.

Paolo Gabriele became a person of interest. He was Benedict XVI's personal secretary. He leaked his confidential letters and memos.

They revealed papal finances, bribes, other corruption, and abuse of power. Gabriele was hung out to dry. He was arrested, tried and convicted. 

He got 18 months in prison. He was ordered to pay legal expenses. On December 22, 2012, Benedict pardoned him. 

Michael Parenti's "God and His Demons" makes compelling reading. He confronted the religious right, saying:

"The god of the Holy Bible - so much adored in the United States and elsewhere - is ferociously vindictive, neurotically jealous, intolerant, vainglorious, punitive, wrathful, sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sadistic and homicidal." 

"As they say, it's all in the Bible. Beware of those who act in the name of such a god." 

"Were we to encounter these vicious traits in an ordinary man, we would judge him to be in need of lifelong incarceration at a maximum-security facility." 

"At the very least, we would not prattle on about how he works his wonders in mysterious ways. In fact, 'biblical Jesus qualifies quite well as founder and forerunner of an intolerant Christianity."

"That 'old-time religion' is still very much with us and having a considerable impact on US political life."

Parenti was unforgiving. He challenged iconic religious figures. He exposed their dark sides. He included Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, and Tibetan Buddhism.

John Paul II "remained up to his ears in counter-revolutionary politics in Latin America and elsewhere," he said. 

He "directed no critical attacks against right-wing dictatorships." He called them "bulwarks against communist revolution."

He intervened on behalf of Chilean despot Augusto Pinochet. At the time, he was under house arrest in London.

Parenti's book was written before Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis. He was very much involved in Argentina's dirty war.

Prelates denouncing human rights abuses anywhere is considered taboo. Dirty war survivors accused Bergoglio of complicity with what demanded condemnation.

Vatican policy isn't pretty. Francis wasn't elected to change things. Washington wants policy everywhere kept in lockstep with US policy. 

NSA spying relates to discovering potential outliers. US policy makers can then act before harm is done.

Snowden documents revealed spying on millions of Italian citizens. It was thought perhaps popes and Vatican officials were off-limits. It bears repeating. NSA spies on world leaders.

Vatican city is a sovereign city-state. Popes have head of state status. They have diplomatic immunity like presidents and prime ministers. 

So do Vatican officials, papal nuncios, cardinals and other high-ranking Holy See Diplomatic Service prelates. They're more than religious figures. 

They're politically involved. They're well connected. What they say and think matters. They influence great numbers of parishioners.

Separately, Snowden documents revealed NSA secretly intercepted Google and Yahoo communication links connecting their global data centers. 

Doing so lets the agency keep track of hundreds of millions of user accounts. NSA's main tool is called MUSCULAR. It operates jointly with Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

From undisclosed interception points, both agencies copy fiber-optic cable flows. Doing so complements NSA's PRISM. 

It has front-door access to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and other major online companies.

NSA can search histories, emails, file transfers and live chats. They're gotten directly from US provider servers. Doing so facilitates mass surveillance. NSA now has front and back-door access. It takes full advantage.

An NSA statement lied, saying:

it "focus(es) on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets only."

It "applies Attorney General-approved processes to protect the privacy of U.S. persons - minimizing the likelihood of their information in our targeting, collection, processing, exploitation, retention, and dissemination."

NSA's mandate is "get it all." Everyone and everything are fair game. Congressional oversight is virtually nonexistent. Obama's in lockstep with NSA policy.

On December 4, 1981, Executive Order 12333, explained NSA/Central Security Service (CSS) responsibilities and purposes. 

It's to provide "(t)imely and accurate information about the activities, capabilities, plans, and intentions of foreign powers, organizations, and persons and their agents, is essential to the national security of the United States." 

"All reasonable and lawful means must be used to ensure that the United States will receive the best intelligence available." Head of operations is charged with:

  • "Collect(ing, including through clandestine means), process, analyze, produce, and disseminate signals intelligence information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes to support national and departmental missions;
  • Acting(ing) as the National Manager for National Security Systems as established in law and policy, and in this capacity be responsible to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director, National Intelligence; (and)

  • Prescrib(ing) security regulations covering operating practices, including the transmission, handling, and distribution of signals intelligence and communications security material within and among the elements under control of the Director of the National Security Agency, and exercise the necessary supervisory control to ensure compliance with the regulations."

On July 31, 2008, EO 12333 was amended to:

  • "Align (it) with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004;

  • Implement additional recommendations of the 9/11 and WMD Commissions; (and)

  • Further integrate the Intelligence Community and clarify and strengthen the role of DNI as the head of the Community; Maintain or strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections."

By law, NSA’s mission is limited to monitoring, collecting and analyzing foreign communications. Its dual missions include: 

  • the Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID). It relates to foreign intelligence gathering, and 

  • the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD). It protects US information systems.

Rule of law principles are systematically spurned. It's more true now than ever. It's far worse than most people imagine. 

Anything goes reflects policy. NSA is a power unto itself. It does whatever it wants covertly. It does it globally. Obama continues what his predecessors began.

NSA's been around for decades. On June 1, 1952, Harry Truman authorized it. On November 4, 1952, it was established. Its earlier incarnation was a shadow of today's capabilities. Virtually nothing escapes its intrusive eye.

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Despite 24-hour news and talk about transparency, there's a lot we don't know about our past, much less current events. What’s worse, some of what we think we know isn't true.
The point is that it’s no accident. 
    Consider, for example, the circumstances that led to open war in Vietnam. According to official history, two US destroyers patrolling in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam were victims of unprovoked attacks in August 1964, leading to a congressional resolution giving President Johnson the power "to take all necessary measures."
     In fact, the destroyers were spy ships, part of a National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping program operating near the coast as a way to provoke the North Vietnamese into turning on their radar and other communications channels. The more provocative the maneuvers, the more signals that could be captured. Meanwhile, US raiding parties were shelling mainland targets. Documents revealed later indicated that the August 4 attack on the USS Maddox – the pretext for passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution – may not even have taken place.
     But even if it did, the incident was still stage managed to build up congressional and public support for the war. Evidence suggests that the plan was based on Operation Northwoods, a scheme developed in 1962 to justify an invasion of Cuba. Among the tactics the Joint Chiefs of Staff considered then were blowing up a ship in Guantanamo Bay, a phony "communist Cuba terror campaign" in Florida and Washington, DC, and an elaborate plan to convince people that Cuba had shot down a civilian airliner filled with students. That operation wasn't implemented, but two years later, desperate for a war, the administration's military brass found a way to create the necessary conditions in Vietnam.
For more than half a century, the eyes and ears of US power to monitor and manipulate information (and with it, mass perceptions) has been the NSA, initially designed to assist the CIA. Its original task was to collect raw information about threats to US security, cracking codes and using the latest technology to provide accurate intelligence on the intentions and activities of enemies. Emerging after World War II, its early focus was the Soviet Union. But it never did crack a high-level Soviet cipher system. On the other hand, it used every available means to eavesdrop on not only enemies but also allies and, sometimes, US citizens.
     In Body of Secrets, James Bamford described a bureaucratic and secretive behemoth, based in an Orwellian Maryland complex known as Crypto City. From there, supercomputers linked it to spy satellites, subs, aircraft, and equally covert, strategically placed listening posts worldwide. As of 2000, it had a $7 billion annual budget and directly employed at least 38,000 people, more than the CIA and FBI. It was also the leader of an international intelligence club, UKUSA, which includes Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Together, they monitored and recorded billions of encrypted communications, telephone calls, radio messages, faxes, and e-mails around the world.
     Over the years, however, the line between enemies and friends blurred, and the intelligence gatherers often converted their control of information into unilateral power, influencing the course of history in ways that may never be known. No doubt the agency has had a hand in countless covert operations; yet, attempts to pull away the veil of secrecy have been largely unsuccessful.
     In the mid-1970s, for example, just as Congress was attempting to reign in the CIA, the NSA was quietly creating a virtual state, a massive international computer network named Platform. Doing away with formal borders, it developed a software package that turned worldwide Sigint (short for "signal intelligence": communication intelligence, eavesdropping, and electronic intelligence) into a unified whole. The software package was code named Echelon, a name that has since become a synonym for eavesdropping on commercial communication.
     Of course, the NSA and its British sister, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), refused to admit Echelon existed, even though declassified documents appeared on the Internet and Congress conducted an initial investigation. But a European Parliament report also confirmed Echelon's activities, and encouraged Internet users and governments to adopt stronger privacy measures in response.
     In March 2001, several ranking British politicians discussed Echelon's potential impacts on civil liberties, and a European Parliament committee considered its legal, human rights, and privacy implications. The Dutch held similar hearings, and a French National Assembly inquiry urged the European Union to embrace new privacy enhancing technologies to protect against Echelon's eavesdropping. France launched a formal investigation into possible abuses for industrial espionage.
A prime reason for Europe's discontent was the growing suspicion that the NSA had used intercepted conversations to help US companies win contracts heading for European firms. The alleged losers included Airbus, a consortium including interests in France, Germany, Spain, and Britain, and Thomson CSF, a French electronics company. The French claimed they had lost a $1.4 billion deal to supply Brazil with a radar system because the NSA shared details of the negotiations with Raytheon. Airbus may have lost a contract worth $2 billion to Boeing and McDonnell Douglas because of information intercepted and passed on by the agency.
     According to former NSA agent Wayne Madsen, the US used information gathered from its bases in Australia to win a half share in a significant Indonesian trade contract for AT&T. Communication intercepts showed the contract was initially going to a Japanese firm. A bit later a lawsuit against the US and Britain was launched in France, judicial and parliamentary investigations began in Italy, and German parliamentarians demanded an inquiry.
     The rationale for turning the NSA loose on commercial activities, even those involving allies, was provided in the mid-90s by Sen. Frank DeConcini, then chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I don't think we should have a policy where we're going to invade the Airbus inner sanctum and find out their secrets for the purpose of turning it over to Boeing or McDonnell Douglas," he opined. "But if we find something, not to share it with our people seems to me to be not smart."
      President Bill Clinton and other US officials buttressed this view by charging that European countries were unfairly subsidizing Airbus. In other words, competition with significant US interests can be a matter of national security, and private capitalism must be protected from state-run enterprises.
      The US-Europe row about Airbus subsidies was also used as a "test case" for scientists developing new intelligence tools. At US Defense Department conferences on "text retrieval," competitions were staged to find the best methods. A standard test featured extracting protected data about "Airbus subsidies."
In the end, influencing the outcome of commercial transactions is but the tip of this iceberg. The NSA's ability to intercept to virtually any transmitted communication has enhanced the power of unelected officials and private interests to set covert foreign policy in motion. In some cases, the objective is clear and arguably defensible: taking effective action against terrorism, for example. But in others, the grand plans of the intelligence community have led it to undermine democracies.
     The 1975 removal of Australian Prime Minister Edward Whitlam is an instructive case. At the time of Whitlam's election in 1972, Australian intelligence was working with the CIA against the Allende government in Chile. The new PM didn’t simply order a halt to Australia's involvement, explained William Blum in Killing Hope, a masterful study of US interventions since World War II. Whitlam seized intelligence information withheld from him by the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and disclosed the existence of a joint CIA-ASIO directorate that monitored radio traffic in Asia. He also openly disapproved of US plans to build up the Indian Ocean Island of Diego Garcia as a military-intelligence-nuclear outpost.
     Both the CIA and NSA became concerned about the security and future of crucial intelligence facilities in and near Australia. The country was already key member of UKUSA. After launching its first space-based listening post-a microwave receiver with an antenna pointed at earth-NSA had picked an isolated desert area in central Australia as a ground station. Once completed, the base at Alice Springs was named Pine Gap, the first of many listening posts to be installed around the world. For the NSA and CIA, Whitlam posed a threat to the secrecy and security of such operations.
     An early step was covert funding for the political opposition, in hopes of defeating Whitlam's Labor Party in 1974. When that failed, meetings were held with the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, a figurehead representing the Queen of England who had worked for CIA front organizations since the 50s. Defense officials warned that intelligence links would be cut off unless someone stopped Whitlam. On November 11, 1975, Kerr responded, dismissing the prime minister, dissolving both houses of Parliament, and appointing an interim government until new elections were held.
     According to Christopher Boyce (subject of The Falcon and the Snowman, a fictionalized account), who watched the process while working for TRW in a CIA-linked cryptographic communications center, the spooks also infiltrated Australian labor unions and contrived to suppress transportation strikes that were holding up deliveries to US intelligence installations. Not coincidentally, some unions were leading the opposition to development of those same facilities.
     How often, and to what effect, such covert ops have succeeded is another of the mysteries that comprise an unwritten history of the last half century. Beyond that, systems like Echelon violate the human right to individual privacy, and give those who control the information the ability to act with impunity, sometimes destroying lives and negating the popular will in the process.
Hiding the Agenda in Peru
In May 1960, when a U-2 spy plane was shot down over Soviet territory, President Dwight Eisenhower took great pains to deny direct knowledge or authorization of the provocative mission. In reality, he personally oversaw every U-2 mission, and had even riskier and more provocative bomber overflights in mind.
     It's a basic rule of thumb for covert ops: When exposed, keep denying and deflect the blame. More important, never, never let on that the mission itself may be a pretext, or a diversion from some other, larger agenda.
     Considering that, the April 20, 2001, shoot down of a plane carrying missionaries across the Brazilian border into Peru becomes highly suspicious. At first, the official story fed to the press was that Peruvian authorities ordered the attack on their own, over the pleas of the CIA "contract pilots" who initially spotted the plane. But Peruvian pilots involved in that program, supposedly designed to intercept drug flights, insist that nothing was shot down without US approval.
     Innocent planes were sometimes attacked, but most were small, low flying aircraft that didn't file flight plans and had no radios. This plane maintained regular contact and did file a plan. Still, even after it crash-landed, the Peruvians continued to strafe it, perhaps in an attempt to ignite the plane's fuel and eliminate the evidence.
     "I think it has to do with Plan Colombia and the coming war," said Celerino Castillo, who had previously worked in Peru for Drug Enforcement Agency. "The CIA was sending a clear message to all non-combatants to clear out of the area, and to get favorable press." The flight was heading to Iquitos, which "is at the heart of everything the CIA is doing right now," he added. "They don't want any witnesses."
     Timing also may have played a part. The shoot down occurred on the opening day of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Uruguay's President Jorge Ibanez, who had proposed the worldwide legalization of drugs just weeks before, was expected to make a high-profile speech on his proposal at the gathering. The downing of a drug smuggling plane at this moment, near territory held by Colombia's FARC rebels, would help to defuse Uruguay's message and reinforce the image of the insurgents as drug smugglers.
     If you doubt that the US would condone such an operation or cover it up, consider this: In 1967, Israel torpedoed the USS Liberty, a large floating listening post, as it was eavesdropping on the Arab-Israeli war off the Sinai Peninsula. Hundreds of US sailors were wounded and killed, probably because Israel feared that its massacre of Egyptian prisoners at El Arish might be overheard. How did the Pentagon respond? By imposing a total news ban, and covering up the facts for decades.
     Will we ever find out what really happened in Peru, specifically why a missionary and her daughter were killed? Not likely, since it involves a private military contractor that is basically beyond the reach of congressional accountability.
     In 2009, when the Peru shoot down became one of five cases of intelligence operation cover up being investigated by the US House Intelligence Committee, the CIA inspector general concluded that the CIA had improperly concealed information about the incident. Intelligence Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky, who led the investigation, didn’t rule out referrals to the Justice Department for criminal prosecutions if evidence surfaced that intelligence officials broke the law. But she couldn’t guarantee that the facts would ever come to light, since the Committee’s report of its investigation would be classified.
     The most crucial wrinkle in the Peruvian incident is the involvement of DynCorp, which was active in Colombia and Bolivia under large contracts with various US agencies. The day after the incident, ABC news reported that, according to “senior administration officials,” the crew of the surveillance plane that first identified the doomed aircraft "was hired by the CIA from DynCorp." Within two days, however, all references to DynCorp were scrubbed from ABC's Website. A week later, the New York Post claimed the crew actually worked for Aviation Development Corp., allegedly a CIA proprietary company.
     Whatever the truth, State Department officials refused to talk on the record about DynCorp's activities in South America. Yet, according to DynCorp's State Department contract, the firm had received at least $600 million over the previous few years for training, drug interdiction, search and rescue (which included combat), air transport of equipment and people, and reconnaissance in the region. And that was only what they put on paper. It also operated government aircraft and provided all manner of personnel, particularly for Plan Colombia.
DynCorp began in 1946 as the employee-owned air cargo business California Eastern Airways, flying in supplies for the Korean War. This and later government work led to charges that it was a CIA front company. Whatever the truth, it ultimately became a leading PMC, hiring former soldiers and police officers to implement US foreign policy without having to report to Congress.
     The push to privatize war gained traction during the first Bush administration. After the first Gulf War, the Pentagon, then headed by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, paid a Halliburton subsidiary nearly $9 million to study how PMCs could support US soldiers in combat zones, according to a Mother Jones investigation. Cheney subsequently became CEO of Halliburton, and Brown & Root, later known as Halliburton KBR, won billions to construct and run military bases, some in secret locations.
     One of DynCorp’s earliest “police” contracts involved the protection of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and, after he was ousted, providing the “technical advice” that brought military officers involved in that coup into Haiti’s National Police. Despite this dodgy record, in 2002 it won the contract to protect another new president, Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai. By then, it was a top IT federal contractor specializing in computer systems development, and also providing the government with aviation services, general military management, and security expertise.
     Like other private military outfits, the main danger it has faced is the risk of public exposure. Under one contract, for example, DynCorp sprayed vast quantities of herbicides over Colombia to kill the cocaine crop. In September 2001, Ecuadorian Indians filed a class action lawsuit, charging that DynCorp recklessly sprayed their homes and farms, causing illnesses and deaths and destroying crops. In Bosnia, private police provided by DynCorp for the UN were accused of buying and selling prostitutes, including a 12-year-old girl. Others were charged with videotaping a rape.
     In the first years of the 21st century, DynCorp's day-to-day operations in South America were overseen by State Department officials, including the Narcotic Affairs Section and the Air Wing, the latter a clique of unreformed cold warriors and leftovers from 80s operations in Central America. It was essentially the State Department's private air force in the Andes, with access to satellite-based recording and mapping systems.
     In the 1960s, a similar role was played by the Vinnell Corp., which the CIA called "our own private mercenary army in Vietnam." Vinnell later became a subsidiary of TRW, a major NSA contractor, and employed US Special Forces vets to train Saudi Arabia's National Guard. In the late 1990s, TRW hired former NSA director William Studeman to help with its intelligence program.
     DynCorp avoided the kind of public scandal that surrounded the activities of Blackwater. In Ecuador, where it developed military logistics centers and coordinated “anti-terror” police training, the exposure of a secret covenant signed with the Aeronautics Industries Directorate of the Ecuadorian Air Force briefly threatened to make waves. According to a November 2003 exposé in Quito’s El Comercio, the arrangement, hidden from the National Defense Council, made DynCorp’s people part of the US diplomatic mission.
     In Colombia, DynCorp’s coca eradication and search-and-rescue missions led to controversial pitched battles with rebels. US contract pilots flew Black Hawk helicopters carrying Colombian police officers who raked the countryside with machine gun fire to protect the missions against attacks. According to investigative reporter Jason Vest, DynCorp employees were also implicated in narcotics trafficking. But such stories didn’t get far, and, in any case, DynCorp’s “trainers” simply ignored congressional rules, including those that restrict the US from aiding military units linked to human rights abuses.
     In 2003, DynCorp won a multimillion-dollar contract to build a private police force in post-Saddam Iraq, with some of the funding diverted from an anti-drug program for Afghanistan. In 2004, the State Department further expanded DynCorp’s role as a global US surrogate with a $1.75 billion, five year contract to provide law enforcement personnel for civilian policing operations in “post-conflict areas” around the world. That March, the company also got an Army contract to support helicopters sold to foreign countries. The work, described as “turnkey” services, includes program management, logistics support, maintenance and aircrew training, aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, repair and overhaul of aircraft components and engines, airframe and engine upgrades, and the production of technical publications.
     In short, DynCorp was a trusted partner in the military-intelligence-industrial complex. "Are we outsourcing order to avoid public scrutiny, controversy or embarrassment?" asked Rep. Schakowsky upon submitting legislation to prohibit US funding for private military firms in the Andean region. "If there is a potential for a privatized Gulf of Tonkin incident, then the American people deserve to have a full and open debate before this policy goes any further."
     If and when that ever happens, the discussion will have to cover a lot of ground. Private firms, working in concert with various intelligence agencies, constitute a vast foreign policy apparatus that is largely invisible, rarely covered by the corporate press, and not currently subject to congressional oversight. The Freedom of Information Act simply doesn't apply. Any information on whom they arm or how they operate is private, proprietary information.
     The US government downplays its use of mercenaries, a state of affairs that could undermine any efforts to find out about CIA activities that are concealed from Congress. Yet private contractors perform almost every function essential to military operations, a situation that has been called the “creeping privatization of the business of war.” By 2004, the Pentagon was employing more than 700,000 private contractors.
     The companies are staffed by former generals, admirals, and highly trained officers. Name a hot spot and some PMC has people there. DynCorp has worked on the Defense Message System Transition Hub and done long-range planning for the Air Force. MPRI had a similar contract with the Army, and for a time coordinated the Pentagon's military and leadership training in at least seven African nations.
     How did this outsourcing of defense evolve? In 1969, the US Army had about 1.5 million active duty soldiers. By 1992, the figure had been cut by half. Since the mid-1990s, however, the US has mobilized militarily to intervene in several significant conflicts, and a corporate “foreign legion” has filled the gap between foreign policy imperatives and what a downsized, increasingly over-stretched military can provide.
     Use of high technology equipment feeds the process. Private companies have technical capabilities that the military needs, but doesn’t always possess. Contractors have maintained stealth bombers and Predator unmanned drones used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some military equipment is specifically designed to be operated and maintained by private companies.
     In Britain, the debate over military privatization has been public, since the activities of the UK company Sandline in Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea embarrassed the government in the late 1990s. But no country has clear policies to regulate PMCs, and the limited oversight that does exist rarely works. In the US, they have largely escaped notice, except when US contract workers in conflict zones are killed or go way over the line, as in the case of Blackwater.
     According to Guy Copeland, who began developing public-private IT policy in the Reagan years, “The private sector must play an integral role in improving our national cybersecurity.” After all, he has noted, private interests own and operate 85 percent of the nation’s critical IT infrastructure. He should know. After all, Copeland drafted much of the language in the Bush Administration’s 2002 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace as co-chair of the Information Security Committee of the Information Technology Association of America.
     Nevertheless, when the federal government becomes dependent on unaccountable, private companies like DynCorp and Blackwater (later renamed Xe Services) for so many key security services, as well as for military logistics, management, strategy, expertise and “training,” fundamental elements of US defense have been outsourced. And the details of that relationship are matters that the intelligence community will fight long and hard to keep out of public view.
Corporate Connections and "Soft Landings"
Although the various departments and private contractors within the military-intelligence-industrial complex occasionally have turf battles and don't always share information or coordinate strategy as effectively as they might, close and ongoing contact has long been considered essential. And it has expanded as a result of the information revolution. The entire intelligence community has its own secret Intranet, which pulls together FBI reports, NSA intercepts, analysis from the DIA and CIA, and other deeply covert sources.
     Private firms are connected to this information web through staff, location, shared technology, and assorted contracts. Working primarily for the Pentagon, for example, L-3 Communications, a spinoff from major defense contractor Lockheed Martin, has manufactured hardware like control systems for satellites and flight recorders. MPRI, which was bought by L-3, provided services like its operations in Macedonia. L-3 also built the NSA's Secure Terminal Equipment, which instantly encrypts phone conversations.
     Another private contractor active in the Balkans was Science Applications, staffed by former NSA and CIA personnel, and specializing in police training. When Janice Stromsem, a Justice Department employee, complained that its program gave the CIA unfettered access to recruiting agents in foreign police forces, she was relieved of her duties. Her concern was that the sovereignty of nations receiving aid from the US was being compromised.
     In 1999, faced with personnel cuts, the NSA offered over 4000 employees "soft landing" buy outs to help them secure jobs with defense firms that have major NSA contracts. NSA offered to pay the first year's salary, in hopes the contractor would then pick up the tab. Sometimes the employee didn't even have to move away from Crypto City. Companies taking part in the program included TRW and MPRI's parent company, Lockheed Martin.
     Lockheed was also a winner in the long-term effort to privatize government services. In 2000, it won a $43.8 million contract to run the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System, one of the largest human resources systems in the world. As a result, a major defense contractor took charge of consolidating all Department of Defense personnel systems, covering hiring and firing for about 750,000 civilian employees. This put the contractor at the cutting edge of Defense Department planning, and made it a key gatekeeper at the revolving door between the US military and private interests.
Shortly after his appointment as NSA director in 1999, Michael Hayden went to see the film Enemy of the State, in which Will Smith is pursued by an all-seeing, all hearing NSA and former operative Gene Hackman decries the agency's dangerous power. In Body of Secrets, author Bamford says Hayden found the film entertaining, yet offensive and highly inaccurate. Still, the NSA chief was comforted by "a society that makes its bogeymen secrecy and power. That's really what the movie's about.''
     Unlike Hayden, most people don't know where the fiction ends and NSA reality begins. Supposedly, the agency rarely "spies" on US citizens at home. On the other hand, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows a secret federal court to waive that limitation. The rest of the world doesn't have that protection. Designating thousands of keywords, names, phrases, and phone numbers, NSA computers can pick them out of millions of messages, passing anything of interest on to analysts. One can only speculate about what happens next.
     After 9/11 the plan was to go further with a project code named Tempest. The goal was to capture computer signals such as keystrokes or monitor images through walls or from other buildings, even if the computers weren't linked to a network. One NSA document, "Compromising Emanations Laboratory Test Requirements, Electromagnetics," described procedures for capturing the radiation emitted from a computer-through radio waves and the telephone, serial, network, or power cables attached to it.
     Other NSA programs have included Oasis, designed to reduce audiovisual images into machine-readable text for easier filtering, and Fluent, which expanded Echelon's multilingual capabilities. And let's not forget the government's Carnivore Internet surveillance program, which can collect all communications over any segment of the network being watched.
     Put such elements together, combine them with business imperatives and covert foreign policy objectives, then throw PMCS into the mix, and you get a glimpse of the extent to which information can be translated into raw power and secretly used to shape events. Although most pieces of the puzzle remain obscure, enough is visible to justify suspicion, outrage, and a campaign to pull away the curtain on this Wizard of Oz. But fighting a force that is largely invisible and unaccountable – and able to eavesdrop on the most private exchanges, that is a daunting task, perhaps even more difficult than confronting the mechanisms of corporate globalization that it protects and promotes.

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by Stephen Lendman

On October 1, French newspaper Le Monde headlined "France in the NSA's crosshair: phone networks under surveillance." More on that below.

Previous articles explained. NSA operates lawlessly. It does so by rules it invents. It spies globally. Enormous amounts of meta-data are collected. It's longstanding. It's been ongoing for decades. 

Post-9/11, it intensified. It's out-of-control today. It doesn't matter. NSA is a rogue agency. It's a power unto itself. Congressional leaders support it. So does Obama.

Spying domestically isn't for national security. Nor is monitoring allies. It's old-fashioned espionage using state-of-the-art technology. It's about control. It's for economic advantage. 

It's to be one up on foreign competitors. It's for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

Foreign embassies, consulates and missions are bugged. NSA calls them "targets." Extraordinary spying methods are used. 

Bugs are planted in electronic communications gear. They monitor cable transmissions. They use "specialized antennae." 

NSA bugged the EU's Brussels-based Justice Lipsius building. It hosts summit and ministerial meetings. Bugging is handled from nearby NATO headquarters. 

Encrypted fax machines are compromised. They transmit cables to foreign ministries in European capitals.

Another covert operation copies everything on targeted hard drives. EU's UN headquarters mission is bugged. So is EU's Washington location.

NSA works cooperatively with other EU spy agencies. It does so with Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

It funds some of its operations. It influences them. Both agencies compromise fundamental freedoms. It's longstanding practice. It's worse now than ever.

Obama's administration is the most secretive in US history. It persists despite promised reforms. NSA spying intensified on his watch. 

Rollbacks aren't forthcoming. Constitutional law doesn't matter. Checks and balances don't exist. All three branches of government are complicit. Congress winks and nods. Courts look the other way. Ordinary people are systematically lied to.

EU nations operate the same way. They spy on each other. They spy on America. It's nothing new. It's longstanding. Some have greater expertise. Washington likely tops all others and then some.

Snowden released documents show NSA accessed former Mexican President Felipe Calderon's emails.

Its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division hacked into his account. Doing so gained insight into his policymaking. A top secret report said:

"TAO successfully exploited a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain within the Mexican Presidential network to gain first-ever access to President Felipe Calderon's public email account."

Cabinet members use its domain. It contains diplomatic, economic and leadership communications. They provide valuable information about Mexico's political system and internal stability.

Operation Flatliquid likely continues. Current President Enrique Nieto is vulnerable. In September, Brazilian Globo TV revealed a document dated June 2012. It showed NSA read his emails before he became president.

Following revelations about Calderon's hacked account, US ambassador Anthony Wayne was summoned to explain. 

At last month's G20 meeting, Obama promised Nieto he'd conduct an "exhaustive investigation." He said back and explain. Nieto's still waiting.

A Mexican Foreign Ministry statement said:

"In a relationship of neighbors and partners, there is no room for the kind of activities that allegedly took place."

"Mexico will re-emphasize the importance for our country of this investigation, which should be concluded as quickly as possible."

US surveillance revelations outraged Latin American leaders. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a scheduled Washington trip. She delivered a blistering General Assembly address.

Former Guardian contributor Glenn Greenwald addressed the 69th Inter American Press Association (IAPA) assembly. He did so by video. 

He said NSA spies on all Latin American countries. He'll release  more information from Snowden provided documents ahead.

French authorities much earlier knew what Le Monde reported, he added. Expressed outrage was less than meets the eye. It's disingenuous. It's too little too late.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls omitted explaining what he knew. Instead he called Le Monde's revelations "shocking." 

He demanded an explanation. So did President Francois Hollande. He expressed "deep disapproval."

He called spying on friends and allies "unacceptable." France operates the same way. So do many other countries. For sure all major ones. 

Le Monde got "access to documents which describe the techniques used to violate the secrets or simply the private life of French people." 

"Some elements of information about this espionage have been referred to by Der Speigel and The Guardian, but others are, to date, unpublished."

"It can be seen that over a period of thirty days - from 10 December 2012 to 8 January 2013, 70.3 million recordings of French citizens' telephone data were made by the NSA." 

It did so several ways. "According to the elements obtained by Le Monde, when a telephone number is used in France, it activates a signal which automatically triggers the recording of the call." 

"Apparently this surveillance system also picks up SMS messages and their content using key words." 

"Finally, the NSA apparently stores the history of the connections of each target…"

French espionage is called US-985D. For Germany it's US-987LA and US-987LB.

Numbers correspond to a "third party." It includes France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Belgium.

English-speaking countries comprise a "second party." It includes Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"First party" consists of 16 known US spy agencies. NSA is most significant. It's Big Brother writ large.

Documents Le Monde got show it targets individuals and groups. It does so in "the worlds of business, politics (and) French state administration."

Three million daily intercepts are gotten on average. Peak days get almost seven million.

Documents Le Monde obtained show NSA collected 124.8 billion telecommunication intercepts and 97.1 billion online ones from February 8 through March 8, 2013.

Germany and Britain alone exceed France in volume obtained. Washington rules determine US practices. They're over-the-top out-of-control. 

They're eroding fundamental freedoms in plain sight. They're on the chopping block for elimination. They may not survive Obama's tenure.

It bears repeating. Rogues states operate this way. America is by far the worst.

A Final Comment

On October 21, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) headlined "Open Access Week 2013: The Time for Reform Is Now."

Monday began the sixth annual Open Access Week. It's a global event. It advocates free, immediate, online scholarly research information accessibility.

Doing so is win-win. Academia, science, industry and society benefit. Scholarship advances. Academic and research colleagues share what they learn. Doing so benefits ongoing work and future efforts.

EFF calls Open Access "a celebration and call to action. Universities, libraries, organizations, and companies are hosting" global events.

They're promoting what's important for everyone. It's polar opposite destructive spying. "The fight for open access to research is going in the right direction," said EFF. "(E)very stakeholder…realize(s) (its) inevitability." 

Since information about NSA spying first made 2005 headlines, EFF led the fight to stop it.

It's doing so by exposing what everyone needs to know. It's doing it in court. It's waging tough battles. 

It wants rule of law principles enforced. It's a goal worth working for. Fundamental freedoms are too important to lose. We're all in the fight to save them.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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By Chris Marsden
18 October 2013

Britain’s Guardian newspaper is facing an investigation by at least one parliamentary committee, in line with demands made by Prime Minister David Cameron, concerning the exposures of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Accompanied with calls for criminal prosecutions and assertions of the newspaper’s having compromised national security, the move is a major escalation in the witch-hunt and clampdown launched in response to Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance programmes operated by the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

On Wednesday, Cameron told parliament, “I think the plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security, and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and Cabinet Secretary [Sir Jeremy Heywood] to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

“So they know that what they are dealing with is dangerous for national security.”

The prime minister supported calls for a full parliamentary inquiry to determine whether the Guardian broke the law by printing Snowden’s revelations.

Cameron’s claim is as barefaced a lie as it is a reactionary move.

In June, according to Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, he and other Guardian journalists were threatened with legal action and forced to destroy hard drives containing material from Snowden when “a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister” made “an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.”

According to Rusbridger, “two GCHQ security experts” oversaw the destruction. Now, Cameron cites the newspaper’s response to the government’s threats as proof of its guilt!

A spokesman for Guardian News and Media issued a statement declaring, “The prime minister is wrong to say the Guardian destroyed computer files because we agreed our reporting was damaging. We destroyed the computers because the government said it would use the full force of the law to prevent a newspaper from publishing anything about the NSA or GCHQ.”

Cameron made his statement in response to a question from former defence secretary Dr, Liam Fox, who asked for a “full and transparent assessment about whether the Guardian s involvement in the Snowden affair has damaged Britain’s national security.” Making clear he was seeking criminal charges, Fox said it was “bizarre” that that people alleged to have taken part in newspaper phone hacking have been prosecuted, while people who leave security personnel “more vulnerable” have not.

Tory backbencher Julian Smith has been granted a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall next Tuesday over the publishing of the top-secret documents. He earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police calling for the Guardian to be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act and the Terrorism Act 2000. He said he would use the debate to “lay out the reasons why I believe that the Guardian has crossed the line between responsible journalism and seriously risking our national security and the lives of those who seek to protect us.”

The Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has already aligned himself with the moves against the Guardian, declaring that Snowden’s leaks have “gifted” terrorists with the ability to attack Britain. The calls for repression are being made in conjunction with the Security services. New head of MI5 Andrew Parker described leaks about the Prism and Tempora programmes as handing “the advantage to the terrorists. It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will.”

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.

Following the debate in parliament, Fox wrote to the chairmen of five Commons select committees urging them to carry out an investigation into the Guardian ’s “reckless and potentially dangerous conduct.”

“A free press does not mean the freedom to make the UK, its people or its allies more vulnerable to serious organised crime or terrorism. I am writing to formally request, as both a Member of Parliament and a former Security of State for Defence, that your committee considers the elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

The first response came from Labour’s Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.

Within hours, Vaz said he would look into “elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

“I will be writing to assure Dr. Fox that the committee is currently conducting an inquiry into counter-terrorism and we will be looking at this matter as part of it.”

The other committee heads petitioned by Fox are Sir Malcolm Rifkind of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), John Arbuthnot of the Defence Committee, Richard Ottaway at Foreign Affairs and Sir Alan Beith of the Liaison Select Committee.

The ISC is presently making a pose of investigating the extent of mass surveillance carried out by the GCHQ and NSA in an inquiry launched yesterday. It has been heavily criticised for its cosy relationship with the security services, forcing Rifkind to issue platitudes such as the need to strike a “balance” between “our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security.”

The committee is now supposed to determine whether the intelligence laws are “fit for purpose”.

The move by the Home Affairs Committee to investigate the Guardian for possible criminal action cuts through such a pose of impartiality.

The entire machinery of parliament and its parties are being lined up in defence of the secret state apparatus, beginning with a clampdown on press freedom. Its implications for democratic rights are chilling. The Guardian is being targeted for revealing criminal actions by the secret services targeting every man, woman, and child in the UK and internationally for unwarranted state surveillance. This is done without legal justification or even official sanction by parliament. This demonstrates that the United Kingdom has gone far down the road to a de facto police state. It testifies to the extraordinary political and moral decay of a ruling elite poisoned by wealth, which lives in mortal fear of the millions below them being plunged ever deeper into hardship and poverty.

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Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations

 

By Chris Marsden
18 October 2013

Britain’s Guardian newspaper is facing an investigation by at least one parliamentary committee, in line with demands made by Prime Minister David Cameron, concerning the exposures of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Accompanied with calls for criminal prosecutions and assertions of the newspaper’s having compromised national security, the move is a major escalation in the witch-hunt and clampdown launched in response to Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance programmes operated by the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

On Wednesday, Cameron told parliament, “I think the plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security, and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and Cabinet Secretary [Sir Jeremy Heywood] to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

“So they know that what they are dealing with is dangerous for national security.”

The prime minister supported calls for a full parliamentary inquiry to determine whether the Guardian broke the law by printing Snowden’s revelations.

Cameron’s claim is as barefaced a lie as it is a reactionary move.

In June, according to Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, he and other Guardian journalists were threatened with legal action and forced to destroy hard drives containing material from Snowden when “a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister” made “an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.”

According to Rusbridger, “two GCHQ security experts” oversaw the destruction. Now, Cameron cites the newspaper’s response to the government’s threats as proof of its guilt!

A spokesman for Guardian News and Media issued a statement declaring, “The prime minister is wrong to say the Guardian destroyed computer files because we agreed our reporting was damaging. We destroyed the computers because the government said it would use the full force of the law to prevent a newspaper from publishing anything about the NSA or GCHQ.”

Cameron made his statement in response to a question from former defence secretary Dr, Liam Fox, who asked for a “full and transparent assessment about whether the Guardian s involvement in the Snowden affair has damaged Britain’s national security.” Making clear he was seeking criminal charges, Fox said it was “bizarre” that that people alleged to have taken part in newspaper phone hacking have been prosecuted, while people who leave security personnel “more vulnerable” have not.

Tory backbencher Julian Smith has been granted a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall next Tuesday over the publishing of the top-secret documents. He earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police calling for the Guardian to be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act and the Terrorism Act 2000. He said he would use the debate to “lay out the reasons why I believe that the Guardian has crossed the line between responsible journalism and seriously risking our national security and the lives of those who seek to protect us.”

The Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has already aligned himself with the moves against the Guardian, declaring that Snowden’s leaks have “gifted” terrorists with the ability to attack Britain. The calls for repression are being made in conjunction with the Security services. New head of MI5 Andrew Parker described leaks about the Prism and Tempora programmes as handing “the advantage to the terrorists. It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will.”

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.

Following the debate in parliament, Fox wrote to the chairmen of five Commons select committees urging them to carry out an investigation into the Guardian ’s “reckless and potentially dangerous conduct.”

“A free press does not mean the freedom to make the UK, its people or its allies more vulnerable to serious organised crime or terrorism. I am writing to formally request, as both a Member of Parliament and a former Security of State for Defence, that your committee considers the elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

The first response came from Labour’s Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.

Within hours, Vaz said he would look into “elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

“I will be writing to assure Dr. Fox that the committee is currently conducting an inquiry into counter-terrorism and we will be looking at this matter as part of it.”

The other committee heads petitioned by Fox are Sir Malcolm Rifkind of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), John Arbuthnot of the Defence Committee, Richard Ottaway at Foreign Affairs and Sir Alan Beith of the Liaison Select Committee.

The ISC is presently making a pose of investigating the extent of mass surveillance carried out by the GCHQ and NSA in an inquiry launched yesterday. It has been heavily criticised for its cosy relationship with the security services, forcing Rifkind to issue platitudes such as the need to strike a “balance” between “our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security.”

The committee is now supposed to determine whether the intelligence laws are “fit for purpose”.

The move by the Home Affairs Committee to investigate the Guardian for possible criminal action cuts through such a pose of impartiality.

The entire machinery of parliament and its parties are being lined up in defence of the secret state apparatus, beginning with a clampdown on press freedom. Its implications for democratic rights are chilling. The Guardian is being targeted for revealing criminal actions by the secret services targeting every man, woman, and child in the UK and internationally for unwarranted state surveillance. This is done without legal justification or even official sanction by parliament. This demonstrates that the United Kingdom has gone far down the road to a de facto police state. It testifies to the extraordinary political and moral decay of a ruling elite poisoned by wealth, which lives in mortal fear of the millions below them being plunged ever deeper into hardship and poverty.

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Britain's War on Freedom by Stephen Lendman Arguably America, Israel and Britain are the developed world's most repressive states. Democracy's a convenient illusion. It exists in...

UK endorses decision to hold Miranda

British govt. endorses police decision to investigate Guardian journalistâ„¢s partner British police detain David Miranda in blatant attempt to intimidate journalist Glenn...

UK Government “Pulverizes” Guardian Hard Drives In Snowden Retaliation, Says “There’s No Need To...

zerohedge.com August 20, 2013 While the much publicized Sunday morning detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda at Heathrow on his way back to Brazil, in...

Ahead of "Gross Misuse of Law," Brits Gave US "Heads Up"

Glenn Greenwald (centre) looks on as his partner David Miranda (right) talks with the media after arriving at Rio de Janeiro's international airport following...

UK forces paper to destroy Snowden files

British government agents have forced The Guardian, which was at the center of revelations based on US whistleblower Edward Snowdenâ„¢s leaks, to destroy an...

The detention of David Miranda and the “war on terror”

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Glenn Greenwald: Detaining My Partner Was a Failed Attempt at Intimidation

At 6:30 am Sunday my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone...

'Profound Attack on Press Freedoms': Greenwald's Partner Detained

In what is being slammed as an attack on press freedoms, UK officials detained the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald for 9 hours...

Supporting Whistleblowers Now ‘Terrorist’ Activity

Daniel GJ Just being associated with somebody that criticizes mass surveillance programs can now get you detained in the United Kingdom. We...

UK Navy ready for Egypt rescue mission

The British Navy has put a flotilla of warships and support vessels on standby to evacuate British tourists from Egypt amid escalating violence in...

Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Was Detained at Heathrow Airport for Nine Hours

The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency was held for...

‘German data not used in assassination’

Germanyâ„¢s intelligence agency has denied that mobile phone data, which it regularly sends to the US National Security Agency (NSA), are used to target...

Wi-Fi Trashcans Now Silently Tracking Your Smartphone Data

Anthony GucciardiInfowars.comAugust 12, 2013 In an astounding testament to the depth of our surveillance society, a...

EU a Key NSA Target

EU a Key NSA Target by Stephen Lendman Previous articles discussed institutionalized NSA spying. It's a rogue agency. It's out-of-control. It operates lawlessly. It manufactures fake...

NSA funds UK’s spying operations

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UK spy agency guards consider strike

Private officers guarding Britainâ„¢s eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), are considering a strike action over a pay dispute. The development comes after the...

UK spy agency guards consider strike

Private officers guarding Britainâ„¢s eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), are considering a strike action over a pay dispute. The development comes after the...

German and US Spy Agencies Share Vast Metadata Trove

Germans protest the close ties between the US's NSA and their own BND. (Photo: ekvidi/ cc/ flickr)Leaked internal NSA reports written by US employees...

UK, US close intel. partners: analyst

The operations of the United Statesâ„¢ National Security Agency (NSA) and the British spy agencies are intertwined and bilateral intelligence exchanges are nothing new,...

‘Britain is the poodle of the U.S.’

Britain acts as the poodle of the U.S. in spying The British parliamentâ„¢s spy watchdog has described the UK government as Å“the poodle of...

Germany quits privacy pact with US, UK

Germany has stepped out of a surveillance agreement with the US and Britain in reaction to their data spying practices revealed by American whistle...

Heightened Russia Bashing

Heightened Russia Bashing by Stephen Lendman Doing so suggests reinventing the Evil Empire. It's back to the future. It's the new Cold War. It doesn't surprise.  Media...

NSA paid British spy agency $150 mln in secret funds — new leak

RTAugust 2, 2013 The NSA has made hush-hush payments of at least $150 million...

'US paid British spy agency $150 million'

The US has paid some $150 million to Britainâ„¢s biggest spy agency over the past three years to gain access to the UKâ„¢s intelligence...

NSA Paying UK Spy Agency to Surveil Americans

(Photograph: Kieran Doherty/Reuters)The United States government is paying the UK government's spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (or GCHQ), to do much of their...