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A top-secret surveillance program gives the National Security Agency surreptitious access to customer information held by Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Google, Facebook, and other Internet companies, according to a pair of new reports.

The program, code-named PRISM, reportedly allows NSA analysts to peruse exabytes of confidential user data held by Silicon Valley firms by typing in search terms. PRISM reports have been used in 1,477 items in President Obama's daily briefing last year, according to an internal presentation to the NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate obtained by the Washington Post and the Guardian newspapers.

This afternoon's disclosure of PRISM follows another report yesterday that revealed the existence of another top-secret NSA program that vacuums up records of millions of phone calls made inside the United States.

Other services that are part of PRISM include PalTalk, Skype, and AOL. Dropbox is listed in the presentation as "coming soon."

The spy agency's direct access -- the FBI is used as an intermediary, but NSA analysts perform the searches -- appears to be the result of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes secret court orders that force U.S. companies to turn over business records. That sweeps in metadata and also the content of confidential communications, including e-mail, video and voice chat, videos, and photos, the leaked presentation says.

The Washington Post said it received the classified PowerPoint slides about PRISM and other supporting documents from a "career intelligence officer" who wanted to "expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy." The documents are recent, with dates as recent as April 2013.

PRISM access appears intended to be used primarily for NSA agents to monitor the activities non-U.S. citizens (the majority of Facebook and Gmail users, for instance, live in other countries). But without oversight and other checks, such a powerful capability could be abused.

Yesterday's disclosure of the Verizon surveillance offers hints of how the Internet companies may be forced to comply. That secret order, issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, relies on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, 50 USC 1861, better known as the "business records" portion. It allows the government to obtain any "tangible thing," including "books, records, papers, documents, and other items," a broad term that includes dumps from private-sector computer databases with limited judicial oversight.

The Justice Department's secret interpretation of Section 215 was what alarmed Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) when the Patriot Act was up for renewal two years ago. Both senators served on the intelligence committee and were briefed on the NSA's activities.

FBI Director Robert Mueller hinted during a 2011 congressional hearing that there was a secret legal memorandum prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel that authorized a broader use of Section 215 than is publicly known.

Wyden, who was present at that hearing, told Mueller that he was "increasingly troubled" that intelligence agencies are "relying on a secret interpretation" of the Patriot Act. "I believe that the American people would be absolutely stunned," Wyden said, if they knew what was actually going on.

Here's more from the Post's report:

Analysts who use the system from a Web portal at Fort Meade key in "selectors," or search terms, that are designed to produce at least 51 percent confidence in a target's "foreignness." That is not a very stringent test. Training materials obtained by the Post instruct new analysts to submit accidentally collected U.S. content for a quarterly report, "but it's nothing to worry about." ...

Like market researchers, but with far more privileged access, collection managers in the NSA's Special Source Operations group, which oversees the PRISM program, are drawn to the wealth of information about their subjects in online accounts. For much the same reason, civil libertarians and some ordinary users may be troubled by the menu available to analysts who hold the required clearances to "task" the PRISM system.

There has been "continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook and Skype," according to the 41 PRISM slides. With a few clicks and an affirmation that the subject is believed to be engaged in terrorism, espionage or nuclear proliferation, an analyst obtains full access to Facebook's "extensive search and surveillance capabilities against the variety of online social networking services."

news.cnet.com

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What Is PRISM?

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Para quem quiser ver os slides na integra:

  1. _
  2. / \ _ __ ___ _ __ _ _ _ __ ___ ___ _ _ ___
  3. / _ \ | '_ \ / _ \| '_ \| | | | '_ ` _ \ / _ \| | | / __|
  4. / ___ \| | | | (_) | | | | |_| | | | | | | (_) | |_| \__ \
  5. /_/ \_\_| |_|\___/|_| |_|\__, |_| |_| |_|\___/ \__,_|___/
  6. |___/
  7. Greetings Netizens, and Citizens of the world.
  8. Anonymous has obtained some documents that "they" do not want you to see, and much to "their" chagrin, we have found them, and are giving them to you.
  9. These documents prove that the NSA is spying on you, and not just Americans. They are spying on the citizens of over 35 different countries.
  10. These documents contain information on the companies involved in GiG, and Prism.
  11. Whats GiG you might ask? well...
  12. The GIG will enable the secure, agile, robust, dependable, interoperable data sharing environment for the Department where warfighter, business, and intelligence users share knowledge on a global network that facilitates information superiority, accelerates decision-making, effective operations, and Net-Centric transformation.
  13. Like we said, this is happening in over 35 countries, and done in cooperation with private businesses, and intelligence partners world wide.
  14. We bring this to you, So that you know just how little rights you have. Your privacy and freedoms are slowly being taken from you, in closed door meetings, in laws buried in
  15. bills, and by people who are supposed to be protecting you.
  16. Download these documents, share them, mirror them, don't allow them to make them disappear. Spread them wide and far. Let these people know, that we will not be silenced, that we will not be taken advantage of, and that we are not happy about this unwarranted, unnecessary, unethical spying of our private lives, for the monetary gain of the 1%.
  17. And now, the candy: http://thedocs.hostzi.com/
  18. Mirrors:
  19. We are Anonymous
  20. We do not forgive
  21. We do not forget
  22. and by now,
  23. You should expect us

nsa-spying timeline

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claro Perks, agora ng faz nada, nem ng sabe de nada... e isso é válido tanto para eles, como para todas as outras companhias que tentam agora limpar a imagem dizendo que n fazem nada disso...

a UE que abra os olhos e que ou proteja os cidadãos da UE, ou que responda na mesma moeda...

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Autor da fuga de informação sobre espionagem nos EUA revela identidade

Trabalhava na Agência de Segurança Interna, como contratado externo, e voou para Hong Kong antes de passar os documentos aos jornais.

Edward Snowden tem 29 anos, é um ex-funcionário da CIA, trabalhava para a Agência de Segurança Interna dos EUA e fugiu para Hong Kong para entregar aos jornais documentos que revelaram que aquela agência acede a dados dos utilizadores de empresas como o Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype e Apple, no chamado caso PRISM.

O jornal britânico The Guardian, com quem Snowden estava em contacto há vários dias, revelou este domingo, a pedido do próprio, a identidade do autor da fuga de informação que deu origem ao maior escândalo de espionagem recente. “Não tenho intenções de me esconder, porque sei que não fiz nada de errado”, afirmou Snowden, que também disse ter consciência das possíveis repercussões legais do que fez.

Em entrevista ao Guardian, Snowden afirmou várias vezes não querer ser uma figura mediática. “Não quero atenção pública, porque não quero que a história seja sobre mim. Quero que seja sobre o que o Governo dos EUA está a fazer”. Num outro momento, disse não querer “viver numa sociedade que faz este tipo de coisas”.

Snowden era funcionário da empresa de consultoria tecnológica Booz Allen, contratada para prestar serviços à Agência de Segurança Interna. Vivia no Havai com a namorada e tinha o que descreveu como uma “vida confortável”, com um salário de 200 mil dólares anuais.

Há três semanas, fez os prepartivos finais para a fuga de informação. Copiou os documentos que viria a passar aos media, pediu às chefias para estar um período fora do trabalho, alegando que precisava de fazer tratamentos para a epilepsia com que foi diagnosticado no ano passado, e disse à namorada, sem grandes explicações, que teria de passar um período fora – algo relativamente comum para quem trabalha nos serviços de informação americanos. Voou depois para Hong Kong (pelo “compromisso” da região em relação à “liberdade de expressão e direito a dissidência política") e instalou-se num quarto de hotel, de onde praticamente não saiu.

Os EUA poderão agora avançar para um pedido de extradição. As autoridades chinesas poderão também optar por enviar Snowden de volta ou poderão ter interesse nele como fonte de informação.

Público

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Qual é que é a lógica de ter fugido para um país que tem acordo de extradição com os USA?

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Qual é que é a lógica de ter fugido para um país que tem acordo de extradição com os USA?

Devido a um loophole na lei, há uns meses decidiram alterar a avaliacao dos casos de extradicao e até estar completa não podem extraditar ninguem. E ainda poderá demorar um bom tempo.

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Ao ponto a que chegámos... Depois disto é continuar a viver a mentira até ao dia em que for para acabar com a ilusão...

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De acordo com a maioria dos americanos é um traidor. A lógica deles é, senao tens nada a esconder então n há problema.

http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2013/06/10/on-first-glance-nsa-leaker-appears-a-patriot-not-a-traitor/


The Smears Against Edward Snowden Have Begun

David Brooks, writing for the NYT, informs us that

he could not successfully work his way through the institution of high school
”,

and that

“he has not been a regular presence around his mother’s house for years”.

Jeffrey Toobin, of the New Yorker, writes that Snowden is:

“a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison”.

In a really marvelous piece called ‘10 Things to Know About Edward Snowden’, Politico decided that the most important thing was “He doesn’t have a high school diploma”, and the third most important thing was “He wasn’t a friendly neighbour”.

These smears would be laughable, if they weren’t sad. Name-calling and ad hominem attacks are what people do when they have nothing intelligent to say.

Unfortunately, whenever revelations like these appear, the media launches a coordinated effort to smear the character of the revealer.

Back in the 70s, a guy named Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, which showed that the government had lied about Vietnam & dragged the US into a war that it knew:

  • It couldn’t win.

  • Would kill many more people than publicly acknowledged.

After the leak, the government went into full attack mode. They even broke into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. They investigated dozens of his family, friends, & colleagues, to find any trace of dirt that could distract from what he was saying.

Another whistleblower, Julian Assange, received even more brutal treatment. Here’s another hit piece on him, again run by the NYT, filled with subtly negative phrases like “dwindling number of loyalists”, “notoriety”, “erratic and imperious behavior”, “delusional grandeur” et al.

The sad thing is, this stuff works. A lot of my friends are incredibly smart people, but when you ask most of them about Julian Assange, I hear comments like “oh, he’s a bit creepy” or “he seems really narcissistic”. People largely stopped talking about what Wikileaks revealed years ago, & now discussion of Assange is dominated by the usual cliches about him being arrogant, a rapist, etc. That’s when you know someone’s character has been totally ruined.

As Assange himself said to CNN: “Do you want to talk about deaths of 104,000 people or my personal life?”.

We can’t expect the mainstream media to do a great job on this. Let’s step up and do it ourselves.

Edited by Pablo Empanada

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Breve vai-se a ver e o gajo é um pedófilo violador, que trafica droga enquanto bate em mulheres (putas dele, porque é chulo) e importa Kinders para os US.

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UE vai debater com EUA programa de vigilância PRISM

A Comissão Europeia está "preocupada" com as recentes notícias sobre o programa de vigilância PRISM e vai debater o tema com as autoridades norte-americanas na sexta-feira, disse hoje, em Estrasburgo, o comissário europeu Tonio Borg.

"A Comissão Europeia está preocupada com as notícias divulgadas recentemente na comunicação social de que os Estados Unidos da América [EUA] estavam a aceder a dados dos cidadãos europeus", afirmou o comissário europeu para a Saúde, num debate no Parlamento Europeu, lendo uma declaração em nome do executivo comunitário.

Tonio Borg disse que a Comissão Europeia quer esclarecimentos das autoridades norte-americanas e adiantou que a comissária para a Justiça, Viviane Reding, "vai tratar da questão com força e determinação na reunião ministerial entre a União Europeia (UE) e os EUA, na sexta-feira, em Dublin".

O comissário salientou ainda que "o caso PRISM, tal como apresentado na comunicação social, poderá reforçar as preocupações dos cidadãos europeus relativamente à utilização dos seus dados pessoais na internet".

Sol

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Qual é que é a lógica de ter fugido para um país que tem acordo de extradição com os USA?

E que controla 100% do que se transmite nas interwebz. The irony...

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Snowden arrives at Moscow airport from Hong Kong

WikiLeaks has brokered an offer of political asylum for United States intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden and is assisting his travel from Hong Kong via Moscow to another as yet unidentified country.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/wikileaks-helps-move-snowden-on-20130623-2oqv0.html#ixzz2X3VmlPig

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23021767

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Edward Snowden tells South China Morning Post he took Booz Allen job to collect NSA information

Edward Snowden may now be far from Hong Kong, but the South China Morning Post has just revealed more details from an interview he granted on June 12th while he was still there. According to the paper, Snowden reportedly said that he took a job with NSA-contractor Booz Allen Hamilton in order to gather additional evidence about the spy agency's activities. "My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked," he said. "That is why I accepted that position about three months ago." He reportedly further said "correct on Booz," when asked if he specifically went to Booz Allen to gather evidence of surveillance. As the paper notes, Snowden also said that he took pay cuts "in the course of pursuing specific work" in an online Q&A with The Guardian last week, and he's also indicated that he has more information he intends to leak, saying that he'd like to "make it available to journalists in each country to make their own assessment."

Engadget

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(...)and he's also indicated that he has more information he intends to leak, saying that he'd like to "make it available to journalists in each country to make their own assessment."

Estou sentado à espera....

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(...)and he's also indicated that he has more information he intends to leak, saying that he'd like to "make it available to journalists in each country to make their own assessment."

Estou sentado à espera....

Até parece que podes fazer algo...:trollface:

Ele não tem qualquer razão para fazer bluff...

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