photosymbiosis ↪ Ricardo Camilo López: Aug. 22 2016, 8:23 p.m.

All that Manchurian candidate stuff is science fiction. As I note below, the whole “Communist brainwashing” line was a CIA propaganda effort from the 1950

“Manchurian candidate stuff”? … “CIA propaganda efforts”? … “photo symbiosis”?

Luria studied the mind of mnemonists. It is all too obvious how other types of “minds” react and strategize around their ways.

Myron May’s ex-fiancee was frightened of him and deeply worried when he’d show up at her apartment …

I remember I heard once Chomsky say that (the adjective) “real” was a “honorary attribute”. I have no idea what he meant. Of course, there is actual reality out there. Even if you “don’t believe” in gravity it will make you fall, biological life needs nutrients … Chomsky is primarily a language kind of person, so he may mean that in a rhetorical kind of way in the same way that TheIntercept’s journos consider themselves to be “ethical” for protecting the immunity of people committing crimes against humanity, or as they would say, “defending the truth” but only to an extent, that even comedians demonstrably make a much better job at bringing about concrete changes (which to me is the only valid reason for people to talk about whatever).

Something, I have learned well is that there is no such thing as “reality” when it comes to social affairs based on language (the realm of politicians, lawyers, religious leaders, …) everybody checkpoints reality in their own ways (checkpointing as used in computer programming, debugging code (sorry, I wouldn’t know how to express that concept in any other way with my English)). My ex-wife used to say to me that you see, “read” into what “you know”. I think that is unavoidably true to some extent, but still we all should have something empathy and a sense of justice. For example, one of the most amazing things about gringos is that belief they about morality being a “club membership” thing.

I think Mona is perfectly capable of explaining her position. I don’t know what it is, but from the posts I’ve seen, it seems like she believes it’s a form of paranoia.

again, when she talks about that particular topic all she does is go into her ad hominem fits and her endless cycles of opinions backed by opinions. Yes, she is capable of explaining herself but she carefully (and skillfully she may believe) doesn’t.

See, for just one example, her opinion about Myron May. She is saying something that to a certain extent is true and some other part of it (his girlfriend’s opinion as expressed to and/or by police). I have my own opinion about May. I think he was being harassed by police/FBI/CIA …

When I said about lots of Monas out there who about a year ago all of a sudden started relating terms such as “targeted individuals” with “satanic sects” and such b#llsh!t, there is a simple way to falsify what I am saying.

Here is a good example of “Monadology”😉

People like government contractors

If you mean the NSA stories should have included identification of NSA employees and contractors, why? In any event, Glenn Greenwlad has many times said that the documents include names and identities of people targeted by the NSA. These individuals should not be revealed, certainly not without their permission. And there could be hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of such names.

Notice how she:
a) refers to whatever Glenn says as if he were some kind of papal bul (or the very gospel?)
b) tries to dress equally the identities of victims with those of “innocent” government employees and contractors …
c) talks about “their permission” framing it in a legalistic way

I unsuccessfully tried to repeatedly call her b#llsh!t in that article with a simple question:

Have NSA employees, USG asked every citizen of the world for “permission” to indiscriminately monitor and surveille them 24×7?

which to me is the primary point to be considered when it comes to those individuals working for the NSA, but, of course, all Mona would do is resort to adjectives and ad hominem “you are crazy” cr@p.

I’ve always taught my children that 99.5% of the people we cross in our lives are just honest, hard-working people trying to make their lives and their family’s lives better.

Many people live their lives under circumstances which would not allow them to have such good-hearted expectations. Children in many countries fear playing outdoor because of drone attacks by “innocent” “freedom lovers” “ethically” protected by TheIntercept’s journos.

Also, I have seen many times in my life what happens to people when they realized their “good-hearted expectations” were just functional illusions.

Galactus-36215 ↪ Galactus-36215: Aug. 22 2016, 10:46 p.m.

Just one disconnect I’d like to clarify. I was speaking about the US government and US justice system. Obviously in other countries, government behaviors of their police departments as far as political persecutions is quite real, frequent and obvious. (Ex. Iraq pre-invasion)

I, to me, totally new concept that I have learned about “‘the’ ‘free’ and ‘the’ brave …” is that in the U.S. lies are not just tools but industries. In fact, I even dedicated a poem to Rachel Corrie based on that gringo idea (lies …)

I can’t help making a point by fixing a bit your “clarification”. Yes, in those countries you mentioned political persecution is open, above board, but it doesn’t mean that in the U.S. it is “unreal” because they do it in covert, “responsible”, “ethical” ways, because “in the U.S. there are laws protecting civil liberties”. Now, any one with a sense of reality would laugh about such downright silly nonsense. It it like saying that soviets used to brainwash people, but in the U.S. people are not being brainwashed and manipulated 24×7 or that, “of course”, only “communist”, “freedom-hating” governments/people would spy and snitch on one another, but then when people in the U.S. and their allies confronted the truth about their own government “monitoring” every single individual 24×7 they simply shrugged it off with a little bit “it is only about metadata” help.

Gringos had been throughly brainwashed into the idea of unbounded individualism and privacy to the point of believing that not only to be “Christian”, “American”, but God itself to be some gringo. Yet, they didn’t react at all when they were dragged out of their denial by the partial revelations Snowden leaks. People all over the world were laughing about “‘the’ ‘free’ and ‘the’ brave …”. All of a sudden gringos had total and very convenient amnesia about having constantly made fun of those morally deprived, lesser idiots who would spy on each other …

It may relate to the fact that I don’t five a f#ck about “patriotism”, I even find amazing and downright hopelss how many of the people that frequent this hang out would buy into the idea of “ethically” protecting NSA agents!

In East Germany they even had public “(repression) Universities” where students would write their theses about Zersetzung, manufacturing and managing consent. In the U.S. they have it worst but they are not open about it because people’s rights are protected by the constitution. Now, could that downright silly, illusive b#llsh!t work? All you need to do is look at gringoland U.S.A. to answer your question.

In Cuba, an open police state, there are actual “protections” (and effective ones I many add) of the people against police abuse. Police in Cuba don’t give a sh!t about “constitutional rights” or being taped, in fact, they summoned you to the police stations to discuss with you face to face their repression plan (as crazy as it many sound to gringo mindset). They have even written it all in the “penal code” and would give you unredacted copies of their dealings. They thoroughly train police not to (fatally) abuse people (since a dictatorship if a form of flagrant abuse anyway):

In this case, you may see more than someone who was very abusively beaten by police:

// __ Testimonio de Antonio Rodiles tras brutal golpiza y arresto del 5 de julio 2015 (with English subtitles)
I’d have never thought repression in “‘the’ land of ‘the’ ‘free'” would be less open and less humane than in police state Cuba. They are getting there though in their own ways.


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Like a year ago (prior to that NYTimes article Mona cited) people who know well about that kind of stuff (some of them victims themselves) started noticing a lot of “Monas” out there forcibly associating terms such as non-consensual human experimentation, mind control and MK-Ultra with “satanic sects”, “iluminati cr@p”, “the Church of Scientology”, “alien civilizations”, … We all realized those were just psy ops because people at large in the U.S. seemed to start getting a sense of what was going on …

We wondered who (what kind of Mona ;-)) that NYTimes assistant editor Mike McPhate was, since no one had ever heard of him. Notice how that he does not know or actually research any of it. He just recycles videos posted on youtube and sprinkled them with adjectives and contrived connotations.

Mona spends an incredible amount of her time making up stuff herself which then she cites to support her own opinions (and she is a lawyer, you know ;-))

I wonder how many times have posters at TI used the NYTimes to back their opinions. As of late Mona is not only resorting to the “Nazi defense” but also abysmally citing the NYTimes as if that carries any credit. If she wasn’t Mona I would have asked her if she was OK😉

-Mona- -> stalked562: Aug. 20 2016, 11:52 p.m.

You are another of those suffering from this paranoid psychosis. The NYT recently did a piece on you poor souls: United States of Paranoia: They See Gangs of Stalkers

by Mike Mcphate June 10, 2016

Her idol friend himself has extensively reported on JTRIG:

As David Voigts explains in this article

“Specifically, the United States –and a few other industrialized nations- are engaged in non-consensual human experimentation.”

USG has always done so, they never stopped MK-Ultra kinds of “experiments”

// __ CIA Mind Control Techniques_ MK-ULTRA Program Brainwashing Experiments Documentary (1979)
// __ Is The Government Still Running A Mind Control Program?
// __ Age of Fear: Psychiatry’s Reign of Terror
// __ Human Torture in the name of Science
By the way I have repeatedly argued with Stan (whom I know personally) about his ways to deal with our kinds of problems. I have also suggested to him repeatedly to stop the constant offensive and counterproductive ping-pong especially with Mona in this public hangout. At times he has been very offensive to me too, but I have chosen not to waste my time and effort fighting, being disrespectful to him since it is very clear to me who my worthwhile enemies are. We have managed to keep as friends.


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// __ There are Lies, Damn Lies and Then There’s ‘Community Policing’

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last month

proudly proclaimed a renewed focus on increasing the NYPD headcount by 1,000 cops for the purposes of ‘community policing’. In a statement after our rally

that vehemently opposed the move, Viverito responded:

Many of us continue to believe very strongly that this Police Department needs more police officers. And if we put in place effective community policing the way it is supposed to be, you need more officers on the ground interacting with communities.

Both Melissa Mark-Viverito and Guillermo Linares are part of “nexus”, a semi secret community policing/snitching program run by the NYPD used to gang stalk and harass people. All kinds of business from filthy bodegas to University departments in NYC must have their snitching cells.

Once I was sitting reading in a retired place around the Harlem Meer section of Central Park (some people and families leisurely sitting around) and she showed up out of the blue as part of a string of people who had walked by me uninterruptedly staring at in an angry offensive, totally unnatural ways for no reason whatsoever. Same thing with Guillermo Linares while I have visited housing meetings in Inwood. Mona will tell me I am just crazy but I know very well how those “community policing” snitching @ssh0l3s operate.

How do I know her/them so well? Well, she is a good friend of my ex-wife who is a social justice hot head and the director of picture the homeless. I have gusto at exposing those emming effing morons who don’t respect themselves to begin with. They are supposed to advocate for “We the people” instead of snitching for the NYPD

As it happened with Nazis, those idiots think that people don’t notice, that they easily forget, that they are actually “doing you a favor” …



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Ricardo Camilo López -> -Mona-: Aug. 7 2016, 7:20 p.m.

I know you are not stupid or insensitive, so you very well understood my very basic and simple question:

Have NSA employees, USG asked every citizen of the world for permission to indiscriminately “monitor” and “surveille” them 24×7?

-Mona- -> Ricardo Camilo López: Aug. 8 2016, 2:12 a.m.

… self-evident … reasonable …

I knew people like you would never answer that very simple, basic (Yes or No + optionally substantiate) question and start instead tossing adjectives around.

They are not the decision-makers; they are the worker bees and some of what they do is benign. These are not public figures who make policy.

Wait, are you now trying to recycle that kind of “they are ‘only’ following orders” Nazi defense?

“Some” of what Nazis did was not only “benign”, but good. They baned tobacco (must probably would have junk food and soda, as well), they were very open and explicit about their b#llsh!t (even about the number of “terrorists” (10) they would kill if those would kill one of their own), they were “democratically elected” through a direct vote, they were not primarily abusive or as you would say they were “irresponsible”, not “free”, not “brave” … while “spreading democracy” (instead of invading Afghanistan, Haiti and Iraq they went head on against Britain, Russia and France), their genocidal ratio during WWII was (1/8) compared to the U.S. military’s and their allies’ in their current freedom-loving WMD wars, they didn’t have an NSA spying on the whole world …

Even funny mustache, braune Scheiße guy had “some” not only “benign”, but good qualities. He loved his dog to the point of wondering why it would go away when his wife appeared in his room.

Mona, how different are the “responsible” “gentlemen agreements” of Snowden and Greenwald to those of corrupt bankers and politicians “legally” protecting each other? I know, I know as a “targeted individual” I am “mentally damaged” so I can’t understand “this is not the same” …

There are also documents in the archive that we do not believe should be published because of the severe harm they would cause innocent people (e.g., private communications intercepted by NSA, the disclosure of which would destroy privacy rights; and documents containing government speculation about bad acts committed by private individuals (typically from marginalized communities), the disclosure of which would permanently destroy reputations).

Why is Glenn Greenwald (whatever he means) protecting bad “private” individuals in “marginalized communities”? What exactly makes him believe he has the right to stand in the way of truth? Why is Glenn Greenwald using his rhetorical prowess to twist things around so that people, due to “privacy protections”, don’t have the right to know how their illusions about their privacy is routinely abused? Do you see Glenn is not only protecting “innocent” individuals, but pontificating about such matters in very general, philosophical ways so that it is virtually impossible to connect the dots leading to the “innocent” perpetrators and collaborators of those actions?

When the yes men have crashed and organized meetings posing as officials of U.S. agencies (even within their own premises!), they have been accused of, ready?: “lying”, not respecting “privacy”, of being “unmoral”, of “breaking the law”, of not being respectful of the sentiments of people affected by U.S. corporations/USG, … The Yes men are definitely not “ethical journalists” ((tm) Glenn Greenwald). Heck! They aren’t even journos, but just two comedians and they have been way more successful at not only getting corrupt politicians in jail, but also at making them stop lying and b#llsh!tti!ng around and change their own policies. There is not so much of an art to it, but integrity and truly believing in your sh!t. The yes men squarely get on their faces and their b#llsh!t in very personal ways! They are not into “redacting” the truth, adjective fencing matches and argumentative elitist b@llsh!t. Even dirt poor, “marginalized” people in remote places in India are elated about the Yes men.

Now, ask the parents of children who fear playing outside, have nightmares about and draw drones as “natural” part of their childhood and all those apparently not “innocent” people being “freedom-lovingly” killed with the help of the NSA if they understand Glenn’s “innocence”, “ethical journalism” or his legalistic linguistic carpentry (supposedly defending some high sounding concepts presumably relating to liberté, égalité, fraternité), or if they find “ethical” that the names of the agents behind those actions should be protected because Snowden had a couple beers with their buddies (I very much doubt he had more than two, since he kept his own thoughts and feelings to himself not even sharing them with his own live-in girlfriend); when, as John Oliver masterfully tried to explain to them, people’s minds are so brainwashed and fenced by Western media that they had no idea who Snowden was, and, those who didv parroted the “official” USG propaganda portraying it as an ethical breach thing!?! Even congress reps publicly admitted that they didn’t even know what “N-S-A” stood for!

Here NSA employees are even boastfully talking about torture as part of a “job description”:

yet, theintercept chooses to “redact” the name of that not so “low ranking”, “innocent” Lt. Col.

Thenintercept’s “ethical journalists” as part of their own self-serving philosophies, ironically indeed, criticizes USG, APA, … for double moral standards and profusely participates in smear campaigns against Assange.

Give Assange and all of us a break, pleeze!

truth and peace and love,

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What Julian Assange’s War on Hillary Clinton Says About WikiLeaks
by Robert Mackey Aug. 6 2016, 3:04 p.m.

-Mona- -> Ricardo Camilo López: Aug. 6 2016, 8:58 p.m.

I remember once Glenn and Laura Poitras had an argument with Assange about “redacting” “compromising information” which Glenn has admitted of doing as a matter of course even when it comes to the “innocent” NSA employees. Assange criticized them for doing so and called them “racist”.

I have little idea what all of that is supposed to mean.

Even if you would protect your idol at any cost, I am a bit surprised you didn’t know about this back and forth between Glenn. Poitras, Assange and Appelbaum. This is what I am talking about:

// __

The Wikileaks vs Greenwald Twitter Fight: Julian Assange Threatens To Reveal Deadly NSA Info

Greenwald sparred with both Julian Assange and American Wikileaks hanger-on Jacob Appelbaum. The debate culminated in something that could provoke the first serious body-count from Edward Snowden’s foolishly irresponsible NSA document theft. BOB CESCA MAY 20, 2014

Assange lashed out against The Intercept and its editor John Cook, suggesting that it’s the prerogative of the citizens living in the redacted nation to revolt over NSA spying. Appelbaum jumped in and accused The Intercept of deliberately trying to make Wikileaks look comparatively extreme by redacting the information.

I totally agree with Assange on that one.

Glenn has very explicitly stated:

// __

that [documents about Snowden leaks] be released in conjunction with “careful reporting” that … the “welfare and reputations of ‘innocent’ people [NSA employees] be safeguarded”

Consistent with the requirements of our agreement with our source, our editors and reporters have carefully examined each document, redacted names of low-level functionaries and other information that could impose serious harm on innocent individuals, and given the NSA an opportunity to comment on the documents to be published (the NSA’s comments resulted in no redactions other than two names of relatively low-level employees that we agreed, consistent with our long-standing policy, to redact).

Funny thing is that Glenn and other “respectful” “professional” individuals talk about this as if they were noble, morally grounded principles, when those are just “gentlemen agreements”.

USG and the NSA have been working hard at making people believe it is computers, technology to be blamed for spying on people, that they, physically and morally speaking, dwell in a different kind of reality we the proles don’t/shouldn’t have access to, so even the “interpretations” of that kind of reality should be off-limits to “We the people”. The funny thing is that politicians talk to us in that same way as if they were doing us a favor, with their self-servingly paternalistic b#llsh!t. Also, I am sure Glenn and like-minded individuals know well about COINTELPRO and MK-Ultra, in which a vast number of academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada participated non of which was ever prosecuted because they were protected by “privacy rights” and “gentlemen agreements”.

John Oliver in his masterful Anthropology explained to Snowden and Greenwald that you must talk to people in a language they understand, otherwise you are being disrespectful to them.

// __ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)
Just two comedians, “The Yes men”, have been way more successful at dumping their sh!t on USG’s face; making them angrily, yet publicly, articulate and accept their wrong doings by themselves and change.

// __ The Yes Men Fix The World, P2P Edition FULL MOVIE (2009) (w/subtitles)
and the yes men do this without standing on the way of truth and having no sugar daddy’s tits to suck on.

-Mona- -> Ricardo Camilo López: Aug. 6 2016, 8:58 p.m.

Glenn has made it clear these people have a right to privacy and he won’t just dump their names out there.

Edward Snowden did not risk his life and liberty to embarrass low-level NSA employee/contractors by revealing their names. He’s said some of these people are his friends. It’s possible he even made it a condition of receiving the material that this not be done.

… “a right to ‘privacy'”? What are you talking about? Do you mean “a right to entertain illusions about that thing they used to call ‘privacy'”?

If I understand you to any extent, those are the very same people who have deprived humanity at large of “privacy” and they are using their “privacy” to 8x the genocide of Nazi Germany during WWII, protect corrupt bankers, companies and institutions; while spying and messing with NGO’s and civil and social justice organizations that have nothing to do with terrorism and such things.

Yes, I respect Glenn and Snowden, but Assange and the Yes men are my kind of niggahs. You must get on their faces. We have enough “responsibility” by the New York Times, FOX news and all those kinds of cr@ppy Western media outlets already.

People do notice sh!t! We have all been noticing how TheIntercept has been gradually, slowly going down the toilet. “We the people” don’t care about “responsibility” and those kinds of “give them cake” issues such as so-called “privacy”. It is not like theIntercept is incapable of understanding what “we the people” want. They have published before articles about that insufferably moronic “Socrates of the NSA” (just that concept would sound really strange to anyone who knows who Socrates was and has a healthy sense of reality, do they also have a “St. Francis as part of their torture gangs?”). However, their being able to conceptualize such a construct as the “Socrates of the NSA” clearly shows how deep into their @ss they have their minds. TI also published an article about that British “professional psychologist” lady (name included) who was protecting her rear end behind “confidentiality agreements” and lawyers, again a really awkward way to understand the scientific method.

In their latest installment they published a silly strip teasing act from another NSA @ssh0l3, but they didn’t allow comments from us at all (the first time I have noticed that at TI)

So, now, at TI those “innocent” NSA employees not only get “protection” while they talk, but we are supposedly seen but not heard!

Even the shills that would constantly try to mess with our comments have taken a leisurable approach to it after noticing themselves how TI has changed to the point of “status”:”hold”(ing) our comments

truth and peace and love,
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Murtaza Hussain July 30 2016, 7:00 a.m.

When Abu Qaswara seeks out advice about his coming martyrdom, the al-Nusra leader he speaks with tells him to reflect on his intentions to ensure that he is not simply attempting to “escape from life.”

The options being: they can “escape from life” or ” they will be freedom-lovingly exited from the hell in which they have been conditioned to live by a drone”

Toward the end of the film …

Per Hollywood specifications the closure to any form of entertainment must have a happy ending

Seema Sapra: July 30 2016, 11:26 a.m.

Really, the article made little sense to me. The documentary looks like propaganda. It is interesting that the men profiled are not Syrians but foreigners including from the West and converts to Islam.

But, how will we Westerners be able to consume it if it is not propaganda?

Seema Sapra: July 30 2016, 11:26 a.m.

I would think that defeated, hopeless people would be recruited. Destroying cities, and peoples past, present and future, putting them under siege, leads to desperation.

If the middle east were allowed to thrive politically and economically, people would not fall prey to such perversions like seeking martyrdom by killing others. A people under siege on the other hand become more regressive and inward looking.

Islam needs to modernize and it can only do so in conditions of peace, economic prosperity and political stability.

Thank you!

Karl -> photosymbiosis: July 30 2016, 2:26 p.m.

There is little difference between a soldier who has been thoroughly inculcated with the defining doctrines of ones culture and the religious zealot who has been indoctrinated with the precepts of a given faith.

If at all. Thank you!

Maisie -> photosymbiosis: July 30 2016, 3:13 p.m.

The Japanese evidently had more honor than the US, also, who obliterated two cities – 80,000 civilians – with atomic bombs.

1st) notice how no one disputes your main point

2nd) I would even say that even those 9/11 terrorists had more honor than the U.S. military invading people who can’t defend themselves on an equal basis based on lies and just killing people for the “freedom-loving” fun of it (and then put and abuse Manning in prison for letting the world at large know).

They targeted the main USGs military and political institutions responsible for genocidally messing with their countries and people instead of bombing Harlem and Hialeah “with USG approval” … as USG claims

3rd) Have you heard anything lately about the South China Sea? Why is it that Western media stopped talking about it at once? Why is it so hard to make up some b#llsh!t about WMDs when it comes to China or Russia? Don’t they actually have enough nukes?

I thought and hoped gringos would finally have a good chance to test if “God” truly gave a sh!t about them:

But then, after USG made friends with and started “aiding” (you won’t believe this), Vietnam!, regional countries don’t even dare to tickle China

barabbas -> Sparrow: July 30 2016, 9:24 p.m.

imo, ww2 was ALL ABOUT RUBBER.

soon, it will be water and sunlight.

Hopefully, it there is any left!

Maisie -> nuf said: July 31 2016, 3:04 p.m.

What I said at 3.37:

This is by no means an excusing of Japanese atrocities in China, nor an appraisal of how virtuous or consistent a culture’s claim to a code of honor actually is.

And yes, the kamikaze avoided civilian casualties.

But they need to checkpoint reality in convenient ways and always someone else’s sh!t will smell worst than one’s own!

24b4Jeff: July 30 2016, 8:28 a.m.

It does not, however, explain state terrorism, as practiced in the Middle East by the US and its allies Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, or by the Syrian regime of Assad.

What we and our allies do it not terrorism but freedom loving, also we have a free media, “democratic” goverments while their social order is based on Al Qur’an.

truth and peace and love,

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Snowden and Huang aim to keep smart phones from betraying their owners

Micah Lee July 21 2016, 9:34 a.m.

In early 2012, Marie Colvin, an acclaimed international journalist from New York, entered the besieged city of Homs, Syria … She wrote of a difficult journey involving “a smugglers’ route, which I promised not to reveal, climbing over walls in the dark and slipping into muddy trenches.” Despite the covert approach, Syrian forces still managed to get to Colvin; under orders to “kill any journalist that set foot on Syrian soil,” they bombed the makeshift media center she was working in, killing her and one other journalist and injuring two others.

“Despite the covert approach” you said? Well, I will assume you are not being sarcastic, since there is no funny or ridiculing juice anyone with a sense of morality could extract from such fatal incidents, which are way too common among people who have never heard and, most probably, will never hear of the Sundays Times.

I wonder what is the point of that Hollywood line about “smugglers’ routes, climbing over walls in the dark and slipping into muddy trenches” when you are carrying a cellphone, which, let me put it crassly for regular non-technical folks out there to get it at once, constantly send a code saying “Here, here (with centimetric precision about your whereabouts) … kill me, kill me, … here I am”?

I find amazing that people (even those working for the Sundays Times!) are still getting killed for carrying a cellphone? Or, is that really the reason? Moreover, they are now into “‘self-driving’ cars (even steered by google!)”. By the way guys those so-called “‘self-driving’ cars” are not driven by those forest little dwarfs from Germanic fairy tails that would come at night and do your work for you (lazy @ss those Germanic people), who for some truly vexing reasons seemed to have hated Michael Hastings to murderous extents.

// __ Hours Before His Death Michael Hastings Contacted Wikileaks Attorney Said FBI Was Investigating Him

In dangerous environments like war-torn Syria, smart phones become indispensable tools for journalists, human rights workers, and activists.

and to “military intelligence” as well … as you pointed out first. Also, we all choose to breakpoint reality in our own ways or the way some other people do for us (most of us aren’t even conscious of it). Why has Syria been a war-torn country for such a long time? and, by the way, smart phones are NOT “indispensable tools”. They will never beat a notebook and pencil aiding by a conscious, critical mind staked on a lively brain.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been working with prominent hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to solve this problem.

Ha! I somehow smelled the introduction of this latest story of Lee’s technical saga would lead there.

Some of the most profound tenets of Buddhism and the Franciscan creed (I don’t know much about Islam, but I would bet there is some of it there too), is keeping a safe distance to one’s own ego.

The pair are developing a way for potentially imperiled smart phone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions.

to “monitor”? … “potentially compromising” radio transmissions?

When I was a kid I thought that I had to f#ck every p#ssy I could smell within 5 miles. I quickly realized it was more like the other way around. I also thought that I was going to find the chemical compound to cure cancer, that you could “rationally convince” the Israeli government to stop the occupation and that I had discovered a deep link between topology and measurement theory in the stretch-rotate relation of vectors under linear, affine transformations (as simply expressed through matrices). I don’t know about Huang, but Snowden is not a naive, enthusiastic kid at all anymore to be talking like that.

If you haven’t still gotten my point for what it means and really, really would risk your life and ditch all your efforts after going “smugglers’ routes”, there is this thing called a Faraday cage:
// __ I fear the chilling effect of NSA surveillance on the open internet
which would be the closest to not carrying a phone in addition and being:

a) 100% reassuring: yes, as we technical people say: “you can’t patch stupid(ity)”, but they, neither the NSA or Syrian “military intelligence”, nor the Russian mafia, nor script kiddies can do sh!t about Physics;

b) safe to you and the functioning of the phone itself: what do you think will happen if the “‘intelligence’ services” find you with one of those devices courtesy from Mr. Snowden and Mr. Huang? Also, it would be on them becoming paranoid about it, you would not put in evidence yourself by simply placing the phone inside your metallic “lunch box” or one of those large Altoids candy pill boxes (which a long time we discovered to be more prophylactic). Nothing will whatsoever will happen to the phone. It would be like when you drive through a metal bridge;

c) it is dirt simply and you can safely test it: simply put your cellphone inside of a generic metallic encasing and place a call to it, you will see that what Physical EM waves concern your phone doesn’t exist at all, not right there inside of where you put it nor in the galaxy farthest away GN-z11. Isn’t that great!

We have to ensure that journalists can investigate and find the truth …

which, amazingly indeed!, will still set us free and is not in the details, but, Ed, stop kidding people. Would you, please? Let’s concentrate on those so profitable truths out there and making sure people can have it and eat it, too!

Snowden and Huang presented their findings in a talk at MIT Media Lab’s Forbidden Research event today

and published a detailed paper.

Methods & Intermediate Results
The first step toward executing this work was to visit the Hua Qiang
electronics markets of Shenzhen to collect samples and documentation for
evaluation. These markets are ground zero for the trade and practice of
iPhone repair; as such, it is a rich source of spare parts and repair manuals.
The repair manuals frequently contain detailed blueprints of the iPhone 6,
which were used to assist the reverse engineering effort.

Selective physical isolation or termination of the antennae consists of inserting an electronic switch between the connectors of the logic board and the antenna. The switch, when activated, would shunt the antenna to a matched resistive load, which would greatly reduce the transmission power and receive sensitivity of the radios. However, experimental verification on the WiFi subystem indicated that removing the antenna connection and permanently terminating with a shunt resistor still leaked sufficient RF into the receivers for local base stations (e.g., within the same room) to be detected, which could be sufficient information to betray a reporter’s location.

Huang I would have trusted you as a real player if you had found all those “detailed blueprints” of cell phones on wikileaks.

IMHO, the best parts of that article are when they say and paraphrase that: “cellphones of any platform regardless of its relative security can and will be compromised by state-level adversaries”.

The research is necessary in part because the most common way to try to silence a phone’s radio — turning on airplane mode — can’t be relied on to squelch your phone’s radio traffic. “Malware packages, peddled by hackers at a price accessible by private individuals, can activate radios without any indication from the user interface,” Snowden and Huang explain in their blog post. “Trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive.”

Metaphors, especially those about trust, tend to be amusing. Aren’t you trusting yourself too much in your endeavor?

Introspection Engine
Since a smart phone can essentially be made to lie about that state of its radios …

Wait, you are talking business now! So, you just discovered that any kind of software-based device can essentially be made to lie about anything?

In other words, they want to build an entirely separate tiny computer that users can attach to a smart phone to alert them if it’s being dishonest about its radio emissions.

Last time theoretical Physicist niggah me checked, Maxwell Equations (the most beautiful one liners ever scripted coming out of Physics (relativistically invariant even before “Relativity”)) didn’t say a damn thing about “dishonesty” in radio emissions. They have no sense whatsoever of being used “honestly” and “responsibly” by freedom lovers or by Syrian “terroristic” “military intelligence”

Snowden and Haung are calling this device an “introspection engine”

Using intellectually sounding funny names will not change the fact that once you use words (software) someone will come up with the great and simple idea of lying. We started being (somewhat) civilized people when we agreed on a common understanding of what justice should look like which we had to write as a common code of law for everyone to refer to and ponder about … one day inevitably we would pay for it with some politicians “writing laws which interpretations are ‘secret’ …”

You would not be able however to lie about the fact that:

The device will be contained inside a battery case, looking similar to a smart phone with an extra bulky battery …

The introspection engine also must fit a number of design goals, including: It should be entirely open source, with open hardware, to make it easy for experts to inspect; it should operate in a separate “security domain” than the phone. Basically, the introspection engine should work even if the phone is hacked and actively lying to you; it should have a simple and intuitive user interface and require no special training to use; it should be usable on a daily basis with minimal impact on workflow.

Somewhat irrational, but still good intentions. Something alchemically good may come out of the implementation issues. I find amazing that someone like Snowden would believe that he and his buddy working on a shoestring budget and standing on a hardware and software platform they don’t own, based on “their understanding of the current preferences and tastes of reporters” will beat at playing cat and mouse with them, USG and all NSA affiliated corporations working for them funded by tax payers

Have they given any thoughts to the fact that, regardless of how good the soldering may be, an in-built control logic can be added to the hardware and software to detect the intruding connection based on the Physics and logic of the circuitry?

Introspection engines don’t exist yet …

Are we truly talking about a new thing under the sun or you mean the name of the thing.

… iPhone’s logic board has several test points designed by the manufacturer that can be exploited to learn the status of various on-board radios.

Oh, thank you very much Huang and, by the way, of course, we very well knew about those test points, since we put them in by design …

They don’t think that modifying an iPhone 6 to install an introspection device could be done by just anyone, but “any technician with modest soldering skills can be trained …”

Whereas anyone can put their phone in a metallic encasing and easily test by oneself if thing works

If it proves successful, they may seek funding through the Freedom of the Press Foundation to develop and maintain a supply chain. The nonprofit, of which both Snowden and I are board members, could then distribute iPhones that have been modified to include introspection devices to journalists who work in dangerous environments to use in the field.

There is a lot that can be done in this age to protect oneself, but we need to tell apart physical reality (the only “God” we can trust in our days) from everything else.

Now, let me be positive. I think, we all, “journalists” and “techies” should do a better effort at understanding ourselves. We could spend more time on apps for cell phones that record with instant connections to our own servers, police and government do monitor us, but they will have a harder time being attentive to every form of ephemeral happening out there while trying to at the same time entertain illusions about “freedom” and that thing they used to call “privacy”.

As it happened with Eric Garner’s unnecessary fatal run in with police even his not being able to breathe was recorded; Philando Castile’s lady streamed the data of her man being killed point blank by police officer Jeronimo Yanez for no reason whatsoever as it happened to facebook and even if “they had glitches” the world at large saw what happened first hand:

// __ Did police remove the Facebook Live video of Philando Castile being shot?
A friend of mine sent this to me the other day (which except for Mona ;-)) is rampant in the US right now

hacking the USB port of a cell phone to service a usb splitter for continuous video streaming, recording from various locations in a car is not hard at all. The same could be used to record all those snitches and gang stalkers used by police to harass people out there. There are spy glasses but they are too obvious

This is all it takes:

a) using the phone directional gyroscope to undeniably (in addition to the view itself) the relative direction pointing to by each of the camera eyes

b) with a time stamp

c) just recording changes in view

camouflaging mini video cameras in a car or your clothing isn’t hard at all. That is dirt cheap; a USB splitter with 4 ports cost $7 and a SPY Button Mini USB Camera are being overpriced from $10++

// __ SPY Button Mini USB Camera connected to mobile phone RMD-N4031 RMM-N4031
We the people do have the ways and means to monitor government and so-called intelligence agencies as well, they don’t live in a separate exclusive physical or ethical reality. That way people will clearly see that it is that Pro-Russia Putin responsible for all freedom-hating things happening in the Universe.

truth and peace and love,

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Tue Jul 26 02:52:35 EDT 2016

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