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

EDWARD SNOWDEN’S NEW RESEARCH AIMS TO KEEP SMARTPHONES FROM BETRAYING THEIR OWNERS
Micah Lee July 21 2016, 9:34 a.m.

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/21/edward-snowdens-new-research-aims-to-keep-smartphones-from-betraying-their-owners/

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hastings_(journalist)

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

youtube.com/watch?v=n0XSV1ETzwE
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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:

https://theintercept.com/2015/05/08/u-s-government-designated-prominent-al-jazeera-journalist-al-qaeda-member-put-watch-list/?comments=1#comment-131280
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// __ I fear the chilling effect of NSA surveillance on the open internet

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/17/chilling-effect-nsa-surveillance-internet#comment-24402623
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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

https://www.media.mit.edu/events/forbidden/overview

and published a detailed paper.

https://www.pubpub.org/pub/direct-radio-introspection

https://assets.pubpub.org/aacpjrja/AgainstTheLaw-CounteringLawfulAbusesofDigitalSurveillance.pdf

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?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/07/08/did-police-remove-the-facebook-live-video-of-philando-castile-be/
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A friend of mine sent this to me the other day (which except for Mona ;-)) is rampant in the US right now

// __ POLICE GANG STALKING: HIERARCHY, OPERATIVES, DISPOSITION MATRIX, GREENSBORO, NC

youtube.com/watch?v=MLTSR6Q6l9Y
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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

youtube.com/watch?v=DMlD2wYavso
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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,
RCL

$ date
Tue Jul 26 02:52:35 EDT 2016

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theintercept: gringos “might” “freedom-lovingly” torture you …

RE: https://theintercept.com/2016/07/13/cia-director-says-agency-might-comply-if-next-president-orders-more-drone-killings-and-torture/?comments=1#comments

CIA Director Says Next President Could Order Agency to Torture And “It Might” Comply
Alex Emmons 2016-07-13

political asylum petition (Saturday, October 31, 2015): https://ipsoscustodes.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/sfjp08_my_health_noid.pdf


political asylum petition 2: https://ipsoscustodes.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/schweiss10_rejection02_nidinf.pdf

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it is all about “status” on theIntercept

reference: theintercept.com/2016/07/08/how-the-dallas-police-used-an-improvised-killer-robot-to-take-down-the-sniper/

Let me see:

$ date
Sat Jul 9 07:06:35 EDT 2016

21 comments (allowed)
8 comments (held (from which 3 are mine))

for a ratio slightly higher than (1/3)

Initially I thought it was primarily police messing with us (which, of course, they do!), but:

1) block javascript in your browser
2) look at the page source
3) find the plainly readable JSON objects in the page with the attribute: “status”:”hold”

So, our comments are indeed reaching their servers! They are choosing to “hold” them!

At least Glenn has admitted to accepting “redacting suggestions” from the NSA, but TheIntercept hasn’t been honest, upfront about censoring users’ comments. I haven’t still found rhyme or reason, yet, the NYPD seems to be funding TI?

The only common patterns I can see is that the comments slightly question the article itself (grow up TI!) and that all messages originate in the same date time zone: “date_tz”:”America/New_York”. Do they have date time zone quotas or something?
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… what went into the decision that offensive deadly force was necessary to end the situation …

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Skippy”
“date”:”2016-07-09T02:48:27″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T06:48:27″
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… The same way that the Obama administration uses unmanned drones in other countries, we see a similar situation here. —Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law … ”

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Brian Dalton”
“date”:”2016-07-09T01:34:15″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T05:34:15″
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… I could imagine police getting exited about their new imaginative developments. As “imaginative” as they are, they also admitted, they could have never had imagined 9/11

Is everybody losing their senses or what the preposterous eff is going on?

RCL

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Ricardo Camilo López”
“date”:”2016-07-09T01:07:36″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T05:07:36″
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… for law enforcement agencies to suspend due process for the accused in our court to now engaging in the rules of war against any criminal where the police are judge, jury and executioner.

There’s no doubt that the Dallas Police could have just waited it out, but they seem to be too impatient or didn’t trust the judicial system to give this man his day in court. So they took to giving out their own brand of justice, one that you would only see in war in engaging in an enemy combatant rather than a U.S. citizen who is accused of a crime.

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”CatFud”
“date”:”2016-07-09T00:29:58″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T04:29:58″
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… It is scary that the only means the police find to neutralize this suspect is to blow him up. Who condemned him? The fact is he was surrounded and had nowhere to run to so the police if anything had time on their side but patience is a curse word to our security agencies. And killing is a mark of heroism and virility.

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”pros”
“date”:”2016-07-08T21:19:31″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T01:19:31″
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… But how will you avoid this? Kids love toys not negotiating! But, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander, right? I am sure some people’s fancy had an adrenaline rush after seeing this. Expect robotic Unabomber 2.0 soon.

I don’t see an end to the atmosphere of violence, all that endless abusive back and forth. Do you?

RCL

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Ricardo Camilo López”
“date”:”2016-07-08T21:03:53″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T01:03:53″
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… Right, Due Process? Where’s all the outrage about targeted drone strikes? I guess Dallas PD is Judge, Jury and Executioner. How about taking defensive positions and waiting for the shooter to reveal himself. I am completely uncomfortable with Police suddenly having more Lethal Force options. I see no legal authority for this kind of execution.

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Anon”
“date”:”2016-07-08T20:36:33″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T00:36:33″
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… seriously? there’s not a single detail in this article at all on how they did it. Where is the HOW explanation? jesus lutting christ.

“status”:”hold”
“author”:”name”:”Wall-e”
“date”:”2016-07-08T20:23:42″
“date_tz”:”America/New_York”
“date_gmt”:”2016-07-09T00:23:42″
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FoFTN: Friends of Friends and Topical Networks. Any implementations?

They seemed to have 404ed that link at stackoverflow even though it was a plain and valid technical question after I posted a link to it.

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/02/security-tips-every-signal-user-should-know/?comments=1#comment-251068

If you goodle: “FoFTN: Friends of Friends and Topical Networks. Any implementations”

You may find that there was indeed a stackoverflow link to it

I had also posted the same message (which I will paste verbatim bellow) on w3 fora:


FoFTN: Friends of Friends and Topical Networks. Any implementations?

http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.org.w3.fedsocweb/209

Albretch Mueller | 28 Jun 17:54 2015

It is virtually impossible to use the Internet nowadays:

1) most Web sites are censored and/or “curated” (many of them self-censor themselves!)
2) trolls, shills and all kinds of state-sponsored sock-puppetry flood fora
3) many users have an ad hominem approach to relate to other users
4) most documents are unnecessarily repeated
5) search engines dump on you millions of “hits”
6) most pages have too many distracting ads (which could be parsed off the html encoding anyway)

Ideally I would like to not deal with the problems of textual sequencing (there is no other way to write a text than character after character) and segmenting (it would be nice if what seems to matter to me is parsed and presented in a way that I can partially drill down on the rest of comment if I so choose).

There should be some way to segment, sort out, categorize and stratify comments, pointing me to what I need to pay attention to even within a paragraph; bypassing all the blah blah, set ups and all kinds of verbosity which make like 80% of all texts

This is something that should be implemented client side and among clients themselves in parallel, because hosts may, -<b>will≤/b>- easily abused such thing if we keep that information on the same content server providing us with the data. In fact, there could be “trust” servers in parallel to content servers for each site/domain/path/page; users exercising that freedom themselves.

I wonder how do you model trust, which to me is kind of a forest of DAGs with some sort of relative Bayesian weightings.

There are still some people whose criteria I would like to follow. I trust A so I would like to be notified on what she has to say regarding particular themes even while contributing to another thread. A in turn trusts B, but B trusts C whom I don’t trust … There are many such cases which may appear in people’s regular interactions, in fact that might be more of a topological problem

I want for it to associate, both, based on people and the content of previous messages I or other people I trust have posted and I want to exclude from my views people’s comments I don’t care about. This way you don’t have to care about moderating/chaperoning fora. People would take care of that for themselves

Any implementation of such things? A RFC at least?

thanks,
lbrtchx

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theguardian: Obama’s “hope” & drones …

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/01/obama-drones-strikes-civilian-deaths

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/21/obama-worse-than-bush

What makes these clips so compelling is that they show not evolution, but transformation. On this issue, at least, Obama has become the very thing he was against.

I think Obama always was and is a politician, so he doesn’t have to make sense or be “morally sophisticated” (as they say).

… Obama’s room for maneuver is constrained by the institutions in which he is now embedded

This is a cheap and tired rationalization. Everyone’s “room for maneuver are constrained by the institutions in which we are and will always be embedded”, but we choose to do what we do based on our own moral compass. George Orwell, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov, Daniel Elsberg, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, … were very much “embedded” too; as so-called “’embedded’ journalists” within the U.S. military are …

As I wrote the day before Obama’s first inauguration:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/jan/19/obama-inauguration

“He has been elected to represent the interests of the most powerful country in the world. Those will not be the same interests as those of the powerless.”

America did not come by that power through its own innate genius. It acquired it, as do all empires, in no small part through war, invasion, subterfuge and exploitation. Spying and lying about it comes with the job description for which Obama applied and was reappointed.

That shows how little have you learned about gringos. They are the master race:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_exceptionalism

Of course, when they go around invading poor nations, in their rampage killing people who can’t defend themselves on an equal basis, they do it because as “good Christians” they hear “God” telling them “to fight for ‘freedom’, ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’ in the universe”, for “the greater good” … it is terrorists who kill us for having a “free” media …

Perhaps, I am not a good Christian. I don’t hear “God” telling me things. I even disbelieve, haven’t found actual proof of “God” saying such things to anybody.

None of this is inevitable. But changing it cannot be entrusted to a single person at the top. It will change because there is a demand from Americans that is both large in number, deep in commitment and active in pursuit, to enable a fundamental change in America’s role in the world. That does not exist yet.

Those are more cheap and tired rationalizations. Wouldn’t you expect more, better from a “constitutional lawyer” who sat for 12 years in law school to then throughly wipe his black @ss with the very letter and spirit of the supposedly sacrosanct U.S. constitution?

Where Obama is concerned, this excuses nothing – but explains a great deal. Given the timidity of his campaign agenda, his supporters must, to some extent, own their disappointment.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/oct/10/struggle-obama-voters-wish-better

He never said he was a radical, nor proposed anything radical, even if he was happy at one time to be marketed as one.

Yes, all he said was “yes we can” to mesmerized the hopes of a significantly large part of gringo populations. I was one of the idiots whose eyes was wet for a moment during his inauguration speech, when he turned to his beautiful daughters and told them “daddy is now U.S. President …”

Obama, however did something very good to me. He consolidated my belief about not participating in the farce called voting, in “representative democracy”. To me it is quite literally like factually believing in voo-doo. I did vote for him because a friend on mine (the priest at St. Mary’s in Manhattanville Harlem) asked me to “just vote for him”.

Just a few months passed and all those (mostly) ladies at church who had lived through segregation and the civil rights movement and had been making parallelism between him Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and brother Malcolm were wondering: “what happened?!?” (some people even wondered if he was mentally OK). To me Obama has been one of the greatest bullsh!tters who have ever walked the earth. “The Obama effect” will resonate in U.S. consciousness for years. He morally disenfranchised the glimmers of hope some people still had in “the system” … I wonder to which extent it will help Trump.

When given the choice of representing the interests of those who voted for him and the interests of American military and economic hegemony, he chose the latter. That’s not the change people believed in.

At least Bush was part of them, so he didn’t need to suck it up harder in order to become one: “some people call you the elite, I call you my base”

// __ George W Bush – The Elite My Base

youtube.com/watch?v=mn4daYJzyls
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truth and peace and love,
RCL

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theintercept virginia-cabbie-faces-48-years-in-prison-after-driving-…

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/27/virginia-cabbie-faces-48-years-in-prison-after-driving-aspiring-terrorist-to-airport/?comments=1#comments

VIRGINIA CABBIE FACES 48 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER DRIVING ASPIRING TERRORIST TO AIRPORT
Murtaza Hussain
2016-05-27T22:10:26+00:00

I once read that before the mullahs’ revolution, up to 50% or Iran’s male population were informers

It would help if you would remember where you read that. On the NY Times?

Since Iran has never been an aging population and since you are talking about “male” population, that would approximate the snitching @ssh0l3s to general population ratio to 15%, which, quite honestly, I doubt. If everybody “shares responsibility” (the funny way in which gringos call -snitching-), then no one is “productively” snitching (as they themselves fear)

East Germany had similar proportions.

Again, from where did you get that data? In the case of East Germany it is easy to check:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi

Personnel and recruitment:
Between 1950 and 1989, the Stasi employed a total of 274,000 people in an effort to root out the class enemy.[12][13] In 1989, the Stasi employed 91,015 people full-time, including 2,000 fully employed unofficial collaborators, 13,073 soldiers and 2,232 officers of GDR army,[14] along with 173,081 unofficial informants inside GDR[15] and 1,553 informants in West Germany.[16]
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Since there were 16 million East Germans in 1990, snitching @ssh0l3s to general population ratio would be:

(264096 = (91015 + 173081)) / 16000000 = 1.65%

I lived in East Germany and very well learned about the stasi. I was bothered by them (followed around on the streets), summoned for “clarifications” (for making fun of them, communism) and even offered a “job” by them and I can tell you that people didn’t mind the stasi as much as you would like to believe, even though they were doing their best to instill fear in the people. People were bothered way more by their perceived lesser quality of life (as compared to West Germans’), not being able to travel wherever they pleased, …

I (lbrtchx) did myself call Hubertus Knabe’ bluff:

I would like for him to do some comparative anthropology on repression. At that 1.65% stasi rate given the current 324 million U.S. population, don’t you think the FBI, CIA, NSA, … employ more than 5,346,000 people including “unofficial informants”?

They themselves list some 100,000 as “employees”: FBI: 35,104; CIA: 21,575; NSA: 35,000; USAID: 3,797. But that figure is deceiving. Informing prior to Iran’s mullahs’ revolution or during stasi time didn’t mean the same. Nowadays were all carry two-way tele prompters, recording absolutely all we do, that were considered utter dystopia during those times.

I live here in NYC which is a snitching cesspool. In addition to those “fusion centers” they have employers, business affiliated “programs” such as “nexus” with mandatory snitching cells. Imagine, even the FBI has had public bickerings with the NYPD (which has its own “‘Intelligence’ Division & Counterterrorism Bureau”) about what they have been doing even outside of their jurisdiction.

I am curious about the snitching @ssh0l3s to general population ratio in the U.S. including “unofficial informants”. Of course, when that “happens” in “‘the’ land of ‘the’ ‘free’ …” it is different, since they do it “freedom-lovingly”

truth and peace and love,
RCL
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INTERCEPT BROADENING ACCESS SNOWDEN ARCHIVE WHY

THE INTERCEPT IS BROADENING ACCESS TO THE SNOWDEN ARCHIVE. HERE’S WHY
Glenn Greenwald, May 16 2016, 11:37 a.m.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/16/the-intercept-is-broadening-access-to-the-snowden-archive-heres-why/?comments=1#comments

… that [Snowden leaks] be released in conjunction with careful reporting that:
a) puts the documents in context,
b) makes them digestible to the public,
c) safeguards the welfare and reputations of innocent people.

Glenn on §a you/TheIntercept definitely get a passing grade even if nowhere near a perfect score. You have indeed contextualized those documents, but (IMO) not entirely well covering their true reach, as well as in their proper and true dimensions.

On §b, don’t take it from me. As I have pointed out before, John Oliver did masterfully illustrate why and how you have failed miserably:

// __ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)

youtube.com/watch?v=XEVlyP4_11M
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Don’t you find §b a bit “responsible”? What makes you think you have the right or “responsibility” to stand in the way of people knowing how they are being played, blackmailed, harassed, persecuted and, in many cases, experimented with and even tortured and fatally hit by their governments?

It may all be a terminological misunderstanding and you definitely deserve the benefit of the doubt, what exactly do you mean when you say “make them ‘digestible’ to the public”?

On §c, I would agree with you against the Catholic Church when they claimed that “… the innocence of the human soul was corrupted by the seduction of the serpent …”

In fact, I happen to personally know “Innocence”. She is a sensual, witty, downright good looking and sexually appealing girl who used to walk the streets of Havana. Rappers have even dedicated to her a hip-hop tune: “little princess”

// __ Los Aldeanos – Princesita

youtube.com/watch?v=33fc_ZTKJVo
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“Innocence”, “Faith”, “Hope” and “Charity” know each other well. They are just not the same kinds of girls.

Yet, the “Innocence” that matters to me when it comes to such issues, is the one of thousands of children, women and men being killed by USG without even having a clue as to why they are being killed or having the power of abstraction to understand what “signature strikes” are or the “logical” perversity of “freedom-loving” double-tapping strikes institutionalized by “God bless ‘America'” U.S. President Obama. The “Innocence” of those whose mental prowess can’t even begin to understand how those agents in the collateral murder video (“innocently” assuming they would never be heard, their actions seen) make fun of the people they are killing even mockingly saying (something along the lines of): “they well deserve it for being at ‘the wrong place at the wrong moment'” … Most likely they won’t be able to understand what you mean by “innocence” either (something you/TheIntercept could yourself test)

I think anyone with a healthy sense of reality could see a difference in kind and degree between different types of “innocences”: serving as a SRC snitch or pressing a joystick to “surgically” kill dozens of unsuspecting people, who may have not had a chance to sense, let along conceptualize their lives’ fate; or the self-servingly chosen pretentious innocence of the German government when they claimed to have taken at face value the answer of their gringo counterpart about the base at Ramstein/Germany or probably it is all about the innocence of Maxwell’s formulation of electromagnetism, which makes the speed of light a seemingly innocent invariant; yet, fast enough to enable the military command centers in the U.S. to operate real time their drones on the other side of the globe in their version of 24×7 sigint world wide war; or the innocence robed from many children in the middle East who fear playing outdoors, would rather remain inside drawing drones and having nightmares about themselves or their loved ones being killed by one …

Many are self-serving and boastful, designed to justify budgets or impress supervisors.

Well, yes, comedians are included as “interested parties”, too, right?

Further information about how we prepared the documents for publication is available in a separate article.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/16/how-we-prepared-the-nsas-sensitive-internal-reports-for-release/

In keeping with The Intercept’s editorial standards, we redacted the names of covert agents and the names and contact information of government personnel who are neither high-ranking nor already publicly associated with the NSA. We also removed information if we believed its release could cause serious injury or death to innocent people.

Quite a bit of obfuscation in that paragraph. It seems to have come straight from U.S. Academia.

Again the word of the day seems to be “innocence”. It seems to have become the “I was just following orders” of our days. If you think of it, terrorists are downright “innocent” as well. They hate, kill us “for having a free media”.

Should we thank the Intercept for their “innocence”, too?

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

Oh, thank you very much the Intercept! Not only are you “keeping your editorial standards” and “taking into consideration NSA’s opinions” (I would love to just enjoy the prosody of those conversations), but also you seem to have the literary touch not to forget Dante’s depictions of the underworld.

… and also ensured that stories that most affect specific countries are reported by the journalists who best understand those countries.

Ha! That was a joke, right? Thank you for keeping your sense of humor alive. “Journalists who best understand those countries” may be the best ones at lying to and manipulating “We the people” in “those countries”

… allowing other journalists full access to the archive presented security and legal challenges that took time and resources to resolve.

I wonder if I am the only one who notices how common doublespeak has become. You don’t have to be an EL major or a computer programmer to notice the huge bug biting that statement’s butt.

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).

Are we talking here about the kind of stuff that Michael Hastings was about to reveal? He however died “innocently”, indeed …

Again, am I the only one who notices how common doublespeak has become? Even by those supposedly fighting against it?

Glenn, we consider you smart and knowledgeable enough to see that (whatever you mean by) “privacy rights” “‘will’ not be ‘destroyed'” by you or the Intercept. In fact, we consider you smart, knowledgeable and morally grounded enough to realize it is your effing job as a journalist to raise public awareness about such issues. Why is it that Western media talks about all kinds of sh!t (true, imagined, as a way to justify their own …) about the stasi, the KGB, that Chinese Internet Wall, … but not about their own?

Do you, guys, remember that “Socrates of the NSA”? (just saying such a thing would sound odd to anyone with some healthy sense of reality):

https://theintercept.com/2015/08/11/surveillance-philosopher-nsa/

We quickly indeed figured out who that insufferably idiotic “NSA patriot” was. Has anything happened to that idiot (not caused by his own idiocy)? What do those NSA morons think of themselves? I mean at the point that some people even believe someone to be “‘the’ Socrates of the NSA” you could expect they also have a “Saint Francis of the torture teams of the CIA”. Do those NSA kinds of morons really believe morality is a closed-doors, “patriotic”, “by invitation-only” club membership thing?

Why should we respect “their innocence”? They don’t have anything to hide right? You can say that Peter McIntyre works even as a low level mechanic or janitor for the U.S. Air force. Why can’t you say he works for the NSA?

I’ve always believed that WikiLeaks’ reporting on and disclosure of the materials provided by Chelsea Manning and other sources have been superb. But that does not mean that it is the only viable framework, or the optimal tactical approach, for all leaks.

We consider you smart, knowledgeable, morally grounded enough and with plenty of prior art, “precedence” (if you prefer that wording) backing your actions to realize what is the right thing to do. Imagine the collateral murder video had been “‘redacted’ to standards”. Sting’s song’s stanza (from when we used to have songs) goes: “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” …

// __ If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

youtube.com/watch?v=LSGl3d4KOMk
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You can’t possibly understand, respect truth and then see yourself in the “responsible” position of compromising it so that it becomes “digestible to the public”
WikiLeaks did not only show the raw footage of that video but did identify every single person affected in the video (even the mother of the kids whose husband was killed while “innocently” and compulsively acting on his sense of humanity, even while he had two small children to care for) and visited them to show them what actually happened.

IMO, until they “watch the(ir own) monkeys get hurt” and they are forced to “shock their monkeys to life” it will all be “jogo belo”. In order to “help” them get to that point we will have to “Fox the fox”, “Rat the rat” and “ape the ape” …

// __ Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey

youtube.com/watch?v=CnVf1ZoCJSo
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At times I wonder if you understand you are trying to speak a language of “morality”, “humanity” to the NSA, politicians, military and police.

Not long ago a good friend of mine let me know about Karen Stewart

Initially she was furious about my opinion

But, she then may have seen “the light” and we have become friends of friends of the same cause.
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truth and peace and love,
RCL
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Sat May 21 20:33:45 EDT 2016

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