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November 08 2013

US may split Cyber Command and NSA — RT USA

US may split Cyber Command and NSA — RT USA
http://rt.com/usa/alexander-retire-nsa-cybercom-438

The White House is reportedly considering a structural change that would task two separate officials with overseeing the United States National Security Agency and the US Cyber Command when the man currently in charge of both operations retires next year.

Dans les perspectives d’évolution, la Maison-Blanche envisagerait la séparation des fonctions de directeur de la NSA (agence civile) et de directeur du Cyber Command (militaire), fonctions actuellement occupées par le Général Keith Alexander.

En xyloglossie leucoékienne, ça donne

Adding to the AP, [a spokesperson] admitted that the White House is “ in consultation with appropriate agencies ” and “l ooking to ensure we are appropriately postured to address current and future security needs. "
Obviously we’re aware that some have proposed splitting the NSA and Cyber Command position, ” added [another spokesperson] reached for comment by the Washington Post.

L’actuel titulaire n’en pense, évidemment, pas beaucoup de bien. Il l’a dit à deux reprises (au moins)

[ at an event hosted by Politico in October] “ If you try to break them up, what you have is two teams not working together.

Our nation can’t afford, especially in this budget environment, to have one team try to rebuild what the other team does, ” Alexander said at the October event.

That same month, he told the Washington Post that “ You create more problems by trying to separate them and have two people fighting over who’s in charge than putting it all together.

Russia Today, quant à elle, n’est pas vraiment convaincue par les prestations du général dans ses fonctions…

As the recent revelations attributed to #NSA #contractor-turned-leaker Edward #Snowden have proved, however, the conduct of the nation’s highly secretive intelligence agency has escaped arguably much-needed scrutiny and oversight while being manned by Alexander during the last eight years.

September 27 2013

A polluted process : Keystone XL, the State Department and conflicts of interest -

A polluted process: Keystone XL, the State Department and conflicts of interest - http://www.foe.org/news/blog/2013-09-a-polluted-process-keystone-xl-the-state-department

Pipeline proponents are hoping to force President Obama’s hand by short-circuiting the State Department’s ongoing review of the pipeline’s environmental impact. So far the White House is standing firm. A spokesman said: “The president has demonstrated his fidelity to the State Department finishing its review, as part of the transparent and rigorous process that will determine whether the pipeline is in the best interests of the United States. That’s how this merit-based determination will be made.”

But just how “transparent and rigorous” and “merit-based” has the review really been? The truth is that from Day 1, the State Department’s review of the pipeline has been polluted by conflicts of interest, insider lobbying and the heavy hand of Big Oil. A new infographic just released by Friends of the Earth and 350.org gives the details: To conduct the crucial evaluation of the pipeline’s environmental impacts, the State Department has repeatedly turned to contractors hand-picked by pipeline builder TransCanada. So it’s no wonder that the Canadian government, TransCanada, Congressional Republicans and the oil industry have all along all lavished praise on the State Department’s reviews of Keystone XL.

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September 08 2013

AIPAC to deploy hundreds of lobbyists to push for Syria action - Haaretz

AIPAC to deploy hundreds of lobbyists to push for Syria action - Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.545661

The influential pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee will deploy hundreds of activists next week to win support in Congress for military action in Syria, amid an intense White House effort to convince wavering U.S. lawmakers to vote for limited strikes.

“We plan a major lobbying effort with about 250 activists in Washington to meet with their senators and representatives,” an AIPAC source said on Saturday.

Congressional aides said they expected the meetings and calls on Tuesday, as President Barack Obama and officials from his administration make their case for missile strikes over the apparent use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

The vote on action in Syria is a significant political test for Obama and a major push by AIPAC, considered one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, could provide a boost.

The U.S. Senate is due to vote on a resolution to authorize the use of military force as early as Wednesday. Leaders of the House of Representatives have not yet said when they would vote beyond saying consideration of an authorization is “possible” sometime this week.

Obama has asked Congress to approve strikes against Assad’s government in response to a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 that killed more than 1,400 Syrians.

But many Republicans and several of Obama’s fellow Democrats have not been enthused about the prospect, partly because war-weary Americans strongly oppose getting involved in another Middle Eastern conflict.

Pro-Israel groups had largely kept a low profile on Syria as the Obama administration sought to build its case for limited strikes after last month’s attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus.

Supporters of the groups and government sources acknowledged they had made it known that they supported U.S. action, concerned about instability in neighboring Syria and what message inaction might send to Assad’s ally, Iran.

But they had generally wanted the debate to focus on U.S. national security rather than how a decision to attack Syria might help Israel, a reflection of their sensitivity to being seen as rooting for the United States to go to war.

August 31 2013

Important : _Chorus of Syria leaks bear hallmark of White House's orchestrated spin_

Important: Chorus of Syria leaks bear hallmark of White House’s orchestrated spin
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/31/white-house-syria-orchestrated-spin

Just as the White House unveiled its dossier of evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Friday, two senior administration officials were giving a telephone briefing to the media. They were authorised by the administration to attest to the reliability of intelligence suggesting the attacks were carried out by Syria – but only on the condition of anonymity.

Exactly 24 hours earlier, the White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest had discouraged reporters from trusting anonymous administration officials, saying they should “place more credibility in on-the-record statements”.

August 29 2013

Obama Constituency Overwhelmingly Supports War with Syria | Dissident Voice

Obama Constituency Overwhelmingly Supports War with Syria | Dissident Voice
http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/obama-constituency-overwhelmingly-supports-war-with-syria-2

#satire

Despite a Reuters/Ipsos poll showing that only 9% of Americans support military intervention in Syria, the White House today assured the public that a more recent and reliable poll leaves no doubt that the President’s constituency favors war.

The poll was conducted by Defense Industries Systems Information, Inc. (DIS Information). It shows that 99.9% prefer increased U.S. military intervention. The poll has a .1% margin of error. DIS Information spokesperson Lyon Daly spoke to this reporter about the polling methodology and findings.

Lyon Daly: We use the same scientific polling methods as Reuters/Ipsos, but our job is to come up with results that support what our clients and the President want to hear without compromising quality. It’s very similar to the way the press provides facts without informing the public, and we even provide many such facts.”

Barb Weir: How do you do this and still maintain methodological integrity?”

LD: The Reuters/lpsos poll used all Americans as its base, whereas we used all constituents. Elected officials are much more likely to listen to their constituents than to random Americans.

BW: Who are these constituents? Can you provide us with a few subjects to interview?

LD: Of course. Here is a short list, and we can provide more, if you like:

General Atomics
Jabhat al-Nusra Friends of al-Qaeda
Halliburton Company
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Kellogg, Brown and Root, Inc.
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

BW: But Mr. Daly, these are corporations, the Israel lobby, a terrorist organization and Arab monarchs!

LD: Of course, Ms. Weir. As I told you, we polled the President’s constituency, not the American public.

August 16 2013

La NSA a commis"des milliers" d'infractions aux lois sur la vie privée - ÉTATS-UNIS - FRANCE 24

La NSA a commis"des milliers" d’infractions aux lois sur la vie privée - ÉTATS-UNIS - FRANCE 24
http://www.france24.com/fr/20130816-nsa-enfreint-milliers-fois-lois-vie-privee-snwoden-washington-pos

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds/2013/08/15/3310e554-05ca-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html

Le Washington Post a révélé jeudi, que des « milliers » d’infractions avaient été commises par l’Agence nationale de la sécurité (#NSA) américaine, en s’appuyant des documents secrets livrés au journal par Edward #Snowden.

Des « milliers » d’infractions aux lois sur le respect de la #vie_privée ont été commises par l’Agence nationale de la sécurité (NSA), a rapporté jeudi 16 août le Washington Post sur son site internet. Des violations observés depuis que l’agence américaine du renseignement a été dotée de nouveaux pouvoirs, il y a cinq ans.

Ces infractions ont été révélées par une analyse d’un audit interne et d’autres documents secrets, qui ont été livrés au journal par l’ancien consultant américain du renseignement Edward Snowden.

L’un des documents cité par le Washington Post montre que la NSA avait ordonné à ses équipes de falsifier des rapports adressés au département de la Justice et au Bureau du directeur du Renseignement national, en remplaçant certains détails, selon l’article.

Selon le journal, la NSA a également caché la surveillance non intentionnelle de plusieurs Américains. Ainsi, en 2008, un « grand nombre » d’appels téléphoniques en provenance de Washington ont été surveillés après une erreur de programmation qui a interverti le préfixe de la zone de la capitale américaine (202) avec celui de l’Égypte (20). L’erreur n’avait pas été révélée à l’équipe de surveillance de la NSA, indique l’article du Post.

Selon la même source, l’audit sur la NSA, daté de mai 2012, a dénombré 2 776 incidents au cours des 12 mois précédents, concernant des « collectes, stockages, accès et communication de données protégées légalement, sans autorisation ».

La plupart de ces incidents n’étaient pas intentionnels, mais nombre d’entre eux sont dus à des défaillances, ou à la violation des procédures normales.

« Nous sommes une agence conduite par des humains et agissant dans un environnement complexe avec un grand nombre de régimes de régulation différents, c’est pourquoi nous nous retrouvons parfois du mauvais côté de la barrière », a déclaré un haut responsable de la NSA s’exprimant sous couvert de l’anonymat, en réponse aux questions du journal.

Latest Leak: NSA Abused Rules To Spy On Americans ’Thousands Of Times Each Year’ - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130815/18185824196/latest-leak-nsa-abused-rules-to-spy-americans-thousands-times-each-year.sh

Even worse, this report only covers the NSA’s activities in the DC area. Other NSA locations are not covered.

Three government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the number would be substantially higher if it included other NSA operating units and regional collection centers.

White House Tried To Interfere With Washington Post’s Report, And To Change Quotes From NSA | Techdirt
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130816/01314924200/white-house-tried-to-interfere-with-washington-posts-report-to-change-quot

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-statements-to-the-post/2013/08/15/f40dd2c4-05d6-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html

Among the many, many incredible revelations from the Washington Post report on the abuses by the NSA is a tidbit about an interview that the Post was able to do with the NSA’s director of compliance, John DeLong, followed by the White House’s attempt to completely whitewash the interview and block his quotes from being used, despite being told otherwise initially:

The Obama administration referred all questions for this article to John DeLong, the NSA’s director of compliance, who answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview. DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted “by name and title” on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review. The Post said it would not permit the editing of quotes. Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong.

Read that again. This is the same White House that has been saying that they want to be as transparent as possible and to rebuild trust. And yet, here they are trying to block the Post from using an interview — an interview they suggested in the first place — and then to replace it with a bland and bogus “statement.”

#surveillance #mensonges

August 04 2013

With Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options | McClatchy

With #Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options | McClatchy
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/01/198356/with-snowden-now-free-in-russia.html

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the United States has a “broad and important relationship with Russia,” which includes cooperation along with “disagreement and conflict.” He noted that Obama had said he didn’t want Snowden to be an issue in the relationship “because of its breadth and importance.”

The message was the same at the State Department, where spokeswoman Marie Harf predicted no big break in relations with Moscow over the Snowden affair, which she painted as separate from Syria, missile defense and other areas on which the U.S. needs Russian cooperation.

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July 28 2013

Les USA ne se prononceront pas sur un « coup d'Etat » en Egypte - 7SUR7.be

Les USA ne se prononceront pas sur un « coup d’Etat » en Egypte - 7SUR7.be
http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1505/Monde/article/detail/1675948/2013/07/26/Les-USA-ne-se-prononceront-pas-sur-un-coup-d-Etat-en-Egypte.dhtml

Je n’avais personnellement jamais lu une énormité de cet acabit,

« La loi ne stipule pas que nous devons déterminer formellement si un coup d’Etat a eu lieu, et effectuer une telle détermination n’est pas dans notre intérêt national » a déclaré (...) [un] haut responsable de l’administration du président Barack Obama, s’exprimant sous couvert d’anonymat.

Aid to Egypt Can Keep Flowing, Despite Overthrow, White House Decides - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/world/middleeast/aid-to-egypt-can-keep-flowing-despite-overthrow-white-house-decides.html

“We will not say it was a coup, we will not say it was not a coup, we will just not say,” the official said.

Les conséquences sont malheureusement elles aussi énormes mais autrement plus sérieuses, comme l’explique #Matthew_Lee :

Analysis : US stand on Egypt ’coup’ may have costs - News Nation Washington - Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/2013/07/27/analysis-stand-egypt-coup-may-have-costs/HDKfDjpdLg6FvJJs9ysYmN/story.html

Previous U.S. administrations have endured criticism for appearing to pay them ["American values"] only lip service. But this new and unprecedented finding sends a confusing message that probably will resonate beyond Egypt to other fragile — and perhaps not so fragile — democracies where soldiers are unhappy with ballot box results or the policies of their elected commanders in chief.

#mensonges #démocratie

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