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November 08 2013



In 1975, I was invited to join the US Senate’s Church Committee that was formed after the Watergate scandals. Its goal was to investigate massive illegalities committed by the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI.

As a then staunch Republican, and having worked on President Nixon’s reelection campaign developing Mideast policy, I declined.

With the wisdom of hindsight, I should have joined the investigation.

Senator Frank Church warned: “ If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. “

The Church Committee revealed Washington’s role in the assassinations of foreign leaders, CIA collaboration with the Mafia, wide scale subversion around the globe, mail and phone intercepts, spying on Americans by the US Army and intelligence services, collusion with right-wing terrorist groups like Gladio, and much, much more.

Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA malfeasance have done much the same thing today. Both Church and Snowden were branded traitors by rightwing zealots and flag-wavers. Government security agencies were reined in for decades. But it’s now clear they are not only back to their old tricks, but are out of control.

October 01 2013

Après la chasse aux communistes, les Etats-Unis se lancent dans la traque aux écologistes -…

Après la chasse aux communistes, les Etats-Unis se lancent dans la traque aux écologistes - Eco-Terrorisme - Basta !

Le FBI lui a proposé d’infiltrer son groupe militant. Il a décidé d’écrire un livre sur la chasse aux « éco-terroristes ». Dans Green is the New Red, pas encore publié en France, le journaliste étasunien Will Potter dénonce l’utilisation du qualificatif « terroriste » appliqué abusivement à des militants écologistes. Certains ont été lourdement condamnés depuis le 11 septembre 2001. Il pointe également le lobbying de plusieurs entreprises pour renforcer cette répression. Un air de déjà vu : c’était dans les années 1950, la menace était Rouge. Aujourd’hui, elle est verte. Entretien.

#écologie #répression

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September 27 2013

FBI has been using drones since 2006, watchdog agency says

FBI has been using #drones since 2006, watchdog agency says,0,3270950.story

Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency.

The unmanned #surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm barricaded buildings, track criminal suspects and examine crime scenes since 2006, longer than previously known, according to the 35-page inspector general’s audit of drones used by the Justice Department.

The FBI unmanned planes weigh less than 55 pounds each and are unarmed, the report said. The FBI declined requests to discuss its drone operations Thursday.

August 26 2013

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities Has the NYPD's Demographics Unit Stopped Any Terror…

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities
Has the NYPD’s Demographics Unit Stopped Any Terror Plots ? — New York Magazine

Pire que la #surveillance de la #NSA, celle (toujours en cours malgré sa fracassante inefficacité) des #musulmans (et plus au passage) des #Etats-Unis par le #NYPD,


The activities [NYPD Ray] Kelly set in motion after 9/11 pushed deeply into the private lives of New Yorkers, surveilling Muslims in their mosques, their sporting fields, their businesses, their social clubs, even their homes in a way not seen in America since the FBI and CIA monitored antiwar activists during the Nixon administration. It was a proactive approach, but, in constitutional terms, a novel one.

To reinvent the Intelligence Division, Kelly called on David Cohen, a former senior CIA officer who was a year into a post-retirement stint with the Wall Street insurance giant American International Group. Kelly offered a rare opportunity not just to return to intelligence work but also to build something from scratch—in effect, the city’s own CIA.


Cohen eagerly accepted. Cohen didn’t come alone. To build his new program, Cohen wanted someone by his side with access to the most sensitive intelligence, someone who could play a role in day-to-day operations. With a phone call to Langley, Cohen persuaded CIA director George Tenet to lend him Larry Sanchez. Like Cohen, Sanchez was an analyst who’d come up through the ranks. Unlike Cohen, Sanchez still had a blue CIA badge and the privileges that came with it.


Cohen and Sanchez’s appointments represented a major shift in mind-set at the NYPD. Police are trained to uphold the law. By comparison, CIA officers are trained to subvert laws and operate undetected in places where the Constitution doesn’t apply. They are forbidden from doing this in America.


Sanchez told colleagues that he had borrowed the idea from Israeli methods of controlling the military-occupied West Bank, the swath of land captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. But the proposal ignored some important differences between the U.S. and Israel. Brooklyn and Queens, for instance, were not occupied territories or disputed land. There was no security wall being erected in New York City. And, where Muslims are concerned, no one would choose Israel as a model of civil liberties.

Nevertheless, Cohen liked the idea. (...)


Inside the NYPD, the document was regarded as a masterwork and the foundation for everything the department would build subsequently. It was part autobiography, part history, and part ideology. One senior NYPD official took to calling it Cohen’s Mein Kampf.


Most important for the secretly planned Demographics Unit, Haight ruled: “For the purpose of detecting or preventing terrorist activities, the NYPD is authorized to visit any place and attend any event that is open to the public on the same terms and conditions as members of the public generally.”


To accomplish their goals, however, Cohen and Sanchez needed to go far beyond what the FBI could do. (...)

Far from raising concerns about a police department taking it upon itself to reconsider constitutional rights, Congress enthusiastically embraced Cohen’s views.


About once a week, they filed reports on conversations they’d eavesdropped on. Nobody trained the rakers on what exactly qualified as suspicious, so they reported anything they heard. (...)


Surveillance turned out to be habit-forming. Cohen and Sanchez’s efforts also reached beyond the Muslim community. Undercover officers traveled the country, keeping tabs on liberal protest groups like Time’s Up and the Friends of Brad Will. Police infiltrated demonstrations and collected information about antiwar groups and those that marched against police brutality. (...)


Confirmation that the activities of the Demographics Unit went far beyond what federal agencies were permitted to do was provided by the FBI itself. Once, Sanchez tried to peddle the Demographics reports to the FBI. But when Bureau lawyers in New York learned about the reports, they refused. The Demographics detectives, the FBI concluded, were effectively acting as undercover officers, targeting businesses without cause and collecting information related to politics and religion. Accepting the NYPD’s reports would violate FBI rules.

Cohen told his officers the FBI had its rules and the NYPD had its own. He was no longer constrained by the politicians. The NYPD was governed by the City Council, which had effectively given Kelly carte blanche to run the department as he saw fit.

In the fall of 2005, a senior CIA officer named Margaret Henoch attended a briefing with Sanchez and other NYPD officials. The meeting was a wide-ranging discussion of the NYPD’s new capabilities, including its Demographics Unit.

Henoch had a reputation as a skeptic. During the run-up to the Iraq War, when CIA analysts concluded that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, they put a lot of stock in statements by an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball. (...)

She didn’t see how the Demographics reports could be used to draw conclusions. “I think this is a really impressive collection of what’s where, but I don’t understand how it helps you,” Henoch told the NYPD brass. If it was useful, she figured, maybe the CIA could replicate it. But she didn’t understand how collecting troves of information on local businesses and religious affiliations helped find terrorists.

She asked if there was some success story that summed up the program’s usefulness in its first two years. When she didn’t get an answer, she assumed that the NYPD was being coy with a potential rival. Even in the post-9/11 era, intelligence agencies often jealously guarded their secrets.

“I figured they were just lying to me,” Henoch recalled. It did not occur to her that there might not be any stories to tell.


“At the very least, we can eliminate this guy from our list if he’s not a terrorist,” (...) “And we can find out who the terrorists are. And that’s your job.”

The truth, though, was that raking didn’t eliminate anybody from a list. It just expanded the NYPD’s files. (...)


Because the rakers never received specialized training, their reports contained numerous errors. Sephardic Jews and Lebanese Christians were mistaken for Syrian Muslims.

The reports began looking the same (...). No matter how detailed, they never matured into criminal cases. If terrorist cells operated in New York, (...), why weren’t the police making arrests? That’s how they’d dismantled drug gangs in the Bronx. Gang members, like terrorists, were secretive, insular, and dangerous. (...)


Whatever the shortcomings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act oversight system, at least there is, theoretically, a check on the agency’s activities. But in New York City, for Muslim citizens and activists of many stripes, there is no such outside system meant to safeguard their privacy. The NYPD conducts its oversight in-house. City Hall doesn’t review intelligence programs the way Congress does. Courts can step in to settle questions about constitutionality, but only if somebody finds out about programs that are designed to remain secret forever.

In 2010, the Demographics Unit was renamed the Zone Assessment Unit over fears about how the title would be perceived if it leaked out. But *rakers still troll Muslim neighborhoods, filing an average of four new reports every day, searching for hot spots. The Muslim community is marbled with fear, afraid to speak openly because an informant could be lurking near.

Kelly is unapologetic. Like the department’s use of the tactic known as stop-and-frisk, raking is a tactic Kelly maintains is legal. He said the program is operating just as it always has. “Nothing” has changed, Kelly boasted to The Wall Street Journal earlier this year.

(...) [but] now, the lawyers [are] arguing that Kelly and Cohen, in their effort to keep the city safe, have crossed constitutional lines. Regardless of the outcome, the NYPD’s programs are likely to join waterboarding, secret prisons, and NSA wiretapping as emblems of post-9/11 America, when security justified many practices that would not have been tolerated before.

August 21 2013

"But what agencies like the FBI are now worried about is that individuals are « going dark » by using…

"But what agencies like the FBI are now worried about is that individuals are “going dark” by using freely available encryption software to prevent their email and phone conversations to be captured by law enforcement agencies. [...]

Bimen Associates, which has its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, near the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, provided custom designed software tools developed exclusively for the FBI to crack encrypted conversations, says Soghoian. Agency staff and contractors access computers of suspects remotely to install this software to allow them to watch everything that the target types or says.

#nsa #surveillance #hacking #FBI #blackhat

August 16 2013

Tiens, finalement, la CIA et le FBI avaient bien un dossier sur Chomsky. Une note du 8/0/1970 vient…

Tiens, finalement, la #CIA et le #FBI avaient bien un dossier sur #Chomsky.

Une note du 8/0/1970 vient d’être déclassifiée, prouvant la matérialité de la chose. À ce jour, il n’y a plus de dossier sur lui ; il a donc été détruit, en violation totale de la loi.

Question : saura-t-on un jour qui d’autre avait un dossier ?

Exclusive : After Multiple Denials, CIA Admits to Snooping on Noam Chomsky | The Cable

For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied it had a secret file on MIT professor and famed dissident Noam Chomsky. But a new government disclosure obtained by The Cable reveals for the first time that the agency did in fact gather records on the anti-war iconoclast during his heyday in the 1970s.

The disclosure also reveals that Chomsky’s entire CIA file was scrubbed from Langley’s archives, raising questions as to when the file was destroyed and under what authority.

The breakthrough in the search for Chomsky’s CIA file comes in the form of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For years, FOIA requests to the CIA garnered the same denial: “We did not locate any records responsive to your request.” The denials were never entirely credible, given Chomsky’s brazen anti-war activism in the 60s and 70s — and the CIA’s well-documented track record of domestic espionage in the Vietnam era. But the CIA kept denying, and many took the agency at its word.

Now, a public records request by Chomsky biographer Fredric Maxwell reveals a memo between the CIA and the FBI that confirms the existence of a CIA file on Chomsky.

July 26 2013

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys | Politics and Law - CNET News

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys | Politics and Law - CNET News

The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users’ private Web communications from eavesdropping.
These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users.

commentaire de @reichenstein:

The Web revolution has come full circle. We started with the storm on the Bastille and now Napoleon crowned himself

#NSA #surveillance #ssl

July 14 2013

Spécial investigation - Copwatch : Les flics dans le viseur (27 mai 2013 - Canal+)

Spécial investigation - #Copwatch : Les flics dans le viseur (27 mai 2013 - Canal+)

#police #surveillance #sans-papiers #répression #violences_policières #internet #documentaire #calais #no_border #migrants

=> le passage très intéressant où l’on voit les agents du #FBI venir manipuler le serveur chez l’hébergeur

=> l’appli « stop & frisk watch »

=> hommage à Marie-Noëlle Gues (« Zetkin »)

=> la police de Calais détruit les tentes données par l’ONG Médecins du Monde

Stand Your Ground Increases Racial Bias in “Justifiable Homicide” Trials - Sociological Images

Stand Your Ground Increases Racial Bias in “Justifiable Homicide” Trials - Sociological Images

At MetroTrends, John Roman and Mitchell Downey report their analysis of 4,650 FBI records of homicides in which a person killed a stranger with a handgun. They conclude that stand your ground “tilts the odds in favor of the shooter.” In SYG states, 13.6% of homicides were rules justifiable; in non-SYG states, only 7.2% were deemed such. This is strong evidence that rulings of justifiable homicide are more likely under stand your ground.

But which homicides?

The very kind decided in the Zimmerman trial today. A finding of “justifiable homicide” is much more common in the case of a white-on-black killing than any other kind including a white and a black person. As PBS’s request, Roman compared the likelihood of a favorable finding for the defendant in SYG and non SYG cases, consider the races of the people involved. The data is clear, compared to white-on-white crimes, stand your ground increases the likelihood of a not-guilty finding, but only when a person is accused of killing a black person.

Et la réaction de David Simon:

#usa #justice #racisme #armes #trayvon_martin

July 11 2013

Procès Bradley Manning : le (long) témoignage de Yoshai Benkler qui leur explique en gros que les…

Procès Bradley Manning : le (long) témoignage de Yoshai Benkler
qui leur explique en gros que les temps changent et que les leaks sont les prémisses d’un vrai quatrième pouvoir

La fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme (FIDH) et la Ligue française des droits de l’homme (LDH) annoncent qu’elles portent plainte contre X à Paris, dans le cadre de l’affaire Snowden.

Sont visées : les deux agences de renseignement américaines, la NSA et le FBI, mais aussi neuf sociétés américaines (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Paltak, Facebook, YouTube, AOL, Apple et Skype).


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Affaire Snowden : des plaintes déposées à Paris contre le système Prism

Affaire Snowden : des plaintes déposées à Paris contre le système Prism

La fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme (FIDH) et la Ligue française des droits de l’homme (LDH) annoncent qu’elles portent plainte contre X à Paris, dans le cadre de l’affaire Snowden.

Sont visées : les deux agences de renseignement américaines, la NSA et le FBI, mais aussi neuf sociétés américaines (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Paltak, Facebook, YouTube, AOL, Apple et Skype).

#NS #Prism #vie-privée #FIDH

June 30 2013

Pourquoi la NSA espionne aussi votre papa (oupas) | BUG BROTHER

Pourquoi la NSA espionne aussi votre papa (#oupas) | BUG BROTHER

Contrairement aux écoutes téléphoniques classiques, ce qui intéresse la NSA, ce n'est pas tant le contenu des télécommunications que leur contenant, ce que l'on appelle des méta-données : qui communique avec qui, quand, d'où, au sujet de quoi, en utilisant quels logiciels, passerelles, fournisseurs d'accès, adresses IP, etc (voir à ce sujet l'excellent et très pédago guide du Guardian, ou encore comment les méta-données d'une photographie a permis de géolocaliser puis d'arrêter John McAfee).

L'objectif est en effet de constituer un "graphe social" des personnes et organisations ciblées ("targeted") par la NSA, la CIA et le FBI, en demandant à ses analystes d'effectuer ce qu'elle qualifie de "contact chaining" :

« En général, ils analysent les réseaux situés à deux degrés de séparation de la cible. »

Autrement dit, la NSA espionne aussi ceux qui communiquent avec ceux qui communiquent avec ceux qui sont espionnés.


"le contenant devient plus intéressant que le contenu" :

« Et toutes ces méta-données, on les stocke, sur des années et des années, et quand on s'intéresse à une adresse IP ou à un n° de tel, on va chercher dans nos bases de données, et on retrouve la liste de ses correspondants, pendant des années, et on arrive à reconstituer tout son réseau. »

#prism #dgse #nsa #6degreesofseparation

June 27 2013

WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI | Threat Level |

#WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI | Threat Level |

Thordarson was long time volunteer for WikiLeaks with direct access to Assange and a key position as an organizer in the group. With his cold war-style embassy walk-in, he became something else: the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks.

#espionnage #irc #logs

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