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23.10.2020 - 02:31 [ theHill.com ]

Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report

But two officials said their calls for declassification have been met with opposition from within the intelligence agencies, with some objecting that such a release would be too close to Election Day.

22.10.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

Mr. Ratcliffe, like Maj. Gen. Willoughby before him, seems to think his job is to serve only his boss, who requires that everyone agree with him at all times. As General MacArthur is often quoted: if you control intelligence, you control decision-making.

22.10.2020 - 08:18 [ USA Today ]

Iran, Russia obtained voter registration info to sow confusion in presidential election, US officials say

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said late Wednesday that voter registration information had been obtained by Iran and Russia in an attempt to undermine confidence in the 2020 election.

21.10.2020 - 11:01 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein

Any decision to remove Feinstein from serving as chairwoman or ranking minority member in the 117th Congress, which convenes in January, would have to be approved by a vote of the entire Senate Democratic Caucus. And the support for such a move does not appear to be there.

20.10.2020 - 12:11 [ theHill.com ]

Nearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter

The 291 new signatures announced Tuesday join 489 national security leaders who previously endorsed former Vice President Biden as having “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire.”

15.10.2020 - 04:10 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Facebook & Twitter are extensions of the Surveillance State & the Intelligence Community. This is straight up 100% censorship and as always , will come back to be used against the left, i mean, it already is being used against the left, you all just don’t notice or care.

10.10.2020 - 12:18 [ USA Today ]

Trump lashes out at Barr after realizing inquiry into Russia probe won’t be public before election

Trump has ramped up his criticism of Barr in recent days as he seeks to make the origins of the Russia probe a major election issue. The president has long cast the Russia investigation as a political hoax meant to undermine him and has called for the indictment of his political enemies, including former President Barack Obama and former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

10.10.2020 - 12:08 [ CNN ]

Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails following Trump criticism

„She said she had 33,000 e-mails,“ Trump told Fox News on Thursday. „They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I’m — I’m not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get — I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department and you get them out. But they’re in the State Department.“

09.10.2020 - 14:02 [ Newsweek ]

Trump Authorizes All Russia, Clinton Email Probe Documents to be Declassified: ‚No Redactions!‘

(06.10.2020)

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday said Trump had „tasked me with getting some declassification rolling“ as the president was recovering from COVID-19 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Officials began releasing documents on Tuesday.

09.10.2020 - 14:00 [ CBS News ]

Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy

(07.10.2020)

– Recent declassifications by DNI John Ratcliffe: „I thought it was a outrageous, appalling and blatant act of politicization that he released, very selectively, some intelligence that was provided then to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is right now engaged in, I think, a very partisan effort to try to debunk the necessary investigative efforts of the FBI that looked into Russian interference in the 2016 election.“

09.10.2020 - 13:46 [ CNN ]

Trump’s spy chief declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns raised by CIA and NSA

(30.09.2020)

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns being raised by the CIA and National Security Agency, according to people briefed on the matter.
Career officials in the intelligence agencies were concerned about declassifying the information because it was unverified and they believed it could reveal sources and methods. Ratcliffe overrode those concerns and sent the document to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, the people sa

09.10.2020 - 13:45 [ CNN ]

Comey knocks Barr’s attacks on the Russia probe: ‚I have no idea what on Earth he is talking about‘

(30.09.2020)

Graham pointed to the documents declassified Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe — which summarized unverified Russian intelligence that Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was trying to „stir up a scandal“ by tying Trump to Russia — arguing they showed the FBI’s double standard in not investigating Clinton and Russia.

One Republicans senator even asked Comey about the Democratic allegations he had swung the 2016 election to Trump by releasing information about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s emails.

09.10.2020 - 13:44 [ Townhall.com ]

BREAKING: Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary May Have Set Up the Russia Hoax

(29.09.2020)

“According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”

„On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,’” the letter continues.

08.10.2020 - 04:57 [ Al-Monitor ]

Ex-Shin Bet analysts recruited to fight coronavirus within Israeli-Arab society

Of course, it is a given that every high-tech company employs analysts, and plenty of high-tech staffers come from the Arab community. Why, then, didn’t the Home Front Command turn to them as well, preferring instead to use former members of the Shin Bet exclusively? Only the IDF knows the answer to that.

05.10.2020 - 02:50 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Federalist’s Sean Davis: CIA Director Haspel Personally Blocking Declassification Of Documents That Will Reveal Truth About Russiagate

„Unfortunately those releases and declassifications according to multiple sources I’ve talked to are being blocked by CIA director Gina Haspel who herself was the main link between Washington and London,“ Davis said. „As the London station chief from John Brennan’s CIA during the 2016 election. Recall, it was London where Christopher Steele was doing all this work. And I’m told that it was Gina Haspel personally who is blocking a continued declassification of these documents that will show the American people the truth of what actually happened.“

30.09.2020 - 14:17 [ the Grayzone ]

Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

The judge’s interest in Nagel indicates that the Spanish investigation is now probing the suspected role of US intelligence as the guiding hand behind UC Global’s criminal spying operation.

Before he was hired as Adelson’s director of global security, Nagel serving as the top cyber-crime investigator for the US Secret Service – a role which earned him a medal of commendation from the CIA. Together with Lahav, he was likely to have played a central role in coordinating between Sands, UC Global, and US intelligence.

30.09.2020 - 14:08 [ El Pais ]

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

(21.09.2020)

Morales traveled to the US once or twice a month allegedly to hand over the material to “the Americans.” A microphone was installed on the PVC plastic base of a fire extinguisher near the meeting room where Assange met with his lawyers. The cyberactivist had placed a device that created white noise in this room, and activated it when he thought he was being spied on. He placed another device in the women’s bathroom, where he sometimes met with his lawyers.

UC Global S. L. was hired by Ecuador’s Senain secret service to provide security services to the embassy when Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa was in power. But according to the three witnesses, Morales ordered the Australian to be spied on and created remote-operated computer servers that collected the illegally obtained information, which could be accessed from the United States.

30.09.2020 - 14:07 [ Kevin Gosztola / Twitter ]

Witness #1 and Witness #2 are afraid UC Global director David Morales could retaliate against them as result of giving information. They requested protected status on the basis that their families and themselves were at risk. #AssangeTrial

30.09.2020 - 13:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Assange case: former security firm staff allowed to give anonymous evidence

Anonymity was granted to two former employees of UC Global after a hearing at the Old Bailey in London was told they feared that its director and owner, David Morales, or others connected to him in the US, could seek to harm them.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she would permit their identities to remain anonymous out of respect for a Spanish court that had done the same as part of a case in which they are involved.

30.09.2020 - 13:48 [ Craig Murray ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 20

The day concluded with a foretaste of excitement to come, as Judge Baraitser agreed to grant witness anonymity to the two UC Global whistleblowers who are to give evidence on UC Global’s spying on Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy. In making application, Summers gave notice that among the topics to be discussed was the instruction from UC Global’s American clients to consider poisoning or kidnapping Assange. The hidden firearm with filed-off serial numbers discovered in the home of UC Global’s chief executive David Morales, and his relationship to the Head of Security at the Las Vegas Sands complex, were also briefly mooted.

27.09.2020 - 16:34 [ Hurriyet (Türkei) ]

Turkey to support Azerbaijan with all its means against Armenia’s attacks

Turkey has strongly condemned and reacted to Armenia’s military offensive against civilian targets on Azerbaijani territories, pledging full support with all its means to its regional ally in using its right to self-defense.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed Ankara’s full support to Baku in a phone conversation with Azeri President İlham Aliyev.

27.09.2020 - 16:28 [ en.168.am ]

Armenia to present evidence to international community that Azerbaijan pre-planned the attack

He presented evidence supporting his statement, notably that simultaneously with the operations the Azerbaijani news media have started publishing misinformation claiming Armenian side has carried our provocation and they are responding.

“Our experts and partners have presented numerous facts that days earlier there were various materials in the Azerbaijani news media about planned operations. Another evidence on this being pre-planned are the reports on the air communication between Turkey and Azerbaijan. Today in the morning, just minutes after the attacks began the Azerbaijani and Turkish news media were intensively working right at the combat operations scene, and then the Azerbaijani official news release was made falsely claiming that they are starting a large-sale counterattack. This proves that the adversary had pre-planned these operations in detail,” he said.

25.09.2020 - 17:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Information Clearing House ]

Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange

The Grayzone has learned that several correspondents from a major US newspaper rebuffed appeals by Wikileaks to report on the illegal spying campaign by UC Global, privately justifying the contractor’s actions on national security grounds.

24.09.2020 - 11:30 [ Vice.com ]

Cellebrite Sold Phone Hacking Tech to Repressive Regimes, Data Suggests

A Motherboard investigation found that US state police agencies had collectively spent millions of dollars on Cellebrite products. US federal agencies, such as the FBI and Secret Service, are also Cellebrite customers.

24.09.2020 - 11:21 [ Haaretz.com ]

Putin Investigators Targeting LGBTQs, Navalny, Use Israeli Phone-hacking Tech

Carmil resents a comparison with the NSO Group. “I know the people at NSO and appreciate their know-how, but Cellebrite works in the legitimate world of the police force, whose abilities are closely controlled, unlike the world of NSO customers and others who engage in illegal and concealed activity. Cellebrite is totally on the good side, where court orders are used. We do not make tools for breaking into private entities or espionage organizations.”

23.09.2020 - 12:09 [ Wired ]

Army Yanks ‚Voice-To-Skull Devices‘ Site

(09.05.2009)

The Army’s very strange webpage on „Voice-to-Skull“ weapons has been removed. It was strange it was there, and it’s even stranger it’s gone.

23.09.2020 - 12:06 [ US Army / Federation of American Scientists ]

voice to skull devices

Nonlethal weapon which includes (1) a neuro-electromagnetic device which uses microwave transmission of sound into the skull of persons or animals by way of pulse-modulated microwave radiation; and (2) a silent sound device which can transmit sound into the skull of person or animals. NOTE: The sound modulation may be voice or audio subliminal messages. One application of V2K is use as an electronic scarecrow to frighten birds in the vicinity of airports.

23.09.2020 - 04:38 [ International Telecommunication Union ]

The ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill, September-November 2020

The main objectives of this CyberDrill are as follows:

– Provide situational awareness to key public and private sector participants who lead their firms, organizations, or jurisdictions during a cyber disruption;- Bring the CERT/CIRT/CSIRT community together in a unified exercise to build global response and recovery capabilities;
– Test operational resiliency key concepts across CSIRT/CIRT/CERT community;
– Identify, exercise, and foster the improvement of processes, procedures, interactions and information sharing mechanisms that exist or should exist among CERTs/CSIRTs, SOCs, agencies, public bodies, and across regional organizations responsible for crisis management and regulatory bodies;
– Exercise coordination mechanisms, information sharing efforts, the development of shared situation awareness, and decision-making procedures of the cybersecurity community during cyber events; and,
– Raise awareness of other cyber exercise initiatives.​

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Nigerian Army Resource Centre / Twitter ]

Happening now at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre is CYBER drill by Organization Of Islamic Conference and Computer Emergency Response Team ( OIC CERT) . The Drill is aimed at intimating the ICT Department of the Center on the need to be Cyber security conscious.

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Oman News Center / Youtube ]

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill
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23.09.2020 - 04:16 [ mcit.gov.eg ]

Egypt Partakes in ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill- Arab Regional Dialogue

Egypt, represented by the Egyptian Computer Emergency Response Team (EG-CERT), is participating in the “CyberDrill 2020 – Arab Region Regional Dialogue: CIRTs and lessons learned from COVID-19 crisis,” organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), online, on September 22.

The Global CyberDrill is a capacity building event which aims to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of participating teams and promote collective efforts by national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).

20.09.2020 - 03:24 [ Antiwar.com ]

US Spy Planes Disguising as Civilian Airliners Near China’s Coast

The think tank warned in its report that this practice increases the danger to actual civilian aircraft in the region, risking misidentification. The SCSPI said the US has a record of changing transponder numbers when it flies reconnaissance in places like Iran and Venezuela.

13.09.2020 - 12:19 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela: US Ex-Marine Caught Spying on Oil Refineries

“He was captured with heavy weapons, specialty weapons. He was captured with a great amount of cash in dollars and with other elements which we have sent directly to the public ministry, the prosecutor’s office.”

11.09.2020 - 13:34 [ Federation of American Scientists - fas.org ]

CRITICAL FOUNDATIONS: PROTECTING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURES – The Report of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection

(13.10.1997)

Existing Information Sharing Efforts

(…) We also found a great deal of information sharing already underway. Trade associations, consortia, and other groups exchange information among their members and, in some cases, directly with government. Many federal, state and local government agencies have existing relationships with infrastructure owners and operators. Within all the infrastructure sectors, at least some portions are subject to regulatory control by government agencies, and information is shared, albeit sometimes within carefully defined constraints. Several federal agencies provide information to infrastructure owners and operators. The FBI’s Awareness of National Security Issues and Response (ANSIR) program gives over 25,000 industry members information that provides threat and vulnerability insights. More narrowly focused programs are the Department of Transportation’s terrorist threat notification to the civil aviation industry and the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Vulnerability Assessment Program, which provides information systems-related data to private sector partners. The Comptroller of the Currency operates another system providing advisories on information integrity and security risks to financial institutions.

(…)

The third and least predictable threat to the infrastructure comes from deliberate attack. Depending on their objectives, attackers may seek to steal, modify, or destroy data stored in information systems or moving over networks, or to degrade the operation of the systems and net-works themselves, denying service to their users. Attackers include national intelligence organizations, information warriors, terrorists, criminals, industrial competitors, hackers, and aggrieved or disloyal insiders. While insiders constitute the single largest known security threat to information and information systems, controlled testing indicates that large numbers of computer based attacks go undetected, and that the unknown component of the threat may exceed the known component by orders of magnitude.

(…)

The air traffic control system of the FAA is based on decades old technology. The replacement system, while doubtless more efficient, will be more vulnerable unless special security measures are incorporated.

(…)

The Commission recommends the Secretary of Transportation:

1) Fully evaluate actual and potential sources of interference to, and vulnerabilities of, GPS before a final decision is reached to eliminate all other radiovnavigation and aircraft landing guidance systems.

2) Sponsor a risk assessment for GPS-based systems used by the civilian sector, projected from now through the year 2010.

3) Base decisions regarding the proper federal navigation systems mix and the final architecture of the NAS on the results of that assessment. The DOT and FAA must develop a better understanding of interference and other vulnerabilities of GPS before a final decision is reached concerning the status of all other radionavigation and landing guidance systems. A federally sponsored thorough, integrated risk assessment would lay a sound foundation for decisions on future courses of action.

The National Airspace System

The Commission recommends the FAA act immediately to develop, establish, fund, and implement a comprehensive National Airspace System Security Program to protect the modernized NAS from information-based and other disruptions, intrusions and attack. Program implementation should be guided by the recommendations found in the Vulnerability Assessment of the NAS Architecture, prepared for the Commission. The Vulnerability Assessment included the following recommendations: (…)

3) The FAA should consider the implementation of full “trusted” hardware and software security capabilities for only the FAA’s most vulnerable future subsystems, since the software cost for embedded applications, together with full audit, tracking, and monitoring, may be too great if applied to all subsystems. Relaxation of the full capabilities, such as less rapid revalidation (e.g., a slower fifteen minutes down time) and less constant vigilance of data integrity, should be considered on a case-by-case basis for less critical subsystems, particularly in situations where existing air traffic control recovery procedures exist.

4) The FAA should conduct a comprehensive investment analysis of NAS INFOSEC in order to determine the degree of security protection that is needed

(…)

Transportation: A critical infrastructure characterized by the physical distribution system critical to supporting the national security and economic well-being of this nation, including the national airspace system, airlines and aircraft, and airports; roads and highways,trucking and personal vehicles; ports and waterways and the vessels operating thereon; mass transit, both rail and bus; pipelines, including natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials; freight and long haul passenger rail; and delivery services.

03.09.2020 - 20:53 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

According to a document signed by an unnamed vice president for Candiru, they also offer a “high-end cyber intelligence platform dedicated to infiltrate PC computers, networks, mobile handsets, by using explosions and disseminations operations.“

03.09.2020 - 12:18 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Tables Turned: Biden Now Distrusts Intelligence Chief .

Ned Price, a former CIA analyst who served as a senior director on the Obama administration’s National Security Council staff and is not involved in the Biden campaign, offered another explanation. In an interview with RCP, Price said the most recent assessment claiming that China wants Biden to win isn’t convincing because it relies on open-source public comments from Chinese officials, not more penetrating intelligence.

30.08.2020 - 08:22 [ theGuardian.com ]

Outcry as US intelligence stops in-person reports to Congress on election security

An official in Ratcliffe’s office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Saturday the office was “concerned about unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information following recent briefings”.

The move drew a heated rejoinder from House Democrats, who have focused on foreign efforts to sway the presidential election in 2016 and again this year.

30.08.2020 - 08:15 [ theHill.com ]

READ: Director of National Intelligence’s letter to Congress on election security briefings

„I believe this approach helps ensure, to the maximum extent possible, that the information ODNI provides the Congress in support of your oversight responsibilities on elections security, foreign malign influence, and election interference is not misunderstood nor politicized,“ Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote in a letter to congressional committee heads.

30.08.2020 - 07:59 [ NPR.org ]

Director Of National Intelligence Cancels Verbal Election Security Briefings

In a joint statement released Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Congress had been set for briefings on election security in mid-September. But briefings for members of Congress, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, by Ratcliffe’s office have now been called off, they said.

„This is a shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,“ Pelosi and Schiff said in the statement.

29.08.2020 - 22:54 [ The Hill ]

READ: Director of National Intelligence’s letter to Congress on election security briefings

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has informed the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee that it will no longer be briefing on election security issues. Instead, it will provide written „finished intelligence products.“

29.08.2020 - 05:55 [ theHill.com ]

Democrat asks intel agencies if they’re surveilling members of Congress

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asked two intelligence agencies on Friday if surveillance has been conducted on members of Congress in the last decade.

In a letter to the heads of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Eshoo raised alarm over allegations in a book published earlier this year by journalist Barton Gellman.

27.08.2020 - 23:16 [ Mint Press ]

Cyber Command Gets New Surveillance Powers Under Guise of Battling Election Meddling

Domestically, the potential targeting of American citizens as foreign actors or agents was moved forward by Bill Barr’s Justice Department in June, in response to the Minneapolis riots, Barr released a statement naming “Antifa and other similar groups” as possible targets of its 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) offices. In the same statement the top prosecutor invoked the National Guard, which would be “deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order” if necessary.

27.08.2020 - 22:20 [ Whitney Webb / Twitter ]

Establishment parties busy promoting the „civil war“ narrative seeded and manufactured by US intelligence agencies that they want to put into motion after the election. The real „domestic enemy“ is „the State“!

25.08.2020 - 21:53 [ CounterPunch ]

The Architecture of Surveillance in Northern Virginia

Even assuming that most of their jobs are pointless, it’s a lot of damn people keeping our rebellious impulses in check. Then there’s Fort Belvoir, Andrews Airforce Base, Quantico, Anacostia-Bolling. US Defense Services. Navy Intelligence. Department of Homeland Security. The National Reconnaissance Office. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The Office of Intelligence and Analysis. The NSA, FBI, CIA. Booz Allen Hamilton. Boeing. Humana. Raytheon. BAE Systems. General Dynamics. Northrup Grumman. Lockheed Martin.

A truly high maintenance group, the ruling class.

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

21.08.2020 - 16:58 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

FYI: Constitution was „Shredded“ on 9-11, U now live in a 100% surveillance state, U have no right to privacy, U have no 4th Amendment protections, & the Democrats voted for it, and Obama/Biden renewed it! & then repealed Habeas Corpus!

21.08.2020 - 14:58 [ Moderate Rebels / Youtube ]

DNC embraces neocons, and Russiagate conspiracy just won’t die – with Aaron Maté

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Aaron Maté about the virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC), and how the Democratic Party welcomes neoconservative war criminals and right-wing Republicans while attacking the left.

We also talk about Joe Biden choosing hawkish neoliberal „top cop“ Kamala Harris as his VP candidate. Then Aaron picks apart the new Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russia, and explains why the Russiagate conspiracy still won’t go away, even after it has been debunked.

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

21.08.2020 - 13:53 [ theHill.com ]

Negroponte endorses Biden: He beats Trump on ‚character, compassion and life experience‘

John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence under former President George W. Bush, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his race against President Trump on Thursday in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“All roads lead to Trump in a way,” Negroponte told the website. “I’m just not sure the country can withstand another four years of the presidency with a man who has shown such disregard to the office.”

19.08.2020 - 09:20 [ GIZMODO ]

Secret Service Paid to Get Americans‘ Location Data Without a Warrant, Documents Show

Babel Street is a shadowy organization that offers a product called Locate X that is reportedly used to gather anonymized location data from a host of popular apps that users have unwittingly installed on their phones. When we say “unwittingly,” we mean that not everyone is aware that random innocuous apps are often bundling and anonymizing their data to be sold off to the highest bidder.

19.08.2020 - 06:34 [ Haaretz ]

Why a U.S.-led Coup Seven Decades Ago Still Matters to Young Iranians

A nationalist and champion of secular democracy, Mossadegh (also spelled Mosaddegh and Mosaddeq) gained prominence in Iranian politics by focusing on two key issues: devolving more power from the monarchy to parliament, based on Iran’s 1906 constitution; and wresting back control of Iran’s oil industry, which had been dominated by the British.

In 1949, Mossadegh formed the National Front Party and spearheaded protests against Iran’s reigning monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the ongoing involvement of the British Empire.

By early 1951, the Shah was overwhelmed by widespread public demonstrations.

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

16.08.2020 - 06:49 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

National Security apparatchiks like @AmbassadorRice (no longer an Ambassador) have wanted Snowden in prison for years because he exposed how they secretly and illegally converted the internet into their spying playground. As for her claim that pardoning Snowden is a GOP view:

16.08.2020 - 06:15 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Employees of the US government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. @Snowden exposed them. This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.

16.08.2020 - 05:53 [ USA Today ]

Trump says he will look ‚very strongly‘ at granting pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden

In the interview, Trump justified talk of a pardon by again complaining about an FBI investigation into links between his campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. He said it was unfair that people like ex-FBI Director James Comey are free while Snowden is in legal limbo.

14.08.2020 - 03:15 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates — where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement. Everybody said this would be impossible. And, as you know, Mohammed is one of the great leaders of the Middle East.

After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security.

This is a truly historic moment. Not since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago has so much progress been made towards peace in the Middle East.

13.08.2020 - 05:57 [ Ahram Online ]

Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service in South Sudan for meetings with President Salva Kiir

Egypt’s head of General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel visited South Sudan on Wednesday for talks with President Salva Kiir and several senior officials, including Vice President Riek Machar.

11.08.2020 - 08:25 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

It is not clear when he conveyed the information; however, several current and former American officials who have worked in the Middle East say that the consultant would normally have conveyed his findings immediately to the American officials who oversaw the contract, in this case the embassy, State Department or Pentagon.

10.08.2020 - 02:55 [ CBS News ]

National security adviser warns countries of „severe consequences“ for election interference

„There’s no higher concern that we have than maintaining the free and fair elections that are the cornerstone of our democracy,“ O’Brien said. „And look, we know that there are people overseas, the Chinese, the Iranians, the Russians, others who would like to interfere with our democracy. And we’re going to fight against that.“

The warning from the national security adviser to foreign governments less than 100 days before the November election comes after the intelligence community issued its first public assessment Friday on the candidate preferences of some foreign actors.

08.08.2020 - 06:41 [ theHill.com ]

US intelligence says Russia seeking to ‚denigrate‘ Biden

The top U.S. counterintelligence official announced Friday a series of foreign threats facing the 2020 presidential election, warning in particular that Russia is using a range of measures to „primarily denigrate“ former Vice President Joe Biden while China prefers that President Trump not win reelection.

William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, pointed to China, Russia and Iran as the three primary foreign threats to the U.S. presidential race, cautioning that they are seeking to „sway voters’ preferences and perspectives,“ sow discord and „undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process.“

29.07.2020 - 02:47 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Argentina, Iran: How a police spy’s stunning testimony threatens the official US-Israeli AMIA bombing narrative

Revelations by a former police spy upend the official story blaming Iran for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and suggest a cover-up by dirty war elements may have let the real culprits off the hook.

By Gareth Porter

27.07.2020 - 20:07 [ SproutWired.com ]

Rep. Nunes on solution source for anti-Trump Steele dossier: ‘expanded our investigation’ into Brookings Institute

House Intelligence Committee Position Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., instructed “Sunday Early morning Futures” in an distinctive job interview that “we’ve now expanded our investigation, full-blown investigation, into the Brookings Institute.”

27.07.2020 - 20:02 [ theGreggJarrett.com ]

The Secret Source Behind The Anti-Trump Dossier Is Finally Exposed

The fabulist behind the infamous and discredited anti-Trump dossier has finally been exposed. His name is Igor Danchenko.

He is not some mysterious Russian agent operating in the bowels of the Kremlin. Danchenko is a Ukrainian-born resident of the United States who worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution.

27.07.2020 - 11:00 [ iTWIRE ]

Internet Australia says flawed Encryption Bill weakens, not protects, Australian’s security

The Assistance and Access Bill was passed in late 2018 but despite its nickname „the encryption bill“ it promotes insecurity and a dangerous global precedent, says the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. Expecting Parliament to commence a review of the bill today, Internet Australia calls for the INSLM recommendations to be accepted.

25.07.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

CIA ‘Obsessed’ With Former UK Envoy Who Will Testify in Spying-on-Assange Case

The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange says he was the “top target” of the 24/7 surveillance of Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London by the Spanish security company UC Global, which, according to press reports and court documents, shared the surveillance with the CIA.

Craig Murray said he has been contacted by an attorney in the spying case on Assange and that he will be going to Madrid to testify. The founder of UC Global, David Morales, was arrested over the surveillance (including privileged Assange-lawyer conversations) and is on trial.

Murray told former CIA analyst Ray McGovern in an email, shared with Consortium News with Murray’s permission, that the CIA was “obsessed” with him.

23.07.2020 - 19:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Anti-government Protesters Say Police Tried to Recruit Them as Informants

The police are monitoring online social networks like Facebook and Twitter to try to identify activist leaders and the future direction of the protests, according to sources in law enforcement who spoke on condition of anonymity.

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

22.07.2020 - 02:46 [ Reuters ]

UK to give security services more powers to stop foreign interference: The Times

The government is preparing to push ahead with a new counter-espionage legislation, the newspaper reported, adding that the new laws could introduce a “register of foreign agents” modelled on the approach in the United States and Australia.

22.07.2020 - 02:38 [ The Hill ]

Senators demand answers on expired surveillance programs

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Ut.) on Thursday pressed the Trump administration on whether and how mass surveillance programs authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act have been halted since the act’s expiration.

The letter to Attorney General William Barr and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe raises concerns that the administration may be be continuing to conduct surveillance operations by relying on Executive Order 12333.

21.07.2020 - 21:23 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Approves ‚Restrained‘ Bill on Digital Tracking in Coronavirus Fight

The Shin Bet would now be allowed to track people for the coming three weeks, beginning Tuesday. The law will remain in effect until January 2021.

The law also requires the Health Ministry to respond within 24 hours to appeals by people sent into quarantine based on the Shin Bet’s data, following public criticism of its accuracy.

21.07.2020 - 13:21 [ Wikispooks.com ]

David Kelly/Assassination: Unanswered Questions

1. Operation Mason, the police code-name for the search for Dr Kelly, was officially started before his family had reported him missing. The official explanation is that operation start times are often made retrospective to cover any preceding period relevant to the operation; but if this were the reason in this case, then the start time would need to be weeks, not hours earlier. Who authorised the opening of documentation on the operation and at precisely what time?

2. Why were there no fingerprints on Dr Kelly’s knife, pill packets, water bottle, glasses, mobile or watch? He wore no gloves. Police knew this when they gave evidence to Hutton but the absence of prints wasn’t mentioned.

3. Lord Hutton said photographic evidence showed Dr Kelly’s body was found propped against a tree, yet the first paramedic to reach the scene said he was originally flat on his back. Who moved the body and why?

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21.07.2020 - 13:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

R.I.P. the truth about Dr David Kelly: Lord Hutton was accused of whitewashing his inquiry into the death of a scientist – and the ’sexed-up‘ Iraqi dossier. Now, as he dies at 89, MILES GOSLETT recalls one of the great political scandals

Dr Kelly had been unmasked by officials a week previously as the assumed source of a highly damaging BBC report which suggested Blair’s government had ’sexed-up‘ the case for the Iraq war.

He always denied being the BBC’s prime source, yet its report added to mounting questions about the existence of the infamous weapons of mass destruction (WMD), used by the then Prime Minister to justify sending British troops into the conflict.

21.07.2020 - 12:15 [ thePrint.in ]

After Pompeo visit, British MPs to ask Boris Johnson to get even tougher on China

Johnson’s government has pleased President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks as it blocked telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. and took action over Hong Kong, but has stopped short of the kind of sanctions imposed on individuals and companies by Washington. While Pompeo’s goal is not to ask for more, according to people familiar with his plans, the MPs will try to get him to carry their demands to his meeting with Johnson.

21.07.2020 - 11:56 [ Marketwatch.com ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the U.K. — here is what to look out for

The U.S. welcomed the U.K.’s announcement in July that it would remove Huawei from its future telecommunications infrastructure.

The U.K. will eliminate Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, after pressure from Sino-skeptic lawmakers and U.S. politicians.

“We convinced many countries…not to use Huawei,” U.S. President Trump said after the U.K. announced the removal.

21.07.2020 - 06:53 [ The Hill ]

DHS expands authority of personnel to collect information on people threatening monuments: report

Any information gathered on U.S. citizens is required to be deleted after 180 days if it doesn’t assist a government mission, but it can be given to federal government agencies, state and local groups and private-sector organizations that work in law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security operations, according to the newspaper.

20.07.2020 - 12:43 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats ask watchdogs to probe federal crackdown on protests

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly,” wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

20.07.2020 - 12:01 [ NPR.org ]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: Federal Officers Are ‚Adding Gasoline To A Fire‘

MARTIN: First of all, would you just give us an update on the situation in Portland today?

BROWN: Obviously, things are very challenging right now. I was very, very clear with the Trump administration and the head of the Homeland Security to take their federal troops off the streets of Portland. The Trump administration needs to stop playing politics with people’s lives. We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship. And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.

20.07.2020 - 11:57 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!

20.07.2020 - 11:46 [ Mayor Ted Wheeler / Twitter ]

This morning, @jaketapper @CNNSotu asked if I believed the President was breaking the law. Not only do I believe he is breaking the law, but he is also endangering the lives of Portlanders. His actions are unconstitutional.

20.07.2020 - 11:40 [ @CNNSotu / Twitter ]

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on federal troops descending upon the unrest in his city: „Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here“

20.07.2020 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

A Navy veteran says he was beaten and pepper sprayed by authorities while attending his first protest in Portland

When contacted by CNN, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau said that their officers were not involved in the incident.

Customs and Border Protection also told CNN that their officers were not involved.

CNN has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and US Marshals for a comment but has not yet heard back.

20.07.2020 - 11:00 [ Chuckle Trickle / Twitter ]

Unmarked Vehicle, unmarked agents, in the dark. This is not an abduction scene in a movie about a totalitarian regime. It’s real happening in Portland, Oregon, USA.

(17.06.2020)

20.07.2020 - 10:45 [ USA Today ]

‚Secret police force‘: Feds reportedly pull Portland protesters into unmarked vehicles, stirring outrage

(17.06.2020)

Federal law enforcement officers have used unmarked vehicles to detain protesters in Portland, according to news reports and at least one protester who spoke to USA TODAY.

Videos shared online show officers driving up to people, detaining them without explanation, then driving off, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Friday evening to try and end what it called „lawlessness“ on the streets of Portland.

18.07.2020 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

Two Israeli Protest Movements Join Forces After Police Deny Demonstration Permit

Several organizations representing self-employed Israelis have said they will join the protest of the so-called Black Flag movement in Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore Park on Saturday, after police refused to let them demonstrate at a different location, citing coronavirus restrictions.

The Black Flag protests first gained recognition in March, when a motorcade of hundreds of cars made its way to Jerusalem to protest anti-democratic measures to combat the coronavirus, including the approval of civilians’ phone tracking by the Shin Bet security service.

18.07.2020 - 05:34 [ Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House ]

UK Shoots Self In Foot for Uncle Sam

Not so Britain and other members of the US-led Five Eyes nations: Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They, not surprisingly, appear to have swallowed the “national security” propaganda and anti-China bigotry with gusto.

Indeed so subservient is Britain to Washington, the government in London seems willing to damage its own economy and the wellbeing of its own people in order to suck up a little favour from Uncle Sam.

The “free world”? Yeah, freedom to be a vassal.

17.07.2020 - 09:52 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

The CIA can now target/attack media outfits, charities, etc based on paranoid suspicion of ties to designated enemies and little to no hard evidence. Presumably this means US-based organizations are fair game as well.

17.07.2020 - 02:04 [ CBC ]

Judge calls for review after CSIS fails to flag info likely obtained illegally

In his ruling released Thursday, Federal Court Justice Patrick Gleeson found the Canadian Security Intelligence Service breached its duty of candour to the court, part of a troubling pattern dating back years.

16.07.2020 - 16:36 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Drafts Secret List of Hundreds of Officials Who May Stand Trial at International Court

Israel is drawing up a secret list of military and intelligence officials who might be subject to arrest abroad if the International Criminal Court in the Hague opens an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Haaretz has learned that this list now includes between 200 and 300 officials, some of whom have not been informed.

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich – Strategic consultants will define Biden’s relationship to the world.

(06.07.2020)

They turned to an industry of power-brokering little known outside the capital: strategic consultancies. Retiring leaders often open firms bearing their names: Madeleine Albright has one, as do Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Their strategic consultancies tend to blur corporate and governmental roles. This obscure corner of Washington is critical to understanding how a President Joe Biden would conduct foreign policy. He has been picking top advisers from this shadowy world.

15.07.2020 - 13:06 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ]

EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use to Spy on Communities

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, today launched the largest-ever collection of searchable data on police use of surveillance technologies, created as a tool for the public to learn about facial recognition, drones, license plate readers, and other devices law enforcement agencies are acquiring to spy on our communities.

14.07.2020 - 21:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Thousands of Israelis were mistakenly forced into quarantine by a contact tracing program that gives the Shin Bet security agency access to the phones of confirmed coronavirus carriers, a Knesset committee heard Tuesday.

In the first week of the renewal of the Shin Bet tracing system last month, tens of thousands of people in Israel received text messages warning them that they had been in contact with a confirmed carrier of the coronavirus.

14.07.2020 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

U.K. Bans Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

Banning the use of the Chinese tech giant’s equipment in high-speed wireless infrastructure is a major reversal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and a big victory for the Trump administration.

14.07.2020 - 10:11 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israeli court dismisses Amnesty bid to block spyware firm NSO

A Tel Aviv court has rejected a legal case filed by Amnesty International that attempted to block the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group from selling its cyberweapons internationally.

The rights groups sought to force the Israeli defence ministry to revoke NSO Group’s export licence for its leading phone-hacking software, Pegasus. Amnesty’s lawyers alleged the product had been used by repressive governments to target activists, including one the rights group’s own researchers, as well as journalists.

14.07.2020 - 10:09 [ Amnesty.org ]

Israel: Court rejects bid to revoke notorious spyware firm NSO Group’s export licence

“Today’s disgraceful ruling is a cruel blow to people put at risk around the world by NSO Group selling its products to notorious human rights abusers. At a moment when NSO and the Israeli MOD should be held accountable for their practices, it is appalling that the court has failed to do so.

“NSO Group continues to profit from human rights abuses with impunity. The ruling of the court flies in the face of the mountains of evidence of NSO Group’s spyware being used to target human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia to Mexico, including the basis of this case – the targeting of one of our own Amnesty employees. We will continue to do all we can to stop NSO Group’s spyware being used to commit human rights abuses.

12.07.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‚defected‘ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon – as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak

He said: ‘The thing was built with French help, so don’t think that there aren’t some monitoring devices in there. I think what you are going to find out is that these guys were doing experiments which they weren’t fully authorised [for] or knew what they were doing and that somehow, either through an inadvertent mistake, or on a lab technician, one of these things got out.

‘It’s not that hard for these viruses to get out. That is why these labs are so dangerous.

‘You essentially had a biological Chernobyl in Wuhan, but the centre of gravity, the Ground Zero, was round the Wuhan lab, in terms of the casualty rates. And like Chernobyl, you also had the cover-up – the state apparatus reports to itself and just protects itself.’

11.07.2020 - 16:38 [ New York Times ]

Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

In addition, some American and Israeli officials, and international security analysts, say that Iran may believe that President Trump will lose the November election and that his presumptive Democratic rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will want to resurrect some form of the negotiated settlement that the Obama administration reached with Tehran five years ago next week.

11.07.2020 - 16:33 [ Haaretz ]

Israel, U.S Developing Shared Strategy to Harm Iran’s Nuclear Facilities, Officials Tell NYT

The Times also said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintains a close relationship with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, making it unlikely that Pompeo was unaware of the plan to attack the Natanz nuclear facility – if it was indeed an Israeli-engineered operation.

05.07.2020 - 15:11 [ Spaceflight Now ]

Top secret NRO payload installed on Minotaur rocket for launch from Virginia

Crews working on Virginia’s Eastern Shore this week raised a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency — atop a solid-fueled Minotaur 4 rocket for liftoff July 15 on the first Minotaur launch in nearly three years.