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04.07.2022 - 04:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Lapid invites Netanyahu for security briefing amid dispute over procedure

The preference is for Netanyahu to receive the security updates, usually a routine matter, only from Israel’s military secretary, Brigadier General Avi Gil, instead of both Lapid and Gil being present in the room.

30.06.2022 - 09:45 [ Wiz.io ]

Black Hat 2021: DNS loophole makes nation-state level spying as easy as registering a domain

(Aug 4, 2021)

We have no way of knowing whether the loophole has already been exploited: Anyone could have collected data undetected for over a decade.

We do know this is still an active threat vector – while two major DNS providers (Amazon and Google) have fixed the issue, others may still be vulnerable. As a result, millions of devices are potentially vulnerable.

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After analyzing it, we learned it was dynamic DNS traffic from Windows machines that were querying the hijacked name server about itself. Dynamic DNS keeps DNS records automatically up to date when an IP address changes. It’s traditionally been used in large networks that host internal services, and use their own internal servers. In short, the traffic we received contained sensitive information that was never supposed to leave an organizations internal network.

The dynamic DNS traffic we “wiretapped” came from over 15,000 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, 45 U.S. government agencies, and 85 international government agencies. The data included a wealth of valuable intel like internal and external IP addresses, computer names, employee names and office locations.

30.06.2022 - 08:55 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

TLS 1.3: Slow adoption of stronger web encryption is empowering the bad guys

(April 6, 2020)

Asymmetric encryption is used during the “handshake”, which takes place prior to any data being sent. The handshake determines which cipher suite to use for the session – in other words, the symmetric encryption type – so that both browser and server agree. The TLS 1.2 protocol took multiple round trips between client and server, while TLS 1.3 is a much smoother process that requires only one trip. This latency saving shaves milliseconds off each connection.

30.06.2022 - 08:09 [ CNET.com ]

Ex-Amazon Cloud Worker Found Guilty in Capital One Hack: The huge hack affected more than 100 million US customers.

(June 18, 2022)

„She wanted data, she wanted money, and she wanted to brag,“ Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Friedman said in closing arguments, according to the release. The Justice Department didn’t identify the other organizations affected by Thompson’s activity.

30.06.2022 - 07:54 [ support.mozilla.org ]

Firefox is making connections to cloudfront.net and locprod.prod.mozaws.net on startup

(27.07.2020)

No replies

(…)

Why does make Firefox makes those connections?
What is transmitted?
And How can I disable them?

30.06.2022 - 07:49 [ FossBytes.com ]

Amazon Disables NSO Group CloudFront Accounts To Prevent “Pegasus” PR Crisis

(July 19, 2021)

While this was unearthed in 2020 itself, Amazon declined to take any action or even comment on the story. Now, Pegasus is linked to human rights abuse around the world. So Amazon has shut down the CloudFront accounts linked to NSO Group. For the uninitiated, CloudFront is a content delivery network by Amazon.

30.06.2022 - 07:45 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Details About the CIA’s Deal With Amazon

(July 17, 2014)

This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For the first time, agencies within the intelligence community will be able to order a variety of on-demand computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency

30.06.2022 - 03:12 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lawmakers to Vote to Dissolve Knesset; Lapid to Become PM

The wording of the approved bill sets November 1 as the date elections will be held.

If the vote passes, Lapid will assume the position of prime minister on Thursday at midnight, replacing his coalition partner Naftali Bennett, who on Wednesday evening announced that he would not run in the upcoming election.

27.06.2022 - 01:34 [ RedHuntLabs.com ]

Millions of Secrets Exposed via Web Application Frontend – An Internet-Wide Study

(14.06.2022)

A very interesting highlight to notice here is that Google services, viz. Google reCAPTCHA, Google Cloud, and Google OAuth consumed a major portion – totaling almost 70% of the services where the secret exposure was the highest.

An eye-opening perspective regarding Phase 1 was that in spite of these domains in scope belonging to the top 1 million domains of the internet, the secret exposure was massive.

(…)

Since we majorly focused on the front-end, we anticipated that a majority of the exposures would be through the JavaScript files. Analyzing the results, we found out that almost 77% of the exposures occurred through the JavaScript files being used in the frontend code.

Since most of the JavaScript was being served through content delivery networks, we decided to map the exposures to their sources and extract out insights from our data. The highest number of exposures came from Squarespace CDN leading to over 197k exposures.

26.06.2022 - 09:05 [ theGrayzone.com ]

British security state collaborator Paul Mason’s war on ‘rogue academics’ exposed

(21.06.2022)

Amidst his campaign to neutralize the UK antiwar left, Paul Mason declared in an email to several academics willing to inform on and undermine their own colleagues: “the far left rogue academics is who I’m after… The important task is to quarantine their ‘soft’ influencers and expose/stigmatise the hard ideologists.”

Mason’s fishing expedition was conducted in apparent coordination with Andy Pryce, a senior British intelligence official involved in a series of malign information warfare and censorship initiatives.

26.06.2022 - 08:58 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Paul Mason’s covert intelligence-linked plot to destroy The Grayzone exposed

(07.06.2022)

Leaked emails reveal British journalist Paul Mason plotting with an intel contractor to destroy The Grayzone through “relentless deplatforming” and a “full nuclear legal” attack. The scheme is part of a wider planned assault on the UK left.

25.06.2022 - 09:13 [ theRegister.com ]

NSO claims ‚more than 5‘ EU states use Pegasus spyware

NSO Group told European lawmakers this week that „under 50“ customers use its notorious Pegasus spyware, though these customers include „more than five“ European Union member states.

The surveillance-ware maker’s General Counsel Chaim Gelfand refused to answer specific questions about the company’s customers during a European Parliament committee meeting on Thursday.

25.06.2022 - 08:59 [ theRegister.com ]

Google: How we tackled this iPhone, Android spyware

We’re told it is potentially capable of spying on the victims‘ chat apps, camera and microphone, contacts book and calendars, browser, and clipboard, and beam that info back to base. It’s said that Italian authorities have used this tool in tackling corruption cases, and the Kazakh government has had its hands on it, too.

On Thursday this week, TAG revealed its analysis of the software, and how it helped dismantle the infection.

25.06.2022 - 08:08 [ Google Threat Analysis Group ]

Spyware vendor targets users in Italy and Kazakhstan

(23.06.2022)

Seven of the nine zero-day vulnerabilities our Threat Analysis Group discovered in 2021 fall into this category: developed by commercial providers and sold to and used by government-backed actors. TAG is actively tracking more than 30 vendors with varying levels of sophistication and public exposure selling exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors.

(..)

In some cases, we believe the actors worked with the target’s ISP to disable the target’s mobile data connectivity. Once disabled, the attacker would send a malicious link via SMS asking the target to install an application to recover their data connectivity. We believe this is the reason why most of the applications masqueraded as mobile carrier applications. When ISP involvement is not possible, applications are masqueraded as messaging applications. (…)

We assess, based on the extensive body of research and analysis by TAG and Project Zero, that the commercial spyware industry is thriving and growing at a significant rate. This trend should be concerning to all Internet users.

These vendors are enabling the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arming governments that would not be able to develop these capabilities in-house. While use of surveillance technologies may be legal under national or international laws, they are often found to be used by governments for purposes antithetical to democratic values: targeting dissidents, journalists, human rights workers and opposition party politicians.

21.06.2022 - 06:50 [ Vincent Manancourt / Nitter.net ]

A flyer for the conference gives a taste of the fare on offer. „Social media monitoring“, „defeating encryption“, „TOR/DarkNet traceback“ etc. etc. 2/3

(14.06.2022)

12.06.2022 - 06:42 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Mike Pompeo summoned by court to explain alleged US government plot to assassinate Julian Assange, say Spanish media reports

Spanish National High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz summoned Pompeo and former US counterintelligence official William Evanina as witnesses to explain the alleged assassination plot and whether they received information through the security firm.

Evanina allegedly previously confessed to having access to security camera footage and audio recordings from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, Assange’s lawyers claimed in letters seen by Spanish outlet The Objective.

12.06.2022 - 05:33 [ Jen Robinson / Nitter.net ]

In 2016, I took legal action against the UK with @privacyint over surveillance & information sharing with the US – given my work as lawyer for #Assange & @wikileaks UK admits violation of Art 8 & Art 10 (confidential journalistic material)

(09.06.2022)

Robinson v UK

12.06.2022 - 05:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Julian Assange’s Australian lawyer who counts Amal Clooney and Amber Heard as friends says she has reached settlement with government ‚over breach of her human rights after it admitted she was likely put under covert surveillance‘

She said: ‚The UK Government has now admitted that its surveillance and information-sharing arrangements with the US violated my rights. That includes in relation to the protection of confidential journalistic material.

‚This follows a pattern of unlawful spying on Julian Assange and his legal team, and it raises grave concerns about government interference with journalistic material and privilege.

‚It also raises serious questions about what information the UK and US governments have been sharing about Mr Assange’s case against extradition to the US.‘

12.06.2022 - 05:26 [ WikiLeaks / Nitter.net ]

UK admits to unlawfully spying on Julian Assange’s lawyer in settlement on Thursday at the European Court of Human Rights

11.06.2022 - 12:22 [ SerbianMonitor.com ]

European intelligence has three favourites for the position of Serbian PM

Sinisa Mali, the current finance minister and former mayor of Belgrade, is mentioned first as a possible candidate. He is one of Aleksandar Vučić’s closest associates and has been involved in several scandals – from the destruction of the Savamala quarter in Belgrade to allegedly owning 24 apartments in Bulgaria. The University of Belgrade stripped him of his doctorate after it was confirmed that he had plagiarized his thesis.

According to European intelligence, Nikola Selaković, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, also has a chance to become the new PM. He is also a loyal associate of Aleksandar Vučić…

08.06.2022 - 06:59 [ itweb.co.za ]

Gigamon releases 2022 TLS Trends Research based on 1.3trn network flows

Encrypt all feasible East-West traffic – The majority (65%) of East-West network traffic is now encrypted (up from 56% in 2020), leaving 35% of traffic unencrypted.

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„This report seeks to provide real-world data on SSL/TLS usage,” said Bassam Khan, vice-president of product and technical marketing at Gigamon. “The findings illustrate why organisations need to rethink their decryption policies and procedures, particularly as TLS 1.3 gains further traction.”

08.06.2022 - 06:10 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

EU excludes cloud services from 6th sanctions package for unknown reasons – Podoliak

„At first, the EU Council announces the blockage of Russia from EU cloud services in the Sixth Sanction Package. Then, the EU Council edits the message, removing these references. No clarifications or explanations from the officials,“ Podoliak said on Twitter.

„We must increase the sanctions pressure, not decrease,“ the adviser to the head of the President’s Office said.

06.06.2022 - 19:07 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

TLS 1.3: Slow adoption of stronger web encryption is empowering the bad guys

(April 6, 2020)

Asymmetric encryption is used during the “handshake”, which takes place prior to any data being sent. The handshake determines which cipher suite to use for the session – in other words, the symmetric encryption type – so that both browser and server agree. The TLS 1.2 protocol took multiple round trips between client and server, while TLS 1.3 is a much smoother process that requires only one trip. This latency saving shaves milliseconds off each connection.

05.06.2022 - 19:07 [ theHindu.com ]

Israeli private detective used Indian hackers in job for Russian oligarchs

(May 30, 2022)

Azari is currently being held in federal prison in Brooklyn awaiting sentencing in relation to a hacking campaign tied to the defunct German financial technology company Wirecard AG , his lawyer said last month.

Reuters reported last year that Azari was accused of hiring the Indian hacking firm BellTroX on behalf of powerful clients. BellTroX, which has also been accused of hacking by cybersecurity researchers at Facebook and elsewhere, could not be reached for comment.

04.06.2022 - 13:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK officials in line for immunity in assisting crimes overseas, say critics

Exclusive: Draft security bill would let spies and ministers enable killings and torture, warn charity and ex-minister

29.05.2022 - 16:18 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Military, Mossad Chiefs Visited Saudi Arabia in Last Decade

A number of senior Israeli officials secretly visited Saudi Arabia over the past decade, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz when he was the Israeli army’s chief of staff, signalling deepening covert relations between Israel and the Kingdom, the Israel Hayom daily reported on Sunday.

Ex-Mossad intelligence agency head Tamir Pardo, and former directors of the National Security Council Yossi Cohen and Meir Ben-Shabbat also travelled to the Gulf monarchy.

26.05.2022 - 09:17 [ theHill.com ]

We can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ we’re spying on Congress

(16.05.2022)

Government attorneys assert it is legal for their agencies to simply open the government purse and buy our data scraped from apps and social media, no warrant needed. When further challenged, the government’s ultimate fallback is a claim that a Reagan-era executive order, known as E.O. 12333, means that it needs no statutory authority to look at whatever it wants.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Congress created the Freedom of Information Act in 1967 at a time when lawless surveillance of Americans by the FBI and CIA was rampant.

26.05.2022 - 09:10 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Is Collecting in Bulk Certain Data Affecting Americans, Senators Warn

(Feb. 10, 2022)

The C.I.A. kept censored the nature of the data when it declassified the letter.

26.05.2022 - 07:59 [ Zero Hedge ]

Report Shows FBI Spied On 3.3 Million Americans Without A Warrant, GOP Demands Answers

In a May 25 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) asked Wray to explain why his agency had wiretapped and gathered personal information on over 3.3 million Americans without a warrant (pdf).

Limited authority to gather foreign intelligence information is granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

21.05.2022 - 11:45 [ World Economic Forum ]

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: List of confirmed Public Figures

Heads of State and Government 50
Foreign Affairs 30
Finance / Economy 43
Trade / Commerce / Industry 27
Central Bank 7
International Organizations 36
Digital / Information, Communication and Technology 11
Energy and Resources 11
Environment 17
Health 6
Labor / Social Affairs / Education 6
Transport and Infrastructure 5
Defence and Intelligence Chiefs 3
Others 58

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

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The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

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Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

16.05.2022 - 18:10 [ Wikipedia ]

Allegations of CIA drug trafficking

Several conspiracy theories assert that the CIA used Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport to smuggle weapons and ammunition to the Contras in Nicaragua, and drugs back into the United States.[19][20] Some theories even invoke the involvement of political figures, including Oliver North and former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.[20][21]

The CIA’s self-investigation, overseen by the CIA’s inspector general, stated that the CIA had no involvement in or knowledge of any illegal activities that may have occurred in Mena.

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

12.05.2022 - 15:38 [ Daphne Keller, Stanford Cyber Policy Center / Twitter ]

I’m on NPR, warning smaller platforms that they need to start gearing up for DSA compliance and singing the praises of career civil servants in Brussels.

12.05.2022 - 15:04 [ Naomi Brockwell, Tech journalist / Twitter ]

The EU has proposed the most sophisticated mass surveillance system ever deployed outside of China & the USSR. It will mandate device-scanning, including encrypted messages.

(11.05.2022)

@matthew_d_green will dive into the details on tomorrow’s live show, 4pmEDT

12.05.2022 - 14:54 [ Wikipedia ]

Digital Services Act

On 22 April 2022, European policymakers reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act.[7] The final stage before the two bills come into law, is the vote by representatives of the individual parliaments and policymakers from the 27 member nations, which is considered to be a formality.

12.05.2022 - 14:42 [ Reporters for Freedom of the Press ]

EU poised to impose sweeping social media regulation with Digital Services Act

The DSA, and its partner regulation, the Digital Markets Act, were introduced to the European Parliament in 2020. The European Commission said the regulations were intended to accomplish two goals: “create a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected” and “establish a level playing field to foster innovation, growth, and competitiveness, both in the European Single Market and globally.”

12.05.2022 - 14:22 [ status LED: blink blink blink blink / Twitter ]

Replying to @matthew_d_green The term „grooming“ is being actively used in right-wing US political speech to indicate *any* advocacy for liberal values. So the potential for this sort of surveillance project to spiral truly out of control into abject political fascism is bounded only by the imagination.

12.05.2022 - 14:05 [ Matthew Green, I teach cryptography at Johns Hopkins ]

This document is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. It is proposing a new mass surveillance system that will read private text messages, not to detect CSAM, but to detect “grooming”. Read for yourself.

(May 10, 2022)

12.05.2022 - 13:59 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

The EU wants to scan all chat messages, using the guise of combating child abuse

The proposal states that, at the request of a government agency, “Providers of hosting services and providers of interpersonal communication services that have received a detection order shall execute it by installing and operating technologies to detect” CSAM.

We obtained a copy of the proposal for you here.

08.05.2022 - 16:20 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

(September 15, 2013)

In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolf Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system, following prescribed conduct with respect to that system, while remaining blind to the moral consequences of what the system was doing — or at least compartmentalizing and ignoring those consequences.

08.05.2022 - 15:31 [ Techdirt ]

Why Did The Secret Service Take Over Aaron Swartz’s Case Two Days Before He Was Arrested

(14.01.2013)

The same filing shows that MIT allowed all of this to happen despite no warrant, court order, or subpoena — just handing over all sorts of info.

06.05.2022 - 16:44 [ El Pais ]

Pegasus: Europe’s deepening spyware scandal

(03.05.2022)

An investigation committee launched by the European Parliament is preparing its first operational work meeting, which could be held this Thursday. The provisional agenda shows the presence of members of the Senate of Poland, one of the countries where there are suspicions about the use of Pegasus to spy on the government’s political rivals. The European Data Protection Supervisor has already called for programs like Pegasus to be banned on the grounds that they are very difficult to control and endanger fundamental rights and freedoms.

06.05.2022 - 16:33 [ Mailbox.org ]

IT companies warn in open letter: EU wants to ban encryption

(15.04.2021)

Together with the companies Tutanota, Boxcryptor, Cryptomator, mail.de, Mailfence, Praxonomy, and Tresorit, mailbox.org has written an open letter to the EU strongly criticizing upcoming plans for communication surveillance.

06.05.2022 - 14:59 [ ITsecuritynews.info ]

New DNS Flaw Enables ‘Nation-State Level Spying’ on Companies

(7. August 2021)

DNSaaS providers (also referred to as managed DNS providers) rent DNS to other businesses who don’t want to maintain and protect yet additional network resources on their own.

(…)

The Wiz researchers stated, “We found a simple loophole that allowed us to intercept a portion of worldwide dynamic DNS traffic going through managed DNS providers like Amazon and Google,”
“The dynamic DNS traffic we ‘wiretapped’ came from over 15,000 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, 45 U.S. government agencies, and 85 international government agencies.”
Employee/computer identities and locations and extremely sensitive data about organizations’ infrastructure, such as Internet-exposed network equipment, were among the

05.05.2022 - 20:16 [ New York Times ]

Spain Says Cellphones of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Were Hacked

(02.05.2022)

Officials said the devices were breached by the Pegasus spyware, made by an Israeli company, which is intended to track illegal behavior but has been misused by some governments.

03.05.2022 - 11:36 [ RepublicWorld.com ]

Putin can declare formal war on Ukraine by May 9 for full mobilisation of forces: US

The declaration of war, according to a CNN report, would allow the full mobilisation of Russia’s reserve forces as they attempt to conquer eastern and southern Ukraine.

02.05.2022 - 16:05 [ Haaretz ]

Spanish Prime Minister, Defense Minister Hacked Using Israel’s Pegasus Spyware in 2021, Officials Say

Israel’s NSO Group, the cyber offensive firm which developed Pegasus, said it was unfamiliar with the details of the specific case and, as a software provider, cannot know who the targets of its customers are.

Spain’s government is under pressure to explain why the cellphones of dozens of people connected to the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region were infected with Pegasus between 2017 and 2020, according to cybersecurity experts’ group Citizen Lab.

02.05.2022 - 15:16 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Russian mole exposed in Ukraine Army’s General Staff – adviser to President’s Office chief

He added that this false-flag attack was allegedly supposed to be carried out using Ukrainian weapons – portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The spies planned to obtain the weapons, used by our troops, through volunteers. To this end, they had been trying to win trust of the latter, giving them real data on the movement of Russian troops, giving away the coordinates of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ethnic Chechen unit.

„There are three components to this story that describe everything that’s happening in the Russian army now. The first is shooting down a passenger plane, the second is deceiving their leadership, and the third is setting up the Kadyrovites,“ Arestovych concluded.

20.04.2022 - 07:24 [ CNN ]

What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn’t really know

But the risk, both current US officials and defense analysts say, is that in the long term, some of those weapons may wind up in the hands of other militaries and militias that the US did not intend to arm.

„We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero,“ said one source briefed on US intelligence. „It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.“

19.04.2022 - 14:20 [ Real Maverick ]

According to MSM report yesterday, #German intel agency BND knew about #Wirecard former COO Marsalek’s whereabouts in Moscow, they were contacted by #Russia FSB which proposed interrogation. Request was turned down, German chancellery was informed 2021.

(12.04.2022)

15.04.2022 - 05:26 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Director Airs Concern That Putin Might Turn to Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

10.04.2022 - 10:11 [ Washington Post ]

Why Pakistan’s Leader Is Facing the Risk of Ouster

(April 8, 2022)

Pakistan’s military has outsized power for a country conceived as a democracy. There have been three successful military coups. When Khan became prime minister, it was only the second time since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 that a civilian administration had transferred power to another. Even when elected governments have ruled, the military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has played a forceful role.

(…)

Khan, who has been critical of the U.S. while seeking better relations with Russia and China, has said he would continue to pursue an “independent” foreign policy. His opponents have vowed to improve ties with the U.S. and Europe if they win.

10.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Hindustan Times ]

Imran Khan attempted to sack Pakistan army chief Gen Bajwa: Report

According to BBC Urdu, “two uninvited guests” reached the Prime Minister’s House, which was blanketed in extraordinary security, by helicopter on Saturday night and met Khan in private for about 15 minutes. An hour before this meeting, Khan had ordered the removal of a senior official who was at the meeting, the report said.

However, an official notification was not issued by the defence ministry for dismissing this senior official and appointing his successor, “thus thwarting the Prime Minister’s House’s attempt at a ‘revolutionary’ change”, the report said

01.04.2022 - 06:41 [ Reuters ]

U.S. bars ex-spies from becoming ‚mercenaries,‘ following Reuters series

(March 16, 2022)

“We don’t want our best trained intel officers going straight into the hands of foreign governments for the sake of money,“ Castro said. „This discourages intelligence mercenaries and protects our national interest.“

The UAE spying operation, called Project Raven, hacked into Facebook and Google accounts and thousands of Apple iPhones, targeting activists that human rights groups say were later arrested and tortured

01.04.2022 - 06:16 [ theRecord.media ]

Intelligence community gears up for surveillance powers renewal

(today)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently started convening an informal team of representatives from a handful of relevant spy agencies to study, and potentially plot a course for, the reauthorization of the sweeping warrantless program allowed under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, two sources familiar with the effort told The Record. The powers are due to sunset in December 2023 unless lawmakers act.

Congress last extended the life of the surveillance powers — which allow the federal government to collect the emails and electronic communications of foreign intelligence targets from U.S. companies like Google, but also incidentally vacuum up the personal data of Americans — in early 2018.

01.04.2022 - 06:05 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Lawsuit accusing tech giants of spying is allowed to proceed

(September 14, 2022)

In the legal battles with a focus on listening devices like “smart speakers,” etc, that are currently active in the US, Google and Amazon are not spared either. Reports, including by Reuters, say that a number of filings allege that their devices and apps are recording users’ conversations without their consent, and that Big Tech companies use this material to make money by giving it to advertisers, who can then more precisely target people based on knowledge of their behavior and interests.

30.03.2022 - 21:01 [ ZDNet ]

How surveillance capitalism will totally transform the domain name system

( September 17, 2021)

The network betrays you. You’re leaving big, filthy, muddy footprints on the carpet, mate. We can see where you’re going. And that’s the problem,“ he said.

„Real-time data, right here, right now. Not last week, not last month. This second. You couldn’t get more valuable.“

26.03.2022 - 20:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Intelligence ‚Cooperating Very Closely‘ With Ukraine, Top Zelenskyy Aide Says

(24.03.2022)

“I have very big respect for the leaders of your intelligence services,” he said. “I know many of them personally. These are very big professionals and patriots of Israel and patriots of the whole free world. So I do know that our intelligence is satisfied with this cooperation, but of course there is always more that can be done,“ he said, describing Israel’s intelligence community as „one of the best of the world.“

26.03.2022 - 19:53 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Ukrainians mocked Russian troops while jamming their unsecured radio networks, NYT investigation reveals

(24.03.2022)

It is unclear why Russian fighters are using unsecured communications, but it appears to have become the norm, The Verge reported.

26.03.2022 - 19:47 [ Vice.com ]

Ukraine Arrests ‘Hacker’ It Says Was Routing Calls for Russian Troops

(March 15, 2022)

“Something like this, to this extent, has never been done,” McDaid said of Ukraine’s defensive moves on its telecommunications networks. The use of at least one hacker like the one in the released images is a consequence of what Ukraine has effectively forced Russia to do, “because of the literally unprecedented and effective security moves the Ukrainian mobile operators have made,” McDaid added.

24.03.2022 - 13:41 [ Tomislav Sokol, Member of European Parliament / Twitter ]

On 10.3 a Russian made drone crashed in the center of Zagreb, about fifty meters from the dormitory where several thousand students are staying. Before entering the Republic of Croatia, the aircraft spent 43 minutes in the airspace of Romania and Hungary. This cannot be!

24.03.2022 - 13:18 [ CNN ]

Drones flying into NATO territory have forced the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents inside its borders

(17.03.2022)

Last week, a drone flew more than 350 miles beyond Ukraine’s western border before crashing in Croatia, a NATO member country. The drone was carrying a bomb, Croatian officials said, and it’s still not clear whether it belonged to Ukrainian or Russian forces.
Another drone recently entered the airspace of Romania, south of Ukraine. And on Tuesday, Ukraine’s military said it shot down a Russian drone that had reentered Ukraine through Polish airspace.
The trio of drone incidents has amplified concerns that …

07.03.2022 - 17:23 [ The Times / Twitter ]

Even if Zelensky were killed, the report said, Russia would have no hope of occupying Ukraine. “Even with minimum resistance from the Ukrainians we’d need over 500,000 people, not including supply and logistics workers”

07.03.2022 - 17:17 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

WAR IN UKRAINE: This war will be a total failure, FSB whistleblower says

Spies in Russia’s infamous security apparatus were kept in the dark about President Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine, according to a whistleblower who described the war as a “total failure” that could be compared only to the collapse of Nazi Germany.

A report thought to be by an analyst in the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, said that the Russian dead could already number 10,000. The Russian defence ministry has acknowledged the deaths of only 498 of its soldiers in Ukraine.

01.03.2022 - 09:19 [ Euronews.com ]

EU to help Ukraine with intelligence from own satellite centre-EU’s Borrell

BRUSSELS – The European Union has asked its satellite centre in Madrid to provide intelligence to Ukraine about Russian troop movements and EU countries are determined to further increase their bilateral military support to Kiyv, the EU’s head diplomat said.

01.03.2022 - 09:18 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

The #EU will transfer space intelligence data on #Russian troops to #Ukraine.

26.02.2022 - 17:50 [ Bill Browder / Twitter ]

According to the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Russia may be planning a dirty bomb attack on its own territory to blame on the Ukrainians to justify a massive escalation in the war. This is not hyperbole. Putin did exactly this with apartment bombs in 1999 and blamed on Chechnya

07.02.2022 - 16:06 [ Ezra Levant / Twitter ]

It took a week for these feds to show up. These clowns were discredited during the election campaign, but things aren’t going well so Trudeau and his bailout media had to call them up again. #FakeNews #Misinformation #narcs

07.02.2022 - 07:46 [ Democrcacy Now ]

Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult”

(26.01.2005)

„There’s a lot of anxiety inside the — you know, our professional military and our intelligence people. Many of them respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as much as anybody here, and individual freedom. So, they do — there’s a tremendous sense of fear. These are punitive people. One of the ways — one of the things that you could say is, the amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease. It does say something about how fragile our Democracy is. „

04.02.2022 - 08:24 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. intel suggests Russia is plotting false flag attack in Ukraine as pretext for invasion

(Feb 3, 2022)

The plan for the fake attack on Russian territory or Russian-speaking people was revealed in declassified intelligence shared with Ukrainian officials and European allies in recent days. It is the latest allegation by the U.S. and Britain that Russia is plotting to use a false pretext to go to war against Ukraine.

The White House in December accused Russia of developing a “false-flag” operation to create pretext for an invasion.

04.02.2022 - 08:20 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

(Jan 14, 2022,)

Friday morning, multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a “massive cyber attack” launched by an unknown actor, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The affected websites were taken offline and hackers reportedly left messages warning the Ukrainian public to “prepare for the worst.” Ukrainian officials noted Russia has a “long record” of cyberattacks against the country.

01.02.2022 - 03:14 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Is an Arm of Israel’s Government

In 2019 NSO agreed to reconnect the Pegasus system in Saudi Arabia, in the context of Netanyahu’s contacts regarding the Abraham Accords. Until the accords were announced, Israel gave NSO a permit to sell Pegasus to almost all of the countries that signed the agreements.

01.02.2022 - 03:00 [ New York Times ]

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The F.B.I. had bought a version of Pegasus, NSO’s premier spying tool. For nearly a decade, the Israeli firm had been selling its surveillance software on a subscription basis to law-enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, promising that it could do what no one else — not a private company, not even a state intelligence service — could do: consistently and reliably crack the encrypted communications of any iPhone or Android smartphone.

01.02.2022 - 02:28 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. Secretly Bought Israeli Spyware and Explored Hacking U.S. Phones

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The Times found that sales of Pegasus played a critical role in securing the support of Arab nations in Israel’s campaign against Iran and negotiating the Abraham Accords, the 2020 diplomatic agreements, signed at a Trump White House ceremony, that normalized relations between Israel and some of its longtime Arab adversaries.

The U.S. had also moved to acquire Pegasus, The Times found. The F.B.I., in a deal never previously reported, bought the spyware in 2019, despite multiple reports that it had been used against activists and political opponents in other countries. It also spent two years discussing whether to deploy a newer product, called Phantom, inside the United States.

27.01.2022 - 16:12 [ Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) ]

Stop the Use of Pegasus Spyware Against Civilians

On January 18, 2020, an investigation by Calcalist revealed that the Israel Police were using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to hack into the phones of Israeli citizens, including anti-government protesters and activists.

In response, ACRI argued that the use of Pegasus spyware and hacking into mobile phones of Israeli citizens, as in the darkest of oppressive dictatorships, is illegal and requires an immediate, full investigation.

27.01.2022 - 16:07 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Pegasus Spyware in Israel: MK Odeh Calls on Police Commissioner to Resign

(20.01.2021)

Israel police accused of using Pegasus spyware to hack phones of activists and civilians. An investigative report published Jan. 18 by the financial Calcalist newspaper claims that the police purchased the software in 2013, under then-Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, and actually started using it in 2015, when former Shin Bet senior Roni Alsheikh served as police commissioner. The software allegedly served the secret police cyber brigade named Signet. The report further claims that police used Pegasus to hack phones not only of criminals but also of activists and other civilians, without court authorization or the control of a judge.

24.01.2022 - 14:59 [ Times of Israel ]

Olmert asks court to order psychiatric evaluations for Netanyahu, wife and son

(23.01.2021)

Olmert’s lawyer Amir Titonovich told the Haaretz newspaper that they believe that the Netanyahu family has records showing that they are not mentally sound.

The request needs to be approved by the court, but it is thought unlikely that it will do so.

Earlier this month, Olmert rejected out of hand the idea that he could apologize to the Netanyahus, arguing that he was expressing a widely held opinion.

24.01.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Olmert: I Called the Netanyahus Mentally Ill After Consulting With Experts

(Jan. 10, 2022)

At the start of the hearing, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Judge Amit Yariv asked Olmert what he based his claim on when he said “what can’t be fixed is the mental illness of the prime minister and his wife and son. That’s not fixable.”

Olmert responded that “I followed their actions, I listened to recordings of the family members, I consulted with experts and with people close to them who know them well. They described to me behavior that … is known as abnormal behavior, crazy behavior.”

22.01.2022 - 14:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Spycatcher affair at the BBC as Government scrambles for gagging order to stop story the broadcaster insists is ‚overwhelmingly in the public interest‘

The BBC declined to comment on the details of the story, but told the Telegraph that its reporting was in the public interest.

A BBC spokesman said: ‚The Attorney General has issued proceedings against the BBC with a view to obtaining an injunction to prevent publication of a proposed BBC news story.

17.01.2022 - 14:59 [ thePost;illennial.com ]

BREAKING: After outcry, FBI admits ‘the Jewish community was targeted’ in synagogue hostage taking

The FBI released a new statement Sunday night, attempting to walk back their previous comments that the hostage taking at a Texas synagogue, on the Jewish Sabbath, during services „…was not specifically related to the Jewish community.“
In the new statement, the FBI said, „This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.“

17.01.2022 - 14:49 [ Fox News ]

‚Corrupt‘ FBI should be ‚eliminated‘ for statement on Texas synagogue hostage taker: Critics

The suspected hostage taker died at the scene. The hostages were released without injury.

The FBI was ripped on social media for the statement that the hostage taker had no direct demands related to the Jewish community, including calling for the FBI to be „defunded and eliminated.“

17.01.2022 - 05:50 [ abc7chicago.com ]

FBI identifies hostage-taker at Colleyville, Texas synagogue

Two law enforcement officials told CNN earlier Saturday that investigators believe the hostage taker may have been motivated by a desire to release Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence at a facility in Texas. She was convicted in 2010 on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on US officers in Afghanistan.

„We do believe from our engaging with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community, but we’ll continue to work to find motive,“ DeSarno said.

17.01.2022 - 05:47 [ Washington Post ]

House Jan. 6 committee dismisses ‘unsupported’ claim of FBI involvement in riot

(January 11, 2022)

“The Select Committee is aware of unsupported claims that Ray Epps was an FBI informant based on the fact that he was on the FBI Wanted list and then was removed from that list without being charged,” said a committee spokesman. “The Select Committee has interviewed Mr. Epps. Mr. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”

17.01.2022 - 05:42 [ New York Times ]

Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant

(Published Sept. 25, 2021 Updated Oct. 18, 2021)

But the records, and information from two people familiar with the matter, suggest that federal law enforcement had a far greater visibility into the assault on the Capitol, even as it was taking place, than was previously known.

At the same time, the new information is likely to complicate the government’s efforts to prove the high-profile conspiracy charges it has brought against several members of the Proud Boys.

03.01.2022 - 11:04 [ IndianExpress.com ]

If you suspect being targeted with Pegasus, get in touch by January 7: Supreme Court panel

The committee constituted by the Supreme Court to look into allegations of snooping using the Pegasus spyware invited all citizens who suspected their mobile phones had been targeted to contact the panel by noon on January 7.

“The committee requests any citizen of India who has reasonable cause to suspect that his/her mobile has been compromised due to specific usage of NSO Group Israel’s Pegasus software to contact the technical committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, with reasons as to why you believe your device may have been infected with Pegasus malware, and whether you would be in a position to allow the Technical Committee to examine your device,” the three-member panel said in an advertisement in several national dailies.

16.12.2021 - 05:06 [ bankinfosecurity.com ]

Senate Passes $768 Billion NDAA With Cyber Provisions

Lawmakers claim the bill is the widest expansion of CISA through legislation since the SolarWinds incident. Among other features, the NDAA authorizes CISA’s program to monitor IT and OT networks of critical infrastructure partners; and codifies a program providing businesses and state and local governments with model exercises to test their critical infrastructure.

16.12.2021 - 04:47 [ BGR,com ]

Nation-state hackers are already exploiting the scary Log4j vulnerability

Security researchers recently stunned the world with the Log4Shell hack, revealing that the entire internet is scrambling to patch a vulnerability in a widely used Java utility that many companies employ in their servers. Also known as the Log4j hack, the security issue allows hackers to get into computer systems without a password.

16.12.2021 - 04:45 [ theTimeshub.in ]

Threat 10 out of 10: Hackers are already exploiting a new vulnerability on computers around the world

According to the Finacial Times, up to December 14

hackers launched more than 1.2 million attacks, which affected hundreds of thousands of users.

Attackers have almost unlimited freedom to hack. The attack was quickly and easily deployed.
They extract the information they need, add record data to the server, delete it, switch to different servers, install ransomware.
Hackers can inject malicious software onto servers, install various programs (including for mining cryptocurrencies), steal confidential data, modify information and make changes to the service interface.

16.12.2021 - 04:33 [ Wired ]

Google Warns That NSO Hacking Is On Par With Elite Nation-State Spies

“This is on par with serious nation-state capabilities,” he says. “It’s really sophisticated stuff, and when it’s wielded by an all-gas, no-brakes autocrat, it’s totally terrifying. And it just makes you wonder what else is out there being used right now that is just waiting to be discovered. If this is the kind of threat civil society is facing, it is truly an emergency.”

After years of controversy, there may be growing political will to call out private spyware developers.

10.12.2021 - 05:55 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

War on Journalism | Bob Woodward & Julian Assange „What’s the thing we should we worry about the most? – secret government“ #AssangeCase

28.11.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Security Agency Proposes New Civil Body to Digitally Track Omicron Patients in Israel

The Shin Bet security service told the coronavirus cabinet On Saturday that Israel should establish a civilian body to track coronavirus patients through their cellphones, rather than asking the agency to do it.

The cabinet was discussing reinstituting Shin Bet tracking for people infected with the new omicron variant, and ultimately decided to do so despite the agency’s objections.

28.11.2021 - 18:57 [ theGuardian.com ]

Notorious Pegasus spyware faces its day of reckoning

If you were compiling a list of the most toxic tech companies, Facebook – strangely – would not come out on top. First place belongs to NSO, an outfit of which most people have probably never heard. Wikipedia tells us that “NSO Group is an Israeli technology firm primarily known for its proprietary spyware Pegasus, which is capable of remote zero-click surveillance of smartphones”.

Pause for a moment on that phrase: “remote zero-click surveillance of smartphones”.

22.11.2021 - 19:45 [ TeenVogue.com ]

What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House

(18.11.2021)

An exiled Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Ghorbanifar claimed to have contacts with a moderate faction inside Iran, and further alleged that weapons sales would improve that faction’s standing. Ghorbanifar collaborated with Israel, which proved to be an important intermediary. While Israel was no ally of Iran, it was also no ally of Iraq, and the ongoing war between the two countries kept them both distracted. Israel began selling U.S.-made weapons to Iran in 1981, even after the U.S. State Department began an effort to end arm sales, known as Operation Staunch, in 1983.

18.11.2021 - 17:32 [ Haaretz ]

Two UAE Princes Each Got Their Own Personal NSO Spyware

Why does UAE – one country with a joint federal military, police and security force, need two separate NSO spyware systems held by two different leaders?

13.11.2021 - 20:25 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Billionaires Are Not Morally Qualified To Shape Human Civilization

Take Bill Gates. He spends a fortune on narrative control ranging from immense contributions to The Guardian to tens of billions of dollars in grants, and he’s committed hundreds of millions of dollars to shady political influence groups as well. He’s been influencing Covid policies around the world, from intervening against the waiving of vaccine patent restrictions to facilitating the worldwide rollout of digital vaccine passports; he’s been giving countless media interviews about Covid-19 and vaccines despite having no medical degree or indeed any qualifications at all apart from a net worth of $136 billion. This is after falsely pledging to give his immense fortune away over a decade ago; his net worth has more than doubled in that time.

03.11.2021 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Blacklists Israeli Cyberarms Firms NSO, Candiru for Harming ‚National Security and Interests‘

„NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments,“ the statement read, adding that the spyware’s tools were used „to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.“

30.10.2021 - 19:04 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble.com ]

The Mountain of Data Showing How Authoritarian Democrats Have Become

(video)

28.10.2021 - 17:01 [ Juan Passarelli / Twitter ]

Summers is arguing that @mikepompeo ’s decision to categorize @wikileaks as a Foreign Non-State Intelligence Agency has legal implications as it allows the @CIA to direct actions against WL and #Assange without congressional oversight.

28.10.2021 - 16:33 [ Juan Passarelli / Twitter ]

[THREAD] I start my report on the second day of the #JulianAssange extradition hearing with this reminder: The court will have to decide whether to send #Assange to the country that plotted to murder him, or whether to protect his life.

27.10.2021 - 15:32 [ Don't Extradite Assange / Twitter ]

Julian Assange’s fiancée: It’s completely unthinkable that the UK courts would agree to extradite Julian Assange to the country that conspired to assassinate him. #AssangeCase #FreeAssange @StellaMoris1

27.10.2021 - 15:23 [ Don't Extradite Assange / Twitter ]

Stella Moris speaks at the Belmarsh Tribunal. „The extrajudicial assassination of Julian was discussed at the highest levels of US Government. The 7th floor of the CIA in Langley (directors office) requested sketches and options on how to kill Julian“ #AssangeCase @StellaMoris1

26.10.2021 - 10:45 [ Amnesty International ]

US/UK: “Drop the charges, stop the extradition and free Julian Assange,” says Amnesty head

Ahead of an appeal hearing against the decision by a UK court not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA, Amnesty International’s Secretary General has called on US authorities to drop the charges against him and the UK authorities not to extradite him but release him immediately.

The call by Agnès Callamard follows an investigation by Yahoo News revealing that US security services considered kidnapping or killing Julian Assange when he was resident in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. These reports further weaken already unreliable US diplomatic assurances that Assange will not be placed in conditions that could amount to ill-treatment if extradited.

26.10.2021 - 10:20 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Listen: Yahoo news journalist @zachsdorfman explains how US intelligence officials revealed CIA plans for „killing Assange“ | @YahooNews #FreeAssangeNOW

25.10.2021 - 06:10 [ Fox News ]

Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic

In 1992, Congress ruled that „all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination.“

The act allowed the government to postpone the release to „protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations,“ according to Biden’s memo.

19.10.2021 - 07:24 [ theRegister.com ]

EU and US seek ‚common principles‘ for data governance and AI

(30.09.2021)

Launched by president Joe Biden, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council president Charles Michel at the U.S.-EU Summit in June 2021, the Council held its first meeting yesterday.

At the meeting, the United States and European Union decided to closely coordinate on an expansive set of critical economic and technology issues over the coming months and achieve concrete outcomes by the next meeting. These include joint work on the semi-conductor supply chain and Artificial Intelligence, as well as data governance, the joint statement said.

19.10.2021 - 07:15 [ techcrunch.com ]

ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota warn EU lawmakers over ‘anti-encryption’ push

(27.01.2021)

Four European apps which secure user data via end-to-end encryption, ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota, have issued a joint-statement warning over recent moves by EU institutions that they say are setting lawmakers on a dangerous path to backdooring encryption.

End-to-end encryption refers to a form of encryption where the service provider does not hold keys to decrypt the data, thereby enhancing user privacy — as there’s no third party in the loop with the technical capability to access data in a decrypted form.

19.10.2021 - 07:03 [ techcrunch.com ]

On encryption and counter-terrorism, EU lawmakers say they’ll work for ‘lawful’ data access

(09.12.2020)

At the same time, such pressure isn’t exactly new. Albeit, the rule of crypto wars history is the access issue must roll around afresh again and again. And last month a draft resolution from the Council of the European Union triggered a fresh wave of anxiety that an EU ban on e2e encryption might be in the works.

Today’s Commission agenda is unlikely to lay such fears to rest entirely.

Perhaps mostly for its tortured language — with oxymoronical talk of “‘improved access” to encrypted information in a text that’s simultaneously peppered with caveats about “respecting the right to privacy”.

19.10.2021 - 06:54 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

(06.10.2020)

The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

16.10.2021 - 07:06 [ Marc Garlasco, @PAXPoC Military Advisor was DIA, HRW, CNA, UN analyst in defense, human rights, and targeting specialized in collateral damage ]

Heading to Germany soon to participate in an #urbanwarfare #wargame with #NATO focused on protecting civilians in an Article 5 scenario.

It’s open to web based participation! Joining info below @LarryLewis_
@SpencerGuard
@40ID_DeputyCG
@SebastianBae
@AndrewBellUS
@KaurinShanks

16.10.2021 - 05:57 [ Westpoint.edu ]

Assassination in the Law of War

In 1977, following revelations of U.S. lethal targeting operations and ensuing Church (Senate) and the Pike (House) Committee hearings, President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11,905. The order prohibited Executive Branch personnel from engaging in, or conspiring to engage in, political assassination. Subsequent administrations continued the ban. Four years later, President Regan issued Executive Order 12,333, which, as amended, remains in effect today. It contains the same prohibition, although it limits application to individuals “acting on behalf of” the U.S. government.

16.10.2021 - 03:16 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Only Congress Can End Washington’s Endless Wars

(07.10.2021)

The war on terror is a constitutional aberration. The U.S. legislature must reclaim its war powers from an overempowered executive branch.

16.10.2021 - 02:50 [ Michael O'Grady / Twitter ]

The 2022 military spending bill, known as the #NDAA, which passed the House on Sept. 23 would hand a whopping $740 billion to the Pentagon and $38 billion to other departments, for a total of $778 billion in military spending, a $37 billion increase over last year’s budget.

(07.10.2021)

15.10.2021 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Official: The Netanyahu Era Is Over

Yuli Edelstein did it, big-time. He said out loud what other senior Likud politicians have been whispering to journalists “not for attribution” – that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no chance of being able to form a government even after the next election. Edelstein broke the fear barrier.

14.10.2021 - 11:25 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Behind NATO’s ‘cognitive warfare’: ‘Battle for your brain’ waged by Western militaries

The US-led NATO military cartel has tested novel modes of hybrid warfare against its self-declared adversaries, including economic warfare, cyber warfare, information warfare, and psychological warfare.

Now, NATO is spinning out an entirely new kind of combat it has branded cognitive warfare. Described as the “weaponization of brain sciences,” the new method involves “hacking the individual” by exploiting “the vulnerabilities of the human brain” in order to implement more sophisticated “social engineering.”

08.10.2021 - 17:57 [ Stundin.is ]

Key witness in Assange case jailed in Iceland after admitting to lies and ongoing crime spree

Sigurdur Thordarson, a key witness for the FBI against Julian Assange, has been jailed in Iceland. The notorious alleged hacker and convicted pedophile was remanded to custody in Iceland’s highest security prison, Litla Hraun, on September 24. Þórðarson´s lawyer, Húnbogi J. Andersen, confirms that he is in custody. Thordarson was given immunity by the FBI in exchange for testimony against Julian Assange.

08.10.2021 - 17:46 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

BBC: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson responds to revelations of CIA Kill or Kidnap plot against publisher Julian Assange | @bbc5live

05.10.2021 - 00:35 [ Middle East Monitor ]

After NSO Group, warning issued against second Israeli spyware firm

(October 4, 2021)

The July report by Citizen’s Lab and Microsoft found that Candiru had been used to spy on more than 100 human rights activists, regime opponents, journalists and scholars from countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, UK, Turkey and even Israel.

Revelations about Candiru make it the first time that fingers were being pointed at a second Israeli cyber-surveillance company, which is considered a competitor of the NSO Group. The notorious Israeli firm sparked a global scandal in July following the discovery that as many as 50,000 phones were targeted by its Pegasus spyware.

05.10.2021 - 00:24 [ Haaretz ]

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

(Sep. 7, 2020)

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.

05.10.2021 - 00:20 [ Forbes ]

Meet Candiru — The Mysterious Mercenaries Hacking Apple And Microsoft PCs For Profit

(Oct 3, 2019)

Israel is home to scores of hacker-for-hire businesses, but one of the most clandestine has been Candiru. With no website and few records available, it’s operated largely under the radar.

But now a researcher is claiming the elite Tel Aviv-based firm sold cyber weapons to the government of Uzbekistan, while industry sources tell Forbes the company is hacking both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macs for various nation states.

03.10.2021 - 16:39 [ Haaretz ]

Advanced Spyware From Israel’s Candiru Discovered on Russian, Turkish, Palestinian Computers

Spyware made by the Tel Aviv-based hacking tool company Candiru has been found on several computers in Europe and the Middle East, the cybersecurity company ESET reported.

In their September report, ESET wrote that according to research published by Citizen Lab and the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center in July about Candiru’s DevilsTongue malware, it is „sold to third parties, which can abuse it to spy on various victims, including human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists, activists and politicians.“

29.09.2021 - 09:10 [ Mic.com ]

After a drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, Democratic senators want Biden to scrap the practice

It’s hard to know exactly how many civilians have been killed by drones. One analysis by Airwars, a harm monitoring group, estimated that at least 22,000 civilians have been killed based off the U.S. military’s assertion that it has conducted 100,000 airstrikes since 2001. However, the same analysis noted that the number could be as high as 48,000.

29.09.2021 - 08:57 [ Zachary Cohen, National security reporter @CNN / Twitter ]

Gen. McKenzie again says he is responsible for drone strike that killed 10 civilians but seems to defend decision to fire, citing similar intel for other successful strikes. Still a lot of questions about what transpired before strike, including civilian casualty estimates.

It happened in my area of responsibility, so I’m the responsible officer for that strike,” McKenzie said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

McKenzie said he was under “no pressure” and “no one in my chain of command below me was under any pressure to take that strike.”

29.09.2021 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from the Senate’s hearing on Afghanistan

Austin said military officials had discussed “a range of possibilities,” but no one planned for the possibility the Afghan government would collapse as quickly as it did.

“We certainly did not plan against a collapse of the government in 11 days,” Austin told lawmakers in response to a lawmaker question.

24.09.2021 - 15:10 [ Election Fodder / Twitter ]

What do you make of this? THE CYBER POLYGON EVENT WILL HAPPEN JULY 9TH, 2021 If the drill goes live like Event 201 did, then we may see a massive false flag cyber attack in August / September.

(Jul 4, 2021)

Consider backing up all your data to cold storage

22.09.2021 - 14:37 [ inshorts.com ]

FBI spied on Albert Einstein for 22 years until his death

The FBI started spying on renowned German-born scientist Albert Einstein when he moved to America in 1933, shortly before Adolf Hitler rose to power. Agents listened to the physicist’s phone calls and searched his mail and trash, suspecting he was a Soviet spy. The surveillance, totalling 1,800 pages, ended with Einstein’s death on April 18, 1955, with no supporting evidence.

20.09.2021 - 23:32 [ Christiane Amanpour, @CNN Chief International Anchor / Twitter ]

Exclusive: @EU_Commission President @vonderleyen reacts to the AUKUS fallout. “One of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable,” she tells me. “We want to know what happened and why.”

Full interview airs at 7pCET @CNNi
and tonight @PBS
(listings vary).

20.09.2021 - 17:31 [ Institution of Engineering and Technology - theiet.org ]

View from Washington: Aukus looms over AI and quantum

Then, some of the more notable consequences may be for the global research infrastructure, one that had become increasingly freewheeling since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Some familiar voices are already proclaiming Aukus as evidence of the ‘Brexit dividend’. Never mind the facts that technological collaboration between the three members is already taking place through the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (with New Zealand and Canada, both not part of this agreement);

20.09.2021 - 16:52 [ Economist.com ]

The strategic reverberations of the AUKUS deal will be big and lasting: A profound geopolitical shift is happening

After news of the AUKUS deal emerged, a German official called for “coherence and unity” among Western powers, which he said would require “a lot of effort” to bring about. France has concluded that it will struggle for fair treatment in the face of the reflexes of Anglophone allies to club together (the trilateral deal comes on top of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance that involves the same three countries plus Canada and New Zealand).

20.09.2021 - 16:28 [ theConversation.com ]

Undersea internet cables connect Pacific islands to the world. But geopolitical tension is tugging at the wires

The laying of undersea internet cables has become entwined with geopolitics.

20.09.2021 - 16:01 [ CNN ]

The global internet is powered by vast undersea cables. But they’re vulnerable.

(July 26, 2019)

Clatterbuck, the Seacom CEO, was skeptical about how much use tapping an undersea cable would be, pointing to the huge amounts of data passing through it every second, creating a huge hayfield in which to look for needles.
„If you wanted to spy on people would you put a giant microphone over the US and spy on everyone?“

19.09.2021 - 14:25 [ World Economic Forum ]

This map shows how undersea cables move internet traffic around the world

(24 Nov 2016)

Some worry about more sinister attacks. “Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict,” explained a recent New York Times piece.

19.09.2021 - 14:13 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

‘Deep and grave concerns’: French should have seen sub decision coming, PM says

Mr Dutton said the risk of the local power industry or internet banking being shut down by overseas actors was very real, arguing the agreement with Britain and America would boost Australia’s chances to retaliate.

19.09.2021 - 13:44 [ France 24 ]

PM Morrison rejects France’s accusation that Australia lied over cancelled submarine deal

„I think they would have had every reason to know that we had deep and grave concerns that the capability being delivered by the Attack Class submarine was not going to meet our strategic interests and we made very clear that we would be making a decision based on our strategic national interest,“ he told reporters in Sydney.

19.09.2021 - 13:25 [ Liz Truss / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Global Britain is planting its flag on the world stage

But freedoms need to be defended, so we are also building strong security ties around the world. That is why last week the Prime Minister announced, alongside our friends President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison, the creation of a new security partnership called AUKUS.

We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

19.09.2021 - 13:11 [ BBC ]

Aukus: French minister condemns US and Australia ‚lies‘ over security pact

The pact means Australia will become just the seventh nation in the world to operate nuclear-powered submarines. It will also see the allies share cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and other undersea technologies.

11.09.2021 - 16:15 [ 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.

10.09.2021 - 19:44 [ NBC News ]

‚A heavy price‘: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state

What Biden outlined was pointedly not an end to the post-9/11 era. Rather, it was a much narrower admission that an idea once shared by conservatives, liberals and foreign policy elites, including Biden himself — that the U.S. could use force to destroy other societies and then rebuild them in America’s image — had proved a failure. And it was an acknowledgment that the nature of warfare, not the enemy, has changed for the world’s pre-eminent superpower.

07.09.2021 - 20:13 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s ‘FBI’ Bought Israeli NSO’s Spyware Despite Knowledge of Rights Abuses, Report Says

It is unclear, however, what oversight was done on the actual usage and in what context the program was used, if at all.

The report, which is likely to cause a stir in Germany, adds that lawmakers are expected to be briefed about it later this week.

07.09.2021 - 20:05 [ Singapore News Live ]

Germany admits police used controversial Pegasus spyware, Europe News & Top Stories

The German government admitted on Tuesday (Sept 7) that its federal police service used controversial Israeli spyware known as Pegasus, parliamentary sources told AFP, drawing immediate criticism from rights groups.

07.09.2021 - 04:26 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Ben Rhodes‘ Book Proves Obama Officials‘ Lies, and His Own, About Edward Snowden and Russia

The memoir of Rhodes, now appropriately an MSNBC contributor, is an incredibly self-serving homage to himself that repeatedly attempts to demonstrate his own importance and accomplishments. The passage about Rhodes’ conduct regarding Snowden is very much aligned with those goals. While repeatedly emphasizing how traumatic the Snowden revelations were for the Obama administrations, Rhodes boasts of the crucial role he played in preventing Snowden from leaving Russia as the NSA whistleblower was desperately attempting to do so — exactly the opposite of what people like Rhodes and Hillary Clinton were telling the public about Snowden.

It is really beyond words how willing these people are to lie.

04.09.2021 - 18:48 [ France24 ]

Taliban celebratory gunfire turns deadly, Pakistan’s spy chief arrives in Afghanistan

Amid reports of intense fighting in the Panjshir, Pakistan’s powerful intelligence chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Saturday.

Hameed arrived in Kabul Saturday morning, leading a delegation of „senior Pakistani officials“, to discuss security, economic and trade issues, according to Pakistani media reports.

03.09.2021 - 20:21 [ Wired ]

Apple Backs Down on Its Controversial Photo-Scanning Plans

In August, Apple detailed several new features intended to stop the dissemination of child sexual abuse materials. The backlash from cryptographers to privacy advocates to Edward Snowden himself was near-instantaneous, largely tied to Apple’s decision not only to scan iCloud photos for CSAM, but to also check for matches on your iPhone or iPad. After weeks of sustained outcry, Apple is standing down. At least for now.

03.09.2021 - 14:44 [ Google News USA ]

„Abbey Gate“, Congress

(search results)

03.09.2021 - 13:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab will ‚investigate‘ claims that people were told to go to airport ahead of attack

(01.09.2021)

Chris Bryant then asks about reports that British officials told people to go to the airport on the very day of the terrorist attack.

Dominic Raab says the travel advice was changed the night before the attack, and people were told not to come to the airport. The team was shifted from the Barons Hotel through to the airport to protect them.

He says he saw the report and „I need to investigate it“, but doesn’t reject the possibility.

03.09.2021 - 13:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab’s answers to five questions from MPs

(01.09.2021)

The foreign secretary promised he would investigate a serious allegation that British officials told Afghans to proceed to the airport’s Abbey gate on Thursday last week, despite a specific warning that Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) was preparing a terror attack that day.

Nearly 200 people were killed in a double bombing at and near the gate used for the British evacuation – but BBC’s Newsnight has reported that Afghans were sent emails earlier that day asking, in one case, if they were “at the correct gate? Abbey gate”.

03.09.2021 - 13:36 [ uk.news.yahoo.com ]

Kabul Airport bombing: Two British citizens and child of British national killed in terror attack

(27.08.2021)

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the deaths on Friday. He added that a further two people were injured in the blast – an adult British national and an Afghan child with a British family.

“These were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists,” Mr Raab said.

03.09.2021 - 13:10 [ inews.co.uk ]

Afghan interpreter ‘told by UK to go to Abbey Gate’ before Kabul attack says ‘if I’d listened I’d be dead’

(01.09.2021)

“Please advise that you are at the correct gate? Abbey Gate on hawa on Shawasi Street,” one UK staff member wrote to the interpreter in an email seen by the BBC.

The interpreter decided not to go to Abbey Gate because he felt the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous and said that had he followed the advice he was given, he would “be no more”.

03.09.2021 - 12:21 [ theDrive.com ]

The Story Of The Mysterious White 727 That Appeared In Kabul After The Bombing Of Abbey Gate

While all-white airframes aren’t supposed to attract much attention, that paint scheme is also synonymous with clandestine operations, including „whitewashed“ aircraft often used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for low-profile operations abroad. With that reality in mind, keen observers keeping an eye on traffic at Hamid Karzai International rightfully started thinking this may be some CIA asset that was slipping in on a unique mission. It turns out, that wasn’t necessarily the case.

03.09.2021 - 11:59 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: UK embassy told Afghans to go to Abbey Gate before suicide attack

(01.09.2021)

Emails seen by Newsnight show that even though the UK and US deemed a threat to the airport to be imminent, the British embassy told people to „use the Abbey Gate [near] to the Baron Hotel“.

Almost 200 people were killed in the explosion, including two UK citizens.

The UK government said it was investigating the emails.

03.09.2021 - 11:55 [ Newstalkzb.co.nz ]

Auckland mayor: Frustration at suppression on details on LynnMall terrorist

It’s been revealed the perpetrator had been in court last month for planning an attack.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is frustrated about the details not able to be revealed just yet due to suppression that even the Prime Minister has to adhere by.

02.09.2021 - 17:04 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian Government Deploys Dirty Campaign Against the Left

The Democratic Pole senator Ivan Cepeda denounced that the government of President Ivan Duque, the ruling Democratic Center party, and the Colombian intelligence agencies are implementing smear campaigns against the “Historical Pact”, which is an electoral coalition made up of leftist parties and social movements.

02.09.2021 - 10:50 [ CBS News / Twitter ]

The Pentagon has announced an investigation into the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan. @CBS_Herridge explains how the probe will look into the judgment calls made as the Taliban gained momentum ahead of the military’s exit:

01.09.2021 - 13:16 [ theGuardian.com ]

Raab rejects US claims Britain indirectly to blame for Kabul attacks

(31.08.2021)

“We coordinated very closely with the US, in particular around the Isis-K threat, which we anticipated although tragically were not able to prevent, but it is certainly right to say we got our civilians out of the processing centre by Abbey gate, but it is just not true to suggest that other than securing our civilians inside the airport that we were pushing to leave the gate open.

“In fact, and let me just be clear about this, we were issuing changes to travel advice before the bomb attack took place and saying to people in the crowd, about which I was particularly concerned, that certainly UK nationals and anyone else should leave because of the risk.”

01.09.2021 - 13:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

US military ‚blames BRITAIN for making Kabul suicide attack death toll worse‘: Leaked Pentagon papers say airport gate had to be kept open for UK evacuees – as questions grow over how many were killed by panicked troops firing on civilians

(30.08.2021)

The British Ministry of Defence declined to respond to allegations they were to blame for keeping the gate open, but said in a statement: ‚Throughout Operation Pitting we have worked closely with the US to ensure the safe evacuation of thousands of people.

01.09.2021 - 12:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Report reveals US decision to keep open Kabul airport gate before attack

(30.08.2021)

The Pentagon criticised the leaking of the call details reported in Politico, telling the news website: “This story is based on the unlawful disclosure of classified information and internal deliberations of a sensitive nature.

“As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk. We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing.”

01.09.2021 - 12:32 [ Politico.com ]

Exclusive: Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion

(30.08.2021)

Commanders calling in from Kabul relayed that the Abbey Gate, where American citizens had been told to gather in order to gain entrance to the airport, was “highest risk,” and detailed their plans to protect the airport.

“I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said, according to the classified notes.

On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.

28.08.2021 - 12:43 [ theGuardian.com ]

All theories on origins of Covid-19 outbreak still ‘on the table’, says WHO

(25.08.2021)

“The current situation is that all of the hypotheses regarding to the origins of the virus are still on the table,” Michael Ryan, the head of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, in response to a question about the laboratory leak theory. “Some are more likely than others based on the current analysis, but all of those hypotheses require further elucidation and further inquiry and we will go and look where all of those leads take the WHO.”

28.08.2021 - 12:38 [ Washington Post ]

Biden receives inconclusive intelligence report on covid origins

The report falls short of concluding whether the coronavirus jumped from animal to human, or might have accidentally escaped from a lab in China

27.08.2021 - 17:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

Permanent War Advocates Exploit the Kabul Bombing to Demand More War

Glenn Greenwald analyzes the reactions to the horrific terror attack in Kabul this morning, and debunks the propagandistic talking points used by Deep State operatives and their media allies to push the US into indefinite war.

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ Cato Institute / Twitter ]

The War on Terror was an ill‐​defined campaign that eroded safeguards built into U.S. institutions, enhanced execute power, & gave federal agencies license to engage in torture & other crimes. “Reign of Terror” author @attackerman joins the @CatoPodcast …

27.08.2021 - 17:12 [ Elijah J. Magnier, Veteran War correspondent Lived for over 35 yrs in Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Sudan . / Twitter ]

The #Taliban are not angels. However, be aware of suicide attacks, assassinations et al because the „Islamic State“ #ISIS and the CIA are the two sides who benefit the most in destabilising #Afghanistan. /+

(25.08.2021)

27.08.2021 - 17:04 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria – the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon.

27.08.2021 - 17:00 [ Lucas Tomlinson / Twitter ]

“We’re probably going to have to go back in” to Afghanistan to get ISIS, former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta tells CNN

27.08.2021 - 16:51 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald weighs in on the media’s response to the Afghanistan withdrawal: “That is the political party to which the media is most loyal when it comes to foreign affairs … it’s the military, and the CIA.”

27.08.2021 - 02:37 [ AL Jazeera ]

Afghanistan: US, allies warn of ‘terror threat’ at Kabul airport

(26 Aug 2021)

The US Embassy in Kabul issued an alert advising US citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and said those already at the gates should leave immediately. It cited unspecified “security threats”.

The British Foreign Office issued a similar advisory, telling people in the area of the airport to “move away to a safe location”, adding, “There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also urged Australians and Afghans with a visa for Australia to leave the area, warning of a “very high threat of a terrorist attack” at the airport.

21.08.2021 - 14:51 [ Krystal Ball, Author of bestselling book: The Populist’s Guide to 2020 / Twitter ]

There are a million articles out right now with leaks from intel ghouls insisting that they tried to warn Biden that the Afghan Army would crumble immediately. This would suggest those articles should all be safely discarded as propaganda and bullshit.

21.08.2021 - 14:00 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The world’s dumbest fucking people (Media Matters liberals) are expressing bewilderment at my statement that CIA influences corporate media outlets like CNN (even though CNN employs former top CIA officials). If you don’t understand this basic fact about the US, you know nothing.

21.08.2021 - 13:42 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald talks to Tucker Carlson about the way the media and others have turned on Biden following the Afghanistan withdrawal

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

21.08.2021 - 12:34 [ Warren Gunnels, Majority Staff Director for Budget Chairman @SenSanders / Twitter ]

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and other defense contractors received $445.5 billion from the Pentagon this year alone. All of them have been convicted or reached settlements for misconduct. Fraud is the business model of the military industrial complex.

21.08.2021 - 12:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Petraeus‘ bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

(2.9.2015)

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness

21.08.2021 - 11:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

General David Petraeus tells Biden it was premature to leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda was always ‚going to come back‘ and the Afghan forces were ’not sustainable‘

– Petraeus commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped formulate ‚counterinsurgency‘ strategies
– He criticized Biden’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan in a New Yorker interview
– Disagreed with decision to pull out liaison, special forces trainers, contractors
– Said it began an epidemic of ’surrender‘ for the Afghans
– Called departure ‚premature‘ but didn’t say how much more time was needed
– Warned Al Qaeda could reemerge
– Acknowledged ‚overbuilt‘ nation-building aspects, but said it was necessary for a hand-off
– Biden said the U.S. could not fight when Afghans were unwilling to do so
– ‚To say that the Afghans won’t fight for their country needs an asterisk‘

21.08.2021 - 11:28 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Now, Justin Sink of Bloomberg.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You just said that you would keep a laser-focus on counterterrorism efforts and that you don’t see as great of a threat of terrorism from Afghanistan as other parts of the world. But if you and your administration so badly misassessed how quickly the Taliban would sweep through Afghanistan and we no longer have an embassy there from which to run intelligence operations, how can you at all be confident of your assessment of the risk of terrorism and the ability of the U.S. to conduct over-the-horizon missions to keep it in check? Can you tell Americans that they’re safe and will remain safe from terror attacks in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you’re comparing apples and oranges. One question was whether or not the Afghan forces we trained up would stay and fight in their own civil war they had going on.

No one — I shouldn’t say “no one” — the consensus was that it was highly unlikely that in 11 days they’d collapse and fall, and the leader of Afghanistan would flee the country.

20.08.2021 - 09:41 [ theHill.com ]

House Intel Committee to receive briefing on Afghanistan

The briefing, which is believed to be the first in-person meeting with lawmakers, comes as four separate congressional committees have pledged to conduct oversight efforts into the administration’s moves in withdrawing from Afghanistan.

20.08.2021 - 09:14 [ JM Rieger, Video Editor, The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley: “The intelligence clearly indicated that multiple scenarios were possible … there was nothing, that I or anyone else saw, that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.“

(18.08.2021)

20.08.2021 - 09:08 [ New York Post ]

‘Nothing I saw indicated a collapse of this government in 11 days’: Milley on Afghanistan

(18.08.2021)

“There was nothing that I saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.”

His comments came just one day after sources told the New York Times that US intelligence officials had been warning of a quick Taliban takeover in Afghanistan — even as President Biden was publicly downplaying the threat.

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

19.08.2021 - 18:25 [ Matt Karnitschnig / Twitter ]

German intelligence (BND) advised government last Friday that it was „unlikely“ the Taliban would take Kabul before September and that they had no interest in doing so, according to minutes of emergency meeting seen by Bild.

(18.08.2021)

18.08.2021 - 17:44 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani revealed to be in United Arab Emirates after fleeing ‘with helicopter full of cash’

A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, Nikita Ishchenko, was quoted as saying: “The collapse of the regime…is most eloquently characterised by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were filled with money, they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit.

Asked by the Associated Press about how he knew the details of Ghani’s departure, Mr Ishchenko said “well, we are working here,” without offering any more details.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

18.08.2021 - 10:26 [ Antiwar.com ]

Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over

Then there was also the US intelligence agencies, which must have been channeling Hemingway’s very words. Just 4 days ago they estimated that Kabul could fall in 90 days and then suddenly revised the figure to 72 hours.

But nothing could top the blinky Washington careerist who now sits in the big chair at Foggy Bottom:

“If there is a significant deterioration in security … I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”

– Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state.

Alas, it surely did. And now the same medieval brutes who were originally recruited and trained by the CIA in the 1980s and who ruled Afghanistan with a bloody reign of terror from 1996-2001, in fact, were in the president’s office within hours of Ghani’s flight. Except during the interim, the Grim Reaper of War had racked-up a horrendous butchers bill …

17.08.2021 - 13:44 [ CNN ]

Audit reveals Army’s trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

(August 23, 2016)

The audit, conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General, found that the Army erroneously made $2.8 trillion in adjustments in the third quarter of 2015 to its Army general fund – one of the main accounts used to fund the service. The error amount skyrocketed to $6.5 trillion for all of last year, the report said.

The June report, first disclosed by Reuters on Friday, found „unreliable“ data was used to prepare the financial statements, leading to the possibility that the Army’s finances were „materially misstated.“

17.08.2021 - 13:36 [ theFiscalTimes.com ]

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

(July 31, 2016)

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.

(…)

A further mystery is what happened to thousands of documents that should be on file but aren’t. The IG study found that DFAS “did not document or support why the Defense Departmental Reporting System . . . removed at least 16,513 of 1.3 million records during Q3 FY 2015.

17.08.2021 - 13:33 [ Salon.com ]

The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

(May 28, 2016)

Don’t for a moment imagine that the Pentagon’s growing list of secret programs and evasive budgetary maneuvers is accidental or simply a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Much of it is remarkably purposeful. By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything. An entrenched bureaucracy is determined not to provide information that might be used to bring its sprawling budget — and so the institution itself — under control.

17.08.2021 - 13:28 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

(March 17, 2015)

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

(…)

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.