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22.09.2022 - 18:30 [ financebuzz.com ]

U.S. Net Worth Statistics: The State of Wealth in 2022

For the fourth quarter of 2019, total wealth in the U.S. was $111.04 trillion.

22.09.2022 - 18:18 [ ons.gov.uk ]

Total wealth in Great Britain: April 2016 to March 2018

The total net wealth of private households in Great Britain was £14.6 trillion in April 2016 to March 2018, an increase of 13% in real terms from April 2014 to March 2016, mainly because of increases in private pension and net property wealth.

22.09.2022 - 17:50 [ admin.ch ]

Vermögensbilanz der privaten Haushalte

Copyright Bundesamt für Statistik

22.09.2022 - 17:41 [ 20min.ch ]

Schweizer Nationalbank: Dank Leitzinserhöhung könnte es wieder Zinsen aufs Sparkonto geben

Um die Inflation zu bekämpfen, erhöht die Nationalbank den Leitzins und beendet damit die Zeit der Negativzinsen

22.09.2022 - 17:26 [ Reuters ]

SNB to join 75 basis point hike club on Sept 22, inflation yet to peak – Reuters poll

The ECB, for its part, is due to take its key interest rates significantly higher.

22.09.2022 - 17:02 [ MarketWatch.com ]

Bank of England lifts rates by a half-point after 5-4 vote

The Bank of England decided to lift interest rates by a half-point to the highest level since 2008 in a contested decision, as the U.K. central bank joins peers across the globe in trying to bring inflation down by quelling demand.

The vote was 5-to-4 to bring rates to 2.25%, with three members calling for a 75-basis-point hike while one voted for a quarter-point increase. It was the seventh consecutive rate hike for the U.K. central bank.

22.09.2022 - 16:45 [ AZfamily.com ]

How the latest Fed rate hike will affect your credit card bill

Collectively, Americans have nearly $900 billion dollars in credit card debt, and if you carry a balance, your bill is about to get more expensive, as the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate for the fifth time this year. Currently, the average interest rate on a new credit card offer is more than 21%, according to LendingTree’s Matt Schulz. “You can expect that average to go up to over 22% in the next couple of months because banks don’t tend to waste a lot of time on raising rates when the Fed does,” Schulz said.

22.09.2022 - 16:28 [ ORF.at ]

Angst vor Schulden: US-Zinssprung mit weltweiten Folgen

Das Hauptproblem: Die hohen Zinssätze treiben den US-Dollar in die Höhe – zum Nachteil anderer Länder. Denn nicht nur Importe werden teurer, sondern auch die Bedienung von Krediten. Die straffe Geldpolitik der US-Notenbank bekommen daher vor allem einkommensschwächere Länder zu spüren, die sich während der Pandemie hoch verschuldet und ihre Kredite in US-Dollar aufgenommen haben – selbst aber keine Dollars verdienen.

11.09.2022 - 16:00 [ 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.

26.08.2022 - 12:17 [ Washington Post ]

Former security chief claims Twitter buried ‘egregious deficiencies’

The complaint from former head of security Peiter Zatko, a widely admired hacker known as “Mudge,” depicts Twitter as a chaotic and rudderless company beset by infighting, unable to properly protect its 238 million daily users including government agencies, heads of state and other influential public figures.

26.08.2022 - 12:05 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Schwere Vorwürfe an Twitter

Die 84 Seiten starke Beschwerde des Whistleblowers liegt nun bei der US-Börsenaufsicht Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), der Handelsbehörde Federal Trade Commission (FTC) und beim US-Justizministerium. Eine Fassung des Dokuments, die an den US-Kongress ging, wurde gestern teils geschwärzt von der Washington Post veröffentlicht.

Der als „Mudge“ bekannte Hacker Peiter Zatko wurde 2020 vom damaligen Twitter-Chef Jack Dorsey angestellt. Nach einem schweren Sicherheitsvorfall, bei dem die Twitter-Konten von Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos und anderen Prominenten gekapert wurden, sollte Zatko die Systeme des Kurznachrichtendienstes verbessern.

Ausrichten konnte Zatko jedoch offenbar nicht viel: Seine intern vorgebrachten Warnungen seien in den Wind geschlagen worden, zitiert die Washington Post mehrere ungenannte Insider.

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 - 08:16 [ AVM.de ]

Filterlisten für Internetseiten erstellen

Tragen Sie die Adressen der Internetseiten, deren Aufruf Sie verbieten bzw. erlauben wollen, in der jeweiligen Filterliste ein:

1. Klicken Sie in der Benutzeroberfläche der FRITZ!Box auf „Internet“.
2. Klicken Sie im Menü „Internet“ auf „Filter“.
3. Klicken Sie auf die Registerkarte „Listen“.
4. Klicken Sie neben der benötigten Liste auf den Link „bearbeiten“.
5. Tragen Sie die Internetadressen ohne Präfix wie http, https oder www in das Eingabefeld ein. Drücken Sie nach Eingabe jeder Adresse die Leertaste.

Beispiel:
poker.com xxx.com aggro.tv
Klicken Sie zum Speichern der Liste auf „Übernehmen“.

Jetzt sind die Filterlisten eingerichtet.

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

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)

20.06.2022 - 12:24 [ Erich Moechel / ORF.at ]

EU-Ministerrat als Trendsetter auf dem Überwachungsmarkt

Unter „Ѕignal Intelligence“ fällt zum Beispiel großangelegte Spionage gegen Kommunikationssatelliten – das ist die Kernaufgabe von NSA et al. Die dabei verwendeten technischen Plattformen und Methoden zur Analyse abgefangener Kommunikationen vor allem aus unfreundlich gesinnten Staaten werden nach dem Willen von Ministerrat und Kommission in näherer Zukunft anlasslos gegen sämtliche Kommunikationen der europäischen Zivilgesellschaft eingesetzt.

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.”

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 - 19:31 [ Thomas Steinmann, Redakteur Capital // Nittermet ]

Das Interessanteste daran ist, dass jemand aus dem BND (oder anderer Behörde) zum Thema #Marsalek plaudert – während die Bundesregierung dem Parlament keine einzige Frage beantwortet, weil Infos zu Marsalek und Austausch mit RUS „in besonders hohem Maße das Staatswohl berühren“

(03.06.2022)

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.

05.06.2022 - 18:39 [ Profil.at ]

Wirecard: Wie zwei Österreicher einen Milliardenkonzern in den Ruin führten

Tatsächlich brauchte es einen mutigen Journalisten, um den Wirecard-Skandal aufzudecken: Dan McCrum, der in der britischen „Financial Times“ ab 2015 Artikel zu fragwürdigen Geschäftspraktiken von Wirecard veröffentlichte. Das hatte für ihn zunächst schwerwiegende Folgen. McCrum hat darüber ein Buch veröffentlicht, profil hatte Gelegenheit, ihn zu interviewen.

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

31.03.2022 - 18:22 [ henrypp.org ]

simplewall

Features

– Simple interface without annoying pop ups
– Rules editor (create your own rules)
– Internal blocklist (block Windows spy / telemetry)

31.03.2022 - 18:14 [ WindowsCentral.com ]

One thing Microsoft didn’t discuss: Windows 11 privacy

(25 Jun 2021 )

In Microsoft’s Windows 11 blog post, the word „privacy“ doesn’t appear once in the copy, which doesn’t exactly bode well for its messaging. Windows 11 will force users to use a Microsoft Account in its free Home Edition, which already speaks of a business model where your data is the monetization engine. Even if you’re using the world’s best VPN, it’s not exactly going to protect your data from going directly to Microsoft if you’re signed in.

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.“

18.02.2022 - 07:22 [ MarketWatch.com ]

Canadian banks restrict funds to trucker protest groups

The trade group for Canada’s biggest banks on Wednesday said lenders will work to carry out an emergency order from the government to freeze bank accounts for truckers and their parent companies involved in illegal blockades to protest COVID-19 requirements.

The Canadian Bankers Association said its members will “diligently implement” measures laid out by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose 30-day suspensions of bank accounts associated with the protest.

18.02.2022 - 06:43 [ Ezra Levant / Twitter ]

Trudeau’s finance minister, who happens to be a director of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, tells Canadians she is spying on their every financial move.

Is Schwab trying to destabilize Canadian banks? I can’t think of anything that could destroy confidence in Canada faster.

11.02.2022 - 03:49 [ GlobalNews.ca ]

Ontario freezes funds from GiveSendGo trucker convoy fundraiser

Ivana Yelich said the order binding “any and all parties with possession or control over these donations” was issued Thursday afternoon. She cited a section of the Criminal Code that allows the attorney general to apply for a restraint order against any “offence-related property.”

21.08.2021 - 12:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 14:54 [ TaskAndPurpose.com ]

The US still can’t effectively track weapons and vehicles given to Afghan security forces

(Jul 14, 2020)

In the meantime, a 2016 analysis found that the Pentagon funneled some 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the start of the Global War on Terror. It is not known how many of those ended up in local weapons armories — and how many have simply gone missing since.

17.08.2021 - 13:55 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S.-Armee: Keine Belege über 6,5 Billionen Dollar Ausgaben

(28. August 2016)

Wie im Bericht des Generalinspekteurs dokumentiert ist, stellte bereits im Jahre 1991 der Rechnungshof des Kongresses (damals: „General Accounting Office“) „nicht unterstützte Anpassungen“ („unsupported adjustments“) in der Buchhaltung der U.S.-Armee fest. Es geschah nichts.

Ab 1996 verpflichteten die „Single Audit Act Amendments“ alle Ministerien der Regierung – also auch das Verteidigungsministerium und das ihm unterstellte Militär – gesetzlich dazu ihre Ausgaben auch zu belegen. Das passierte nicht.

In einem Bericht zum Finanzjahr 2008 versicherte dann die Army, „dass diese materielle Schwäche bis Ende des Finanzjahres 2011 korrigiert“ werde, durch ein angeblich bereits seit 1996 entwickeltes Buchhaltungssystem („General Fund Enterprise Business System“). Auch das passierte nicht.

In dem am 28. Oktober 2009 vom Kongress abgenickten Militärbudget für 2010 („National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010)“ wurde das Pentagon (abgekürzt DoD, „Department of Defense“) schließlich dazu verpflichtet,

„einen Plan zu entwickeln um zu verifizieren, dass die finanziellen Statements des DoD `bereit für die Überprüfung bereinigt wurden, bis spätestens zum 30. September 2017`“.

Das Auslaufen dieser in 2009 vom Kongress dem Militär abermals bis 2017 erstellten Vollmacht ein seit 1996 existierendes Gesetz zu brechen, dürfte dazu beigetragen haben, dass dieser Bericht des Generalinspekteurs vom Pentagon über die billionenschwere Veruntreuung allein in der U.S.-Army überhaupt erstellt werden konnte.

Als der Bericht schließlich am 26. Juli 2016 veröffentlicht wird, passiert nichts.

Kein populärer Abgeordneter, Journalist oder irgendeine Bürgerrechtsorganisation erwähnt diesen auch nur, geschweige denn eine der beiden Parteien („Demokraten“, „Republikaner“), oder gar deren Präsidentschaftskandidaten.

Am 11. August schließlich entdeckt „Counterpunch“ den Bericht und schlägt die Hände über dem Kopf zusammen. Nach und nach sickern die Informationen der Regierungsbehörde durch unabhängige Medien in die Öffentlichkeit, trotz hartnäckiger Ignoranz aller Verantwortlichen, Konzernmedien und jedweder etablierten „Opposition“.

Am 19. August schließlich „entdeckt“ die Nachrichtenagentur „Reuters“ den Bericht des Pentagon-Generalinspekteurs. Am 23. August heisst es bei „CNN“ und dessen „Experten“ für Nationale Sicherheit, „Reuters“ habe den seit fast einem Monat für alle auf der Webseite des Generalinspekteurs öffentlich zugänglichen Bericht „zuerst enthüllt“.

(…)

Im deutschsprachigen Raum erschienen zum aktuellen Bericht des Pentagon-Generalinspekteurs bislang ganze zwei Artikel, auf rechtsgerichteten bzw bedenklichen Webseiten. Informationsindustrie und Staatsmedien, „Opposition“, Bürgerrechtlicher, Linke / Scheinlinke, „Friedensbewegung“, etc, pp, ignorieren das Thema weiterhin.

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 - 13:28 [ 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.

17.08.2021 - 13:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

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Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

17.08.2021 - 11:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

Verbleib jeder dritter US-Waffe in Afghanistan rätselhaft

(12. Februar 2009)

Unsere Bundestagsabgeordneten sollten ihren Beschluss zum Afghanistaneinsatz auch unter diesen Aspekt noch einmal überprüfen und diesen endlich beenden, wenn sie ein Gewissen besitzen.

17.08.2021 - 11:31 [ CNN ]

Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing

(February 12, 2009)

The U.S. military failed to „maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — or about 36 percent — of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008,“ a U.S. Government Accountability Office report states. (…)

The military also failed to properly account for an additional 135,000 weapons it obtained for the Afghan forces from 21 other countries. (…)

The military is unable to provide serial numbers for 46,000 of the missing 87,000 weapons, the report concludes. No records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the other 41,000 weapons.

15.08.2021 - 15:22 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims

(30 May 2013)

Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.

By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.

15.08.2021 - 15:18 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Britain’s war in Afghanistan cost taxpayers £22bn, as final pullout underway

(08.06.2021)

And the final cost is likely to be even higher because the bill disclosed by Defence Minister James Heappey only counts cash from a special Whitehall pot for the conflict.

Revealing the cost in a written parliamentary answer, Mr Heappey said: “As at May 2021, the total cost of Operation Herrick to HM Treasury Special Reserve is £22.2billion.”

15.08.2021 - 15:02 [ Statista.com ]

UK military and civilian fatalities in Afghanistan 2001-2020

Published by D. Clark, Sep 21, 2020
Between UK October 2001 to March 2020 there have been 454 fatalities of military and civilians for the United Kingdom in Afghanistan under Operation Herrick. The years with the most fatalities were 2009 and 2010, with both years seeing more than a hundred deaths.

15.08.2021 - 13:38 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News ]

How Many People Has the U.S. Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

(April 3, 2018)

Costs of War and UNAMA have counted 36,754 civilian deaths up to the end of 2017. If these (extremely) passive reports represent 5 percent of total civilian deaths, as in Guatemala, the actual death toll would be about 735,000. If UNAMA has in fact eclipsed Guatemala’s previously unsurpassed record of undercounting civilian deaths and only counted 3 or 4 percent of actual deaths, then the real total could be as high as 1.23 million. If the ratio were only the same as originally found in Iraq in 2006 (14:1 – before Iraq Body Count revised its figures), it would be only 515,000.

Adding these figures to my estimate of Afghan combatants killed on both sides, we can make a rough estimate that about 875,000 Afghans have been killed since 2001, with a minimum of 640,000 and a maximum of 1.4 million.

15.08.2021 - 13:17 [ apnews.com ]

Costs of the Afghanistan war, in lives and dollars

American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.

U.S. contractors: 3,846.

Afghan national military and police: 66,000.

Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states: 1,144.

15.08.2021 - 12:50 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

The war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26 trillion, and the bill will keep rising even after last US troops leave

The two-decade war has cost the US $2.26 trillion, according to researchers at Brown University.
That analysis doesn’t include the costs of lifetime care for veterans or future interest on money the US borrowed for the war.

27.07.2021 - 07:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Let’s give pingdemic the boot: Boss of High Street chemist Boots calls for scheme to be scrapped as he reveals one in five stores now have half the usual staff

Sebastian James is one of the most prominent business leaders so far to speak out in support of the Daily Mail campaign to stop vital workers being compelled to isolate unnecessarily.

In an interview with the Mail, he revealed that staff absence rates have increased by 50 per cent throughout his chain’s 2,330 stores, which offer important pharmacy services to the public.

24.07.2021 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris is Ping-nocchio: PM’s claim being pinged meant you were five times more likely to have virus was based on data BEFORE vaccine… now he’s blasted as ‚deeply misleading‘

But the Public Health England research he cited was six months old and carried out before the vast majority of the public had been vaccinated against Covid.

It also involved only those who had been alerted by NHS Test and Trace as close contacts of positive cases.

The Prime Minister implied it covered the NHS Covid app, which had not been rolled out at the time. The app tends to be less reliable at identifying close contacts than Test and Trace and can ‚ping‘ people through walls.

21.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset fights Bennett’s proposal to let IDF and NSO Group track virus patients

(31 March 2020)

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.

20.02.2021 - 13:46 [ New York Times ]

Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

While it was unclear whether the Iranians would agree to join discussions, three people familiar with the internal debate said it was likely Iran would accept. The officials said Iran would probably be more open to a meeting with the European Union, where the United States was a guest or observer, rather than direct formal talks with Washington as a participant.

31.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Spiked ]

Lockdown has ravaged the working class

From the moment this disastrous policy was instigated, it became immediately apparent that we were not all in it together. In every single aspect of life, the working class has suffered most during lockdown. Worse still, over the course of the past year, class inequalities have grown wider and have become more entrenched. And yet, at each turn, left-wing lockdown lovers have demanded ever-more severe restrictions on people’s lives.

31.01.2021 - 20:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Social distancing may remain in place ALL YEAR: Graphs show how UK could see huge spike in deaths if restrictions are lifted too early as vaccine would have to be 85% effective to stop a surge in fatalities

Grim new graphs lay bare the dilemma facing Boris Johnson’s government as officials try to work out how to reopen the country without causing a third wave of coronavirus infections, as SAGE recommends keeping social distancing measures in place until 2022.