Monthly Archives: August 2013

U.S. government’s $52.6 billion intelligence budget

The latest published leak from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lays bare classified details of the U.S. government’s $52.6 billion intelligence budget, and makes the first reference in any of the Snowden documents to a “groundbreaking” U.S. encryption-breaking effort targeted squarely … Continue reading

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Syria, Chemical weapons and lessons of Hans Blix

In 2002, Hans Blix of the UN could not find in WMD in 550 visits. Yet the US/Britain couldn’t wait.  In 2013, UN lead investigator is Åke Sellström in the #syria chemical weapons probes.  He said “conclusive findings..only after testing samples … Continue reading

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Feds Threaten Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service

Since shuttering his email service, which was used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Ladar Levison has been stuck in a Kafkaesque legal battle. He limited to what he can even say.  Levison posted a message about a government investigation that … Continue reading

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Amazon Received $600 Million CIA Computer Cloud Contract

CIA is going to pay Amazon to develop a spook computer cloud. According to the website “Quartz,” “Amazon is staffing up for its $600 million cloud for spooks”: You can now add “spymaster” to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s various titles. … Continue reading

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Syria Accused of chemical weapons use

No blister agents noted on the victims.  The blue lips are indicative of a cyanide based gas.  http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/video-and-images-of-victims-of-suspected-syrian-chemical-attack/?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=3&

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Egypt Civil War, 700 dead, 1000+ arrested last week.

Egyptian authorities rounded up more than 1,000 Islamists as the Muslim Brotherhood leadership defiantly called a week of nationwide protests starting on Saturday after a day of carnage. After Friday’s bloodshed in which more than 100 people died in clashes … Continue reading

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Ibrahim Al-Asiri’s unique bombmaking skills

The most dangerous terrorist in the world is Ibrahim al Asiri, the master bomb maker for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who is the subject of a story in this week’s TIME. He’s the brains behind the attempted assassination of … Continue reading

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