The National Security Agency (NSA) is a U.S. intelligence agency responsible for providing the United States government with encrypted communications (information assurance) and the reading of encrypted communications (signals intelligence) of other nations. The NSA also creates and maintains secure computer network operations for the U.S. Government and prepares for network warfare. Originating as a unit to decipher code communications in World War II, it was officially formed as the NSA by President Truman in 1952. Since then, it has become one of the largest of U.S. intelligence organizations in terms of personnel and budget, operating under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and reporting to the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA has been a matter of political controversy on several occasions in its short history. History Army predecessor Black Chamber Other so called Black Chambers were also found in Europe. Vietnam War
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Operation PaperclipOperation Paperclip was the Office of Strategic Services The Office of Strategic Services was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the wartime intelligence agency, and it was a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency... (OSS) program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany Nazi Germany , also known as the Third Reich , but officially called German Reich from 1933 to 1943 and Greater German Reich from 26 June 1943 onward, is the name commonly used to refer to the state of Germany from 1933 to 1945, when it was a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by... for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis... (1939–45). (JIOA), and in the context of the burgeoning Soviet–American Cold War and the UK Dr.
Scorecard: Will Obama Hit the Mark on Real NSA Reform?UPDATE: We've filled out the scorecard following the speech. More analysis to follow. Click to view image full-size. On Friday, President Barack Obama will announce changes and potential reforms he will make to the National Security Agency (NSA). What can we expect? We’ve compiled a list of common-sense fixes that the President could—and should—announce at his briefing on Friday. We’ll be scoring Obama’s presentation on Friday and we’ll let you know which, if any, of these reforms he supports. 1. We will publish a filled-out scorecard right after Obama’s speech on Friday.Homeland securityHomeland security is an American umbrella term referring to the national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the U.S. to terrorism, and minimize the damage from attacks that do occur. The term arose following a reorganization of many U.S. government agencies in 2003 to form the United States Department of Homeland Security after the September 11 attacks, and may be used to refer to the actions of that department, the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, or the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Homeland defense (HD) is the protection of U.S. territory, sovereignty, domestic population, and critical infrastructure against external threats and aggression. (Definition will be incorporated into JP 3-26 upon its approval). Not to be confused with AD. In the United States The George W. According to the U.S. The scope of homeland security includes:
NSA surveillance is ‘terrorism-lite’ — RT Op-EdgePublished time: November 09, 2013 10:13 Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach The NSA is creating a culture of fear, making people afraid of using their own phones, independent US journalist David Seaman told RT. Reports on one of America's biggest telecom companies getting millions every year from the CIA for allegedly getting access to its vast database of call records are a sign of the US turning into Orwellian surveillance state, where people are terrorized out of using their own electronic devices, he says. A draft UN resolution, authored by Germany and Brazil, that urges an end to global electronic espionage, is only a half-measure, one of the things “that sound good but don’t actually do anything,” Seaman says, adding that what’s needed is “real reform” in US intelligence data gathering. RT: Reports of the CIA paying one of the country's biggest phone companies for access to private records add a new dimension to what was previously known. AFP Photo / Jim Watson
"The Last North American Career Journalist"Al Giordano of Narconews has posted a brilliant and absolutely heartbreaking tribute to his friend and fellow authentic journalist, Gary Webb, here. One of the many goddamn shames about this tragedy is that Webb's death could come to overshadow his life and work. It's what happens with our slain heroes. Giordano does not question the verdict of suicide. An excerpt, but it deserves to be read as a whole: Gary never wrote with mere ink or pixels. Ruppert concludes: I am going to the funeral and I will be asking questions in Sacramento.
In Keeping Grip on Data Pipeline, Obama Does Little to Reassure IndustryPhoto WASHINGTON — Google, which briefly considered moving all of its computer servers out of the United States last year after learning how they had been penetrated by the , was looking for a public assurance from that the government would no longer secretly suck data from the company’s corner of the Internet cloud. Microsoft was listening to see if Mr. Obama would adopt a recommendation from his advisers that the government stop routinely stockpiling flaws in its Windows operating system, then using them to penetrate some foreign computer systems and, in rare cases, launch cyberattacks. Intel and computer security companies were eager to hear Mr. Obama embrace a commitment that the United States would never knowingly move to weaken encryption systems. They got none of that. Perhaps the most striking element of Mr. White House officials said that Mr. “The most interesting part of this speech was not how the president weighed individual privacy against the N.S.A.,” said Fred H. But as Mr.
Patriot ActThe USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. Its title is a ten-letter backronym (USA PATRIOT) that stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001". On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the "library records provision"), and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves"—individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups. Details From broad concern felt among Americans from both the September 11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax attacks, Congress rushed to pass legislation to strengthen security controls. Many provisions of the act were to sunset beginning December 31, 2005, approximately 4 years after its passage. Titles
Poll’s lesson for NSA: Show that surveillance programs actually combat terrorismThirteen percent of respondents opposed U.S. personnel carrying out such an act, and 23 percent had no opinion. In the poll of 1,000 people, conducted by YouGov from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, 31 percent said they would be willing to have the United States kill leaders of countries that harbor terrorists, even though such assassinations are prohibited under a presidential executive order. The poll noted that 39 percent opposed our government killing foreign leaders, while 30 percent had no opinion. On the Lawfare blog Thursday, Zegart wrote that her poll showed “Americans will give their government more leeway if they can be convinced counterterrorism tools are effective.” She said the poll indicated, however, that the National Security Agency had not demonstrated that its phone and Internet data-collection programs were “necessary to combat terrorism” as it tried to deal with recent disclosures based on documents released to journalists by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Specifically:
"A government 'op' that went wrong"There was a story a couple of days ago in The Salt Lake Tribune that deserves attention: Lawyer claims FBI informer linked to McVeigh bombing A Salt Lake City lawyer says an FBI informant who was an explosives expert might have trained accomplices of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a white supremacist compound. Attorney Jesse Trentadue says two teletypes sent by the FBI's director show that an informer had infiltrated a paramilitary training compound in Oklahoma known as Elohim City and was there in April 1995 when one of the bombing suspects allegedly called looking for co-conspirators. The name of the informant and caller are blacked out, but Trentadue suspects they are Andreas Strassmeir, a German national who he says was the weapons and explosives instructor at the compound, and McVeigh, who allegedly was trying to recruit accomplices two weeks before the bombing of the Alfred P. Jones continues: Was Strassmeir an agent provocateur? The bomb was never meant to explode.