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NSA blackmailing revealed: “They went after antiwar groups. They went after NGOs like the Red Cross. They went after a few civil rights groups…”

While Edward Snowden continues to make nightly news on his whistleblowing of the National Security Agency, the original NSA whistleblower – ex intelligence analyst for the NSA, Russ Tice – has come out on the record again, this time accusing the NSA of systemic, unconstitutional blackmail of  top government officials, military officers and others.

“Okay. They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial. But they went after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of–heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Courtthat I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in theexecutive service that were part of the White House–their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. international–U.S. companies that that do international business, you know, business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs that–like the Red Cross, people like that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups. So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it. And in some cases, I literally was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff. And you know, when I said to [former MSNBC show host Keith] Olbermann, I said, my particular thing is high tech and you know, what’s going on is the other thing, which is the dragnet. The dragnet is what Mark Klein is talking about, the terrestrial dragnet. Well my specialty is outer space. I deal with satellites, and everything that goes in and out of space. I did my spying via space. So that’s how I found out about this.”

Among his allegations, Russ Tice also said that part of his job back in 2004 (1 year before he was dismissed by the NSA for pushing for more regulation) involved wiretapping Illinois Senator and current head-of-state Barack Obama.

Russ Tice’s information isn’t new, although no source associated with these allegations has had the credibility that he does up until now. Despite his allegations, Tice has received limited recognition from mainstream media outlets, with the exception of Fox News broadcaster Bill O’Reilly who attacked Tice’s credibiliy and suggested he should be jailed for treason.

Tice further went on to testify before Congress about electronic intelligence programs carried out illegally by the NSA, however committee members didn’t have the clearance to adequately review the program.

“This thing is incredible what NSA has done. They’ve basically turned themselves – in my opinion – into a rogue agency that has J Edgar Hoover capabilities on a monstrous scale on steroids.”

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via Washingtons Blog

Luxembourg prime minister exits after Espionage Scandal

Jean-Claude Juncker, 59 year old premier of Luxembourg bowed on Wenesday over revelations of multiple abuses, including the retention of large archives of political espionage collected during the cold war of various individuals.

Juncker, who has presided as the government of Luxembourg since 1995, has had an otherwise clean criminal record with no other prior convictions. The resignation comes on the heels of weeks of drama coming from the revelations leaked from an otherwise tight-knit security organization. Mr. Juncker dismissed the actions of his security service as a product of a lack of oversight on his part: “the intelligence service was not my top priority.”

“The list of dysfunctionalities, even of illegalities is long,” the report said.

 Mr. Juncker resigned at the face of increasing criticism from the opposition calling for a new election. Date of a new election has yet to be set.

via nytimes

Argentina President: NSA engaging in “economic espionage”

Among the critics of NSA’s recently revealed international surveillance networks, Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been one of the most vocal. Her doom-and-gloom response to the revelations has been a sentiment echoed across Latin America, particularly in Brazil. Kirchner has expressed severe concern on the nature of data the NSA has gathering, suggesting that much of it goes beyond that of law and order and rather falls into the domain of information that would help support and leverage the United States’ economic interests.

“Through it [PRISM], the NSA collected data on oil and military purchases from Venezuela, energy and narcotics from Mexico, and have mapped the movement of the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).”

The head of state expressed serious doubt on the integrity of the network, also remarking sarcasticly at the fact that despite all it’s technical supremacy, the US wasn’t able to know that Snowden wasn’t on the Bolivian plane crossing Europe.

“I got chills down my spine when I went back to Bolivia and saw that a fellow president (Evo Morales) had been detained for 13 hours as though he were a thief. I got chills down my spine when we discovered that they are spying on all of us through their intelligence services … and on the other hand, within our own country, I hear only silence.”

via juancole.com

Aussie police start using unmanned drones to spy on criminals

Southern Australian Police (SAPOL) have invested in multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with infrared cameras to patrol the skies and spy on suspected criminals. Four “off the shelf” quadcopters are already in the process of being purchased — small copters with mounted cameras.

Although civil groups have fervently complained about unmanned surveillance units, Police Minister Michael O’Brien has dispelled concerns

“UAVs represent a cost effective solution for a range of policing operations, especially in situations when using conventional aircraft is too dangerous or costly,” he said. ”They can be fitted with a variety of cameras, can be deployed in minutes, and can fly at heights that effectively make them inaudible from the ground.

The cost of UAVs (and associated training costs) have been estimated at approximately $200,000. O’Brien has dismissed claims from the Australian Council of Civil Liberties regarding the controversial privacy issues.

via theaustralian.com

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Obama: All nations engage in spying

In the face of mounting criticism over recently uncovered controversial surveillance tactics by the NSA, US president Barack Obama has defended the agency’s strategy by suggesting that all modern countries do the same thing.

“I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders. That’s how intelligence services operate,” Obama suggested.

The Guardian reported yesterday that over 35 diplomatic missions, including the Indian Embassy in the US, were the target of surveillance programs and espionage by the United States. French, Italian and Greek embassies were all targets as well.

“We should stipulate that every intelligence service not just ours, but every European intelligence service, every Asian intelligence service, wherever there’s an intelligence service here’s one thing that they’re going to be doing: They’re going to be trying to understand the world better, and what’s going on in world capitals around the world,” he said.

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