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U.S. Tech Companies in Deep with Intelligence Agencies

The latest bold claims made in the US National Security Agency’s leaked PowerPoint presentation on its PRISM internet surveillance program suggest that the agency is able to monitor communications in realtime, despite earlier avid denials by tech companies.


The government may also be accessing much information without


Reporter May Face Criminal Charges for Reporting Classified Information

The government will use any and all information at its disposal to find journalist sources, as shown in The Washington Post‘s report this morning on a Department of Justice investigation into Fox News chief correspondent James Rosen, who may face criminal charges for reporting government secrets.

In June 2009, Rosen More…

N. Korean Launch Locations Discovered by Intelligence Agencies

U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have identified the launch zone on North Korea’s east coast where Pyongyang’s military is set to fire a salvo of missiles that risk being shot down by U.S. missile defenses in the region.

musudan Missile on Launcher

The North Koreans recently began fueling two road-mobile Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles


British Intelligence Installing Internet Spy Devices


U.K. intelligence agencies are planning to install surveillance ‘black boxes’ on phone networks and ISP servers that utilize deep packet inspection to monitor Web traffic—including Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, among others.

The U.K.’s Global Operations Security Control Centre. (Credit: Home Office)

The U.K.’s intelligence agencies are planning to install ‘black box’-style surveillance devices in


DOJ Document: Killing U.S. Citizens Legal


The United States can lawfully kill a U.S. citizen overseas if it determines the target is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or an associated group and poses an imminent threat to the United States, according to a Justice Department document published late Monday by NBC News.

The document defines “imminent


Defense Intelligence Agency Turbo-Charging Clandestine Operations

The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said.

The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been dominated for the past decade by the demands of two wars, into


Domestic Intelligence Products and Reporting Pervasive


DHS Intelligence products have become pervasive and widespread, they range from public access to top secret.

Public Intelligence

The Department of Homeland Security’s production of domestic intelligence has increased substantially over the last few years according to a brochure of “intelligence products” published last month by Cryptome. The 2012 DHS Intelligence Enterprise


Local Group Uncovers Secret Global Hawk Flights from Australia

global hawk

The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy drone missions from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh in South Australia from late 2001 until at least 2006.

The operations were detected by a group of Adelaide aviation historians who had a member monitoring aircraft radio frequencies 20 hours a day.



German Intelligence: Syria Swarming With “al-Qaeda”

German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This was revealed by the German government


Crop Pesticides Causing Lowered Intelligence

Pesticides, ubiquitous among not only the food supply but farms and homes worldwide, have been found to be creating lasting changes in overall brain structure — changes that have been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. Previously linked in scientific research to the massive obesity crisis, pesticides are now known


U.S. Intelligence, the Ruling Class

On April 4, 2012, I spoke on a panel discussion on National Security, Secrecy and Surveillance in New York City. The event was sponsored by the Open Society Foundations and the Government Accountability Project, and moderated by Steven Aftergood, the renowned editor of Secrecy News for the


France Seeks to Tame its Internal Intelligence Service

Last year French Socialist Party secretary-general Jean-Jacques Urvoas called for a reform of France’s intelligence sector (IOL 643) and he has stuck to his guns. In a new bill that will go before parliament in the coming months, Urvoas makes a number of proposals designed to make the intelligence services more


Mossads’ Platform for Spying on Iran

Israel is using Azerbaijan, a former soviet republic bordering Iran, as a base to spy on the regime in Tehran, the London Times reported Saturday.

The newspaper cited testimony from an anonymous Mossad agent, referred to only as Shimon.

“This is ground zero for intelligence work,” Shimon told The Times. “Our presence here is quiet,


Invasive Tracking Technology Contracted by Air Force

Don’t bother with the iris scanner or the fingerprinting machine. Leave the satellite-enabled locators and tell-tale scents back on the base, military manhunters. If an Air Force plan works out as planned, all you’ll need to track your prey is a single camera, snapping a few seconds of footage from far,


How Much Does the U.S. Spend on Intelligence

The annual cost of U.S. intelligence is public for the first time: just over $80 billion for 2010.

Figures released by the government Thursday show $27 billion goes to military intelligence and $53.1 billion covers the CIA and some of the other 16 intelligence agencies.

Steven Aftergood, a secrecy specialist at the Federation of American


Top Secret America

You are being watched, listened to and read

Check out this incredible report by the NY Times that gives an excellent detailed overview of the huge growth, since 9-11, of top secret government agencies and the companies that they work with.

After viewing the intro video check out the five links immediately above


U.S. Intelligence, Google Try Predicting the Future

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the


Expansion of Military Intelligence Role

From key appointments to proposed spending increases, the U.S. military is expanding its role and influence in American intelligence operations that once were the privy of civilian specialists. This mission creep on the part of generals and defense leaders has been embraced not only by the Obama administration but also by Democrats in the House


Obama Picks New Intelligence Chief

Yesterday, President Barack Obama selected retired Air Force Lt. General James R. Clapper Jr. as his nominee as the secret state’s new Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Obama heaped copious praise on the general in a Rose Garden appearance Saturday. “Jim is one of our nation’s most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals,” Obama said.


Military Seeks to Attack the Mind

The Air Force is looking to harness advances in bio-science so they can “degrade enemy performance and artificially overwhelm enemy cognitive abilities.” It’s all part of a $49 million dollar bio-research effort unveiled last month by the Air Force Research Lab’s “Human Effectiveness Directorate,” and it’s the latest in a series of out-there military ideas


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