It has been a minute since I posted. I was moving… Had a blizzard and my Car broke down.
There has been a ton of information about the NSA recently. Have only minutes to do this… It crosses my mind some of what they supposedly can do might be propaganda to make Russia and China etc… Believe we can do it.
Running list of NSA capabilities
“It can track the numbers of both parties on a phone call, as well location, time and duration. (More)
It can hack Chinese phones and text messages. (More)
It can set up fake internet cafes. (More)
It can spy on foreign leaders’ cell phones. (More)
It can tap underwater fiber-optic cables. (More)
It can track communication within media organizations like Al Jazeera. (More)
It can hack into the UN video conferencing system. (More)
It can track bank transactions. (More)
It can monitor text messages. (More)
It can access your email, chat, and web browsing history. (More)
It can map your social networks. (More)
It can access your smartphone app data. (More)
It is trying to get into secret networks like Tor, diverting users to less secure channels. (More)
It can go undercover within embassies to have closer access to foreign networks. (More)
It can set up listening posts on the roofs of buildings to monitor communications in a city. (More)
It can set up a fake LinkedIn. (More)
It can track the reservations at upscale hotels. (More)
It can intercept the talking points for Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with Obama. (More)
It can crack cellphone encryption codes. (More)
It can hack computers that aren’t connected to the internet using radio waves. (More)
It can intercept phone calls by setting up fake base stations. (More)
It can remotely access a computer by setting up a fake wireless connection. (More)
It can install fake SIM cards to then control a cell phone. (More)
It can fake a USB thumb drive that’s actually a monitoring device. (More)
It can crack all types of sophisticated computer encryption. (Update: It is trying to build this capability.) (More)
It can go into online games and monitor communication. (More)
It can intercept communications between aircraft and airports. (More)
(Update) It can physically intercept deliveries, open packages, and make changes to devices. (More) (h/t)”
Again .. This is what we know of. It is most likely 1/100th of what they can do.
NSA stealing your text messages
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their contacts – is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.
The NSA program, codenamed Dishfire, collects “pretty much everything it can”, according to GCHQ documents, rather than merely storing the communications of existing surveillance targets.
The NSA has made extensive use of its vast text message database to extract information on people’s travel plans, contact books, financial transactions and more – including of individuals under no suspicion of illegal activity.
An agency presentation from 2011 – subtitled “SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit” – reveals the program collected an average of 194 million text messages a day in April of that year. In addition to storing the messages themselves, a further program known as “Prefer” conducted automated analysis on the untargeted communications. ”
Secret war being fought in 135 Countries worldwide and counting
This is almost more scary to me then the NSA disclosures… Either way it should give you chills up and down your spine.
They operate in the green glow of night vision in Southwest Asia and stalk through the jungles of South America. They snatch men from their homes in the Maghreb and shoot it out with heavily armed militants in the Horn of Africa. They feel the salty spray while skimming over the tops of waves from the turquoise Caribbean to the deep blue Pacific. They conduct missions in the oppressive heat of Middle Eastern deserts and the deep freeze of Scandinavia. All over the planet, the Obama administration is waging a secret war whose full extent has never been fully revealed — until now.
Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, from their numbers to their budget. Most telling, however, has been the exponential rise in special ops deployments globally. This presence — now, in nearly 70% of the world’s nations — provides new evidence of the size and scope of a secret war being waged from Latin America to the backlands of Afghanistan, from training missions with African allies to information operations launched in cyberspace.
In the waning days of the Bush presidency, Special Operations forces were reportedly deployed in about 60 countries around the world. By 2010, that number had swelled to 75, according to Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post. In 2011, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told TomDispatch that the total would reach 120. Today, that figure has risen higher still.
In 2013, elite U.S. forces were deployed in 134 countries around the globe, according to Major Matthew Robert Bockholt of SOCOM Public Affairs. This 123% increase during the Obama years demonstrates how, in addition to conventional wars and a CIA drone campaign, public diplomacy and extensive electronic spying, the U.S. has engaged in still another significant and growing form of overseas power projection. Conducted largely in the shadows by America’s most elite troops, the vast majority of these missions take place far from prying eyes, media scrutiny, or any type of outside oversight, increasing the chances of unforeseen blowback and catastrophic consequences.
Formally established in 1987, Special Operations Command has grown steadily in the post-9/11 era. SOCOM is reportedly on track to reach 72,000 personnel in 2014, up from 33,000 in 2001. Funding for the command has also jumped exponentially as its baseline budget, $2.3 billion in 2001, hit $6.9 billion in 2013 ($10.4 billion, if you add in supplemental funding). Personnel deployments abroad have skyrocketed, too, from 4,900 “man-years” in 2001 to 11,500 in 2013.
A recent investigation by TomDispatch, using open source government documents and news releases as well as press reports, found evidence that U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in or involved with the militaries of 106 nations around the world in 2012-2013. For more than a month during the preparation of that article, however, SOCOM failed to provide accurate statistics on the total number of countries to which special operators — Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force commandos, specialized helicopter crews, boat teams, and civil affairs personnel — were deployed. “We don’t just keep it on hand,” SOCOM’s Bockholt explained in a telephone interview once the article had been filed. “We have to go searching through stuff. It takes a long time to do that.” Hours later, just prior to publication, he provided an answer to a question I first asked in November of last year. “SOF [Special Operations forces] were deployed to 134 countries” during fiscal year 2013, Bockholt explained in an email.”
What can possibly go wrong?
Have to run.. Stay informed. Be wary. Protect yourself from Govt intrusion by any means available. This is advice for everyone including and most specifically for those doing nothing wrong.
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