Wednesday, July 3, 2013

13-07-04 US and Egypt: Thoughts on the general draft for Independence Day

Celebrations of the July 3, 2013 Revolution in Tahrir (Independence) Square, Egypt

Occupy Tel Aviv Encampment, July 4th - the news from Egypt - the Egyptian military has deposed President Morsi, avoided any conflict with demonstrators.

This is the second revolution in Egypt in as many years. And both times the military was careful not to suppress popular demonstrations on behalf of the government that be. And in the latest round, the military is collaborating with the demonstrators.

The Egyptian military is also built on general draft.

Could one even imagine in the United States demonstrations of a scope, such as in Egypt, without brutal suppression?

With a standing army of professional, paid soldiers and no general draft, what is the chance of conduct by the US armed forces during civil unrest in the United States, similar to that of the Egyptian military?

So, on this July 4th, who is more "independent"? The Egyptian people, or the people of the United States???

13-07-03 NSA: PRISM data flow - as usual, FBI is in control

The Omnipotent: FBI Director Robert Mueller III

NSA, Benghazi, you name it, as usual, the Omnipotent is right there.  jz


"From the FBI's interception unit on the premises of private companies, the information is passed to one or more "customers" at the NSA, CIA or FBI."

Each target is assigned a case notation

The PRISM case notation format reflects the availability, confirmed by The Post's reporting, of real-time surveillance as well as stored content.
Depending on the provider, the NSA may receive live notifications when a target logs on or sends an e-mail, or may monitor a voice, text or voice chat as it happens (noted on the first slide as "Surveillance").

Searching the PRISM database

On April 5, according to this slide, there were 117,675 active surveillance targets in PRISM's counterterrorism database. The slide does not show how many other Internet users, and among them how many Americans, have their communications collected "incidentally" during surveillance of those targets.

13-07-03 NSA: UK in the lackey position, as usual...

British spy agency taps international phone, Internet traffic; shares with NSA

GCHQ sharing large volume of personal information - including recorded phone conversations, emails and Facebook posts - with the U.S. NSA, The Guardian reports, citing latest documents leaked by Edward Snowden; Snowden charged for espionage, theft.

Report: U.K. spies hacked foreign diplomats in 2009

Report by Guardian newspaper comes hours before delegates arrive for Britain's G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland on Monday.