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NYTimes NSA/GCHQ Redaction Fail

In Archive, GCHQ, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance on January 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

On Monday the New York Times published NSA and GCHQ documents on smartphone surveillance and failed to properly redact the slides, making it possible by highlighting, copying and pasting the text, to extract the information. In the NSA document the name of an NSA employee (Paula Kuruc), a Middle Eastern terrorist group the program was targeting (AQI Mosul Network), and details about the types of computer files the NSA found useful to extract information from, can be seen. In the GCHQ document the single redacted area reads, “Standalone TERRAIN for Initial Mobile Exploit – SSE/SMO/COMSAT access (Long term MVR for SSE).

A NYTimes spokeswoman blamed the mistake on a “production error,” and has since replaced the documents in properly redacted form. (1) (2)

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US Gov’t Allows Tech Companies/Communications Providers to Reveal More Details on National Security Orders

In Apple, Archive, DOJ, Facebook, FBI, Google, Microsoft, NSA, NSL, ODNI, Surveillance, Verizon, Yahoo on January 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

01/27/2014

The Department of Justice has announced a new deal with major tech companies and communications providers that will allow more disclosure about government data requests. The new reporting methods allow each company to publicly announce the number of FISA requests and national security letters it has received in a given year, as well as the total number of users affected. Both numbers will still have to be reported in bands of 250 or 1000. The deal also applies to phone companies.

“New Capability Orders”

There will be a delay of two years for data relating to the first order that is served on a company for a platform, product, or service (whether developed or acquired) for which the company has not previously received such an order, and that is designated by the government as a “New Capability Order” because disclosing it would reveal that the platform, product, or service is subject to previously undisclosed collection through FISA order. For example, a report published on July, 1, 2015, will not reflect data relating to any New Capability Order received during the period ending December, 31, 2014. Such data will be reflected in a report published on January, 1, 2017. After data about a New Capability Order has been published, that type of order will no longer be considered a New Capability Order, and the ordinary six-month delay will apply.

In response to the new reporting methods, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and LinkedIn have announced they are withdrawing their motion against the FISA court. In a joint statement, the companies said:

We filed our lawsuits because we believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive. We’re pleased the Department of Justice has agreed that we and other providers can disclose this information. While this is a very positive step, we’ll continue to encourage Congress to take additional steps to address all of the reforms we believe are needed.

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Justice.gov:

Joint Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on New Reporting Methods for National Security Orders

As indicated in the Justice Department’s filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the administration is acting to allow more detailed disclosures about the number of national security orders and requests issued to communications providers, and the number of customer accounts targeted under those orders and requests including the underlying legal authorities. Through these new reporting methods, communications providers will be permitted to disclose more information than ever before to their customers.

This action was directed by the President earlier this month in his speech on intelligence reforms. While this aggregate data was properly classified until today, the office of the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with other departments and agencies, has determined that the public interest in disclosing this information now outweighs the national security concerns that required its classification.

Permitting disclosure of this aggregate data resolves an important area of concern to communications providers and the public.  In the weeks ahead, additional steps must be taken in order to fully implement the reforms directed by the President.

The declassification reflects the Executive Branch’s continuing commitment to making information about the Government’s intelligence activities publicly available where appropriate and is consistent with ensuring the protection of the national security of the United States.

UPDATE 01/22/2014 Verizon Publishes First Ever Transparency Report on Law Enforcement/Government Data Requests

UPDATE 02/03/2014 Google/Microsoft/Yahoo/Facebook/Apple/LinkedIn Transparency Reports on FISA Requests/National Security Letters

UPDATE 02/20/2014 AT&T Publishes First Ever Transparency Report on Law Enforcement/Government Data Requests

Interpol Terrorism Conference – Sydney 2014

In 9/11, Activism, Archive, ASIO, CIA, DARPA, DEA, INTERPOL, leaksource, Politics, Shia Muslim, Surveillance, Syria, Tsarnaev, UK, USA, video, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

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More than 200 delegates from 60 countries are in Sydney for the convention.

They are sharing information and experiences on advances in bomb technology, cyber-terrorism and the threat posed by lone terrorists.

Also attending the conference is Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus who says stopping Australians leaving to fight in Syria is a priority.

“As you can appreciate we certainly wouldn’t be talking about specifics but there are a range of investigations we have underway into others who are looking to facilitate people to go into those conflict zones and they’re at various stages of progression but yes, there are other investigations underway and we continue to work very hard to ensure those people are brought to justice.”

Australian Attorney – General , George Brandis says that Australia is still a significant target for terror attacks.

“None of the intelligence that we are seeing suggests that the threat of terrorism is diminished and I think one of the many reasons why this very large number of senior officials is meeting in Sydney over these few days is because there is an acknowledgement that the need to counter terrorism remains, at both a national and international level, one of the most important priorities of law enforcement.”

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