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Vodafone – Secret Six

In Activism, Anonymous, ANT, Archive, ASIO, Australia, Bahrain, Big Brother, Big Data, CENTCOM, CIA, CYBERCOM, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, DEA, DOJ, EFF, Encryption, FBI, Five Eyes, FOI, FOIA, FRA, GCHQ, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Huawei, India, Indonesia, INSCOM, Internet, INTERPOL, Israel, Japan, Kenya, LAPD, leaksource, Mali, Mandela, NDAA, New Zealand, News, Norway, OPEC, Politics, PSYOP, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Snowden, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Surveillance, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, TAO, Technology, TrapWire, TSA, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Verizon on June 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Vodafone in all their magnificence and gorgeosity have shocked the monkey and released a “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” (here). At the request of little old Gardai.

Unfortunately they have upset the Department of Justice who are claiming that the information Vodafone released could ‘compromise national security and hinder investigation of  serious criminal activity’.

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The wonderful folk at Vodafone reveal in the report the surveillance practices of governments in 29 countries which it operates in, but stops short of disclosing details of data surveillance in Ireland.

One can only assume this is to thwart any recriminations, from spooks. Vodafone also point out in the release that reports from other operators can have inherent flaws…

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We have compared the statistical information we hold for our own operations in the two countries in question with the information recently published by other local operators in those countries. For some categories of agency and authority demand, the volumes involved seem closely comparable between Vodafone and other local operators, although as explained above, there is a significant risk of under or over-counting overlapping demands issued to multiple operators. Furthermore, it is also clear that certain categories of agency and authority demand have been omitted from local operators’ publications, either to comply with legal restrictions (in the case of Australia) or (in Germany) for reasons not disclosed to us.”

The Report chants the mantra “it is unlawful to disclose any information related to wiretapping or interception of the content of phone calls and messages including whether such capabilities exist.” but points that in 6 countries “authorities” have unfettered access and that the law either ‘obliges’ telecom operators to install direct access pipes, or allow governments to do so.

Vodafone further explain that these 6 un-named countries have “regimens” that could retaliate by imprisoning staff…who could that be? (read the .pdf)

However after reading through the lines and thinking about it for a few minutes…it’s not hard to narrow down the “6” countries. The graphic below from The Guardian’s Juliette Garside makes this a no brainer.

With all respect to the fantastic and marvellous work Law Enforcement do, it is important Telecommunication Companies are finally finding their own voice amongst the schrills and squawks that have become a hysterical mist of white noise…well done Vodafone.

 

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G20 – Tangible Outcomes Sydney 2014

In Activism, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, Apple, Archive, ASIO, Australia, Big Data, Brazil, Canada, Economy, Environment, Federal Reserve, Germany, Google, Greece, Indonesia, Internet, INTERPOL, Japan, Kenya, leaksource, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Mexico, Microsoft, Monsanto, Netherlands, New Zealand, News, Noam Chomsky, Pakistan, Palestine, Technology, UK, WikiLeaks on February 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

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Australia’s presidency of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors is nearing the end of its first official day. Already delegates meeting in Sydney have been urged to agree on a range of strategies, such as boosting global growth to cracking down on multinational companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax. But the high-powered summit comes as emerging nations are hurting as the US Federal Reserve begins to wind back its multi-billion dollar stimulus.

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7 EU Countries Create “Drone Club” to Compete with US/Israel

In Archive, Drones, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Military, Netherlands, Poland, Spain on November 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

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11/20/2013

EU Observer:

Seven EU countries have formed what France calls a “club” to produce military drones from 2020 onward.

The scheme was agreed in Brussels on Tuesday (19 November) at a meeting of the European Defence Agency (EDA), the EU’s defence think tank, by France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

The group-of-seven’s defence ministers signed a “letter of intent” tasking the EDA to draw up a study on joint production of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (Male) craft, which can be used to strike military targets or for surveillance of migrant boats in the Mediterranean Sea.

The EDA said in a press release that “the objective of this community is to exchange information as well as to identify and facilitate co-operation among member states which currently operate or plan to operate RPAS [Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems].”

The think tank’s director, Claude-France Arnould, noted: “In view of today’s constrained financial situation, this effort for defence must be fully efficient which implies co-operation and searching for synergies.”

Another EDA official, Peter Round, told media: “This is the starting pistol for us to be able to start work on a European RPAS.”

The French defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said: “If Europe hopes to maintain a strategic capability, countries must pool their capacities and actions in a pragmatic way.”

He called the group of seven a “club of drone-using countries.”

The EDA decision comes ahead of an EU summit on defence in December.

It also comes amid a raft of existing European drone projects.

Three European arms firms – France’s Dassualt, Franco-German firm Eads and Italy’s Finmeccanica – agreed in June to launch their own European drone programme.

France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland are working on what they call a “euro-Ucav,” or unmanned combat air vehicle, the Neuron, which made a test flight in December 2012.

France and the UK are working on a “stealth” drone called Telemos to fly in 2018.

On the civilian side, the European Commission is also developing drones to be used for surveillance in EU civilian airspace with Israel Aerospace Industries and with the Austrian-based firm, Diamond Airborne Sensing.

The EDA meeting on Tuesday saw eight EU states – Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – sign up to a second scheme, the “Joint Investment Programme on RPAS for Air Traffic Insertion,” to enable drones to fly alongside civilian planes.

Meanwhile, the EU’s new Male programme is designed to compete with Israeli and US arms firms.

Israel and the US make the vast majority of the world’s military drones and sell them to allies such as Germany, France, Italy and the UK.

Britain, according to a report filed by the UK defence ministry to the British parliament last month, used US-made “Reapers” to strike targets in Afghanistan 418 times since 2007.

The UN and robotics experts have voiced concerns about drone proliferation.

Noel Sharkey, a British scientist who advises the UK military, told this website last year that China has also developed a Male, the Pterodactyl, which it intends to sell worldwide.

But the concern has had little impact on a global drone market said by the US-based consultancy, the Teal Group, to be worth €5 billion a year and forecast to hit €9 billion by 2018.

The EDA meeting on Tuesday also called for “increased co-operation” by EU states on air-to-air refuelling, satellite communications and cyber defence.

Its press release noted, referring to EU states’ reliance on the US airforce in the Libya and Mali conflicts, that: “Recent operations have demonstrated an important European capability gap in this area [air refuelling].”

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