Saturday, December 21, 2013

13-12-22 US Mןic News of the Abuse; NM Cops and Cavities

Welcome to America:
N.M. woman billed $5,000 after cops order warrantless, 'redundant' cavity searches:
Government agents first subjected her to a strip-search. "Having found nothing," the suit contends, "Defendants next shackled Ms. Doe to an examining table and inserted a speculum into her vagina, performed a rectal exam on her, and conducted a bimanual cavity search of her vagina."

13-12-21 Obama is competitive...

13-12-21 US: Surge in popular resistance - Facebook art: Obama

13-12-21 GERMANY: Applebaum - my apartment was invaded

===13-12-21 GERMANY: Applebaum - my apartment was invaded===
Under the Patriot Act warrantless "sneak and peek" is permissible on US citizen in the Unied States.  Surely, US agencies could perpetrate it on a US citizen, who is a terror suspect, outside the United States.
This is from Deutsche Welle -  the equivalent of US Broadcast Services - more or less the official line!


Snowden ally Appelbaum claims his Berlin apartment was invaded

Jacob Appelbaum, a US Internet activist and one of the people with access to Edward Snowden's documents, has told a Berlin paper that his apartment was broken into, saying he suspected US involvement.
Jacob Appelbaum deivers a speech at the 29th Chaos Computer Congress of the German Chaos Computer Club, in Hamburg on 27.12.012. (Photo via Malte Christians/dpa)
Berlin resident and US national Jacob Appelbaum told Saturday's edition of the "Berliner Zeitung" daily that he believed he was under surveillance in the German capital. Appelbaum told the paper that somebody had broken into his apartment and used his computer in his absence.
"When I flew away for an appointment, I installed four alarm systems in my apartment," Appelbaum told the paper after discussing other situtations which he said made him feel uneasy. "When I returned, three of them had been turned off. The fourth, however, had registered that somebody was in my flat - although I'm the only one with a key. And some of my effects, whose positions I carefully note, were indeed askew. My computers had been turned on and off."
He told the Berliner Zeitung that his experiences in Berlin might at first appear to be coincidence, but said that "when you start keeping track, their frequency does become striking."
Appelbaum accused the US security services of practicing a policy of subversion or disruptiveness similar to that in the former Communist East Germany.
"The surveillance terrorizes people and supports the much more violent terror of the drone war," Appelbaum, who often draws a link between telecommunications surveillance and unmanned aircraft strikes in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, told the Berliner Zeitung.
Appelbaum moved to Berlin citing better privacy protection in Germany and saying he did not feel safe in the US after a series of airport detentions after trips abroad. The computer security researcher and hacker, a former WikiLeaks representative and spokesman and developer for the "Tor" free software network designed to provide online anonymity, is one of the few people with access to some of the data held by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
"Currently our communications infrastructure is set up in such a way that the authorities can chime in at any time," Appelbaum said. "The problem is that the NSA therefore always has access to the data. The appropriate approach would be to cut the budgets of the spy agencies and to control them better, furthermore the encryption of communication should be legally guaranteed and the Internet's infrastructure should be altered accordingly."
Snowden, formerly a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, went public in June with information about the organization's Internet and telephone espionage practices. Some of Snowden's leaked documents implicated other espionage bodies, not least Britain's GCHQ. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone was among the lines tapped, according to Snowden's information. Snowden is currently in Russia, having been granted temporary asylum in August.
In August in Berlin, Appelbaum delivered Edward Snowden's acceptance speech after he was awarded the biannual Whistleblower Prize by a group of NGOs.
msh/ph (AFP, dpa)

13-12-21 GERMANY: Jack Applebaum on surveillance: "A tactic of decomposition"

===GERMANY: Jack Applebaum on surveillance: "A tactic of decomposition"===
One of the more important people of our time.  Applebaum, renowned hacker, US citizen, resides in Berlin, since he does not feel safe in the US any longer.... It is part of the general role reversal, where Berlin now serves as capital of the "Free World"...

Jacob Appelbaum zur Überwachung: „Eine Taktik der Zersetzung“

Weiß, was es bedeutet, überwacht zu werden: Jacob Appelbaum.Der Internetaktivist Jacob Appelbaum gehört zu den wenigen Vertrauten von NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden. Im Gespräch schildert er, wie er in Berlin von den Geheimdiensten verfolgt wird –,23568638,25682272.html

The translation is by Google translate.
The internet activist Jacob Appelbaum is one of the few confidants of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden . In this interview he describes how he followed in Berlin by the intelligence services - and how their power might be broken .

Jacob Appelbaum is one of the few people who have access to the documents of the former NSA employee Edward Snowden . He is a close associate of the filmmaker Laura Poitras , to which Snowden applied first. In this interview he talks about his exile in Berlin, the power of the secret services and the struggle for freedom in the Internet age .

Mr. Appelbaum , now since a few months you live in Berlin. What brought you here?

The random . I was actually on the way to a human rights conference in Oslo. Just at that moment the first documents of Edward Snowden were published. As Laura Poitras was involved in the publications , it did not make sense to return to the United States.

The filmmaker is a friend of yours . You have been working with her on a documentary about the NSA and whistleblowers.


And now you're afraid to get in trouble with your entry into the U.S. ? They got already Wikileaks because of your activities to the attention of the U.S. intelligence community .

So far, the entry expired so that I was locked for hours without access to a lawyer and without justification in an interrogation room . I have taken away my papers and other personal belongings and was told , people like me were for the 11 September responsibility . Added to this is still the long-term surveillance, such as the FBI. Return to the Snowden revelations in the U.S., would have meant that the extent of this harassment would have increased even more .

About the person
Jacob Appelbaum is an American Internet activist and specialist in computer security. The 30 -year-old grew up in Northern California, but since the beginning of the revelations Snowden lives in Berlin and has applied for a residence permit in Germany . Filmmaker Laura Poitras , to which Snowden applied first, Appelbaum contacted for evaluation of the documents. The two previously worked on a documentary for monitoring.
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And now, you first want to stay in Berlin ?

I have long-standing connections to Berlin. I am working here in the Chaos Computer Club , know a lot of developers that deal with encryption and free software , and have stayed here many real friends - so no Facebook friends . In this regard, I feel comfortable here .

It sounds as if everything here perfectly .

The hype around Berlin I find rather daunting , I am not a " City - is " and no nationalist. Germany has, however, because of its recent history with two dictatorships a certain sensitivity , which citizens and civil liberties concerns .

But the U.S. intelligence agencies have their agents in Berlin. Stay for here unmolested ?

I can not say exactly . However, there happen many strange things . ( Appelbaum gets a red , A4 size notebook from his pocket and opens it . )

What's this?

In the notebook I write down what happens in unusual events in my home or around them. On 10 October , for example, two women trying to get into my apartment. They pretended the property management have given them for visiting a key because they wanted to rent the apartment. I called the property management - there you knew nothing about and had no key issued .

Jacob Appelbaum at the demonstration Freedom not fear for more privacy and anti-surveillance in Berlin ( 07.09.2013 ) .
Jacob Appelbaum at the demonstration "Freedom not Fear " for more privacy and anti-surveillance in Berlin ( 07.09.2013 ) .
Photo: Imago
And this could not have been simply a misunderstanding ?

Yes, but ten days later went back someone on the lock of the door to create , namely three clock in the morning. Six days later the same thing. On 11 November a visitor remarked that persons listed in front of the house, who here and goes out. Sometimes people walk on the roof around, but I 've been told that this is not unusual in Berlin ( laughs).

That's right, roof parties have here a certain tradition . What do you have listed ?

When I flew to an appointment , I installed previously four alarms in my apartment. When I came back , had been shut down three of them. The fourth had registered but that someone was in my apartment - even though only I have a key to her. In fact, were objects whose position I had noticed exactly been crazy. My computer was turned on and off .

This all seems strange.

Yes. Each of the incidents could be considered by itself , be a coincidence . But when one begins to keep a register , then drops one to the growing frequency . I think I have to do it with a form of monitoring that should look like random. That runs out on a tactic for which there is the German word " decomposition " and which is also known by the State Security of the GDR ago . They want to make me feel uncomfortable , let me know that one of me " care " while leaving no evidence as possible - as done it all just in my imagination when I was crazy or paranoid.

Are your family and friends affected by the monitoring ?

My mother was declared incompetent due to a mental illness and yet interrogated twice : They wanted to know about her , what role I would play at the unveiling of Wikileaks - which I have never talked to her. In Boston, the FBI interrogated a friend because the agents were convinced because of my motion data that I had given him the Wikileaks material. It was just a visit to a friend. In the U.S., I have no phone , most anyway no longer dare to call me . The monitoring pressure has ultimately destroyed my relationship with my girlfriend.

Your former partner was observed in her apartment with night vision devices.

Yes. Perhaps agents were just about to bug the house and wanted to see if she wakes up. Maybe they wanted it even intimidated. My girlfriend has this type of monitoring in any case traumatized sustainable. Such experiences do you bring to life. Jacobo Timerman , in his book "Prisoner Without a Name " by government intimidation methods that are far worse than the one that I experience . But I know what it means when he says : The pressure of the monitoring can be out the tenderness between people die.

You have studied long before the Snowden revelations with the surveillance state and built the Tor network on with , with which we can move forward without monitoring the Internet. How did it happen ?

I was repeatedly confronted with surveillance . A friend who stood up for animal rights , has been spied on by the FBI. And there were probably listened to all our phone calls even since 2002. Regardless of whether I worked for Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network, I was always under some form of surveillance. And I understood more and more what significance it may have , to oppose the monitoring. When I worked at Greenpeace , I then realized that we needed something like Tor . That was the starting point for me to participate in the development of anonymization software.

We now know the importance of the Tor network and other anonymizing and encryption techniques.

Yes. We would not be sitting here and talking about the surveillance mania of the NSA , if there were no gate, if it were not possible to encrypt e- mails with programs such as OpenPGP , and if you are not sure send with Off- the-Record Messaging News could . Without this free software Wikileaks would not have been possible and would have Edward Snowden had no chance . I want to stress, however, that it is in all these efforts not only for the freedom of the Internet. This is often misunderstood , as if we had net activists concerned only with the digital world.

What is your opinion?

It's about the freedom as such. And that's why it 's not about Internet censorship , but about the universal right to freedom of expression. It's about protecting our core values ​​against a totalitarian surveillance state - whether in analog or in the digital world . Lost we have when monitoring has become normality , as it were second nature to us .

What would that mean ?

I think it would be the end of all freedom. It would mean a whole new form of foreign control over our lives . Ten years ago we did not know to what extent we are monitored. One could say that our freedom at that time was an illusion , since we were already monitored at this time. But is much more frightening is that we start today in the knowledge of the monitoring for us to behave as in anticipatory obedience and always take into account in our actions , which could make us suspicious. And that leads me among other things, to the question of whether we will have a working public, a free press . Unfortunately, we can see the consequences of the total monitoring in journalism today.

But newspapers like the Guardian and the Washington Post report yet on the Snowden documents. You even evaluate it for the mirror.

Yes. But if you are the current pen Report looks at the United Nations , one will discover that approximately a quarter of U.S. journalists censored themselves or will not speak to their sources - and for fear of surveillance.

Look for signs that the Snowden revelations in the U.S. have an effect ?

General Keith Alexander . Photo: REUTERS
Check out some photos of NSA Director Keith Alexander to . He acts as if he did not get much sleep since the Snowden - revelations. I think the intelligence agencies are extremely concerned that the culture of impunity could end . An example : the director of national intelligence, Jamer Clapper said in May this year in a survey by Congressman , the NSA would not unlawful collect the telephone data of U.S. citizens. This statement turned out a little later than lie out - and this is precisely where I found the reaction of James Sensenbrenner interesting ...

Sensenbrenner was one of the initiators of the Patriot Act and thus designed the foundation for many monitoring programs.

Yes. If Sensenbrenner now publicly announced Clapper should be fired or even prosecuted , because he lied to the Congress , which is a very important signal. The political caste in the U.S. will have to sacrifice someone - and the secret service are terrified that they could meet and they go to jail before they get Edward Snowden in the fingers . We need to end the culture of impunity that intelligence may not operate longer in a legal vacuum .

How could the power of the intelligence agencies are effectively restricted because ?

Currently our communications infrastructure is applied to the fact that authorities may at any time engage for monitoring. The problem is that this always has the NSA access to the data. For example, in Germany , when the grand coalition introduces the retention, in which all Internet connections are stored , this means : More data for the NSA , it can also store unlimited in stock. The opposite way would be to cut the budgets of intelligence agencies and to better control , also encrypt the communication would be to lay down the law and establish an appropriate infrastructure . Techniques that work without encryption could be heavily taxed . Developers of free software that develop encryption technology , on the other hand should be able to benefit from tax relief . You do something for the community.

It seems unrealistic that such an encryption of the communication could be politically enforced. Experience shows that the latest when an administration has invoked the danger of terrorism , civil rights come under the wheels.

You are right, the word " terrorism " is ultimately the justification of monitoring. However, this monitoring has not led to greater success against terror and represents a disproportionate investment dar. Viewed objectively , we see that the opposite is true : The monitoring is based on terror .

Why do you think that the monitoring is used to terror?

The idea of terror based on the fact that it is violence outside the law . Take the Iraq war , in which more than one hundred thousand civilians died : He was held outside the law . I was in Iraq in 2005 and have seen that this war for ordinary Iraqis meant the naked terror. They said goodbye in the morning from their wives to go to work, and did not know if they would come back in the evening. The monitoring technology has allowed this terror only . It provided , inter alia, information for military strikes by drones.

Commonly distinguished between an army and terrorist groups .

The idea that war is not a terrorist , just because it takes place than terrorism on a much grander scale, not for me to understand . Remember once the drones the U.S. war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which not only many civilians die. I think that one has to ask itself whether this drone war is not also a form of terror. The monitoring terrorized people and supports the much more powerful terror drone wars. We need to change these things , while we still have to the democratic possibilities .

That sounds very pessimistic.

Oh no . We should never give up our hope. Hope to have is a question of dignity. I grew up in the 80s . For me there were still a time in which I have lived without total surveillance. About ten years ago changed that now there are people who have lived only in total surveillance - and never know anything else, if we do not curbing such trends . I could say , I belong to the last generation born in freedom . But I am convinced that every generation - our and all after us - has the ability to roll back the surveillance state to regain freedom. We must never be persuaded , we would have no means to act . We decide every day anew . This Start - Can is the basis for our freedom.

The interview was conducted by Jonas rest and Christian Schlüter.

13-12-21 New FBI Director James Comey, Jr.has asserted his position as the new Omnipotent!

Noted with interest:

Anything to do with FBI and the US Attorney Office in Boston is corrupt... the stories go back decades. There is some overlap or ambiguity in distinction between FBI and Irish organized crime there...
Therefore, the Obamacare/heroin story from Boston is doubly interesting: FBI coming out against Obamacare...  
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New FBI Director James Comey, Jr.has asserted his position as the new Omnipotent!

13-12-21 Year-end report - thanks to Facebook!

A good portion of the items were not posted by me. You guest as good as anybody's!

  1. Equal Justice for All, and End the Tycoons' Rule. Friendly Jewiish-Arab celebration, the large police presence was ignored. Bliue and White, Red, Green, Rainbow, Red and Black flags joined together in the fight for social justice. The signs are in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian...
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  2. === 13-07-04 US and Egypt: Thoughts on the general draft for Independence Day===
    Occupy Tel Aviv Encampment, July 4th - the news from Egypt - the Egyptian military has deposed President Morsi, avoided any conflict with demonstrators.

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  3. ===13-07-31 Bradley Manning Found Guilty On Most Counts, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy' -- Faces Over 100 Years in Prison===

    Alex Kane, AlterNet

    The military intelligence analyst was found not guilty on the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy," but was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act. READ MORE»
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  4. ===13-08-04 Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning - please join the petition===
    It would be the least we can do to right the wrong done to Manning... and to balance the disgraceful prize awarded to Obama. jz

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  5. ===Berlin: Looking for connections with Anonymous, Computer Chaos Club, Human Rights activists===
    It is Saturday, so I got a couple of days to rest and get myself grounded, but Monday I got to start working... Came here to seek protection against retaliation by the Israeli and US governments, following my reports of large-scale fraud in the computer systems of courts and prisons of both nations......
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  6. Cleaning up my camera card, I found these pics, taken on September 30, 2013, on Hohenzollern strasse.
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  7. ===13-10-31 ISRAEL: Congratulations! "Chief Clerk" of the Supreme Court resigned!===
    [Pics] Asher Grunis, Dorit Beinisch, Aharon Barak - under their tenure as Presiding Justices of the Israeli Supreme Court, the justice system in Israel exp...See More
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    ===TRASH PARTY===
    ~Because when they pile on us garbage, it is a cause for celebration~
    Given conditions in Occupy Tel Aviv camp, I informed city-hall today of my intention to launch a new line of dance parties: "Trash ...See More
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  9. ===13-11-12 Occupy Tel Aviv: Trash roll! // מאהל המחאה: מצבת הזבל!===
    Since we announced the launching of the Tel-Aviv: Trash Party line, city-hall has become much more attentive.
    Today we received two "new" green garbage containers!
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  10. ===13-12-14 Occupy Tel Aviv - Major rain storm// מאהל המחאה לאחר הסערה===
    English abstract:
    Folloing a major rain storm; many of the people were evacuated by Israeli MDA (Red Cross equivalent)' others by themselves/
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  11. ===13-12-20 Winter at Occupy Tel Aviv camp===
    No electricity for months, but it makes it romantic... 
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    Happy New Year