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Tech Companies Reveal Info On Gov’t Data Requests [Video]

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American tech firms joined Verizon Wireless in releasing their most detailed reports yet on the US government’s information requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which, in part, governs the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection programs revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden.

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, MIcrosoft and LinkedIn released the number of government requests for data between January and June 2013, affecting between 250 and nearly 31,000 accounts. Yahoo had the highest number of accounts requested, with LinkedIn having the least. RT’s Ameera David takes a closer look at the numbers behind the FISA requests of social media accounts.

Shepard Ambellas ~ U.S. Government Asked Google To Remove Over 4000 Posts Containing Political Content In 2013

intellihub December 19 2013

How long will it be before all independent information channels are shut down?

ASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — In a massive push to transform what’s left of America into a slave nation, the Obama Administration has somehow managed to ignore the U.S. Constitution, dropping the hammer on futile Americans. Soon enough, we will all be living in a world of sh*t as they say. After all, why would our omnipotent leader allow truths to be told publicly on the internet as they may damage the oppressor’s image.

Never mind the lies Obama and his staffers have already told to the people or the billions of dollars in bailout moneys he divvied up amongst his corporate cronies–rest assured the man is truly devilish to the very core. And now, the current administration has simply taken it too far. Although, this time a lot is at stake.

In the first half of 1013 alone, Google was asked by the U.S. Government to remove 3,846 various Internet posts containing political reference–a 68% increase over the last half of 2012.

Dominic Rushe wrote for the Guardian:

“Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content. Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes,” Susan Infantino, legal director, said in a blogpost.

“These officials often cite defamation, privacy and even copyright laws in attempts to remove political speech from our services. In this particular reporting period, we received 93 requests to take down government criticism and removed content in response to less than one-third of them. Four of the requests were submitted as copyright claims,” she said.

The recent spike in requests shows that the U.S. Government is indeed losing the “information war” as Hilary Clinton previously mentioned and is currently pushing forth, utilizing all means available to head off detrimental information incompatible to the current administration.

Coincidentally, Intelihub News suffered an attack on one of our 3rd party dedicated servers a few weeks back, causing us to lose nearly 5 months of data along with backups, including articles deemed damaging to the establishment. A forensic investigation into the matter is currently underway and the results will be shared publicly when the findings are compiled.

While the U.S. is second to Turkey in regards to takedown requests issued to Google, the future of journalism and our free speech remains threatened like never before. Now more than ever, we the people need to get information like this out to the masses before all channels are shutdown, leaving us alone in the dark.

Julie Wilson ~ Facebook Succumbs To 38,000 Government Requests For User Info In 2013

Infowars.com  August 27 2013

Facebook has released statistics revealing how often the government requests information on its users. During the first half of this year, Facebook released information on approximately 38,000 users in 74 countries.

Photo: Duncan Hull via Flickr

Half of the requests originated from government officials inside the United States. The numbers are not exact because the government prohibits companies from “revealing how many times they’ve been ordered to turn over information about their customers,” reported AP.

Google and Microsoft released similar data in June exposing thousands of requests from government officials during the second half of 2012.

Facebook answered about 10,000 government requests during the last six months of 2012 affecting the accounts of roughly 20,000 people, reported Fox News.

In June, Facebook was accused of providing the NSA direct access to the company’s servers through the PRISM program, but Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, denied even knowing of the program.

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NSA Paid Millions To Internet Companies To Cover Surveillance Program Costs

RT  August 23 2013

This undated handout image received 25 January, 2006 shows the National Security Agency(NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. (AFP Photo)

Top-secret national security documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper reveal that the United States government compensated the tech companies that signed on to participate in the controversial NSA spy program known as Prism.

The Guardian published on Friday new documentation attributed to former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in which it’s suggested that the US National Security Agency spent millions of dollars making sure the biggest names on the Internet were kept compliant with an international surveillance program disclosed by the leaker earlier this year.

According to the paperwork provided by Snowden and discussed by the Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill on Friday, the NSA emptied millions of dollars on ensuring Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook were able to share information sent over the Web with the federal government.

The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA,” wrote MacAskill.

The Guardian article cites a top-secret NSA document from December 2012 in which the agency said through a newsletter that it spent millions to keep the tech companies cooperating with the government after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that it was a violation of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment to be collecting purely domestic communications through the Prism program.

Last year’s problems resulted in multiple extensions to the certifications’ expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for Prism providers to implement each successive extension – costs covered by Special Source Operations,” it reads in part.

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Susan Duclos ~ Internet Traffic Plunges 40% After 5 Minute Google Outage (Video)

BIN August 18 2013

Global Internet traffic plunged by approximately 40 percent after Google services suffered a complete black-out Friday night, showing clearly just how much of grip Google holds on the internet worldwide.

According to Sky News Online, Google has refused to provide additional information on why their services, from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube, went dark, but web analytics firm GoSquared, confirms that the one-to-five minute outage occurred and caused the 40 percent plunge in worldwide Internet traffic. Continue reading

Google Experimenting With Anti-NSA Encryption

EndtheLie.com July 18 2013

The privacy protection initiative remains in the experimental phase, but could comfort customers shaken by the revelation that the National Security Agency has a policy of indiscriminately pulling millions of communication records. Google, according to the CNET report that first revealed the testing, already encrypts a small percentage of Google Drive files.

The current testing is reportedly examining whether it would be possible to encrypt data stored in the Google cloud service as well as Google Drive.

There are lots of things this could mean: if Google encrypts the files but retains the keys, it would mean that any government spying would be more visible within the company, since it would require the government requesting access to the keys before it could snoop on users,” wrote technology journalist Cory Doctorow.

On the other hand, it might mean that Google would encrypt its files in a way that even it can’t encrypt it – called ‘zero-knowledge encryption’ – which would be much more robust against spying.”

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Steve Watson ~ Sheeple Waking Up To NSA Spying: Privacy Search Engines Booming

InfoWars June 20 2013

Google shares a shady past with the NSA

The NSA PRISM spying scandal has engulfed practically every major online company, and despite blanket denials of involvement from the likes of Google, Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft, alternative privacy oriented internet tools have seen a huge boost in traffic as web users are ditching the giants that apparently aided government snoopers.

As The Guardian revealed a fortnight ago, leaked NSA material claimed that the spy agency has direct access to the servers of nine companies – Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, Apple, Skype, PalTalk, YouTube, Facebook and Google.

The consensus from the heads of the tech companies was summed up by the claim that “If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge.”

As a direct result of the revelations, privacy-focused alternatives to the tools most people use to chat, search, and store data online have seen a huge spike in users.

Search engine DuckDuckGo, for example, which markets itself with the strap lines “Stop Watching us” and “Google tracks you, we don’t”, has seen record traffic in the wake of the scandal.

As reported by Search Engine Watch, since the PRISM news broke, nearly every day has been a record search day for DuckDuckGo. Earlier this week, the search engine broke 3 million searches for the first time, almost double its pre-PRISM daily search totals.

The search engine company says that it refuses to store personally identifiable information on its servers, where as Google, Bing and Yahoo do store the information for up to 18 months, regardless of whether the user is logged in to the site or not.

“That aspect of our site has been more attractive to a growing portion of users,” CEO Gabriel Weinberg tells TIME. “It was pretty creepy when you think about how much the search engine actually knows about you because it’s arguably the most personal set of data that you share on the Internet.”

Weinberg says that in just eight days, DuckDuckGo went from an average of 2 million searches to pass 3 million searches.

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Mike Adams ~ Skynet Rising: Google Acquires 512-Qubit Quantum Computer; NSA Surveillance To Be Turned Over To AI Machines

NaturalNews June 20 2013

Most people don’t know about the existence of quantum computers. Almost no one understands how they work, but theories include bizarre-sounding explanations like, “they reach into alternate universes to derive the correct answers to highly complex computational problems.”

Quantum computers are not made of simple transistors and logic gates like the CPU on your PC. They don’t even function in ways that seem rational to a typical computing engineer. Almost magically, quantum computers take logarithmic problems and transform them into “flat” computations whose answers seem to appear from an alternate dimension.

For example, a mathematical problem that might have 2 to the power of n possible solutions — where n is a large number like 1024 — might take a traditional computer longer than the age of the universe to solve. A quantum computer, on the other hand, might solve the same problem in mere minutes because it quite literally operates across multiple dimensions simultaneously.

The ultimate code breakers

If you know anything about encryption, you probably also realize that quantum computers are the secret KEY to unlocking all encrypted files. As I wrote about last year here on Natural News, once quantum computers go into widespread use by the NSA, the CIA, Google, etc., there will be no more secrets kept from the government. All your files — even encrypted files — will be easily opened and read.

Until now, most people believed this day was far away. Quantum computing is an “impractical pipe dream,” we’ve been told by scowling scientists and “flat Earth” computer engineers. “It’s not possible to build a 512-qubit quantum computer that actually works,” they insisted.

Don’t tell that to Eric Ladizinsky, co-founder and chief scientist of a company called D-Wave. Because Ladizinsky’s team has already built a 512-qubit quantum computer. And they’re already selling them to wealthy corporations, too.

DARPA, Northrup Grumman and Goldman Sachs

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John Pilger ~ Understanding The Latest Leaks Is Understanding The Rise Of A New Fascism

JohnPilger June 20 2013

John Pilger

In his book, ‘Propaganda’, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The American nephew of Sigmund Freud, Bernays invented the term “public relations” as a euphemism for state propaganda. He warned that an enduring threat to the invisible government was the truth-teller and an enlightened public.

In 1971, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked US government files known as The Pentagon Papers, revealing that the invasion of Vietnam was based on systematic lying. Four years later, Frank Church conducted sensational hearings in the US Senate: one of the last flickers of American democracy. These laid bare the full extent of the invisible government: the domestic spying and subversion and warmongering by intelligence and “security” agencies and the backing they received from big business and the media, both conservative and liberal.

Speaking about the National Security Agency (NSA), Senator Church said: “I know that the capacity that there is to make tyranny in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law… so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

On 11 June 2013, following the revelations in the Guardian by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg wrote that the US had now fallen into “that abyss”.

Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of modern form of fascism – that is the “abyss”. Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world – from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia – the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology.

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