FBI urges companies to build spying tools into devices

•October 22, 2014 • 5 Comments

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http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396889,fbi-urges-companies-to-build-spying-tools-into-devices.aspx?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=editors_picks&google_editors_picks=true

The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has called on technology companies to build surveillance capabilities into their products and systems to allow law enforcement agencies to access the evidence needed to prosecute criminals.

In a speech delivered in Washington last night, FBI director James B Comey argued that US law had failed to keep pace with the increasing adoption of encryption technologies.

Comey blamed encryption and the growing options available for online communications for leaving law enforcement “in the dark” and creating a “significant public safety problem”.

“Those charged with protecting our people aren’t always able to access the evidence we need to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism even with lawful authority,” Comey said.

“We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so.”

He listed four examples of cases in which access to a mobile phone or laptop had proved vital to an investigation, and another where such access enabled the exonerated of someone who had been wrongly accused.

Comey argued that such outcomes would become less frequent – or at least more difficult to achieve – if use of encryption and communications options grew without being addressed by the law.

He criticised companies such as Google and Apple – who have taken steps to prevent law enforcement access to user data by locking themselves out of user devices – for creating a “black hole for law enforcement”.

“Both companies are run by good people, responding to what they perceive is a market demand. But the place they are leading us is one we shouldn’t go to without careful thought and debate as a country,” he said.

“Encryption is nothing new. But the challenge to law enforcement and national security officials is markedly worse, with recent default encryption settings and encrypted devices and networks – all designed to increase security and privacy.”

He said while the FBI understood the private sector’s desire to remain competitive, the agency needed to ensure companies understood “what we need, why we need it, and how they can help, while still protecting privacy rights and providing network security and innovation”.

“We need our private sector partners to take a step back, to pause, and to consider changing course.”

The relevant 20-year old US law requires telcos to build interception capabilities into their networks for court-ordered surveillance. It does not, however, cover new means of communications, meaning companies are not required to provide lawful intercept capabilities for such services.

“What this means is that an order from a judge to monitor a suspect’s communication may amount to nothing more than a piece of paper,” Comey said.

“We aren’t seeking to expand our authority to intercept communications. We are struggling to keep up with changing technology and to maintain our ability to actually collect the communications we are authorised to intercept.”

http://www.fbi.gov/news/speeches/going-dark-are-technology-privacy-and-public-safety-on-a-collision-course

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“urges” should be replaced with “demands”..and look at mr smiley up the top..the face of 1984..

“called on technology companies to build surveillance capabilities into their products and systems to allow law enforcement agencies to access the evidence needed to prosecute criminals.”

not to spy on joe average of course..no, no..if you have nothing to hide it shouldn’t bother you eh? #sarcasm

“He criticised companies such as Google and Apple – who have taken steps to prevent law enforcement access to user data by locking themselves out of user devices “

how dare they try to keep their data safe!! #moresarcasm

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US study finds CO2 forecasts may be over-estimated..oops?

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/us-study-finds-co2-forecasts-may-be-overestimated/story-e6frg8y6-1227089777821

COMPUTER models may be over-estimating projected levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, US scientists say.

A US study has found that an “inherent structural deficiency” has prevented current models from accounting for the slow “diffusion” of atmospheric CO2 inside plant leaves.

The researchers say models could under-estimate the contribution of increasing CO2 to plant growth by as much as 16 per cent.

Models may need to be corrected to accurately predict the ramifications of climate change, the researchers say.

“Current carbon cycle models under-estimate the long-term responsiveness of global terrestrial productivity to CO2 fertilisation,” they report this morning in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Understanding and accurately predicting how global terrestrial primary production responds to rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations is a prerequisite for reliably assessing the long-term climate impact of anthropogenic fossil CO2 emissions.”

The study was conducted by climate and earth scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

It says a 16 per cent “correction” would be “large enough to explain the persistent overestimation of growth rates of historical atmospheric CO2 by earth system models”.

“Our study will lead to improved understanding and modelling of carbon–climate feedbacks,” the paper says.

In a separate study, reported in the same journal, scientists artificially elevated CO2 levels in a US prairie grasslands ecosystem for eight years. They found that the added carbon had increased the overall volume of the plants and promoted the ecosystem’s stability by reducing the growth of normally dominant plant species.

Pep Canadell, head of CSIRO’s Global Carbon Project, said the University of Texas study provided “great new insights into how the intricacies of leaf structure and function can have a planetary scale impact”.

“It provides a potential explanation for why global earth system models cannot fully reproduce the observed atmospheric CO2 growth over the past 100 years,” Dr Canadell told the Australian Science Media Centre.

“(It) suggests that vegetation might be able to uptake more carbon dioxide in the future than is currently modelled.”

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maybe overestimating?..try “are”..

“Models may need to be corrected to accurately predict the ramifications of climate change”

no shit..every single model has been proven incorrect in predicting temperature rises..they ALL fail..

here: https://seeker401.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/roy-spencer-ipcc-models1.jpg

“vegetation might be able to uptake more carbon dioxide in the future than is currently modelled.”

so planting trees rather than being a cute fix that wont do anything should now be looked at as a legitimate way to curb co2 emissions..if thats what you want to do..imagine if we planted 7 billion trees in one year..think about it.. :)

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p.s oh thats why the temperature rises have slowed down..there isnt as much co2 in the air..of course!!..problem solved..its still warming guys!!!

Nigeria and Senegal officially declared Ebola free

•October 22, 2014 • 5 Comments

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/10/nigeria-officially-declared-ebola-free-2014102010040987109.html

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free, after a 42 day period with no new cases.

“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital Abuja on Monday.

“The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated. This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained,” Vaz said.

Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa, reporting from Abuja, said the news had been welcomed by Nigerians.

“The average Nigerian is relieved … a lot of people have been quite scared. Officials want people to celebrate but to remain cautious.

“Nigeria is a transport hub, and the virus can be brought back, and this is why officials are not taking any chances,” Mutasa said.

Nigeria becomes the second country in West Africa to be declared Ebola free in the past week. On Friday, the UN health agency declared Senegal free of Ebola after it passed the 42 day landmark.

“WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus,” the WHO said.

In all, eight people died out of 20 confirmed cases in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, and the oil hub of Port Harcourt, while nearly 900 people were monitored for signs of the disease.

More than 4,500 people have died and nearly 10,000 have been infected with the haemorrhagic fever, most of them in West Africa, since the start of the year.

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“This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained,”

quick to pat themselves on the back..

pride comes before a fall..

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European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure

•October 22, 2014 • 3 Comments

http://rt.com/news/196984-german-journlaist-cia-pressure/

German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired. Ulfkotte made the revelations during interviews with RT and Russia Insider.

“I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service,” Ulfkotte told Russia Insider. He made similar comments to RT in an exclusive interview at the beginning of October.

“One day the BND (German foreign intelligence agency) came to my office at the Frankfurter Allgemeine in Frankfurt. They wanted me to write an article about Libya and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi…They gave me all this secret information and they just wanted me to sign the article with my name,” Ulfkotte told RT.

“That article was how Gaddafi tried to secretly build a poison gas factory. It was a story that was printed worldwide two days later.”

Ulfkotte reveals all this and more in his book ‘Bought Journalists,’ where he mentions that he feels ashamed for what he has done in the past.

“It is not right what I have done in the past. To manipulate people, to make propaganda. And it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray people not only in Germany, but all over Europe,” he told RT. “I was a journalist for 25 years and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.”

“I was bribed by the Americans not to report exactly the truth…I was invited by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to travel to the US. They paid for all my expenses and put me in contact with Americans they’d like me to meet,” he said.

“I became an honorary citizen of the state of Oklahoma in the US just because I wrote pro-American. I was supported by the CIA. I have helped them in several situations and I feel ashamed for that too.”

Many other journalists are involved in the same practice, Ulfkotte added.

“Most of the journalists you see in foreign countries, they claim to be journalists and they might be. But many of them, like me in the past, are so-called ‘non-official cover.’ It means you work for an intelligence agency, you help them if they want you to. But they will never say they know you.”

The journalists selected for such jobs usually come from big media organizations. The relationship with the secret service starts as a friendship.

“They work on your ego, make you feel like you’re important. And one day one of them will ask you ‘Will you do me this favor?'” Ulfkotte explained.

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thanks to james blundell for the RT link..

all the world is a stage..and everyone is an actor..trust nobody..believe nothing unless you can prove it..question all authority..be aware that the the media including the news services are not reality..they are sitcoms for the sheep to digest..and they are very very sloppy with what they shove down our throats..true news can only come from activists who have passed the litmus test..

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Senior French executive dies in jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport

•October 22, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://rt.com/news/197648-moscow-vnukovo-jet-crash/

The CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was reportedly among five people killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.

Total’s chairman and CEO was the only passenger in the Falcon 50 business jet besides three crewmembers, LifeNews cited a source as saying. The business jet was scheduled to flight to Paris.

According to preliminary data, the light aircraft collided with a snow-cleaning machine on takeoff, a source at the capital’s airport told RIA.

The aircraft was sending distress signals while still in the air and reporting an engine fire and fuselage damage, LifeNews reports. Upon crashing on the runway, the aircraft was engulfed in flames, reportedly killing everyone on board.

While initials reports suggested four people died in the tragedy, officials report that five bodies were found at the crash site, one allegedly being the driver of the snow-cleaning vehicle.

Vnukovo Airport has temporarily suspended all flights following the incident.

“A criminal investigation has been opened into the violation of safety regulations after a light aircraft crash in the capital’s Vnukovo airport,” transport official Tatyana Morozova told RIA.

An investigative group is working at the crash site, Morozova added. In addition to people who were on board the plane, she said, the driver snowplow was killed.

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http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/france-lashes-out-against-us-dollar-calls-for-rebalancing-of-world-currencies/

“Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of Total, France’s largest company, says other currencies can be used in oil purchases, even if the benchmark is left in dollars.

“The price of a barrel of oil is quoted in dollars,” de Margerie said. “A refinery can take that price and using the euro-dollar exchange rate on any given day, agree to make the payment in euro.”

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i posted the link directly above in august..christophe is now dead..probably an accident but who knows..the snow plow driver was drunk allegedly..

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Investigation into missing Iraqi cash ended in a Lebanon bunker

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/world/investigation-into-missing-iraqi-cash-ended-in-lebanon-bunker.html

Not long after American forces defeated the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, caravans of trucks began to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on a regular basis, unloading an unusual cargo — pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills. The cash, withdrawn from Iraqi government accounts held in the United States, was loaded onto Air Force C-17 transport planes bound for Baghdad, where the Bush administration hoped it would provide a quick financial infusion forIraq’s new government and the country’s battered economy.

Over the next year and a half, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer. Exactly what happened to that money after it arrived in Baghdad became one of the many unanswered questions from the chaotic days of the American occupation, when billions were flowing into the country from the United States and corruption was rampant.

Finding the answer became first the job and then the obsession of Stuart W. Bowen Jr., a friend from Texas of President George W. Bush who in 2004 was appointed to serve as a special inspector general to investigate corruption and waste in Iraq. Before his office was finally shut down last year, Mr. Bowen believed he might have succeeded — but only partly — in that mission.

Much of the money was probably used by the Iraqi government in some way, he concluded. But for years Mr. Bowen could not account for billions more until his investigators finally had a breakthrough, discovering that $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion had been stolen and moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping. “I don’t know how the money got to Lebanon,” Mr. Bowen said. “If I knew that, we would have made more progress on the case.”

Mr. Bowen kept the discovery and his investigation of the cash-filled bunker in Lebanon, which his office code-named Brick Tracker, secret. He has never publicly discussed it until now, and his frustration that neither he nor his investigators can fully account for the missing money was evident in a series of interviews. “Billions of dollars have been taken out of Iraq over the last 10 years illegally,” he said. “In this investigation, we thought we were on the track for some of that lost money. It’s disappointing to me personally that we were unable to close this case, for reasons beyond our control.”

He is equally frustrated that after his investigators found out about the bunker, the Obama administration did not pursue that lead, either. Mr. Bowen said his investigators briefed the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. on what they found. But Mr. Bowen added that he believed one reason American officials had not gone after it was “because it was Iraqi money stolen by Iraqis.”

Spokesmen for the F.B.I. and C.I.A. declined to comment for this article.

The Iraqi government has also not tried to retrieve the money, and has kept information about the Lebanese bunker secret. Mr. Bowen said that he talked to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki about the missing money and his discovery of the bunker and that Mr. Maliki never took any action, while expressing anger at the way the United States had handled the airlifted cash.

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“Over the next year and a half, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer.”

“pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills.”

thats how governments launder..

“after his investigators found out about the bunker, the Obama administration did not pursue that lead”

why?

so who has the bunker money now?

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Hong Kong protests: Leader says external forces involved..duh?

•October 21, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29681684

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has accused “external forces” of involvement in the territory’s pro-democracy protests – claims strongly denied by protesters.

In a TV interview, Mr Leung said the rallies, which have paralysed parts of the territory for three weeks, were “out of control” even for organisers.

The protesters are calling for fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.

They are angered by the Chinese government’s decision to vet candidates for the leadership polls in 2017.

Police and protesters have scuffled amid tense stand-offs in recent days.

Student leaders and Hong Kong officials have agreed to hold negotiations on Tuesday. The talks will be broadcast live on television.

Speaking on a local channel, Mr Leung said the protests were “not entirely a domestic movement, as external forces are involved” – although he declined to give details or name the countries he thought were involved.

Alex Chow, from the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the groups leading the protests, said: “To make a statement that there are foreign powers infiltrating this movement right before the discussions, is evidence that CY [Leung] is hoping to crack down on the entire movement.

“As the chief executive of Hong Kong, he should probably have solid evidence before making such a statement. He can’t just say there is foreign infiltration and this is really irresponsible.”

One protester, Jeffrey Hui, told the BBC: “This is something which is purely by citizens, purely by those who live in Hong Kong, those who care about Hong Kong, who stand up and go against the regime.”

Mainland Chinese officials have frequently warned against “foreign interference” in Hong Kong, while Chinese state media have accused the West of “instigating” the protests.

Analysts have argued that China could be making allegations of interference to discourage foreign governments from supporting the protests.

Tens of thousands took part in demonstrations earlier this month, demanding full democracy.

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“Speaking on a local channel, Mr Leung said the protests were “not entirely a domestic movement, as external forces are involved” – although he declined to give details or name the countries he thought were involved.”

i know who: http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/whos-who-in-the-hong-kong-protests/

“This is something which is purely by citizens, purely by those who live in Hong Kong, those who care about Hong Kong, who stand up and go against the regime.”

good one “jeffrey”..like the i trust the BBC..

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