fredag 30 augusti 2013

Snowden: USA har 350 miljarders skuggbudget för hemliga program utan demokratisk insyn

Ny Snowden-läcka:
- 350 "osynliga" miljarder i en skuggbudget utanför demokratins ramar och insyn - "för hemlig verksamhet"...


Black Budget: Snowden reveals US spends $52bn on secret programs

Publicerad den 31 aug 2013
Britain has asked the New York Times to get rid of copies of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. That's as another US newspaper revealed from one of the top-secret files, just how much America spends on surveillance . The so called Black Budget has never been shown to the public until now. Meanwhile Snowden's leaks have won him international recognition. He was awarded the 2013 Whistleblower Prize by a coalition of NGO's. And as RT's Peter Oliver in Berlin says, Snowden's name is featuring prominently in Germany's upcoming general election.


RT 2013-08-29
Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has leaked a new top-secret document that for the first time ever publically discloses how the United States spends tens of billions of dollars annually on clandestine spy programs.

The Washington Post revealed the so-called “black budget” on Thursday and reports that $52.6 billion was set aside for operations in fiscal year 2013.

Among the biggest priorities for the intelligence community, the Post reported, are “offensive cyber operations” and research devoted to decoding encrypted communications.

The Post’s Barton Gellman, Greg Miller and Julie Tate wrote Thursday that Mr. Snowden, the 30-year-old former Booz Allen Hamilton staffer who started leaking classified national security documents earlier this year, provided the paper with the never-before published summary of this year’s budget.

But although the Post reported that the document is 178 pages in length, they have at the same time elected to only make available one-tenth of the content, citing “concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods” brought up by US officials who were notified ahead of publication.

Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that the Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online,” the paper wrote in the article that accompanies the 17-page selection. The document is labeled “top secret” and warns that it is only to be accessed by US citizens with the proper security clearance.

Shrouded in secrecy, the amount that Uncle Sam sets aside for sensitive operations each year is not allowed to be published for eyes outside of the intelligence community and only for a portion of those briefed on its operations. The latest Snowden leak reveals that at $52.6 billion, the government is actually handing out 2.3 percent fewer than it did in fiscal year 2012 and, additionally, sequestration has caused the agencies to shed 1,241 positions, or around one percent of its workforce.

- Despite these setbacks, though, the budget, described by the Post as “a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny,” includes billions of dollars towards operations that may not be funded if debated in the press.

In comparison, the Department of Homeland Security was allocated $55.4 billion in FY2013. The black budget comes in at a figure larger than the sums received by the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce and NASA this year combined.

Yet despite the hefty cost of operating the secret operations amid sequestration, excerpts from the summary leaked by Snowden show that the US still has significant setbacks keeping it from achieving its intelligence goals.

For one, the disclosure in and of itself demonstrates the intelligence community’s inability to prevent sensitive information from being leaked.

In FY2013, the budget summary says the government invested in ramping-up its counterintelligence operations at a time when budget cuts led to reductions in the community’s workforce, operations, long-term investments, infrastructure and information technology sectors.
To further safeguard our classified networks, we continue to strengthen insider threat detection capabilities across the community,” the document reads.


And for those nations of upmost interest, the intelligence community is investing heavily on “offensive cyber operations” launched by the CIA and NSA to hack foreign competitors, steal data and sabotage servers. The Post neglected to publish any excerpts from the summary detailing to what degree the intelligence community has been engaging in these strategic hacks, saying only that recently launched efforts are more “aggressive” than before.

- As RT has reported extensively in the past, the US government has been accused of being the biggest hackers on the planet at a time when, domestically, so-called cybercriminals are prosecuted at an alarming rate for comparably less harsh crimes.

Last week, RT reported that hacker and political activist Jeremy Hammond of Chicago, Illinois will soon be sentenced for his admitted role in aiding with malicious campaigns targeting the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, computer servers used by various New York State police chiefs and a company that provides munitions used to gas protesters in Egypt, among others.

According to a letter written by Hammond from a New York City jail cell, the US government used a confidential informant within the hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec “to facilitate the hacking of targets of the government’s choosing – including numerous websites belonging to foreign governments.”

Why was the United States using us to infiltrate the private networks of foreign governments? What are they doing with the information we stole? And will anyone in our government ever be held accountable for these crimes?” Hammond asked.
Snowden: USA har 350 miljarders skuggbudget för hemliga program utan demokratisk insyn

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  1. -Snowden wins whistleblower award in Germany-

    August 31, 2013

    Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been awarded the biennial “whistleblower prize” in Germany, worth some $3,900, in recognition of his “bold efforts” to expose the monitoring of communications data by his former employer.

    The prize, last awarded in 2011, was officially bestowed upon the 30-year-old at a ceremony in Berlin which took place Friday, prompting a nine-minute congratulatory video message from Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald on Saturday.

    “If I ran the committee, making the choice of who was to receive this award, it would take me probably one and a half seconds at most to have come to the conclusion that he is the only person deserving of the award this year,” said Greenwald, who published Snowden's leaks, in the honorific speech released in response to the news.

    “He told me in good conscience that he could not sit by quietly and allow privacy and Internet freedom to be destroyed while doing nothing about it.”

    The organizers of the prize commended Snowden’s work, stating that he had uncovered “massive and unsuspecting monitoring and storage of communication data, which cannot be accepted in democratic societies.”

    The audience also heard a statement by Edward Snowden from Russia read out at the ceremony. “We should never forget the lessons of history when surveillance took the upper hand,” he said.

    “Not only did [German Chancellor Angela Merkel], it seems, allow the US to spy on Germany, but it seems she also helped the US to spy on Germany. So this is one of the reasons why Edward Snowden has received this award,” RT correspondent Peter Oliver said from the ceremony in Berlin. “He is being honored with this by a number of groups for his work in revealing what turns out to be the wide ranging spying activities of the NSA and the US.”

    The whistleblower award was first awarded in 1999 under the auspices of the Association of German Scientists and the German chapter of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

    Snowden is credited with releasing details of mass surveillance operations by US and British intelligence agencies through his prior connection with the NSA.[...]

  2. -USA/NSA spionerade på Brasilien & Mexiko och avlyssnade deras presidenter-

    SR Ekot 2013-09-02

    Nya hemligstämplade dokument visar att den amerikanska myndigheten NSA spionerat på Brasiliens president Dilma Rousseff och Mexikos president Enrique Peña Nieto. NSA har avlyssnat kommunikationen mellan presidenterna och deras närmaste rådgivare.

    Det är tv-kanalen Globo som nu avslöjar att NSA under 2012 spionerat på Mexikos och Brasiliens presidenter genom att kolla deras mail, textmeddelanden, telefonnummer och ip-nummer. NSA har övervakat både presidenternas och deras medarbetares datorer.

    Journalister har fått hemligstämplade dokument från NSA-läckan Edward Snowden. De visar bland annat en bild på Dilma Rouseff under rubriken: "Mål med operationen: att förstå hur Brasiliens president Dilma Rouseff kommunicerar med sina närmaste rådgivare."

    Även Mexicos president Enrique Peña Nieto har utsatts för omfattande spionage av NSA, under tiden han var presidentkandidat, i juni 2012. Dokumenten visar hur myndigheten filtrerat hans textmeddelanden med hjälp av specifika kodord. Bland annat fick NSA fram vilka ministrar han planerade att utnämna om han vann valet sex månader senare.

    I de hemliga dokumenten beskrivs avlyssningen som "mycket framgångsrik". NSA skriver också att operationen med fördel kan upprepas eftersom "målen uppnåtts".

    Avlyssningen har väckt stor uppmärksamhet och ilska i både Mexiko och Brasilien, som nu kräver förklaringar av USA. Brasiliens justitieminister säger att om dokumenten visar sig vara sanna så är avlyssningen en kränkning av landets suveränitet.

    Den amerikanska ambassadören har kallats upp till UD för en formell protest och justitieministern sa också att Brasilien tar frågan vidare till FN.



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