Archive for December, 2010

A CIA Study Of The Internet…..

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Read #12… THAT is where the TROLLS come from~!!!

Actually, the complete title is:  “An Acquired CIA Study Of The Internet, Made
For The White House”. (partially redacted)

Source for this is a subscription newsletter known as  “The Slaughterhouse Informer”, published every Wednesday by the TBR News blog.
You can find the blog, and an introduction to the Informer, here:

http://tbrnews.org/wordpress/

Those of you who use Internet Explorer may not be able to view more than the front page. I’m not sure what versions of IE have that limitation. But you’ll know if yours is one of them, as all it will display is the front page.
Other browsers are not affected. I have told Walter about the problem. It may have been fixed by now.

‘Acquired’ in this case means that it was NOT voluntarily released.
The Informer publisher has a knack for finding such gems. Each issue is informative, and more than worth the modest subscription price.
This is what the CIA said to the president.
Read on.

1. Internet access can be controlled or its use
directed according to the server configuration, thus creating an excellent
disinformation weapon. In previous times, a national
media report that was deemed to be offensive or problematical to the government
could be censored, or removed at governmental request. Now, however, the
government cannot control the present Internet in the same manner in which it
has previously controlled the public media. The Internet permits uncensored and
unfiltered versions of events, personalities and actions to be disseminated
worldwide in seconds and the so-called “blogs,” chat rooms and websites are
almost completely uncontrolled and uncontrollable. This unfortunate situation
permits versions of events to find a far wider and far more instantaneous
audience than the standard print and, to a lesser degree, the television mediums
ever could.

2. The Internet can be used to send coded messages
that cannot be interdicted by any government or law-enforcement
agency. If man has devised a code or protection program
that is supposed to be unbreakable, it is axiomatic that another man can break
it. Even the DoD’s algorithmic field codes were easily broken by the Russian GRU
during the initial stages of the Iraqi war and it is now known that CIA/USIA
codes were also broken, allowing hostile entities to read Top Secret messages.
In unfortunately many cases, individual computer experts are more skilled than
their counterparts in the government and while, indeed, their encryptions can be
broken, they can only be done so by exerting a great deal of effort and when
this happens, new encryptions and firewalls can be almost instantly re-erected.

3.The Internet can be utilized to steal and
disseminate highly damaging, sensitive government or business
data. Although highly sensitive official websites are
routinely put under strict control, it seems that intruders always seem to
succeed in breaking into them. Once this has happened, highly sensitive, and
even damaging, information can, and has, been removed and put out on the
Internet without any form of control.

4.The Internet permits anti-government groups or
individuals with few resources to offset the efforts of far larger, and far
better funded, government and its national media sources. This is known as the ‘David and Goliath’ syndrome and is a subject of
constant concern to all government agencies. Hitherto secure systems can be
broken into, information can be extracted or the site (s) can be infected with
malicious viruses and destroyed. All it takes to do this is a relatively
inexpensive computer, programs that unfortunately are available to individuals
seeking them. The best and most effective manner to deal with this kind of
threat is the dummy site, designed to lure potential dissidents into joining
with it. Skillful questioning of new members has been known to develop important
leads to be followed up by conventional law enforcement
methods.

5.The Internet can be used to create serious
disruptions of governmental agencies and the business
communities. It is known that certain dissidents, either
as individuals or as groups, have developed devastating computer viruses. These
viruses, which are capable of destroying large banks of computer information,
both governmental or business. These rumors are very persistent and it is
strongly believed that they exist as a dormant entity that can lie concealed in
a target system until activated by some kind of a trigger mechanism.

6. The Internet can serve as an excellent tool for
organizing groups of anti-government individuals.
(Redacted)

7. The Internet can be used to expose government
actions and military operations in advance of said actions. The immense proliferation of Internet sites has made it possible for
adverse elements to break into hitherto secure systems, extract highly sensitive
information and either supply it to foreign intelligence agencies such as the
Russian SVR or the Israeli Mossad or simply to either publish it or mail it out.
A discussion of foreign-based official U.S. computer hacking can be found
elsewhere and this study deals solely with ad hoc domestic
dissidents.

8. The Internet is capable of hiding the identities
of those launching attacks on the actions and personnel of various government
agencies. (Redacted)

9.The Internet can materially assist an underfunded,
anti-government group to raise money for continued operations. The use of such firms as PayPal facilitate the relatively secure
transfer of money. Again, although it is possible to pressure such firms
officially, if one agrees to cooperate, it is only a matter of time that this
information will be leaked. We have once had excellent cooperation from SBC, ATT
and AOL in conducting overview of millions of system users but lawsuits and
Internet activists have published this information, rendering this valuable
cooperation null and void.

10.The Internet can be utilized to locate and
publicize the personnel of government agencies. It is
routine practice in the CIA to have the DoS Passport Division issue official
U.S. passports to our operatives working outside the country in names other than
their own. The discovery of the real names of the passport holders could result
in this material being maliciously posted on the Internet and this could not
only subject the agent to serious compromise in the country they are operating
in but can also subject them to local exposure and often contempt and
harassment.

11. The Internet is capable of limiting the risk of identification of
the members of anti-government groups. The FBI is responsible for overview
and action against counter-terrorism inside the United States. With the advent
of the Internet, identification and penetration of anti-government groups has
proven to be nearly impossible. The main cause of this failure is due almost
entirely to the Internet which has proven a haven for dissidents of all kinds.
Given that all domestic telephone calls and all Internet email is readily
available to various domestic law enforcement agencies, it is still a monumental
task to track and identify possible activists and other anti-government
individuals or groups. We have assisted in setting up dummy anti-government
sites, peopled them with professionals and provided them with almost-believable
information to post for the purpose of establishing importance and also in
disseminating disinformation. Persons viewing these sites can readily be
identified and tracked, Further, we have an ongoing relationship with several
information sites, such as Google, and whenever any viewer seeks information on
subjects we deem as potentially negative, this information is automatically
forwarded to the concerned agency.

12. The Internet, while
impossible to control, is also an excellent recruiting ground for sympathetic or
easily-convinced “bloggers” who will quickly disseminate official dissemination
for pay or public acclaim. It is invaluable to distract
the public from questioning various governmental actions, both domestic and
foreign. For this reason, our organization, and others, have “disinformation”
centers that prepare information of a sensational nature which is then released
to paid sources who, in turn, disseminate it onto the Internet. The purpose of
this is to create a cloaking movement that will point the curious into innocuous
areas. As a case in point, it was imperative to prevent the public sector from
looking too deeply into the origins of the 9/11 attacks. To prevent exposure of
the actions of members of the top levels of government in this attack, many
stories were released, over a long period, to the public through
wholly-controlled sites. Claims of devious plots, mystery methodologies, and
often laughable conclusions have proven to be extraordinarily effective in
constructive diversion. The collapse of the WTC buildings have been attributed
to Thermite bombs, clouds of plasmoid gas and other nonsense but a very gullible
American public has easily swallowed all of the fictions. As another example,
the DoD has always under-declared its casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan
because a full accounting could easily lead to public discomfiture and resulting
action.

13.The
Internet can be utilized to create an atmosphere of fear or of compliancy in
furtherance of official policy. This is a particular
ploy that worked very effectively during the two Bush administrations. A
constant, on-going threat of vague “terrorist” actions inside the United States
was material in gaining, and keeping, public support for the actions of the
aforesaid administration. However, it must be noted, that threats must
occasionally be proven to be true or too many “duds” tend to dull the public
sense and, if continued, will lead to disillusion and
anger. END Did you catch this little phrase, “…threats must
occasionally be proven..”.We know who the real terrorists are, don’t we?

Dragon

How OpenLinks Is Likely to Work

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_openleaks_is_likely_to_look_like.php

 

OL-big.jpgIn September, a number of prominent personnel from the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, left that organization. They argued that its founder, Julian Assange, was autocratic and heedless of the safety of those whose names appeared in the leaks the organization released. He also over-focused on the U.S. and his political goals were untenable. In November, the group announced it was creating a rival organization, to be called OpenLeaks.

Although the site was scheduled to go live last week, it has been delayed until January. So we have cobbled together news reports and the founders’ words to sketch out an idea of how the site will work.

Continue reading article from source site at link at beginning of post.

Unofficial Wikileaks News Site

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Wikiriver gives you up to date news on Wikileaks and other happenings.

Campaigns

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Below are some campaigns from around the world:

Campaigns and petitions

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/08/2010 – 12:05

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2010-12-15: FAIR: We Support WikiLeaks

FAIR (Freedom and Accuracy in Reporting) has published a petition in support of WikiLeaks, signed by Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, Barbara Ehrenreich, Arundhati Roy, Medea Benjamin, Tom Morello, John Nichols and more. The text reads:

As journalists, activists, artists, scholars and citizens, we condemn the array of threats and attacks on the journalist organization WikiLeaks. After the website’s decision, in collaboration with several international media organizations, to publish hundreds of classified State Department diplomatic cables, many pundits, commentators and prominent U.S. politicians have called for harsh actions to be taken to shut down WikiLeaks’ operations.

Major corporations like Amazon.com, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa have acted to disrupt the group’s ability to publish. U.S. legal authorities and others have repeatedly suggested, without providing any evidence, that WikiLeaks’ posting of government secrets is a form of criminal behavior–or that at the very least, such activity should be made illegal. “To the extent there are gaps in our laws,” Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed (11/29/10), “we will move to close those gaps.”

Throughout this episode, journalists and prominent media outlets have largely refrained from defending WikiLeaks’ rights to publish material of considerable news value and obvious public interest. It appears that these media organizations are hesitant to stand up for this particular media outlet’s free speech rights because they find the supposed political motivations behind WikiLeaks’ revelations objectionable.

But the test for one’s commitment to freedom of the press is not whether one agrees with what a media outlet publishes or the manner in which it is published. WikiLeaks is certainly not beyond criticism. But the overarching consideration should be the freedom to publish in a democratic society–including the freedom to publish material that a particular government would prefer be kept secret. When government officials and media outlets declare that attacks on a particular media organization are justified, it sends an unmistakably chilling message about the rights of anyone to publish material that might rattle or offend established powers.

We hereby stand in support of the WikiLeaks media organization, and condemn the attacks on their freedom as an attack on journalistic freedoms for all.

Please join us in signing the petition here.

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2010-12-08: Avaaz petition in support of WikiLeaks

Global activist organization Avaaz has launched a petition titled Wikileaks: Stop the crackdown. The text reads:

“Whatever we think of WikiLeaks, the massive campaign of intimidation against it is sending a chill through free speech and media advocates everywhere. Top US politicians has even gone as far as calling WikiLeaks a terrorist organization and suggested assassination of its staff, and the organization has come under massive corporate attack to shut it down.

Right now, dozens of governments and corporations are being heavily pressured to join the crackdown — we urgently need the public to take a stand and make sure our governments protect our democracies and rule of law.

Sign the petition to stop the crackdown below and forward this email to everyone — let’s get 1 million voices against the crackdown this week!”

“To the U.S. government and corporations linked to Wikileaks:

We call on you to stop the crackdown on Wikileaks and its partners immediately. We urge you to respect the democratic principles and laws of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. If Wikileaks and the journalists it works with have violated any laws they should be pursued in the courts with due process. They should not be subjected to an extra-judicial campaign of intimidation.”

Please join us in signing the petition here.

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2010-12-07: EFF: Join EFF in Standing up Against Internet Censorship

December 7, 2010

Call to Action by Shari Steele

“Over the past few weeks, we here at EFF have watched as whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has fueled an emotionally charged debate about the secrecy of government information and the people’s right to know. We have welcomed this debate, and the fact that there have been myriad views is the embodiment of the freedom of expression upon which this country was founded.

However, we’ve been greatly troubled by a recent shift in focus. The debate about the wisdom of releasing secret government documents has turned into a massive attack on the right of intermediaries to publish truthful information. Suddenly, WikiLeaks has become the Internet’s scapegoat, with a Who’s Who of American and foreign companies choosing to shun the site.

Let’s be clear — in the United States, at least, WikiLeaks has a fundamental right to publish truthful political information. And equally important, Internet users have a fundamental right to read that information and voice their opinions about it. We live in a society that values freedom of expression and shuns censorship. Unfortunately, those values are only as strong as the will to support them — a will that seems to be dwindling now in an alarming way.

On Friday, we wrote about Amazon’s disappointing decision to yank hosting services from WikiLeaks after a phone call from a senator’s office. Since then, a cascade of companies and organizations has backed away from WikiLeaks. A public figure called for the assassination of Assange. PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa axed WikiLeaks’ accounts. EveryDNS.net pulled Wikileaks’ DNS services. Unknown sources continue to cripple WikiLeaks with repeated denial of service attacks. Even the Library of Congress, normally a bastion of public access to information, is blocking WikiLeaks.

There has been a tremendous backlash against WikiLeaks from governments around the world. In the United States, lawmakers have rashly proposed a law that threatens legitimate news reporting well beyond WikiLeaks. We expect to see similar efforts in other countries. Like it or not, WikiLeaks has become the emblem for one of the most important battles for our rights that is likely to come along in our lifetimes. We cannot sit this one out.

Join EFF in standing up against Internet censorship.

Download our No Censorship button to display on your websites and social networking profiles. Show the world that you are committed to free expression and denounce censorship.”

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2010-12-08: Italy: Il Fatto Quotidiano Petition

7 dicembre 2010

Salviamo il soldato Assange!
Firma la petizione
Julian Assange è stato arrestato il 7 dicembre, per accuse scandalose oltre che incredibili: un rapporto sessuale consenziente, un preservativo che non ha funzionato. La verità è un’altra: Assange è stato catturato come un micidiale terrorista (un «uomo che vuol distruggere il mondo», dixit il ministro Frattini) perché nella sua qualità di direttore di WikiLeaks ha fatto luce su politiche, misfatti, crimini che dovevano restare segreti, custoditi nelle segrete di cancellerie e ambasciate, inaccessibili all´opinione pubblica mondiale che sta prendendo forma nel web. Chiediamo che sia immediatamente liberato. Allo stesso modo chiediamo chiarezza sul caso di Bradley Manning, il soldato che rischia 52 anni di carcere per aver rivelato a WikiLeaks i crimini contro i civili commessi dall´esercito Usa in Iraq. I soldati che appaiono nei video da lui trasmessi a Wikileaks, colpevoli di massacri di civili, sono stati elogiati dal comando militare Usa per il loro «giudizio sensato».

Saving private Assange

Julian Assange was arrested on December 7th, on the basis of absurd and unbelievable accuses: a consensual sexual relationship and a broken condom. We believe the truth is different: Assange has been captured as a dangerous terrorist (a “man who wants to destroy the world”, says Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini) because the founder and director of Wikileaks has brought to light all sorts of crimes, misdeeds and political acts that had to remain secret, protected into diplomatic offices and embassies, inaccessible to the world’s public opinion that is taking shape on the web. We ask for his immediate release. In the same manner we ask for the truth for Bradley Manning, the young soldier who is risking 52 years of jail for disclosing to Wikileaks a video showing crimes against civilians committed by the American army in Iraq. The soldiers appearing in the video, guilty of the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen civilians, were praised by US military for their “reasonable judgment”.

Please join us in signing the petition here.

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2010-12-09: Get Up! Action for Australia: Petition in support of WikiLeaks

Get Up! is hosting a petition in support of WikiLeaks. The campaign organizers also plan to take out ads in The New York Times and Washington Times. The petition reads:

“Dear President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder:

We, as Australians, condemn calls for violence, including assassination, against Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or for him to be labeled a terrorist, enemy combatant or be treated outside the ordinary course of justice in any way.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “information is the currency of democracy.” Publishing leaked information in collaboration with major news outlets, as Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have done, is not a terrorist act.

Australia and the United States are the strongest of allies. Our soldiers serve side by side and we’ve experienced, and condemned, the consequences of terrorism together. To label Wikileaks a terrorist organisation is an insult to those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives to acts of terrorism and to terrorist forces.

If Wikileaks or their staff have broken international or national laws, let that case be heard in a just and fair court of law. At the moment, no such charges have been brought.

We are writing as Australians to say what our Government should have: all Australian citizens deserve to be free from persecution, threats of violence and detention without charge, especially from our friend and ally, the United States.

We call upon you to stand up for our shared democratic principles of the presumption of innocence and freedom of information.”

Sign petitions and get updates here:

http://wlcentral.org/campaigns