Archive for January, 2011

All,

For all the discussion of the “Great Firewall Of China,” it appears that the DHS is going one better – it is deploying the ability to kill portions of the network, at will, even automatically, when it discovers what it calls “malicious” activity, including intrusion attempts.

Of course, there is no limit as to what this can be used for – including killing access of Internet communications by dissidents and political opponents.

That would become relatively easy to do – when coupled with the new NSA data center being built in Utah to monitor traffic in real time, this system would give DHS the ability to detect and monitor dissident activity in real time, and shut it down automatically, all without warrants, all without court orders, all without even human intervention.

A computer becomes an automatic judge, jury and executioner.  The 4th Amendment gets left way behind in the dust as if it never existed.

Oh, what a brave new world that has such computers in it!

Scott

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DHS to begin deployment of Einstein 3 system this year

http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/15536/dhs-to-begin-deployment-of-einstein-3-system-this-year/

The Department of Homeland Security plans to begin deploying its Einstein 3 network intrusion detection and prevention system this year, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Einstein 3 will provide DHS “with the ability to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity”, Napolitano told an audience at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute.

The department is currently implementing Einstein 2, which alerts US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to respond when it detects unauthorized users trying to access government systems. Napolitano said that deployment of Einstein 2 would be completed this year.

Einstein 3, which was developed by the National Security Agency, would automate much of that response. Einstein 1 and 2 focused on intrusion detection, while Einstein 3 will also prevent intrusions.

Einstein 3 expands information sharing by US-CERT, enabling automation of the US-CERT alert process.

There has been opposition to Einstein 3 from privacy advocates. Critics are worried about the involvement of the NSA, particularly because of reports that NSA was involved in wiretapping US citizens during the Bush administration.

Ari Schwartz, a vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, commented about Einstein 3: “There are a number of concerns that come with this process, the main one being how do you go about protecting the system in a way that insures you’re not monitoring private systems. I don’t have a full answer to that question…”

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All,

This one has to have Israel every bit as nervous as the events in Egypt.

With Egypt in the hands of the people, Israel’s ability to control the border with Gaza will go away.  But with Jordan in the hands of the people, the ability of Israel to control the border with the West Bank goes away, too, and now all of a sudden, Israel loses control over external access to the Palestinian Territories.  This has to have the right-wing control freaks in Jerusalem scared right out of their wits, because it means that a responsive government in the West Bank could build the means for the Palestinians to defend themselves.

Scott

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Thousands protest in Jordan. Protesters gather across the country, demanding the prime minister step down.

By News Bulletin
Al Jazeera
Friday, Jan 28, 2011

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_62115.shtml

Editor’s Note: It’s interesting to note that the western media (including Al Jazeera) emphasize economic problems as the source of the revolt in Egypt and Jordan. But few mention the widespread outrage of the people against these two governments for their complicity with the Israeli genocide being committed against the people of Palestine.

– Les Blough, Editor

Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.

The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.

Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”

Another 2,500 people also took to the streets in six other cities across the country after the noon prayers. Those protests also called for Rifai’s ouster.

Members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s largest opposition party, swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, massing outside the al-Husseini mosque in Amman and filling the downtown streets with their prayer lines.

King Abdullah has promised some reforms, particularly on a controversial election law. But many believe it is unlikely he will bow to demands for the election of the prime minister and Cabinet officials, traditionally appointed by the king.

Rifai also announced a $550 million package of new subsidies in the last two weeks for fuel and staple products like rice, sugar, livestock and liquefied gas used for heating and cooking. It also includes a raise for civil servants and security personnel.

All,

The events in Egypt have demonstrated the wisdom of being prepared to do some guerrilla networking in the event of a crisis in which your government shuts down the Internet itself, not just your access to it, in an attempt to control your behavior.

As my last post demonstrates, the government in the U.S. is getting prepared to do precisely that, regardless of the law, and with the tools that are offered in this article, you can deal with that – and have a metropolitan-area network among your friends at least, if not full-blown Internet access.

So read this article and download the software it suggests, and keep it safely stored away in your emergency survival kit.  Even if you’re not computer savvy, but you know someone who is, it will be worth having this software – he can install it and get it running for you and get you back online after a fashion.

Scott

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Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down

Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

By Patrick Miller, David Daw, PCWorld    Jan 28, 2011 5:50 pm

http://www.pcworld.com/article/218155/get_internet_access_when_your_government_shuts_it_down.html

These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it’s organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we’ve seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you’re trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can’t rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections…

All,

Well, it was a nice dream.

It appeared that for a change, Egypt might actually get a genuine democracy.  But alas, with secret U.S. involvement, it was not meant to be.

The face may change in the presidential palace in Cairo, but little else will.  Gazans will continue to starve slowly to death, and Egyptians will remain frustrated by the lack of democracy in their country.

Here is a secret U.S. diplomatic cable that shows clearly that the U.S. has been planning this thing for at least a year.

This explains why, with so much for Israel at stake in this revolution, that there is no real evidence of panic in Jerusalem.  Apparently, they already know that they have nothing to fear from this revolt.

The only real question, then, is why the U.S. is interested in replacing such a reliable and pliant puppet as Hosni Mubarak.  That one is really a hard question to answer, and only after the dust settles will we have time to understand the whys.

The Greeks ruled Egypt for a time, then the Romans.  After that, it was the Ottomans, the French, the British and now the USAnians.  Egyptians will have to wait longer for a taste of self-rule.

Scott

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Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters
Here is the secret document sent from the US Embassy in Cairo to Washington disclosing the extent of American support for the protesters behind the Egypt uprising.

“…On December 23, April 6 activist xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed

satisfaction with his participation in the December 3-5 \”Alliance of

Youth Movements Summit,\” and with his subsequent meetings with USG

officials, on Capitol Hill, and with think tanks. He described how

State Security (SSIS) detained him at the Cairo airport upon his

return and confiscated his notes for his summit presentation calling

for democratic change in Egypt, and his schedule for his Congressional

meetings. xxxxxxxxxxxx contended that the GOE will never undertake

significant reform, and therefore, Egyptians need to replace the

current regime with a parliamentary democracy. He alleged that

several opposition parties and movements have accepted an unwritten

plan for democratic transition by 2011; we are doubtful of this claim.

xxxxxxxxxxxx said that although SSIS recently released two April 6

activists, it also arrested three additional group members. We have

pressed the MFA for the release of these April 6 activists. April 6’s

stated goal of replacing the current regime with a parliamentary

democracy prior to the 2011 presidential elections is highly

unrealistic, and is not supported by the mainstream opposition. End

summary and comment…”

Campaigns and Petitions

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://wlcentral.org/campaigns

The following letter of support for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks will be available for signing at the Minneapolis, MN: Demonstration supporting Julian Assange and Wikileaks and will be delivered. Any group in one of the other 27 cities with British Consulates (or UK Embassy in Washington DC) is free to copy our letter as a model:

February 7, 2011

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7300034n&tag=related;photovideo

Carnage in Egypt

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

This was just posted a few minutes ago to the main Wikileaks page on Facebook:

To all the people of world

The people in Egypt are under governmental siege. Mubarak regime is banning Facebook, Twitter, and all other popular internet sites. Tomorrow the government will block the 3 mobile phone network and the internet c…ompletely. And there is news that even the phone landline will be cut tomorrow, to prevent any news agency from following what will happen.

Suez city is already under siege now. The government cut the water supply and electricity, people, including, children and elderly are suffering there now. The patients in hospitals cannot get urgent medical care. The injured protestors are lying in the streets and the riot police are preventing people from helping them. The families of the killed protestors cannot get the bodies of their sons to bury them. This picture is the same in north Saini (El-Sheikh zoyad city) and in western Egypt (Al-salom). The riot police is cracking down on protestors in Ismailia, Alexandria, Fayoum, Shbin Elkoum, and Cairo, the capital, in many neighborhoods across the city.

The government is preparing to crackdown on the protestors in all Egyptian cities. They are using tear gas bombs, rubber and plastic pullets, chemicals like dilutes mustard gas against protestors. Several protestors today have been killed when the armored vehicles of the riot police hit them. Officials in plain clothes carrying blades and knives used to intimidate protestors.

All this has been taken place over the past three days during the peaceful demonstrations in Cairo and other cities. Now, with the suspicious silence of the local media and the lack of coverage from the international media, Mubarak and his gang are blocking all the channels that can tell the world about what is happening.

People who call for their freedom need your support and help. Will you give them a hand?

The activists are flooding the net (youtube and other sites) with thousands of pictures and videos showing the riot police firing on armless people. The police started to use ammunition against protestors. 15-year old girl has been injured and another 25 year old man has been shot in the mouth. While nothing of these has appeared in the media, there is more to happen tomorrow. Will you keep silent? Will you keep your mouth shut while seeing all these cruelty and inhumane actions?

We don’t ask for much, just broadcast what is happening