CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2013 |
I hate to say this. Well, maybe I don't. It appears that Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old computer analyst hiding in broad daylight, has managed not only to throw a wrench into U.S. foreign policy but also to outfox the very national security apparatus whose overreach he warned against. It's pretty astonishing that our government can figure out a way to vacuum up our every phone call, email and text message but can't get its hands on Snowden, who left Hong Kong for Russia on Sunday, and may be there still, as he figures out how to make his way to what he has (inexplicably)
September 5, 2013 |
The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agency has moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems. Its work has allegedly weakened the scrambling not just of terrorists' emails but also bank transactions, medical records and communications among coworkers. Here's the money graf: "The NSA hacked into target computers to snare messages before they were encrypted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 |
Please. Let's stop focusing on the overpaid, tormented young man who last week revealed the National Security Administration's Power Point Plan for Total Electronic World Domination. Let's focus instead on what our nation's wiretapping agency has actually been up to, whether America's technology giants have been complicit in an unprecedented and sweeping electronic intrusion and, most important, whether we think allowing the government access to our phone calls, email, video and voice chats, photos and file transfers is the price we must pay for security in the post 9/11 world.
July 10, 2013 |
As fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden weighs his asylum options, he should be familiar with the name Luis Posada Carriles. Both Venezuela and Cuba want to get their hands on the 85-year-old Posada, accused of orchestrating the 1976 terrorist bombing of a Cuban airliner in which all 73 on board died. The U.S. government has for years refused a Venezuelan extradition request for Posada, a Cuban-born Venezuelan citizen who lives in the supportive Cuban exile community of South Florida that applauds his longtime mission to kill former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
January 9, 1987 |
Eyeing the huge hook hanging from the ceiling, the dangling rope, noose and trap door at the gallows in the Old Idaho penitentiary, former warden Orvil E. Stiles recalls the state's last execution: "I was here with Raymond Snowden 30 years ago on the last day of his life. Snowden murdered a woman in a Garden City bar. He prayed alone with me. Then he was led into this room. He was the calmest man in the execution chamber, far calmer than I was."
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say that the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence. How much that loss amounts to remains unknown as the government's classified assessment is continuing, they said. In addition, Snowden's disclosures about eavesdropping in Russia and China gave each of those countries insights that are already thought to have impaired the National Security Agency's ability to intercept their communications, the officials said.
October 10, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden met in Moscow this week with four Americans who in some cases had acted as whistle-blowers during their own careers, the group told journalists Thursday. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former NSA senior executive Thomas Andrews Drake, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley and Jesselyn Radack from the Government Accountability Project met with the fugitive American on Wednesday to give him the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, the English-language Russia Today news program reported.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the National Security Agency has overstepped its legal authority repeatedly since 2011 is likely to further erode public trust in the beleaguered intelligence service and spur new calls to constrain its authority to conduct surveillance on Americans. Several members of Congress reacted sharply to the leaked NSA audit, which documents 2,776 violations of privacy rules or court orders, mostly involving unauthorized collection of data on Americans or eavesdropping on foreign intelligence targets who entered the United States.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint charging self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden with two violations of the Espionage Act and the theft of government property, the first step in a process they hope will bring him back to this country to face trial. The charges filed under the Espionage Act were unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person. The complaint was filed under seal June 14 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., and made public Friday evening by government officials.
June 24, 2013 |
Where's Edward Snowden? Certainly I don't know; apparently, neither does the U.S. government, which wants to bring the leaker/whistle-blower/traitor/hero home to face the music for blowing the lid on the NSA's secret surveillance program. The Times on Sunday said he had fled Hong Kong for parts relatively unknown but said to include Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, with the ultimate destination Ecuador. Now, not to be a travel agent or anything, but Eddie my boy, you're heading too far south.