Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can “Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make” + TAO Revealed: The NSA’s ‘top secret weapon’

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democracynow on Dec 30, 2013

democracynow – A federal judge has upheld the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. telephone data just days after a separate court reached an opposite opinion. On Friday, District Judge William Pauley dismissed a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the NSA’s mass collection of U.S. phone records. Pauley said telephone metadata could have potentially prevented the 9/11 attacks by alerting the government to hijackers who made phone calls from the United States. The issue will likely head to the Supreme Court — Pauley’s ruling comes less than two weeks after another federal judge questioned the program’s constitutionality and described the bulk collection as “almost Orwellian.” We’re joined by two guests: Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director and director of its Center for Democracy; and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks.


Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can “Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make”

democracynow on Dec 30, 2013 – The German publication Der Spiegel has revealed new details about a secretive hacking unit inside the National Security Agency called the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. The unit was created in 1997 to hack into global communications traffic. Hackers inside the TAO have developed a way to break into computers running Microsoft Windows by gaining passive access to machines when users report program crashes to Microsoft. In addition, with help from the CIA and FBI, the NSA has the ability to intercept computers and other electronic accessories purchased online in order to secretly insert spyware and components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies. American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer and journalist Glenn Greenwald join us to discuss the latest revelations, along with the future of Edward Snowden, who has recently offered to assist U.S. targets Germany and Brazil with their respective probes into NSA spying.


NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online

RT on Dec 30, 2013

If you’re considering buying a new laptop online, you might want to think twice … because US intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their destination. German news magazine Der Spiegel says there is a special NSA unit dedicated to the task. RT’s Peter Oliver has more. For even more on this spy story, let’s cross live to London and talk to Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group.


TAO Revealed: The NSA’s ‘top secret weapon’

RT America on Dec 30, 2013

Their job is to get the ungettable. A unit of mostly young hackers are helping the National Security Agency break into computers around the world to access some of the toughest targets. German news magazine Der Spiegel published a report over the weekend revealing the National Security Agency’s top hacking unit, the Tailored Access Operations. It’s best described as a team of digital plumbers that unclog blocked access to targets. One of their most sophisticated set of tools lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as targets, and was used to gain important economic data from high-ranking members of OPEC. RT’s Perianne Boring takes a closer look at TAO.

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  10. TAO! What a joke. Those clever imbeciles can’t even spell it right.

    As for that rancid jellied-aspic Hayden…one can only speculate what abysmal habitats must be capable of producing such a simpering specimen of deviance.

    I admire both Jameel Jaffer’s and Glenn Greenwald’s highly principled stance. Whomsoever still has an incorruptible inner ear, may they listen intently and heed their words well.

    Only a system as vainglorious and narcissistic as the US corporate chain of command could engineer such a classic case of friendly fire. Their motto should be “the more lethal the instrument, the better the chance of us shooting our foot!”

    This hideous spectacle of American tyranny unraveling before our eyes, should be a sobering heads up to any other aspiring global bully with delusions of fantastic authority.

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