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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

By Nafeez Ahmed, June 14, 2013. Source: The Guardian

US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photo: Les Stone/REUTERS

US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photo: Les Stone/REUTERS

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealandcourt records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate changeenergy shocks or economic crisis – or all three.

Just last month, unilateral changes to US military laws formally granted the Pentagon extraordinary powers to intervene in a domestic “emergency” or “civil disturbance”:

“Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.” Continue reading

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Homeland Security monitors journalists

Note: This article is cross-posted from the RT.  The states it is the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news. -The GJEP Team

Published: 07 January, 2012

Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.

The development out of the DHS comes at the same time that U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady denied pleas from supporters of WikiLeaks who had tried to prevent account information pertaining to their Twitter accounts from being provided to federal prosecutors. Jacob Applebaum and others advocates of Julian Assange’s whistleblower site were fighting to keep the government from subpoenaing information on their personal accounts that were collected from Twitter.

Last month the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney subpoenaed Twitter over details pertaining to recent tweets involving the Occupy Boston protests.

The website Fast Company reports that the intel collected by the Department of Homeland Security under the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been happening since as early as 2010 and the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.

Further information:

Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative Department of Homeland Security

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Wall Street warned about possible hacking attack by Anonymous

Cross-posted from AnonOps Communication

THE US Department of Homeland Security has warned financial companies to be vigilant about a cyber security threat from Anonymous.

Wanted for shutting down websites as high profile as that of the CIA, a recently released Department of Homeland Security bulletin said the group “will continue to exploit vulnerable publicly available web servers, computer networks and other digital information mediums for the foreseeable future”.

While the DHS warning did not mention the Wall Street protests in particular, it did say that “publicized events” like Occupy Wall Street, which is in its third week in Manhattan, may motivate the group.

Nevertheless, the agency would not weigh in on the ways it might monitor Anonymous’ involvement in Occupy Wall Street.

“We don’t have any role in someone’s right to public protest,” a DHS official said.

Occupy Wall Street spokesman Patrick Bruener acknowledged that Anonymous marches alongside those demonstrating against the financial industry’s misdeeds but said that sometimes its actions crossed the line.

“Anonymous stands in solidarity with us, and they’re non violent. They have legitimate grievances — they have reasons to be upset with the way the internet works — but sometimes the way they put that out there isn’t beneficial,” Bruener said.

So far, Anonymous’ international legion of pirate computer whizzes has done the most damage by exposing the internet data held in corporate computers.

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