Body of Secrets, and, Echelon

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Body of Secrets: How America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ Eavesdrop on the World James Bamford, London: Century, 2001, £20 Report on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system) Rapporteur: Gerhard Schmid European Parliament, 11 July 2001   In liberalised free markets, the successful nation […]

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Cyberspace Wars: Microprocessing vs. Big Brother

[…] book ignored microprocessing and limited its nightmarish vision to the dangers posed by Big Brother’s mainframes. One chapter covered the threat posed by the National Security Agency (NSA), the largest U.S. intelligence agency with the world’s best computers, an agency that is not subjected to any oversight. In the mid-1970s the Senate Intelligence Committee […]

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Surf’s up! Internet sites of interest

[…] US government agencies that carry out intelligence activities of the US government. There is background information only (eg mission and authority) on these agencies, including CIA, DIA, NSA NRO, Army Navy and Air force Intelligence, depts of State and Energy, FBI. National Security Agency http://www.nsa.gov:8080/ Information about NSA, mission statement, Venona Project, cryptologic museum. […]

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Web Update

[…] procedures during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson presidencies, related to planning covert actions and special intelligence operations in support of US foreign policy. Korean War 1950-53 (NSA) http://www.nsa.gov/korea/index.html Includes newly declassified materials relating to the Korean War, eg the Korean War: the Sigint background (material on the history of signals intelligence and cryptology […]

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Web update

[…] of some docs; cornerstone docs of US govt – US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights. National Security Archive http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ Situated at George Washington university, the NSA is a research institute on internal affairs; a library and archive of declassified US documents obtained through FOIA; a public interest law firm defending and expanding […]

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Web Update

[…] be embarrassing to the agencies concerned (cryptome. org/mi5-verio.htm). Cryptome’s archives contains older material. Echelon – Developments in the US and Europe http://www.echelonwatch.org http://www.aclu.org/echelonwatch/index.htm US: Further hearings into NSA spying activities are expected to be held by the US Congress’ House Govt Reform and Oversight Committee. In connection with these hearings, Duncan Campbell has written […]

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Electronic Privacy and the Encryption Debate

[…] knowledge or government supervision, the FBI through ILETS has since 1993 steered government and communications policy across the world. In the shadows behind the FBI stood the NSA whose global security operations could only benefit if, around the world, users were systematically to be denied telecommunications privacy in the information age.'(8) UK policy on […]

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Web Update

[…] links to on-line cryptographic services; cryptographic software utilities and companies selling cryptographic software and hardware; U.S. cryptography policy; Digicrime, Inc (‘a full-service criminal computer hacking organisation’); Cypherpunks, NSA and other info sources. Data Protection Registrar http://www.open.gov.uk/dpr/dprhome.htm Includes U.K. Data Protection Act, duties of the Registrar, copy of public register of data users (http://www.dpr.gov.uk/). Can […]

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Web update

[…] If you have any interest in freedom, you’d better start protesting against this now! Today Green Anarchist, tomorrow it could be you.’ Intelligence Global Power and the NSA http://www.tlio.demon.co.uk/strigas.htm Eclectic – covers subjects including NSA; Echelon (article by Nicky Hager); censorship; freemasons; Bilderberg. A lot of links to NSA-related info. Sections of the revised […]

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Combat 18 and MI5: some background notes

Observers of the activities of the neo-nazi Combat 18 (C18), otherwise known as the National Socialist Alliance (NSA), have been treated to some bewildering documents and allegations recently. In an attempt to clarify who is saying what, and why, I will examine the origins and initial purpose of C18, the role (if any) of […]

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