This video from the USA says about itself:
Are Tech Companies Happily Helping The NSA Spy On Us?
June 27, 2013
Tech companies have all denied helping the NSA’s PRISM spying program, but some evidence, including Skype’s “Project Chess” seem to show a relationship of mutual benefit; tech companies stand to benefit immensely from the NSA’s budget, and the NSA has an easier way to get people’s private information.
The revelation is disturbing, it hints that your data is probably not in safe hands. But is there any way to avoid it? Digital Trends has a list to help avoid PRISM properties, but we’re little more skeptical.
You can visit https://optin.stopwatching.us/ to petition your representative to demand full disclosure of mass blanket web spying from the NSA, and begin the process of stopping unconstitutional search.
You can also call 1-STOP-323-NSA or use this form to email congress.
By Kevin Reed:
US Army bars access to Guardian newspaper web site
29 June 2013
In response to Edward Snowden’s exposure of massive National Security Agency (NSA) spying on the public, the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) has censored access to the Guardian newspaper’s web site throughout the US Army.
Reports of limited access by Army staff to the Guardian began to emerge shortly after Snowden’s revelations were first published by the British newspaper. Employees in several departments of the US Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey in California reported to the Monterey County Herald that access was being blocked.
The Herald wrote: “Employees could go to the Guardian’s US home page, www.guardiannews.com, but were blocked from reading stories, such as NSA articles, that redirected to the British site, Presidio spokesman Dan Carpenter said.”
On Thursday, the Herald obtained a statement from NETCOM spokesman Gordon Van Vleet that the actions were, in fact, Army-wide. He said NETCOM was filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about NSA leaks.”
Van Fleet wrote: “The Department of Defense routinely takes preventive ‘network hygiene’ measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information onto DoD unclassified networks.”
The implications of the US Army censorship were made plain in a statement from the Presidio of Monterey information assurance security officer, Jose Campos, who sent an email to base employees that said the Guardian’s web site was blocked by Army Cyber Command “in order to prevent unauthorized disclosure of classified information.” He wrote further that an employee who downloaded classified information could face disciplinary action if found to have knowingly downloaded material on an unclassified computer.
The Presidio of Monterey is primarily a training facility and houses the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. There are approximately 3,000 civilian employees at the garrison as well as 1,450 Army students, 300 in the Marine Corps, 550 in the Navy and 1,300 in the Air Force. The Defense Language Institute teaches two-dozen foreign languages and the staff is made up of 2,000 instructors, 98 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach.
It would appear that the staff at the Foreign Language Center was of particular concern because language specialists are an integral aspect of the signals intelligence work of the NSA and are deeply involved in cyber surveillance activities within the US and abroad.
The Monterey County Herald obtained and published the contents of a June 7 memorandum from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Timothy A. Davis to Defense Department security directors instructing them to warn employees and contractors that classified information posted on public web sites was still considered classified. Sent to the Presidio and other military installations, the memo read, “Leadership must establish a vigilant command climate that underscores the critical importance of safeguarding classified material against compromise.”
An attachment to the memo instructs employees on how to delete classified information if it is accidentally downloaded and also warns of sanctions if they “proliferate the information in any way.” NETCOM spokesman Van Vleet said the letter was meant as a “heads-up” and designed to remind Army staff, “Everyone’s under the same agreement that Snowden most likely signed.”
The military and intelligence establishment fears widespread knowledge within the ranks about the illegal activities of the NSA. It is worried that other employees or contractors may follow in Snowden’s footsteps and bring to the public’s attention more details of criminal enterprises of the US government.
The censorship and threats of sanctions for possession of information that is widely known by the public all over the world is aimed at bolstering the drive by the state to criminalize legitimate journalism. It is also aimed at preventing any discussion among government employees and military personnel about the implications and meaning of the exposures made by Snowden.
- U.S. Army Blocks Internet Access to The Guardian Newspaper (aapd0418.com)
- Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say – Monterey County Herald (montereyherald.com)
- U.S. Army Now Censoring The Guardian (rinf.com)
- Army Censors NSA Stories on Bases (newser.com)
- Army Blocks Access to The Guardian (fossforce.com)
- US Army restricts access to Guardian website over secrets in NSA leak stories (rt.com)