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Give Snowden credit for surveillance debate: Google's Schmidt

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Edward Snowden, the contractor at the center of the NSA controversy, should be credited for starting a debate, Eric Schmidt told CNBC on Friday.

 

 Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden should be credited for starting a debate about privacy versus security, Google's Eric Schmidt, told CNBC on Friday.

 

In a wide-ranging "Squawk Box" interview from Davos, Switzerland, the Google executive chairman also insisted that his company knew nothing about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities. He said the agency's actions have cost technology firms "hundreds of millions of dollars in profit" due to opportunities that went to international competitors.

 

He said U.S. spying had become something of a talking point for European technology companies, giving them an opening to lure business from their American counterparts.

 

Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia in the face of U.S. criminal charges for his disclosures about NSA spying, has been alternately hailed as a hero and vilified as a traitor.

 

"When I look at what's happened here, a debate has been started," Schmidt said. "You have to give him credit for that."

 

(Read more: Obama ends NSA's mass storage of telephone metadata)

 

Google's top executive also reiterated his position that his company, along with other tech giants, were outraged by the disclosures, and took preventative measures to safeguard user privacy.

 

"It was a bad policy," Schmidt said. "If you're going to collect that data, ... as a general matter the government should only collect data it really needs."

 

more: NSA uses old tech to snoop into computers offline)

—By CNBC's Javier E. David.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101337274

 

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers   Text Size   Published: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 7:33 AM ETBy: David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker 

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.

 

While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials.



The technology, which the agency has used since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into the computers. In some cases, they are sent to a briefcase-size relay station that intelligence agencies can set up miles away from the target.

 

The radio frequency technology has helped solve one of the biggest problems facing American intelligence agencies for years: getting into computers that adversaries, and some American partners, have tried to make impervious to spying or cyberattack. In most cases, the radio frequency hardware must be physically inserted by a spy, a manufacturer or an unwitting user.

 

The N.S.A. calls its efforts more an act of ''active defense'' against foreign cyberattacks than a tool to go on the offensive. But when Chinese attackers place similar software on the computer systems of American companies or government agencies, American officials have protested, often at the presidential level.

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A.C.L.U. Files Suit Over Phone Surveillance Program

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program — whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week — is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged......

 

The program “gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations,” the complaint says, adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the A.C.L.U. for legal assistance............

 

....Congress never openly voted to authorize the N.S.A. to collect logs of hundreds of millions of domestic phone calls, but the administration notes that some lawmakers were briefed on the program. Some members of Congress have backed it as a useful counterterrorism tool, while others have denounced it.

 

“The administration claims authority to sift through details of our private lives because the Patriot Act says that it can,” Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Sunday. “I disagree. I authored the Patriot Act, and this is an abuse of ............

 

......Still, even with such restrictions, privacy advocates say the mere existence of the database will inevitably erode the sense of living in a free society: from now on, whenever Americans pick up a phone, before dialing they now face the consideration of whether they want the record of that call to go into the government’s permanent files.

 

Moreover, while use of the database may currently be limited to terrorism, history has shown that new powers granted to the government for one purpose often end up being applied to others. An expanded search warrant authority that Congress granted in the Patriot Act justified by the Sept. 11 attacks, for example, was used far more often in routine investigations like ......

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"The surveillance state" NSA taps in to internet giants' systems to mine user data, secret files reveal

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" Top secret PRISM program gives intelligence agency direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple.

 

The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US…It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants….

 The National Security Agency access was enabled by changes to US surveillance law introduced under President Bush and renewed under Obama in December 2012. ……..

 


Some of the world's largest internet brands are claimed to be part of the information-sharing program since its introduction in 2007. Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan "Your privacy is our priority" – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007.It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012. The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online...


Collectively, the companies cover the vast majority of online email, search, video and communications networks.
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From the Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail"

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/secret-and-sweeping/article12433947/

 

"Prism appears to be an extension of a similar program put in place during the last days of the George W. Bush presidency. According to classified presentation slides obtained by The Washington Post and The Guardian, Microsoft was the first of the major companies to be included in the program, back in late 2007, followed by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, and Skype and AOL in 2011. Most recently, Apple was added in October of 2012. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama defended the surveillance, saying it was approved by Congress and subject to judicial oversight."

 

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The dangers of a surveillance state: Clear, powerful interview of NSA Whistle-blower Journeyman Pictures ... |

 

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 VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS expresses his disapproval in a short video intervention.

 

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/media/view/?id=0be11917-5056-a032-5294-3dc85d8caaff

 

Edward Snowden: experts divided over extradition of NSA whistleblower - video

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/10/edward-snowden-extradition-nsa-whistleblower-video

 

In French:

 

http://www.01net.com/editorial/597161/edward-snowden-l-homme-par-qui-le-scandale-prism-est-arrive/#?xtor=EPR-1-[NL-01net-Actus]-20130610

 

Un programme secret de récolte de données d'appels téléphoniques et d'espionnage d'Internet existe au Canada, comme en France, à l'instar de ceux dont la presse a révélé l'existence la semaine dernière aux Etats-Unis, affirme lundi le quotidien canadien The Globe and Mail.

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/canadians-need-proper-debate-about-monitoring-of-phone-and-internet/article12445818/

 

http://www.01net.com/editorial/597173/prism-un-programme-similaire-existerait-au-canada/#?xtor=EPR-1-[NL-01net-Actus]-20130610

 

http://www.01net.com/editorial/597007/surveillance-des-reseaux-un-projet-prism-a-la-francaise-existe-deja/

 

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Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says

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An investigative report by Le Monde has discovered its government is running a secret operation much like PRISM.

 

A video + TRANSCRIPT

 

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 NB: http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/07/04/revelations-sur-le-big-brother-francais_3441973_3224.html

"Si les révélations sur le programme d'espionnage américain Prism ont provoqué un concert d'indignation en Europe, la France, elle, n'a que faiblement protesté. Pour deux excellentes raisons : Paris était déjà au courant. Et fait la même chose.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23178284

France 'has vast data surveillance' - Le Monde reportTelecom network cables in France The DGSE data is said to be accessed by other French intelligence agencies

France's foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.

The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.The operation is "outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision", Le Monde says.

 

 http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/exclusive-french-intelligence-has-its-own-version-of-prism/dgse-prism-secret-service-france-big-brother-/c1s12643/ (source: Le Monde)
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/europe/france-surveillance-claims/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
http://www.zdnet.com/france-has-its-own-prism-system-report-7000017694/

 

A comment from a reader on http://www.zdnet.com:

Could be part of the reason why..."...Edward Snowden is having a hard time finding a government that will give him asylum. Normally, the French would be more than happy to thumb their noses at the Americans, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to if they have a PRISM program of their own.

Notice how eager the Russians are to help Snowden out (not at all).John L. Ries 5 July, 2013"


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The dangers of a surveillance state: Clear, powerful interview of Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-blower : - transcript B2 & over

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12 mn58  Also on youtube  http://youtu.be/VD4_fGS1TYs  ;    

 

From " Journeyman Pictures" , a  very clear, powerful, clever  and articulate interview of  Edward Snowden  with the transcript.

 

He  explains why, on moral grounds,  he has risked his life and freedom to expose  the secret world of US-sponsored digital snooping.  He is convinced  such politics  pose  a grave danger  for democracy , how it could gradually lead to tyranny.

 

From the Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail"

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/secret-and-sweeping/article12433947/

 

"Prism appears to be an extension of a similar program put in place during the last days of the George W. Bush presidency. According to classified presentation slides obtained by The Washington Post and The Guardian, Microsoft was the first of the major companies to be included in the program, back in late 2007, followed by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, and Skype and AOL in 2011. Most recently, Apple was added in October of 2012. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama defended the surveillance, saying it was approved by Congress and subject to judicial oversight."

 

Other countries such as Canada, Great Britain, seem to go in this Orwellian direction which  clearly go against the basic rules of democracy and the preservation of individual freedom.

 

Is  George Orwell turning in his grave?

 

 Who would have thought such an incredible  surveillance system would have secretly appeared in a democratic country....

 

"It's the largest intelligence leak in a generation. PRISM whistle-blower Edward Snowden has exposed a secret world of US-sponsored digital snooping. Now he explains his motives and his fear of reprisal. 

Edward Snowden is a wanted man: "all my options are bad" he mutters. And as a former NSA contracter with a decade of experience for the US Secret Services, he's got a good idea of what to expect.

 

"Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners."

 

It may sound like paranoia. But Snowden knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him.

 

Despite this, he decided it was a moral imperative that he reveal his identity. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I have done nothing wrong." Instead he hopes to add credibility to his claims through his decision to go public.

 

As far as Snowden is concerned, the stakes are just too high. "They'll say that because of the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority. We need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turn-key tyranny"."

 

And also an article and two videos:

 "The surveillance state" NSA taps in to internet giants' systems to mine user data, secret files reveal | @scoopit  http://sco.lt/79LQrx

 

A.C.L.U. Files Suit Over Phone Surveillance Program | @scoopit http://sco.lt/8MBPw9

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