Wednesday, December 10, 2014
“The NSA has conducted a covert campaign to intercept internal communications of operators and trade groups in order to infiltrate mobile networks worldwide, according to the latest revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

The U.S. National Security Agency ran two hitherto undisclosed operations, the Wireless Portfolio Management Office and the Target Technology Trends Center, operating under the aegis of a program called Auroragold, according to an article last week in The Intercept, which also published related documents.

The operations closely monitored the GSM Association, maintained a list of 1,201 email targets, or ‘selectors’ used to intercept internal company communications, and gathered information about network security flaws. The NSA documents show that as of May 2012 the agency had collected technical information on about 70 percent of the estimated 985 mobile phone networks worldwide.”

—>The mainstream media, including the NYT, has given up reporting about the NSA’s massive collection of data inside the US. Is this the way the state becomes Big Brother?


Washington Post:
“Obama says he willing to defy Democrats on his support of Trans-Pacific Partnership. …

The administration has argued that the trade deals will boost U.S. exports and lower tariffs for American goods in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, where the United States has faced increasing economic competition from China.”

—>The Washington Post, like most mainstream media, never gives us the back story on trade agreements. Clinton sold NAFTA in 1993 by promising good paying American Jobs, a trade surplus with Mexico, and a reduction in illegal immigration. Instead, the US lost 700,000 jobs, the surplus with Mexico turned into a chronic deficit, and tens of thousands of Central Americans headed for the Texas border. 

How could Clinton have gotten it so wrong? He didn’t. NAFTA was really designed to free multinational corporations from governmental regulations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Clinton was just doing the corporation’s dirty work, something Obama excels at while he mouths pretty words about jobs and income inequality. Our media does its part by never bringing up this history.

“Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department. …

The ‘Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015’ - named after the retiring chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services panels - includes the giveaway of Apache burial, medicinal, and ceremonial grounds currently within the bounds of Tonto. News of the land provision was kept under wraps until late Tuesday, when the bill was finally posted online.

The land proposed to be given to Resolution Copper, in exchange for other lands, includes prime territory Apaches have used for centuries to gather medicinal plants and acorns, and it is near a spot known as Apache Leap, a summit that Apaches jumped from to avoid being killed by settlers in the late 19th century.”

—>An old story, selling off Native American lands for profit. Senator John McCain is deeply involved in this scam, but you won’t read about it in the mainstream US media, including the NYT.

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