Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks Releases Alleged CIA Hacking Secrets **NOTE To date: WikiLeaks has never been accused of providing false information-

WikiLeaks Releases Alleged CIA Hacking Secrets **NOTE To date: WikiLeaks has never been accused of providing false information-

Suggestions are circulating that the spy agency is able to turn smart televisions into listening devices and defeat encrypted communications apps such as Signal or WhatsApp.

NBC NEWS REPORTS: The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks posted thousands of documents Tuesday purporting to reveal CIA hacking secrets, including suggestions that the spy agency is able to turn smart televisions into listening devices and defeat encrypted communications apps such as Signal or WhatsApp. 

 NBC News has not verified the authenticity of the documents, but computer experts and former intelligence officials were treating them as real. A CIA spokesman declined to comment. "We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," the CIA's Jonathan Liu told NBC News.
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As part of its release, WikiLeaks made the extraordinary claim that the CIA "lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal," including a series of tools that experts say could be turned against Americans. U.S. officials would neither confirm nor deny that allegation. 

 "This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA," WikiLeaks said in a news release. "The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive." 

 "The real story here is the government cannot secure these tools," said Mark Rasch, a former Justice Department computer crimes prosecutor. "This is akin to anthrax the government has in a lab somewhere. If it gets out, it's dangerous to all of us." WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement that the files in its possession are the most comprehensive release of U.S. spying documents ever, even more significant than the huge trove of National Security Agency secrets exposed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Assange said the documents came to WikiLeaks from a U.S. intelligence contractor. WikiLeaks redacted the names of purported CIA officers and withheld the actual hacking tools it said might allow hackers to seize control of machines. Some experts who began examining the documents are not so sure of their significance. "Even if it's real, I'm not sure how damaging it is," said Matthew Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University. "It seems to be an indication that the CIA does things we assumed it was doing."

Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff at the CIA, said he was skeptical that the agency's entire hacking operation had been exposed. And, he said, "once the makers of consumer devices know what's out there, they can build the right defenses." "Some of this stuff looks real, but there are a lot of discrepancies," said James Lewis, a cyber security expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He added that it's unlikely that so many classified CIA hacking programs would be available to the same person. "This stuff is usually compartmentalized and it's unusual to have all the compartments put together." "The alternative hypothesis is that the Russians have done it again to confuse the story in the U.S. I find that at least as persuasive as the one WikiLeaks is peddling." Still, if secret CIA hacking information came into the possession of WikiLeaks, a group the U.S. says has cooperated closely with Russian intelligence, it represents yet another serious breach of sensitive U.S. intelligence data after the case of Snowden and the subsequent charges against Harold Martin, an NSA contractor accused of taking home a huge tranche of secrets. WikiLeaks has more than 8,700 documents created from 2013 to 2016 that were housed in a database belonging to the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence, says Assange. The documents, which he described as the CIA's hacking "arsenal," purport to show how Britain's MI5 and the CIA collaborated to take control of microphones on Samsung Smart TVs, found ways around anti-virus software, and got access to the iPhone and Android phone platforms, among many other revelations.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Syrian-born mayor drops STUNNER about sanctuary cities

Syrian-born mayor drops STUNNER about sanctuary cities

County commission of Miami-Dade which voted just over a week ago to become the first county in the nation to drop its “sanctuary” status by agreeing to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials.

It’s particularly significant because Miami-Dade has such a large (Hispanic) immigrant population, it has earned the informal title of the “capital of Latin America.” Will more cities and counties follow suit? Perhaps we’re reaching a tipping point. Next up is Montvale, New Jersey mayor Mike Ghassali, a Syrian-born immigrant. Because of his background and interactions with refugees in his community, many expected he’d fall in line with other liberal mayors in the state. Earlier this month, the Muslim mayor of Prospect Park signed his own executive order declaring his city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. 


Mohamed Khairullah, who was also born in Aleppo like Ghassali, ordered his city not to comply “in the enforcement of Federal Immigration Law.”

Democrat Mayor Steven Fulop also supported sanctuary city policies for Jersey City, signing an executive order earlier this month promising that no one’s immigration status would ever be questioned in his municipality. But Ghassali said, “I can’t break the law.”


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Colorado rancher plows mile-wide ‘Trump' sign

Colorado rancher plows mile-wide ‘Trump' sign

LIMON - If you fly in or out of Denver soon, you might spot what we’re pretty sure is the state’s largest political sign.

Frustrated at some of the negativity coming from opponents of President Donald Trump, rancher Doug Koehn hopped on his plow and carved the word “TRUMP” in big block letters into his field.

“The letters are 800 feet wide and approximately 800 feet long,” Koehn said. “A mile-long Trump.

You can’t really read it from ground level. The first time Koehn saw the whole thing in one frame was when 9NEWS showed up with a drone to see it.

“It looks really nice,” Koehn said while staring at the drone’s video feed, joking that he was relieved he didn’t make a spelling error.

Some farmers have equipment that can be programmed to use GPS systems to precisely plow a field. This effort was decidedly low-tech by comparison.

 “I have an old tractor, it don’t do that,” Koehn said.
 “My son come out and stepped it off and I just drove the tractor to wherever he was standing.” 

Koehn says he’s never voted before last year’s election, when he was inspired to cast a ballot for Trump. He tells 9NEWS he’s “embarrassed” that Colorado voted for Hillary Clinton last year and wanted to show that Trump has healthy support in Colorado’s rural Eastern plains. 

 He was also inspired by his previous experience flying in and out of Denver International Airport, which ranks as one of the 20 busiest airports in the world. He’s been able to spot the house on his ranch land from the plane before and he hopes his sign will reach travelers with routes that run to the East of Denver. 

Tom Perez advised Hillary to attack Bernie as a racist during the presidential campaign.

Tom Perez advised Hillary to attack Bernie as a racist during the presidential campaign.

Now, with that preface, here are some of the attacks on Sanders and his supporters, which represent a pattern of sleaziness that has become a hallmark of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Sanders Misrepresents Role In the Civil Rights Movement

On February 11, ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary, the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee endorsed Clinton. Civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, called Sanders’ civil rights movement record into question.

“I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis stated. “I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966.

 I was involved with the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed [the] voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President [Bill] Clinton.”

One might think, after hearing Lewis’ remarks, that he met both Hillary and Bill during the civil rights movement. According to Lewis’ book, “Conversations With Black America,” he did not hear of Bill Clinton until the 1970s. Lewis did not meet Bill Clinton until 1991, when an aide asked him to support Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Sanders’ history in the civil rights movement could be a real asset for him with people of color, especially because it might help prove his commitment to advancing struggles for racial justice. Clinton was not involved in the civil rights movement when Sanders was engaged in activism. She was campaigning for Barry Goldwater, a Republican who opposed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“When I was a young college student,” Sanders told the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in July, “I came to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 I heard this organization’s first president, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., deliver his famous speech, and he inspired me, just as he inspired a whole generation—black and white—to get involved in the civil rights movement.”

“In Chicago, I worked for housing desegregation and was arrested protesting public school segregation. During that time I was active in what was a sister-organization to the SCLC, the Congress of Racial Equality or CORE, which was headed up by the late James Farmer,” Sanders added.

For two days, the remarks from Lewis stirred animosity among Sanders supporters, which Clinton supporters seized upon to claim his supporters had no respect for a civil rights icon. Once the news cycle had run its course, Lewis clarified on Saturday that he never “doubted that Senator Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, neither was I attempting to disparage his activism.”

 But, by this time, Clinton had already created doubt about whether Sanders had exaggerated his civil rights movement record, and the damage was done.
 Ryan Clayton writer for the Huffington Post caught passing out Russian flags at CPAP during President Trumps Speech

Ryan Clayton writer for the Huffington Post caught passing out Russian flags at CPAP during President Trumps Speech

Two liberal activists handed out nearly 1,000 Russian flags to unwitting attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference.