Man of the Year: Edward Snowden

Recapping 2013: Snowden, part 1

December 23, 2013

It’s that time of the year – the time to draw conclusions, and make forecasts – and you know, just remember notable things that happened this year. And with regards to the internet, one of the most notable events of the year is the NSA spying scandal. And of course, for this, we have Edward Snowden to thank.

Now, if you’re not familiar with the story of Edward Snowden, you haven’t been keeping tabs on what’s going on around the world. A quick recap – former NSA contractor comes into possession of some highly classified information regarding what the NSA is doing, and decides to make this information public. Interesting note – he used quite a bit of social engineering to do it. In other words, he didn’t procure all the information using his own credentials – instead, he asked others to give out their logins and passwords. Sounds pretty unbelievable, given the secure nature of NSA’s work, but there you have it. Snowden worked as a computer systems administrator at the Hawaii facility and apparently people are willing to give up their passwords to admins if asked nicely – a total of 20 to 25 NSA employees reportedly has done so.

The best part is, even the NSA doesn’t know and most likely will not know the extent of the leaks until Snowden is finished with publishing them. He has been releasing information on NSA’s programs gradually throughout the year, starting this summer, and recently has announced that he’s saving essentially “the best for last”, and there’s much more to come. So, why doesn’t the US government know what kind of information he got away with? The Hawaii facility, from which he copied the files, simply doesn’t have software which tracks activity of its users in the local network – and you’d think that a supposedly highly secure agency dealing with confidential data would keep tighter control over things like that.

Anyway, so what’s going on with Edward Snowden these days? Well, he first started his life as a leaker in Hong Kong. Actually, he initially wanted to go to Iceland and receive and asylum status there – but he was afraid the American government would not let him do that. Then he decided to go to Ecuador through Russia and Cuba – but after he landed in Moscow, the US government annulled his passport, rendering his travel plans useless. After being grounded in Moscow he was essentially stuck in legal limbo, unable to leave as no country would give him asylum status in absentia – or, you know, allegedly some countries were pressured by the U.S. to give Snowden the cold shoulder.

And that’s the story of how Snowden finally settled in Russia – after being stuck in the transit zone of one of Moscow’s airports – again, allegedly, as no one could actually find him anywhere in the public areas – he filed for temporary asylum – and Russian migration services satisfied his request. He’s been here for about half a year now – and according to an interview which was aired on Sunday on the Brazilian channel Globo, he’s happy that he was granted asylum here. Well, frankly, it’s not like he had a choice at the time. In any case, apparently he’s not wasting time here – apart from sending various media outlets more leaks from time to time, he’s studying Russian – and according to his statement, he now knows it well enough to “wish a Merry Christmas” in Russian.

http://voiceofrussia.com/radio_broadcast/36172287/256426195/

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More information about Google which, together with Facebook, provides the CIA information about the world’s citizens:
http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/ZD6Bc7SRBoOib9bLbsRSPN/Microsoft-Google-security-Edward-Snowden-won-where-Barack.html
http://diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be/apps/search/?s=Google+Obama

Who thinks his image is damaged on the Internet, can now be insured. Korneel Warlop from the Belgian Assurance Company Axa. “We work with companies to ensure that the data automatically arrive at the end of the search lists so no one reads them.”

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Syria latest news: Google, Nato, Pentagon and the Syrian Arab News Agency

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1) Google invests in data centre near Mons, Belgium
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/1.1600410

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2) NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Mons, Belgium
http://www.acus.org/content/natos-supreme-headquarters-allied-powers-europe-shape-mons-belgium

3) On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google…

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Google Alert – latest news Syria SANA – 24 mei 2013
1 new result for ‘latest news Syria SANA’

Syria opposition open key talks on peace initiative
Yahoo!7 News
Holding its seventh general assembly meeting since its creation last November, the National Coalition is expected to choose a new president, discuss incorporating new members and decide the fate of an interim rebel government, opponents said 
See all stories on this topic »

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Syrian News Agency Sana: http://sana.sy/eng/article/27.htm

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Kindermisbruiken in België en Nederland: Open brief

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Beste vrienden,

Ik zou die informatie omtrent de kindermisbruiken NIET aan de burgemeester doorgeven want in de Belgische en Nederlandse (partij)politiek kent iederéén iederéén en het is juist door deze informatie telkens door te spelen dat men hen steeds de mogelijkheid geeft om de zaken dicht te dekken.
Ook de mainstream-pers is van geen kanten te vertrouwen omdat het allemaal deel uitmaakt van eenzelfde systeem. Een klein wereldje waarin mensen elkaar kennen en beschermen.

De manier waarop men de zaken in België heeft dichtgedekt, zou ons iets moeten bijgeleerd hebben.

Neem de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort.

Marcel Vervloesem werd bijna vermoord in de gevangenis.
Men terroriseert nu zelfs zijn naaste familieleden (ondermeer zijn dochter en kleinkinderen) om hem verder te muilkorven.  En het is geen toeval dat men voor die terreur, opnieuw de criminelen gebruikte die Marcel ook vals moesten beschuldigen en aanklagen.

Gina Bernard, die zoals de directe familie van Marcel en zoals de bestuursleden van de vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven, gedurende maanden lang allerlei anonieme telefoons en doodsbedreigingen ontving, werd  vermoord omdat ze te veel wist over de zaak Schadwald en andere zaken.

X1-getuige Regina Louf vroeg men zodanig uit over wat zij wist totdat ze bijna geen woord meer kon uitbrengen. Vervolgens startte men een campagne in de mainstream-pers waarbij men zei dat zij ‘geestesziek’ was. Vervolgens werden haar ondervragers ervan beschuldigd dat zij het onderzoek ‘gemanipuleerd’ hadden.

Men gebruikte de jarenlange beschuldigingen tegenover Regina Louf en haar ondervragers (‘ze is zot’, ‘ze is gemanipuleerd door haar ondervragers’,) niet alleen om het onderzoek af te sluiten maar ook om elk materieel spoor over de misbruiken uit te wissen. Daarbij werden zelfs hele gebouwen (gedetailleerde plaatsbeschrijvingen die Regina Louf had gegeven) vernietigd.
Het was dus een perfecte doofpotoperatie.

Mijn advies is: werk in stilte verder. Ga op dezelfde manier te werk als de kindermisbruikers en zij die de kindermisbruikers beschermen. Zij zwijgen ook in alle talen en slaan slechts toe op het juiste moment.
Zorg ervoor dat je al de informatie die je verzamelt niet uitsluitend via de telefoon of het internet aan elkaar doorgeeft want al die informatie komt, zoals alle gevoelige informatie, in een speciaal dossiertje terecht.  Dat was ook reeds het geval toen Gina Bernard en Marcel Vervloesem met elkaar contact onderhielden over de verdwenen Manuel Schadwald. Op het Antwerpse gerechtshof bevindt zich een zogenaamd administratief dossier over de Werkgroep Morkhoven waarin zelfs het Comité I dat de Staatsveiligheid zogenaamd moet kontroleren, geen inzage heeft.

Men spreekt over de ‘veiligheid van de burger’ maar het is op de eerste plaats de veiligheid van de Staat die primeert.  De veiligheid van de burger is maar bijzaak.

Vandaar ook dat men het onderzoek naar de misbruiken en verkrachtingen in de Amsterdamse kinderkribben enkel tot Robert M. (bijgenaamd het Monster van Riga) beperkte en de Nederlandse en Belgische autoriteiten niet wilden ingaan op het verzoek van de vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven om de documenten uit de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort waarin verwezen werd naar de kindermisbruiken te Amsterdam, aan het strafdossier van Robert M. te voegen.
Een kopie van deze documenten werd ondermeer aan de Belgische en Nederlandse justitieminister, de Nederlandse kamerleden en de Nederlandse Koningin verzonden. Maar er kwam zelfs geen antwoord op dit verzoek omdat dan immers zou blijken dat men van de kindermisbruiken te Amsterdam reeds jarenlang op de hoogte was.

Dergelijke zaken worden dichtgedekt omdat er te veel diensten en personen bij zijn betrokken. Kan je je voorstellen wat voor een schandaal het zou geven indien dergelijke zaken algemeen  bekend zouden geraken ?  Ook de zeer goed draaiende kinderpornohandel in Nederland die op heel wat politieke steun kan rekenen, zou een ernstige klap krijgen.

Laat ons leren uit onze fouten en onze goedgelovigheid in het verleden.

Laat ons in stilte verder graven en laat ons ophouden met al onze informatie prijs te geven of ons telkens door bepaalde diensten te laten infiltreren.
Dat is mijn advies.

Jan Boeykens
voorzitter vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven

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Syria: two Belgian mercenaries killed

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Two Belgian mercenaries who were fighting against the regime in Syria have been killed, Belgian media say.

Some 80 Belgian Muslims are said to be participating in fights in Syria.

They were sent to the Middle East by the so-called Belgian Islamist Movement which is not recognized as a legal institution.

The number of radical Muslims coming from Europe to Syria is on the rise, many of them joining extremist groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

Voice of Russia, RIA

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_29/2-Belgian-mercenaries-killed-in-Syria-051/

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War on Syria: French neo-colonialists

French President Francois Hollande

November 17, 2012

French President Francois Hollande told his nation this week: “Decline is not our destiny”. Aptly for the theme of putative French renaissance, Hollande delivered his speech amid the splendor and opulence of the Elysee Palace in Paris.

The seat of French government can be seen as symbolic of the wealth that France has exploited over centuries from countless people around the world under its colonial subjugation. France’s supposed modern status is thus paid for with the blood, sweat and misery of impoverished African and Asian nations. So too, it seems, will its efforts to be a great power once more.

Not that all that expropriated wealth down through the centuries seems to have benefited the ordinary French people. Today, the country is mired in record unemployment, shocking inner-city poverty and decay, and deepening deficits.

However, as in foregone times, the French ruling class appears to be seeking political and economic salvation from its national woes through foreign adventurism, or what may be deemed neo-colonialism. And again countless people will pay for French imperialist meddling with their blood and suffering.

Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in regard to Syria, one of France’s former colonies. For the past 20 months, France and that other colonial has-been Britain have been at the forefront of the conspiracy of foreign powers to destabilize the government of President Bashar Al Assad.

Massacres, car bombings, executions, kidnappings – every form of terror has been deployed against Syrian civilians by foreign mercenaries supported by France, Britain, the US, Turkey, Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The Western media spin this criminality as a noble uprising or a civil war when in reality it is a covert war of aggression fomented by France, Britain, Washington and their regional proxies.

What gives these foreign powers the right to subvert a sovereign government is nothing but their own arrogant presumption. As the former colonial power in this part of the Middle East, France seems to be particularly laden with this arrogant self-righteousness.

This week saw the French government crowning the newly cobbled together Syrian National Coalition as the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people”. The coalition was hastily hammered out last weekend after a week of horse-trading among squabbling exiles and political careerists in a luxury hotel in Doha, the Qatari capital. The newfound group – which is reported, somewhat laughably, to represent 90 per cent of the Syrian opposition – is meant to replace the former Syrian National Council. The latter – another Western creation – was riven with petty rivalries and was seen as having no control over the myriad militant groups ransacking Syrian society. It wasn’t quite delivering for its foreign masters, and so was unceremoniously dumped.

What makes the SNC Mark II any more representative or legitimate is nothing other than Western diplomatic and media propaganda that is infusing an image of gravitas. The new group is headed by Syrian Sunni cleric Moaz Al Khatib and it is to be based in Cairo. However, opposition parties within Syria that are calling for negotiated reforms with the Assad government in Damascus say that the SNC is not representative of their position or the vast majority of Syrian people.

For a start, the Western-backed exile group has made it a primary principle to not entertain any negotiations with the Syrian government – even though the latter has an elected mandate from the citizens living in Syria. This point-blank refusal to negotiate with the Assad administration is in contravention of the Geneva accord that was formed last June in discussions between Russia, China and the Western states. Not surprisingly, the Western regimes have backslided on their empty, treacherous words when it suits their cynical self-interests.

What is going on here is a move by the Western governments and their regional allies to contrive a Syrian government-in-exile, regardless of its complete lack of legitimacy, in order for the foreign enemies of Assad to find a legal way to increase weapons supplies to the mercenaries and to set up no-fly zones. This has become a necessity because the foreign conspiracy to destroy Syria from within has so far failed – despite copious covert supply of weaponry from the West via its conduits of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

The French neo-colonialists are leading the way in this next phase of covert aggression. President Hollande stated this week: “I announce that France recognizes the Syrian National Coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people and thus as the future provisional government of a democratic Syria and to bring an end to Bashar Al Assad’s regime.”

Note that while the US, Britain, Germany and the Arab League had only granted the SNC official recognition as the Syrian opposition, Paris was jumping the gun to afford governmental status. This move is an outrageous assault on Syrian sovereignty, which Damascus rightly denounced as an “act of war”.

No sooner had the French unilaterally anointed this elitist exile group as the government-in-waiting than the predictable logical next step was taken. France, it was disclosed, would now open up the way for officially supplying weapons to the Syrian militants – despite the fact that the European Union has an embargo on all arms sales to Syria.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: “For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being delivered from the European side. The issue … will no doubt be raised for defensive arms.”

No doubt indeed. One begins to detect the smell of grease being slapped on to the rhetoric and legalities. Fabius went on to explain that “weapons for defensive purposes” could include anti-aircraft missiles.

Thus the French government has in one fell swoop created a parallel government for Syria, based in Cairo, which in turn allows Paris to openly supply weapons in spite of an EU arms embargo. With such weaponry, the mercenaries will be able to set up “no-fly zones” – or as the French like to call them “liberated zones” – near the Turkish border and within Syria.

This is the beginning of Syrian sovereign territory being carved up by terrorist gangs who have no support among the Syrian people – indeed have been committing endless atrocities against the people – and who could only achieve such a feat because of criminal foreign intervention.

France’s militarist vanguard role in Syria is a repeat of how it paved the way last year for arming anti-government militants in Libya and a seventh-month NATO aerial bombardment of that country, which led to some 50,000 deaths and the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. France is also taking a prominent lead in calling for military intervention in the West African state of Mali, allegedly to defeat “Islamic terrorism”.

In other words, French neo-colonialism is strutting with a newfound arrogance. Ironically, however, this resurgence in French militarism and apparent prowess is closely related to the country’s chronic demise as a bankrupt, broken-down capitalist power.

While President Francois Hollande spoke this week about “decline not being France’s destiny” he also outlined a grim package of public spending cuts and tax hikes on the nation.

Evidently, the fiscal austerity demanded by the French ruling class does not extend to cuts in military funding for conflict in Syria and elsewhere around the world. Decline would seem to be everyone’s destiny except, bien sur, for the deluded French neocolonialist rulers.

FC/AZ

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/17/272775/france-leads-syria-neocolonial-carveup/

Photo: French President Francois Hollande

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Blogging Revolution

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The Blogging Revolution is Over, But That’s Not the Point

by JEREMY on FEBRUARY 20, 2012

I was digging through some of my old columns the other day, trying to see if I had predicted anything right. Here’s what I had to say 10 years ago this month, about a new and still obscure habit called blogging:

I’d like to think that blogs do what the much vaunted portal of the dotcom boom failed to do: collate, filter and present information from other sources, alongside comment. Bloggers — those that blog — will be respected as folk who aren’t journalists, or experts in their field, but have sufficient knowledge and experience to serve as informal guides to the rest of us hunting for stuff on the World Wide Web.

There’s not much money in this, though doubtless they’re likely to upset the media barons who realize that their carefully presented, graphics-strewn home pages are being bypassed by blog-surfers stopping by only long enough to grab one article. But that may be the future: The editor that determines the content of our daily read may not be a salaried Webmaster or a war-weathered newspaper editor, but a bleary-eyed blogger in his undershirt willing to put in the surfing time on our behalf.

I called it, to the bemusement of my friends and media colleagues, the blogging revolution. I was, it turns out, both right and wrong.

Blogging was huge: so big, in fact, it led to the publisher I was then working for being bought by another, and me looking for another job. Blogging, it turned out, was the spearhead of a much bigger assault on the citadel of the media barons and we all know the results of that. But blogs themselves have themelves been superseded: Those companies that got rich realised that, like the people selling shovels and buckets to gold diggers, it was better to make money from the process of generating content than to actually produce the content itself. Facebook, Amazon and Google, of course, don’t actually produce any of their own content, but they seem to be doing well monetizing the distribution of it…

http://www.loosewireblog.com/2012/02/the-blogging-revolution-is-over-but-thats-not-the-point.html

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Defending media freedom: Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission

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Our skynetblogs with many sensitive issues which have been encrypted and were removed of the Internet, have been returned.

We wrote to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, about this censorship.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-12-335_en.htm

Photo: mind controlled robot

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