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About a year after Facebook reportedly joined PRISM, Max Kelly, the social network’s chief security officer left for a job at the National Security Agency, either a curious career move or one that makes complete sense. The Chief Security Officer at a tech company is primarily concerned with keeping its information inside the company. Now working for an agency that tries to gather as much information as it can, Kelly’s new job is sort of a complete reversal.

Facebook, among other tech companies, has distanced itself from the government, claiming it only cooperates when it is legally required to. But, “current and former industry officials say the companies sometimes secretly put together teams of in-house experts to find ways to cooperate more completely with the NSA and to make their customers’ information more accessible to the agency,” report the New York Times‘s James Risen and Nick Wingfield.

Before Kelly — who once worked at the FBI — took the job at the NSA, he indicated a coziness with the government. Three weeks after leaving the network in 2010, he made a speech at the Defcon hacking conference that argued greater cooperation between places like Facebook and military defense. “Commercial entities and the military are dealing with the same problem,”  he said. “They should both understand their roles in the larger picture. There isn’t enough information shared.” There he was more specifically addressing cyber-attacks from places like China, which as he predicted has turned into a national security issue. But, his speech also indicates that he thinks these two, at times opposed, industries should work together.

for the rest of the Story: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/06/facebooks-former-security-chief-now-works-nsa/66432/

from GatewayPundit:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) destroyed FBI Director Robert Mueller on the IRS targeting scandal and investigation today.

FBI Director Mueller has no idea who’s running the program, how many people are assigned to the investigation, where the investigation stands, and if any Tea Party groups have been interviewed. He was clueless.

This was another embarrassment for the Obama Administration. They’re obviously in no hurry to dig into this massive scandal. Via America Live:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/rep-jim-jordan-destroys-fbi-director-mueller-on-irs-targeting-scandal-video/

      Valerie Jarrett and Peter Roust met with Solyndra officials prior to the approval of the federally guaranteed loans that are now embroiled in bankruptcy, according to White House visitor logs.

      After the WH officials botched their Capitol Hill testimony today, and emails reveal the White House’s hand in the process, the Treasury Department is now putting its two cents into the mix and launching their investigation. With Congress asking for answers, the FBI raiding the company, and now the Treasury, this is looking more and more like the White House was an active participant in Solyndra’s scam against the taxpayers.

       Will this be an Enron? And whose heads will roll?

WASHINGTON — The FBI is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents — allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. (Emphasis added)

The FBI soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity.

The FBI recently briefed several privacy advocates about the coming changes. Among them, Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued it was unwise to further ease restrictions on agents’ power to use potentially intrusive techniques, especially if they lacked a firm reason to suspect someone of wrongdoing.

“Claiming additional authorities to investigate people only further raises the potential for abuse,” German said, pointing to complaints about the bureau’s surveillance of domestic political advocacy groups and mosques and to an inspector general’s findings in 2007 that the FBI had improperly used “national security letters” to obtain information like people’s phone bills.

http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_18260259?source=rss&nclick_check=1

The federal government is now spying on Americans based on their political beliefs.
Daily Tech reported:

The police are watching you.  If you’re the wrong religion, they’ll spy on your every move.  If you voice the wrong political opinions they’ll be watching you.  According to Mike German, a 16-year veteran with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, this is happening right in the U.S.

Mr. German has become the FBI’s worst nightmare.  Fed up with the abuses of privacy he was seeing, he complain to higher authorities and was promptly fired by the FBI.  Recently he became the ACLU’s Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy [press release]. And he’s speaking up about what he witnessed.

States Mr. German in a recent interview with Network World:

The most disturbing thing we’ve uncovered is the scope of domestic intelligence activities taking place today. Domestic spying is now being done by a host of federal agencies (FBI, DOD, DHS, DNI) as well as state and local law enforcement and even private companies. Too often this spying targets political activity and religious practices. We’ve documented intelligence activities targeting or obstructing First Amendment-protected activity in 33 states and DC.

He says that this Orwellian atmosphere could leave the U.S. a far different beast than the proud beacon of freedom it once was.  He states, “The biggest threat is that the increase surveillance of political activity will create a chilling effect that will dissuade people from exercising their rights, which will cause significant harm to participatory democracy.”

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/change-feds-are-spying-on-citizens-based-on-political-beliefs/

      Shahzad, 30, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, has been in custody since shortly after midnight. He was hauled off a plane in the nick of time as it was about to fly to the Middle East. CBS 2 obtained air traffic control recording intended to stop the pilots from taking off. The controller alerts pilots to “immediately” return to the gate.

In the end, it was secret Army intelligence planes that did him in. Armed with his cell phone number, they circled the skies over the New York area, intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations, before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

for the  criminal complaint filed Tuesday

for the article: http://wcbstv.com/local/times.square.car.2.1674692.html

      By the time that we emerged from church services on Sunday morning, the media was already painting the Time Square Car Bomb attempt as “home grown”, “Timothy McVeigh-like”, and “right wing lunacy”. Whether it was one of the talking heads, or the likes of the ever-insolent Sen. Charles Schumer, the goal of their voices was to lessen the possibility that the bomb attempt was tied to Islamic radicals, and to create the greater impression that we have more to fear from those “dangerous” individuals, you know, like the Grandma’s in Quincy, Il.

       Using one of President Obama’s overused phrases, “Let me be clear”, the members of law enforcement, at all levels, worked swiftly and cautiously in quickly getting this matter to the arrest(s) that have occurred. The federal agencies have shown that they may have learned a thing or two as a result of the Christmas day bomber fiasco and the manner in which they publicly handled it. I believe that is the primary reason that Attorney General Eric Holder personally made the announcement if the arrest of Faisal Shahzad at 1:30AM today.

      Despite reports that the suspect claims to have worked alone, we have now learned that there have been several arrests in Pakistan this morning, possibly some family members and others.

      So, instead of adopting their stance of political correctness, downplaying the role of Islamic radicals, perhaps our “leaders” should make that a primary focus in our ongoing intelligence situations, and cease painting the Tea Party Grandma’s as violent threats!

WASHINGTON–The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.

FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users’ “origin and destination information,” a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday.

FBI director Robert Mueller 

(Credit: Anne Broache/CNET)

As far back as a 2006 speech, Mueller had called for data retention on the part of Internet providers, and emphasized the point two years later when explicitly asking Congress to enact a law making it mandatory. But it had not been clear before that the FBI was asking companies to begin to keep logs of what Web sites are visited, which few if any currently do.

 For full article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10448060-38.html

     In a recent speech, a veteran FBI agent remarked that corruption, on Wall Street and in the Halls of Politics, is destroying the “soul” of the US society. The UK’s Guardian reports:

One of the FBI‘s top agents warned yesterday that corruption in the US was increasing and tearing at the fabric of society.

Special agent John Gillies, who has led major anti-corruption drives during his 27-year career with the bureau, focused his words primarily on crooked financiers and unscrupulous officials.

However, he added that sporting heroes such as Tiger Woods were also to blame, letting down children who saw them as role models. The golfer is currently embroiled in scandal since his high-profile car crash on 27 November. “Money can’t buy everything,” Gillies said.

He told a chamber of commerce meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, that failures in personal ethics and integrity sowed the initial poisonous seeds of corruption in a society.

He said that fallen sporting heroes sent the wrong message to the young: that cheating was acceptable.

In a speech reported by Reuters, he said: “It really gets at the soul and fabric of the United States when people are out there corrupting. It all starts with simple ethics violations.”

For the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/09/fbi-corruption-america

A fallen soldiers memorial is seen in front of the podium where the memorial service.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy.
–President Obama, speaking of slain troops

                          Somber reminder at the stage of the Ft. Hood Memorial Tribute