Internet Insecurities | Unfilter 41

Internet Insecurities | Unfilter 41

U.S. intelligence officials claim Cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. We go after these claims.

On Tuesday the Freedom of the Press Foundation published leaked audio from Bradley Manning’s courtroom testimony, allowing the world for the first time to hear the voice of the 25-year-old Army private as he details leaking of thousands of reports and a cables to WikiLeaks.

Plus big drone money gets serious, your feedback, and much much more!

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— Show Notes —

Secret tape of Bradley Manning Leaked

Despite onerous Army rules prohibiting recording of the Manning hearings at Ft. Meade, Maryland, the recently formed Freedom of the Press Foundation published anonymously sourced audio of Manning’s full plea allocution on Tuesday, allowing the world for the first time to hear the crisp voice of the 25-year-old Army private as he details his leaking of thousands of Army field reports and a quarter-million State Department diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

Intro video credit: Providence

Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is publishing the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In addition, we have published highlights from Manning’s statement to the court.

Pakistan, Iran Leaders Inaugurate Pipeline Project

The Iran-Pakistan pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its mushrooming energy needs at a time when the country is facing increased blackouts and energy shortages.

But there are serious doubts about how Pakistan could finance the $1.5 billion needed to construct the pipeline and whether it could go through with the project without facing U.S. sanctions, which Washington has put in place to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.

Quraishi, president of the lobbying group PakNationalists Forum,
said that the United States’ threat of sanctions is just for public
show. In terms of bilateral relations, Washington will try to
accommodate some of Pakistan’s reasons for proceeding with the

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CIA Effort In Iraq Places US Spooks On Syria’s Three Largest Borders

Officals told WSJ that the agency provides support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service (CTS) — comprised of SWAT-like units and U.S.-trained Iraqi special forces — which reports directly to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

In June The New York Times reported that CIA officers in southern Turkey was been funneling weapons to Syrian rebels. In December NPR reported that CIA officers were training rebels in Jordan on how to identify and safeguard chemical weapons (while Der Spigel reported that it had been happening since May).

In October and November we reported on potential but unconfirmed indications that the CIA may have been funneling heavy weapons from Benghazi, Libya, to Turkey.

U.S. Steps Up Alarm Over Cyberattacks

U.S. intelligence officials told a Senate hearing that the nation is vulnerable to cyberespionage, cybercrime and outright destruction of computer networks, both from sophisticated, government-sponsored assault as well as criminal hacker groups and cyberterrorists.

“It’s hard to overemphasize its significance,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said, addressing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “These capabilities put all sectors of our country at risk—from government and private networks to critical infrastructures.”

The Remote Administration Tool is the revolver of the Internet’s Wild West.

Russian hackers release sensitive information on Biden, Clinton and stars including Beyoncé, Jay-Z.

The full list of victims, according to the hacker’s Web site:

Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller (FBI Director), Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General), Charlie Beck (LAPD Chief), Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Z, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears,Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger

34 Civil Liberties Groups Speak Out Against CISPA in Lead Up to Hearings

On Monday, EFF and over 30 other Internet rights organizations sent a letter to members of Congress demanding they vote no on the “cybersecurity” bill known as CISPA. The letter starts off a week in which Congress will hold three different hearings about CISPA and computer and network security. In addition to the letter, each hearing will provide opportunity to voice many of the bill’s problems. We encourage you to join the fight and tell your Representative to say no to CISPA.

CISPA Opponent’s Petition Reaches White House To Stop Congress

“CISPA is about information sharing. It creates broad legal exemptions that allow the government to share ‘cyber threat intelligence’ with private companies, and companies to share ‘cyber threat information’ with the government, for the purposes of enhancing cybersecurity,” the petition begins. “The problems arise from the definitions of these terms, especially when it comes to companies sharing data with the feds.”

Not so Fast WA: Drones could bring billions of dollars, jobs, to Washington state

While Washington competes to be designated a test site for unmanned aircraft by the FAA a new report details just how much money the drone industry could bring to our state. New estimates show Washington could see an economic impact of more than $1.3 billion in just three years.

“Washington is one of those states that would be benefited the most. You have Boeing, which is already involved in this. But you also have all the spin-offs from having a high number of well-trained engineers with product knowledge on this,” says study author and aviation economist Daryl Jenkins.

Nationally, the immediate impact could be upwards of $13 billion, according to Jenkins.

Much-needed legislation to control surveillance by government drones has gained bipartisan support in Olympia. HB 1771 puts reasonable rules in place that would protect the public against warrantless surveillance while allowing drone use for legitimate purposes – like avalanche patrols and rescue operations. But Boeing is lobbying heavily to block the bill. Tell the Governor not to give in to Boeing – the people of Washington want safeguards against suspicionless surveillance.

A bi-partisan bill to limit drone use within Washington state is meeting resistance from the aerospace and defense corporation Boeing.

Fukushima disaster: Two years in

Japan’s 52 nuclear reactors were taken off line following the world’s second most grievous nuclear accident (after Chernobyl). All but two remain in cold shutdown. As Japan scrambled to replace all that lost energy production it gobbled up oil to fire up generators

Soon after the disaster Japan’s government revised plans on developing the national nuclear energy industry. The same year Germany approved a program on abandoning nuclear power. At present only 9 NPPs are operating there. Though Germany plans to shut them down by 2022, experts note that Berlin just like Tokyo will have to adjust its plans.

In late 2012, the new Japanese government announced plans to deviate from the policy of the previous cabinet and re-launch 6 nuclear reactors on the territory of the country. The term was not mentioned


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