Australia’s surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share “medical, legal or religious information”, and increases concern that the agency could be operating outside its legal mandate, according to the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
The Australian intelligence agency, then known as the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), indicated it could share bulk material without some of the privacy restraints imposed by other countries, such as Canada.
The latest just released from Snowden’s trove of docs.
13:19 // 3 months ago
British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a “doomsday” cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud.
The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said.
A former United States official states, “the worst is yet to come.”
13:00 // 3 months ago
Americans are in more danger of terrorist attacks than ever before, the leaders of congressional intelligence panels said on Sunday.
“The threat level has never been more diverse than it is today,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”
“The more efforts [extremists] try, the more perfect you have to be in trying to stop something, and that’s a challenge,” he said.
“There are more groups than ever and there is huge malevolence out there,” Feinstein said. “The fatalities are way up, the numbers [of attacks] are way up.”
New updates in the intelligence field say America is under grave danger of different kinds of terrorist attacks, the U.S. intelligence committee shares. Feinstein also adds, “There is a real displaced aggression within this fundamentalist, jihadist Islamic community. And that is, the West is responsible for all the things that are going wrong.”
11:59 // 3 months ago
Afghanistan’s president declined to sign a security deal approved by a group of Afghan elders, delaying the process to plan for a United States’s military presence after 2014.
Hamid Karzai said Sunday he would not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement unless the conditions of “security,” “peace” and “a proper election” on April 5 had been met, the Associated Press reports. The Loya Jirga, a national consortium of Afghan leaders and tribe elders who overwhelmingly approved the deal, urged Karzai to approve it before the end of the year.
President Barack Obama’s administration has warned Afghanistan leaders that if the deal is not approved before next year, it could compromise the agreement to allow U.S. soldiers to remain to train and assist government security with a mounting Taliban insurgency.
The never-ending debate over the United States and Afghanistan relations continue. Political differences over the long up-and-down history between the two nations have delayed reaching a such agreement on Afghanistan security provided by the U.S. past 2014.
12:50 // 3 months ago
To be clear: Our intelligence capabilities, and the dedication of the men and women who work in the U.S. intelligence community, including at the NSA, are beyond compare. Their contributions and sacrifices are a significant reason we have enjoyed relative security since 9/11.
No one disputes the need for careful, thorough intelligence gathering. Nor is it a secret that we collect information about what is happening around the world to help protect our citizens, our allies and our homeland. So does every intelligence service in the world.
While our capabilities are unmatched, the U.S. government is not operating unrestrained. We are not listening to every phone call or reading every e-mail. Far from it. There are legal limits to what the NSA can and cannot do, and the recent disclosures and additional documents the government has declassified prove just how seriously the NSA takes these limits.
The promise comes at a time when the administration is facing criticism from numerous countries around the world for alleged spying and as a mass rally against government spying takes place in D.C.
14:12 // 4 months ago