New Snowden Doc Reveals How GCHQ/NSA Use The Internet To ‘Manipulate, Deceive And Destroy Reputations’

New Snowden Doc Reveals How GCHQ/NSA Use The Internet To ‘Manipulate, Deceive And Destroy Reputations’


by Mike Masnick

A few weeks ago, Glenn Greenwald, while working with NBC News, revealed some details of a GCHQ presentation concerning how the surveillance organization had a “dirty tricks” group known as JTRIG — the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group. Now, over at The Intercept, he’s revealed the entire presentation and highlighted more details about how JTRIG would seek to infiltrate different groups online and destroy people’s reputations — going way, way, way beyond just targeting terrorist groups and threats to national security.
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

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Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

Edward Snowden

Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

Open letter to Brazilian people is a testimony of continued purpose, not a quid pro quo

– Jon Queally, staff writer
A day after a ruling by a federal judge was seen to vindicate the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor published “an open letter” to the people of Brazil offering to help the government there with its investigation into U.S. spying in the country.”I’ve expressed my willingness to assist where it’s appropriate and legal, but, unfortunately, the US government has been working hard to limit my ability to do so,” Snowden said in the letter, which was published in the Brazilian daily Folha de S Paulo.“I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.” –Edward Snowden

“Until a country grants me permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak out,” he said.

Though many media outlets depicted the letter as an offer by Snowden to “exchange” or “swap” his assistance for political asylum, nothing in the letter suggests a quid pro quo.

For example, the USA Today headline on Tuesday morning read: ‘Snowden to Brazil: Swap you spying help for asylum.’ And even the Guardian reported: ‘Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over US spying in return for asylum.’

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US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping

Germany NSA Art

(Artists A.Signl, left, and B.Shanti of the artist group Captain Borderline the mural ‘Surveillance of the fittest’ at a wall in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The painting shows an American Bald Eagle with surveillance cameras watching a herd of sheep to draw attention to the spying program of the American National Security Agency. Germany demanded answers to all open questions about U.S. surveillance Thursday following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel s cellphone, and her chief of staff noted that Washington hasn t denied past snooping. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) ( Frank Augstein ))

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping

I’ve never beena fan of the U.N. but I’ve got to give them credit.

The UN has apparently been considering a proposal pushed by Brazil and Germany, to clarify that basic offline rights to privacy should apply to online information and activities as well. The proposal is targeted at attempts by governments — mainly the US — to ignore privacy issues in spying on people around the globe. Not surprisingly, the US is (quietly) working hard to stop this plan. Colum Lynch at Foreign Policy has the scoop, noting that publicly, the US is pretending to support this in some form: But privately, American diplomats are pushing hard to kill a provision of the Brazilian and German draft which states that “extraterritorial surveillance” and mass interception of communications, personal information, and metadata may constitute a violation of human rights. The United States and its allies, according to diplomats, outside observers, and documents, contend that the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not apply to foreign espionage.

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Mozilla Lightbeam for Firefox: NSA spying row leads firm to expose who’s watching while you surf


Mozilla Lightbeam for Firefox: NSA spying row leads firm to expose who’s watching while you surf

Mozilla’s Lightbeam for Firefox, a download produced by the US free software community behind the ever-popular browser, is claiming to a ‘watershed’ moment in the battle for web transparency.

Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are.

Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is active on those sites, including commercial organisations which might potentially be sharing your data.

Mozilla wants users who install the Lightbeam add-on to Firefox, to crowd-source their data, to produce the first “big picture” view of web tracking, revealing which third-parties are most active.

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Ed Snowden Emerges From Hiding To Receive Award


Ed Snowden Emerges From Hiding To Receive Award

The Sam Adams Associates Integrity and Intelligence Award is given each year by a group of retired CIA officers. It is given to an individual who takes a stand against abuse of information gathering. Many of the award’s past recipients have been whistleblowers — in fact, the award itself is named after Vietnam whistleblower Samuel A. Adams. Wikileak’s Julian Assange received the award in 2010.

Butch Up or Grow a Pair!: The Abdication of America.


We live in a nation full of spineless jellyfish who refuse to stand for anything. Crass? Maybe, but it feels as though if it wasn’t for being “sensitive” the USA would not have a culture at all. For the sake of all that is right and good please express yourself! Dare to be heard! At least then we would know which people are part of the problem and who is seeking to make a better world. If you hate a group of people or their lifestyle then grow a pair and unabashedly say so. You may be an idiot but at least you’ll be an idiot with convictions (and bonus: the rest of us will know who to avoid).

Think about this. Don’t all of us look up to people who live a life of convictions? We pay tons of money to watch television shows and movies with a protagonists that lives by a definitively higher code. We cheer and walk out of the theater feeling better (if only for a fleeting moment) about life because some script writer has painted a gripping picture of a world we long to have back again. Remember when we aspired to harmony? The old folksy shows that we grew up with. The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie or even the progressive shows like Star Trek with their Prime Directive. When Superman (Christopher Reeve obviously) saved the world and defeated corruption and evil men then our hearts surged with something dare I say . . spiritual? We long for equality and justice. We love to feel a hopefulness about it all.


Isn’t it about time that we as a society get off our collective arse and take some responsibility for our country and our world. We whine and moan like petulant children about the economy and our government in general. Honestly evaluate this for a second, how many of us who are crying so loudly will really do anything more than cast a vote (if we do that much)? BTW, stop all the whining!! Seriously, is there anything more sad and annoying than listening to someone moan about their situation but refuse to be proactive? Why are so many waiting for someone else or something to change their circumstances. How’s that working out so far?

Is it just me or does it seem that the only ones fighting for their agendas are blatantly selfish and power-hungry? Republicans, Democrats, Senators, Representatives, Policy-Makers, Religious Leaders and their acolytes. The list goes on and on.

While all the afore mentioned “Pillars of Society” continue their march toward power “We The Sheeple” bury our heads in the sands of entertainment. We have abdicated our destiny to those who can’t see past their own self-interests and dogma.


So what do we do about it? Firstly, question authority. If they are right then there is no harm in questioning them. Secondly, when “authority” is wrong then remove them from their positions or deny them power. Thirdly, quit tolerating half-hearted efforts and laziness in yourself or those you patronize. You’re just fueling the problem. Finally, live by your convictions without apology. Be proud and proactive about your agenda and partner with those who share your beliefs. Lift each other up and you will see change!

One caveat if I may. If your convictions and agenda are based in hatred and vitriol, if they tear people down instead of creating a more just society then please do everyone a favor. Relax and take a moment for yourself. You deserve it. Make some popcorn, get some tea or a warm glass of milk and get comfortable. I think that there is some really good reality TV on tonight.

by Paul King (Geeklosophy)