Catalog of the Snowden Revelations
This page catalogs various revelations by Edward Snowden, regarding the United States’ surveillance activities. Each disclosure is assigned to one of the following categories: tools and methods, overseas USG locations from which operations are undertaken, foreign officials and systems that NSA has targeted, encryption that NSA has broken, ISPs or platforms that NSA has penetrated or attempted to penetrate, and identities of cooperating companies and governments. The page will be updated from time to time and is intended as a resource regarding Snowden and the debate over U.S. surveillance.  Comments and suggestions thus are welcomed, and should be sent to staff.lawfare@gmail.com. 1. Tools and methods   2. Overseas USG locations from which operations are undertaken 3. Foreign officials and systems that NSA has targeted 4. Encryption that NSA has broken 5. Identity of ISPs and platforms that NSA has penetrated or attempted to penetrate 6. Identities of cooperating companies and governments
Voting is a pernicious form of violence that is counter-intuitive until you discover what the ballot box does in democracy. It takes a narrow menu of option that rely on a tacit acceptance of the rod and gun as the pillar of maintaining an orderly society. There is no visible exception to the rule and democracy seems to attain a critical mass of interested parties at the atomistic level (unlike the highly effective means of focused lobbying) who decide that raiding the wealth and resources of their friends and families and neighbors at gunpoint through the endorsement of a government system is an effective means to make living at other people’s expense. Whether the homebound shamblers drawing SSI or the highly paid government civilians or contractors, the entire system is built on theft and voting is the majority nod to the criminal act. Voting legitimizes all the excesses and sociopathic tendencies of the state and condones the barbaric practice of authorizing the tax man at all levels coming into your neighbor’s house and stealing 35 percent of their resources on a monthly basis and if the homeowners resist in any demonstrable fashion, they get a boot on the neck and maybe a surcharge for daring to question or resist the thief and his army.  Government is a highwayman and the voter is the waylaid traveller who appears to smile happily at having a gun screwed to his temple and his pockets emptied.  He then proudly wears the cheap sticker on his jacket that reads: “I Was Robbed and I Voted for It!” Then he can stumble around the polling place afterwards and have high fives with other worthies who perform the same dysfunctional behavior. Many more talented and thoughtful writers have examined all the intricacies of why voting is all of the above and worse. Simply Startpage voting at www.lewrockwell.com and you find a huge variety of great perspectives on withdrawing from voting entirely. The George Carlin video is priceless. Carlin: ....I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain", but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.” I complained incessantly to my sainted bride when we had the misfortune of living in a home-owner’s association (HOA) in our last house. She said shut your trap and run for office to get on the board instead of simply complaining and it was my most visceral lesson in the uselessness of voting and the fact that the tyranny of HOAs is the lowest hanging fruit in the cancer garden of political life where the usual suspects use the state to advance noxious and ant-private property rules and regulations. I was Dr. No but when you are the only negative vote with four ayes always countermanding, you might as well mow your lawn with your teeth to accomplish something…anything.

  This is the first in an itinerant series of essays to put practical effects to resistance in the coming bad times. Reader contributions welcome. -BB [Great note from Ben Stone, the Bad Quaker: One of my listeners has an off shore company that runs a private network. I have a device (Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6) that is incapable of being used as a traditional cell phone. It will play MP3s, surf the net, and allow me to connect to the private network mentioned above. Once connected to that network, I can "call" anyone else on the network, so long as I know their code. This code is not saved by the device. The call is mil-grade encrypted. The service for this network runs about the price of a traditional cell service when spread over the course of a year. It's my understanding that using this network, in conjunction with a VPN like Cryptohippie (run by Paul Rosenburg, another friend), a call through a Verizon hot spot cannot be tapped, recorded, or traced. Here is their web site, but keep in mind, the site doesn't tell the whole story.   [https://libertyprivate.net/] “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”So reads the text sent to thousands of protesters in Ukraine located via cell phones (most likely to within five meters of their location with phone on hip). The usual suspects in the government immediately passed new laws on various behaviors now prohibited as a result of the violent protests that have...

Yet another indication that the Regime and its subsidiary political apparatchiks in the various localities across the US are becoming nothing more than legions of auxiliaries to the Federal law enforcement leviathan. The Torrance, CA cop (I will bet dollars to donuts he is an overweight human), Brian McGee, has been cleared after ramming a vehicle not fitting the description of Dorner’s vehicle nor sporting the same pigmentation as the alleged cop killer. The smaller and whiter Mr. Perdue was on his way to a surfing break when the state thug rammed his car and fired three rounds through the windshield. A number of observations become apparent.
  • The Torrance PD is rather ill-trained in its ability to distinguish between a purple Nissan and a black Honda although the apparently trigger happy McGee may have gotten skin tone and car color confused.
  • McGee’s shot group of three rounds was rather impressive by cop standards because they did not hit any other vehicles or pedestrians but failed to hit the innocent driver (another change of pace). Once Americans wake up to the clear and present menace to their well-being cops are everyday, they may accrue advantages in the future unpleasantness.
  • McGee could not have had positive ID before he opened fire because of the distinct differences in race and characteristics of the victims here. Nor did he have positive vehicle ID.
  • The internal investigation found no wrong-doing, big surprise there and one simply has to look at the track record of cops investigating each other and you can make the same bakery bet I alluded to earlier.
This is quite simply a declaration of war on ordinary Americans by every police department in America, all 19,000 departments. One stands a greater chance of being struck by lightning or devoured by a Great White Shark than being involved in a “foreign terror” incident on American soil. The Russian government repeatedly warned the boobs at Fatherland Security of the brothers allegedly responsible for the Boston bombing. I say “foreign terror” because the usual government misconstruing of language is apparent in their desire to brand abortion protesters, ecological cadres and right-wing nut jobs to include the heroes of Duck Dynasty as domestic terrorists when the primary threat to every American is the cop at the local to federal level. No political bad actor could deny a single man his freedom or liberty without the police to enforce his psychopathic designs on humanity.
I just saw Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg loosely based on the book by Luttrell, the title character and least injured of the four-man crew haplessly and uselessly brutalized and sacrificed in the Afghan hinterlands in 2005 for yet another American neo-imperialist briar patch. As all autobiography is essentially fiction, realized as an heroic paean to the author, one has to suspend their disbelief with some of the morality plays on the screen like the argument about killing the two young sheepherders and the old man in the initial scenes that preface the rest of the movie once the SEALs are in Indian country. No one will ever know if Luttrell was the voice of humanity calling for the preservation of the indig’s lives even at the expense of operational security. The movie itself is rather harrowing in the details of a military chase movie that is as gritty as the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan and the intense small unit fiascoes in Blackhawk Down with the same kind of almost existential agony portrayed in the French production called Special ForcesThe parallels in story lines between the French film and this one is rather close; a small elite unit is placed in circumstances that exceed the skill sets of the most rehearsed and talented warriors. SEALs do not have a solid reputation in the SOF community for light classic infantry skills and I was puzzled by the lack of Rally Points, alternative ORPs and the apparent complete absence of a comprehensive E&E plan. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) and Strategic Reconnaissance (one of the five core SF disciplines) TTP and methodologies are deeply embedded and practiced by the Army in my experience. A terrific USMC After Action Review of the mission can be found here. One could also assume that a light infantry platoon with robust extraction options could have achieved this mission profile. You may have millions of dollars invested in your training but if you are not equipped for a particular mission, don't use that asset no matter how shiny and cool. Point of view is so important in these films. I often think that the war fantasy movie Red Dawn from the 1980s would have been critically acclaimed by the usual government supremacist applause if it had been grainy black and white (like Battle of Algiers) in Spanish set in the steamy jungles of Central America while a brave force of Communist guerrillas battled a coalition of European invaders. John Milius, the director and writer of Red Dawn, was an unapologetic anti-communist and this set him quite apart from the collectivist rabble that made up the majority of the pod-thinking in Hollywood then and now.

Publisher's Note: Jim has been a friend and correspondent of this blog since its inception and his philosophical ruminations have had a tremendous influence on me. He was kind of enough to pen this gem, Enjoy. -BBWhat is slavery?  Let’s not get distracted with convoluted definitions.  At essence, slavery is the forceful (aggressive, compulsory, coercive) subjugation of one person or group of people, by another person or group of people.  This is always done with physical force or the threat of physical force. Why is slavery wrong?  Slavery is wrong because it treats the two parties as inherently different with respect to each other, and they are not.  In the relationship between ruler and ruled, the ruled party is treated as chattel and the ruling party assumes the role of directing the ruled party’s actions. What is equality?  In human social interaction, being equal does not mean being identical.  No two people are identical.  Equality means that with respect to other humans, and in interacting with them, the moral stature of each is identical in the absence of any contrary evidence.  This is because in relevant respects, they are both free-willed autonomous individuals. What are rights?  It doesn’t matter what rights are.  What matters is that they are the same for each person, again in the absence of any contrary evidence.  This is what it means to say, “All men are created equal.”  Slavery is an instant denial of rights, because it instantly denies the equal rights of the two parties. How can slavery...

  I hate and despise stop signs in America and the indiscriminate and totally ineffective placement thereof throughout the US arterial systems for vehicles. I am a big fan of yield signs and roundabouts and fascinated by some of the Netherlands experiments in removing all road signage completely. That just so happens to be the norm in countries around the world. The veritable abundance of signage and direction is almost exclusively a First World disorder that is led by the US and the UK. Aside from the impossibility of ever seeing a police car come to a full stop at a stop sign, the veritable abundance of these control signals not only serves a vital revenue function for the police state but it informs and reinforces an almost Pavlovian response to traffic signals universally and reinforces the obedience to remote authority. One can go on very few rural thoroughfares and far fewer urban arterials without receiving a bombardment of detailed road instructions on just how fast you can go and just how much you must stop. One can only speculate on the untold waste of fuel and time over decades that has been exacted on human productivity by yet another vestige of central planning and control by the corrupt rulers in the central government and their puppet regimes in the states. It has also provided a vital service to fat cops everywhere by provisioning a risk-free business opportunity to exploit the scofflaw who dares to refuse a full stop at two in the morning on a deserted rural four way stop. Much like drunk driving, a non-crime the state can exploit to fill its coffers and increase the insurance premiums of its victims with the maximum physical exertion on the part of the cops to be a short stroll from their vehicles to the latest extortion victim of bad laws. A slight detour: Rant on. If fat cops are not an epidemic, why would it be profitable for LA Police Gear, one of the many purveyors of tactical chic for the thin (in name only) black and blue line, to sell pants with a 60 inch waistline? 60 inches! There is a reason so many were clinging desperately to the outside of the armored vehicles for the shameful display of police arrogance in the wake of the Boston bombings, they could not possibly fit inside the confined spaces of most military vehicles unless crane-lifted into the back of a five ton cargo truck. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is a five-foot circumference around the middle much like the overweight statist employees in the government teachers unions when they go on strike and gather in pods around political edifices desperately waving signs bearing the message that all of us need to pay even more for the sludge they fill children's heads with across the fetid plain. Surely there are genetic markers for obesity but the lion’s share of the cause is a lack of discipline and the inability to control food intake. Rant off.
Publisher’s Note: I am presently on recce in the Deep Pacific exploring the expat opportunities for leaving the USSA since my return from Afghanistan and will return to Amerika briefly before settling our affairs and departing for a much longer sojourn abroad. My posts will be even more sparse than usual. –BB
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” - Lysander Spooner
I am probably one of the only humans on Earth to be reading all 2400 pages of Spooner’s six volumes of complete writings and I have yet to find anything I fundamentally disagree with yet he is the exception rather than the rule in any discussion of the Constitution in America. It is the primary source for one of three book projects I have in the works for 2014. I stand by my notion that the Constitution is one of the most brilliant government slave ownership manuals ever penned by humans in history. My wife brought this article to my attention. See: https://rt.com/usa/court-upholds-laptop-border-searches-041/ As most of you know, I live in this freedom sterile zone near the Mexican border (for now) and have had to live in a hyper-saturated LEO zone that would make the East Germans blush with envy and anticipation.  There is even a permanent ICE/BP road block (not the quaint notion of a check point which is allegedly voluntary). You blow this without stopping for the black- or green-garbed (eerily matching the color motif of both the Nazis and the East German border guards) armed thugs and they will run you down. Now the robed government employee, Korman, has declared de jure and de facto, the pretense of probable cause and reasonable articulable suspicion does not even need to exist for the police to seize your electronic property. “District Judge Edward Korman made his ruling in New York on Tuesday, more than three years after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit. The ACLU claimed that - since Americans put so much of their lives on their computers, cell phones, and other devices – border officials should have reasonable suspicion before sifting through someone's personal files.”  The article further avers:  “The trouble is, the ACLU noted, that almost two-thirds of the population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US border. New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and dozens of other major metropolitan areas fall under the so-called “exemption” zone.”