So far no help for US authorities
in trying to nab Edward Snowden
The world’s major telecommunication firms
have been working alongside
the British Intelligence Agency
handing over masses of private data.
Britain’s eavesdropping center GCHQ
is running the biggest operation.
You have nothing to fear, nothing to fear
about the British state or its
listening to the contents of your phone calls.
This kind of vast and encompassing
kind of technology
does not distinguish between innocent
private citizens and targeted suspects.
Distance from earth, 3140 nautical miles.
Tempora is the codename for a secret program
the Government Communications Headquarters runs.
The main part of the Tempora program
is tapping of transatlantic cables,
which includes any communications basically,
internet, telephone text messages.
There is the potential to capture
up to 21 petabytes of data a day,
which is the equivalent of sending all
the information in the British library 192 times a day.
We know about this because of documents that
were leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
There are around 300-400 analysts
who look through that data,
however in terms of the intelligence services
more broadly in the UK,
its been suggested that it is around 10’000 people
that have access to that data.
So there is GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.
In the States it is supposedly around 850’000
NSA workers and government contractors
who have access to that information.
I sitting at my desk
certainly had the authority to wiretap anyone
from you or your accountant to a federal judge
or even the president if I had a personal email.
X-Keyscore a quote top-secret
National Security Agency program.
This is ground control operations, urgent.
There is a program called X-Keyscore.
So you start off with the session data
on the internet, the content you’re looking at,
that is then categorized,
so you have emails, telephone calls etc.
it is then put through a series of filters
and stored on a database which an analyst can query.
Some of this information is stored for over 5 years.
Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald
is reporting on a tool called X-Keyscore.
The analyst sits at his or her desk,
and search for things when they don’t even know
the person that they are searching for,
they can search just by general keyword,
they search email accounts for certain words,
they search user browser history
or Google searches for names,
and then they start assigning suspicion to people
and tracking them.
Every citizen in the UK is affected by this
in terms of scope it’s unprecedented.
Anyone who is aware of what went on
when the Stasi operated,
it was you know incredibly invasive,
any mail that was sent,
you had no expectation of privacy.
So people were shocked by that,
but then they’re not shocked that
someone could potentially very easily read
all their emails, or texts, or communications.
We have a weak signal strength.
Shall we play a game?
Citizens of the world, we are Anonymous.
Since we invited you to show our fellow citizens
that our privacy matters,
we as Anonymous Hacktivists want every citizen
on the planet to know
that the surveillance state is unnecessary
to our security.
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UK Defence Officials have issued a DA-Notice.
Defence Advisory Notices have allegedly been issued
to major media outlets
to not report or have limited reporting on
Potentially if organisations don’t follow these,
then journalists or broadcasters could be
open to prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
Government Cencorship is one form of control,
When citizens have to accept what they’re told,
despotism stands a good chance.
It’s difficult to know in terms of
the way the UK law stands,
because we have had very little debate
or communication on it.
Supposedly the UK government isn’t allowed
to spy on its own citizens through this kind of system
unless there is an individual warrant.
Unauthorized personnel clear the area.
If you look at quotes from GCHQ’s own legal advisers,
which have been published in the Guardian.
Quote: We have a light oversight regime
compared with the US.
And 2nd quote: We are less concerned by
NSA’s concerns about compliance.
The NSA is actually funding GCHQ.
The US government has paid at least 100 Million pounds
to the UK spy agency over the past 3 years,
in return for this money
they’ve got access to and influence
over Britain’s intelligence gathering programs.
The NSA view GCHQ as an asset
because of that lighter oversight,
so they are not as constrained as the NSA are.
If someone has a complaint against the
Security Services they need to go to the IPT,
which is the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
This tribunal operates in secret, they don’t have to
give the reasons for their decisions,
and there is no platform for appeal.
By GCHQ’s own admission in internal documents,
they have said,
so far they have always found in our favor.
GCHQ has been praised by the commissioner
who look at these things recently,
for the highest standards of integrity.
Of course you’ve never seen me before.
The Guardian quoted an Analyst who said
that there were four criteria that they use,
which is security, terror, organized crime
and Britain’s economic wellbeing.
Say you just go into the economic wellbeing statement,
well what does that mean?
It’s a very broad term which they could use,
to say, well, it means this.
Say you are a political dissident,
a whistleblower or an activist,
if the government decides to take an interest in you,
then you’re fair game basically.
US officials have charged NSA whistleblower
Edward Snowden with Espionage.
The man is a traitor,
this is an act of war against the United States.
For treason, as in the case of Bradley Manning
or Edward Snowden, you bring back the death penalty.
Snowden has been a step ahead of US authorities so far.
You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion
from somebody, even by a wrong call
and then they can use this system to go back
in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made,
every friend you’ve ever discussed something with
and attack you on that basis
to sort of derive suspicion
from an innocent life and paint anyone
in the context of a wrongdoer.
Burn the witch.
This level of surveillance on citizens
I don’t think we can assume that people who work
for the government are always going to act lawfully
and if an operative were to act
outside of the realms of the law
we would probably never hear about that as the public.
Look at things like
the Independent Police Complaints Commission
which we have as a body to complain to the police,
they very rarely rule against the police
and they’re a public body.
We as the public have no such public body
with the Intelligence Services.
We just have to take William Hague
and others at their word that
if you have nothing to hide you’re fine basically.
Greetings my friend.
We are all interested in the future,
for that is where you and I are going to spend
the rest of our lives,
and remember my friend, future events such as these
will affect you in the future.
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Voice: that it could happen now.
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