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About Nadrakas

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  1. A "Blast From the Past": After 42 years, burglars of FBI 'Cointelpro' docs reveal their roles There's a Video at the Link which I can't embed. I recommend it for it's historical background and how eerily relevant it is to today (J. Edgar Hoover, FBI/CIA Spying/Intimidation, FISA Court Establishment, etc). Anyway, the more things change, the more they stay the same. ~ N
  2. 1318 TNCs control 20% of the TNCs representing 60% of Global Revenues; 147 "Super-entity" TNCs control 40% of the total wealth of the Network -- in effect, less than 1% of TNCs control 40% of the Network. Most are financial institutions in the U.S. & U.K. The top 50 of the 147 superconnected companies Interconnectedness of the top players By their nature, TNCs are difficult to both monitor and regulate. Case in point...playing shell games by moving Corporate Tax Money from country to country (same happens by individuals...just not at the same level). It's only "recently" become public knowledge and no country stops it...Apple even gets thanked for it by the U.S. Congress. (Not "Apple Bashing"...many National & Transnationals do this, along with other things. It's "Business as usual.") (Shrug) I'm fine with companies making money...but there comes a point where Greed replaces the so-called "Corporate Culture." Peace. ~ N
  3. And directly related to the previous... The Verge: NSA dodges questions about 'spying' on Congress The Guardian: NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress NSA Statement (From The Guardian): “NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency with Congress. Our interaction with Congress has been extensive both before and since the media disclosures began last June. “We are reviewing Senator Sanders’s letter now, and we will continue to work to ensure that all members of Congress, including Senator Sanders, have information about NSA’s mission, authorities, and programs to fully inform the discharge of their duties.” Doublespeak. ~ N
  4. Honest answer? No. A "Threaded Needle" Answer? Yes. ~ N
  5. And that is a very good point. They can't exclude any phone numbers of individuals...because if they were, then the NSA would be admitting that they were directly recording such information as opposed to gathering it through a large dragnet. As to the blackmail -- wouldn't be a surprise at all. Be careful what you create...it might just come back to bite you. ~ N
  6. Is the NSA Spying on Congress? A Question asked by Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont to the NSA. Letter to the NSA 1-3-14 (PDF Format) (Official Government Web Site...) Senator Bernie Sanders Press Release (Official Government Web Site...) Friday, January 3, 2014 BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 3 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials. “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sanders asked in a letterto Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director. “Spying” would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business?” Sanders said he was “deeply concerned” by revelations that American intelligence agencies harvested records of phone calls, emails and web activity by millions of innocent Americans without any reason to even suspect involvement in illegal activities. He also cited reports that the United States eavesdropped on the leaders of Germany, Mexico, Brazil and other allies. Sanders emphasized that the United States “must be vigilant and aggressive in protecting the American people from the very real danger of terrorist attacks,” but he cited U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s recent ruling that indiscriminate dragnets by the NSA were probably unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian.” Sanders has introduced legislation to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. The measure would put limits on records that may be searched. Authorities would be required to establish a reasonable suspicion, based on specific information, in order to secure court approval to monitor business records related to a specific terrorism suspect. Sanders’ bill also would put an end to open-ended court orders that have resulted in wholesale data mining by the NSA and FBI. Instead, the government would be required to provide reasonable suspicion to justify searches for each record or document that it wants to examine. So...now the Politicians are worried that They are being Spied upon. ~ N
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    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    Awww... Cygnia, you (and many others) provide my family with much needed happiness with this Thread. Thank you. ~ N
  8. CBS Article: A day in the life of Big Brother ...and in other news... CBS Article (You can Articles about this on the web elsewhere too if you look...): Obama warns of possible military action in South Sudan "Sigh" ~ N
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    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    MEOW! This is so our Kittie Alex! (Alexander Xavier Weber) ~ N
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    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    No, definitely a Tim Burton bird. Kind of cute that way. ~ N
  11. The NSA paid RSA, "one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry," $10 million to compromise RSA's encryption tokens - in effect "making the NSA's cryptographic formula......the default for encrypted key generation in BSafe." From the CNET Article below: "You have no idea who else was bribed, so you don't know who else you can trust," Yahoo! Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer Excerpt: CNET: Security firm RSA took millions from NSA: report Excerpt: Merry Christmas Citizens. ~ N P.S.: You know, all the Cyberpunk Games got it wrong. The Corporations aren't going to take over from Governments. The Government has them right where it wants them...in it's "back pocket." George Orwell was right all along -- Big Brother is Watching.
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    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    Oh, NOW you've gone and Stepped in It! ~ N
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    HERO System Martial Arts Now Available

    I like my copy. I prefer hard-copies when I can have them. Just glad I was able to get mine now. ~ N
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    Order of the Stick

    That is good news. I don't wish any health problems on anyone. ~ N