Why Obama Should Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Some people might not like his tactics, but Edward Snowden has done great things for privacy rights, says Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm. That’s why it’s time for him to come home.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


In an article published on October 06  writes for Ideas TedSome of the biggest human rights organizations in the world — the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others — recently launched a campaigncalling on President Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

I’m lucky enough to work with Snowden regularly. In 2014, he joined the board of directors at Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on protecting the rights of journalists and whistleblowers around the world, where I serve as executive director. Late last year, we named him our board president. He is currently working on several technology projects that aim to protect journalists in dangerous places around the world, such as war zones or authoritarian regimes. He already released a research project that aims to make a safer and more secure cell phone earlier this summer, and we plan on making some more announcements soon.

So with the campaign to pardon him picking up steam, I thought it might be a good time to look back on all of the good Snowden has done for our privacy rights.

One of Snowden’s first public appearances after he came forward as the whistleblower who revealed the US government’s vast and secret surveillance network was at TED in Vancouver, in 2014. TED curator Chris Anderson held an illuminating half-hour conversation with Snowden, in which he articulated why he decided to come forward and reveal to the public what our government was secretly doing under our name.

“The public has gotten to know him for the person that he is: thoughtful, articulate, empathetic, passionate, and someone who cares deeply about the rights of every citizen.”

Since then, a lot has happened as a direct result of the disclosures he made to the Guardian and the Washington Post — both of which would go on to win Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service. A federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s mass phone surveillance — the once-secret program that tracked every single phone call made in the US — was illegal. In June 2015, Congress, despite its inability to agree on virtually any issue facing our country, passed the first reform of the United States’ intelligence agencies since the 1970s. And his revelations shepherded in a sea change in public opinion about online privacy.

But his impact has probably most been felt in the technology sector: tech giants such as Apple and Facebook have started encrypting billions of people’s communications by default, providing a key protection that not only protects citizens against mass surveillance by governments around the world, but also acts as a bulwark against the sort of cybersecurity risks that seem to make headlines daily.

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Snowden has also become an accomplished public speaker, keynoting conferences around the world. In the process, the public has gotten to know him for the person he is: thoughtful, articulate, empathetic, passionate and someone who cares deeply about the rights of every citizen.

Naturally, a lot of people — even those who are sympathetic to Snowden — have suggested that if he truly is a whistleblower he should come back to the United States and make his case to a jury. Unfortunately, because of the draconian and unjust law he is charged under, the Espionage Act, this is impossible. Because of the way the law is written — it was meant for World War I spies, not journalists’ sources — a public interest defense is not allowed. He would be barred by the judge from telling the jury his motives for informing the American public. Neither would he be able to tell them how much the American public has benefitted from his leaks, nor that there was no evidence of harm to national security due to his actions.

Right now, his best hope lies in a pardon from President Obama in his final months in office. While we know the chances of a pardon are low, we also know that President Obama is looking towards his legacy. By considering a pardon for Snowden, he could start to reverse one of the most disappointing aspects of his presidency: the record number of prosecutions his Justice Department has conducted of whistleblowers.

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Exclusive: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Users’ Emails For The NSA and FBI

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Reuters reports: The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.

Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.

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According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.”Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the company said in a brief statement in response to Reuters questions about the demand. Yahoo declined any further comment.

Through a Facebook spokesman, Stamos declined a request for an interview.

The NSA referred questions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declined to comment.

The demand to search Yahoo Mail accounts came in the form of a classified directive sent to the company’s legal team, according to the three people familiar with the matter.

U.S. phone and Internet companies are known to have handed over bulk customer data to intelligence agencies. But some former government officials and private surveillance experts said they had not previously seen either such a broad directive for real-time Web collection or one that required the creation of a new computer program.

“I’ve never seen that, a wiretap in real time on a ‘selector,'” said Albert Gidari, a lawyer who represented phone and Internet companies on surveillance issues for 20 years before moving to Stanford University this year. A selector refers to a type of search term used to zero in on specific information.

“It would be really difficult for a provider to do that,” he added.

Experts said it was likely that the NSA or FBI had approached other Internet companies with the same demand, since they evidently did not know what email accounts were being used by the target. The NSA usually makes requests for domestic surveillance through the FBI, so it is hard to know which agency is seeking the information.

Reuters was unable to confirm whether the 2015 demand went to other companies, or if any complied.

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp, two major U.S. email service providers, did not respond to requests for comment.

CHALLENGING THE NSA

Under laws including the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence agencies can ask U.S. phone and Internet companies to provide customer data to aid foreign intelligence-gathering efforts for a variety of reasons, including prevention of terrorist attacks.

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and others have exposed the extent of electronic surveillance and led U.S. authorities to modestly scale back some of the programs, in part to protect privacy rights.

Companies including Yahoo have challenged some classified surveillance before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret tribunal.

Some FISA experts said Yahoo could have tried to fight last year’s directive on at least two grounds: the breadth of the demand and the necessity of writing a special program to search all customers’ emails in transit.

Apple Inc made a similar argument earlier this year when it refused to create a special program to break into an encrypted iPhone used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. The FBI dropped the case after it unlocked the phone with the help of a third party, so no precedent was set.

Other FISA experts defended Yahoo’s decision to comply, saying nothing prohibited the surveillance court from ordering a search for a specific term instead of a specific account. So-called “upstream” bulk collection from phone carriers based on content was found to be legal, they said, and the same logic could apply to Web companies’ mail.

As tech companies become better at encrypting data, they are likely to face more such requests from spy agencies.

Former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker said email providers “have the power to encrypt it all, and with that comes added responsibility to do some of the work that had been done by the intelligence agencies.”

Mark Zuckerberg is David Rockefeller’s Grandson. Did You Know ?!

With all the talk about Facebook of late and the most recent bans/blocking/censorship I thought I would add my 2 cents and perhaps let people know a bit about this lad.

You know when this guy popped on the scene I was curious how he could do such a big start up. So I checked him out.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


The change of name is I am sure deliberate to hide who he is as well as his arrest for pot. It doesn’t mean anything to me I was just curious and now with all the new nonsense I wanted to see if anyone else knew this?

The Face on Facebook belongs to Mark Zukerberg the alleged homosexual from upstate New York. But what is the most important is that his Grandfather is the 100 year old David Rockefeller. You know the one from the Tri Lateral Commision, The Bilderberg Group, Owner of the Chase Manhatten Bank, Council on Foreign Relations.

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You read this guys bio and its like a who’s who of the N W O planners. The Likes of Henry Kissenger, who refers to us as useless eaters, Allen Dulles implicated in the Kennedy assassination.

Board of Directors of Exxon, J P Morgan Chase. This guy is friends with every piece of trash that wants us all dead. And then we have his son David who’s son is Mark Zukerberg whos net worth is estimated at 35.7 BILLION. Sick yet? Why he has a different name I have no idea.

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A search does not reveal the names of his parents. It does list his wife Pricella Chan. So he’s 31 years old with bags full of money and the son of David Rockefeller. I have known this for a long time and I just assumed everyone else knew. So if you did forgive me if you didn’t it should make a few balls fall into place.relat


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Mark Zuckerberg is Jacob Greenberg is grandson of David Rockefeller? i (self.conspiracy)

submitted 1 year ago by make_mind_free2go :

so this is how to be king of the world?

TAP – Facebook was funded with $500 million from a CIA owned bank, which was a bit suspicious.

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Zuckerberg means ‘sugar mountain’.

That’s their secret word for Facebook no doubt. A mountain of information from which they can extract billions. Bill Gates comes from a multibillionaire eugenicist family, which was kept well hidden in the early years of Microsoft. The same families control it all. Yet is this story true? http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?45126-Mark-Zuckerberg-Is-Claimed-To-Be-Grandson-Of-David-Rockefeller.

It has been revealed that Mark Zuckerberg is the grandson of David Rockefeller. His true name is Jacob Greenberg, also grandson to Hank Greenberg. He is royalty.

Some police records show a Jacob Greenberg was arrested for possession of marijuana when a much younger man. His mugshot was taken, which looks like a younger FaceBook icon with 99% reliability.

It was later revealed that this could indeed be the man the world knows as Mark Zuckerberg.

Also, the Rothschilds own 8% of FaceBook shares. The hidden agenda for the FaceBook social network is to aid the growth of the police state and one world government movement. According to the TAP Blog, the venture Facebook was funded with $500 million from a CIA owned bank.

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One can only wonder if the other giant Google has similar disguised progeny. The adopted name Zuckerberg means sugar mountain in German. http://gold-silver.us/forum/showthread.php?67702-Zuckerberg-is-David-Rockefeller-s-Grandson!-Clinton-greatgrandson-of-JD-Rockefeller

1 Reason Not To Go Online If You…

If you live in Israel and have a computer, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet, then this may be the most important news you read all year.

Earlier this month we saw thousands of people acrossIsrael get their hands on the the latest Online ID protection from SaferWeb, after yet another increase in identity theft and web-history monitoring.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


We have however been advised that because of its unexpected popularity, availability is very limited and is now on a first come first serve basis.

EXPERTS ARE NOW CALLING SAFERWEB, “A GAME CHANGER FOR INTERNET USERS”

As part of the special promotion due to end July 15, 2016, a group of Engineers teamed up with innovative new software provider SaferWeb, to provide the latest ID Protection thats just gone viral.

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If you have a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet, your activities could be monitored and private information collected when you’re Internet shopping or banking. Even just browsing online is a risk in 2016.

SaferWeb had a primary objective to eliminate this by boosting security and ensure eavesdroppers cannot make sense of your encrypted communications.

Technical Lead John McBride, from SaferWeb explains; Our main objective for creating the app was pretty simple. We wanted to help users protect their Identity & Internet Connection to eliminate the risk of any online, banking or personal information being stolen, monitored or hacked”

The company SaferWeb seemed to deliver on this objective perfectly. Using their technology will give a private tunnel between you and the internet that’s invisible to hackers or any malware, letting you browse the Internet anonymously and securely. Literally anyone can use it and it only takes 5 minutes to set up.

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So how can SaferWeb give this away? Apparently this promotional tactic is common among big companies with large marketing budgets. For instance, Burger King launched a similar campaign in 2013, giving away 20,000 free whoppers on Facebook.”

One user we spoke to said, “I came across SaferWeb and decided to give it a go, it’s less than a cup of coffee anyways. I noticed the difference right away and  couldn’t be happier with results. I’ve always been anxious about who watches the sites I use and how safe my information really is and heard countless stories about people having their banking information hacked. This is the perfect solution to eliminate this.

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SO, HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY TODAY?

Here is the simple 3 click step recommended by SmarterWebLife to get yourself instant protection:

  • Step 1: Click Here to go to SaferWeb who are market leaders in securing your ID, and internet connection to make it private
  • Step 2: Click the “Get a Safer Web” button and enter your name, email and choose a password.
  • Step 3: Select a package:  I recommend the “Pro” Plan. (Only $5) and  Not only will you be fully protected for life, but you’ll also get discounts on thousands of online purchases,by, accessing local currency rates when connecting your computer to the secure connection
  • Step 4: Your connection and Online ID are now protected for life One Account for all your devices.. It’s that simple.

Wikileaks Uncover Hillary’s Browser History Search… You Won’t Believe What They Saw

Now however, it seems some people have found some literal “dirt” on the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But suddenly the searches descend into the bizarre. This is unfortunate for her personally, but the fact that she has lied about her medical status in order to continue the race is absolutely disgusting.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: ETF News


What the public decides to do with this information remains to be seen, but this will without a doubt cast a brown shadow on not only Hillary’s campaign, but on her chances of ever becoming the president of the United States. WIKILEAKS uncover steamy information from private browser hacking. We spoke to Julian Assange about this leak: “I think this is probably the deciding piece of information that will absolutely destroy Hillary’s chances of ever becoming president of this country.

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“Durable Adult Diapers” These bizarre search words seem to indicate that something is not right with Hillary Clinton. WIKILEAKS’ hackers managed to hack themselves into Hillary’s private browser on one of her on-trail laptops. And if that is in turn true, Clinton’s presidential fitness will come under extreme scrutiny. She’s absolutely finished. The presidential race is nearing its crescendo.

This afternoon, WIKILEAKS, the truth-seeking renegade web-organisation that leak private and classified information onto their website, published an astonishing find that will no doubt “soil” the public’s’ opinion of Hillary Clinton. Does Hillary have trouble holding it in? Sure, we might all be curious about the fact that some adults wear diapers for various reasons and do a Google search on it just to take a gander, but the fact that Clinton includes the adjective “durable” in her search seems to suggest that she’s actually shopping around for adult diapers.

They extracted the search history for the past two months and released them in a data-dump on their website. Here is the most disturbing search that was extracted. If this is indeed the case, which it might very well be, then Hillary is probably suffering from serious medical conditions and possibly even degenerative mental conditions such as dementia.

Everyday, more dirt on each candidate seems to seep out into the ether and perhaps momentarily sway the opinions of the “unwashed” masses. Julian Assange, the Australian leader of WIKILEAKS has in past months threatened to release information on Hillary, and has done so sporadically, but now he has truly issued his Trump card.

Whatever medical condition she has that causes her to be in need of this type of item, is bound to be debilitating to the body and perhaps also the mind. She will not last this. Some of the Google queries are ordinary and what you would expect from a presidential candidate such as “DNC convention capacity” and of course her own name “Hillary Clinton” which was searched over 1400 times over the period.

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