British High Court judges on Wednesday dismissed a claim by David Miranda, the partner of ex-Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, that his detention at London’s Heathrow airport under anti-terror laws last year was unlawful. Greenwald was working at the time with the Guardian newspaper and other publications on articles about US and British spying, based on highly-classified data leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was transporting some of the encrypted data — including 58,000 British intelligence documents — from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro when he was stopped while in transit at Heathrow on August 18, 2013. Backed by a coalition of freedom of speech organisations, Miranda challenged his detention in the High Court, claiming it was unlawful and breached his human rights.
I always find it weird when people say that the NSA’s global spying is a reaction to the 9/11 attacks. It’s simply not true. By the late 1990s, ECHELON was reportedly capable of monitoring up to 90% of all internet traffic. ECHELON is a surveillance system that came into existence in the 1960s and 1970s.
There are various sources, like an advisory by the European Parliament, that happened in 2001, months before 9/11. It also shows that such measures don’t prevent terrorist attacks.
As of 2001, the US president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment.
The White House in Washington, D.C. serves as the official place of residence for the president; he is entitled to use its staff and facilities, including medical care, recreation, housekeeping, and security services. The government pays for state dinners and other official functions
Retired presidents now receive a pension based on the salary of the current administration’s cabinet secretaries, which is $199,700 each year as of 2012.
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
December 2013’s EOF, titled “Mars Needs Women”, visited an interesting fact: that the male/female ratio among Linux Journal readers, and Linux kernel developers, is so lopsided (male high, female low) that graphing it would produce a near-vertical line.
The NSA has a variety of “products” to attack victims. One of them is called IRATEMONK. After the picture you will find a hopefully simple summary about what it means.
As you can see in the file the Unit Cost is 0, so it doesn’t cost the NSA anything to do this. IRATEMONK is a kind of Malware (Trojan) that gets installed on your Hard Drive as a so called firmware. What this means is that it isn’t a file as usual, something that could be found by your virus scanner or removed by formatting the system and all of it’s data.