Friday, February 20, 2015

NSA cellphone spying; Malcolm X (video)

Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez (, Feb. 20, 2015); Jeremy Scahill, Josh Begley (The Intercept)

NSA and British GCHQ hacked SIM card maker to steal encryption keys to SPY on billions of cellphones, computers, and mobile units (yes, that means the phone you pretended was private but was a tracking device you paid for then dutifully carried everywhere).

This tracking device spies on me.
This is not the Kaspersky revelation we reported on earlier this week. This is a new invasion on our civil liberties.

A new investigation by The Intercept reveals the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe. secret spying operation targeted the Dutch company Gemalto. Its clients include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and some 450 wireless network providers around the world. It produces two billion SIM cards a year.

Love your iPhone spy? (
According to The Intercept, the stolen encryption keys give intelligence agencies the ability to illegally monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies or foreign governments.

According to The Intercept, agents from the NSA and GCHQ formed the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team in 2010 to specifically target vulnerabilities in cellphones. The Intercept’s report was written by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley.

Yeah, I knew about the spying, so what?
It was based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. DN! speaks to Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.
The Diary of Malcolm X
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X, one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. He was assassinated as he spoke before a packed audience at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. Malcolm X had just taken the stage when shots rang out riddling his body with bullets. He was 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day.
"If you're not careful [they'll] have you hating"
View highlights from his speeches "By Any Means Necessary" and "The Ballot or the Bullet." Democracy Now! speaks with journalist Herb Boyd, who along with Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, co-edited The Diary of Malcolm X: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964, an invaluable addition to The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Democracy Now! celebrates 19 years on air, with hosts Goodman and Gonzalez.

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