Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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The ex-NSA contractor posted a series of Tweets to warn everyone away from the chat app, which he says will “record every message you ever send and make it available to police upon request”.

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Allo, designed to unseat chat pack leader WhatsApp, promises to deliver quick conversations with features like; “Smart Reply” that can guess your answers and respond to messages with just the tap of a button, and “Google Assistant”, which answers your questions and helps you search for things directly in your chat.

READ MORE: Tech firms distancing themselves from spies thanks to Snowden – MI6 chief

How does Allo plan on predicting your every word and witty emoji, you ask? “The more you use it, the more it improves over time,” which basically means they’ll collect and store as much of your data as possible and then use artificial intelligence to guess your replies.

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However, the efficiency of time-saving typing may end up costing customers their already compromised privacy.

When Google first announced the introduction of Allo earlier this year they, too, had planned end-to-end-encryption in “Incognito Mode” and assured they would only store messages transiently, rather than indefinitely.

However,  it now appears that Google won’t be doing that after all. Wednesday’s announcement revealed Google plans to store all conversations that aren’t specifically started in “incognito mode” by default.

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READ MORE: ‘Terrorism investigation’ Court lets NSA collect telephone records data

As Snowden pointed out, last year every single one of the NSA and FBI’s 1,457 surveillance requests was granted by the US foreign intelligence surveillance court… and Allo’s stored data (i.e. your data) will be fair game too.

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In contrast, all of WhatsApp’s chats are encrypted and unreadable – although they did announce last month that they will now be sharing your contacts and who you talk to with Facebook.

READ MORE: ‘Betrayal of trust’? WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook, corporations

 

Cover your webcams, says FBI chief

Taping over or otherwise covering up your computer’s web camera is a “sensible” thing that everyone should do, according to FBI Director James Comey. US spy agencies have had the ability to hack into webcams for years, according to whistleblowers.

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Giving a keynote address at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the National Security Division at the US Department of Justice, Comey sat down with Assistant Attorney General John Carlin and discussed things such as webcam security and Twitter. The event was hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, DC think tank.

“Do you still have a piece of tape over your cameras at home?” Carlin asked.

“Heck yeah, oh, heck yeah,” Comey replied.

“It’s not crazy that the FBI director cares about personal security as well, and so I think people ought to take responsibility for their own safety and security,” Comey continued. “There are some sensible things you ought to be doing, and that’s one of them.”

The practice is apparently widespread at US government offices, according to the FBI chief.

“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing,” Comey explained.

While the FBI director admitted he was “mocked” after bringing up the tape trick in April this year – in part because he was involved in a heated dispute with Apple over access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone at the time – it appears many have taken his advice to heart. A photo of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year showed his office laptop with a piece of tape covering the webcam.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed in 2013 that the government had tools to access not just computer webcams, but also the cameras in iPhones and BlackBerries.

Move over Koch bros: Facebook co-founder pledges $20mn to Dems

A Facebook co-founder has become the third biggest donor of the 2016 campaign, pledging $20 million to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic Party efforts. Donation data show Clinton is a clear favorite of US billionaires.
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Dustin Moskovitz was the college roommate of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and his current net worth is estimated at $10 billion. Until now, he had donated less than $5,000 to political campaigns – but this time, he says, it’s different.

His Thursday announcement continues the trend of the richest one percent of Americans overwhelmingly favoring Clinton, donating more than $200 million to her campaign by the end of July – compared to less than $20 million for Trump – according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“Though we’ve voted for the Democratic nominee each of the times we’ve cast a ballot, we’ve considered ourselves independent thinkers who respect candidates and positions from both sides of the aisle,” Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, wrote on Medium.

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This election has become “a referendum on who we want to be – as individuals, as a nation and as a society,” they argued, adding that they favored “increased tolerance, diversity and interdependence in the name of mutual prosperity.”

Accusing Republican nominee Donald Trump of stoking fear, tribalism, and divisiveness, the billionaire and his wife declared their support for the Democratic Party “and Hillary Clinton in particular,” who they say is “running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.”

To that end, they have committed $20 million to be divided between the Hillary Victory Fund, the Senate and House Democrats, For Our Future PAC, MoveOn.org, Color of Change PAC, the League of Conservation Voters, and several other groups.

At least $5 million will go to the For Our Future PAC, according to TechCrunch. The political action committee was co-founded by another Democratic mega-donor, Tom Steyer, who has reportedly invested $31.5 million into this year’s campaign.

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The donation would make Moskovitz the third-biggest single donor in this year’s campaign, CNN reported. He comes in after Steyer and Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager who has given just over $20 million to various Republican groups and backs Trump.

Tuna, a Yale graduate and former Wall Street Journal reporter, has donated to the Democrats before. She spent $150,000 on Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative downgrading some drug possession charges, in 2014. That same year, she gave $26,000 to Sean Eldridge, a Democrat who ran for the US House of Representatives from New York, but lost.

In January of 2015, months before Trump entered the Republican race, the billionaire Koch Brothers announced they would raise almost $1 billion for various GOP causes in the 2016 election, but in April of this year – after Trump triumphed in the Republican primaries – they hinted they would support Clinton instead.

ANTI-TRUMP MEXICAN: “KILL TRUMP AND AS MANY OF HIS SUPPORTERS AS POSSIBLE”

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“Anywhere he goes just try to bomb the place, shoot up the place, do something”

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Shock video shows an anti-Trump Mexican urging other Mexicans to “Kill Donald Trump and as many of his supporters as possible.”

The video was uploaded to YouTube but was subsequently made private. The version above was captured by a pro-Trump Facebook page.

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In the clip, the young man openly calls for the assassination of the Republican presidential candidate.

“We, Mexicans, have to kill Donald J. Trump before he becomes President. He is a threat to every single one of us. There are many Mexican Americans living in the U.S. right now and I’m asking them to kill Donald Trump before he becomes President. The ones in Mexico who have the means, I’m asking you to cross the border and go and kill Donald Trump, and as many of his supporters as possible,” he states.

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Anywhere he goes just try to bomb the place, shoot up the place, do something. If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, and kill the Nazis, would you do it? We have a modern day Hitler, and we have to kill him before he gets into power,” he adds.

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“So I want you to spread this message, and I’m encouraging every single Mexican out there who has the guts to stand up for the Mexican people and to kill Trump and his Nazi followers. Let’s do this. Viva Mexico! F**k those motherf***ers,” he concludes.

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The reference to Hitler underscores the fact that the media’s total demonization of Trump is encouraging lunatics to think that assassinating him is a noble cause.

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Back in June, 20-year-old Michael Sandford grabbed a police officer’s gun during a Trump rally in Las Vegas as part of a plot to kill the Republican nominee. Trump has been wearing a bullet proof vest for almost a year due to the sheer number of death threats he receives on a daily basis.

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As I document in the video below, the characterization of Trump as a would-be dictator by the media and the excuses made for those who physically target him as a legitimate form of protest is emboldening actual extremists to plot violence.

Culture Beat: Facebook Continues Its Leftist Ways

Over the last few months Facebook has been in the news often, and for reasons other than its latest stock value. This past May, Fox News reported on 10 instances where conservatives were singled out for censorship, and this after Facebook’s own internal investigation in which it claimed to have found no evidence of overt anti-conservative bias. However, after several more revelations of censoring conservative content, Facebook admitted that there had been some censoring of conservative content — but only by a few workers. The problem is, Facebook’s anti-conservative bias hasn’t changed.

A recent example is that of middle school teacher Stephan Neidenbach, who founded a Facebook page entitled “We Love GMOs and Vaccines.” To his surprise he later found the page had been removed by Facebook censors, because it offended some anti-GMO and anti-vaccine activists. National Review recounts, “Despite the fact that no polices were violated, [Facebook] acquiesced to [the activists’] demands and deactivated the page. … Neidenbach was subsequently banned from the platform for 30 days.”

This is yet another example of Facebook’s bias against conservative pages, whether they be pro-Second Amendment, conservative news or opposed to a variety of liberal issues. Facebook clearly seeks to tilt the public’s views on cultural and political issues away from a conservative perspective and toward leftist and socialist ones. No matter how much it may deny its bias, Facebook is a powerful platform that aims to promote and normalize a leftist worldview.

Obama Stealing Internet From Americans, Giving It To George Soros

by Rick Wells

Anyone who wonders who Hussein Obama is giving the internet to on October first needs only to remember who put him in office, who he has represented for seven and a half years and who is funding and orchestrating the insertion of Hillary Clinton as his successor to arrive at the obvious conclusion. George Soros will   be receiving a late birthday gift. He apparently already had enough portrait photos of Hussein Obama, but then who doesn’t. One is too many.

Obama is giving away America’s Internet, which we developed at our sole expense through our military, to his globalist partners without a shred of legitimacy to his drive to do so. It is nothing more than him stealing our property and giving it to his master, hiding behind the shield of the office he has no legitimate right to hold. It is grand theft on the grandest of scales.

Internal memos from George Soros’ Open Society provide the incriminating evidence. One outlines their strategy for ‘international regulation” at the same time that Obama is initiating the international steal. Theydiscussed the types of regulations on individuals and the under-addressed challenges, including lack of regulation of private operators that are able to decide, without due process procedures, what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain. That sounds like the very censorship being practiced by Facebook and Twitter now against conservative and constitutionalist websites in the United States and Europe. It is being done at Soros’ behest so his claims that he is opposed to censorship are clearly lies. Zuckerberg was overheard conspiring with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to enlist Facebook’s help in identifying, prosecuting and shutting down those in opposition to his “open society” invasion of Europe. Sites which are in opposition to the Soros globalism are not included among those to be free from censorship under his centralized Internet control.

The memo revealed, “A ‘race to the bottom’ results from the agendas of undemocratic governments that seek to impose their hostility to free speech on the general online environment. We seek to ensure that, from among the norms emerging in different parts of the world, those most supportive of open society gain sway.” Those norms emerging are all the globalist ones; national norms have already been in existence. He seeks to build the power and influence of those whose thinking and agenda match that of his globalist open society.

Obama and Soros Have Been Raping Americans Since 2009, None Of This Is A Surprise

Soros is trying to sound as if he is fighting for the little guy but that is not who he is. He’s a man who cares only for himself and has made a fortune by exploiting the little guy as well as large nations over his relatively long, predatory existence on this planet. He is a strong supporter and orchestrator of the Islamic invasions.

When he speaks of those regimes seeking to impose their hostility on others online, he’s ignoring that of his organizations and allies, the ones who organized uprisings at Trump events under his direction and funding and instead vilifying patriotic Americans. What he describes as hostility is nationalism, of the American type, that is in opposition to his one world borderless vision. That society, the worldwide one that he is working to create, is the one for which he is seeking more sway. The free speech stuff is a lie, a facade, nothing more than a cover story intended to disarm his opposition until it’s too late to stop him.

The source document was one of approximately 2,500 released by the group DCLeaks before they also fell under the knife of Soros censorship, having the page containing the “offensive” documents removed, presumably at his insistence.

The Daily Caller ran a paragraph which exposed another goal which is to “Establish states’ responsibility to collect data necessary to reveal patterns of inequality, and define modes of collection that are effective and protect privacy.” The global government redistribution of wealth through the UN model under Soros will include an Internet mandate to spy on, gather data and report back on the activities of individual users.

Again the document includes what are the illusion of the protection of free speech by the same UN that investigates Donald Trump rallies on grounds of non-existent human rights violations by the innocent Trump supporters and does so in concert with representatives of Soros’ Black Lives Matter organization. This is all a smokescreen that will quickly fade once the ownership transfer, or stealing of the American property is completed.

From an American perspective, the only censorship that is taking place is being conducted by Soros allies at Facebook and Twitter and some leftist organizations and publications in the protection of their corrupt political allies and sponsors when they happen to be revealed. For example, Huffington Post deleted two articles today and fired the writer for questioning the health of Hillary Clinton in order to insulate her from scrutiny.

Internationally it is unlikely that removing the Internet from American control is somehow going to magically enhance the willingness of current human rights or free speech violators to change their ways. Iran and China are not going to start allowing dissent simply because there is a new name on the Internet door. If anything they will be emboldened, especially since the name on that door will be their own.