Mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T nerve center of NSA mass surveillance programs – report

Built to endure a nuclear attack, a New York City skyscraper known as the AT&T Long Lines Building is actually among the most essential assets of the NSA, which runs mass surveillance programs inside the windowless tower, according to the Intercept.

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The brutalist structure located at 33 Thomas Street in Lower Manhattan is made up of 29 floors and three underground levels. Built between 1969 and 1974 by John Carl Warnecke & Associates, it was simply referred to as Project X during the planning phase, the Intercept reports.

The 550-foot high-rise was purportedly designed to house enough food and supplies to sustain a “self-contained city” of 1,500 people for two weeks in case a worst-case Cold War scenario involving atomic weaponry arose.

Aside from accommodating “powerful computers, cables, and switchboards” and handling long-distance phone calls, including international ones, the AT&T telecommunications center doubles as a wiretapping facility that targets calls, faxes, and internet traffic, according to the Intercept.

The Long Lines Building is still shown as being owned by AT&T by New York’s Department of Finance, the Intercept found.

The NSA refers to the skyscraper as TITANPOINTE, according to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden and interviews that the Intercept conducted with ex-AT&T employees. A key NSA program called BLARNEY is allegedly run out of a secret location in the building that taps into communications of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and at least 38 countries, including close US allies such as Germany, Japan, and France, their report states.

BLARNEY documents detail how the program does “full take” surveillance, meaning it gathers both content and metadata in bulk by using “commercial partnerships” to “gain access and exploit foreign intelligence obtained from global networks.” The data collection falls into six different categories: “counterproliferation, counterterrorism, diplomatic, economic, military, and political,” according to The Intercept.

The former president of the UN’s general assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, told the Intercept, “Such spying activities are totally unacceptable breaches of trust in international cooperation.”

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Among the leaked NSA documents are two guides, one from April 2011 on the BLARNEY program and another from February 2013. The former reveals that TITANPOINTE exists in New York City, and the latter refers to a “partner” named LITHIUM, which is what the NSA calls AT&T. The 2011 document also points employees to the FBI’s New York field office, which is just a block from the AT&T Long Lines Building.

Both AT&T and the FBI coordinated NSA agent visits to the facility, the Intercept reported. Further evidence from the NSA documenting that TITANPOINTE is, in fact, the 33 Thomas Street building includes instructions for visitors to buzz in, sign in, and meet an escort. The Intercept found a buzzer outside the building, a sign-in sheet at the lobby desk, and a round-the-clock guard. There are also AWM parking spaces, reserved for federal agents, in front of the building.

Former AT&T engineer Thomas Saunders told the Intercept that there are at least three 4ESS switches” for routing phone calls across various networks inside the building.

“Of the first two, one handled domestic long-distance traffic and the other was an international gateway,” Saunders said. That aligned with NSA documents that describe TITANPOINTE as having “foreign gateway switches” with “RIMROCK access.” RIMROCK is NSA code for 4ESS switches, the Intercept reported.

Another spying program reportedly operating from the building called SKIDROWE allegedly focuses on covertly vacuuming up internet data.

An AT&T spokesperson denied that government agencies have direct access to their networks, however.

“Rather, we simply respond to government requests for information pursuant to court orders or other mandatory process and, in rare cases, on a legal and voluntary basis when a person’s life is in danger and time is of the essence, like in a kidnapping situation, Fletcher Cook told The Intercept.

Apart from AT&T, some 80 corporations have “strategic partnerships” with the NSA, the report states.

US intelligence head James Clapper resigns

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has announced he has submitted his resignation. Clapper said last year that he would step down at the end of President Barack Obama’s final term in office.

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In his resignation letter, Clapper said that his more than 50 years of service was enough.

I submitted my letter of resignation last night which felt pretty good. I’ve got 64 days left,” Clapper said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday.

Clapper’s resignation comes as the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump begins discussions on cabinet appointments.

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There is “no reason to question” FBI Director James Comey for disclosing the Bureau’s renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s emails a week before the election, Clapper told the lawmakers.

Clapper was sworn in as the fourth Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in August 2010. During his tenure as director he has often been required to defend the position of the National Security Agency (NSA).

In a famous exchange in March 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked Clapper, Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

Clapper answered, No, sir… not wittingly.”

Just two months later, NSA whistleblower Snowden left the US with 10,000 documents exposing the extent of government surveillance. Snowden’s files showed that the NSA was indeed collecting telephone metadata of millions of law-abiding Americans. Clapper was never charged with lying under oath, however.

Senator Wyden, a leading critic of unchecked intelligence powers, spoke out about Clapper’s resignation.

“During Director Clapper’s tenure, senior intelligence officials engaged in a deception spree regarding mass surveillance,” said Wyden, a champion of civil liberties advocates in a released statement issued on Thursday over the announcement of his resignation.
“Top officials, officials who reported to Director Clapper, repeatedly misled the American people and even lied to them.”

Wyden said even with the disclosures of Edward Snowden, Clapper’s office refused to correct the record. His office offered a number of explanations for the “misstatement” including he forgot about the phone records program and he had offered the “least truthful” answer because it was in an unclassified setting.

“Regardless of what was going through the director’s head when he testified, failing to correct the record was a deliberate decision to lie to the American people about what their government was doing. And within a few months, of course, the truth came out,” said Wyden.

Clapper spent 32 years in the US Air Force, retiring in 1995 with the rank of Lieutenant General. His last post was as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He then spent six years in the military industry, before returning to head the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency from 2001 to 2006. He briefly taught at Georgetown University before President George W. Bush appointed him undersecretary of defense for intelligence in 2007.

The position of Director of National Intelligence was established under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, following a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission.

The commission had identified major intelligence deficiencies over the 9/11 attacks and failures of the intelligence community to be able to protect US interests against foreign threats.

The DNI is the principal adviser to the president on intelligence matters related to national security, and directs and oversees the National Intelligence Program.

Trump says FBI rank & file ‘won’t let Clinton get away with crimes,’ questions email review

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said the FBI’s rank-and-file agents will not stop investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of confidential information via her private server even after the FBI director said no charges would be brought against her.

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Addressing a crowd of supporters gathered for a rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Trump argued that despite FBI chief James Comey’s statement Sunday that the probe into Clinton’s alleged national security breaches “will go on for a long, long time.” Comey earlier said that nothing incriminating was found in the emails stored on the laptop used by Clinton’s senior aide that could have warranted any charges against her.

“The rank-and-file special agents at the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes, including the deletion of 33,000 emails after receiving a Congressional subpoena,” Trump said.

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“Hillary Clinton is the most corrupted person ever to seek the presidency of the United States,” Trump argued.

During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used a private email server for both work-related and personal email correspondence. In the course of the investigation, she turned over some 33,000 business-related messages to State Department, but deleted about the same number of personal messages.

READ MORE: ‘Process has begun’: FBI scouring 650k emails on Clinton aide husband’s laptop in reopened case

Trump then called into question the FBI’s ability to sift through hundreds of thousands of emails on whether they contain classified information in just over a week’s time.

“You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days, you can’t do it folks,” Trump said, adding that Hillary Clinton was “being protected by a rigged system.”

However, media reports claimed on Sunday that the vast majority of emails in the new batch were either found to be private, or duplicating those that had previously been reviewed by the FBI.

In light of this report, social media sprang into discussion of how much time it would take to sift through the 650,000 emails for duplicates, with one blogger even appealing to the former NSA contractor and CIA employee, whistleblower Edwards Snowden. Snowden replied that such a task would take “minutes-to-hours,” even on old laptops.

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Whistleblowing group WikiLeaks, however, seemed to disagree that the case has been closed, writing in response to a tweet by General Michael T. Flynn that WikiLeaks, on its part, has published over 7 million of Clinton’s emails in total, and most had to be verified by a human, not a machine.

“Clinton uses pseudonyms and proxies, of which Huma is one, so most need to be read by hand,” WikiLeaks tweeted.

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Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server has courted much controversy, with her supporters accusing the FBI of interfering in the election process. In late October, the agency obtained a warrant to scrutinize emails, discovered on the laptop during an unrelated criminal investigation into former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s closest aide.

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The FBI intended to examine the contents of some 650,000 emails to ascertain if some of the messages could be linked to the Clinton probe.

On Sunday, Comey issued a statement, saying that the FBI had “reviewed all the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State” contained in the new batch of emails and did not find anything that would require prosecution, upholding FBI’s decision dating back to July.

In July, Comey described Clinton’s handling of emails that contained sensitive information on US policy as “extremely careless,” but did not recommend the Justice Department to press any charges against her. He said that the FBI had not found any evidence proving that she mishandled classified information on purpose, saying that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Hillary Clinton Loves Millennials LOL

Published on Nov 2, 2016

Hillary Clinton sure does love us millennials. Even the deplorable basement dwellers among us. Oh yeah, and in closed door speeches for the banks, Hillary Clinton has assured Wall Street executives she’ll do everything in her power to keep cannabis illegal, whereas Donald Trump on the campaign trail has confirmed he’ll introduce LEGAL medical cannabis in the United States, and will work to protect the states rights of those states that have already introduced legal recreational cannabis use, or that plan to. Similarly, Hillary is saber rattling for war with Russia, a nuclear power that has in no way direct or otherwise attacked the United States… nor has it even provoked us! She’s just loony, can’t figure out how her own email security, starts blaming it on the freakin’ Russians—that’s what crazy old people do. And we pity crazy old people. We try to help them out. But we do not elect them as President of the United States, especially when we have a perfectly competent and NOT CORRUPT alternative: Donald Trump.

I’m 30; I rent and probably will into the foreseeable future. Home ownership has become out of reach for many millennials. Car ownership has become unrealistic for many millennials. I have multiple sources of income and they are highly variable – many millennials deal with this; income variability and the burden of the ‘self employment tax’ when we are basically underemployed roaming contractors for various corporations, not strictly speaking at all ‘self employed.’ Then, as I discuss toward the end, there’s the financial burden Obamacare places on already strapped millennials – it’s untenable. Trump will repeal Obamacare and replace it with something humane, but realistic: with interstate competition allowed between insurance companies (as logic would dictate!), and a safety net for those who truly need it.

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Audra Clementine

The hairs on my arms stood up when he said “I HAVE NOTHING!” I feel his pain and my heart goes out to him because things are really bad. He’s so honest and that took a lot to say as a man. He’s a good man.
Julie Brown

I agree. We are all in the same boat. And, it has been sinking rapidly under the current administration.
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Kevin Giambrone

I assume you are in NYC. that is a completely different alien world. many more millennials in the real world see the light and are voting TRUMP

CONFIRMED: US INTEL OPERATIVES LEAKED CLINTON CAMPAIGN EMAILS, NOT RUSSIA

Insiders attempting to save America from Hillary presidency

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

It’s now clear from numerous sources that the Podesta hack, which led to Wikileaks releasing tens of thousands of Clinton campaign emails, as well as other hacks targeting the Democratic Party, were the work of U.S. intelligence operatives attempting to save America from a Clinton presidency.

The Clinton campaign has repeatedly insinuated that Russian agents were responsible for the release of the emails, but the reality is far different.

The hackers were concerned individuals who were alarmed at Hillary Clinton’s rampant corruption and mishandling of classified material as far back as 2009, when officials with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) became aware of violations of record keeping procedures at the Department of State under Secretary Clinton.

Sources who have spoken privately to Alex Jones but don’t want to be named have confirmed that government and intelligence operatives worked in tandem to provide Julian Assange’s organization with the Podesta emails.

This is backed up by former British ambassador Craig Murray, who was told by security insiders that the email leak “comes from within official circles in Washington DC.”

William Binney, NSA whistleblower and former technical head of the NSA, also told Infowars back in August that the email leaks which have negatively impacted the Democratic Party were carried out by individuals within the U.S. intelligence community who were angry at Hillary exposing classified information and sought to take revenge.

“Hillary has a problem with NSA because she compromised Gamma material,” Binney said. “That is the most sensitive material at NSA.”

“And so there were a number of NSA officials complaining to the press or to the people who wrote the article that she did that. She lifted the material that was in her emails directly out of Gamma reporting. That is a direct compromise of the most sensitive material at the NSA,” he added

“She’s got a real problem there … there are many people who have problems with what she has done in the past. So I don’t necessarily look at the Russians as the only one(s) who got into those emails,” Binney concluded.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steve Pieczenik also claimed that elements within the U.S. government, including the FBI and the CIA, have “initiated a counter-coup through Julian Assange and Wikileaks in order to stop Hillary Clinton becoming president of the United States.

Pieczenik asserted that Assange had released “emails that we gave to him in order to undermine Hillary and Bill Clinton.”

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FBI reopens Clinton investigation as new emails found ‒ Comey

The FBI has learned of more emails involving Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she headed the State Department, FBI Director James Comey told several members of Congress, telling them he is reopening the investigation.
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“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of email that appear to be pertinent” to Clinton’s investigation, Comey wrote to the chairs of several relevant congressional committees, adding that he was briefed about the messages on Thursday. “I agree that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

The FBI director cautioned, however, that the bureau has yet to assess the importance of the material, and that he doesn’t know how long that will take.

The Clinton campaign has yet to comment, but an aide told CNN: “We’re learning about this just like you all are.”

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine was asked about Comey’s letter while campaigning at an early voting site in Tallahassee, Florida. “Gotta read a little more, gotta read a little more,” he told reporters.

Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, praised the decision to reopen the case.

“Now that the FBI has reopened the matter, it must conduct the investigation with impartiality and thoroughness,” he said in a statement. “The American people deserve no less and no one should be above the law.”

Almost 15,000 new Clinton emails were discovered in September, but it’s unclear if the announced investigation relates to them or other correspondence. The newly discovered emails are not related to Wikileaks or the Clinton Foundation, law enforcement sources told CNN’s Evan Perez.

The messages were not found on the private email server in the Clintons’ New York residence, a government source told Reuters.

The emails were apparently discovered as part of the sexting probe into former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-New York), the New York Times reported. His electronic devices, as well as those belonging to his wife, senior Clinton aide Huma Abedin, were seized during that investigation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) renewed his call for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to “suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved.”

“Yet again, Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame,” Ryan said in a statement. “This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators.”

Kellyanne Conway, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign manager, applauded the decision.

“That is superb. That is extraordinary news for the American people,” she told Yahoo News. “A great day in our campaign just got even better,” she tweeted.

“They are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States,” Trump said in Manchester, New Hampshire, 10 minutes after learning about the reopening of the case. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”

“I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” he said. “This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understand, and it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.”

“With that being said, the rest of my speech is going to be so boring. Should I even make the speech?” he joked before turning to his prepared remarks.

The “FBI reopening investigation isn’t an October surprise, it’s an October nuclear explosion,” conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro wrote as part of a tweetstorm, adding that “Comey [is] trying to cover his a** 11 days before [the] election” and wondering if a “pre-emptive impeachment of a president elect” is possible because “the odds on President Tim Kaine just rose substantially.”

An ‘October Surprise‘ is a major event that happens in the month before the election that affects the outcome of the vote.

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In response to the announcement, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against Comey.

“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,” Scott Dworkin, senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, said in a statement. “It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.”

Stocks fell after Comey’s announcement, CNBC reported.

 

‘2nd Snowden’ to face espionage charges over 50TB of ‘stolen data’

The US Department of Justice may charge a former NSA contractor with espionage after discovering top secret documents and enough highly sensitive data to fill 10,000 DVDs at his home in Maryland.

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Retired US Navy officer Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, has been dubbed ‘the second Snowden’ by the press. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm that employed the famous whistleblower who revealed global surveillance programs run by the US.

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Martin was arrested late August, but his case was only made public earlier this month. He allegedly hoarded at least 50,000 gigabytes (or 50 terabytes) of classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), reportedly including the US government’s hacking tools. For reference, one gigabyte is enough to store some 10,000 pages of documents containing both images and text, so Martin allegedly stole enough data to fill 10,000 DVDs.

Federal prosecutors called Martin’s alleged data theft breathtaking in its scale and longevity,” as his actions appear to predate those of Edward Snowden.

The defendant was in possession of an astonishing quantity of marked classified documents which he was not entitled to possess, including many marked [secret],” prosecutors said on Thursday, as cited by the .

Originally  with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, Martin now also faces charges under the Espionage Act, which would expose him to harsher penalties if he is convicted.

A contractor with the federal government since 1996, Martin worked in the Tailored Access Operations unit, the department responsible for hacking the networks of foreign governments. Through this job, he had access to classified information for the past two decades.

According to prosecutors, agents who searched Martin’s home and car found dozens of computers and electronic devices, as well as classified government material dating from 1996 to 2016. The information includes an email chain marked ‘Top Secret’ apparently printed from an official government account. Prosecutors say that on the back of the document they found handwritten notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure, written in a way that suggests they were “intended for an audience outside of the Intelligence Community,” AP reports.

Adding to the prosecutors’ belief that Martin was aiming to make the data public is the allegation he was trying to use technology designed to encrypt communication and allow online anonymity. At the time of his arrest he was enrolled in a doctoral program on information security management, and as his computers showed, he appeared to be trying to connect to the internet anonymously using a specialized operating system.

The espionage charge, however, was proposed after prosecutors discovered Martin had online communication “in languages other than English, including in Russian,” which made them believe he could be cooperating with a foreign government.

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Given the nature of his offenses and knowledge of national secrets, he presents tremendous value to any foreign power that may wish to shelter him within or outside of the United States,”  prosecutors said, describing the total amount of evidence against Martin as “overwhelming.”

“The evidence is overwhelming that the defendant abused [America’s] trust and chose to repeatedly violate his agreements, his oaths and the law, and to retain extremely sensitive government information to use however he wished,” prosecutors stated.

Neither investigators nor prosecutors, however, revealed what prompted the initial search of Martin’s property that led to his arrest. Martin has so far admitted to storing classified materials, but has not replied to accusations of intending to pass them on. Martin’s defense attorneys claim that their client took the information from the office solely to work on it further and improve his job-related skills, maintaining that there is no clear evidence he intended to betray his country and leak the data. According to agents that searched Martin’s home, many of the documents were lying openly in his home study or were scattered in the backseat and trunk of his vehicle.

Booz Allen Hamilton fired Martin soon after his arrest and offered the authorities “full cooperation” on the investigation. If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for unauthorized removal of classified data, and 10 years in prison for theft of government property. The espionage charge, however, is regarded as a serious crime under US federal law and can result in stronger , including life in prison.

Martin remains in custody.