A surveillance bug in your home?

| – MARCH 28, 2017

A professor at the University of Texas thinks that “mission creep” could one day lead to the government listening in on private conversations in people’s homes via the new Google Home device.

Google Home is a newly launched wi-fi connected “smart speaker” that responds to voice commands with relevant information via a virtual speaking assistant. The device is a rival to Amazon Echo, which performs many of the same functions.

According to Dr. Philip Doty, associate dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas, privacy advocates are right to be concerned, especially in light of revelations that the CIA allegedly hacked Samsung Smart TVs to record private conversations.

“We now have a third party presence which not only can listen to us but can record us and share that information with retail giants, with third party information brokers and potentially with government,” Professor Doty told KXAN.

Doty added that there was “some rationale” for describing the devices as “surveillance robots”.

Patrick Moorhead of Austin-based Moor Insights and Strategy said he “believes” Google when the company says it promises to only listen for key words and “delete all of the other conversations they happen to overhear.”

However, Professor Doty said he didn’t believe that promise and “mission creep” could lead Google and Amazon to change their privacy policies in the future.

“Even if they were the best of actors, it would be difficult to resist the temptation to gather more and more information about us,” he said.

Another video posted to YouTube shows a user asking Google Home about the CIA, to which the device responds with a long rambling message which states, “No government entity, US or otherwise, has direct access to our user’s information. Respect for the privacy and security of data you store with Google underpins our approach to producing data in response to legal requests. You can learn more in Google’s transparency report.”

According to the “Data security & privacy” policy that applies to Google Home, “Google stores data about our conversations on its servers, which reside in its data centers.”

Under the sub-heading Is Google Home recording all of my conversations?, the document states, “Google Home listens in short (a few seconds) snippets for the hotword. Those snippets are deleted if the hotword is not detected.”

However, given the revelations about Samsung TVs, to take these promises at face value seems absurdly naive.

Back in 2013, former CIA director General David Petraeus admitted that the “Internet of things” was a transformational boon for “clandestine tradecraft”.

In other words, it would soon be easier than ever before for the government to keep tabs on the population since everything they use will be connected to the web, negating the need for spies to directly plant a bug in someone’s home.

Lt Col Shaffer – “Incidental” Trump Data Mining Had To Be “Accidentally On Purpose”

By Rick Wells

Lt Col Tony Shaffer marks the passing of two weeks since the Saturday morning tweets by President Trump stating his belief that the Obama regime had wiretapped his communications. Shaffer cleans up what has transpired in that period of time and what we now know.

Shaffer says, “We know now that the basic fundamental idea and claim is true. Something happened and we have to understand that when Mr. Trump tweet ‘wiretapping,’ it wasn’t two pair of cable being tapped in, it’s ‘data,’ phone numbers, data; and Trump Tower, I think is euphemistic like the whole campaign.”

Shaffer continues, “So what we know now is there was some level of collection, not relating to the ‘Russia investigation’ or Russia issue,’ that has now come forward. And I think what we’re seeing now here, frankly, is a work of walking the razor’s edge. We have to be careful about giving up what we call tools, techniques and technology of how things were collected. At the same time, we know now that even if this collection was done legally, the unmasking of names and the dissemination are probably felony-level crimes, that break not only protocol but break the law.”

They play a clip of Bob Woodward from a few nights earlier, saying, “The idea that there was intelligence value here is really thin. It’s, again, down the middle, it’s not what Trump said but this could be criminal on the part of people who decided, ‘oh, let’s name these people.’ Under the rules that name is supposed to be blanked out and so you’ve got a real serious problem, potentially, of people in the Obama administration passing around this highly classified gossip.”

Shaffer agrees, saying, “Clearly they were after gossip because it’s political. This has no intelligence value and let me be clear on this. I’ve run these sorts of operations before. I’ve had to go to the White House and brief on this sort of operation and you instantly bin information related to US persons. It used to take us time, like minutes. Now it can be done instantly, I mean the moment it hits, so there’s absolutely no technical reason. So what I’ve been saying is this ‘incidental,’ it’s ‘accidental on purpose,’ they knew exactly what they were going for.” He says, “I believe this is much worse than Watergate by an order of magnitude, but the fact that you had people, both within the intelligence community, who were political appointees.”

“And I would argue,” says Shaffer, “Mr. Trump’s battle against the intelligence community wasn’t just the community, it’s about these political appointees running the intelligence community, who are clearly, now, the evidence is they abused their authority and used it for political purposes. And that’s what I think we have to look at very carefully.”

Shaffer clears up what may be a misconception, that it is not necessary to tap Trump Tower to intercept data coming in and out of the building. He says that is the issue, “Someone authorized the intelligence community to collect on Trump’s networks and for purposes then unmasking individuals and disseminating information illegally, and that’s what the real issue is at this point.”

Obama used NSA & FBI to spy on Trump – veteran CIA officer

The mighty CIA has fallen victim to a major breach, with WikiLeaks revealing the true scope of the Agency’s ability for cyber-espionage.

Its tools seem to be aimed at ordinary citizens – your phone, your car, your TV, even your fridge can become an instrument of surveillance in the hands of the CIA. How does the CIA use these tools, and why do they need them in the first place? And as WikiLeaks promises even more revelations, how is all of this going to shape the already tense relationship between new president and the intelligence community? A man who has spent over two decades in the CIA’s clandestine service – Gary Berntsen is on SophieCo.

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Sophie Shevardnadze: Gary Berntsen, former CIA official, welcome to the show, great to have you with us. Now, Vault 7, a major batch of CIA docs revealed by Wikileaks uncovers the agency’s cyber tools. We’re talking about world’s most powerful intelligence agency – how exactly did the CIA lose control of its arsenal of hacking weapons?

Gary Berntsen: First off, I’d like to say that the world has changed a lot in the last several decades, and people are communicating in many different ways and intelligence services, whether they be American or Russian, are covering these communications and their coverage of those communications has evolved. Without commenting on the specific validity of those tools, it was clear that the CIA was surely using contractors to be involved in this process, not just staff officers, and that individuals decided that they had problems with U.S. policy, and have leaked these things to Wikileaks. This is a large problem, for the U.S. community, but just as the U.S. is having problems, the Russia face similar problems. Just this week you had multiple members of the FSB charged with hacking as well, and they have been charged by the U.S. government. So both services who are competitors, face challenges as we’ve entered a new era of mass communications.

McCain Pops Off on Trump in Brussels…

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By Kimberly Dozier

BRUSSELS—Republican Senator John McCain revealed he hasn’t met the President Donald Trump in person since he took office, and he urged Trump to reach out to his opponents—Democratic and otherwise—ala Ronald Reagan if he wants to repeal Obamacare.


“Do some outreach. Get to know some of these Democratic leaders,” he said. “You can find common ground.” McCain said he’d met Trump “some years ago” when he was a businessman, but had not met him since. McCain said he did speak “almost daily” to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however.


“He doesn’t seem to be that upset that he’s not talking to him,” said German Marshall Fund’s Derek Chollet, a former Obama Pentagon official. “He’s trying to run U.S. defense policy through Mattis and effectively ignore Trump.”


The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The senior Republican and vociferous Trump critic said Trump’s tweet storms had caused “a great deal of uncertainty” about who advises the president. “Who drives the tweets at 6am in the morning?” he said, speaking at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum. He also expressed concerns, as head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Moscow, and repeated his call for an independent committee to investigate such matters after House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes disclosed that he thought Trump’s communications may have been inadvertently listened to by the FBI, without sharing that with other committee members or disclosing his source. “I have significant concerns about the intelligence committee’s ability to get to the bottom of this issue,” McCain said. “We need a select committee.”


However, McCain emphasized that ongoing controversy shouldn’t prevent the president from ever meeting with Russian counterparts.


“There’s nothing wrong with meetings,” the senator said. “At the height of the Cold War, (U.S. President) Ronald Reagan and (Soviet leader) Leonid Brezhnev met.” The proponent of Trump’s defense spending boost said the Trump needed to go to the meeting with a “strong hand” including “strong and growing military capabilities.”

Twists & Turns: MSM focusing on allegations of Trump, Russia connection not snooping claims

Published on Mar 24, 2017

The scandal over the snooping on Donald Trump’s team has taken a turn. The US House of Representatives Intelligence chief has been forced to be on the defensive over his claims that communications have been possibly intercepted at some point


CNN is the enemy of the people.
Antonio Howard

You notice how MSM all say the same thing? Thats why people like Alex Jones have more subscribers than CNN.
Atlantean Fox_14

notice how TYT hasnt even bother to admit they r wrong as well n never made vid about this xD
Pat Hacker

It’s an empty witch hunt to impeach Donald Trump. It’s all too obvious now.

Almost nobody believes the MSM news!
jcee 123

lol rather then attacking obama for attempting to meddle in a election they attack the man that told them he did, completely crazy, media are trying to manipulate the people!, there should be laws that prevent the rich from funding media!, all media should be crowd funded by the people!, that’s the only way to ensure it’s for the people.

Nunes did the right thing.. He felt obligated to tell the President of the United States that he and his team was subjected to illegal surveillance . Crooked Comey has some explaining to do. The reason Comey couldn’t come out and dispute Trump claim of having his “wires tapped” from the beginning is because it was the truth and they were unexpectedly caught. He tried to bury it by sending the DOJ to dispute it first. They’re all caught.. those lying vermins.

The Great Devin Nunes: Obama Officials Face Five Years in Prison

Published on Mar 23, 2017



“who invited the ghost of the communist past into our chambers again” – real Devin nunes quote when nancy pelosi was re-elected recently to be house minority leader
Lower Middle Class Patriots

obama is a queer indonesian muslim socialist……….and spy!!
Sherry Mercer

it’s straight up blackmail,Comey is up to his own shit in the paedophile ring
Ilove The Usa

Obama will be put in prison soon
Yesenia Rivera

5year for treason ,,, he should be hung,,,, for every person he killd
Andrew Hall

More news of evidence . No arrest . Why even report . Is this just a tactic to just piss Americans off distraction. Of something big going on and news just doing this to blindside us on some real truths.
Brenda Maki

good man!

I would like to see them go to jail but I don’t think that will happen all they will get is a slap on the wrist.

Surveillance in Nov, Dec, executive order signed in Jan. Of course it was done as a cover up, or more to the point as a cover his own ass! It was Obama’s way of giving himself a presidential pardon. They were so sure (duped) to believe Hillary was gonna win he figured the spying on a presidential candidate would not be an issue. He was wrong. Just like he was wrong about the ACA. I bet 99 percent of those liberals out there would be pissed if they found out their lives were being tapped. Spying on Americans is truly treasonous. I wonder who’s gonna throw themselves on the sword for that prick? Bet it won’t be Comey. Comey’s a rat!
Nancy Stone



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‘Orwellian Big Brother’ intrusion on Trump, other citizens in public and private sector.

WNDMARCH 23, 2017

The lawyer who founded Judicial Watch and later Freedom Watch, Larry Klayman, has sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, asking him to look at a whistleblower’s evidence of “systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, again including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly.”

That spying was done, Klayman’s letter contends, by the FBI.

It’s become a major issue following President Trump’s assertion that he and Trump Tower were spied upon by the federal government, and the subsequent denials by intelligence and law-enforcement officials, including FBI Director James Comey, who famously cleared Hillary Clinton on accusations she mishandled classified information as U.S. secretary of state.

Klayman has been working with Dennis Montgomery, a former NSA and Central Intelligence Agency contractor who “left the NSA and CIA with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information, much of which is classified.”

Montgomery then “sought to come forward legally as a whistleblower to appropriate government entities, including congressional intelligence committees, to expose that the spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans.”

Explained Klayman: “Working side by side with former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who lied in congressional testimony, and former Obama Director of the CIA, the equally ethically challenged John Brennan, Montgomery witnessed ‘up close and personal’ this “Orwellian Big Brother’ intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion, blackmail or other nefarious purposes.”

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But he said the testimony has been essentially ignored.

Now, however, with the issue pending before Congress, there even are media reports that appear to substantiate the general claims that the government has been spying. The New York Times in January referenced wiretapping at Trump Tower, and just this week ABC News documented that the FBI monitored Trump Tower.

The report claimed, “But it was not placed at the behest of Barack Obama, and the target was not the Trump campaign of 2016. For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated Russian organized crime money-laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower in New York.”

It resulted in the indictments of more than 30 people, ABC said.

Explained the report: “The FBI investigation did not implicate Trump. But Trump Tower was under close watch. Some of the Russian mafia figures worked out of unit 63A in the iconic skyscraper – just three floors below Trump’s penthouse residence – running what prosecutors called an ‘international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring.’”

Klayman, a Washington watchdog who repeatedly took on the Clinton political machine to investigate suspicion of wrongdoing, explained in his letter to Nunes, which was copied to other members of Congress, that he previously won a judgment from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon preliminarily halting the “illegal, warrantless, and massive surveillance of U.S. citiznes and lawful residents” in 2015.

As part of Nunes’ hearing on claims of government spying, he invited “anyone who has information about these topics to come forward.”

Klayman said that is exactly what Montgomery has done.

“There is a myriad of evidence, direct and circumstantial, of the illegal and unconstitutional surveillance disclosed to the FBI by Montgomery,” said Klayman, describing how his client made an on-camera interview with the agency about the misdeeds some time ago.

He said Montgomery “holds much of the roadmap to ‘draining the swamp’ of this corruption of our democracy.”

Montgomery, Klayman said, has information “that the spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans.”

During Montgomery’s interview with FBI General Counsel James Baker, under grants of immunity, he “laid out how persons like then businessman Donald Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of the Obama administration.”

“He even claimed that these spy agencies had manipulated voting in Florida during the 2008 presidential election, where illegal tampering resulted in helping Obama to win the White House.”

But that interview, “conducted and videotaped by Special FBI Agents Walter Giardina and William Barnett, occurred almost two years ago, and nothing that I know of has happened since.”

Klayman wrote that it appears to have been “buried” by Comey, possibly because “the FBI itself collaborates with the spy agencies to conduct illegal surveillance.”

He said he previously visited with a staff lawyer, Allen Souza, to inform Nunes of questions that needed to be put to Comey while under oath.

“My expressed purpose: to have Chairman Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee ask Comey, under oath, why he and his FBI have seemingly not moved forward with the Montgomery investigation while, on the other hand, the FBI director recently claimed publicly, I believe falsely, that there is ‘no evidence’ of surveillance on President Trump and those around him by the Obama administration.

“Indeed, there is,” he wrote.

He tells members of Congress that Comey needs to be grilled during a subsequent hearing, now set for March 28. He asks Nunes to respond by March 24 to let “the American people, and Mr. Montgomery … know where you and the other members of your committee stand.”

“Do you intend to get at and investigate the full truth, or as has regrettably been the case for many years in government, sweep the truth under the carpet?”

Other recipients of the letter were Reps. Adam Schiff, Mike Conaway, Peter King, Frank LoBiondo, Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Chris Stewart, Rich Crawford, Trey Gowdy, Elise Stefanik, Will Hurd, Jim Hines, Terri Sewell, Andre Carson, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell, Joaquin Castro and Denny Heck.