UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programme. | The UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world's biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America's top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The documents show that GCHQ, based in Cheltenham, has had access to the system since at least June 2010, and generated 197 intelligence reports from it last year. The US-run programme, called Prism, would appear to allow GCHQ to circumvent the formal legal process required to seek personal material such as emails, photos and videos from an internet company based outside the UK. The use of Prism raises ethical and legal issues about such direct access to potentially millions of internet users, as well as questions about which British ministers knew of the programme.
Sweden has provided the US with "unique" intelligence on Russia's leadership, according to new documents leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden and revealed Thursday by Swedish public broadcaster SVT. ● The documents indicate that the US National Security Agency (NSA) sees Sweden's signals intelligence agency, FRA, as a "leading partner" in the surveillance of telecom and Internet traffic, particularly from Russia. "The FRA provided NSA... unique collection on high-priority Russian targets, such as leadership, internal politics," according to a document dated April 18, 2013 and obtained by SVT from the American journalist Glenn Greenwald who has published details of numerous NSA files leaked by Snowden. Another document underlined Sweden's notable access to Russia's communication network thanks to cables passing through Swedish territory.
A prominent Russian lawmaker and the chief of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament has pointed out inconsistency between NATO’s reaction to the recent crackdown on Ukrainian protesters in Kiev and similar police violence in the US. "The NATO has condemned the use of 'excessive force' against Kiev demonstrators. But it was probably OK to beat anti-NATO protesters in Chicago," Duma MP Alexei Pushkov tweeted overnight. The tweet comes after Russia’s foreign policy chief Sergei Lavrov said he was amazed by the fact that the military alliance believed itself to be in a position to issue statements on Ukraine’s domestic affairs.
The Guardian has come under concerted pressure and intimidation designed to stop it from publishing stories of huge public interest that have revealed the "staggering" scale of Britain's and America's secret surveillance programmes, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper has said. Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee about stories based on the National Security Agency leaks from the whistleblower Edward Snowden, Alan Rusbridger said the Guardian "would not be put off by intimidation, but nor are we going to behave recklessly". He told MPs that disclosures from the files had generated a global debate about the powers of state agencies, and the weaknesses of the laws and oversight regimes they worked within. [...] Watergate journalist and author, Carl Bernstein, wrote an open letter in which he said Rusbridger's appearance at the committee was "dangerously pernicious". Bernstein said it was an attempt by the "highest UK authorities to shift the issue from government policies and excessive government secrecy in the United States and Great Britain to the conduct of the press".
Judge's order to social workers behind forced caesarean | In a highly unusual intervention, Sir James Munby has demanded to know why the girl should not be reunited with her mother, a 35-year-old Italian. Fabio Roia, the most senior judge in Milan, said the woman’s treatment by a secret court resembled a horror film – an unprecedented ‘act of extreme violence’ that could not have happened in Italy. The mother, who was suffering from a mental illness, was subjected to a caesarean on the orders of the controversial Court of Protection. Her ex-husband and her parents, who look after her two other children, insisted they would care for the girl. But, in a second secret hearing, a court ruled that her girl should be removed from her care for adoption by a British family. Campaigners said it was wrong for a closed-doors court to force a foreign citizen to have an invasive medical procedure and seize her child against her will.
Poll of France, Germany, Poland and the UK shows British hostile to EU, and other nations hostile to Britain. ● The landmark survey of more than 5,000 voters in the UK, Germany, France and Poland finds British people far more hostile to the EU and its policies than those in the other EU states, and strikingly low support for British membership among people on the continent. At the same time, the total numbers of people in Germany and France who support giving Britain a special deal on membership to satisfy British opinion are heavily outnumbered by those who oppose doing so, which suggests that David Cameron may struggle to achieve his hoped-for tailor-made arrangement for the UK. Testing cultural opinions, the poll finds very few British people choose to describe themselves as European. In other EU nations, enthusiasm for the concept of Europeanism is far higher.
The US CNN TV channel has dropped from its interview with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations his appeal for the need to take into account the will of the Syrian people, who mostly support the incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, and also Churkin's statement that the Syrian opposition is stonewalling humanitarian activities, the ITAR-TASS news agency reports.
Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section. ● A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers. Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb. The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery. The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.
Over the last three years Cafe Palestine Freiburg has been harassed by both major and minor institutions in the City of Freiburg. We took the mayor and also the University of Freiburg, influenced by Holocaust scholar Dr. Schwendemann, to court and won both cases and we also easily survived Henryk M. Broder (infamous German Hasbara-Islamophobe), German Israeli Society and Antideutsche’s attempts to destroy the Cafe’s reputation. But apparently, Zionists and supporters of Israel, still determined to stop us, are now reverting to terror. Yesterday, we hosted Israeli filmmaker Yotam Feldman and his latest documentary " The Lab" – a film that discloses the Israeli military industry and presents Israel, its weapon dealers and death merchants in a very dark light. However, as soon as the screening commenced, we learned that alarm clocks had been planted in the hall, set to go off during the screening in order to evoke panic. Despite this shocking attempt at disruption we decided to continue with the screening. However, once the Q&A session with filmmaker Yotam Feldman was over we found a threatening note attached to one clock: Antisemitismus bleibt nicht ungestört (Anti-semitism will not go unchallenged). This incident has, of course, been reported to the Freiburg police and today it will be decided whether it will be forwarded to a government agency, passed onto the prosecuting authorities or buried in a filing cabinet. But whatever the outcome, it seems that in the light of the current growing affinity between the United Nations and Iran and the downfall of Israeli Hasbara, we are already encountering a new and vile wave of Zionist intimidation.
South Africa's former president claims that his country was asked to help Britain topple Robert Mugabe.
● Tony Blair’s Government asked South Africa to help Britain invadeZimbabwe and topple Robert Mugabe by force, Thabo Mbeki, the former president, has disclosed. When Zimbabwe began sinking into economic collapse and political repression in 2000, South Africa and Britain held starkly different views over how to respond to the crisis. Mr Mbeki favoured a negotiated settlement; Mr Blair wanted Mr Mugabe to go, by force if necessary. “The problem was, we were speaking from different positions,” said Mr Mbeki, who served as South Africa’s president from 1999 until 2008. “There were other people saying ‘yes indeed there are political problems, economic problems, the best way to solve them is regime change. So Mugabe must go’. This was the difference. So they said ‘Mugabe must go’. But we said ‘Mugabe is part of the solution to this problem’.” Mr Mbeki recalled an interview given by Lord Guthrie, who was Chief of the Defence Staff and Britain’s most senior soldier throughout Mr Blair’s first government. In 2007, Lord Guthrie disclosed that “people were always trying to get me to look at” toppling Mr Mugabe by force.
The Italian Senate has voted to expel ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament with immediate effect over his conviction for tax fraud. ● Berlusconi, who has dominated politics for 20 years, could now face arrest over other criminal cases as he has lost his immunity from prosecution. He told supporters in Rome it was a "day of mourning" for democracy. Ahead of the vote, he vowed to remain in politics to lead his Forza Italia in a "fight for the good of Italy". A defiant Berlusconi told supporters gathered outside his Rome residence that "no political leader has suffered a persecution such as I have lived through". He said: "It is a bitter day, a day of mourning."
Trenton Oldfield was imprisoned for interrupting a boat race last year. Now, the protester faces deportation. The government that directly interfered to cause his incarceration wants him out of the country. Their rationale: he may “threaten national security.” ● Recalling his protest swim that challenged classicism and elitism in Britain while targeting a 2012 boat race between the U.K.'s two most exclusive universities, Oldfield said: “On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Government continued to push ahead with privatizing state healthcare and legislation that attacked people's digital privacy. On Thursday, they told the public to inform on their neighbors, if they 'might' protest against the Olympics; so I bought a wetsuit to swim on the Saturday.” A U.K. resident for over a decade, Oldfield, 37, works alongside his British wife Deepa running a publishing house. With his legal appeal due December 9, Oldfield spoke with Occupy.com about his deep critique of the British establishment and explored how one peaceful protest made the government so insecure it now seeks to deport him. “
The government's attack on protesters is like 1960s East Germany," said Oldfield in our recent interview. "
Peaceful protests often end due to state violence, like the anti fascist rallies, the 182 cyclists arrested at the Olympics and the heavy policing of Thatcher's funeral.” Oldfield drew attention to the consequences for individual protesters, including two occasions when people were criminally charged for shouting during speeches given by Prime Minister David Cameron. One shouted: "
No Ifs – No Buts – No public sector cuts," and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Another, said Oldfield, was found guilty of intimidation for shouting, "
You have blood on your hands," in reference to U.K. government cuts in support for the disabled. The decision finally to remove Oldfield from Britain came from a senior government minster, Home Secretary Theresa May. Oldfield said he was informed the week his wife was due to give birth to their first child.
Le fondateur du site Hollande-demission.fr a été arrêté cet après-midi à 16 heures par la police. ● Quand exprimer ses opinions devient un délit. David, le fondateur du site 'Hollande-demission.fr' en a fait la triste expérience ce mercredi. Pour avoir conduit une voiture où brillait le slogan « Hollande-demission.fr », ce dernier a été arrêté porte de Passy vers 16 heures par 4 motards. Motif invoqué : ‘
outrage au Président’. Ce mini-évènement a ensuite pris des proportions démesurées : la police a saisi la voiture, qui a été ensuite enlevée par des véhicules de fourrière. Près de trente policiers ont été diligentés sur place. La circulation s’en est retrouvée totalement bloquée. Hollande-Demission.fr
[Les Visible:] Wow! What can I say? By any standards, the Seek-Speak-Spread Truth conference was a rousing success. For this, massive kudos must go to Tahra with the able assistance of Tyler Vincent, James and Steven along with Tom Fry and Anthony doing the video which you will see shortly somewhere. I'll link it when possible. We'll forget about my presentation. It's not my place to comment on it. Someone or several someone's will come around with their two pence at some point.
Alan Hart started it off and was lucid and very well informed. After that the day took off and never stopped. Ken Shot came up and did a slideshow about his amazing work in Sweden. The amount of work and industry put out by himself and his associates is impressive. There are a lot of good things going on on this planet. I had an epiphany of sorts at the conference where my former perceptions about someone did a big 180. In keeping with Visble's Full Disclosure Act of 2003, I'm left with no choice. I'd had certain reservations about Gilad Atzmon, on the publicity end and Litmus Test end and what I found in real life was a larger than life personality, which canceled out my concern on the first concern and made moot my second concern. Ken O'Keefe followed Gilad and continued in the spirit of the extemporaneous, which seemed to be the order of the day for nearly all of us. [...] My great thanks to all of you who remain unnamed. Thank you for your exquisite generosity and unqualified support!!! We will do it again. I probably should be living in the U.K. despite the political situation. The quality of humanity there is incredible.
Home secretary working on legislation allowing removal of UK passport from "suspects" even if they have no other citizenship. ● Theresa May plans to strip British "terror suspects" of their citizenship and take away their UK passports even if it leaves them stateless, Whitehall sources have confirmed. May wants to bring in legislation allowing the removal of a UK passport from any "terror suspect" whose conduct is "seriously prejudicial to the interests of the UK", in a move designed to make it harder for them to return to Britain if they travel abroad. The home secretary already has the power to take away British citizenship from those with dual nationality, and since taking office May has confiscated the UK passports of 16 individuals alleged to have links with terror groups. She has repeatedly said that a UK passport is a "privilege, not a right".
A beautiful thing happend in nottingham on the 23ed of February as anonymous protesters took to the streets. On this day there aim was to shutdown all the tax avoiding shops, this is in response to the tax dodging corporations on the high streets who have evaded in excess of £70 billion in [taxes]. Stephen a homeless man in Nottingham cached the eye of Anonymous members who stopped and gave him money, overwhelmed with love, Steven starts to cry as anonymous member give him hugs and change. Under code name of Robbin Hood, they truly made this homeless mans day.
France demanded Thursday that the United States and its allies show “firmness” in negotiating with Iran, injecting new uncertainty into the high-stakes talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which earlier had appeared to be on the verge of agreement. | Echoing his statement of two weeks ago, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a television interview that agreement with Iran “can only be possible based on firmness.” He said Iran had failed to accept an offer drafted by the United States, France and four other countries after France’s last intervention and added: “I hope they will accept it.” Two weeks ago, Fabius said in a radio interview that the agreement must be “serious and credible” and France would not play a “fool’s game.” His statement appeared to take a slice at the Obama administration, which had a key role in drafting the accord.
Kumaran Ira: In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran ■ Last week, Fabius called for aggressive US intervention in the Middle East, criticizing Washington’s foreign policy after it retreated from launching war against Syria and decided to negotiate with Iran. In a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of the French Policy Planning Staff, Fabius said: “The United States seems no longer to wish to become absorbed by crises that do not align with its new vision of its national interest.” He criticized Washington’s “non-response” in Syria—that is, the Obama administration’s decision to postpone war with Syria. Fabius said, “An American disengagement [from the Middle East], given the role of the United States, is a disengagement, period. This can leave major crises ‘up to themselves.’”
Xymphora: Étrange, indeed ■ It appears that the authorities picked a guy who complained about French Zionist neocolonialism, obtained his DNA from where his ratting 'friend', who had been watching him for 13 years, sheltered him, drugged him, and scattered his anarchist writings around (note the change in the story to back off the claim that the writings attempted to explain the attacks, and to remove the specific claim that the alleged shooter had spoken to the informant about the shootings - it is a common technique in conspiracies to release the original story with very specific claims of guilt, thus imprinting the idea in the minds of the public, and then quietly back off the specific claims so that nobody can challenge them later). I suspect that three separate French government agents were involved in the three separate attacks, none of them Abdelhakim Dekhar. Commentators have noticed that Abdelhakim Dekhar does not resemble the shooter in the slightest. And what is a leftie doing shooting up the offices of Libération? But he does have an evocative name. This essentially homeless and probably crazy patsy - but with a useful history and evocative name - managed to ditch all the clothing evidence which connected him to the various crimes for which he will be punished so that French Zio-colonialism may continue.
Michael Krieger: Blogger “Mish” is Fined 8,000 Euros by France for Freedom of Speech ■ Well if this isn’t one of the more ridiculous things I have read in a while, I don’t know what is. Many of my readers are probably familiar with Mike “Mish” Shedlock, who writes a very popular economics/finance blog. He has a habit of doing what I like best, challenging propaganda, engaging in critical thought and a fearlessness when it comes to saying what he believes. It appears that such behavior is frowned upon by French banksters and their minions in government. Incredibly, Mish was fined 8,000 euros for quoting a French blogger’s analysis of Societe Generale’s leverage ratio. He was also summoned to appear in front of a tribunal in France. Expect more of this sort of thing as the status quo loses more and more credibility and struggles to censor alternative narratives of what is actually happening.
The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America's National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance programs, an NSA memo describes how in 2007 an agreement was reached that allowed the agency to "unmask" and hold on to personal data about Britons that had previously been off limits. The memo, published in a joint investigation by the Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News, says the material is being put in databases where it can be made available to other members of the US intelligence and military community.
PressTV: US spying on Britons under secret deal with UK - Video
Russia Today: Transatlantic extradition: Dark underbelly of the ‘special relationship’ - Video
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