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Appelbaum, Rusbridger, Schmid, Campbell @ LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens

In Appelbaum, Archive, GCHQ, LIBE, NSA on September 7, 2013 at 3:28 AM

09/05/2013

In its resolution of 4 July 2013 the European Parliament set the mandate of the LIBE Committee Inquiry:

Instructs its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter in collaboration with national parliaments and the EU-US expert group set up by the Commission and to report back by the end of the year, by:

  • gathering all relevant information and evidence from both US and EU sources (fact-finding)
  • investigating the alleged surveillance activities of US authorities as well as any carried out by certain Member States (mapping of responsibilities)
  • assessing the impact of surveillance programmes as regards: the fundamental rights of EU citizens (in particular the right to respect for private life and communications, freedom of expression, the presumption of innocence and the right to an effective remedy); actual data protection both within the EU and for EU citizens outside the EU, focusing in particular on the effectiveness of EU law in respect of extraterritoriality mechanisms; the safety of the EU in the era of cloud computing; the added value and proportionality of such programmes with regard to the fight against terrorism; the external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice (assessing the validity of adequacy decisions for EU transfers to third countries, such as those carried out under the Safe Harbour Agreement, international agreements and other legal instruments providing for legal assistance and cooperation) (damage and risk analysis)
  • exploring the most appropriate mechanisms for redress in the event of confirmed violations (administrative and judicial redress and compensation schemes)
  • putting forward recommendations aimed at preventing further violations, and ensuring credible, high-level protection of EU citizens’ personal data via adequate means, in particular the adoption of a fully-fledged data protection package (policy recommendations and lawmaking)
  • issuing recommendations aimed at strengthening IT security in the EU’s institutions, bodies and agencies by means of proper internal security rules for communication systems, in order to prevent and remedy unauthorised access and the disclosure or loss of information and personal data (remedying of security breaches)

So far the actors who seem to be best able to provide the Committee with adequate information, besides the US and EU Authorities which will be invited later, are the media which unveiled these facts and the participants of the EU-US expert groups.

Their testimony and intervention before the LIBE Committee will enable the LIBE Committee to identify those aspects that will deserve closer investigation and thus need clarification in the following meetings.

Given the obvious similarities with the investigation into the Echelon system the then Chair of the temporary committee, Mr Coelho, and its rapporteur, Mr Schmid, have been invited to share their experiences.

Schedule

Introductory remarks by Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR, Chair of the LIBE Committee

Statements by:

  • Jacques FOLLOROU, Le Monde
  • Jacob APPELBAUM, investigative journalist, software developer and computer security researcher with the Tor Project

Presentations by:

  • Gerhard SCHMID (former MEP and Rapporteur of the ECHELON report 2001)
  • Carlos COELHO (MEP), former Chair of the Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System
  • Duncan CAMPBELL, investigative journalist and author of the STOA report “Interception Capabilities 2000″

More LIBE Committee Mass Surveillance Inquiry Coverage

Edward Snowden’s Father FULL Interview w/ Eric Bolling – FOX News Exclusive

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on June 18, 2013 at 4:04 AM

06/17/2013

NSA Files: Verizon, PRISM, Boundless Informant, FISA 702, XKEYSCORE (+ Whistleblower Edward Snowden Interview)

In Archive, NSA, NSA Files, Snowden, Surveillance on June 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

NSA COLLECTING PHONE RECORDS OF MILLIONS OF VERIZON CUSTOMERS DAILY

TOP SECRET COURT ORDER REQUIRING VERIZON TO HAND OVER ALL CALL DATA TO NSA (Story/Guardian)

NSA PRISM PROGRAM TAPS IN TO USER DATA OF APPLE, GOOGLE AND OTHERS

TOP SECRET NSA PRISM PROGRAM CLAIMS DIRECT ACCESS TO SERVERS OF FIRMS INCLUDING GOOGLE, APPLE AND FACEBOOK (Story/WashingtonPost/Guardian)

nsa-prism-extra

BOUNDLESS INFORMANT: THE NSA’S SECRET TOOL TO TRACK GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE DATA

3-PAGE BOUNDLESS INFORMANT EXPLANATION DOCUMENT, WHICH SHOWS THE NSA COLLECTED ALMOST 3 BILLION PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE FROM US COMPUTER NETWORKS OVER A 30-DAY PERIOD ENDING IN MARCH (Story/Guardian)

TOP SECRET NSA BOUNDLESS INFORMANT TOOL DETAILS AND MAPS BY COUNTRY THE VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IT COLLECTS FROM COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE NETWORKS (Story/Guardian)

THE TOP SECRET RULES THAT ALLOW NSA TO USE US DATA WITHOUT A WARRANT

TOP-SECRET DOCUMENT SHOWS FISA JUDGES SIGNED OFF ON BROAD ORDERS ALLOWING NSA TO MAKE USE OF INFORMATION “INADVERTENTLY” COLLECTED FROM DOMESTIC US COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT A WARRANT (Story/Guardian)

SECRET DOCUMENT DETAILS PROCEDURES THE NSA IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW TO TARGET “NON-US PERSONS” UNDER ITS FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE POWERS – AND WHAT THE AGENCY DOES TO MINIMIZE DATA COLLECTED ON US CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS (Story/Guardian)

XKEYSCORE: NSA TOOL COLLECTS “NEARLY EVERYTHING A USER DOES ON THE INTERNET”

TOP SECRET TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE XKEYSCORE PROGRAM DETAIL HOW ANALYSTS CAN USE IT AND OTHER SYSTEMS TO MINE ENORMOUS AGENCY DATABASES AND DEVELOP INTELLIGENCE FROM THE WEB (Story/Guardian)

EDWARD SNOWDEN: THE WHISTLEBLOWER BEHIND THE NSA SURVEILLANCE REVELATIONS

EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE SOURCE BEHIND THE GUARDIAN’S NSA FILES, TALKS TO GLENN GREENWALD IN HONG KONG ABOUT HIS MOTIVES FOR THE BIGGEST INTELLIGENCE LEAK IN A GENERATION (Story/Guardian)

Istanbul Flashes Lights In Solidarity With #OccupyGezi

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Occupy Gezi on June 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

05/31/2013

Video via @KhaledAkil “Right now from my balcony, from Teşvikiye, Istanbul.” #OccupyGezi

Boston Marathon Blasts: 3 Killed, More Than 100 Injured

In Boston Marathon Bombing, News on April 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

 

04/15/2013

Three people were killed and more than 100 people were injured this afternoon as two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston’s Back Bay section, transforming a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos.

The dead included an 8-year-old boy, according to a law enforcement source who was briefed on the investigation.

President Barack Obama promised that whoever planted the explosives would be found and brought to justice.

 

“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he told reporters at the White House shortly after 6 p.m. “But make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this … Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

The blast came on Patriots Day, Obama noted, which is a state holiday in Massachusetts that celebrates the beginning of the American Revolution.

Blood and broken glass covered sidewalks in the area where the blasts occurred at about 2:50 p.m. Immediately after the explosions, some of the wounded could be seen to have lost limbs; others lay unconscious.

 

“It was just immediately [evident] there were injuries, right in the middle of the spectator crowds,” said boston.com sports producer Steve Silva, who was on the scene, covering the race. “There was blood everywhere; there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg. People are crying. People are confused.”

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At least 115 people were brought in for treatment at seven area hospitals. Brigham and Women’s Hospital received the most, with 26 treated, including two in critical condition.

 

Asked if the explosions were a terrorist act, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said, “We’re not being definitive on this right now, but you can reach your own conclusions based on what happened.”

No suspects have been arrested, Davis said. “We’re questioning many people, but there is no one in custody at this point,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it had implemented a no-fly zone around an area of Boston at the request of law enforcement officials and temporarily stopped planes on the ground at Logan International Airport to change the runway configuration.

 

Davis said the attacks had occurred without warning. “There was no specific intelligence” suggesting an attack would take place, he said.

Governor Deval Patrick said it was a “horrific day in Boston” and authorities were focusing on making sure the area around the Copley Square finish line was safe and secured. He urged everyone to stay away from the area.

Davis had initially said that there had been a third explosion at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester. But he downplayed those comments at a later news conference, suggesting that the incident might have been “an incendiary device or a fire” and saying the incident had not been directly linked to the marathon explosions.

 

Hundreds of police officers and firefighters descended on the scene immediately after the blasts, clearing the finish-line viewing stands. FBI, State Police, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the investigators, officials said.

Bomb squads were searching the area, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department. Officials said another explosion, heard in the city around 4 p.m., was a “controlled blast” staged as part of bomb squad activity.

“There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today’s Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened,” the Boston Athletic Association, the organization that runs the marathon, a magnet for runners from all over the world, said in a statement.

A Globe reporter saw people fall injured at two spots on Boylston Street, some of them knocked unconscious by the blast.

Davis, the police commissioner, said the two explosions had happened 50 to 100 yards apart at about 2:50 p.m.

MacDonald said that one explosion had happened in front of the Marathon Sports store at 671-673 Boylston and the windows were blown out at a LensCrafters store, where “the sidewalk is loaded with blood.”

Boston.com’s Silva said, “I was there at the finish, shooting finish line scenes, and then, bang!, it just went off, and then less than 15 to 20 seconds after, there was a second explosion, closer to Fairfield Street.”

“It was just an explosion. It came out of nowhere. … I saw dismemberment. I saw blood everywhere.”

Obama said he had directed the full resources of the federal government to “investigate and respond” to the blasts and that he had assured Governor Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino that “every single federal resource necessary” was available to them.

“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” Obama said. “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”

Menino said, “Let me just say that this is a tragedy. We’re going to work together on this.”

 

Dave Benson, 41, was in the stands across Boylston Street from the explosion.

“I thought it was an end-of-the-event celebration with fireworks. Then I saw a huge plume of smoke and people falling down.”

Andrea George, 39, who was also across the street, said, “We heard a noise and heard the glass shatter. My friend was right there, and I can’t get in touch with them. I just started running. Everyone was running in different directions. It was the scariest thing I ever saw.”

Davis said that many people who fled the scene on Boylston left bags and parcels strewn along the route, and those items were being “treated as suspicious devices” and might be detonated by authorities.

Davis said he could not confirm reports that the bombs were placed in trash cans.

Davis also gave out two emergency phone numbers for people to call. Relatives of victims and anyone missing can call the mayor’s hotline at 617-635-4500, and anyone with information about the explosions should call police at 800-494-TIPS, he said.

Via BostonGlobe

Related Link: Was Boston Bomb Squad Running “Controlled Explosion” On Same Day As Marathon Blasts?

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