Surveillance:The Moral Obligation To Stand Up

Disgracefully, our governments conducting surveillance on us, with the intent of monitoring our movements in real time. In doing so, they deliberately violate our right to privacy. Nevertheless, it is inadvertently passing by many people, who cannot accept it becauseapparently, governments do not monitor civilians.

Snowden’s revelations helped us to better understand that the NSA was amassing data from millions of users from across the world. After that, millions of people woke up and stood up to take their rights back again. However, there are still millions of people who foolishly believe in our rotten system. Sadly, they will never change it regardless of governmental behaviour since their exposure to manipulation has been for such a long time.

People must choose between standing up or losing their lives. Over the last few years, software engineers, concerned about our privacy, have designed/developed new software which enables us to circumvent the existing governmental surveillance.

Nowadays, there is a large amount of software operating and preserving our privacy from our governments like “TAILS” or “QUBES”. If you believe in your privacy, it is the time to take action to protect your communications because it is your right. In doing so, you will take back some control over your life and you will also be able to help others. Governments will suggest that it is only used by terrorists. Nevertheless, most of the users are journalists, activists and privacy advocates. If you care about your privacy then, you should stand up for your friends, family and future children.

Remember,  the more that people use this software, the stronger it will be. Therefore, it will be more challenging for our governments to monitor us in real time. I am not suggesting that you commit any crime or go against anyone since this software is mostly legal in all countries, with a few exceptions. We are not terrorists or criminals! We are just citizens of the world, who want to protect our rights.

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Surveillance: The Destruction Of Our Lives

We are living in a terrifying context where governments are gradually abolishing our civil rights, with the intent to influence our behavior. For that reason, they are deploying an advanced surveillance system that can monitor everyone around the world in real time. They are doing it intelligently and silently in order not to provoke a civil reaction, which may affect its deployment.

If people are not able to work together to stop it, the destruction of our lives will be inevitable because after some time our power to make decisions will be eliminated.

We are all at risk of sliding into a “vegetative state” where we will accept everything told by our governments without question. I want to think that this point is still far away but if we do not act soon, we will reach a point of not return. It is a fact that there are already many people who do not look on the internet for a large variety of things because they are afraid of being targeted by police departments. It means that our actions are already being influenced by third parties.

Fortunately, there are thousands of software developers that are programs that ensures some sort level of privacy, whenever we use the internet, though not everyone knows about their existence.

In recent times, several governments have gone a step further in the direction of surveilling everyone, and now, they are deploying facial recognition technology around several cities to ensure that all people are monitored. According to the provider firms, these systems are able to create millions of people’s profiles. It should terrify us because a simple hacking of the system may drive distinct police departments to wrongly detain innocents.

The facial recognition system has already failed several times, the most recent case was reported by https://theintercept.com/2016/11/04/private-intellligence-firm-proposes-google-for-tracking-terrorists-faces/ Steve Talley was arrested and accused of a bank robbery because the facial recognition system determined that he was the thief. However, the judge rejected Steve’s alibi, when he claimed he had been at work as a financial adviser for Transamerica Capital when the robbery took place. His life was ruined overnight.

I do not want to be an alarmist but if we do not take any action, what George Orwell wrote in 1984 will become a reality. In order to be free, we need to break down such surveillance, by every means possible including using software designed to grant us anonymity. People should react against all governments that are imposing surveillance on us. If you agree, look out for several interesting projects [that are about] – go and invest in them.

Do not be a spectator, but take action!

Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump VS Democracy

The U.S. political polarization is shaking the stability of the country to levels never seen before since the U.S. Civil War (1861 to 1865). The political class is playing a dangerous game that may turn into a harsh conflict between Democrats and Republicans. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not working to calm the environment; instead, they are fueling conspiracy theories that make people think that the system is rigged. As a result, Clinton supporters and Trump supporters are confronting each other, and some of them are organizing attacks to be perpetrated the day after the U.S. elections. It is degrading to see people from both sides using similar arguments to attack each other.

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Analysts are warning people about the existing similarities between the current polarization of the country, and the polarization that there was during the U.S. Civil War (1861 to 1865), which left 620,000 to 750,000 dead. Of course, the context is not exactly the same.

The poor U.S. educational system has misled its students so that in many cases they do not know much about historical facts that started the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. It may encourage some people to create militias to start a revolution because they may think that a long conflict is not difficult at all.

A large number of people do not trust in the U.S. system including policeman/men and people from all social classes. It does not help to stabilize the country, which means that the political class should reverse this tendency.

Both candidates don’t have very firm values because they’re both trying to win over everyone in the country to ensure their victory. It indicates that neither of them is ready to become the next U.S.president. An honest president is someone who tries to unite different communities to work together to improve their lives.

tNowadays, all U.S. communities are very divided against each other, and soon this confrontation may trigger the next civil war. The damage is already done, but it is still possible to avoid a harsh conflict. For that reason, both candidates should put their ambitions aside in order to unite the country again. However, they seem to be blinded by these ambitions, and they are not able to see the damage that they have already caused around the country.

Several experts have suggested that neither shouldn’t be running for the U.S. presidency, alleging that the next president should be honest, tolerant, and well prepared.

us-elections-2016-638871Hopefully, the day after the U.S. elections either Trump or Clinton will not use bellicose rhetoric against each other, but rather work to maintain the peace around the country. For that reason, the winner will have to manage the victory wisely, and not exclude the loser from important decisions.

The next president will have to be completely transparent and demonstrate that the elections are not rigged. It may be solved by allowing international observers to check the voting process across the entire country. If that is not possible, both candidates should negotiate and choose an independent company to check all electronic ballot boxes to verify that none of them was hacked.

It will also be crucial to ensure that the FBI, CIA, NSA and the U.S. judicial system remain unbiased.

indiceaayyNo one should use any police department to prosecute his or her opponents because if that ever happens it may trigger a dictatorship. The day after the elections people will pay attention to all the details surrounding the election process. The losers will be outraged for some time, but they will not use force unless something unfair happens.

The candidate, who loses the elections should react accordingly to the fairness of the elections. If the loser can verify that the elections are clean, then it is hard to imagine that people will reject the results. In such a scenario, all parties should ask their followers to accept it. People have already suffered a lot, and it is not acceptable to mislead them to fight for nonexistent issues.

Violence should be the last option, and everyone should defend their positions peacefully. The new president should allow his or her rivals to verify that the elections are fully clean and that there is no any political interference in any police department. Otherwise, people would have solid arguments to create militias and start a revolution against the government. It is understandable because no one wants to live in a dictatorship.

Advisors from both candidates should advise them to stop being intolerant towards one another.

Therefore, they may change their thoughts and bring harmony back to the country…..

The Degradation of the American Democracy

Democracy is government by the people, a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system”.

Analysis of U.S. democracy.

For decades, the US had been the most democratic country in the world. But in 2001, when George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States, the government became progressively totalitarian. The Twin Towers attack on September 11th gave Bush the pretext to repeatedly violate the U.S. Constitution alleging security reasons, while people were still in shock.(There are many speculations that the US government perpetrated this terrorist attack in order to impregnate fear into people with the purpose of becoming more influential over people around the world). However, there is not clear evidence to prove it, so we will never know what really happened.

According to The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein:

The most effective way to modify the Constitution is by impregnating fear into people, and keeping them in shock”

People think that the government does the best for them when there are conflicts.

Six days after the terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., President George W. Bush sent a 12-page Memorandum of Notification to his National Security Council That memorandum, we know now, authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to set up and run secret prisons to torture prisoners, including thousands of innocents, to ensure that they would incriminate themselves for being terrorists.

Thousands of innocents incriminated themselves to avoid more torture from the US Army. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying.

President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying.

George Bush was able to modify within two years the US Constitution and international law without any opposition.

At this point, the US democracy was already broken.

George W. Bush opened its doors to the NSA to spy on US citizens without any court order, which means that everyone in the country could have been targeted by the NSA without any suspicion.

In 2003,Bush violated the US constitution, when he invaded Iraq alleging “security reasons”, We eventually knew that he had fabricated proofs to invade Iraq. He made this decision, which was provoked by the US Army, who was, as one would say,“thirsty” for war, and the US weapons companies.

A few Years later, in 2009 Barack Obama became the new president of the United States of America. Initially, everyone around the world trusted him, and people thought that he could change the world for the better. However, during his second term, Obama violated US law, by allowing the NSA to do mass surveillance over US citizens.

Currently, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not ceasing to accuse each other of personal attacks that are mining peoples’ mind with dangerous ideas around the country. It is turning dangerous because people are radicalizing, and racial crimes have greatly increased.

According to the US media, more than 41% of people in the US think that the (US) elections are rigged by Hillary Clinton and her team. Donald Trump has encouraged this idea by saying that he will only accept the results of the US presidential elections if he wins. This statement has spread hatred all over the country, which may cause riots in the streets.

Both candidates should not be allowed to run in the US elections: Hillary because there is clear evidence that she is a criminal, and Donald because he is racist.

Trump followers have said that they may organize militias to fight against the next government if Donald loses the elections. These sorts of things do not happen in a democratic country.

In conclusion, there is still a sort of democracy present in the US, but if politicians do not become more honest, and allow people to decide how they want to live, then the US will soon turn into a dictatorship of sorts.

 

Will Julian Assange Be Extradited To The US ?

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London has cut off the Internet of Julian Assange, an individual, who has been living there for over four years. It happened shortly after WikiLeaks released new documents suggesting that Hillary Clinton was paid for giving private speeches for Goldman Sacks. But why did Ecuador cut off Assange’s Internet Access ?

Let’s analyze all events from the beginning. 

Analysis of the situation:

Last Sunday, Wikileaks posted on Twitter three mysterious encrypted pre-commitments:

Wikileaks:

pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809

Wikileaks:

pre-commitment 2: Ecuador eae5c9b064ed649ba468f0800abf8b56ae5cfe355b93b1ce90a1b92a48a9ab72

Wikileaks:

pre-commitment 3: UK FCO f33a6de5c627e3270ed3e02f62cd0c857467a780cf6123d2172d80d02a072f74

Shortly after, Everyone on the Internet started to speculate about the meaning of these messages, and some IT people suggested that they were a “Death Man’s Switch”.It is based on encrypted messages that contain relevant information that if ever released, it might be the political end of someone. According to the three tweets, they are related to John Kerry, Ecuador and FCO (United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office). If Julian is ever assassinated, or extradited to the USA, the passwords to decrypt these enigmatic messages would be spread on the Internet, and everyone would have access to its content.

How can I decrypt these messages ?

These messages can only be decrypted by having a key code, which will be given in the event of an Assange’s death. No one can decrypt its content due to the complexity.

Can I modify encrypted messages ?

No one can modify an encrypted message. Therefore Everyone knows that the content is original.

After a few hours from the three commitments, Wikileaks published on Twitter:

Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.

At this point, everyone suspected that something else was happening and that Julian may be dead.

After a short while, Wikileaks Tweeted:

We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton’s speeches at Goldman Sachs.

This publication depicts that Ecuador cut off his Internet, but why Ecuador, which had given an asylum to Julian would do it?

Journalists around the world have suggested that Ecuador had ceded to the USA pressures in order to in communicate Julian Assange. People then speculated that the USA had threatened Ecuador with implementing Financial sanctions against them.

Today, Tuesday the 18th Wikileaks has published two new tweets:

1-BREAKING: Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop him. 

Today, Tuesday 18th, Wikileaks has published two new tweets:

2-The John Kerry private meeting with Ecuador was made on the sidelines of the negotiations which took place principally on Sep 26 in Colombia.

It confirms that the USA has been pressing Ecuador to stop Julian Assange from disclosing new documents related to Hillary Clinton.

Why has Ecuador accepted to censor Julian Assange?

Here, there are three theories:

1- The USA has threatened Ecuador with implementing sanctions against them, which may affect the Ecuadorian economy still weak from the big earthquake, This fact could make Ecuador Go into a recession.

2- Goldman Sacks has invested millions of dollars in Ecuador, and the recent revelations suggesting a connection to Hillary Clinton could damage its reputation, so the company has threatened to remove their investments in Ecuador if they government does not censure Julian.

3- The USA may have also threatened Ecuador with a military intervention, though it seems unrealistic. We all know that the CIA has done this many times against governments that are submissive to the US.

Ecuador has declared that they will not extradite Julian Assange to the USA. However, they will not allow Julian to interfere in other countries political issues. It seems that they are not going to succeed because Wikileaks has continued publishing new documents on a daily basis even though the Ecuadorian government blocked Julian’s internet connection.

Everything indicates that Wikileaks will not cede to any external pressure coming from the USA and Ecuador. Julian and other Journalists, who work on Wikileaks have suggested that they will continue releasing new secrets until the last consequences.

So far, Julian Assange is still alive, but his determination to do his work until the end does not guarantee that he will not be extradited to the USA . Hopefully, the US government will not achieve its goal to censor him.

Long live Wikileaks!

The US Establishment Has Greatly Increased Its Attacks Against Wikileaks

Wikileaks has been publishing millions of documents exposing powerful people, and governments for a decade. It is a journalistic organization that has received numerous awards from prestigious organizations. However, last Friday, the US establishment decided to use all its media resources against Wikileaks, with the hope of damaging its reputation. Over the last few days, the US pro-establishment journalists have been suggesting that Wikileaks has falsified some of its publications, in order to tamper with the US elections. However, they couldn’t prove it, and people do not believe them since Wikileaks has a 100%accuracy record. It is a fact that powerful people in the USA are nervous because Wikileaks may reveal more of their secrets. Unfortunately, powerful people are able to do whatever is necessary to remain in power.

All of the pro-establishment journalists, who have been working together to destroy Wikileaks, should be ashamed because to be a journalist means to investigate and contrast all information before reporting it. However, we are all human beings, and sometimes we may be tempted to make big mistakes, so if they still have a little some any dignity, then they should apologize to Wikileaks, and to the public. On the contrary, they will never be able to live in peace, and it will be remembered forever, affecting their own families, and children that will hear about how dishonest their parents were.

Everyone should support organizations like Wikileaks because they ensure that people are always well-informed about what powerful people do. On the contrary, they will continue committing crimes with impunity. We also should support all journalists, including freelancers that seek the truth because they are more important than the founders of some journalistic platforms. Founders and visible faces of organizations will change sooner or later, but there will always be new platforms and generations of journalists, so we must support them.

The establishment can kill millions of people, including journalists, but they will never be able to kill an idea!

Yahoo Has Allowed The NSA To Spy On All It Is Emails Users.

Last Tuesday Reuters published that“Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence”

Last year, the NSA and the FBI requested Yahoo give them access to all incoming emails. As a result of this request, Yahoo built a service software for the NSA in order to scan and have real-time access to all email accounts. However, Yahoo has declined to comment on this issue further, Instead, they responded via email:

Good Morning-

We are reaching out on behalf of Yahoo regarding yesterday’s Reuters article. Yahoo said in a statement:

The article is misleading. We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.”
Best,
The Joele Frank Team

After these revelations, we contacted Google and Microsoft to know if other companies have done the same.

Google responded:

We’ve never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: ‘No way.'”

Microsoft responded:

“We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo.”

Neither Google nor Microsoft has specified how they have collaborated with US intelligence. Under laws including the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence agencies can ask US phone and internet companies to provide customer data to aid foreign intelligence-gathering efforts for a variety of reasons, including prevention of terrorist attacks.

In recent years, Edward Snowden has disclosed that the NSA has collaborated with companies like Apple, Yahoo, Amazon, and Microsoft to do mass surveillance. However, it has been the first time that such collaborations imply the creation of new software to do mass surveillance over all users in real time.
It is time for all Yahoo users to delete their accounts in order to have privacy, since Yahoo has violated their human rights. However, it is acceptable to allow such agencies to surveil specific users in cases of terrorism and crimes.

People think that these things cannot happen in real life, but the reality sometimes takes over fiction.

In conclusion, if you are a yahoo user, please delete your account for dignity, and do not use Yahoo products anymore. “Action, Reaction”