Inside the Mind of Edward Mandell House, Administrator : The Corbett Report

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Originally aired January 20, 2015: Richard Grove of TragedyandHope.com and PeaceRevolution.org joins us on this month’s edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order to discuss Philip Dru: Administrator by Edward Mandell House. We examine the man behind the work and how the novel presages House’s time as the fpower behind the throne of the Wilson presidency.

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Edward Snowden: Saudi used Israel spyware to target Khashoggi

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08-11-18 08:39:00,

US whistle-blower Edward Snowden yesterday claimed that Saudi Arabia used Israeli spyware to target murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Addressing a conference in Tel Aviv via a video link, Snowden claimed that software made by an Israeli cyber intelligence firm was used by Saudi Arabia to track and target Khashoggi in the lead up to his murder on 2 October inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Snowden told his audience: “How do they [Saudi Arabia] know what his [Khashoggi’s] plans were and that they needed to act against him? That knowledge came from the technology developed by NSO,” Israeli business daily Globes reported. Snowden accused NSO of “selling a digital burglary tool,” adding it “is not just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks, not just for saving lives, but for making money […] such a level of recklessness […] actually starts costing lives,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

Snowden – made famous in 2013 for leaking classified National Security Agency (NSA) files and exposing the extent of US surveillance – added that “Israel is routinely at the top of the US’ classified threat list of hackers along with Russia and China […] even though it is an ally”. Snowden is wanted in the US for espionage, so could not travel to Tel Aviv to address the conference in person for fear of being handed over to the authorities.

READ: Khashoggi’s sons appeal for the return of their father’s body

The Israeli firm to which Snowden referred – NSO Group Technologies – is known for developing the “Pegasus” software which can be used to remotely infect a target’s mobile phone and then relay back data accessed by the device. Although NSO claims that its products “are licensed only to legitimate government agencies for the sole purpose of investigating and preventing crime and terror,” this is not the first time its Pegasus software has been used by Saudi Arabia to track critics.

In October it was revealed that Saudi Arabia used Pegasus software to eavesdrop on 27-year-old Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, a prominent critic of the Saudi government on social media. The revelation was made by Canadian research group Citizen Lab,

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Edward Snowden: 5 years in Russia and still relevant as ever

Edward Snowden: 5 years in Russia and still relevant as ever

03-08-18 05:10:00,

In writing about several projects such as the Crimea Bridge, the Russia-Sakhalin Bridge, The Sakhalin-Japan bridge, and the dreams of the Bering Strait bridge/tunnel.

I have yet to discuss the two new bridges under construction over the Amur River between Russia and China, which are now close to completion stages.

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The Chinese name for the Amur River, Heilong Jiang, means Black Dragon River, and its Mongolian name, Khar Mörön, means Black River. The eastern border section is over 4,000 kilometers long.

Presently, three railway lines cross the entire Russo-Chinese border. The two railway border crossings at Zabaikalsk/Manzhouli and Suifenhe/Grodekovo are over a century old, brought into existence by the original design of Russia’s Trans Siberian Railway that took a shortcut across Manchuria (the Chinese Eastern Railway). The third railway crossing, near Hunchun/Makhalino, operated between 2000 and 2004, was then closed for a few years, and only recently was partially reopened.

Construction has started a while ago on a cross-border Amur River railway bridge near Tongjiang/Nizhneleninskoye, which will become the fourth and the key railway border crossing of the Russian Far East. In fact, it is the only one so far in that vast region.

Not a lot has been reported in our English language press, nonetheless these bridges are key insofar as they represent the first that connect Russia and China by road and rail in what was previously an unbroken 3,000+ kilometer transportation void.

The only ways to cross along this border-defining river was either by ferries, or over the winter ice by truck at one of the few border checkpoints along that huge expanse. The choices did not leave much room for freight or serious recurring trade.

Numerous metaphors arise from the concept of bridge building, not all of which concern bricks and mortar. For example Isaac Newton famously said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”, or Nikita Khrushchev who observed, “Politicians are the same all over.

They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers”. There are many such sayings; even fortune cookies have a “wise men build bridges but fools build walls”. Perhaps the best I heard here in Moscow is “Build a bridge and get over it” which seemed to me to be especially apt given our times and  the geopolitical reality show once called diplomacy.

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Edward Snowden: “The People Are Still Powerless… But Now They’re Aware”

Edward Snowden: “The People Are Still Powerless… But Now They’re Aware”

06-06-18 07:32:00,

Authored by Ewan MacAskill and Alex Hern via The Guardian,

Five years after historic NSA leaks, the whistleblower tells the Guardian he has no regrets…

Edward Snowden has no regrets five years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the US. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his revelations of mass surveillance have rocked governments, intelligence agencies and major internet companies.

In a phone interview to mark the anniversary of the day the Guardian broke the story, he recalled the day his world – and that of many others around the globe – changed for good. He went to sleep in his Hong Kong hotel room and when he woke, the news that the National Security Agency had been vacuuming up the phone data of millions of Americans had been live for several hours.

Snowden knew at that moment his old life was over. “It was scary but it was liberating,” he said. “There was a sense of finality. There was no going back.”

What has happened in the five years since? He is one of the most famous fugitives in the world, the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, a Hollywood movie, and at least a dozen books. The US and UK governments, on the basis of his revelations, have faced court challenges to surveillance laws. New legislation has been passed in both countries. The internet companies, responding to a public backlash over privacy, have made encryption commonplace.

Snowden, weighing up the changes, said some privacy campaigners had expressed disappointment with how things have developed, but he did not share it.

“People say nothing has changed: that there is still mass surveillance. That is not how you measure change. Look back before 2013 and look at what has happened since. Everything changed.”

The most important change, he said, was public awareness.

“The government and corporate sector preyed on our ignorance. But now we know. People are aware now. People are still powerless to stop it but we are trying.

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Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

24-12-17 05:17:00,

RÜCKBLICK: Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

Dieses Interview wurde von acTVism Munich am 15. Januar 2017 in München durchgeführt und aufgrund technischer Schwierigkeiten in mehreren Teilen veröffentlicht. Daher wird es heute als vollständige Version nochmals bereitgestellt.

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Edward Snowden ist ein ehemaliger Geheimdienstmitarbeiter, der über fast ein Jahrzehnt der CIA, NSA und DIA als Fachexperte für Technologie und Cybersicherheit diente. Im Jahr 2013 enthüllte er, wie die NSA, ohne den Verdacht auf jegliches Fehlverhalten, private Aufzeichnungen von Milliarden von Menschen beschlagnahmte, was zu den erheblichsten Reformen der U.S.-Überwachungspolitik seit 1978 führte. Er hat Auszeichnungen für Mut, Integrität und öffentlichen Dienst erhalten und wurde von „Foreign Policy“ als weltweit führender Denker des Jahres 2013 bezeichnet.

Heute arbeitet er an Methoden zur Durchsetzung von Menschenrechten durch die Anwendung und Entwicklung neuer Technologien. Seit Februar 2014 ist er Teil des Vorstands der „Freedom of the Press Foundation“. Er wurde dafür mehrfach von nichtstaatlichen Organisationen ausgezeichnet und für den Friedensnobelpreis nominiert.

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RÜCKBLICK: Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

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