Don’t expect our so-called intelligence agencies to learn any real lessons from the Paris attacks.
Juniper Networks, which last month made the startling announcement its NetScreen line of firewalls contained unauthorized code that can surreptitiously decrypt traffic sent through virtual private networks, said it will remove a National Security Agency-developed function widely suspected of also containing a backdoor for eavesdropping.
Over the holiday break, Congress was up in arms over a Wall Street Journal report revealing lawmakers’ private conversations with Israeli officials and interest groups were swept up by the National Security Agency during the US-Iran nuclear negotiations. But these aren’t the only congressional communications collected by the NSA.
How vast is the dragnet? On what other national policy matters has NSA surveillance impacted Members of Congress? A congressional investigation remains long overdue, but these revelations should prompt Congress to create a Church Committee for the 21st Century.
The National Security Agency targeted two leading encryption technologies, according to a new document published by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, further characterizing the massive scale of the agency’s surveillance.
Specifically, the document notes, the agency targeted two leading encryption chips, technology placed in devices that encrypt the contents and shield them from hacking or surveillance. The reference to ‘the two leading encryption chips’ provides some hints, but no definitive proof, as to which ones were successfully targeted, wrote Greenwald, who broke the news about the NSA’s ubiquitous surveillance regime in 2013.Related Story: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2578965