“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Big Lying FBI - The Power and Information Grabbing War Against Us and Apple

The Ongoing Disaster of The US Security State - Putting Us All At Risk

The Technical Explanation of The Truth & The Ignorance  of a Federal Judge & Donald Trump

‘Unlocking cellphone is trivial, FBI should stop deceiving public & tell truth’ – John McAfee

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The US public doesn’t need a Digital Security Commission, they need the FBI to stop deceiving everyone and tell the truth that it wants to spy on Americans, John McAfee, developer of the first commercial anti-virus program told RT’s Ed Schultz.
Republican Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and Senator Mark Warner, a member of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence have introduced a draft bill that would create a ‘Digital Security Commission.’ It is supposed to help the US federal government better manage issues with encryption and better control the competing interests of law and technology companies.
The proposal came amid the ongoing legal standoff between Apple and the FBI over a San Bernardino attacker’s cellphone the feds want to decrypt.
RT: When you hear ‘The Digital Security Commission,’ what comes to mind?
John McAfee: Well, more spying – that’s what comes to mind to me. Let me try to make this issue simple for the American public and for the FBI, who clearly doesn’t understand. These devices are computers, whether it is an Android phone, iOS phone, or whatever. Inside - is a processor, which is a computer, the instruction set, which is the iOS, and all the applications that you run and the memory - in which you store your data.
Let’s take the FBI case. The FBI wants Apple to change their software, so that it removes the check for security, so that we don’t check for security anymore. Once it has that software, they can use that software on any phone. But they say they only need it for one phone.
I am going to tell the world exactly how we do this. Now I’ll probably lose my admission to the world hackers’ community, however I want to tell you. You need a hardware engineer and a softer engineer. The hardware engineer takes the phone apart, and copies the instruction set, which are the iOS and applications and your memory. And then you run a program called a disassembler, which takes all the ones and zeros and gives you readable instructions. Then the coder sits down and he reads through. What he is looking for is the first access to the keypad, because that is the first thing you do, when you input your pad. It’ll take half an hour. When you see that then he reads the instructions for where in memory this secret code is stored – it is that trivial – a half an hour.
… The FBI knows this, Apple knows this. And this is not an indictment of Apple. Any computer that falls into someone’s hands, anybody can do it, which is why corporate datacenters keep their computers locked up; and this is why we ought to keep our own phones locked up…
In either case if they (the FBI) don’t know – that is tragic; if they do know it – then they are deceiving  the American public and Apple and everyone else by asking for a universal key.
RT: Does a Digital Security Commission complicate the process, or does it get in the way? Is it an avenue of the solution, in your opinion?
JM: It certainly gets in the way. Why do you need a ‘Digital Solutions Commission,’ when the FBI should be able to take a hardware engineer and a software engineer and get exactly what they need? I can do it; anybody can do it. We don’t need a commission, what we need is the truth…
The FBI needs to get its act together and tell the truth: “We need it, because we want to spy on Americans!” Cool, let’s talk about that, but please don’t try to deceive us by pretending we are idiots. We aren’t. I just explained to you and I am sure you understood it, and your entire audience understood the simplicity of getting access to that secret code.



    The founder and former chief executive of a major energy firm was killed in a traffic accident the day after he was charged with conspiring to suppress prices.

    Aubrey McClendon, an Oklahoma wildcatter who bought up gas fields across the United States, crashed into an embankment while traveling at a “high rate of speed” in Oklahoma City.

    Capt Paco Balderrama of the Oklahoma City Police Department told CBS that Mr McClendon's vehicle was engulfed in flames and so badly burnt that police could not tell if he was wearing a seatbelt.

    1. Chesapeake Energy: Former boss Aubrey McClendon ‘drove straight into a wall' after being charged with conspiracy

    2. Must have figured it was time to check out.

      We have a suicide wall in this area. Drive right over the bridge at 100mph, floor it all the way - night time is best - and don't take the right or left turn - this takes you straight into a sheer wall of rock.

      Works every time, or at least it did until those social do-gooders put up some traffic barricades.

      You still might get the job down at 120mph with no seat belts, no air bags, and a light front end.

      Out this way the cause was usually a love affair gone sour, or a drug induced chaotic confusion, not a conspiracy charge.

      Like a suicide bombing, make sure to remember you can only do it once, so be certain.


  2. Jihad Watch

    Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts

    NATO commander: The Islamic State is “spreading like cancer” among Muslim migrants to Europe

    March 2, 2016 8:03 am By Robert Spencer 64 Comments

    Anyone could have and should have seen this coming. But no one in power cared to do so.

    Last February, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. And the Lebanese Education Minister recently said that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have recently come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all.

    So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe, and now the U.S. as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadis had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: “It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world, and we will have it soon, inshallah.” These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: “They are going like refugees,” he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, “Just wait.” We are waiting in the U.S. as well.

    170th NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting

    “Nato commander: Isis ‘spreading like cancer’ among refugees,” by Alan Yuhas, Guardian, March 1, 2016:

    Refugees from the Middle East and north Africa are “masking the movement” of terrorists and criminals, Nato’s top commander told Congress on Tuesday, despite the protests of human rights groups who say that refugees overwhelmingly have no ulterior motive but escape.

    In testimony to the Senate armed services committee, US general Philip Breedlove said that the Islamic State terror group is “spreading like a cancer” among refugees. The group’s members are “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own”, he added.

    Breedlove also blamed Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, in support of autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, for having “wildly exacerbated the problem”.

    The airstrikes, nominally against Isis but largely against the various rebel groups arrayed against Assad, have allegedly killed more than 1,000 civilians, including children. Breedlove said these indiscriminate attacks mean to terrorize Syrians and “get them on the road” toward neighboring countries and Europe.

    The Kremlin and Assad intend, according to Breedlove, to use migration as a weapon to weaken European unity and infrastructure. The general said that European nationalist groups that oppose immigration also weaken the continent, and could themselves threaten violence.

    Since taking command in 2013, Breedlove has pushed for an aggressive refortification of Europe, calling Russia a “long-term existential threat” to the US, and suggested Europe and the US should do more to counter Assad and Isis in Syria.

    Pressed by reporters to back up his assertion with statistics, Breedlove said: “I can’t give you a number on the estimate of the flow.”

    Breedlove distinguished between “criminality, terrorist and foreign fighters”, and said that he has seen news reports saying as many as 1,500 fighters have returned to Europe.

    “I’m not going to talk to you about intelligence,” he said at a news conference, adding that “many [countries] are saying they see planning happening” for a terrorist attack.

    Thinktank and congressional estimates of how many foreign fighters have traveled to Syria vary widely, with 1,500 toward the higher end of numbers of fighters reported to have returned to western nations….

  3. McAfee is a cokefreak weirdo.


  4. Open Letter to Oklahoma Voters and Lawmakers

    I am a teacher. I teach English at the high school of an independent district within Oklahoma City. I love my job. I love your kids. I call them my kids. I keep blankets in my room for when they’re cold. I feed them peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, or Pop Tarts when Michelle Obama’s school breakfast or lunch isn’t enough to fill their bellies. I comfort them when they cry and I praise them when they do well and always I try to make them believe that they are somebody with unlimited potential no matter what they go home to when they leave me.

    What do they go home to? Sometimes when they get sick at school they can’t go home because you and the person you’re currently shacking up with are too stoned to figure out it’s your phone ringing. Sometimes they go home to parents who don’t notice them, and those are often the lucky kids. Sometimes they go home to sleep on the neighbor’s back porch because your boyfriend kicked them out of the house and his dog is too mean to let them sleep on their own back porch. They go home to physical and verbal abuse. They go home looking for love and acceptance from the people who created them … and too often they don’t find it.

    Many days your children bring the resentment they feel toward you to school with them and they act out against peers, property, or their teachers. When I call you I’m told, “When he’s at school he’s your problem.” Or you beat them, not for what they did, but because it embarrassed or inconvenienced you when I called.
    And you, the lawmakers of this state, you encourage it. I hold two college degrees and have been on my job for 10 years. I was our school’s Teacher of the Year in 2014. I teach kids to read the ballots that keep you in your elite position. I teach them to look behind your lies and rhetoric. I teach them to think for themselves. The compensation of me and my colleagues ranks 49th in the nation, and is the lowest in our region. I currently earn about $18,000 per year less than I did in 2002, my last year as an office worker for an energy company that merged with another and eliminated my job. I feel like my life has purpose now, but, as I turn 50 this year and wonder how I’ll put my own high school-age kids through college, I have to consider giving up helping scores of kids per year so I can afford to give my own children what they need to find satisfaction in their lives.

  5. A couple of days ago, McAfee was on tv saying that "his team" could unlock it in a "couple of weeks."

    Now, it's 30 minutes.

    Fast learners.

    1. They read the enclosed user manual.

      The FBI didn't think to do that.

  6. Idaho's primary has been moved up to March 8th. My vote will count ! The race won't be decided by then. For the first time in ever.

    I imagine it's Trump Country out this way, and it's so easy to go with the flow, now that Ben has dropped out.

    The two Hispanics have come over lately as bigger bull shitters than the Donald even, and what bad manners they have both displayed !

    Besides, I was impressed by The Donald's wife.

    She'll be the best thing to grace the White House since Jackie Kennedy.

    The Donald doesn't drink, and they never argue, she says.

    These things count.

    1. And they are unlikely to steal the White House furnishings and silver sets like the Clinton's did on their way out.

  7. The FBI can as does have access to the photo companies carrier records.

    Every text, email and phone call has a send to and received from address.

    The FBI KNOWS those.

    They can present a warrant to those who sent and to those who received communications from the terrorist.

    It's all nonsense.

    1. If the data sent is encrypted the carrier can't read it.

    2. You get the Apple to de encrypt that particular message(s) from that particular phone.

      They are not asking for the keys to the kingdom.

      At a trial the defense would probably want to inspect the phone, so they best keep the phone.

      I see Apple has basically just trying to sell phones.

      "Look how we protect your privacy ! You can kill your wife and get away with it !"

      Wow are we good.

      I agree there's lots of non sense going on here.

      Why it's taking some judges so long to order the obvious is beyond me.

    3. I think you are confusing a couple of things here Bob. There is the task of logging into a particular phone (which McAfee says is easy) and then there is the issue of encrypted data transfers. The US security agencies have been trying for some time to get backdoors built into encryption systems. Apple can't just decrypt a message which has been encrypted unless a back door has been built in the first place. Breaking into a particular phone at login is a different task.

    4. the "data" is irrelevant on the phone. Go to the source.

      Those who are connected to the terrorist should be searched (using warrants) THEIR phones, THEIR computers are still around and are retrievable.

  8. .

    I think you are confusing a couple of things here Bob.

    Ya think?

    The FEDS (all the FEDs, CIA NSA,FBI) and local law enforcement have been fighting encryption for years. If you want a quick trip to the terrorist watch list start using TOR.

    You get the Apple to de encrypt that particular message(s) from that particular phone.

    They are not asking for the keys to the kingdom.

    From the Tao of the Idaho Naif.

    The FEDs picked this case specifically because it was a recent case heavily covered in the news. They picked it specifically to bring public pressure on Apple. If Apple was to cave it would automatically create a precedent. One AG in New York has already indicated he has 157 phones he wants opened in ongoing criminal cases and he is only waiting for this decision.

    I see Apple has basically just trying to sell phones.

    Of course, they are trying to sell phones, not just in the US but around the world. But they are not 'just' trying to sell phones.

    Apple is right to fight this.

    - If they create a back door, they jeopardize the data of their users, private and commercial.
    - We have seen the US government is incapable of protecting the public's private records. They can't even protect their own. There's been at least a half dozen hacks of government organizations in the past few years including the White House, State Department, IRS, and Pentagon. Do you think anything they are handed is safe?
    - Just as providing a back door for one phone sets the precedent for all others here, it would do the same thing worldwide as other major players around the world demand the same thing.
    - The FBI wants to put the personal information of millions of Apple customers at risk because they 'suspect' there may possibly be 'something' on the phone.
    - If Apple folds the same will happen to every other carrier.
    - Even if the FBI got anything off the phone (questionable) it would be a one-off success as terrorist groups continue to go to other encryption programs. The FBI chief has admitted that terrorists groups have been moving to various encryption locations or even developing their own. Any victory the FBI gets in the case would be short lived and in going for that short-term victory they jeopardize the security of tens of millions.

    This is just one more push for power for a continually encroaching government.

    It is only Trump's low education voter's that by their bull.


  9. I am using AVG security for a couple of years, and I'd recommend this product to everyone.