Bill Blunden

Why the Media's Emphasis on Russian Hacking Distracts from the Value of the Leaks That Exposed Corruption

According to unnamed officials a classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency blames the Russian government for, among other things, providing WikiLeaks with all those hacked emails during the run-up to 2016 presidential election. One source referred to this conclusion as the “consensus view” of the intelligence community. Though if that’s the case then someone forgot to tell all those agents at the FBI who, in their desire to obtain proof beyond a reasonable doubt (imagine that), have up to now declined to make a definitive statement.

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Why the 'Apple vs Govt' Storyline Is a Fake Designed to Distract the Public

The media is erupting over the FBI’s demand that Apple help it decrypt an iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the attackers involved in the assault in San Bernardino this past December. Originally Apple wanted the FBI to keep things on the down low, asking the Feds to present their application for access under seal. But for whatever reason the FBI decided to go public. Apple then put on a big show of resistance and now there are legislators threatening to change the law in favor of the FBI. Yet concealed amid this unfolding drama is a vital fact that very few outlets are paying attention to.

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Conspiracy Anyone? The NSA’s 9/11 Cover-Up

“All tricksters, other than magicians, depend to a great extent upon the fact that they are not known to be, or even suspected of being, tricksters. Therein lies their great advantage.” — John Mulholland

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How the NSA Is a Servant of Corporate Power

"We are under pressure from the Treasury to justify our budget, and commercial espionage is one way of making a direct contribution to the nation's balance of payments." - Sir Colin McColl, MI6 Chief

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Does Edward Snowden Really Trust Apple to Do the Right Thing?

In the wake of Congress passing the USA Freedom Act, Ed Snowden composed an editorial piece that appeared in the New York Times. Aspects of this article may surprise those who have followed events since Snowden first went public two years back. 

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The Unbelievably Weird Reaction to Europe's Stagnant Jobs Market -- Virtual Workplace Therapy

As the economy in Europe festers the New York Times reports that the ranks of the Eurozone’s unemployed are finding solace in a curious parallel economy populated by thousands of counterfeit businesses known as “practice firms.” This alternate universe doesn’t actually produce tangible goods or services, rather it offers people with unpaid positions that foster a sense of routine, structure, and personal connection. And while participating in this bogus job market may offer some relief on a superficial level the tendrils of social control are visible to those who know where to look.   

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Are We Really Supposed to Believe That Republicans Are Fixing the Govt.'s Mass Surveillance Agenda?

The business records provision of the Patriot Act, known as Section 215, is scheduled to expire on June 1. It’s the legal basis for the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata inside American borders. A few days ago the House Judiciary Committee proudly announced that it had approved a bill, the USA Freedom Act of 2015 (HR 2048/S.1123), which alters the provisions of Section 215. The Judiciary Committee claims that its proposed legislation “ends bulk collection.” At best this is a mischaracterization that flagrantly ignores additional surveillance laws.

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The Latest Outrageous Example of the Pentagon, DEA and Private Companies Conspiring to Track Everything You Do

Yet another report has surfaced describing how tools created by the companies selling software that can damage and hack into people's computers are being deployed by U.S. security services. While the coverage surrounding this story focuses primarily on federal agencies it’s important to step back for a moment and view the big picture. In particular, looking at who builds, operates, and profits from mass surveillance technology offers insight into the nature of the global panopticon.

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Why Obama's Plan to Deter Cyber Attacks With Sanctions Is Useless

The White House has announced a new sanctions program that will authorize the executive branch to penalize malicious cyber “actors” whose behavior endangers “the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States.” Sadly the President is opting for theater that creates the perception of security rather than actually making it more difficult for attacks to succeed.

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Why the Idea That a Big Cyber Attack Could Create a Huge Tech Armageddon Is Pure BS

Over the past several years, mainstream news outlets have conveyed a litany of cyber doomsday scenarios on behalf of ostensibly credible public officials. Breathless intimations of the End Times. The stuff of Hollywood screenplays. However a recent statement by the U.S. intelligence community pours a bucket of cold water over all of this.

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