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… If Israel ‘ s Goal is to Continue the Battle [#hamastan]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,August 9th,2014

.. well , these terms will do it ..

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. the Palestinian Authority may well still put up with these restrictions . They still do . Hamas will not . Hamas will want to keep as many as their ” toys ” as is possible . Also , Iran will work its butt off to resupply and reequip Hamas with as much upgraded material as they can get away with …

.. A game – changer is the change of government in Egypt . Mubarak & Co may have tolerated the smuggling , and likely profited from it . Morsi & his gang likely encouraged it like crazy . Not el – Sisi. El – Sisi is old – line Egyptian military . it does not make him a choir boy . However , events have changed Egypt …

.. the drive to crush the Muslim Brotherhood has refocused the Egyptian military . it likely is working hard on training , with what limited funds that it has . Now , with the games in Hamastan , they will work to stop it from their end . Some corruption will happen , but the higher – ups will crack the whip to stop it , so that they can crush Hamas …

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… Is It Enough ?!?! [#IDF Security Strip in Gaza]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 8th,2014

.. to be honest , I do not know …

.. to make it really effective , it should level Rafah ..

idf -- planned buffer zone

.. Rafah then and now acts as a center for smuggling into and out of Sinai . There is no way around that fact . The way around it is to get rid of it , level it to the ground …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. that way is the way the I.D.F. can extend its security ” buffer zone ” along the border with Sinai almost all the way to the Meditarenean Sea …

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… HumInt — the Key in the Chain [#Op Defensive Edge]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 27th,2014

.. all the technology will not do you a damn bit of good without the information from the hands of the people in the field ..

.. in the intel business , you have to take risks , and risk getting your hands dirty . Israel understands that all too well . Unfortunately , the West does not remember that all that well at all …

.. when it came to World War II , we were all in . We went all in on Human intelligence . Not now …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intel lesson …

.. I use this simple lesson from the private Intelligence service DebkaFiles …. it gives you why Human intelligence , or Humint , is so important …

The outcome of the ground phase of Israel’s Defensive Edge Operation may be determined just as much by its unseen battle as by the destruction of more than a dozen Hamas terrorist tunnels and infrastructure Saturday morning, July 19, the 12th day of the operation. This clandestine battle can’t be fought or won by even the most sophisticated high-tech and electronic gadgetry tools. It requires a flexible, shrewd and cautious ground maneuver to be conducted among with the local population – and above all, boots on the ground – for collecting such arcane data as the locations of tunnel openings and other enemy secrets.

This kind of interaction with the locals comes under the heading of HUMINT. IDF obtains its eyes on the ground either voluntarily, inadvertently or by interrogating prisoners.

The spies on the ground of the Shin Bet, IDF combat intelligence-gathering and AMAN field units, trained in clandestine operations in an Arab environment, may pick up data bonanzas from ordinary people in war zones, who are willing to talk out of various motives:

Financial:  Ordinary Gazan Palestinians, in contrast to their ruling elite, are in dire financial distress. They may be persuaded to part with valuable information for a cash reward or a permit to cross into Israel.
Revenge:  They are deeply fragmented by factional and personal rivalries. Certain elements may offer information to settle scores with their opponents.
Safe Guarantee: A Palestinian in Gaza may be willing to sell valuable secrets to buy an IDF guarantee of safety from attack for himself, his family and his property for the duration of the Israeli-Hamas military conflict.
Buying long-term collaborators with financial or medical rewards is one of the key HUMINT operations which are performed under cover of the IDF ground incursion.

Less gentle treatment is meted out to extract information from the dozens of captured Hamas operatives who are being grilled at makeshift sites.

Contrary to conventional assumptions, Israeli interrogators have not found violence to be the most productive method of extracting secrets from unwilling subjects. They obtain their best results by tricks and subterfuge and, dovetailing the information obtained with the data incoming from other sources, human and other.
They also act on the premise that their subjects may be utterly faithful to their national and religious ideals, but some may also human beings, with personal ambitions, wives, ageing parents or sick children in need of medical or other assistance. Therefore, a detailed rundown on the subject’s CV obtained in advance will give the investigator the advantage of knowing where to apply pressure to extract information.

This sort of pressure is apt to produce a gold mine, the key piece of information for unlocking such secrets as the locations of terrorist tunnel openings – the first of which Israel ground forces in fact found Friday night in schools, private homes and greenhouses.

It may also yield from prisoners such valuable data as the whereabouts of the booby traps Hamas rigged for invaders, the identities of contact men, the Hamas chain of command, its combat systems, its technological resources and its command and control centers.

 

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… the Next Stages in the Battle [#Israel ‘ s War on Hamas]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 27th,2014

.. now what happens …

.. most certainly , Hamas is in big trouble . Most Arab nations (not all) , but many of them , silently are cheering Israel on . They know and understand the threat that Hamas portends for Israel , but also , for others . The bigger threats come from the Muslim Brotherhood , and , also , from I.S.I.L. . They want the threat minimized , if not eliminated . Taking out Hamas would be a big first step ..

.. they also realize that Bibi Netanyahu is one tough customer . He is a smart an able political leader , one that will not be easily toppled for the perch . Not even by Barack Obama …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. Bibi is in a strong position . Not an invulnerable one , but a very strong one . Obama can try to pressure him , but unless there is an emergency situation , Obama cannot move Bibi , unless Bibi decides that he wants to move …

.. Bibi also has an effective national government behind him . The other parties , even the Arab ones , understand the threat that Hamas [via Iran] portends . It will be bloody , and it will be expensive , but , in time , it will be worth it …

.. now , on with the ” show … ”

In the coming hours, Israel must decide therefore where to go next.

Israeli ministers will have to decide whether to widen the scale of the counter-terror operation against Hamas and, if the decision is positive, to define its targets and limits.

Precise directives are now imperative because Israel’s war leaders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, have changed the Operation Defensive Edge’s goals three times since it was launched 18 days ago.

[-] First, they defined the objective as smashing Hamas military strength ;

[-]  then, to dismantle its rocket-launching and production facilities , and ,

[-] most recently, to demolish the vast subterranean complex of tunnels dug under the Gaza Strip, some of which are “terror” tunnels that snake under the border to Israeli civilian locations.

[-] finally , destruction of Hamas ‘ central command structure and command complex …
Both leaders warned frequently that time would be needed to finish any one of those missions.

And indeed, although much progress has been made, none of those goals has been fully achieved as yet, which was Israel’s overriding military consideration for rejecting a ceasefire at this time.

Above all, the operation has not reached the Hamas high command, which has managed to stay safe in its elaborate bunker under the center of Gaza City, untouched even by heavy Israeli air bombardments.

 

LEC here again — It will take time , but the first step can be accomplished on the way to the second . It is the second one that will take a great deal of time and effort to finish  . Next will come the attacks on the tunnel systems . More work , more time , but more patience … then , the last one .

.. If you want to kill ” the King , ” go after him  . If you want to  destroy Hamas , then destroy Hamas . It will  send a valuable and long – lasting message to many places …

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… Hamas is Scared Shitless …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 25th,2014

.. and Israel has developed a wonder of a tank defense .

.. Hamas evidently wants some kind of truce . They are thinking that the U.S. administration may help them get it …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. it is only one Israeli army brigade that has this wonder . However , Hamas must be panicked to want a pause . A pause of that type might be in hamas favour . Except , I do not think that Israel will give it one …

.. Iranian engineering is good . But that good . Good enough to develop a solution to something like this in a week to ten days ? I doubt it . They are good , but they are not that good ….

.. they may develop something . But , then they have to get it from Iran to Gaza . In the midst of this , no easy feat . They would have to call in some chits from the Russians and / or the Turks to possibly accomplish this …

.. if the I.D.F. get a ” whiff ” that something is coming , it will likely be coming by air , then sea , then ground . The Shin Bet , The Mossad , the C.I.A. , MI-6 , AND the I.D.F. will all be waiting to intercept and take away anything …

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… Hamas is Getting its Butt Kicked …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 24th,2014

.. but , not without costs ..

.. the rocket that landed near Ben – Gurion Airport near Tel – Aviv the other day has greatly slowed , but has not stopped civilian air travel into and out of Israel . The slowdown and Air halt will affect Israel economically , to a point , but it will not deter it from its mission …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report …

.. Israel is methodically going after the tunnels . They are locating then , then they are destroying them . What will help , though , is going through them to understand how they work , from beginning to end …

.. the battle for the tunnels will take time . Israel has that time . Netanyahu has the patience and the resolve to see this mission through . Also , there will be little to no domestic dispute from the other parties , in or out of government . Right now , Israel effectively has a national government of 120 MKs , which will hold for a while …

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… Operation Defensive Edge — What are the Headaches ?? [#goals]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 22nd,2014

.. basically , : ..

.. [-] missiles — degrade Hamas ‘ ability to launch missiles and rockets ..

.. [h/t — debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report …

.. [-] intelligence — rebuild the IDF humint network , given the realities of Israel not being in Gaza . There are ways to do this , but it takes time , money , and effort , parts of which Israel has badly neglected …

IDF Gaza

.. [-] tunnels — locate and dismantle the tunnel networks — especially with Egypt ‘ s active co – operation …

.. [-] access — push back Palestinian access to the border , thus to tunnels giving them access to munitions , materiel , and other items the population badly needs …

.. [-] technology — be able to use active and passive sensors to detect tunnels …

.. [-] timeliness — accomplishing these goals in a prompt and timely manner . Worldwide pressure will mount , over time , as will pressure by outside parties to intervene …

.. I would add a another element …

.. [-] surrender — simple — dictate to the Palestinians , unconditional surrender …

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… It Figures [#Immigration Crisis]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 21st,2014

.. you wonder about the motivation of those folks streaming across our borders ??

.. guess ?

.. pure ObamaCrap screwup . So what else is new …

.. [h/t — Breitbart.com(Breitbart-Texas)]..
.. [link] to the news article ..
.. [Breitbart Texas (Leaked-EPIC-Document)] to the intel report …

.. well , the folks at the Border Patrol are trying , at the least , to do their homework . Even with the harassment of higher – ups , they are trying … so they are finding out the motivation(s) of those folks …

.. [-] one is our lack of enforcement — D.A.C.A. , in particular ….

.. [-] the looseness of the legal system — the legal notice is what they perceive as a ” permisos ” that allows them to stay , even if they are grossly mistaken ….

.. [-] the lack of apprehension and deportation adds to this …. yeech ! …

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… It is on Their Watch [#IraqGate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 20th,2014

.. yes , I call it a scandal .

.. anyone with reasonable foresight could have foreseen the possibility of things like this . It does not mean that it could have been avoided , though ..

.. but , some intelligence and some smart thinking sure as hell would have helped …

.. [h/t — truthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the interview ..

.. I agree with Brokke Goldstein . This blood is on Obama ‘ s hands , and it is happening on his watch …

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… POTUS in FantasyLand [#War on Terror]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 2nd,2014

.. Barack Obama is in a serious case of denial .

.. he thinks that the War on Terror is over . He is crazy .

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. the War on Terror will always be with us in one way or another . There is no way around that fact . Politics or not , Barack Obama cannot avoid it …

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… How Incredibly Stupid [Security Blunder]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 2nd,2014

.. John Bolton is right ..

.. he usually is . It is pretty rare that I disagree with him …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the interview segment …

.. what the ObamaCrap White House did was incredibly , incredibly stupid . It makes the Valerie Plame case look like small potatoes by comparison ….

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… The White House should (Read : Must) Release the Presidential Daily Brief …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,May 13th,2014

.. you might wonder / huh  ? ..

.. the P.D.B. (for short) is a report given to the President . He receives it usually at his national security briefing daily . Ergo , the the title , the Presidential Daily Brief . Most Presidents get their briefings daily . Even Bill Clinton generally did . Dubya sure did , especially after 9/11/2001 . But Obama ? ..

.. My guess is no . POTUS is a lazy ass , and he does not always do his job . So , the P.D.B. may well be prepared each day , but it does not mean that it gets delivered . Big Surprise .

.. the PDBs immediately around 9/11/2012 should do . A good long stretch would be helpful , but it would be overkill . Especially the P.D.B.s in the days immediately after the Benghazi attack . POTUS will (or should) want to know when and where the video excuse came abuse . Its bullshit factor is real sky high ..

.. He started delivering the video excuse . Since he has , then he is a part of what I would call the conspiracy to bullshit the American people . Obama had to know from the intelligence in the P.D.B. . The C.I.A. would have tried to make sure its inserts [read : Mike Morrell ‘ s ] stayed in , but the folks on the ground would have got their info in via the Pentagon and Panetta . So Pannetta knows as well .

.. exposing the P.D.B.s will reveal exactly what POTUS knew when . Within a day or two , they knew that it was a terrorist attack . Yet , the Obamacraps for the better part of 3 weeks carried on with the video excuse . They kept up until events [debate prep , especially for the first Presidential Debate] overtook things . Still , Obama carried on with the video excuse …

.. it is not just the  tic – toc that needs to come out … the Presidential Daily Briefs for that period need to , as well …

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… You Do Not Want This Woman as An Enemy [Caroline Glick] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,May 6th,2014

.. considering JohnBoy Kerry ‘ s jackass ” Apartheid ” megagaffe about Jewish people and Israel , Kerry has made himself an enemy of Glick ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to her comments ..

.. Glick has some serious connections , both here in the U.S. , as well as back home in Israel . She has served admirably in the I.D.F. , as well as in intelligence work , and has worked (as a civilian) for Bibi Netanyahu in his first trip around [1996-1999] as Israeli PM .

.. quoting the piece …

“What [Kerry] is saying is that Israelis are inherently evil and that when we are placed in a situation where we have to make a decision we are going to decide on the side of evil.
“That is what he says when he says Israel will become an apartheid state.”

Glick believes Kerry is just one of many Obama administration officials with a distaste for Israel.

“I think every single person that Obama has pointed to senior policy positions in his administration; his foreign policy teams, share his hostile view of Israel. Absolutely,” she said.

“This is a textbook example of anti-Semitic policy making,” Glick later told Newsmax in an e-mail. “It is unconscionable, it is unacceptable and it is unforgivable.”

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… Dismantling that Unit is a Bad Idea …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 24th,2014

.. I believe it , and so does former federal prosecutor and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy …

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the news link..

.. the unit ‘ s existence was legally challenged , and it was upheld , several times . The big problem is that the loonie leftie whose Momie was a Commie Bill DeBlasio is so far to the left he makes Barack Obama look conservative , if that is possible …

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… I will tell You This [on Caroline Glick]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 31st,2014

.. trying to push around Caroline Glick is a very , very bad idea .

.. she grew up and came of age in the Hyde Park section of Chicago == the very same area of Chicago where you-know-who [POTUS] now lives . No , it is not a weak area . It is known however for its bare – knuckle , knock – down , drag – out politics . Gee , isn’t all of Chicago that way …

.. she made aliyah (to Israel) about a generation ago , after she finished college . She has served in the I.D.F. , both in combat , as well as an intelligence officer . She has also served as an aide to PM Netanyahu in his first time around (1996 to 1999) as Prime Minister . In addition , she is married , with 2 children . So , do not try to push her around …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. she is one person that you should not try to push around . She pushes back . Hard …

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… Gotcha [Iran and Arms Shipment]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 11th,2014

.. the Israelis caught the Iranians in the act , again .

.. they intercepted an arms shipment in the Red Sea . Again …

.. well ,  they are making their case for kicking Iran ‘ s ass in a military strike .

.. [h/t — theGatewayPundit]..

.. [link] to the blog post …

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… He is Being Unkind to Bunny Rabbits [Ralph Peters]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 10th,2014

.. retired Army Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters was on Greta van Susteren ‘ s show the other night .

.. Colonel Peters has a background [with a minor] in intelligence . His area of expertise is , you might guess , Russia and Eurasia , including Eastern European affairs . So , he knows the characters very well …

.. Vladimir Putin is being the Big Bad Wolf , and not necessarily in the bad sense . He is just being who he is , and how he was professionally trained (in the K.G.B.) . Obama is being who he is , behaving like he is in a university debating salon , not realizing that he is POTUS . Well , dummy , you are POTUS …. start acting like it …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the interview segment ..

.. you do not want to be on Colonel Peters ‘ bad side . When you get there , you tend to stay there for a very long while . I think that Barack Obama has gained a Life Sentence in Colonel Peters ‘ bad side …

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… Bravo , Project Veritas …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 21st,2013

.. James O ‘ Keefe , you sly dog , you struck again !

[h/t — National Review // Eliana Johnson]

[link] — this is a video link of Project Veritas (and O ‘ Keefe) nailing Enroll America …

.. Boy , and how . This is not just about the ” navigators ” who are ” enrolling ” people in ObamaCrapCare . This one is about Enroll America , the leftovers from OfA ‘ s campaigns (both 2008 and 2012) .

.. These knuckleheads gather this information from people in ” targeted ” areas . They are suppossed to send that information on to the navigators for use in the enrollment process . You may wonder what happens with that information , then ?

.. It becomes a political goldmine , so to speak , for Enroll America . They can then deal with it with whom they so choose . That is a problem . A very serious problem . for which Project Veritas has a ready solution …

.. the ” disinfectant ” of the spotlight …

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… Wonderful , NSA was spying on us …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,August 18th,2013

.. amazingly enough , courtesey of the Washington ComPost …

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
By Barton Gellman, Published: August 15

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since

National Security Agency Seal

National Security Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused the U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.

In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.

The Obama administration has provided almost no public information about the NSA’s compliance record. In June, after promising to explain the NSA’s record in “as transparent a way as we possibly can,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole described extensive safeguards and oversight that keep the agency in check. “Every now and then, there may be a mistake,” Cole said in congressional testimony.

The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.

In a statement in response to questions for this article, the NSA said it attempts to identify problems “at the earliest possible moment, implement mitigation measures wherever possible, and drive the numbers down.” The government was made aware of The Post’s intention to publish the documents that accompany this article online.

“We’re a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line,” a senior NSA official said in an interview, speaking with White House permission on the condition of anonymity.

“You can look at it as a percentage of our total activity that occurs each day,” he said. “You look at a number in absolute terms that looks big, and when you look at it in relative terms, it looks a little different.”

There is no reliable way to calculate from the number of recorded compliance issues how many Americans have had their communications improperly collected, stored or distributed by the NSA.

The causes and severity of NSA infractions vary widely. One in 10 incidents is attributed to a typographical error in which an analyst enters an incorrect query and retrieves data about U.S phone calls or e-mails.

But the more serious lapses include unauthorized access to intercepted communications, the distribution of protected content and the use of automated systems without built-in safeguards to prevent unlawful surveillance.

The May 2012 audit, intended for the agency’s top leaders, counts only incidents at the NSA’s Fort Meade headquarters and other ­facilities in the Washington area. Three government officials, speak­ing on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the number would be substantially higher if it included other NSA operating units and regional collection centers.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who did not receive a copy of the 2012 audit until The Post asked her staff about it, said in a statement late Thursday that the committee “can and should do more to independently verify that NSA’s operations are appropriate, and its reports of compliance incidents are accurate.”

Despite the quadrupling of the NSA’s oversight staff after a series of significant violations in 2009, the rate of infractions increased throughout 2011 and early 2012. An NSA spokesman declined to disclose whether the trend has continued since last year.

One major problem is largely unpreventable, the audit says, because current operations rely on technology that cannot quickly determine whether a foreign mobile phone has entered the United States.

In what appears to be one of the most serious violations, the NSA diverted large volumes of international data passing through fiber-optic cables in the United States into a repository where the material could be stored temporarily for processing and selection.

The operation to obtain what the agency called “multiple communications transactions” collected and commingled U.S. and foreign e-mails, according to an article in SSO News, a top-secret internal newsletter of the NSA’s Special Source Operations unit. NSA lawyers told the court that the agency could not practicably filter out the communications of Americans.

In October 2011, months after the program got underway, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that the collection effort was unconstitutional. The court said that the methods used were “deficient on statutory and constitutional grounds,” according to a top-secret summary of the opinion, and it ordered the NSA to comply with standard privacy protections or stop the program.

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that the court found the NSA in breach of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but the Obama administration has fought a Freedom of Information lawsuit that seeks the opinion.

Generally, the NSA reveals nothing in public about its errors and infractions. The unclassified versions of the administration’s semiannual reports to Congress feature blacked-out pages under the headline “Statistical Data Relating to Compliance Incidents.”

Members of Congress may read the unredacted documents, but only in a special secure room, and they are not allowed to take notes. Fewer than 10 percent of lawmakers employ a staff member who has the security clearance to read the reports and provide advice about their meaning and significance.

The limited portions of the reports that can be read by the public acknowledge “a small number of compliance incidents.”

Under NSA auditing guidelines, the incident count does not usually disclose the number of Americans affected.

“What you really want to know, I would think, is how many innocent U.S. person communications are, one, collected at all, and two, subject to scrutiny,” said Julian Sanchez, a research scholar and close student of the NSA at the Cato Institute.

The documents provided by Snowden offer only glimpses of those questions. Some reports make clear that an unauthorized search produced no records. But a single “incident” in February 2012 involved the unlawful retention of 3,032 files that the surveillance court had ordered the NSA to destroy, according to the May 2012 audit. Each file contained an undisclosed number of telephone call records.

One of the documents sheds new light on a statement by NSA Director Keith B. Alexander last year that “we don’t hold data on U.S. citizens.”

Some Obama administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have defended Alexander with assertions that the agency’s internal definition of “data” does not cover “metadata” such as the trillions of American call records that the NSA is now known to have collected and stored since 2006. Those records include the telephone numbers of the parties and the times and durations of conversations, among other details, but not their content or the names of callers.

The NSA’s authoritative def­inition of data includes those call records. “Signals Intelligence Management Directive 421,” which is quoted in secret oversight and auditing guidelines, states that “raw SIGINT data . . . includes, but is not limited to, unevaluated and/or unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice, and some forms of computer-generated data, such as call event records and other Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) metadata as well as DNI message text.”

In the case of the collection effort that confused calls placed from Washington with those placed from Egypt, it is unclear what the NSA meant by a “large number” of intercepted calls. A spokesman declined to discuss the matter.

The NSA has different reporting requirements for each branch of government and each of its legal authorities. The “202” collection was deemed irrelevant to any of them. “The issue pertained to Metadata ONLY so there were no defects to report,” according to the author of the secret memo from March 2013.

The large number of database query incidents, which involve previously collected communications, confirms long-standing suspicions that the NSA’s vast data banks — with code names such as MARINA, PINWALE and XKEYSCORE — house a considerable volume of information about Americans. Ordinarily the identities of people in the United States are masked, but intelligence “customers” may request unmasking, either one case at a time or in standing orders.

In dozens of cases, NSA personnel made careless use of the agency’s extraordinary powers, according to individual auditing reports. One team of analysts in Hawaii, for example, asked a system called DISHFIRE to find any communications that mentioned both the Swedish manufacturer Ericsson and “radio” or “radar” — a query that could just as easily have collected on people in the United States as on their Pakistani military target.

The NSA uses the term “incidental” when it sweeps up the records of an American while targeting a foreigner or a U.S. person who is believed to be involved in terrorism. Official guidelines for NSA personnel say that kind of incident, pervasive under current practices, “does not constitute a . . . violation” and “does not have to be reported” to the NSA inspector general for inclusion in quarterly reports to Congress. Once added to its databases, absent other restrictions, the communications of Americans may be searched freely.

In one required tutorial, NSA collectors and analysts are taught to fill out oversight forms without giving “extraneous information” to “our FAA overseers.” FAA is a reference to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which granted broad new authorities to the NSA in exchange for regular audits from the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and periodic reports to Congress and the surveillance court.

Using real-world examples, the “Target Analyst Rationale Instructions” explain how NSA employees should strip out details and substitute generic descriptions of the evidence and analysis behind their targeting choices.

“I realize you can read those words a certain way,” said the high-ranking NSA official who spoke with White House authority, but the instructions were not intended to withhold information from auditors. “Think of a book of individual recipes,” he said. Each target “has a short, concise description,” but that is “not a substitute for the full recipe that follows, which our overseers also have access to.”

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… The Pathological Liar [He is In Good Company] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 9th,2013

The Pathological Liar [He is In Good Company]

.. Was there not ever a time that honest people did not despise the subhuman form of blob that is John Kerry ? He first came to public attention more than 40 years ago , lying about his service in Vietnam , and he has been lying about everything — every single thing — ever since .

.. John Kerry got away with his lying for years simply because he was a member of Congress from Massachusetts, a state that hasn’t elected an honest politician in half a century or more. Most states send their criminals to prison. Massachusetts sends theirs to the Senate .

.. Years of experience in dishonesty are, of course, quite valuable in the office of Secretary of State, where Kerry’s predecessor was not  exactly an exemplar of integrity, and so the question is: Is it possible that a liar as skilled as John Kerry is overqualified for this gig ?

..  Considering who he is serving as Secretary of State , he is in good company … as a Pathological Liar !

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… is Dingy Harry nuts ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 2nd,2012

Harry Reid ,  of all people , is supremely arrogant , or he is totally insane . He has been quoted as saying he and his democratic caucus will do everything in their power to stop Mitt Romney and his agenda , if he is elected . Maybe he needs a 72 hr hold in a mental hospital for a thorough exam of his gray matter and his schmartz . More than likely , he is an extraordinarily arrogant ass . Why wave a red flag in front of  a bull , 96 hrs out , and give him even more motivation than he and she have already …

Harry Reid

Harry Reid (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

… earth to Dingy Harry , the election is Tuesday . Duh ! … … No one has been elected yet , stupid ! … Nevada has , like other states , early voting , and it is a competitive tossup state . It is , in theory , leaning to President Obama ,  and POTUS is going to need all the help that he can get . the Nevada GOP is going to want revenge for 2010 , and his dirty tricks that he and the unions pulled in his own re – election campaign . and now , you piss us off even more ? Real Stupid , dumbass ! … also , Dingy Harry , you are assuming that you will and your fellow Dems will be in the majority . Considering that you have 23 seats to defend , and the 2 toughest GOP seats to defend are likely to be defended well , you will have a tough time  hanging on to your job , especially with a dumb – dumb stunt like this ! …

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