Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Tweeting the word 'drill' could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies
- Fake profiles used by Department of Homeland Security, says privacy group
- List of keywords flags 'danger' signal
- DHS may attempt to identify users from their accounts
- Keywords include 'virus', 'drill' and 'illegal immigrant'
By ROB WAUGH
The Department for Homeland Security announced plans to scan social networks for keywords such as 'human to animal', 'outbreak', 'strain' and 'drill', and then identify users, claims an online privacy group
The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words - and tracking people who use them.
Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group.
The words which attract attention range from ones seemingly related to diseases or bioweapons such as 'human to animal' and 'outbreak' to other, more obscure words such as 'drill' and 'strain'.
The DHS also watches for words such as 'illegal immigrant'.
The DHS outlined plans to scans blogs, Twitter and Facebook for words such as 'illegal immigrant', 'outbreak', 'drill', 'strain', 'virus', 'recovery', 'deaths', 'collapse', 'human to animal' and 'trojan', according to an 'impact asssessment' document filed by the agency.
When its search tools net an account using the phrases, they record personal information.
It's still not clear how this information is used - and who the DHS shares it with.
An online privacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Centre has requested information on the DHS's scans, which it says the agency announced in February.
The privacy group has requested information on the DHS, and contractors it claims are working with the agency to scan social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The group says that the government has used scans of social media before to analyse specific events - such as the 2010 BP oil spill - but this general 'watching' of social media using fake profiles is new.
'The initiatives were designed to gather information from 'online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards,' to store and analyze the information gathered, and then to 'disseminate relevant and appropriate de-identified information to federal, state, local, and foreign governments and private sector partners,' the group said in a court filing.
The group claims that a request under the Freedom of Information Act to access the documentation has gone unanswered.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2079283/Tweeting-word-drill-mean-Twitter-account-read-government-spies.html#ixzz1i3YGsKWu
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Native America Calling featuring most censored Native newsmakers 2011
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/12/native-america-calling-featuring-most.htmlNative America Calling: Listen online Friday at:
Native America Calling will host the most censored Native American newsmakers of 2011 on Friday. Guests will include the Censored News Person of the Year: The Indigenous Woman.
Debra White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, S.D., who fought the Tarsands Keystone XL pipeline this year, will be among the guests on the live radio show hosted by Harlan McKosato, Sac and Fox. White Plume, activist and grandmother, was among those arrested at the White House in September and also fights uranium mining on Lakota lands.
Klee Benally, Navajo, is also a featured guest. The protests to protect sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona, and the lockdowns to heavy equipment, were the most accessed articles at Censored News in 2011. Native photographers, Youths of the Peaks, provided Censored News with photos of the lockdowns and protests as those happened.
The Indigenous Environmental Network is also invited to join the live radio program. IEN members were arrested at the White House protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. IEN activists were a voice for the Protection of Mother Earth, and against bogus carbon credits, at the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa.
Two of those IEN newsmakers are Native American youths: Kandi Mossett, who hosted the IEN conference in her homeland at the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations in North Dakota; and Mohawk photographer Ben Powless.
Powless and Youths of the Peaks were honored as Censored News photographers of the year.
Native American women continue to take the lead in their home communities in the struggle for justice, from Ofelia Rivas, on O'odham lands, to Louise Benally at Big Mountain on Navajoland, to Kahentinetha Horn, publisher of Mohawk Nation News.
In the news this year, Wikileaks exposed US spying on Indigenous Peoples from Mapuche in South America to the Mohawks in Canada.
Further, Wikileaks exposed the role of the US in promoting mining while Indigenous Peoples were dying to protect their lands in Peru. Both Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales were targets of US State Department spying.
In the US, hacktivists Anonymous exposed Arizona police files revealing white supremacists and off duty Marines patrolling the Arizona border with assault weapons. Meanwhile, the militarization of the border continues, with drones overhead, and Border Patrol agents abusing Indian people in their homelands.
In the original, breaking news category, Censored News published a diagram of the new $1.5 billion spy towers being planned for the Tohono O'odham Nation, following the boondoggle of the previous $1 billion spy towers on the Arizona border that didn't work.
Censored News also published an Attorney General report showing that Project Gunrunner began in 2005 in Texas under the Bush administration. An ATF brochure of assault weapons of Project Gunrunner in 2008 that were allowed to "walk" to drug cartels in Mexico, was also published. It was exposed when Lulzsec hacked the Arizona police files.
The US/Mexico border series at Censored News followed the Protect the Peaks articles and was the second most accessed group of articles this year.
Throughout Indigenous lands in the Americas, Indian people continue to fight the environmental genocide of coal-fired power plants, uranium mining, silver and gold mining, and oil and gas drilling. Wikaritari (Huicholes) battle silver mining on their sacred lands in Mexico. On the Blood Reserve in Canada, women stood in front of oil and gas trucks to stop the destruction.
Throughout Indian lands, the battle continues for clean drinking water, the protection of the aquifers and to halt the theft of Indian water rights.
In the US, Northern Paiute Wesley Dick, Kwassuh, led a battle against the Nevada Game and Fish Department and won, after he was charged while gathering (tules) cattails for traditional crafts.
In Phoenix in November, Navajo and O'odham led protests against ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate profiteers coopting the state legislature. Private prison profiteers, who pack their jails with migrants, American Indians and other people of color, are among them.
The ALEC protests included an action at the Salt River Project, which operates one of the Navajo Nation's three coal-fired power plants. The protesters were pepper sprayed by police at the Scottsdale resort where the conference was held. O'odham veteran David Ortega was hospitalized.
Racism continued, from violent beatings of Indian people by white supremacists, to the censorship of their voices in the newsrooms.
Join us on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Listen online at http://www.nativeamericacalling.com
1 pm Eastern; noon Central; 11 am Mountain; 10 am Pacific.Top stories 2011:#1: Locked Down: Protest halts destruction on San Francisco Peaks
#2: Lakotas to Diane Sawyer: Let Lakotas tell their story
Updated with video from Lakota teens: ‘We are more than that’
#3: Hacked data reveals US Marines as contract killers
#4: Video: Who shot Scott Olsen at Occupy Oakland?
#5: Neo Nazis and militia show up armed at Occupy Phoenix
#6: Video: Police beating Berkeley students, young women:
#7: Tucson: Hackers reveal data targeting ethnic studies
School cop reports ethnic studies
#8: Flagstaff police attack and arrest Protect the Peaks marchers
Top story now:
Anonymous on a holiday roll with Stratfor and the hashtag subpoena:
Top stories in December:
Censored News Person of the Year: The Indigenous Woman:
Obama’s nearly secret meeting with Native American leaders:
O’odham Pepper Sprayed in ALEC protest
Censored Person of the Year: The Indigenous Woman
Navajo Louise Benally upstages Obama
Ute Tribe urges investigation of Maori pepper sprayed by police
De-Occupy O'odham Lands: In Defense of the Land and Peoples
Washington: Native Leaders to Obama: 'NO' to Tarsands Pipeline:
The American Indian Genocide Museum: The Confederate Flag, Buffalo Soliders at Wounded Knee and Clarifying History
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/12/washington-lakota-leaders-to-obama-no.htmlBrenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 29 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she reported for Navajo Times, AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored, then terminated, and created Censored News, now in its fifth year.