Daily Archives: October 4, 2016

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence – sources


Source: Reuters


Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.

Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.

According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.”Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the company said in a brief statement in response to Reuters questions about the demand. Yahoo declined any further comment.

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Hurricane Matthew Slams Haiti: Footage of Damage, Roofs Ripped Off Buildings[VIDEO]


Published on Oct 4, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in AOSIS member country, Haiti, as a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with sustained winds near 145 mph–making it the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the country since Hurricane Cleo in 1964.

In addition to powerful winds, Matthew is expected to bring a storm surge of 6-12 feet to the coast and rainfall totals of 40 inches or more.
As seen in this exclusive footage, heavy winds have already ripped roofs off of buildings. Stay tuned for more! #HurricaneMatthew #Hurricane #Matthew #Haiti #PrayForHaiti #Breaking

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110,000 Syrian Refugees Set To Arrive On USA Shores (VIDEO]


Published on Oct 4, 2016

October 1st, 2016 began the White House “fiscal year,” i.e. the start of President Obama’s acceptance of 110,000 Syrian refugees as a part of the ongoing resettlement plan. There is little information published concerning how many people will come in each wave, where they will be resettled specifically, and how much aide each refugee family will be given, and for what period of time. Despite little answers concerning this refugee migration issue, lawmakers are not acting to curtail the president’s agenda.
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TSA Being Sued Over X-ray Machine Deaths

TSA sued over hundreds of x-ray machine deaths


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is being sued over the deaths of hundreds of people who died as a result of being forced to use their X-ray machines. 

The controversial Advanced Imaging Technology has been used in airports for almost a decade in order to detect whether an airline passenger is carrying a weapon underneath their clothing.

Wnd.com reports:

But now there’s a lawsuit raising another claim: The machines are responsible for hundreds of deaths per year.

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Rutherford Institute against the Department of Transportation and the TSA.


The suit is being pursued in conjunction with a similar case by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When the TSA began installing the machines in 2007, the government failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act’s requirement that it propose and adopt standards. Consequently, formal complaints and challenges to the TSA program were delayed.

Now, the standards finally have been formalized, and they allow the use of “a device … that creates a visual image of an individual showing the surface of the skin.”

“TSA characterized AIT as reducing the need for pat-downs, and stated that privacy concerns regarding body scanners’ production of naked body images had been eliminated through new software that produced only a ‘generic outline’ of a passenger’s body,” the new lawsuit explains.

TSA noted the public opposition and “conceded” that some travelers are limiting airline travel as much as possible because of the screening demands.

“And it noted the argument of some individuals and organizations that, given the greater risks of driving compared to flying, this could raise a safety issue – ‘some estimated as many as 500 additional deaths per year,’” the new complaint says.

However, the TSA dismissed as negligible any such impact.

That creates an issue, the lawsuit contends.

“Comments from both analysts and private individuals squarely presented TSA with this issue. Many commenters pointed out that they had already reduced their air travel in favor of driving, for such reasons as privacy and airport screening hassles. Nonetheless, the agency summarily dismissed this as insignificant.

“But the agency’s own break-even analysis for the alleged life-saving potential of AIT demonstrates, the risks raised by a shift from planes to cars are at least as large, in magnitude, as the projected benefits of AIT. The agency cannot base its decision on one side of the equation while ignoring the other.”

The lawsuit demands that the rule be returned to the agency for further review.

“‘We the people’ have not done the best job of holding our representatives accountable or standing up for our rights,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of “Battlefield America: The War on the American People.”