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May 262014

Documents released by US whistle blower Edward Snowden allegedly show New Zealand links to mass surveillance from overseas spy agencies, a new book on his revelations show.

The documents were published in journalist Glenn Greenwalds book, No Place to Hide, which tells the story of Snowdens disclosures.

Links between NZ and NSA have been revealed before, when Snowden said last year that NZ was involved in mass spying. The New Zealand Government

One NSA document told New Zealands security services and those of other Five Eyes nations to “sniff it all, know it all, collect it all, process it all and exploit it all”.

The Five Eyes is a spying alliance between New Zealand, Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States.

A slideshow showed Government Communications Security Bureau spies how to operate a system that trawled through massive amounts of phone numbers, email addresses and online chat.

Other files state New Zealand was forwarded intercepted phone calls, texts and emails between the Brazilian president and her staff.

GCSB was also briefed on NSAs efforts to put back doors into private companies computer networks, and given access to a program called Homing Pigeon which allowed in-air passenger jet conversations to be monitored, according to the book.

Spy boss Ian Fletcher last week refused to confirm if Snowden had files relating to New Zealand and if so, what they contained.

Prime Minister John Key has earlier said he had no concerns about Snowden’s revelations, and that they would not challeged the integrity of GCSB.

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Last week Switzerland reached a tax agreement with the United States, effectively ending its status as tax haven country. As a part of the deal, the Swiss government is expected todisclose information about its American clients andcrack down on any Swiss bank that helped wealthy Americans hide money from U.S. tax authorities.

But Switzerland isnt the only popular tax haven that the world’s wealthiest citizens have lost this year.

In March, Cyprus, the former tax haven of choice for wealthy Russians, received a $13 billion bailout from the European Union, but as a part of that deal, it had to make massive cutbacks to its banking sector, effectively ending its role as an international tax shelter.

However, as old tax haven countries shed their financially questionable pasts, other countries are hoping to fill the void left behind.

Latvia, which is due to join the euro zone in 2014, recently implemented new tax laws to encourage investment. These new laws could, however, also turn Latvia into another Cyprus.

Two African locales are also hoping to gain tax haven status — and the revenue that comes with it.

Gambia recently launched a new offshore/onshore business jurisdiction that can be managed online. An email from iCommerce Registry, the organization that will manage its operations, boasts, The registration of corporate structures can be achieved online in less than 30 Seconds.

Nairobi, Kenya, is currently negotiating with the U.K.’s financial services industry to become an independent financial center, or effectively, a tax haven.

Northern Territory, Australia, might also turn into a tax haven. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently called for cutting the corporate tax rate in the region to 10% below that of the rest of the country.

China is lowering taxes in just the Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, and it’s likely to attract Chinese investors there in the near future.

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The United States imposed sanctions on an Iranian official on Friday for allegedly putting limits on free speech in Iran, including cutting off mobile phone communications during political demonstrations in 2012. The U.S. Treasury Department, which announced the sanctions, did not link the action to negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Iran and six world powers, including the United States …

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Romania: America needs NATO because of Russian aggression – Biden
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Snowden Docs Reveal NSA, DEA Teamed Up to Record Every Cell Phone Call in Bahamas
A new report reveals the National Security Agency is recording every cell phone call made in the Bahamas, even though the United States has said the Caribbean nation poses “little to no threat”…

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The Bahamas’ Parliament building, near a cell tower. Every call that passed through that tower may have been recorded by the NSA

Documents obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA has covertly intercepted and recorded nearly all of the calls made to, from, or between cell phones in The Bahamas. The surveillance, reported by The Intercept, used legal monitoring access obtained by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The allegations raised by the documents led the Bahamian government to ask for an explanation of the surveillance, The Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell told the Nassau Guardian. Mitchell said that the government would issue a statement today after a Cabinet meeting on the issue. At the time of this article, no statement has yet been posted on the Government of The Bahamas’ website.

The surveillance system, called Basecoat, was used as a test bed for development of the “full get” surveillance technology in a broader program called Somalget. The systems built and tested for Basecoat have also been deployed as Scalawag, Oilyrag, and Lollygag, collection systems set up in another unnamed country.

According to an excerpt from an NSA “dictionary” of Special Source Operations code names, all of the Somalget systems use “Lawful Intercept (LI) auspices via DEA accessHost countries are not aware of NSA’s SIGINT collection using these systems.” The whole system collected and processed “over 100 million call events per day” at the time the document was created.

That other country may be Jamaica.The Jamaica Observerwrote that its reporters have seen secret memoranda of understanding between the governments of Jamaica, the United States, and United Kingdom giving law enforcement agencies from the US and UK authorisation to intercept phone calls on both land lines and cell phones “in an effort to gather intelligence in the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime.”

30 days hold Another document published by The Intercept — excerpts of a 2012 memo written by an NSA official in the agency’s International Crime and Narcotics (S2F) division — gives more detail about the system. As Ars detailed in our analysis of the documents published in March on the Scalawag system, the system works much as the NSA’s Xkeyscore Internet traffic surveillance database works. Somalget keeps a buffer of “full-take” audio recordings of calls that can be searched using a variety of identifiers within each call’s metadata.

“It makes possible the selection of audio content against the buffered data after the fact, in near real-time, or up to 30 days later,” the NSA S2F official wrote. “This ability is dubbed ‘retrospective retrieval.’”

The S2F official said that the division “had great success” using the audio buffer. “These systems have led to real breakthroughs in target discovery — and we wanted to alert other analysts to their potential,” the memo reports. “SOMALGET access to Bahamian GSM communications has led to the discovery of international narcotics traffickers and special interest alien smugglers. This access — together with our use of methods that take advantage of targets’ behavioural patterns — have allowed our S2F analysts to gain a firm understanding of the targets’ activities even when these contacts occurred prior to their discovery.”

The memo suggests that Somalget’s capability could be expanded to collect “buffered” audio from “certain calls that MAY be of foreign intelligence value,” creating a “collection methodology for telephony that may be viewed as analogous to XKEYSCORE.” That allows the same sort of retrospective search of much larger volumes of calls from targeted organizations or countries.

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U.S. states take lead in writing bitcoin rules
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WASHINGTON DC (WREX) – Switzerland’s second-largest bank has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy United States citizens avoid paying taxes through secret, offshore banking accounts.

Credit Suisse AG pleaded Monday and will have to pay $2.6 billion in the case brought by the Justice Department.

The Justice Department said the fine was the largest penalty ever imposed in a criminal tax case. Credit Suisse is also the biggest bank to plead guilty in over 20 years.

The case was part of a federal crackdown on foreign banks allegedly helping American taxpayers hide their assets. Officials with the Justice Department said additional investigations into other secret bank accounts held by Americans in Switzerland and other countries are likely to bring more resolutions.

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If the court sides with the meat industry, the fallout could have far-reaching consequences, as it would potentially undermine a wide range of labeling laws, particularly COOL regulations, which require companies to disclose where their products and ingredients are produced and manufactured through the display of packaging labels. Most American consumers are familiar with common COOL labels like “Made in China” or “product of the United States” from everything from sneakers to frozen hamburger patties, even if they are not aware of how exactly they are regulated.

The meat industry made its case during Mondays en banc review — an uncommon type of proceeding conducted before all 11 judges on the court rather than the typical three-judge panel –that the COOL laws as revised in 2013 infringe on companies First Amendment rights by compelling speech.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland said that in order to decide that First Amendment rights were being violated under the regulations, the court would have to strike down at least half a dozen statutes on the books since the 1930s, according to Politico. He also pointed out that many products far beyond the scope of the meat industry, including the razor he shaved with Monday morning, are required to display COOL labels, Politico reported.

As such, a decision by the court that the COOL labels infringe on companies free speech rights could mean changes for industries that rest far beyond the food realm.

A three-judge panel of the court handed down a decision on March 28 suggesting that the en banc hearing on just the First Amendment issues be held at a future date, but otherwise affirming a district courts decision not to allow a preliminary injunction against the 2013 COOL laws. The case is known as American Meat Institute vs. U.S. Department of Agriculture.

We suggest that the full court hear this case en banc to resolve for the circuit whether, under Zauderer, government interests in addition to correcting deception can sustain a commercial speech mandate that compels firms to disclose purely factual and non-controversial information, the three-judge panel wrote in the March 28 decision.

The National Farmers Union and other American farmers and food production industry groups like the U.S. Cattlemens Association and the Consumer Federation of America continue to support the laws, which provide clarity about food origins.

The information required by the regulation to be provided is factual and noncontroversial, NFU President Roger Johnson said, according to the Ohios Country Journal agricultural publication. I am hopeful that the full Circuit will affirm the panels prior decision and continue to deny the preliminary injunction requested by appellants.

But the American Meat Institute has consistently argued that the laws will have serious negative impacts on the meat industry.

It is incomprehensible that USDA would finalize a controversial rule that stands to harm American agriculture, when comments on the proposal made clear how deeply and negatively it will impact U.S. meat companies and livestock producers, AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp said last year. This rubber stamping of the proposal begs the question of the integrity of the process: many people spoke, but no one at USDA listened.

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Political Commentator T.J. O'Hara on the U.S. Constitution and Free Speech Zones
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops deployed in regions near Ukraine to return to their home bases, the Kremlin said Monday.

The move appears to indicate Putin’s intention to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine, the worst in Russia’s relations with the West since the end of the Cold War.

But NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters Monday the military alliance has “not seen any evidence at all that the Russians have started withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian borders.”

He said that NATO remains open to a political dialogue with Moscow, and has proposed holding a meeting at the NATO-Russia Council next week.

If we, one day, see clear evidence of a meaningful Russian withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian borders, I would be the very first to welcome it, because it would be a step in the right direction.

The West has protested the deployment of 40,000 Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, seeing it as a possible preparation for grabbing more land after the annexation of Crimea in March.

Putin has made similar commitments in recent weeks concerning his troops in the region.

Putin has previously said he has ordered troops to return from the area near the Ukraine border, but the United States and NATO said they saw no sign of a pullout and have threatened more sanctions if Russia tries to derail Ukraine’s presidential vote set for Sunday.

The Russian Defense Ministry insisted that there were no buildup near the border, saying that the troops in the regions in western Russia are involved in regular training.

Putin went one step further Monday, ordering Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to pull out forces involved in such training in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions, according to a statement released by the Kremlin.

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The Senate report is called National Security Agency Surveillance Affecting Americans, and describes the results of its investigation into NSAs electronic surveillance practices and capabilities, especially involving American citizens, groups, and organizations.

Among its findings are:

Project MINARET, in which the NSA intercepted and disseminated international communications of U.S. citizens and groups whose names were supplied by other agencies and put on a watch list. Those listed were supposed to be linked to concerns about narcotics, domestic violence and antiwar activities.

It was part of an attempt to discover if there was a foreign influence on them, according to the Senate report. NSA personnel were instructed to keep the agencys name off any distributed reports in order to restrict the knowledge that NSA was collecting such information, the report said.

Operation SHAMROCK involved the collection of millions of international telegrams sent to, from or transiting the United States provided to NSA by the three major international telegraph companies. In some years NSA analysts reviewed 150,000 telegrams a month, according to the committee. What began at the end of World War II as an Army Signals Security Agency project to get access to foreign government messaging morphed into collecting calls from a watch list of Americans whose names were supplied by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

The CIA, the FBI and others joined in. Over one four-year period when the list had 1,200 names the committee said NSA distributed approximately 2,000 reports [the texts or summaries of intercepted messages] to the various requesting agencies as the result of inclusion of American names on the watch lists.

Any of this sound familiar?

This was the 1976 report, one of 14 from the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, chaired by then-Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho). One direct result of the Church committees activities, which began as a probe into domestic CIA activities in the 1960s and 1970s, was the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). President Jimmy Carter signed the bill into law in 1978.

That law, amended several times, has provided a legal foundation for NSAs operations. It also added judicial and congressional oversight of NSA with the establishment of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the House and Senate intelligence committees. At the same time, it continued secrecy for operations necessary to carry out electronic surveillance to protect national security. It allowed intercepts abroad of foreign entities and individuals without a warrant when collecting foreign intelligence. When the target became a U.S. citizen or someone known to be in the United States, a warrant was required within 72 hours.

History does at times seem to repeat itself.

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NATO would struggle to defend the Baltic states from any Russian aggression "with conventional means", Germany's Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the organization and a draft of a NATO planning document. Eastern European states are nervous about Russia after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea region and massed 40,000 troops on Ukraine's borders. The United States has sent …

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