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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

"How the CIA spies on your everyday life, according..."

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States federal government. The CIA's headquarters is in Langley, Virginia, a few miles west of Washington, D.C.. Its employees operate from U.S. embassies and many other locations around the world. The only independent U.S. intelligence agency, it reports to the Director of National Intelligence.

The CIA has three traditional principal activities, which are gathering information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals; analyzing that information, along with intelligence gathered by other U.S. intelligence agencies, in order to provide national security intelligence assessment to senior United States policymakers; and, upon the request of the President of the United States, carrying out or overseeing covert activities and some tactical operations by its own employees, by members of the U.S. military, or by other partners. It can, for example, exert foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division.

In 2013, the Washington Post reported that CIA's share of the National Intelligence Program (NIP), a non-military component of the overall US Intelligence Community Budget, has increased to 28% in 2013, exceeding the NIP funding received by military agencies National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA has increasingly taken on offensive roles, including covert paramilitary operations. One if its largest divisions, the Information Operations Center (IOC), has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations. [1]

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WikiLeaks’ latest release from the Vault 7 series of CIA leaks, sheds more light on how ordinary people can be easily tracked and targeted by the US intelligence agency through everyday electronic devices.

Since March 7, WikiLeaks has revealed CIA hacking techniques used to weaponize mobile phones, conduct surveillance via smart TVs, and load and execute malware on a ‘target machine’.

In light of Thursday’s 20th release from Vault 7, RT looks back at the most explosive revelations from the CIA’s hacking arsenal, showing how the intelligence agency could spy on you in your own home.

Home Security Systems

The ‘Dumbo’ program is purportedly designed to manipulate home security systems, altering the functionality of webcams and microphones on Microsoft Windows-operating systems and corrupting video recordings.

WikiLeaks suggested that this allows the operator to create fake – or destroy real – evidence of their intrusion into the device.

Smart TVs

Many of the exploits revealed through the leaked Vault 7 documents appear designed to target ordinary individuals through commonly used devices.

The CIA allegedly has access to a range of tools that even target Samsung TVs under its ‘Weeping Angel’ program. The project involves infiltrating the smart TVs to transform them into covert microphones, which can record and store audio.

Android devices

Google’s Android operating system was found to have 24 ‘zero days’ – the codename used by the CIA for tools to identify and exploit vulnerabilities and secretly collect data on individuals.

The OS is used in 85 percent of the world’s smart phones, including Samsung and Sony.

By exploiting gaps in the OS, it’s possible to access data from social messaging platforms, including WhatsApp, Weibo, Telegram and Signal before encryption is applied.

Another program appears specifically designed to target mobile devices running Android 4.0 to 4.3, allowing a third party to intercept and redirect SMS messages.

Apple products

Apple products are not immune to the CIA’s hacking tools either. In fact, Vault 7 revealed a specific division dedicated to the hacking of Apple devices .

A tool known as ‘NightSkies’ specifically targets Apple products including the iPhone and Macbook Air. It purportedly even allows the CIA to infiltrate factory-fresh iPhones and track and control them remotely, providing “full remote command and control.”

WiFi

WiFi can be easily exploited by the agency for spying, according to a number of leaks. One program called Cherry Blossom allegedly targets WiFi devices to monitor, control and manipulate the Internet traffic of connected users.

No physical access is needed to implant the firmware on a wireless device, as some devices allow their firmware to be upgraded over a wireless link.

Another malware called Elsa tracks WiFi-enabled devices running Microsoft Windows, allowing the CIA to gather location data on a target’s device and monitor their patterns and habits.

The malware allows the CIA to track the geo-location of wifi-enabled devices even when they are not connected to the internet.

Microsoft

Most of the malware referenced throughout the leaks is designed for use on the widely popular Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Many of these programs focus on uploading the malware via removable devices such as USB drives. Some, such as the ‘brutal kangaroo’ project, are designed to hide themselves from detection, and can even infect devices that have never been connected to the internet by air gap jumping.

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The Guatemalan genocide (1960-1996, especially 1981-1983), which resulted in the mass murder and death of 170,000 Maya, was a part of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996).

Previously, a CIA mission codenamed "OPERATION PBSUCCESS" had deposed the democratically elected leftist government of Guatemala and installed a right-wing, pro-American military junta in its place (1954 Guatemalan coup d'état). Starting in 1960, leftist guerrilla movements began fighting the military government, and were backed by the Maya people. Then, the Guatemalan military took upon itself the goal of eliminating all socialist guerrillas and supporters, whether real or suspected, which included Maya civilians. The Maya were systematically executed or disappeared, often at the hands of right-wing paramilitary death squads such as Mano Blanca. Although Mano Blanca was one of the most notorious death squads, described by leading novelist Paul Theroux as "Guatemala's version of a volunteer Gestapo unit," it received aid from the CIA. Many other death squads received aid from both the Guatemalan government and the CIA, primarily in the form of training and armament.

The US knew about and enabled Guatemalan atrocities. The United States feared that victory by communist forces would threaten the Panama Canal and would isolate the rest of South America from the United States if the countries of Central America were to be installed with pro-soviet communist governments.

To this date, Mayan women still wear their native outfits (embroidered shirts called wapeels with wide woven belts and long skirts) while all the men were dressed in modern clothes. Men stopped wearing the outfits during the war because it made them targets and they never went back. They all have at least one outfit but they only wear it to special occasions. Interesting, sad, and tragic.

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America’s denial of involvement in the failed Turkish coup d'état attempt rings hollow, as the track record of the US-sponsored coups spans decades. CIA and the State Department is like a thief who cries ‘stop thief,’, and is no longer believed in its denials of involvement in coups and coup attempts throughout the world.

The track record of the US-sponsored coups spans decades and has resulted in the overthrow of duly constituted governments of dozens of sovereign nations, replacing recalcitrant leaders with those more amenable to and compliant with US interests. As a result when a coup attempt such as recently occurred in Turkey takes place suspicions immediately focus on the role the US may have played in it.

Starting with the overthrow of Iranian [Prime Minister] Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953 and Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán in 1954, the US has honed its regime change skills into a fine art. It knows how to cover its tracks and plead innocence, requiring others to produce a ‘smoking gun’ to support allegations of US involvement. Thus no matter what the circumstantial evidence may be the US can maintain ‘plausible dependability'.

on August 9, 2016

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CIA is widely known for sponsoring terrorists, exporting weapons, employing torture and what not, but what is lesser known is that they are also deeply involved in international drug trade.

The evidence of U.S./CIA imvolvement in the cocaine and heroin trades is massive. Check out Michael Levine's book, or the voluminous "The Politics of Heroin" by Yale Professor Alfred McCoy.  It's untaxed, untraceable money that they can use for whatever black ops they want. That's without even getting into conspiracy theories around them deliberately sabotaging poor communities with these drugs.

CIA is a direct beneficiary of the War on Drug. By criminalizing drugs and monopolizing the trade of it, the government reaps huge benefit.

on June 2, 2016
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After War World Two, the CIA secretly imported thousands of nazi scientists and gave millions to former Wehrmact intelligence officer Reinhard Gehlen. The US Military also took over Japanese 731 research that experimented on live human beings as a bargain for pardoning war criminals.

on May 5, 2016

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The CIA is funding a new product, and it has nothing to do with spying. The agency is teaming up with a skincare line that can collect DNA in a whole new way, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

The agency's unexpected interest in skincare is focused around Clearista, a product line that boasts a “formula so you can feel confident and beautiful in your skin's most natural state.” It is the main product line of Skincential Sciences.

But forget radiant skin and a youthful glow; the CIA is reportedly after Clearista's ability to remove a thin outer layer of skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for DNA collection.

Described as “painless” on the Clearista website, the non-invasive procedure is said to require only water, a special detergent, and a few brushes against the skin.

According to documents obtained by The Intercept, In-Q-Tel – the venture capital arm of the CIA – approached the skincare line with an interest in looking at DNA extraction using the method.

“Our company is an outlier for In-Q-Tel,” Russ Lebovitz, the chief executive of Skincential Sciences, told The Intercept.

Although he admitted that the unique relationship may make for an “unusual and interesting story,” he said that “if there's something beneath the surface, that's not part of our relationship and I'm not directly aware.”

He maintained that the CIA is interested in doing things that are “pure science,” which can provide “easy access to biomarkers.”

Specifically, he said the agency is “interested in the diagnostics, detecting DNA for normal skin.”

Lebovitz noted, however, that he didn't know the exact details of the CIA's intent for the technology. He speculated that law enforcement could use the biomarker extraction technique for crime scene investigations or to conduct drug tests.

In the past, little has been revealed about many ventures backed by In-Q-Tel. In 2012, then-CIA director David Petraeus said the agency's partnership with the fund is “essential to helping identify and deliver groundbreaking technologies with mission-critical applications to the CIA and to our partner agencies.”

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This is an old clip showing admittance of the CIA that they use the mainstream media to manipulate the thoughts and ideas of American citizens in the USA. This has not changed obviously and is good to know happened in the past due to our reality today.

#CIA #media #propaganda

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A FORMER Guantanamo Bay guard has spoken for the first time about what he claims was a CIA murder of detainees, covered up as a triple suicide.
Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on guard at the Cuban prison camp on the night they died, and calls the official version of events “impossible”.

“They would have had to all three tie their hands and feet together, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cellblock, jumped into the noose and hung themselves simultaneously,” the ex-Marine told Vice News in an explosive video interview.

“In a cellblock where guards are ordered to check on detainees every four minutes.”

There had also been an inspection of the cellblock only a few hours earlier, Hickman said, and guards had found nothing detainees might use to make the nooses and rags.

Hickman tried for years to put the nightmare of his time at Guantanamo behind him, but eventually he was forced to confront his past.

He has now written a book, Murder at Camp Delta, which he hopes will be a step towards finding out the truth.

“I was trying to put Guantanamo behind me. I didn’t want to remember it. It was like a bad dream I was trying to put in the past,” he said.

“Then I saw in news that another detainee had hung themself. I had to face it and see what really happened.”

On the night of June 9, 2006, Hickman was on guard at Camp Delta when he says he saw a paddywagon return to high-security Alpha Block three separate times, each time picking up a prisoner and taking them out of the camp.

He claims he watched the paddywagon take a left outside the checkpoint ACP Roosevelt, which he said would only lead to one of two places — the beach or Camp No, which we now know was a secret CIA holding facility.

“Between 11pm and 11.30pm I witnessed the paddywagon come back to Camp Delta,” he said.

“Instead of Camp 1, it went to the medical detainee clinic. About 10 minutes later, all the lights come on, like a stadium, and sirens are going off — it’s chaos.”

The prisoners were dead.

The three men were Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, 37, from Yemen, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, 30, from Saudi Arabia, and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, 22, also from Saudi Arabia.

Al-Zahrani had been imprisoned at Guantanamo since he was captured at 17. None of the men had been charged with a crime.

After their deaths, Rear Admiral Harry Harris took the unusual step of attacking them in his announcement of their apparent suicide.

“They have no regard for life, either ours or their own,” he told Reuters. “I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.”

But why would the authorities want to kill these men and make their deaths look like suicide?

Hickman says it’s because the three were regular hunger strikers, who incited others to do the same.

“They had a policy that if a detainee is hunger-striking, he cannot be interrogated,” said Hickman. “In 2006, they were doing roughly 200 interrogations a week, so any massive hunger-strike would, what they consider, cripple the intelligence value.

“I believe the number-one mission in JTF-GTMO (Joint Task Force Guantanamo) at the time was, stop the hunger strikes at all costs.

“I think you get rid of the people that provoked the hunger strikes and you get rid of the problem.

“After the deaths there were no hunger strikes for a long period of time.”

The ex-sergeant has spent the years since his time at the prison camp independently investigating what happened that night, and first approached the US Justice Department in 2009.

His claims, and that of others from his team, were first reported by Harper’s Magazine in 2010, provoking a major backlash, in which authorities said Hickman would have been outside the perimeter and not even able to see the entrance to Alpha Block.

There are many questions over what has gone on at the controversial facility, which still holds about 150 prisoners.

It is considered illegal under human rights law to detain people without charge, and many people say the reality of Guantanamo is the opposite of its motto: “Safe, humane, legal, transparent.”

Former inmates say the CIA regularly used torture techniques described in the recent Senate report when questioning them. They have alleged systematic abuse and former guard Brandon Neely said violence and degrading treatment was commonplace.

Hickman rejoined the army after September 11, believing it was his duty to help. “I thought Guantanamo was needed, warfare was changing and we needed a safe place to hold and interrogate them.”

The reality he discovered was very different.

“They scare you when you get there; they tell you you can never talk about this, it’s a classified facility. Everyone’s afraid they’re going to get in trouble.”

While Hickman has not named any alleged murderers in his book, he hopes that it will trigger a close investigation into what really went on.

“I can’t name names. I keep it vague at the end for that reason,” he says. “I say it was murder, this is the reason why.”

 

on January 21, 2016
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