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NBC News & The Intercept: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Deceive & Destroy Reputations



Glenn Greenwald
Feb. 24 2014, 6:25 p.m.

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:

Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:


Robert Reich: Wasserman Schultz "Insider Politics Run Amok"

From his Facebook page:

Apparently Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, doesn’t care if she alienates Bernie followers. The Sanders campaign had been hoping for a significant role at the Democratic convention, but Wasserman Schultz has picked 75 members of the convention’s key committees -- rules, credentials and platform – and accepted only 3 of Bernie’s choices, failing to acknowledge the proportion of the vote Bernie has won in the primaries and caucuses. Negotiations with the DNC have failed to add any additional Bernie picks to any of the standing committees. Worse yet, she’s named as chairs Hillary backers known for their harsh criticism of Bernie (among them Barnie Frank, as co-chair of the influential Rules Committee).

This is insider politics run amok, at the very time and in the very election that insider politics is disdained – and at the very moment it’s vitally important to unite the Democratic Party. How Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC be so obtuse?

What do you think?

OMG. Trump. Cinco de Mayo. And Samantha Bee's Takedown!


Donald Trump Posts Pic Of Taco Bowl For Cinco De Mayo: 'I Love Hispanics!'

Katherine Krueger
MAY 05, 2016

Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, celebrated Cinco de Mayo Thursday with a Tex-Mex taco bowl in New York.

"I love Hispanics!" Trump posted to social media, with a photo of the billionaire hunched over a barely-touched taco bowl purportedly from the Trump Tower Grill.

A recent Gallup poll found nearly 80 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.


"The best taco bowls are made by hardworking immigrants who don't like being called rapists by a rich prick. I love inauthentic Mexican food!"

TOM TOMORROW: The Forever Campaign

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/05/02/1521554/-Cartoon-The-forever-campaign

Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies at 94

Source: New York Times

Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies at 94

APRIL 30, 2016
The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War and landed him in prison, died on Saturday in New York City. He was 94.

His death was confirmed by the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America magazine, a national Catholic magazine published by Jesuits. Father Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in the Bronx.

The United States was tearing itself apart over civil rights and the war in Southeast Asia when Father Berrigan emerged in the 1960s as an intellectual star of the Roman Catholic “new left,” articulating a view that racism and poverty, militarism and capitalist greed were interconnected pieces of the same big problem: an unjust society.

It was an essentially religious position, based on a stringent reading of the Scriptures that some called pure and others radical. But it would have explosive political consequences as Father Berrigan; his brother Philip, a Josephite priest; and their allies took their case to the streets with rising disregard for the law or their personal fortunes.

A defining point was the burning of Selective Service draft records in Catonsville, Md., and the subsequent trial of the so-called Catonsville Nine, a sequence of events that inspired an escalation of protests across the country; there were marches, sit-ins, the public burning of draft cards and other acts of civil disobedience.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/nyregion/daniel-j-berrigan-defiant-priest-who-preached-pacifism-dies-at-94.html

Sanders Wins Democratic Presidential Primary in Rhode Island

Source: Associated Press

BREAKING: Clinton wins Pennsylvania, Deleware, Maryland primaries; Sanders captures Rhode Island race, NBC News Projects

Sanders wins Democratic presidential primary in Rhode Island

Apr. 26, 2016 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic presidential primary in Rhode Island, claiming his first win of the night and blocking a potential sweep by Hillary Clinton of Tuesday's five contests.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/8e59b2bef4a443f8b818683cb987116a

Connecticut Right Now: Clinton 49.7%, Sanders 48.6%


MSNBC: Clinton Wins Maryland; Trump Wins Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut

NBC calls it based on projections.

Anyone have the link for the Guardian's Election Results Tracker page for tonight?

You know, the animated one with the cartoon candidates on cherrypickers? I can't seem to find it.

Campaign volunteer shot dead in front of candidate

Source: NBC Philidelphia

Gunman Kills Man Moments After Victim Spoke With Pennsylvania House Candidate

By David Chang and Dan Stamm

Philadelphia Police are investigating two deadly shootings, including one shooting that left a victim dead just moments after talking to a political candidate. NBC10's Pamela Osborne has more. (Published 4 hours ago)

Two friends were gunned down a short distance and just hours apart -- one of which was witnessed by a Pennsylvania House candidate who spoke with the victim only moments before he was killed Sunday.

Chris Rabb, a Democratic candidate running for state representative of Pennsylvania’s 200th legislative district, was canvassing on the 1400 block of Vernon Road in Philadelphia around 3:30 p.m. Rabb's campaign manager told NBC10 the candidate introduced himself to a 21-year-old man who was in the area and they had a conversation.

The man, later identified as Alex Cherry, told Rabb he wanted to work the polls during Pennsylvania's primary Tuesday and was interested in his platform, according to the campaign manager. A volunteer with Rabb then took down the Cherry's number. As Rabb and his volunteer walked away a gunman suddenly walked up to Cherry and shot him in the head at point-blank range, according to police.The gunman -- described as a man standing around 6-feet tall with short hair -- then returned to shoot Cherry two more times, said police.
Rabb managed to pull his volunteer to safety into a nearby store. The 21-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:43 p.m.

"I seen all the police cars but I had no idea that it was someone in my family," said Vyvyan Harris, the victim's aunt. "But then my nephew walks over to me and says, 'Aunt Viv. He's gone.'"
Neither Rabb nor his volunteer were injured. Police also say they were not the gunman's intended targets. The campaign manager told NBC10 Rabb was "beyond devastated" by the shooting. Rabb was later interviewed by homicide detectives.

Read more: http://www.alan.com/2016/04/25/campaign-volunteer-shot-dead-in-front-of-candidate/
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