The National Security Agency called at the University of Wisconsin on a recruitment drive.

The Guardian Goes Tap-Like and transcribes an online commentary…

Dear Tap, 

For your consideration. 

I was intending to attend others matters, when I came across this from yesterday, 05.07.2013, and have an urge.. I thought it worth pushing out there even more. I’ve copied out the highlights as per the Guardian article. It is interesting to note the party line the NSA recruiters take; just like politicians on e.g. BBC Question Time or the behaviour of police when confronting the public… I sense at some point it is inevitable ‘official representatives’ are going to ‘turn’ and begin to question what they represent. We must remain hopeful; optimistic; thoughts create reality, as per Gerald Celente’s 20 % tipping point theory; the 100th monkey syndrome… I see shoots of encouragement when journalist studying language course, Madiha R Tahir, takes the initiative and it gets chronicled online. She deserves credit and acknowledgement. Indeed, let me google and find her original blog posting, it is great the Guardian have pinched and highlighted her ‘work’, but let’s go straight to the horses mouth: independent multimedia and print journalist reporting on conflict, culture and politics in Pakistan, 3,041 followers on Twitter…

Go Madi!

Pakistan? Hey Tap, I’m going to CC her and send her my ‘Karachi Bus Ride’ from 2002 while saying thank you! Hello Madi.

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NSA recruitment drive goes horribly wrong

Bim Adewunmi
Friday 5 July 2013

On Tuesday, the National Security Agency called at the University of Wisconsin on a recruitment drive.

Attending the session was Madiha R Tahir, a journalist studying a language course at the university. She asked the squirming recruiters a few uncomfortable questions about the activities of NSA: which countries the agency considers to be “adversaries”, and if being a good liar is a qualification for getting a job at the NSA.

She has posted a recording of the session on Soundcloud, which you can hear above, and posted a rough transcript on her blog, The Mob and the Multitude. Here are some highlights.

The session begins …
Tahir: “Do you consider Germany and the countries that the NSA has been spying upon to be adversaries, or are you, right now, not speaking the truth?”
Recruiter 1: “You can define adversary as ‘enemy’ and, clearly, Germany is not our enemy. But would we have foreign national interests from an intelligence perspective on what’s going on across the globe? Yeah, we do.”
Tahir: “So by ‘adversaries’, you actually mean anybody and everybody. There is nobody, then, by your definition that is not an adversary. Is that correct?”
Recruiter 1: “That is not correct.”
Recruiter 2: “… for us, our business is apolitical, OK? We do not generate the intelligence requirements. They are levied on us … We might use the word ‘target’.”
Tahir: “I’m just surprised that for language analysts, you’re incredibly imprecise with your language. And it just doesn’t seem to be clear.”
Later …
Tahir: “…this is a recruiting session and you are telling us things that aren’t true. And we also know that the NSA took down brochures and factsheets after the Snowden revelations because those factsheets also had severe inaccuracies and untruths in them, right? So how are we supposed to believe what you’re saying?”
Even later …
Tahir: “I think the question here is do you actually think about the ramifications of the work that you do, which is deeply problematic, or do you just dress up in costumes and get drunk?” [A reference to an earlier comment the recruiter made about NSA employees working hard and going to the bar to do karaoke.]
Recruiter 2: “… reporting the info in the right context is so important because the consequences of bad political decisions by our policymakers is something we all suffer from.”

Unnamed female student: “And people suffer from the misinformation that you pass along so you should take responsibility as well.”

Later still …
Male student: “General Alexander [head of the NSA] also lied in front of Congress.”
Recruiter 1: “I don’t believe that he did.”
Male student: “Probably because access to the Guardian is restricted on the Department of Defence’s computers. I am sure they don’t encourage people like you to actually think about these things. Thank God for a man like Edward Snowden who your organisation is now part of a manhunt trying to track down, trying to put him in a little hole somewhere for the rest of his life. Thank God they exist.”
And finally …
Recruiter 2: “This job isn’t for everybody, you know …”
Tahir: “So is this job for liars? Is this what you’re saying? Because, clearly, you’re not able to give us forthright answers. I mean, given the way the NSA has behaved, given the fact that we’ve been lied to as Americans, given the fact that factsheets have been pulled down because they clearly had untruths in them, given the fact that Clapper and Alexander lied to Congress – is that a qualification for being in the NSA? Do you have to be a good liar?”
Recruiter 1: I don’t believe the NSA is telling complete lies. And I do believe that you know, I mean people can, you can read a lot of different things that are, um, portrayed as fact and that doesn’t make them fact just because they’re in newspapers.”
Unnamed female student: “Or intelligence reports.”
Recruiter 1: “That’s not really our purpose here today and I think if you’re not interested in that … there are people here who are probably interested in a language career.”

Best wishes,
Ned Pamphilon
UK (it’s still summer!)

OSIRIS sends –

Horrifying Graphic: What The NSA Knows About You From Your Phone Usage Alone

The National Security Agency’s collection of data regarding telephone conversations is a far greater threat to privacy than many of us believe. A lawsuit filed by a German politician proves just how much you can learn about a person’s life by monitoring and tracking their phone usage.

Malte Spitz, a member of Germany’s Green Party, sued his cellphone company, T-Mobile, in 2010 in an attempt to determine how much the carrier knew about him. Malte won the suit and received a CD that showed how easy it is to track a person via their phone.
35,890 Records About His Movement
When he won his lawsuit, Spitz received a CD containing 35,830 records, each documenting his movements. Spitz learned that T-Mobile could pinpoint exactly where he was at a given time. By combining GPS with the data, Spitz could track his own movements around Germany.

T-Mobile knew exactly how many telephone calls Spitz received in a day, how many calls he made, how many Twitter messages he sent out, and how many he received. By examining the data, T-Mobile could figure out that Spitz was attending a political demonstration on Sept. 5, 2009. Spitz shared the data with the German magazine ZEIT, which had an easy time creating a simple interative graphic that tracked Spitz’s movements based on the metadata. The graphic, of which you can see a still of below, highlights what the NSA and mobile phone companies can find out about you from phone records alone

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2 Responses to “The National Security Agency called at the University of Wisconsin on a recruitment drive.”

  1. NPP says:

    … which is why alleged disinfo agents Project Camelot have been important; their whistle blowers have told us for years now, how anything and anyone can be monitored whether you are carrying a mobile or not. As David de Icke points out, Edward Snowden has not revealed anything not already in the public domain. It simply had not been addressed by he BBC & co. It is an on going problem: it ain’t ‘serious’ news till the mainstream ‘pressitutes’ (oh I love that word Mr. Celenet, so rude, so apt) says it is. If anything, the public is being desensitised to accept full on surveillance.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, Seems tracking people is a Nazi pastime, dating from wartime.
    I would presume barcodes with the 666 as a datum, may be Nazi.
    Tracking people never stopped any crime, CCTV never works near crime.
    Part of the reason is that all the CCTV is provided by the same firm.
    The CCTV firms have the backdoor and timelapse keys to the recordings.
    So our Politicians ‘put all the CCTV eggs in one basket’, never happened by chance did it ??

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