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Anonymous Leaks Data on BofA Execs Engaged in Spying on Private Citizens

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Hacktivist group says 14GB of data includes evidence that Bank of America engaged in an effort to “spy and collect information on private citizens.”

In its latest salvo against the financial industry, Anonymous claims to have leaked sensitive information related to Bank of America executives and the company’s alleged effort to “spy and collect information on private citizens.”

Par:AnoIA, a group that identifies itself as the Anonymous Intelligence Agency, said in a press release (PDF) yesterday that it had released 14 gigabytes of data on hundreds of thousands of executives at companies around the world, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and TEKSystems, which the hackvisit collective claims was hired last year to spy on hackers and social activists.

The group says the data was not acquired during a hack but rather was retrieved from an unsecured server in Israel.

“The source of this release has confirmed that the data was not acquired by a hack but because it was stored on a misconfigured server and basically open for grabs,” Par:AnoIA said. “Looking at the data it becomes clear that Bank of America, TEKSystems, and others (see origins of reports) gathered information on Anonymous and other activists’ movement on various social-media platforms and public Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.”

The documents leaked by Anonymous include “intelligence” reports allegedly compiled by TEKSystems on “daily cyber threats” from around the world and Internet activity related to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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The group said the data retrieved revealed research methodology that was “sloppy, random, and valueless.”

“Apparently a keyword list was used to match for items of interest on IRC, Twitter, and other social media,” the press release said. “While the list has over 10,000 entries, only 1,125 keywords seem to be genuine, the rest are simply Wikipedia references.”

CNET has contacted Bank of America for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

The data dump comes three weeks after the U.S. Federal Reserve confirmed that one of its internal Web sites had been hacked, a breach that appears to have occurred around the same time that Anonymous published log-in and private information from more than 4,000 U.S. bank executive accounts.

Bank of America raised the ire of Anonymous in 2010 when it announced that it would no longer process payments for WikiLeaks. Earlier moves by MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal resulted in retaliatory cyberattacks by the hacker group.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57571955-83/anonymous-leaks-alleged-data-on-bofa-execs-surveillance/

” … We currently have a president who, despite claims of ‘the most transparent administration in history’ and a promise to champion ‘patriotic and courageous’ government whistleblowers, has, by dredging up from the depths of history the Espionage Act of 1917, prosecuted more government whistleblowers than every single one of his predecessors combined. … He has also been instrumental in reprisals against foreign journalists who creep too close to the truth for the White House’s liking. … “

While the proceedings against both Pfc. Bradley Manning (who leaked thousands of classified documents regarding the U.S. government’s war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan) and former CIA agent John Kiriakou (who leaked classified information about the CIA’s torture regime) have generated a wealth of opinions regarding the moral merit of government whistleblowing, a crucial bit of context is sorely lacking from the national discussion: how much we now depend on such leaks for any semblance of the truth about what the U.S. government is doing in our name and with our money around the globe.

Considering just how difficult it has become for the American people to find out anything about the U.S. government’s vast national security and military complexes, we must acknowledge that, whether they are to be named traitors or heroes, people like Bradley Manning and John Kiriakou, through their willingness to disseminate what the government would hide, have become virtually the only source of unadulterated truth remaining on our national political landscape.

The traditional means by which light is shed on the government’s actions have utterly collapsed as the security state has expanded. With the abdication of our traditional fact-finding institutions (the government, the courts, the media, etc.), the need for agents of the state to come forward (even in violation of the law and at great personal risk) is magnified.

As another treasonous soul once declared, “To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:”

We currently have a president who, despite claims of “the most transparent administration in history” and a promise to champion “patriotic and courageous” government whistleblowers, has, by dredging up from the depths of history the Espionage Act of 1917, prosecuted more government whistleblowers than every single one of his predecessors combined. Not only has President Obama suppressed government whistleblowing at home, but he has also been instrumental in reprisals against foreign journalists who creep too close to the truth for the White House’s liking.

The American judicial system, too, has failed to support and protect the conveyance of truth. In issues of law enforcement and national security, the courts have so completely rolled over in deference to the executive branch that the recent attempt of an American citizen to prevent the government from murdering his American son was dismissed both as a non-justiciable “political question” and as a prayer that would “inappropriately” force the government to publicly disclose its murderous designs toward the American people. When the courts hold that the government’s interest in secrecy is weightier than the rights of American citizens not to be tortured or killed without due process, what chance does our interest in knowing the truth behind our government’s behavior stand in front of such judges?

The refusal of the media to engage in even the most basic modicum of journalism and truth-finding is just as galling. The New York Times once fought the U.S. government all the way to the Supreme Court to assert its right to reveal the secrets of the Pentagon Papers; now the same paper can barely even be bothered to attend Manning’s court proceedings. In fact, according to Manning himself, many prominent newspapers refused to accept his disclosures for fear of the government’s wrath. Many liberal media outlets dare not criticize a sitting Democratic president, even when he embraces policies that progressives once found abhorrent, and the conservative media simply considers every corpse generated by the Obama administration in the name of national security a validation of the conservative worldview.

So who is left? Those few who know the truth are forbidden, under the threat of confinement, torture, and death, from disclosing it, while those traditionally charged to pursue and disseminate the truth refuse, whether out of cowardice or partisan complicity, to discharge their duties while Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office.

Without the immense personal risks taken by men like Bradley Manning, John Kiriakou, and other whistleblowers around the world, would we know the extent of our government’s willingness to torture its prisoners? Would we know that Barack Obama believes he has (and has exercised) the authority to kill any person (including American citizens), anywhere in the world, based solely on the secret deliberations of executive branch officials under his direct control?

Who was going to reveal those truths to us, if not the people who did?

Even if you maintain, for whatever reason, that the actions of Bradley Manning and John Kiriakou were wrong or even treasonous, you must also acknowledge that we are all closer to the truth because of them.

Bradley Manning may be unfit to serve in the U.S. Army and John Kiriakou may have sold out the CIA. But in demonstrating their failings as government agents, these men demonstrated themselves to be servants of the truth at a time when such service is dangerous, reviled, and desperately necessary.

All of us who value the truth more than we value politics or the will of the government owe these “traitors” a tremendous debt.

Adam Bates received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami (FL) in 2007, and a J.D. and M.A. in Middle Eastern & North African Studies from the University of Michigan in 2011.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/03/servants-of-the-truth/

Photo: A group of Jewish women at the entrance to the Brody ghetto in Eastern Galicia, 1942. The sign is written in German, Ukrainian and Polish.

“… The maps the researchers have created to identify the camps and ghettos turn wide sections of wartime Europe into black clusters of death, torture and slavery — centered in Germany and Poland, but reaching in all directions. The lead editors on the project … estimate that 15 million to 20 million people died or were imprisoned in the sites. …”

March 1, 2013

THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.   

What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.

The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945. The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust scholars had to make sure they had heard it correctly when the lead researchers previewed their findings at an academic forum in late January at the German Historical Institute in Washington.

“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought,” Hartmut Berghoff, director of the institute, said in an interview after learning of the new data.

“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” he said, “but the numbers are unbelievable.”

The documented camps include not only “killing centers” but also thousands of forced labor camps, where prisoners manufactured war supplies; prisoner-of-war camps; sites euphemistically named “care” centers, where pregnant women were forced to have abortions or their babies were killed after birth; and brothels, where women were coerced into having sex with German military personnel.

Auschwitz and a handful of other concentration camps have come to symbolize the Nazi killing machine in the public consciousness. Likewise, the Nazi system for imprisoning Jewish families in hometown ghettos has become associated with a single site — the Warsaw Ghetto, famous for the 1943 uprising. But these sites, infamous though they are, represent only a minuscule fraction of the entire German network, the new research makes painfully clear.

The maps the researchers have created to identify the camps and ghettos turn wide sections of wartime Europe into black clusters of death, torture and slavery — centered in Germany and Poland, but reaching in all directions.

The lead editors on the project, Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean, estimate that 15 million to 20 million people died or were imprisoned in the sites that they have identified as part of a multivolume encyclopedia. (The Holocaust museum has published the first two, with five more planned by 2025.)

The existence of many individual camps and ghettos was previously known only on a fragmented, region-by-region basis. But the researchers, using data from some 400 contributors, have been documenting the entire scale for the first time, studying where they were located, how they were run, and what their purpose was.

The brutal experience of Henry Greenbaum, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives outside Washington, typifies the wide range of Nazi sites. When Mr. Greenbaum, a volunteer at the Holocaust museum, tells visitors today about his wartime odyssey, listeners inevitably focus on his confinement of months at Auschwitz, the most notorious of all the camps. But the images of the other camps where the Nazis imprisoned him are ingrained in his memory as deeply as the concentration camp number — A188991 — tattooed on his left forearm.

In an interview, he ticked off the locations in rapid fire, the details still vivid.

First came the Starachowice ghetto in his hometown in Poland, where the Germans herded his family and other local Jews in 1940, when he was just 12. Next came a slave labor camp with six-foot-high fences outside the town, where he and a sister were moved while the rest of the family was sent to die at Treblinka. After his regular work shift at a factory, the Germans would force him and other prisoners to dig trenches that were used for dumping the bodies of victims. He was sent to Auschwitz, then removed to work at a chemical manufacturing plant in Poland known as Buna Monowitz, where he and some 50 other prisoners who had been held at the main camp at Auschwitz were taken to manufacture rubber and synthetic oil. And last was another slave labor camp at Flossenbürg, near the Czech border, where food was so scarce that the weight on his 5-foot-8-inch frame fell away to less than 100 pounds.

By the age of 17, Mr. Greenbaum had been enslaved in five camps in five years, and was on his way to a sixth, when American soldiers freed him in 1945. “Nobody even knows about these places,” Mr. Greenbaum said. “Everything should be documented. That’s very important. We try to tell the youngsters so that they know, and they’ll remember.”

The research could have legal implications as well by helping a small number of survivors document their continuing claims over unpaid insurance policies, looted property, seized land and other financial matters.

“HOW many claims have been rejected because the victims were in a camp that we didn’t even know about?” asked Sam Dubbin, a Florida lawyer who represents a group of survivors who are seeking to bring claims against European insurance companies.

Dr. Megargee, the lead researcher, said the project was changing the understanding among Holocaust scholars of how the camps and ghettos evolved.

As early as 1933, at the start of Hitler’s reign, the Third Reich established about 110 camps specifically designed to imprison some 10,000 political opponents and others, the researchers found. As Germany invaded and began occupying European neighbors, the use of camps and ghettos was expanded to confine and sometimes kill not only Jews but also homosexuals, Gypsies, Poles, Russians and many other ethnic groups in Eastern Europe. The camps and ghettos varied enormously in their mission, organization and size, depending on the Nazis’ needs, the researchers have found.

The biggest site identified is the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, which held about 500,000 people at its height. But as few as a dozen prisoners worked at one of the smallest camps, the München-Schwabing site in Germany. Small groups of prisoners were sent there from the Dachau concentration camp under armed guard. They were reportedly whipped and ordered to do manual labor at the home of a fervent Nazi patron known as “Sister Pia,” cleaning her house, tending her garden and even building children’s toys for her.

When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500.

The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers.

In Berlin alone, researchers have documented some 3,000 camps and so-called Jew houses, while Hamburg held 1,300 sites.

Dr. Dean, a co-researcher, said the findings left no doubt in his mind that many German citizens, despite the frequent claims of ignorance after the war, must have known about the widespread existence of the Nazi camps at the time.

“You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps,” he said. “They were everywhere.”

Eric Lichtblau is a reporter for The New York Times in Washington and a visiting fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/sunday-review/the-holocaust-just-got-more-shocking.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

” … Davis gained international notoriety in January 2011 when he was arrested in Pakistan for killing two men he said were trying to rob him. Davis was freed two months later after the victims’ families granted him a pardon in exchange for a payment of $2.3 million. … “

Former CIA contractor pleads guilty in Highlands Ranch assault

March 1, 2013

CASTLE ROCK — The former CIA contractor accused of beating up a man over a parking space pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree assault. In exchange for the guilty plea, Raymond Davis must serve two years’ probation, attend anger-management classes, pay restitution and write a letter of apology to the victim.

Jeffrey Maes, the man who said Davis assaulted him in front of his then 6- and 8-year-old daughters, made it clear to the judge he was not happy about the plea deal.

“I took my wife and two kids” to an Einstein Bros. Bagels on a Saturday morning in October 2011, and ended up in a shouting match over a parking space, Maes told District Judge Richard Caschette during the hearing Friday.

“I told him to relax. I said this is stupid and walked away and I got cold-cocked,” Maes said. “He deserves to be tried.”

Maes is suing Davis for damages in civil court.

Maes’ attorney, Larry Klayman, repeatedly asked the judge to require that Davis include specific elements in his apology letter, a request the judge denied. Deputy District Attorney Doug Bechtel characterized the request as an effort to assure the letter includes information that will bolster the civil case.

Klayman, who called Davis a “ticking time bomb,” also repeated charges that the CIA had intervened in the case.

“If the CIA could get him out of Pakistan, did the CIA lean on the DA here?” Klayman asked the judge before the sentence was imposed. “This is a major embarrassment for the CIA to have this guy come out here and beat the crap out of someone,” Klayman said.

The district attorney’s office has consistently called Klayman’s allegations “completely unfounded.”

Asked about the basis for his claims of CIA involvement, Klayman said he based his charges on “20 years of experience knowing the way things work in Washington.”

Davis gained international notoriety in January 2011 when he was arrested in Pakistan for killing two men he said were trying to rob him. Davis was freed two months later after the victims’ families granted him a pardon in exchange for a payment of $2.3 million. The arrangement was made under an Islamic provision that allows “blood money” to be paid in lieu of punishment.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later said the money was not paid by the U.S. government.

Davis, who originally was charged with second-degree assault, a felony that could have carried a sentence of up to 16 years, said little during the hearing. Afterward, his wife, Rebecca, told reporters the incident has made life awful for her family and nearly wrecked them financially.

She said she was proud of her husband, who now works as a firearms instructor, for standing up for himself. “We didn’t do anything wrong. We don’t have anything to apologize for,” she said.

http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_22699781