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NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

For those of you who don’t know, certain forms of analysis require the usage of random number generators. A basic example of this can be found in even in the most widespread of programs like Microsoft Excel.

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has discovered weaknesses in a number generating algorithm, and it is essentially blaming the NSA for creating backdoors to these generators. Randomness is crucial for different types of analysis/modeling. If your numbers are not random, it will adversely affect your analysis. Accusations like these are not new, however. NIST will no longer be using the algorithm – the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator.

Another interesting tidbit from the article:

NIST advised in September against using the DUAL_EC_DRBG module, shortly after news reports based on leaks from Edward Snowden appeared to confirm earlier suggestions dating from the algorithm’s 2006 publication that the NSA inserted a backdoor into it.

 

NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

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Watching America   :   » All Secrets of Sibel Edmonds, or: Who Manages World Terrorism?

The main accusation by Sibel Edmonds is simple: The Pentagon, CIA and State Department kept very intimate contact with al-Qaida terrorists, and are neck-deep in illegal arms and drug trafficking in Central Asia.

Translated By Axilleus Peleus

Some excerpts:

Everyone has heard of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks, and that the NSA spies on the whole world. Those people in the U.S. are called whistleblowers — people who direct the attention toward corruption in the government and destruction of democracy. But a very small number of people — at least here — know about Sibel Edmonds, former translator for the FBI whose book “Classified Woman — The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir” drew attention of several newspapers, like The Sunday Times. These well-known English newspapers tried to release some facts in 2008 that she wrote about, but the U.S. government, through its embassy in London, applied enormous pressure toward this newspaper not to publish information relevant to (of course) “American safety.”

Another:

She spoke openly about [the connections between the US government and Al-Qaida] in her 2013 interview with Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, a writer on geopolitics and expert on environment and energy. She pointed out that Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had numerous meetings with U.S. military and intelligence activists from 1997 to 2001 in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, to discuss the goals of an operation called “Gladio B.” According to her statements, al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s family members and other leading Mujahidin figures were transported by NATO airplanes throughout the “hot spots” in Central Asia and the Balkans with the goal of supporting the Pentagon’s destabilization acts. If, according to Edmonds, this is “Gladio B,” what is then “Gladio A”?

Finally:

Edmonds didn’t discuss assumptions on what “Gladio B” is for, bur Dr. Nazif Ahmed was clear: The goal of this operation is influence over countries of the former USSR, seizure of strategic energy and mineral resources, prevention of Russian and Chinese influence in the region, and an increase in profit from the illegal trade in arms and drugs. Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on terrorist financing, points to the fact that the profits from these “fair transactions” in the United States and Europe is $1.5 trillion a year; that is a very important source of income for the stalled economy of the West. Sibel Edmonds pointed to the fact that shortly after the American occupation of Afghanistan, the production of opium was immediately renewed. In one of her interviews she said: “I know for a fact that NATO planes routinely shipped heroin to Belgium, where they then made their way into Europe and to the U.K. They also shipped heroin to distribution centers in Chicago and New Jersey.” The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration found that many senior officials of the Pentagon, CIA and State Department were involved in this trade. Of course, nothing about that was published.

Source.

TL;DR: The CIA, Pentagon, and State Department has had ties to Al Qaeda since before 9/11 and participates in a trillion dollar illegal arms/drug trade to fund its covert programs  This article also briefly touches upon the rarely-mentioned CIA influence in fascist and nationalist regimes: “These death squads, intended for liquidation of the leftists as potential Soviet allies, were made of nationalists and fascists who offered their services to the Anglo-American winners after the war.” We can see these on the rise in Ukraine and in Golden Dawn in Greece.

Watching America   :   » All Secrets of Sibel Edmonds, or: Who Manages World Terrorism?

Edward Snowden’s testimony to the European Parliament (PDF)

American intelligence defector Edward Snowden has sent a 12-page document to the European Parliament, in which he answers questions posed to him by several members. In the document he maintains that he has “no relationship” with China and Russia. In response to a question on whether he was approached by the Russian intelligence services, he responds “of course”, and continues: “Even the secret service of Andorra would have approached me, if they had had the chance: that’s their job. But I didn’t take any documents with me from Hong Kong, and while I’m sure they were disappointed, it doesn’t take long for an intelligence service to realize when they’re out of luck”.

Secondary Source.

Edward Snowden’s testimony to the European Parliament (PDF)

Al Qaeda Announces New English-Language Terror Magazine – NBC News

Apparently, “The CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Well, of course they wouldn’t.

Al Qaeda Announces New English-Language Terror Magazine – NBC News

Rift between US Congress and CIA biggest in 40 years, say observers

Rift between US Congress and CIA biggest in 40 years, say observers

CIA probes Senate staff monitoring

The United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Senate aides removing documents from CIA headquarters that they reportedly “weren’t authorized to have”. It turns out, however, that the CIA found this out because they were secretly spying on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and their staff who were working on a high-profile report on CIA torture of detainees. What is more, Democratic Senator Mark Udall has claimed US President Barack Obama knew of the CIA’s secret monitoring of the Committee.

Secondary source.

CIA probes Senate staff monitoring

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