Boeing loses Brazilian defense contract to Saab over NSA spying

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US high-tech companies, already suffering in a fantasy economy propped up by Keynesian stimulus and undermined by outsourcing, international trade agreements and automation, are now really feeling the heat from the blowback of slow-creep Snowden revelations.  Nobody wants a backdoored Cisco router or Microsoft operating system.  It’s so bad that DARPA/NSA darlings like Google and Facebook are rebelling against their benefactors in protest, if only in a superficial theatrical motion to save face for full complicity in all of this.

Now, the lucrative “Lord of War” defense sector, specializing in selling weapons to tinpot dictators worldwide to oppress their populaces and squabble over precious resources at the behest of the bankster cabals, are getting a taste of NSA blowback.  Zerohedge reports that Brazil is canceling a 4 billion US$ contract for fighter jets and instead going with Swedish SAAB for their flying pointy sticks:

Brazil awarded a $4.5 billion contract to Saab AB on Wednesday to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, a surprise coup for the Swedish company after news of U.S. spying on Brazilians helped derail Boeing’s chances for the deal.

Aside from the cost of the jets themselves, the agreement is expected to generate billions of additional dollars in future supply and service contracts.

The timing of the announcement, after more than a decade of off-and-on negotiations, appeared to catch the companies involved by surprise.

Until earlier this year, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet had been considered the front runner. But revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency in Brazil, including personal communication by Rousseff, led Brazil to believe it could not trust a U.S. company.

“The NSA problem ruined it for the Americans,” a Brazilian government source said on condition of anonymity.

A U.S. source close to the negotiations said that whatever intelligence the spying had delivered for the American government was unlikely to outweigh the commercial cost of the revelations.

“Was that worth 4 billion dollars?” the source asked.

“We are a peaceful country, but we won’t be defenseless,” Rousseff said on Wednesday at a lunch with senior officials from Brazil’s military, where she said the announcement was forthcoming. “A country the size of Brazil must always be ready to protect its citizens, patrimony and sovereignty.”

You all are surprised?  NSA, your retribution is just starting.  Thanks for destroying the last lynchpin of US voodoo economics, the backer of international petrodollars (AKA Federal Reserve Notes) known as the military-industrial complex.



“Meet Me at Your Riser” by Deborah Natsios

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Cartome virtuoso Natsios produced this visualization of NSA “meet-me rooms” where telcos/ISPs and the NSA meet to split fiber optic beams for not so great justice.

Run, Nick, Run.

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Ryan Gallagher at the Guardian talks about RIOT, a sort of social network Fusion Center.  No surprises here.

Just in case we need to send a drone after you.


Smart meters spying on us?

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I just assume so. Jacque Fresco at Hang the Bankers reports on the language used in the privacy policy consent form for when Australian customers of Origin Energy sign up for detailed reports on their energy usage.

I realize it’s the norm for legalese consent forms to cover all the bases just in case, especially in litigation-happy USA, but since Trapwire exists, I think it’s a given smart meter data will be used concurrently with citizen spying.

Electricity customers, who sign up for an online service that provides the account holder with detailed information about their electricity usage, are unwillingly agreeing to share their private information with third parties.

A 496 word Privacy/Consent policy form explicitly states that customers who wish to sign up for the service that provides them with information about their electricity usage, must agree that the following organisations have access to their private data:

Government authorities
Electricity installers
Mail houses
Data processing analysts
IT service providers
Smart energy technology providers
Debt collection agencies
Credit reporting agencies

You know, just in case. It’s unclear still whether that consent form is presented to customers as they sign up or if they just stuck it up on their (Origin’s) website just to be able to say that the information was available to customers doing their due diligence. Either way, it’s too sneaky.

I talked a bit about smart meters and linked probably the best video presentation I’ve seen about the dangers of smart meters in a recent post. The presenter sticks to the facts, which alone are disturbing in and of themselves.

Update 30 Sep 2012:

I ran across the website of Texans United Against Smart Meters so if you’re in Texas or even just curious about what the heck a smart meter is, check them out.

TSA to allow taser bracelets for airline passengers, says Ventura

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I just watched an RT episode (Abby’s show, forget what she calls it) with Jesse Ventura on and Ventura says that the episode of “Conspiracy Theory” that won’t be allowed to air this fall (1st episode to air 07 Nov 2012 on TruTV) talks about bracelets that passengers can use to bypass the checkpoints. The bracelets have whatever data pleases the Gestapo TSA to allow you to pass through. The kicker is that they can apparently disable you similar to a taser through the bracelet if necessary.


Cell phone use and cancer

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Sheryl Crow is in the news about her claim that cellphone use caused her brain tumor.

I just wanted to add to this that my friend Kim in Arkansas had to get a giant tumor removed from her inner ear area. It was determined that the mobile car phone she was using, one of the early ones from the late 1980s/early 1990s where you’d have to have an antenna on your car, emitted so much electromagnetic radiation that it was basically like microwaving her ear whenever she’d talk.

A research scientist I worked for had trouble with fertility. Notwithstanding BPA and other sources of xenoestrogens, he would go up frequently in planes with many instruments that received and transmitted all manner of EM radiation for analyzing weather phenomena. I was thinking about that one day, fearful that I would not be able to have children, and my gut was like, duh, his balls were getting constantly fried.

That’s my .0000000000005 % of a toz of Au on the matter. I try to use the speaker on my government slave tracking and monitoring device cell phone when at all possible and I really should get a Bluetooth headset as well.  Fortunately I’m not a gabby type and use it maybe once a day.  The EM radiation from smart meters bothers me a lot more:

What’s also troubling are the illegal trespassers from power companies that put these smart meters on with no consent whatsoever.  Good luck with that in most of Texas.

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ioerror ftw! See also the Tor project’s presentation at CCC last year:


The truth is like a bullet that pierces through the armor of charlatans. – Jacob Applebaum

The Grey Enigma

Earlier this year in Wired, writer and intelligence expert James Bamford described the National Security Agency’s plans for the Utah Data Center. A nondescript name, but it has another: the First Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center. The $2 billion facility, scheduled to open in September 2013, will be used to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store the agency’s intercepted communications—everything from emails, cell phone calls, Google searches, and Tweets, to retail transactions. How will all this data be stored? Imagine, if you can, 100,000 square-feet filled with row upon row of servers, stacked neatly on racks. Bamford projects that its processing-capacity may aspire to yottabytes, or 1024 bytes, and for which no neologism of higher magnitude has yet been coined.

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