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British MOD Issued DA-notice on Snowden [Update]

by Oui Sun Aug 25th, 2013 at 04:14:23 PM EST

The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) issued a secret DA-notice on June 7, 2013 on the Snowden leaks.

Defence Ministry Warns Against Leaks on Joint US-Brit Spying

(AND Magazine) - A British Defense Ministry press advisory committee, reacting to a flurry of revelations in the American press about massive warrantless US government electronic surveillance programs, quietly warned UK organizations not to publish British national security information.

Defiance of the advisory could make British journalists vulnerable to prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.

The June 7 "DA-Notice," or Defence Advisory Notice, which was itself confidential, accepted that the U.S. National Security Agency was sharing information gleaned from the surveillance programs with its British counterparts, and said UK intelligence organizations were worried about revelations of their own roles in the programs.

    DA-Notice, June 7, 2013

    Private and Confidential: Not for publication, broadcast or use on social media.

    Defence Advisory Notice

    There have been a number of articles recently in connection with some of the ways in which the UK Intelligence Services obtain information from foreign sources.

    Although none of these recent articles has contravened any of the guidelines contained within the Defence Advisory Notice System, the intelligence services are concerned that further developments of this same theme may begin to jeopardize both national security and possibly UK personnel...

It warned British media not to publish information on "specific covert operations, sources and methods of the security services, SIS and GCHQ [the NSA's British counterpart], Defence Intelligence Units, Special Forces and those involved with them, the application of those methods, including the interception of communications and their targets; the same applies to those engaged on counter-terrorist operations."

British news organizations are concerned about the tenor of the advance warning.  

Secrecy across the pond

(Reporters Committee) Fall 2006 - In November 2005, Britain's attorney general threatened British newspapers with prosecution if they published the contents of conversation between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussing their disagreements about the Iraq war.

They used the threat of the Official Secrets Act, a World War I-era British law that prohibits disclosing government information without "lawful authority."

The Blair government had never before used prosecution as a tool to persuade editors to halt publication, although it had obtained court orders preventing the publication of sensitive documents regarding the Iraq war.

Throughout the history of the Official Secrets Act, the British government has used the act to charge reporters with crimes, prevent important stories from being published or broadcast, and punish government officials who leak to news organizations.

The law is aimed less at journalists than at their sources. But experts such as Alistair Bonnington, a Scottish media lawyer with BBC Scotland, say that when authorities use the law to threaten editors or silence sources, it prevents the dissemination of information. "Any time the act is used, it has a chilling effect."

A twin diary posted across the big pond - NSL Gag Orders and the 1st Amendmant US Constitution.

Continued below the fold ...

False Flag Operation to Deliver CW in Syria

An illustration of difficulty to distinguish between evidence and forgeries searching the Internet. A strange case from December 24, 2012. Is it possible there was a DA-notice put out?

Damages for firm over Syria claims

(Independent.ie) June 26, 2013 - A British-based defence company has accepted substantial libel damages over a claim of involvement in a chemical weapons plot in Syria.

Britam Defence Limited, its business development director David Goulding and founder and chief operating officer Philip Doughty brought an action in London's High Court over an article on the Mail Online website in January this year.

Their solicitor-advocate, Adam Tudor, told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies that it focused on internal emails at Britam Defence, which the story said had been hacked from Britam's computer system and published on the internet. [statement]

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In fact, he added, the emails in question were forgeries. They were not written or sent by the claimants - or by anyone at Britam or associated with them - and the illegal hacking of the company's website remained the subject of a criminal investigation. "The claimants had no involvement in any chemical weapons plot and would never contemplate becoming involved in the heinous activities which were the subject of the article."

Mr Tudor said that Associated Newspapers had agreed to pay substantial damages together with legal costs.

Source: Cyber Wars leaked emails

See my diary on the preparation of the US Armed Forces to strike the Assad regime following the Kosovo scenario and the R2P principle: can't wait for an International Forum like the United Nations Security Council. The White House has discussed at the highest levels the military options available. Undoubtedly has Obama's "humanitarian hawk" Susan Rice voiced her opinion. US CENTCOM is fully prepared and has discussed the military stategy with close allies Israel, Turkey, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Most likely military strategy: covert action by Special Forces from Israel, Turkey and US to seize or destroy the depots with chemical agents; US and some NATO partners like UK and France will launch Tomahawk cruise missiles to take out military and intelligence sites; attempt to assassinate Assad and close advisors (identical strategy as Saddam in Baghdad strike) and perhaps launch B1 bombardment of the known zones occupied by Al Nusra and affiliated Al Qaeda militants. A just balance, everybody gets hit. The aftermath ... looking for retired generals a la Grainer and similar assets Paul Bremer. The US does have a FOB Emirates, always handy.

US Has 'Moral Obligation' to Destroy Syria (Assad)

[Update] Note: Asked why I added these comments to the diary. Just in the past 24 hours, the media and some bloggers are analysing the propaganda put forth by the Obama administration. The thought of a possible false flag operation can not be discounted.

NSA cracked the encryption code protecting United Nations

(RT) - The US National Security Agency (NSA) successfully cracked the encryption code protecting the United Nations' internal videoconferencing system, according to documents seen by Germany's Der Spiegel.

The publication reported on Sunday that the electronic breaching of the UN, which is headquartered in New York, occurred in the summer of 2012. Within three weeks of initially gaining access to the UN system, the NSA had increased the number of such decrypted communications from 12 to 458.

On one occasion, according to the report, while the Americans were attempting to break into UN communications, they discovered the Chinese were attempting to crack the encryption code as well.

In February, a US cyber security company said it had traced "hundreds of data breaches since 2004" to a Chinese military unit in Shanghai. Chinese authorities rejected the claims.

Der Spiegel`s report continued from earlier revelations about the NSA spying on EU institutions, explaining that the US agency gained access to the virtual private network (VPN) used by the EU's embassies in the United States.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 25th, 2013 at 05:44:35 PM EST
A discussion about NSA spying Greenwald in BooMan's fp story - Is This What It Has Come To?.

From your linked article ...

The long toes of Jeffrey Toobin:

    "'Nuremberg', as you surely know, means one thing in this country: Nazis. You attempt the subtle distinction that the Nuremberg principle was only established after World War II."
The precedent set under Nuremberg Principle IV which states:
    "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."
Principle IV came about before the end of World War II, when the Allies suspected such a defense might be employed, and issued the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal (IMT), which specifically stated that following an unlawful order is not a valid defense against charges of war crimes.    [source Wikipedia Superior Orders]

As a CNN legal expert, mr. Toobin you failed. The principle of conscience was established at Nuremberg, that's why it's stated as a precedent set in 1945. That's why the US Armed Forces have failed from My Lai through Abu Ghraib/Bagram/Haditha/Fallujah and that particular video released through Wikileaks by Manning. The world would be a better place without the bs of a Bob Cesca and Jeffrey Toobin. I too believe in today's world invocating comparisons to Hitler, Nazis or Holocaust are grotesque and misplaced. Many bloggers have argumented the US as we knew it, doesn't exist anymore. Yes, our government and it's leadership do show fascist tendencies, part of a global move towards awareness of its own identity and nationalism.

So Snowden did not call anyone a Nazi mr. Toobin, although if I were in your shoes I would feel a bit uncomfortable - my diary - Toobin, CNN's Shill for the Establishment/NSA.

Link to YouTube video - Collateral Murder - Wikileaks - Iraq.

Manning defense wins round on WikiLeaks helicopter video - June 27, 2013

FORT MEADE, MD. -- Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning can offer evidence contradicting the government's assertion that he revealed classified information in a leaked battlefield video from Iraq. The prosecutors presented an assessment from a Pentagon official that the video revealed military tactics, techniques and procedures.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 25th, 2013 at 05:53:50 PM EST
Concerning the Britam e-mail (apparently inspired or propagated by Alex Jones), there's some discussion here in the open thread.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Aug 26th, 2013 at 03:51:30 AM EST
I needed to be careful because of the lawsuit filed against the Associated Newspapers Ltd. at the High Court in London. The source of the email is a hacker group in Germany who participated in the Stratfor heist and hacked the Britam Defence Ltd. server located in Malaysia. I added the original source in the last sentence of the post: Source: Cyber Wars leaked emails. Someone must dig a bit deeper ...

That's the reason I started the post with a question: "Was the "Daily Mail article a security breach because of a DA-notice?"

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 26th, 2013 at 12:35:05 PM EST
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Israeli intelligence: "poison gas missile by Syrian government forces" [German]

(Focus Online) - According to the findings of Israeli intelligence community, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the gas attack in Damascus.  One unit of the Military Intelligence Service Amam, which specializes in wireless spy "Unit 8200", controlled at the time of the gas attack, the communication of the Syrian army.  A former Mossad officer told FOCUS, the analysis has clearly shown that the bombardment with poison gas missiles was made by Syrian government forces.

Israel's Peres : 'Time has come for a joint efforts to remove all chemical weapons from Syria'

My recent analysis - Rice and Kerry: War Inside the White House Aug. 8, 2013

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 27th, 2013 at 07:44:32 AM EST
So Obama is using German intelligence (BND) and from ally Israel. I lack words to express my deep disappointmant in the Obama presidency on foreign policy. A total failure, instead of dialogue it's bomb, bomb, bombs away. Bombing won't define the next government as a secular democracy in Syria, it will be a failed state.

Declassified Documents and Key Participants Show the Importance of Phony Intelligence in the Origins of the Iraq War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 27th, 2013 at 07:53:16 AM EST
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Why less credible than the utter political bs and propaganda coming from Obama, Hague, Fabius and Erdogan. You noticed I didn't say John Kerry, he has worked tirelessly for a comprehesive solution to ME problems.

Russian analysis indicates Syrian rebels used crude sarin gas in Aleppo

(RT.com) July 3, 2013 - Russia's UN envoy has handed over evidence to the United Nations which indicates Syrian rebels used sarin gas in an attack in March. The envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said Russian experts had been to the scene of the attack near Aleppo and had gathered firsthand evidence.

Churkin told reporters the Russian inquiry had "established" that rebel forces had fired a Bashar 3 missile at the town, killing 26 people including 16 troops. "The results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in Khan al-Assal was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sarin." Churkin added that he had just handed over that report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Britain, France and the United States say they have handed over evidence to UN experts that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used chemical weapons in the 26-month-old conflict.

The United States, however, contested the claim that Syrian opposition fighters had used sarin at any time during the two-year civil war. "We have yet to see any evidence that backs up the assertion that anybody besides the Syrian government has had the ability to use chemical weapons or has used chemical weapons" in the war.

Russia hands over report on sarin gas to UN's Ban Ki-moon

Syrian rebels seize army weapons cache north of Damascus

(Al Jazeera) Aug. 3. 2013 - Syrian rebels have captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats. Video footage of the raid showed delighted rebel fighters carrying out boxes of weapons from the arms cache in Denha, near the town of Yabroud, following an overnight attack.

Link to YouTube video - Syria Rebels Capture Assad Ammo Depot - Grab Anti-Tank Concourse Missiles.

Syrian Rebels Execute 51 Soldiers And Possible Civilians in Khan al-Assal | Syria News

[Al-Nusra Front] Takfiri extremists in Syria's insurgency killed 150 soldiers in a battle for control of an Aleppo suburb, including 51 who were executed after they had surrendered. The killings took place in Khan al-Assal, the town near Aleppo that both President Assad and the political opposition claim was the site of a deadly chemical weapons attack on March 19.

Photograph emerges of aftermath of rocket barrage 'fired by rebels' near Aleppo in March

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 27th, 2013 at 07:51:56 AM EST
Excellent analysis by Richard Silverstein @Tikun Olam. We've not always seen eye to eye, even got a warning he considerd me 'suspect' [ :-) ], nevertheless ...  

German Report That Israel's NSA Affirms Syria Government Responsibility for Chemical Attacks

(Tikun Olam) - On Focus` bona fides: a German Twitter follower responded to my question about its editorial affiliation that it is "right-wing, neo-liberal, and superficial."  Given that, I think we have to exercise caution in crediting the story as true.

Yediot has now reported and confirmed the story as well.  It says that three senior Israeli military-intelligence officers are currently in Washington briefing their U.S. counterparts on the Unit 8200 intercepts.  The paper also claims that the primary evidence the west is using on which to base its charges of Syria government responsibility is the IDF secret intercepts.  This makes me nervous for several reasons: one, because IDF claims are notoriously unreliable.  This brings to mind the Mossad's notoriously biased "evidence" offered regularly to the IAEA to "prove" Iran's intent to develop nuclear weapons.  Two, it makes me wonder what Israel's ulterior motives may be in weighing in like this.

One reason might be to score points with the Americans by offering the fruit of Israel's most advanced surveillance technology in exposing a heinous crime that the world cannot easily overlook.  Israel's offer of this intelligence to the U.S. gets it in the U.S.' good graces as the former looks down the road to other matters in which Israel will need U.S. support, namely Iran.

An Israeli friend reminds me of this historical incident which has some parallels with today's story.  

I covered the Focus article here - Israel Chips In with War Rhetoric .

See my earlier diary how the Mossad deluded the Bush administration on the Hariri assassination. Israel just guarding its back yard, there are no limits or boundaries have far they will go at the cost of gentile dead bodies. One of the more infamous Israeli false flag operations in Egypt [Lavon Affair] in the 1950s.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 27th, 2013 at 08:00:47 AM EST
[My comment on another thread in response to Colman.]

As I have been intensely covering the Arab uprising upheaval and the Syrian civil/sectarian war writing diaries @BooMan, there are no surprises for me. Ms Clinton favored the Muslim Brothers and the axis Turkey, Qatar, Egypt (Morsi) and Libya. Ms Clinton got her wisdom from husband Bill when she ran diplomacy for him in Bosnia during the 1990's. Read about the Croation (arms) pipeline with support from Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Ms Clinton established an arms pipeline from Libya (CIA annex in Benghazi) to supply the foreign jihadists going into Northern Syria across the border from our NATO partner Turkey. Qatar made large investments to support the rebels in Libya and transported arms from Libya to the jihadists in Syria. The Al Nusra Front and affiliated Al Qaeda terror groups are well funded and armed to take over a large swath of Syria or Al-Sham for the Islamists.

Turkey's interest is transport of Kurdish oil and the economic ties with Mosul and Kirkuk. It serves the self-interest of both parties to loosen ties with Baghdad and PM Maliki, a representative of the Shia majority and a "puppet" of Iran. Syria was part of the Neocon playbook, however Obama and his advisors like Susan Rice, Samantha Power are playing the "humanitarian" card to overthrow the Assad regime. Seems like diplomacy and Kerry lost. He would be my hero if he resigned, no chance for that, so he will suffer through Obama's last three years to end his diplomatic career in failure.

Read one of my may diaries - US Will Be Ousted by Saudi King Abdullah in Middle-East.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 27th, 2013 at 02:28:20 PM EST

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