NY Times Releases Latest on NSA Spying re Social Connections in Print Edition [video]

I’m not liking what I’m hearing at all. They have created profiles of everyone, everything we do, everywhere, with whom, and when. And I mean ‘US’—not criminals or terrorism suspects. Everyday, average, honest citizens of the USA. Completely unconstitutional—but of course all in the name of ‘national security’. It sounds like much of the data is compliments of the beloved cell phone and smart phone. Too smart for our own good.

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency
testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Documents on N.S.A. Efforts to Diagram Social Networks of U.S. Citizens

This slide from an N.S.A. PowerPoint presentation shows one of the ways the agency uses e-mail and phone data to analyze the relationships of foreign intelligence targets.

The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an N.S.A. memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness” of every e-mail address, phone number or other identifier, the document said. Because of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for foreigners.

The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners.

N.S.A. officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest.

The new disclosures add to the growing body of knowledge in recent months about the N.S.A.’s access to and use of private information concerning Americans, prompting lawmakers in Washington to call for reining in the agency and President Obama to order an examination of its surveillance policies. Almost everything about the agency’s operations is hidden, and the decision to revise the limits concerning Americans was made in secret, without review by the nation’s intelligence court or any public debate. As far back as 2006, a Justice Department memo warned of the potential for the “misuse” of such information without adequate safeguards.

An agency spokeswoman, asked about the analyses of Americans’ data, said, “All data queries must include a foreign intelligence justification, period.”

“All of N.S.A.’s work has a foreign intelligence purpose,” the spokeswoman added. “Our activities are centered on counterterrorism, counterproliferation and cybersecurity.”

The legal underpinning of the policy change, she said, was a 1979 Supreme Court ruling that Americans could have no expectation of privacy about what numbers they had called. Based on that ruling, the Justice Department and the Pentagon decided that it was permissible to create contact chains using Americans’ “metadata,” which includes the timing, location and other details of calls and e-mails, but not their content. The agency is not required to seek warrants for the analyses from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

N.S.A. officials declined to identify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, and the documents provided by Mr. Snowden do not specify them. The agency did say that the large database of Americans’ domestic phone call records, which was revealed by Mr. Snowden in June and caused bipartisan alarm in Washington, was excluded. (N.S.A. officials have previously acknowledged that the agency has done limited analysis in that database, collected under provisions of the Patriot Act, exclusively for people who might be linked to terrorism suspects.)

But the agency has multiple collection programs and databases, the former officials said, adding that the social networking analyses relied on both domestic and international metadata. They spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the information was classified.

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Undersea Pyramid Discovered in the Azores

Thanks, Richard.

They keep popping up, don’t they? Just as predicted.

An Undersea Pyramid has Just Been Discovered in the Azores

An Undersea Pyramid has just been discovered in the Azores archipelago! Heavy Synchronicity with AM47!!

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Image collected by discoverer Diocleciano Silva using GPS technology.

On 19 SEP 2013, a Subaquatic Pyramidal Structure was identified at a depth of 40 meters off the coast of Terceira Island, Azores. The perfectly squared structure was sighted by a private yacht owner, Diocleciano Silva, during a recreational trip.

Mt. Pico, the tallest point in the Atlantic Ocean

The pyramid is estimated to be approximately 60 meters high, the enigmatic structure was recorded through CPS digital technology. “The pyramid is perfectly shaped and apparently oriented by the cardinal directions,” Silva told Diário Insular, the local newspaper.

Within the past 2 years, archeologists from the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA) have identified archeological evidence on the Azorean archipelago that supports their belief that human occupation of the Azores predates the arrival of the Portuguese by many thousands of years, possibly even of a Carthaginian or even Atlantean civilization!

Project AM47 has been writing to this effect since 2007, with the Azores being the Point of Alchemical EARTH in a globally psycho-cosmic structure of sacred geometry… and now it’s a reality!!

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Don’t be taken in by fakes circulating on the Internet… from Graham Hancock:

Azores submerged “Pyramid” – Warning not to be duped by irresponsible photoshopped image currently doing the rounds on the internet. At least 10 well meaning folk every day send me links like this:

http://www.educateinspirechange.org/2014/02/huge-underwater-pyramid-discovered-near-portugal-navy-investigating.html

Or this:

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/01/huge-underwater-pyramid-discovered-near-portugal-navy-investigating.html

Or this:

http://wearechange.org/huge-underwater-pyramid-discovered-near-portugal-navy-investigating/

In the hope of making things clear to as many as possible I thought I would send my comments out to the full list:

I have been following the Azores pyramid story for some time and reported it here last year. The picture in the reports linked above is, of course, a photoshopped artefact using the Giza pyramids and overlaid with an underwater scene. It is, in my humble opinion, highly irresponsible of any website to use this image without making it clear that it is a photoshopped fantasy, and not anything real. That being said, however, there IS an anomalous structure underwater off the Azores, so far only identified by sonar. The Portuguese navy have dismissed it as a ‘seamount’ on the basis of some old sonar readings of their own in the area, but they have not gone to the site to investigate exactly what was identified there in 2013. As far as I’m concerned the case is still open and I hope to take a look later this year.

Thank you, Graham, for that caution.

If this sort of revelation intrigues you, I encourage you to have a look at a website that outlines submerged ruins, cities, forests, pyramids, roads, walls and other signs of early civilizations at Drowned Cities. I found it riveting and had no idea there had been so many discoveries in so many areas of the planet.

NASA Releases Stunning Image of Giant ‘Solar Whip’ as Sun Heads for 11-Year Solar Maximum

Look out! Nasa releases stunning image of giant 'solar whip' as sun heads for 11 year solar maximum

Many people are saying the sun is much brighter now than it used to be; that it’s white rather than yellow. I can’t even look at the sun any more full on. It’s blindingly brilliant, and no longer a round yellow circle. It’s now a hazy, pulsing white patch in the sky—at least in Arizona. No worries, though. It won’t do anything that will hurt us. Quite the contrary. It’s bringing extremely powerful energies that are key to our conscious and physical evolution. The photos of solar activity we get from NASA cameras are spectacular, aren’t they?

NASA has revealed an astonishing image of a giant solar ‘whip’ on the surface of the sun captured as a solar flare erupted.

The amazing image, captured on May 3rd, shows a solar prominence, a loop of red hot plasma which remains attached to the sun, and appeared just as a solar flare was subsiding.

Experts say it is another sign the sun is ‘waking up’ as it approaches its 11 year solar maximum, which is due later this year.

WHAT IS A SOLAR PROMINENCE ?

A solar prominence is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun’s surface.

A prominence forms over timescales of about a day, and the red-glowing looped material is plasma, a hot gas comprised of electrically charged hydrogen and helium.

An erupting prominence occurs when such a structure becomes unstable and bursts outward, releasing the plasma.

The loop was created as the sun shot out a solar flare towards Earth.

This flare is classified as an M5.7-class flare.

M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space weather effects near Earth.

Increased numbers of flares are quite common at the moment, as the sun’s normal 11-year activity cycle is ramping up toward solar maximum, which is expected in late 2013, NASA said.

‘Increased numbers of flares are quite common at the moment, since the sun’s normal 11-year cycle is ramping up toward solar maximum, which is expected in late 2013,’ NASA has said.

Humans have tracked this solar cycle continuously since it was discovered, and it is normal for there to be many flares a day during the sun’s peak activity, NASA said.

It claims the danger form the flare shown here has already passed.

This image combines three images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on May 3

The solar prominence is clearly visible on this full disc image of the sun captured by NASA’s SDO spacecraft.

‘Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

‘Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

‘This disrupts the radio signals for as long as the flare is ongoing, and the radio blackout for this flare has already subsided.’

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

This disrupts the radio signals for as long as the flare is ongoing, anywhere from minutes to hours.

This image shows light in the 131-angstrom wavelength

This image shows light in the 131-angstrom wavelength, a wavelength of light that can show material at the very hot temperatures of a solar flare and that is typically colorized in teal.

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