SAFE, hah!

Jandy Relay Board - Jandy 3652

I don’t think any of us are safe, in this digital age. I mean, I’m sick of all the scare ads, for home security alarms, “lifelock” and others, Can Lifelock be hacked? Probably. And they say protect your social security number. Why? If it, your number is stolen, Social Security won’t give you a new number like a credit card. I’ve been hacked on Facebook, email, and once at our bank from a check we wrote a grocery store. I lost my wallet last year. It’s my own fault. I was in a rush. Pretty sure it was never picked up from where I last had it, at Savemart parking lot. I think it was dropped from my vehicle on HWY 99 between Fresno and Visalia. It had my Medicare cards. The Social Security number IS your medicare number. I canceled all gas cards, bank accounts, and one credit card. It was a mess. But there was nothing to do about the Medicare card.
So, as I thought about it, That number is on all my medical stuff, at several doctors offices, hospital medical records, medical lab locations. Are all the medical employees bonded hires? If any medical worker, office staff, is in financial trouble, can they sell social security numbers that have come across their desks? Plus, there is the HIPPA laws that insured medical privacy, but now, because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, that information has to be sent to the government. Government data bases have been hacked. You have no electronic privacy.
There’s more. Later.

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
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NSA and Nagging Pieces

History -Gehlen memoirs cover

It may possibly go away sometime, but one has to wonder. As I wrote in June about NSA and the UK, James Bamford gave a tremendous history of our connection with the UK since and in spite of our gaining independence. They have remained our steadfast ally on the globe. The 2oth century clandestine connections are detailed in particular. Then the “Cold War” connections in late 40s and 1950s were written about. Here is where it is surprising that the modern press did not explain more after the latest Snowden affair. A little more knowledge in their stories might have been better served. The deeper questions of Snowden’s employer and contract status with NSA would have shed light on the treason versus hero buzz about Snowden himself.
One such comment, repeated by several news pieces verbatim, was “how does a twenty-seven year old have that sort of classified knowledge.” It was remarkable ignorance by those sources, to me, considering that eighteen year old communications enlisted men in various military departments have classified clearances, as do other young military personnel, from all branches, who work at NSA directly.
I came across, by accident, an edition of WIRED magazine of April 2012. In it is a detailed article Inside the Matrix by contributor James Bamford – [washwriter@gmail.com] – about the massive Utah desert NSA complex, that was recently reported on since the Snowden news broke. Why didn’t that create more of a stir? The data collection was detailed in that article. This is totally amazing, as it was out there.
Too, in English speaking German news, carried by DW network, Deutsche Well, carried on the Catholic channel in our area [7:00 PM Pacific Time], questioned the NSA damage and linking Germany to the NSA and questioning German involvement. That was on one broadcast, maybe two, since then it has been dropped as a subject. Our other allies, like Germany, the USA does share intelligence data. With Germany, it was the Cold War and post WW II use of a German Army – Wehrmacht – intelligence organization. I am holding in my hand a hardbound edition of The Service, the memoirs of General Rheinhardt Gehlen. This is a World Publishing imprint of Times Mirror, New York, 1972. It is a fascinating read on every level, about the use of human assets in Europe and Germany and the eastern block nations. Gehlen was the West’s and CIA’s German counterpart. Gelan’s expertise was the German eastern front against the Russian/Soviets during the war. Gehlen used what remaining assets he had after the war as well as building a new network.
What is also brought to light is the differing views between electronic intelligence gathering compared to using human sources in the field. Our US Air Force controlled, does control, our satellite surveillance system. The budget and costs for all of that is completely blocked from publication. But, that is another subject.
Don’t our journalists know anything? No wonder the networks are losing audience share.
Timothy J. Desmond
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UK and NSA

This headline news on AT&T & Yahoo online is remarkable as an example of “ignorance of corporate history.” Actually it is ignorance of any history. Why this was deemed such a news-breaking story is what is astounding. If one had read THE PUZZLE PALACE in the mid 1980s, it explains a lot of the connection of the UK to the USA ever since the revolution and in spite of War of 1812. We have always been allies and ever more so in the clandestine world of global intelligence from the cold war era to the present. The history of the NSA is given in detail in that publication also. The author made all the rounds on the talk shows of that era. For the news piece referenced today, go to:
http://news.yahoo.com/british-spy-agency-taps-cables-shares-nsa-guardian-181011320.html
Timothy J. Desmond
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Conspiracy – again?

Art - cover The Doc
This book cover will no longer be able to be used, as the contract for the e-book has been terminated. If some of you, fans, had tried recently to buy it on Amazon, from either my author page or from Amazon books, it is no longer there. That is because the ebook was the publisher’s property. I am not supposed to use the cover for promotion as the cover art is the publisher’s property. I understand that the the publisher even “owns” the edited version, even though I have it copyrighted in my name. That’s not a huge problem as I can re-edit it myself. Am currently seeking a print publisher. The Doc story may be available, again, soon, with a different title and in an edited version.
And that brings up the conspiracy thriller premise of the story. The questions still persist, I suppose, in the somewhat current news of the day. Regarding acts, actions, operations, hacking private personal accounts and data systems, NSA business, security v. privacy …..
If it’s true, is it a conspiracy?
If it’s legal, is it a conspiracy?
If government does it, is it a conspiracy?

Timothy J. Desmond
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