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All Eyes On Indian NSA’s China Visit Amid Dokalam Standoff

India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is to visit China this week for a meeting with his counterparts from Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) emerging economies but all eyes are focussed on the trip because of the military standoff between India and China in Dokalam.

Read Here – Mint

War On Internet Security

The Five Eyes alliance — the secret services of Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States — pursue a clear goal: removing the encryption of others on the Internet wherever possible. In 2013, the NSA had a budget of more than $10 billion. According to the US intelligence budget for 2013, the money allocated for the NSA department called Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (CES) alone was $34.3 million.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

India Has Little Use For The United States

India offers America nothing of concrete strategic value that Washington cannot, currently, live without. Not only does it balk at an alliance of any kind, its political and intellectual elites are wedded still to nonalignment, that antediluvian credo from the years of the Cold War.

Read Here – Daily Beast

Secrets vs Secrecy: A Government’s Conundrum

As we have become safer, we have, in that very human way, increasingly begrudged the means of our safety. The intellectual and political pendulum has swung against national-security agencies—indeed, against the basic requirements of an effective executive branch, which are the same today as when Alexander Hamilton outlined them in “Federalist No. 70” in 1788: “decision, activity, secrecy, and dispatch.” 

Read Here – The Atlantic

Are You Bugging My Phone?

The furore over the scale of American mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden shifted to an incendiary new level when Angela Merkel of Germany called Barack Obama to demand explanations over reports that the US National Security Agency was monitoring her mobile phone.

Read Here – The Guardian

India And It’s PRISM Pains

The public assertions made by Indian and American officials that no content was taken from India’s internet and telephone networks by U.S.’s National Security Agency (NSA) and that the American surveillance programs just looked at “patterns of communication” as a counter-terrorism measure are far from the truth, if not outright misleading, writes The Hindu.

Read Here – The Hindu

On Cyber Threat, It’s Same, Same

The issue is whether such accusations of Chinese cyber intrusions, which Beijing considers unsubstantiated, are disingenuous because of charges the United States also has conducted cyber activities of its own, such as Stuxnet.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Senseless Spying

European security officials had finally gained the upper hand over privacy advocates when it came to intelligence sharing with the United States. But after revelations of the NSA‘s expansive European spying program, the pendulum is about to swing the other way.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Snowden: Whistleblower Or A Traitor?

There is no doubt that Mr. Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who has leaked voluminous documents about U.S. programs to monitor communications, has damaged the United States, but not in the ways that he had anticipated.

Read Here – Japan Times

European Fury Over U.S. Spying Charges

Germany‘s Federal Prosecutors’ Office confirmed to SPIEGEL on Sunday that it is looking into whether systematic data spying against the country conducted by America’s National Security Agency violated laws aimed at protecting German citizens.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

America’s National Security Agency (NSA) is apparently spying on Germany more than previously believed. Secret documents from the US intelligence service, which have been viewed by SPIEGEL journalists, reveal that the NSA systematically monitors and stores a large share of the country’s telephone and Internet connection data.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

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