Mici coincidențe în scandalul Snowden

5 martie 2013– Ce se discuta în Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board    în minuta ședinței.

Despre conceptul de ”privacy” și mai ales despre cooperarea cu Europa

p.7 – ”Ms. Brand expressed her agreement with Board member remarks. Ms. Brand reiterated Ms. Cook’s expression of the Board’s appreciation of the time and effort federal agencies dedicated to the background briefings provided to the Board. Ms. Brand indicated that she was impressed by the attention given to establishing processes to protect privacy and civil liberties. Ms. Brand also noted that she is looking forward to an opportunity to obtain public input on the question of “what is privacy.”

Mr. Dempsey noted that the term privacy is used as an umbrella term for a set of principles and that it will be helpful to the Board to explore this question.
Ms. Wald stated that “privacy” has not been comprehensively or conceptually defined by the courts and that the Board is interested in hearing from experts in this field. Ms. Wald further noted that members of the Board has met with European privacy officials and has additional meetings scheduled. The Board is interested in discussing the types of issues they are confronted with and how they are handled.

Și problema accesului la informațiile privind programele anti-teroriste.

p.9- ”Ms. Wald noted that some agencies seem to have defined for themselves those programs they consider to be counterterrorism programs and, therefore, the Board has not had occasion to specifically identify programs as “counterterrorism programs.” Ms. Cook added that agencies have not attempted to restrict the Board’s access to information on the basis that a particular program is not counterterrorism-related. Ms. Wald noted that some agencies have distinguished between international and domestic counterterrorism programs.

Decizii luate de Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

p. 6. – ”Ms. Cook next proposed that the Board direct the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to provide the Board with an inventory of all of the privacy and civil liberties training provided to federal, state, local, and tribal employees engaged in counterterrorism programs funded by the federal government. Ms. Cook further proposed that this inventory be submitted to the Board within 120 days of communicating the task to the ODNI. Ms. Cook asked if Board members had comments on the proposal. There being none, Ms. Cook asked that the Board approve the proposal. The proposal was approved – 4 ayes, 0 nays.

120 de zile, adică 4 luni, adică martie, aprilie, mai, iunie 2013- era termenul la care trebuia transmis raportul.
Deci în iunie 2013 Directorul pentru National Intelligence trebuia să prezinte inventarul tuturor cursurilor privind protejarea vieții private și a libetăților civile prin care au fost instruiți cei care lucrau în programele anti-teroriste finanțate de SUA.
Nu știu dacă raportul a ajuns, nici nu vreau să îl caut,, dar știm altceva, în iunie, pe 6 iunie, începe sarbanda:
BBC credit
6 June 2013: Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald reports the US National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers under a top secret court order granting the government unlimited authority to obtain communications data for a three-month period.
7 June: The Guardian and Washington Postreport the NSA is accessing the systems of US internet giants including Google and Facebook, and collecting data under a previously undisclosed surveillance programme called Prism. The programme allows officials to collect material including emails, live chats and search histories.
8 June: US President Barack Obama says the government surveillance programmes strike „the right balance” between security and privacy and are closely overseen by Congress and the courts.
Snowden named and in Hong Kong
9 June: Edward Snowden, 29, is named as the source of the intelligence leaks. Speaking from Hong Kong, he explains why he went public.
10 June: Mr Snowden checks out of his Hong Kong hotel and his whereabouts remain unknown as it is rumoured the US is pursuing a criminal investigation against him.
11 June: The EU demands US assurances that Europeans’ rights are not being infringed by the newly-revealed surveillance programmes. Mr Snowden’s employer, defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, says it has fired the infrastructure analyst for violating its ethics code.

Concluzia:

În ciuda aparențelor și a scandalului media, cred că de fapt președintele Obama are o mare oportunitate să reformeze politica americană în sfera programelor anti-teroriste.

Europa pare dornică să dea o mână de ajutor partenerului american.

Republicanii nu sunt așa de entuziasmați.

Bonus câteva reacții interesante.

19 iunie 2013- Obama relying on untested oversight board on NSA

The board’s chairman, former Federal Trade Commission official David Medine, was confirmed by the Senate in May 2013.

Three members — Medine, Cook and Brand — have worked as lawyers at WilmerHale, a top legal and lobbying shop in Washington. Medine lobbied for several years for data security groups, including Iron Mountain and the National Association for Information Destruction, a trade association for shredding and other information disposal companies. Brand lobbied for Google, T-Mobile and a pharmaceutical association.

21 iunie 2013 – Obama to meet with privacy and civil liberties board

articolul anunță că: ”Obama is also slated Friday to nominate former government attorney James Comeyto be the new director of the FBI.”

 

22 septembrie 2013- Obama’s independent spying review team is closely tied to White House

The review panel overlaps with a similar effort by a second advisory group. In July, Obama asked the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to report on the NSA programs and their effects on civil liberties. While PCLOB’s work is expected to take months and has no deadline, Obama ordered the review group to report interim findings within 60 days and provide a final report by Dec. 15.

‘PCLOB chairman David Medine said recently that his group’s purview was different because it was not subject to review by the White House. PCLOB’s hearings so far have been conducted in public, although the group has been given classified briefings by national security officials.

„We’re proceeding regardless of other groups’ timelines,” Medine said.

Și da și nu, Victor Ponta și Barack Obama

Da, cred că Victor Ponta are o abordare pragmatică și bună față de regionalizare. Ideea de a începe cu redimensionarea serviciilor deconcentrate și îmbunătățirea legii regiunilor de dezvoltare respectă de fapt un principiu simplu, acela că regionalizarea are o bază economică iar satisfacerea unor interese economice regionale ar trebui să fie o prioritate. Un alt punct bun este că planifică pași mici și nu așteaptă doar momentele astrale.
Nu, nu cred că Victor Ponta a abordat problema RMGC în mod eficient. Nu vorbesc de vestita polaritate a declarațiilor sale ci de lipsa de coordonare cu alte părți interesate.
Da, cred că Barack Obama a avut o strategie mai amplă. Obama se aștepta la o opoziție internă în Congres, știa de orientarea opiniei publice și de campania media internațională negativă. Așa că a aplicat o strategie flexibilă pe 3 direcții: a pregătit opțiunea militară, a pregătit la nivel internațional o bază de negociere cu Rusia și a mai pregătit cel mai prost scenariu, adică acela de a merge în Congres.
În cazul în care pe 5-6 septembrie, la reuniunea G20, Obama obține o înțelegere cu rușii, atunci va merge pe 9 septembrie în Congres doar cu o variantă de lovituri militare în Siria. Oricum între 6-9 septembrie există o fereastră pentru noi dezvoltări. Dacă nu se obține nimic în G20 și Congresul refuză opțiunea militară atunci Obama va propune o altă variantă. Adică ar trebui să mai aibă o variantă de rezervă. O variantă care trebuie să ne dea de gândit, iar singura viabilă ar fi ca Obama să ceară Congresului aprobarea pentru sporirea semnificativă a înarmării rebelilor cu arme americane.
Nu, nu cred că Obama va negocia Transnistria cu Rusia. Nu se poate folosi analogia cu cazul Kosovo-Georgia sugerat de Traian Băsescu din simplul motiv că una este să discuți securitatea întregului flancu sudic NATO și alta este să discuți situația din vecinătatea apropiată Rusiei și a unor enclave rusești. Mi se pare că sugerarea unui troc Tartus-Transnistria de către Băsescu are mai mult de a face cu încercarea de atrage atenția internațională și mai ales de a fi băgat în seamă de Washington.

Visul american și visul chinez

Remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership

Remarks John Kerry

Secretary of State
Tokyo, Japan
April 15, 2013

 

Some people might be skeptical of America’s commitment to this region. Well, let me be clear: President Obama made a smart and a strategic commitment to rebalance our interests and investments in Asia. My commitment to you is that as a Pacific nation that takes our Pacific partnership seriously, we will continue to build on our active and enduring presence.

Și fraza cheie

Now you have all heard, I know – and I say this without presumption that we’re proud of it – you’ve all heard of the American Dream. It is embodied by no one more than by Barack Obama. Now Beijing’s new leader has introduced what he calls a “China Dream.” Today I’d like to speak with you about our opportunity in this increasingly global age to design and define our dream for the Pacific region, one in which nations and people forge a partnership that shapes our shared future.

 

Schimbări și schimbări

Gen. Allen retiring, not taking NATO nomination NBCNews

 

General John Allen has decided to retire rather than proceed with his nomination as the NATO supreme allied commander due to „health issues” in his family, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
In January, Allen was cleared by Pentagon investigators of allegations of professional misconduct over email exchanges with a Florida socialite. Allen had commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
„Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family,” Obama said in a statement.
The decision by the Defense Department’s Inspector General helped lift a cloud that had hung over Allen, who is married and has two daughters, since he became ensnared in the scandal that forced retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director in November.

 

Analysis: Chuck Hagel, Strategic Thinker Govexec.com
Hagel also delivered some of the earliest warnings about the potentially disastrous effects of George W. Bush’s ill-grounded „Axis of Evil” speech, in which the president needlessly alienated Tehran only days after the Iranians had actually delivered up aid and support to stabilize post-Taliban Afghanistan. Ironically, Bush’s own officials on the ground in Afghanistan, such as Dobbins, had testified to Iran’s measured policies at the time.
They noted that at a 2002 donor’s conference in Tokyo that occurred only a week before the Axis of Evil speech, Iran pledged $500 million–at the time, more than double the Americans’ contribution– to help rebuild Afghanistan. „Iran actually has been quite helpful in Afghanistan,” Hagel, then a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Congressional Quarterly on Feb. 1, 2002. „And we’re giving them the back of our hand.”
Hagel added: „We’re not isolating [the Iranians]. We’re isolating ourselves…. We ought to be a little more thoughtful. That [axis] comment only helps the mullahs.”