UKUSA surveillance ‘special relationship’ likely to survive, expand in Trump era

Amidst ongoing criticism of President Donald Trump's attitude towards Russia, a fear has reportedly emerged in some segments of the US intelligence community that America's longstanding intelligence sharing relationships with other countries could suffer. Recent events seem to indicate, however, that this is unlikely. Historically, America has had its strongest intelligence sharing relationships with its … Continue reading UKUSA surveillance ‘special relationship’ likely to survive, expand in Trump era

UK court rules spy agencies illegally collected data, can continue surveillance

From the late 1990s until just under a year ago, UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ illegally collected data on citizens, according to a new ruling from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which oversees the spy services. The tribunal found that for 17 years, from the mass surveillance programs' inception in 1998 until last November, … Continue reading UK court rules spy agencies illegally collected data, can continue surveillance

E.U. eyes security, surveillance centralization in wake of Brexit, terror attacks

Late last week reports surfaced that France and Germany, in the wake of recent terror attacks and Britain's vote to leave the European Union, are forming a joint plan for a potential "relaunch of European defence," which would involve greater security coordination among E.U. countries. The goal of the project is to restructure Europe's defense … Continue reading E.U. eyes security, surveillance centralization in wake of Brexit, terror attacks

UK pursues aggressive drone policies, exposing govt. employees to legal risks

Despite much hype about the recent "Brexit," top U.K. officials have made clear that the UK/USA "special relationship" in diplomatic and intelligence matters will remain strong as ever. Any lingering doubt about it can safely be disregarded following revelations from the Intercept this week regarding the massive yet shadowy surveillance base in the English countryside … Continue reading UK pursues aggressive drone policies, exposing govt. employees to legal risks

UKUSA Intel ‘Special Relationship’ to Survive Brexit

Reactions to Britain's recent vote to leave the European Union - the so-called Brexit - have been diverse, ranging from uncertainty in the financial world to reports of increased racism on the streets in the U.K., but one thing that appears largely unchanged by the decision is Britain's intelligence and military alliance with the United … Continue reading UKUSA Intel ‘Special Relationship’ to Survive Brexit

Elites Wrap Up Busy Bilderberg Weekend

A sampling of the rich and powerful of Europe and America gathered in Dresden, Germany over the weekend to discuss, among other things, the "geo-politics of energy and commodity prices" and "technological innovation." It was the 64th annual Bilderberg Meeting, and despite predictable attempts to maintain secrecy, the conference provided some surprises. One of the most remarkable … Continue reading Elites Wrap Up Busy Bilderberg Weekend