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  •  security clearance (10+ / 0-)

    here is example of former NSA summer intern:

    http://www.umich.edu/...

    summer intern NSA

    (Cleared for Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    sensitive compartmented information

    http://usmilitary.about.com/...

    military security certification

    http://theweek.com/...

    Edward Snowden's Security Clearance

    http://hotair.com/...

    Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion.

    The C.I.A. suspected that Mr. Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home, according to two senior American officials.

    But the red flags went unheeded. Mr. Snowden left the C.I.A. to become a contractor for the National Security Agency, and four years later he leaked thousands of classified documents.

    The supervisor’s cautionary note and the C.I.A.’s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the N.S.A. or its contractors, and surfaced only after federal investigators began scrutinizing Mr. Snowden’s record once the documents began spilling out, intelligence and law enforcement officials said

    This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

    by anyname on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:07:29 PM PST

    •  surveillance (0+ / 0-)

      http://tinyurl.com/...

      Below is a partial Congressional Research Service Report (CSR), Summary and Background, for Congress which gives an accurate history of the U.S. Spy Satellite initiative.

      A full, detailed report, can be located at Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues, dated February 1, 2010.

      Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues
      Congressional Research Service
      Summary

      Reconnaissance satellites, first deployed in the early 1960s to peer into denied regions of the Soviet Union and other secretive enemy states, have from time to time been used by civilian agencies of the federal government to assist with mapping, disaster relief, and environmental concerns. These uses have been coordinated by the Civil Applications Office at the U.S.Geological Survey, a component of the Interior Department.

      Post 9/11, the Bush Administration sought to encourage use of satellite-derived data for homeland security and law enforcement purposes, in addition to the civil applications that have been supported for years.

      In 2007, it moved to transfer responsibility for coordinating civilian use of satellites to the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative was launched, however, apparently without notification of key congressional oversight committees.

      Members of Congress and outside groups raised concerns that using satellites for law enforcement purposes may infringe on the privacy and Fourth Amendment rights of U.S. persons.

      Other commentators questioned whether the proposed surveillance will violate the Posse Comitatus Act or other restrictions on military involvement in civilian law enforcement, or would otherwise exceed the statutory mandates of the agencies involved.

      Such concerns led Congress to preclude any funds in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764, P.L. 110-161), from being used to “commence operations of the National Applications Office … until the Secretary [of the Department of Homeland Security] certifies that these programs comply with all existing laws, including all applicable privacy and civil liberties standards, and that certification is reviewed by the Government Accountability Office.” (Section 525.) Similar language has been
      included in a subsequent Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 110-329) approved in September
      2008.

      The Obama Administration conducted its assessment of the issue and terminated the NAO in June 2009, maintaining that there were better information sharing programs to meet the needs of state and local homeland security partners.

      Little public information is available concerning current policies for the use of satellite information for domestic purposes.

      This report provides background on the development of intelligence satellites and identifies the roles various agencies play in their management and use…..

      This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

      by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:39:33 AM PST

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      •  global (0+ / 0-)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        global surveillance disclosures

        This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

        by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:44:30 AM PST

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        •  stop watching (1+ / 0-)
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          EXCERPT

          "Stop Watching US" rally in Washington DC, October 26, 2013

          On 26 October 2013, an anti-NSA rally called "Stop Watching Us" was held in Washington, DC, billed by organizers as the "largest rally yet to protest mass surveillance". A diverse coalition of over 100 advocacy groups organized the event and attracted thousands of protestors calling for an end to the mass surveillance made public by Edward Snowden.

          According to the Guardian, the most popular sign was printed with the words "Thank you, Edward Snowden". In a statement written by Snowden and read to the crowd by Jesselyn Radack, Snowden said, "This isn't about red or blue party lines, and it definitely isn't about terrorism. It's about being able to live in a free and open society...elections are coming up, and we are watching you", adding that elected officials should be "public servants, not private investigators."

          Other speakers included former governor Gary Johnson and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who said to the crowd,"It's time to roll back the surveillance state...It is time for the US government to stop watching us". Protests also took place in Germany.

          The rally was held on the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act, which protesters see as the beginning of the mass surveillance of American citizens.

          The "Stop Watching Us" website states that it demands reform of "Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the US is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court."

          It also calls for an investigation into the extent of domestic spying, and asks that officials found violating the constitution be brought to justice.

          This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

          by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:45:16 AM PST

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    •  Psychology & Industrial Operations - INTERN NSA (0+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      EXCERPT

      Engineering psychology is the science of human behavior and capability, applied to the design and operation of systems and technology.

      As an applied field of psychology and an interdisciplinary part of ergonomics, it aims to improve the relationships between people and machines by redesigning equipment, interactions, or the environment in which they take place.

      The work of an engineering psychologist is often described as making the relationship more "user-friendly."

      Engineering psychology was created from within experimental psychology.

      Engineering psychology started during World War I (1914).The reason why this subject was developed during this time was because many of America’s weapons were failing; bombs not falling in the right place to weapons attacking normal marine life.

      The fault was traced back to human errors. One of the first designs to be built to restrain human error was the use of psychoacoustics by S.S. Stevens. S.S. Stevens and L.L. Beranek were two of the first American psychologists called upon to help change how people and machinery worked together. One of their first assignments was to try and reduce noise levels in military aircraft.

      The work was directed at improving intelligibility of military communication systems and appeared to have been very successful. However it was not until after August 1945 that you saw the level of research increase in engineering psychology.

      http://www.hfes.org/...

      EXCERPT

      Psychoacoustics

      In the human engineering area of psychoacoustics, the intelligibility of speech transmitted over the noisy aircraft interphones of World War II presented serious problems for pilots and their crews.

      At Harvard University's Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory, S. S. Stevens, J. C. R. Licklider, and Karl D. Kryter, with help from a young George A. Miller, later the 77th president of the American Psychological Association, conducted a series of articulation tests of standard and modified interphones at altitudes of 5,000 and 35,000 feet in a B-17 bomber.

      Intelligibility was improved by peak clipping the powerful vowel sounds in human speech and then amplifying the remaining balanced mixture of vowels and consonants (Licklider & Miller, 1951).

      ENTER THE ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGISTS

      In the Military

      None of the wartime "human engineers" had received formal training in engineering psychology; indeed, the term hadn't even been coined.

      Those who became involved in the study of human factors in equipment design and its application came from various branches of psychology and engineering and simply invented the budding science on the job.

      B. F. Skinner stretched the concept a bit by applying his expertise in animal learning to the design of an air-to-sea guidance system that employed three kamikaze pigeons who learned to recognize enemy ships and voted on which way to steer the bomb they were riding (Skinner, 1960).

      It worked fine (and still would), but there were moral objections.

      After the war, the field of engineering psychology quickly gained momentum. The Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, England, was expanded under the leadership of Donald Broadbent, who succeeded Bartlett as director.
       

      This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

      by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:47:34 AM PST

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