Apr 10

Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has dropped the bomb.

At a speech to hundreds of security professionals Wednesday, Chertoff declared that the federal government has created a cyber security “Manhattan Project,” referencing the 1941-1946 project led by the Army Corps of Engineers to develop American’s first atomic bomb.

According to Wired’s Ryan Singel, Chertoff gave few details of what the government actually plans to do.

He cites a little-noticed presidential order: “In January, President Bush signed a presidential order expanding the role of DHS and the NSA in government computer security,” Singel writes. “Its contents are classified, but the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has said he wants the NSA to monitor America’s internet traffic and Google searches for signs of cyber attack.”

The National Security Agency was the key player in President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was revealed by the New York Times in 2005.

Sound familiar? Yesterday, documents acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation under the Freedom of Information act showed the FBI has engaged in a massive cyber surveillance project that targets terror suspects emails, telephone calls and instant messagesand is able to get some information without a court order.

Last week, the ACLU revealed documents showing that the Pentagon was using the FBI to spy on Americans. The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans’ Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, according to Pentagon documents. Continue reading »

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Mar 14

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – A city police chief who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday.

Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd, 50, was found dead in Snowdonia, about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said. He had been missing since going out for a walk Monday during his day off.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd, left, with Britain's
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is seen outside Greenheys Police station in Manchester,
England, in this Nov. 16, 2007 file photo.
Todd, one of Britain's leading police chiefs who led an investigation into charges
that Britain cooperated with the CIA's secret renditions has been found dead,
in Snowdonia, about 240 miles (380 kilometers) northwest of London, according to
Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton.
He had gone missing after going for a walk Monday during his day off, Whatton said.
His body was found the following afternoon on a mountain trail. He added that the
body had not yet been formally identified but that he believed it was Todd.
(AP Photo/Dave Thompson/PA/file)
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