Remember The Massacre At Wounded Knee

by Peter Cole written for Jacobinmag. On this day in 1890, the US Army murdered as many as 300 Native American men, women, and children. As dawn appeared on December 29, 1890, about 350 Lakota Indians awoke, having been forced by the US Army to camp the night before alongside the Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The US Cavalry’s 7th Regiment had “escorted” them there the day prior and, now, surrounded the Indians with the intent to arrest Chief Big Foot (also called Spotted Elk) and disarm the warriors. When a disagreement erupted, army soldiers opened fire, including with Hotchkiss machine guns. Within minutes, hundreds of children, men, and women were shot down. Perhaps as many as three hundred killed and scores wounded that morning. Few Americans now know that the deadliest shootings in US history were massacres of native peoples. Today is the anniversary of the largest such massacre. […] Read More

Leaked Documents Show FBI, DEA, & Army Can Control Your Computer

Leaked emails from an Italian-based hacking company reveal that government agencies engage in surveillance more invasive than previously thought, spending millions of dollars on spyware and malware software to accomplish their questionable goals. Tellingly, their use of the product places them squarely in the same category as other repressive regimes around the world. After hackers ironically hacked Hacking Tools, a Milan-based company that sells strictly to governments, hundreds of gigabytes of emails and financial records were leaked. The emails show that the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Army all purchased software that enables them to view suspects’ photos, emails, listen to and record their conversations, and activate the cameras on their computers, among other things. While this may seem like old news, the most controversial revelation was the government’s purchases of “Remote Control Systems.” The FBI, DEA, and U.S. Army, courtesy of Hacking Tools, possess the capability to take control of […] Read More

FBI, DEA, US Army bought spyware from hacked Italian company

Internal documents of the Italian malware maker Hacking Team, leaked online in a hacker attack, show that the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Army all made use of its controversial spyware known as Remote Control System, or Galileo. The FBI’s secret Remote Operations Unit has been using Hacking Team’s software since 2011, according to leaked documents analyzed by The Intercept. Galileo allows users to take over their targets’ computers, activate their cameras, and record their calls, emails, and keystrokes. The DEA used the software in Colombia since 2012, with an eye to expand it to places like El Salvador and Chile, the company’s emails reveal. The Army unit that purchased Galileo in 2011 was based at Fort Meade, Maryland – home of the US Cyber Command. Hacking Team referred to its US clients by code names: the FBI was “Phoebe,” the DEA was “Katie,” and the CIA […] Read More