NSA Dodges Questions About Controversial Backdoors In Tech Products

By Tyler Durden, Oct 28, 2020 | Original ZeroHedge article here.

Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing campaign exposed the National Security Agency in 2013 for having "backdoors" into commercial technology products. The US spy agency worked with some Silicon Valley tech firms to develop covert methods of bypassing the standard authentication or encryption process of a network device so it could scan internet traffic without a warrant.

Snowden revealed the NSA’s special sauce in how it conducted domestic and foreign backdoor operations to collect vital intelligence, resulted in the agency reforming its spying process, and had to formulate new rules to limit future breaches and how it conducts spy operations, three former intelligence officials told Reuters.

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Tony Bobulinski Invited to Presidential Debate

By John Roberts | Original Fox News article here.

Bobulinski: “Joe Biden claims he never talked business with son. That is false.”

Former business associate of Hunter Biden addresses media in Nashville, Tenn. ahead of second presidential debate.

President Trump brought former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as his guest to the final presidential debate Thursday night.

Bobulinski is a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he explained "was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family." He said he was brought on as CEO by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar and on Thursday released emails and text messages that appear to show Joe Biden’s involvement with his son’s foreign business dealings.

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Bobulinski, in a statement to Fox News, said he does not believe Joe Biden’s past claim that he did not discuss his son Hunter’s business affairs with him, claiming that Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals."

Courtesty Tony Bobulinski

"I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line," Bobulinski said.

"The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist-controlled China," he added.

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Senate Demands Hunter Biden To Turn Over Wire Transfers and Travel Records

By Tyler Durden, Oct 22, 2020 | Original Zero Hedge article here.

Senate investigators have demanded that Hunter Biden turn over a mountain of evidence following bombshell emails and text messages which appear to show he and his business partners engaging in an international influence-peddling scheme while his father was Vice President of the United States, according to CBS News’ Catherine Herridge – who brought receipts as usual.

NEW: Senate Investigators seek Hunter Biden records, according to October 21 letter, addressed to team of lawyers. Deadline October 23. “According to recent reports that published emails allegedly from your client’s laptop, the Committees have identified your client as an pic.twitter.com/ChIhs14Ogq

— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge)

October 22, 2020

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"According to recent reports that published emails allegedly from your client’s laptop, the Committees have identified your client as an individual involved in one or more of these business arrangements or financial transactions," reads a Wednesday letter from Sens. Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley.

"As part of the ongoing efforts to validate and verify the information in those emails, the Committees request that your client provide all records related to any of your client’s business dealings—including, but not limited, to bank records, wire transfers, account balances, gifts, business transactions, travel records—with Joe Biden, James Biden, Ye Jianming, Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Zang Jian Jun, Gongwen Dong, Mervyn Yan, Gabriel Popoviciu, or any other associates regarding CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd or any other transactions related to business in Romania, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, or any other countries."

Biden’s lawyers have until Friday to comply.

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How Telecoms Spent North of $1 Billion Lobbying Congress

By AJ Dellinger | Original Forbes article here.

In April 2018 the two telecom companies announced a $26.5 billion combination. The deal would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants.

From 1998 to 2018, telecommunications and cable companies including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Charter and others have dumped more than $1.2 billion into the pockets of Congress in attempts to win favor with lawmakers. Figures compiled by Comparitech found that America’s largest phone and internet providers show that** recent years have only seen lobbying costs increase**. 2018 was the highest individual year for telecom lobbying, with $80 million being spent by ISPs—and it’s only expected to continue increasing.

Many telecom companies kick up their lobbying efforts when they are about to face additional scrutiny from lawmakers.

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Letter to Malibu City Council

September 29, 2020

From: Susan Dana Foster, Original letter here.

To: Malibu City Council Members

Re: Conflict of Interest between Telecom Law Firm PC & Permit Team LLC

  
Dear Mayor Pierson and City Council,

I’m Susan Foster and I’m grateful to be back to speak with you. In 2001, I was appointed by the County of San Diego to their task force to create a cell tower ordinance. We created the first four-tiered order of preference ordinance; Sprint sued and the case was litigated all the way to the US Supreme Court and our ordinance was upheld.

I have written appeals for firefighters on safety issues since August 2001 and more recently worked as a consultant to Stop 5G Encinitas on their ordinance.

I am deeply concerned about what appears to me to be an ethical conflict of interest between the principles at Telecom Law Firm PC and a firm owned by the same principals called Permit Team LLC. The managing partners of both firms are Jonathan Kramer and Tripp May.

Permit Team helps with the permitting process of new cell towers. So they profit from putting cell towers in or adding to the existing ones. Kramer describes Permit Team LLC as an arm’s length away from his law business, but I believe the city Council needs to ask the following question: Does owning both businesses prevent Jonathan Kramer’s Telecom Law Firm from objectively advising the City of Malibu?

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Fast-tracked Spectrum Contract for Rivada to Bypass Competitive Bidding?

By Jake Tapper, Oct 20, 2020 | Original CNN article here

Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say.

Washington (CNN) Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially be a no-bid contract to lease the Department of Defense’s mid-band spectrum — premium real estate for the booming and lucrative 5G market — to Rivada Networks, a company in which prominent Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump have investments.

The pressure campaign to fast track Rivada’s "Request for Proposal" (RFP) by using authorities that would preclude a competitive bidding process intensified in September, and has been led by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was acting at Trump’s behest, sources with knowledge tell CNN. To push his case, Meadows has sometimes used as his proxy an individual identified by sources in the telecommunications industry as a top financial management official in the US Army.

Sources tell CNN that Trump was encouraged to help Rivada by Fox News commentator and veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove, a lobbyist for, and investor in, Rivada.

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Tucsonans Unhappy About Densified 4G/5G so-called "small" Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

By Allie Potter, Oct 13, 2020 | Original News 4 Tuscon report here.

Oct 20, 2020 Tucson City Council Agenda Here

Individuals wishing to speak during call to the audience and/or the public hearing (subject to technological availability) will join the meeting via teleconference. You must submit a written request to cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov. The email should include your name, and the phone # you will use for the teleconference. The phone # will be used to identify the individual when/if being called upon to speak. Once your request to speak has been received by the City Clerk, you will be provided instructions on how to connect to the teleconference. Requests to speak must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

   

TUCSON (KVOA) — The complaints keep coming. Small cell wireless poles are popping up all over the city. AT&T and Verizon said they will provide faster internet service and better cell reception. But more and more residents just are not having it.

The construction going on here has not been confirmed that it is a cell tower.

News 4 Tucson spoke to the workers on site and they said they are simply digging a hole, but nearby residents believe it is prep work for a small cell wireless pole. They are anything but small. Basically, a 35-foot tall pole in your front yard with zero notice.

AT&T and Verizon have the power over where these poles will be installed. The city does not have a say and neither do you, the homeowner.

Residents are not happy about it, especially since this construction on Pima and Alvernon is on a landscaped water retention basin, which took grant money and 10 years.

Resident Meg Johnson

"It has probably been four years since we have had it. We have hand watered the plants. So it is an important piece of our neighborhood. It is our public face… Oh it was just heartbreaking and we are furious."

Steve Kozachik, Council Member, Ward 6

"The residents who live there, they have invested years in sweat equity in this project. What they don’t need to do is wake up and find a backhoe trencher sitting there digging it up."

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Verizon Announces Sub-6,000 MHz Nationwide 5G Network

Verizon is promising to reach over 200 million people.

By Chaim Gartenberg@cgartenberg Oct 13, 2020 | Original The Verge article here.

Verizon is making a big expansion of its 5G network: the carrier is now rolling out nationwide support for the new networking standard, which will reach more than 200 million people.

Until now, Verizon’s 5G has been almost exclusively focused on the mmWave band, which offers the fastest speeds but suffers from extremely poor range. That fact has meant that while AT&T and T-Mobile have been able to boast about broad 5G coverage for the entire country, Verizon has been limited to a few street corners of a small number of cities.

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The reliance on mmWave has also meant that Verizon has had to work with device manufacturers to create bespoke mmWave versions of phones specifically for the carrier. The new DSS 5G network means that Verizon can now support sub-6,000 MHz 5G and offer phones that only support that version of the networking standard.

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White House Eyes Nationalizing 5G Network Via Single Public-Private Partnership

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By Kyle Daily via Axios, Oct 13, 2020 | Original Technocracy News article here.

Ex-CEO of Google is right in the middle of this process. Although nothing is set in stone just yet, the logic from the military’s point of view is unmistakable. The downside is that the government (military) would dictate the terms of use throughout civilian populations. ⁃ TN Editor

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is leaning on the Pentagon to move ahead with a plan to stand up a 5G wireless network, sources tell Axios, and the idea, despite opposition from key government and private-sector players, could well outlive the Trump administration.

Why it matters: The Department of Defense could lease out capacity to wireless carriers and other companies in need of the ubiquitous, high-speed connectivity that 5G technology promises. That prospect makes this the Trump administration’s most serious push toward a federally backed national 5G network since it first floated the idea in 2018.

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The ACHP Is Defending the Public Interest

Adapted from an article by Michael Graham, Oct 7, 2020 | Inside Sources article here

In June of 2019, Aimee Jorjani was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first full-time chairman of the obscure Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The council is a creation of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its job is to “promote the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources,” according to its mission statement, as well as “advising the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy.”

At issue is the little-known but immensely important problem of “Twilight Towers.”

American companies are running neck-and-neck with Chinese competitors, and President Trump has made boosting America’s 5G technology one of his top priorities.

President Trump said in August.

“Secure 5G networks will absolutely be a vital link to America’s prosperity and national security in the 21st century,”

One stumbling block to the densified 4G/5G roll out is U.S. infrastructure, in particular the towers needed to connect exurban and rural Americans to the new, higher-capacity 5G network (greater bandwidth particularly in low-to-mid frequency spectrum (600 MHz to 6000 MHz).

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