Pakistan has played an outsized role in America's strategy throughout the Afghan War. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the United States has given more than $20 billion to Pakistan, mostly in military aid.
But the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has never been a straightforward alliance, and it's changed in recent years, particularly after the White House realized that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan for years.
Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, has brought plenty more Snowden leaks, and one document is particularly mind-blowing. The photo above shows an NSA team intercepting and bugging a Cisco router before it's sent to a customer who's been targeted for surveillance. In the document, an internal newsletter from June 2010, the chief of the NSA's Access and Target Development department explains the process of intercepting routers, servers and other internet hardware to install beacon implants, then resealing them and sending them on to targets.
The artist H.R. Giger, designer of the look of the monster in the Alien series of movies, died Monday in a hospital after suffering injuries in a fall, the administrator of his museum in Switzerland said. Giger was 74. Giger's works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos. "My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."
Nintey days ago, President Obama ordered a review about internet privacy, data use and other concerns sparked by the NSA spying revelations. Following a public consultation, the report has now been released by White House counselor John Podesta. Though flawed -- there's no mention of NSA spying activities, for instance -- it's already being lauded by consumer advocacy groups. The 85-page document notes that while the mountains of data collected by government and corporations like Google and Apple are incredibly useful, much more needs to be done to protect civil rights. read more