Marvel Movies Planned Till 2028!?

Look out DC…Marvel isn’t playing any games.

According to talks with Marvel’s own Kevin Feige they have currently cataloged about 8,000 Marvel characters that can possibly have their own stand alone films.

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier just released, we have Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to soon in order to expand the story pertaining to Thanos and the Infinity Gems which you would have already been pointed out to starting with the first Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. After that we have Avengers 2: Age of Ultron next year then the sky is the limit! Ant-Man anyone? Doctor Strange? Black Panther? And who knows, maybe if Sony and Marvel can reach an agreement we can hopefully see our favorite web slinger Spiderman make an Avengers appearance 😉

Marvel isn’t slowing down so let’s hope that DC can get their act together starting with Batman vs Superman. But with Ben Affleck as Batman the future is uncertain…

You can check out the full article over at The Guardian.

 

A huge thank you to the team at The Guardian for providing us with this information.

 

US Government Pointing Fingers At Edward Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’, The Reporters

Given the news surfaced from former NSA analyst, Edward Snowden, it seems that U.S. officials are proving to be desperate, having one of their representatives stating that journalists are Edward Snowden’s ‘accomplices’.

The U.S. officials are still attempting to reason with Snowden and his continuous espionage disclosures from his former workplace. However all attempts have failed, having Snowden still in exile and in hiding, while news continues to flow. But it looks like the U.S. officials are becoming desperate now, having James Clapper, the Director of the National Intelligence, demanding his journalist “accomplices” return leaked documents.

Names and fingers have not yet been pointed, but rumors are that Clapper is looking at The Guardian with some ‘furious’ eyes. Though news will not be stopped, no matter what, since we live in an age where everyone is allowed to think what they want and say what they have to say. On the other side, Clapper demonstrated that the U.S. government is becoming more and more desperate as time passes. Are they hiding even more secrets not ‘deemed for our knowledge’? By the looks of it, it might seem so.

Spokespeople on Clapper’s side later clarified and said the U.S. official “was referring to anyone who is assisting Edward Snowden to further threaten our national security through the unauthorized disclosure of stolen documents related to lawful foreign intelligence collection programs.” Snowden may have recently been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, but government officials would still like to see him face espionage-related charges. Trying to equate journalists to accomplices clearly is a long stretch for a government administration desperate to make sure similar whistle-blower actions don’t take place in the future.

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The Guardian’s Editor Will Be Questioned By MPs Over Publications Of Snowden Leaks

The Guardian has reported that its editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be questioned by MPs next month about the Guardian’s activity in running news stories based on the “Snowden files”. For anyone living in the UK, the recent crack down on press freedom has been quite worrying to observe. The Guardian has been constantly harassed by UK security forces about the content it has been publishing – the UK government even forced the Guardian to destroy all its company hard drives in its UK offices or hand over the leaked files bestowed on them by Edward Snowden. Of course the Guardian opted to destroy their hard drives, knowing that they had several digital back ups stored overseas of those “Snowden files”. The UK government also used terrorism laws to intercept and question the partner of former Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald. Public rhetoric by senior government officials and members of the UK’s security forces has mainly attacked the actions of leakers and journalists involved in publishing those leaks, accusing them of damaging national security.

Alan Rusbridger will have to defend the actions of his newspaper to MPs in the wake of strong criticisms by MI6, MI5 and GCHQ who claim terrorist groups are now changing their behaviour as a result of the Snowden leaks. Government agencies in the UK say the leaks are immensely dangerous and mean dangerous criminals and terrorists can now more easily avoid detection, putting public safety at risk. In addition to defending the actions of his newspaper, Rusbridger is going to be questioned on whether the Guardian had a role in facilitating the transfer of the “Snowden files” to overseas publications in the USA and other places.

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The Guardian Partners Up With New York Times In Response To UK Censorship

As the UK government steps up its efforts to censor the Guardian newspaper from publishing material based on the Snowden leaks, by abusing prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions, the Guardian has turned to the New York Times for help. The Guardian will team up with the NYT so that the NYT can continue to publish material based on the leaked Snowden materials.

This comes after the Guardian were issued an ultimatum by the UK government to hand over all the Snowden materials or have to destroy all their office hard drives. The Guardian chose to instead destroy the materials stating that they had additional copies stored overseas. Now the Guardian is effectively limited from making certain publications based on these materials in the UK so the New York Times will assist with the work the Guardian started.

“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories.” Said the Guardian.

The reason for the move is that U.S journalists are protected by the law so can legally publish stories based on the Snowden leaks. The Guardian will continue with publication of its stories but no doubt will need the support of other publications as it faces increasing pressure from the UK government.

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The UK Monitors All Middle Eastern Internet Traffic, Shares It With NSA

The UK’s Independent reports that the GCHQ is actively involved in the real-time monitoring of all internet traffic through the Middle East. We already knew the UK’s GCHQ was up to some pretty suspect things after its “Mastering the Internet” program of mass surveillance was revealed from the Edward Snowden leaks. Now we are hearing that this program isn’t just limited to the UK, or even Europe. The UK has a secret monitoring station in the Middle East where they intercept and process emails, telephone calls and web traffic in the region. The station taps into underwater fibre-optic cables passing through the area.

What is more worrying about this new revelation is that all data is processed and then immediately shared with the NSA. Whether you look at it as cooperation, or the USA using the UK to do its dirty work, it certainly doesn’t look good for Anglo-Middle Eastern relations. The specific program to spy on Middle Eastern countries is part of the wider “Tempora” program where the GCHQ does its best to spy on the entire world. The Independent reports that the Middle Eastern program was signed off under David Miliband when he took up the position of the UK’s Foreign secretary.

The focus of the Edward Snowden leaks are now being recalibrated to target the UK. This comes after the British police intercepted Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda and held him for 9 hours under anti-terrorism laws, he then had all his possessions confiscated before he could deliver them to Glenn Greenwald a senior Guardian journalist who has written extensively about the Snowden leaks and is Snowden’s main partner in sharing leaked information. The UK’s authorities also gave the Guardian an ultimatum that it must hand over all data and files given to them by Edward Snowden, or physically destroy all its hard drives in its offices. The Guardian chose to destroy all files given to them by Edward Snowden rather than cooperating with the UK’s despotic ultimatum. The Guardian said they have several other copies stored abroad so it did not matter.

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Verizon: No More Privacy For Customers

NSA or National Security Agency, is invading the privacy of millions of Americans. A top secret document seems to have been leaked and The Guardian was able to get their hands on it, and share it with us. The document can be found HERE. The document appears to have been put into effect on April 25th, and to stay active until June 19th. The information on this court order isn’t suppose to be declassified until 2038, yes you read that right, 2038

When I first read about NSA requiring Verizon to fork over tons of data I started trying to figure out what was going on, personally I do not use Verizon, and I have no idea why Verizon would be targeted for this information, apparently there is something going on that we just don’t know. Below I have ripped apart the document and have tried to understand it, and make it more understandable to you, the reader.

The F.B.I. or Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NSA are working together to find terrorists, this order has been written up in pursuance of 50 U.S.C. § 1861: US Code – Section 1861: Access to certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.

United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington D.C. is “Requiring the production of tangible things from Verizon business network services.”

All call detail records or “telephony metadata” created by Verizon for calls between the United States and abroad, or within the United States. This order exempts Verizon from needing to provide communications that originate and terminate in foreign countries.

Telephony metadata includes:

  • Comprehensive communications routing information.
  • Including but not limited to session identifying information (e.g., originating and terminating telephone number
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number
  • International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.)
  • Trunk identifier
  • Telephone calling card numbers
  • And time and duration of call.

Telephony metadata does not include:

  • Substantive content of any communication, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 2510(8): “contents”, when used with respect to any wire, oral, or electronic communication, includes any information concerning the substance, purport, or meaning of that communication;
  • Name,
  • Address
  • Financial information of a subscriber or customer.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order, other than to: (a) those persons to whom disclosure is necessary to comply with such Order; (b) an attorney to obtain legal advice or assistance with respect to the production of things in response to the Order; or (c) other persons as permitted by the Director of the FBI or the Director’s designee. A person to whom disclosure is made pursuant to shall be subject to the nondisclosure requirements applicable to a person to whom an Order is directed in the same manner as such person. Anyone who discloses to a person described in (a), (b), or (c) that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things pursuant to this Order shall notify such person of the nondisclosure requirements of this Order. At the request of the Director of the FBI or the designee of the Director, any person making or intending to make a disclosure under (a) or (c) above shall identify to the Director or such designee the person to whom such disclosure will be made or to whom such disclosure was made prior to the request.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that service of this Order shall be by a method agreed upon by the Custodian of Records of Verizon and the FBI, and if no agreement is reached, service shall be personal.

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