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Federal Government Supported Tor Being Used by Thousands of Bradley Mannings,.
8 October 2012
Tor Being Used by Thousands of Bradley Mannings
TOR management seems deathly quiet about US Navy funding. Any further background?
We found several documents which describe the Navy's current funding for Tor-related research in order to boost Tor's use by the Navy for communications. More fully described at the web page of DARPA's SAFER program.
From that page we traced the the Navy contract to SRI International as pass-through to Tor as well as to several research projects aimed at enhancing Tor. Many of these included Tor researchers on the team.
For these see the five listings on Cryptome's offsite section.
Following five items relate to DoD Tor Project funding and research through Navy pass-through SRI International Contract No. N66001-11-C-4002 for $1,230,571 of which $503,706 (below) went to the Tor Project. 2012-00685 Safer Warfighter Communications Program October 6, 2012 2012-00685 Safer Warfighter Communications Solicitation October 6, 2012 2012-00684 Evading Censorship with Browser-Based Proxies October 6, 2012 2012-00683 StegoTorus: A Camouflage Proxy for Tor October 6, 2012 2012-00682 Bootstrapping Comms into Anti-Censorship System October 6, 2012 http://cryptome.org/2012/10/tor-financial-2011.pdf (downloaded from Tor Project)
Further, you may recall the Tor inventors' and later developers' assertion that the greater the number of Tor users the better the camouflage for cloaking Tor users in the roiling tumult.
And, as well, Tor developers crowing about submerging millions of users of other programs into the Tor torrent -- with or without their knowledge. For example, Mike Perry proposed grabbing the data of millions of users of Do-Not Track (not sure if that was done, maybe explained on the Tor fora).
I would guess that the open disclosure of Navy funding indicates success at establishing sufficient camouflage for military, government and their contractors/NGOs use as well as having established sufficient means to covertly monitor Tor to assure security against breaches and attacks.
It would also put on public notice that the military has a protective role in Tor, for defensive or aggressive possibilities against abusers, attackers and skeptics. It provides a USG warning of don't cyber-mess with Tor or cruise missiles/drones will be heading toward your server farms, power grids and GPS'd log-on locations.
As a US patriot taxed for unending warmongering and profiteering I am comforted that most of Tor's funds now openly come from USG outsourcing by military, diplomatic and scientific research, that Tor is now a wholly, openly Tor.gov.com. No need to protest innocence, it is now an NGO bribery done deal among many others duped into cloaking Tor's patriotic mission to propagandize and advance USG's interests above all others through procurement of the unpaid services thousands of volunteers as grunts.
The disclosure could be ruse, to be sure, as with anything associated with the military or government.
A beffuddled mind might suspect a cyberwar is going on in Tor between those running it and those which are using it for anti-government purposes not to the liking of the USG, by going deeper into the onion than the onion inventors envisioned to covertly monitor Tor users. That the Navy has discovered the betrayal of the betrayers and is engaged in cyberwar yet to be disclosed, maybe not fully understood. Could be that thousands of Bradley Mannings are continuing to do the right thing with Tor.
Hillary Clinton said recently that is what freedom of speech means.
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19 October 2012. A2 sends:
The response to the TOR piece here:
and the referrals offered still do not indicate the extent of the USG funding of TOR.
The revelation that the USN uses TOR is hardly news, after all the USN holds the TOR patent. What Cryptome did reveal was just how much the USN was pouring into TOR. This is above the already significant funding by the Department of State, and other USG entities.
Keep the data coming John, TOR is not a street wise hacker collective.
12 October 2012
Letter to A on Tor
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 01:14:04 +0000
From: frihetnull <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Letter to A at cryptome.org
Take a bespectacled gander at "Past Sponsors". And I quote for your reference, "DARPA and ONR via Naval Research Laboratory (2001-2006)". What a curious way to hide an affiliation. Perhaps A should call up "tor management" and ask direct questions. Contact info can be found at
They even list an old-fashioned telephone for direct voice to voice communications.
My genitals would quiver with glee if you published this information months before Tor published the information on their website. Andrew Lewman published the financial statements and Dept of Commerce Data Collection Form on Friday, October 5, 2012, see
Having recovered from a powerful conspriacy-gasm, you clicked links for half of an hour reframing these documents to sound like a fantastic conspiracy of control and puppeteering. You will also note all of these data is easily found, gathered, and published in the name of US Government transparency. The Dept of Commerce Data Collection Form gives you all the source programs one needs to learn to find this information online. You will note very few of such DCF forms are published ever. Why would Tor publish this if for not to create such an easy-to-follow trail?
Rather, I think the real conspiracy is that Tor published the documents at all. Plausibly, they did so in the name of transparency and to the horror of their funding organizations. I do so applaud the Tor Project's transparency and commitment to such an ideal. They far outweigh and garner more trust than Wikileaks could ever hope to do. Now if Jacob would with Julian into the Ecuadorian embassy with Julian, the two could bro-code and have endless recursion of bro-love for life. Sadly, my genitals are left wanting for your publishing of such documents means you did not do the faintest bit of work, rather Tor did it all for you. Investigation, my dear, takes time, effort, and disclosure of something the world doesn't already know.
Further, your own bro-love slave in Alan Taylor of PGPBOARD (CAPS WERE FUN IN THE 1970s SIR), selectively used copy and paste to reframe your own reframing of said financials and funding for maximal paranoia. You two are aware that Al Gore, nay, DARPA invented the Internet, correct? Your entire means of propagation is due to DARPA research and funding. Imagine the backdoors in TCP, IP, Manchester encoding, and such other protocols on which we rely every day.
If you want to recover some higher probability of quivering genitals, publish Tor's 2011 990 before they do.
As a former American taxpayer, I do so wish I could direct my taxes towards more projects like Tor. I much rather more Tor and Tor-like projects exist than in lieu of the United States Government spending more money on $22 billion dollar F-22 fighters that cannot fly and are easily copied by the Chinese in 50% of the time for 25% of the cost. If the US Navy and other military branches do wish to spend more money on Tor, I say godspeed sirs. All governments should spend money on Tor. Tor works, unlike smart ships, fancy jets, and other DHS/TSA boondoggles bankrupting what was once a fine society.
Freedom sir, is a dish best served to all equally. Thankfully, elements within governments are funding such projects rather than simply funding more fantasies they copied from Metropolis, 1984, Brave New World, Farenheit 451, and Kallocain.
I cross posted this letter to tor-talk because I know the Tor Project will publish it unredacted. Unlike sirs John and Alan who selectively edit for maximal conspiracy value.
Cheers bretheren, the fight for freedom continues aghast at your apathy and ignorance.