Barrett Brown, John Kiriakou & the Bureau of Prisons’ Deep Contempt for First Amendment

By: Saturday April 4, 2015 11:07 am

The Bureau of Prisons’ contempt for the First Amendment has been on full display this week. Journalist and activist Barrett Brown pled guilty to offenses stemming from YouTube videos he uploaded containing a threat directed at the FBI, emails from hackers he redacted and laptops found in a kitchen cabinet that he hid from authorities. [...]

Deconstructing FBI-NYPD’s Operation Which Allegedly Thwarted Terrorism Plot by Muslim Women in New York

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 8:19 pm

Two Muslim women from Queens, New York, were arrested for allegedly conspiring to “prepare an explosive device to be detonated in a terrorist attack in the United States.” The FBI and the New York Police Department were both involved in a long-term undercover operation that began as early as 2013. As with most alleged plots [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 11:43 am

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

Attorneys, People Detained by Chicago Police Demand End to Systematic Violations of Right to Access Lawyer

By: Tuesday March 31, 2015 9:15 pm

A leading pro-bono legal defense organization in Chicago has been negotiating with the Chicago Police Department and city of Chicago for months in order to convince officials to enforce resident’s right to attorney when they are arrested by police. Yet, despite the fact that negotiations have been ongoing since last July and there have been [...]

Journalists Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests Sue St. Louis County Police for Rights Violations

By: Monday March 30, 2015 4:51 pm

Journalists arrested while covering ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer have sued the St. Louis County police. The lawsuit alleges [PDF] that at least twenty officers, whose identities remain unknown, engaged in “unlawful conduct” that “was undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against [...]

Book Review – “This Must Be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War and Denied It Ever Since”

By: Saturday March 28, 2015 7:07 pm

Dave Chaddock’s book on the evidence of U.S. use of biological weapons during the Korean War is well-researched and convincing. It has been unjustly neglected, and now is the time for the issues it examines to get a wide public hearing.

FBI Claims Disrupted Plot Against ‘Military Installation’ But No Plot Existed Before Agent Impersonated ISIS Fighter

By: Friday March 27, 2015 1:44 pm

The FBI announced in a press release that it had stopped a US Army National Guard soldier and his cousin from carrying out a terrorism plot against a “military installation” in Illinois on behalf of the Islamic State. The men were charged with conspiracy to “provide material support” to the terrorist organization and arrested as [...]

9/11 Review Commission Suggests FBI Expand Spying on Entire Racial or Ethnic Communities

By: Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:38 pm

A 9/11 Review Commission report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement recommendations the commission issued in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks was released. One of the report’s key aspects is how it suggests the agency should expand its domestic spying operations on entire racial or ethnic communities in the United [...]

FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 10:58 am

The FBI has effectively been ordered to release numerous files on surveillance against Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, including infiltration of mosques. Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California found the FBI could not invoke a “law enforcement” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, which is commonly [...]

In Rare & Extraordinary Decision, Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Over State Secrets

By: Monday March 23, 2015 5:05 pm

A federal judge made an extremely rare and unusual decision and dismissed a defamation lawsuit in between two private parties because the government invoked the state secrets privilege. He denied lawyers for the plaintiff in the case access to reasons why the government invoked the privilege. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleged that [...]

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