Search Warrants Against WikiLeaks Staff: Justice Department, Google & US Media Silence Threaten Press Freedom

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 11:46 pm

The United States government served search warrants on Google in March 2012 and demanded that the company hand over data from WikiLeaks staff members for the purpose of an investigation into violations of the Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a larceny statute and a “conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the [...]

A Lost Document from the Cold War: The International Scientific Commission Report on Bacterial Warfare during the Korean War

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 2:09 pm

This article covers the first Internet posting and analysis of a unique Cold War document, the 1952 “Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China.” The ISC was headed by one of Britain’s foremost scientists of his day, Sir Joseph Needham. The charges of U.S. use of biological warfare during the Korean War have long been the subject of intense controversy. The reliance, in part, on testimony from U.S. prisoners of war led to U.S. charges of “brainwashing.” These charges later became the basis of a cover story for covert CIA experimentation into use of use of drugs and other forms of coercive interrogation and torture that became the basis for its 1963 KUBARK manual on interrogation, and much later, a powerful influence on the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program.

Podcast: Journalist Marcy Wheeler Reports on Trial Against Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling for Alleged Leak

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 9:55 am

A jury continues to deliberate on a verdict in the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking details about a CIA operation that involved a Russian asset, who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. The government claims he leaked the details to New York Times journalist [...]

As Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty to Plotting Terrorism, More Questions About the FBI’s Sting Operation

By: Saturday January 24, 2015 9:20 am

A twenty year-old man in Ohio, who was the target of an FBI sting operation, pled not guilty to charges on January 22. He is accused of plotting an attack on the US Capitol and faces charges of “attempted killing of a government official,” “possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of [...]

Emergency Early Release Taken Off The Table As Ohio Considers Options For Overcrowded Prisons

By: Friday January 23, 2015 1:45 pm

As prisoners, advocates and journalists warned of deteriorating conditions in Ohio’s prisons over the past year, the inmate population slowly crept back up to around 30% over capacity. During that time, prisoners in the buckeye state were fed spoiled, inedible meals by the food contractor Aramark, sometimes tainted with maggots. They also suffered abuse and [...]

‘A Piece of Torture’: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Diary Describes Brutal Transfer from Bagram

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 9:03 pm

[Editor's Note: Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, is the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. How his "Guantanamo Diary" came to be published, along with various details on his capture, detention and legal push for release, were highlighted at this [...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Federal Air Marshal Whistleblower & Upholds Whistleblower Law

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:55 pm

A federal air marshal whistleblower won an important Supreme Court victory on January 21 when justices voted 7-2 that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and had not been “specifically prohibited by the law,” as the government claimed. Robert J. MacLean, a former Transportation Security Agency (TSA) air marshal, became a [...]

New Rules For Solitary Confinement On Rikers Island Attempt To Fix What Must Be Replaced

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 2:36 pm

Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez? Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation. Henriquez had complained of chest pains for seven months before being thrown in ‘the bing,’ but no one at the prison took [...]

At Sentencing, Journalist Barrett Brown Expresses Regrets & Condemns Criminalization of Journalists

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 12:09 pm

In a case which dragged on for well over two years, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a court in Dallas. The judge accepted most if not all of the “sentencing enhancement” proposed by the government. Brown pled guilty to three charges that stemmed from uploading YouTube [...]

Despite Prior Claims, FBI’s Own Records Show Agency Coordinated with Police & Spied on Occupy Movement

By: Wednesday January 21, 2015 6:52 pm

The FBI spied on Occupy Chicago. It also coordinated with police departments, helping other law enforcement agencies keep tabs on Occupy protesters, according to documents obtained by independent journalist Yana Kunichoff. The documents contradict a statement from the FBI in November 2011, where the agency declared, “Recent published blogs and news stories have reported the [...]

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