Chelsea Manning’s New Lawyers Will Challenge ‘Frightening’ Espionage Act Charges on Appeal

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:01 am

At an event at Georgetown Law Center last night, Chelsea Manning’s new lawyers provided a preview of what they expect to happen during the appeals process in her military case. Nancy Hollander, a defense attorney who has defended various individuals accused of terrorism or national security offenses, and Vincent Ward, a former JAG lawyer with [...]

Did You Know We Won in Afghanistan?

By: Monday April 14, 2014 7:17 am

You’ll be forgiven if you somehow had come to the conclusion that the U.S. has not won the 13 year war in Afghanistan. You might have been mislead by the constant “Blue on Green” attacks, where people in “Afghan Army Uniforms” kill their American comrades. Or that the Taliban still controls whole provinces. Or that [...]

Podcast: CCR Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei on Judge Dismissing Lawsuit Against Extrajudicial Killings of US Citizens

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 10:09 am

The families of three United States citizens, who were not indicted, charged or prosecuted for committing crimes but were killed in drone strikes by the US government, lost in court when a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights. “These deaths happened in 2011,” according to lead CCR staff [...]

FBI Thinks Whistleblowers Should ‘Register’ So They’re Not Targeted by Insider Threat Program

By: Friday April 11, 2014 4:50 pm

The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection. Special attention was paid to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [...]

Texas Town Suspends Teacher Because She Is Transgender

By: Friday April 11, 2014 10:26 am

The town of Lumberton, Texas, suspended a transgender teacher simply because a few parents complained she should not be teaching their children. Laura Jane Klug, born Kurt Klug, worked as a fifth grade substitute teacher at Lumberton Intermediate School on several occasions without incident, but was asked not to return after some of the students’ [...]

FBI Agents Were Deployed in Hundreds of JSOC Raids Conducted in Iraq & Afghanistan

By: Friday April 11, 2014 9:55 am

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed agents in hundreds of raids conducted as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from The Washington Post. Journalists Adam Goldman and Julie Tate reported that JSOC, an elite military unit which retired [...]

Justice Department: Routine Use of Deadly Force by Albuquerque Police Result of ‘Culture of Aggression’

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 5:50 pm

A Department of Justice civil investigation has found that a majority of shootings by Albuquerque police officers between 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional. Officers “too often use deadly force” when using their firearms. “Albuquerque police officers often use deadly force in circumstances where there is no imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to [...]

What the Human Barbie Really Says About Us

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 11:11 am

Sometimes the best way to see through an argument is by employing the tool of reductio ad absurdum, where you take an argument w-a-y out to an extreme to make it very clear that the whole thing is just wrong. Let’s take on the case of the Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova, a dose of reductio [...]

Nevada Rancher Says He’s Surrounded by Militarized US Government Forces Who’ve Come to Remove Cattle

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 9:21 am

A cattle rancher in Nevada, who has been fighting the government for decades in order to keep his cattle grazing on public land, now says he is surrounded by an army of federal agents who are there to show they have “unlimited” police power. The Bureau of Land Management obtained a federal court order to [...]

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 1:04 am

In March 2014, the CIA released a new version its 1963 KUBARK interrogation/torture manual which contains new revelations that extend our knowledge of CIA interrogation activities. The updated version of the manual still contains numerous redactions, even 51 years after the document’s origination. But it also includes brand-new information about the CIA’s use of torture, including never before revealed discussions of the CIA’s early use of foreign intelligence services for both interrogation and detention, including the use of such foreign services as cover for CIA interrogations.

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