USAID’s Response to AP’s Story on ‘Cuban Twitter’: What Isn’t Denied & What’s Striking About It

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:04 pm

It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story. The only problem is the rebuttal [...]

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:33 am

Days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he pledged to have his administration create an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” Then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, later contended the administration was the “most transparent administration ever.” At a rally in 2010, Obama told the public, “We have put in place the toughest ethics laws and toughest transparency rules of any administration in [...]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying, Argues Associated Press Caused Muslims to Suffer

By: Friday February 21, 2014 9:44 am

A lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs had involved discrimination because the department targeted Muslims at mosques, schools and restaurants in New Jersey was dismissed by a federal judge. The federal judge, William J. Martini, in the United States District Court of Newark, accepted most if not all of the government’s arguments [...]

Why Should AP Withhold Name of Country Where US Might Launch Drone & Kill Another US Citizen?

By: Monday February 10, 2014 3:49 pm

UPDATE – 9:00 PM EST: Late in the afternoon, the Los Angeles Times went ahead and released the name of the country: Pakistan. That it explains the concern. There definitely are special operations forces from the US operating covertly in the country and the US cannot call too much attention to them without risking blowback. [...]

Anonymous US Officials Lie About Drone Attack on Wedding Convoy in Yemen

By: Friday December 20, 2013 5:33 pm

At least a dozen people in a wedding convoy were killed in the al-Bayda province of Yemen on December 12 when the United States launched a drone attack. It provoked great outrage, and, in the aftermath, the Yemeni government compensated a local tribe and Yemen’s parliament passed a resolution to ban US drone strikes. Nothing [...]

FBI Agent’s Decision to Plead Guilty to AP Leak Doesn’t Necessarily Vindicate Seizure of Phone Records

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:58 pm

A former FBI agent, who was working as a contractor for the FBI, has pled guilty to leaking “national defense information” to a reporter who was not authorized to receive that information. The leak was to the Associated Press and the guilty plea makes the contractor the ninth leak-related prosecution by the government under President [...]

9/11 Anniversary and How Snowden’s Whistleblowing Has Shifted Views on Phone, Internet Surveillance

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 10:35 am

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that killed over three thousand people when planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Americans were more than willing to give up civil liberties if it meant it would be easier for the government to fight the “war [...]

Holder’s Off-the-Record Meetings with the Press: A Ploy Intended to Make a Public Relations Point

By: Friday May 31, 2013 6:13 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole and other Justice Department officials held two planned off-the-record meetings with the press on Thursday and Friday. At the moment, details from the Friday meeting have yet to be publicized by media executives or representatives who attended, but there are numerous details from the Thursday meeting [...]

The Press’ Outrage Toward Obama Justice Department for Targeting Reporters in Leaks Investigations

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 11:27 am

The Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records, along with criminalizing Fox News reporter James Rosen to pursue a leak investigation into a former State Department contractor, has led to media organizations making some of the most clear defenses of freedom of the press to date. It has inspired a healthy amount of [...]

Obama Justice Department: Criminalizing the Press Like the Bush Administration

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 9:14 am

Attorney General Eric Holder has claimed he has never been involved in the “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material,” but the Justice Department under President Barack Obama has been more than willing to criminalize the press in order to enable or enhance the ability of the department to pursue leak investigations. [...]

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