Guantanamo Detainee Defense Attorneys Accuse FBI of Turning 9/11 Defense Team Member into Confidential Informant

By: Monday April 14, 2014 1:18 pm

Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi suspect the FBI may have turned a  defense security officer assigned to the team representing Ramzi bin al Shibh  into a “confidential informant.” An emergency motion filed under seal alleged, “as part [...]

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 [...]

The CIA & the ‘Cult of Intelligence’ Will Manage to Keep Vast Majority of Senate Torture Report Secret

By: Friday April 4, 2014 11:41 am

Why is it that the public will likely never get to read much of a major investigative report the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program—a program that included torture? Yesterday, the Senate intelligence committee voted to declassify portions of the 6,300-page report—the executive summary, findings and conclusions. [...]

Victims of US Drones Launch Organization in Yemen to Investigate Strikes, Call Attention to Civilian Impact

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:03 pm

Mohammad al-Qawli is an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Yemen. His brother, who was a primary school teacher, was killed in a drone strike by the United States in January 2013. The  Yemeni government later confirmed that his brother did not have any ties to any militants. And now, over a year after [...]

When CIA Tortured Detainees to Death — And Agents Escaped Accountability and Were Promoted

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:46 am

McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.

Secret Government Shell Game: Snowden Made NSA Phone Records Collection Indefensible But Will It End?

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:59 am

When the disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden first began to be published by The Guardian and Washington Post, the immediate reaction of President Barack Obama was not much different from the reaction of NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who now believed his agency was under some kind of unwarranted siege. It now [...]

NSA, CIA, FBI & DIA Sued Over Withholding of Records on Capture & Surveillance of Mandela

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:44 pm

The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Defense Intelligence Agency are each being sued for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act in their refusal to disclose records on anti-apartheid leader and South Africa president Nelson Mandela. Ryan Shapiro, a prolific requester of government records, submitted requests that he hopes [...]

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq: Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 11:01 am

Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of [...]

The NSA Is Collecting ’100%’ of Phone Calls in Some Country—But Where?

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 4:45 pm

The National Security Agency has developed a system of surveillance that allows it to collect all of a country’s telephone calls. The capability envelops this nation’s entire telephone network and collects the content of conversations, many which are from Americans who “telephone, visit and work in the target country,” according to The Washington Post. The [...]

‘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 [...]

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