The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction. Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:04 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:02 am|
In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 11, 2014 10:39 am|
Chroniclers of the decline of the republic will recall March 2014. Speaking then in reference to revelations that the CIA searched computers being used by Senate staffers, and removed documents those staffers received from the CIA detailing its post-9/11 torture program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said: I have grave concerns that the CIA’s [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday July 7, 2014 11:52 pm|
On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”
One of the first books published in the series is Douglas Valentine’s invaluable, in-depth history of one of America’s most egregious counterinsurgency, torture and assassination programs, as described in his 1990 book “The Phoenix Program: American’s Use of Terror in Vietnam.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 26, 2014 6:13 pm|
A global security think tank in Washington, DC, has released a report on President Barack Obama’s drone policy. It raises several concerns about the erosion of “sovereignty norms, blowback and the potential for never-ending war and suggests the administration has fought what amounts to a “multi-year covert killing program.” But what is most remarkable is [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 23, 2014 11:34 am|
Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail. Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto” by Kiriakou, who was the first member [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday June 19, 2014 2:06 am|
A new book by Karen Wetmore documents her recovery from trauma endured as a years-long involuntary experimental victim of the CIA’s MKULTRA program. It is a unique document and memoir of a modern hero.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 11:01 am|
There had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since December of last year. The pause was reportedly to make it easier for the Pakistani government to conduct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But in a period of twenty-four hours two drone strikes were launched by the CIA, and the strikes are likely to [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday June 2, 2014 10:05 am|
Clinton’s book raises some important points. Here are the questions some reporter should ask her if given the chance, along with a note about “why it matters” for each one to make clear these are things we need to know from the likely-next president of the United States, far apart from any political slugfest.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am|
While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]