The CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee & the Culture of Impunity for Torture

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to [...]

Congressional Investigation Finds FDA’s Unprecedented Whistleblower Surveillance Program Was Unlawful

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 11:51 am

A congressional investigation into a surveillance program by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was “unprecedented in scope and intensity” and directed at whistleblowers working within the agency, concluded that the spying operation was unlawful. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released a [...]

Security Guru with Access to Snowden Documents Briefs Congress Members (Because NSA Won’t)

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:20 pm

A security technologist who has worked with journalists and analyzed documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was asked to give a private briefing to a few members of Congress. Bruce Schneier posted on his personal blog: This morning I spent an hour in a closed room with six Members of Congress: Rep. Logfren, [...]

Obama’s Evasive Answer to a Young Man Protesting at Immigration Reform Rally

By: Monday November 25, 2013 8:57 pm

President Barack Obama gave a speech at an immigration reform rally in San Francisco. During the speech, he was interrupted by a young man who called Obama’s attention to the immigrant families being separated by deportations. The young man may have been an immigration rights or DREAM activist, but thus far most media are referring [...]

In Congressional Briefing, Yemeni Delegation Describe Terror Drones Bring to Their Communities

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:53 am

“What could possibly justify terrorizing a community of 250,000 just for the purpose of killing one person?” At a congressional briefing hosted by Representative Alan Grayson and organized by CODEPINK, this was one of a number of questions posed as a delegation of individuals from Yemen spoke about the direct impact United States drones have [...]

The Next Homeland Security Chief: What Senators Will Ignore During Jeh Johnson’s Nomination Hearing

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 8:12 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration began to bomb Yemen and launched an attack on al-Majalah in Yemen on December 17, 2009. A deadly strike that included at least five US Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles with cluster munitions is believed to have killed the apparent target, a suspected Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Muhammad al-Kazami, however, [...]

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:04 am

The disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have had the effect of spurring a much-needed debate while at the same time shifting Americans’ views of surveillance programs being operated by the United States government. Polling has shown—as a result of revelations from documents Snowden handed over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald or Laura [...]

In Wall Street Journal, Senator Dianne Feinstein Insidiously Defends NSA Surveillance

By: Monday October 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Legitimacy is at stake for the United States government after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents on secret surveillance programs that has ignited a wide-ranging debate. At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator [...]

Congress Knows: Survey Reveals The Real Value of the State Department

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 8:36 am

Since the government is shut down and thus there is no news to report except that the government is still shut down, we’ll reach into the memory hole for something to talk about today. Ah, here’s one… Before the shutdown the House Appropriations Committee approved an $8 billion cut for 2014 in the roughly $50 [...]

Senator Wyden Warns Public Will Have to Beat ‘Business-as-Usual Brigade’ to Win Real Surveillance Reform

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:15 pm

Senator Ron Wyden, at a conference on National Security Agency surveillance sponsored by the CATO Institute, articulated many of the frustrations he had experienced in his patient effort to unveil to citizens the true scope of what the agency thought it had the authority to do. He also offered a preview of the upcoming battle [...]

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