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 [...]

Declassified History Provides Remarkable Look at NSA Operations During the Cold War

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 11:40 am

A National Security Agency history of intelligence activities during the Cold War has been further declassified. For the first time, the names of a few of the people who were on a watch list operated by the NSA have not been withheld. The history also contains various details that are exceptionally relevant to the debate [...]

FISA Court: Congress, Phone Companies Could Have Challenged NSA’s Bulk Data Collection (But Didn’t)

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:10 pm

The secret surveillance court, which authorizes requests for bulk data collection by the National Security Agency under the “business records” provision of the PATRIOT Act, has released a court opinion and order related to a recent request for “certain business records of specified telephone service providers.” The disclosure is, for the most part, unprecedented. Intelligence agency [...]

Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national [...]

Impossible to Know How Many Violations of Americans’ Privacy NSA Has Committed, Documents Show

By: Friday August 16, 2013 10:19 am

President Barack Obama, although recently suggesting he would be open to discussion about some reforms to National Security Agency surveillance policies, has maintained that the United States has laws, which “specifically prohibit” the government from “surveilling US persons without a warrant. And there are a whole range of safeguards that have been put in place [...]

Snowden’s Whistleblowing Creates Climate for Critical House Vote on NSA Surveillance

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 9:24 am

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on top secret United States government surveillance programs and arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport about one month ago. He is set to leave the transit zone where he has been living just as a critical vote in Congress on NSA surveillance is scheduled to take [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder Testifies Before the House Judiciary Committee (Live Updates)

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 12:00 pm

3:40 PM EST There are some lines of questioning that deserve to be highlighted because representatives actually raised critical issues that the Justice Department is responsible for creating and exacerbating. Or, these issues are ones where the Justice Department has the complete ability to take action and hasn’t. I’ll probably put up a post. But, I’m [...]

Congressional Progressive Caucus Holds Hearing on US Drone Policies

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 5:20 pm

In a rare hearing held by leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), members displayed interest in providing oversight to national security policies and heard testimony on drone operations abroad, drone technology, executive and congressional authority for “targeted killings,” how strikes go beyond what is permitted under international human rights law and dangerous precedents being [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder: US Government Has Authority to Target & Kill US Citizens on US Soil

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 6:28 pm

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sent three letters to CIA director nominee John Brennan requesting an answer on “whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil,” finally received an answer from Attorney General Eric Holder. The answer indicates the [...]

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