ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:18 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

What Exempting Homeland Security Agencies from New Racial Profiling Rules Means for Millions of Americans

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 2:11 pm

Key security agencies in the United States are expected to be exempted from new Justice Department rules announced by President Barack Obama’s administration to reduce racial profiling by federal law enforcement. The exemptions will permit Homeland Security agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 1:29 pm

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

FBI Sting Operation in St. Louis: Preemptive Policing Ahead of Announcement of Grand Jury Decision

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Days before a grand jury announcement is expected on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for killing an unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown, the FBI has reportedly targeted and caught two men with alleged connections to the New Black Panthers who allegedly planned to purchase guns to hurt police officers. Multiple news [...]

Undercover Supreme Court Police Deployed Outside Courthouse to Spy on Protests

By: Monday November 17, 2014 10:18 am

When J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director, he wanted agents to enhance people’s paranoia and make them feel like there was an agent behind every mailbox. His agents were particularly targeting dissent. Now, these days, the use of undercover agents in criminal investigations or general operations has grown to such a degree that a citizen [...]

Trial in the Political Prosecution of Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Starts with Jury Selection

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 5:26 pm

Jury selection in the trial of Rasmea Odeh, who is accused by the United States government of committing immigration fraud on a naturalization form, took place today in Detroit, Michigan. The trial is expected to take place over the next three days. Odeh is a 67-year-old associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) [...]

Judge Rejects Government’s Effort to Have No Fly List Lawsuit Dismissed by Invoking ‘State Secrets’

By: Friday October 31, 2014 12:22 pm

A federal judge has denied a motion by the United States government to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a US citizen alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The government had attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed by invoking the state secrets privilege. The case involves Gulet [...]

The FBI & Impersonating the Press to Catch a Bomb Threat Suspect

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 6:25 pm

Both the Associated Press and Seattle Times are outraged that the FBI impersonated the Seattle Times in order to transmit malware to a bomb threat suspect so his location would be revealed. In June 2007, the FBI used a software tool called a “computer and Internet Protocol address verifier” or CIPAV. The agency sent a [...]

Movie Review: CitizenFour, Snowden for Lovers and Haters

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:39 am

Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras’ new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden’s early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let’s have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else. But First, a Quick Recap Snowden worked deep inside America’s national security state. His last [...]

Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt. Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with [...]

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