Despite Changes, US Government Still Unwilling to Provide Meaningful Information to Americans Put on No Fly List

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:00 am

The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]

In FBI Terrorism Sting Against Mentally Ill Kansas Man, Informants Built Bomb & Provided List of Materials

By: Friday April 10, 2015 5:16 pm

In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI arrested a twenty year-old man from Topeka, Kansas, who United States government officials claim attempted to “detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas.” He also apparently suffers from mental illness. John T. Booker Jr., who also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, [...]

Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program That Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:05 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

Deconstructing FBI-NYPD’s Operation Which Allegedly Thwarted Terrorism Plot by Muslim Women in New York

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 8:19 pm

Two Muslim women from Queens, New York, were arrested for allegedly conspiring to “prepare an explosive device to be detonated in a terrorist attack in the United States.” The FBI and the New York Police Department were both involved in a long-term undercover operation that began as early as 2013. As with most alleged plots [...]

FBI Claims Disrupted Plot Against ‘Military Installation’ But No Plot Existed Before Agent Impersonated ISIS Fighter

By: Friday March 27, 2015 1:44 pm

The FBI announced in a press release that it had stopped a US Army National Guard soldier and his cousin from carrying out a terrorism plot against a “military installation” in Illinois on behalf of the Islamic State. The men were charged with conspiracy to “provide material support” to the terrorist organization and arrested as [...]

9/11 Review Commission Suggests FBI Expand Spying on Entire Racial or Ethnic Communities

By: Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:38 pm

A 9/11 Review Commission report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement recommendations the commission issued in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks was released. One of the report’s key aspects is how it suggests the agency should expand its domestic spying operations on entire racial or ethnic communities in the United [...]

FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 10:58 am

The FBI has effectively been ordered to release numerous files on surveillance against Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, including infiltration of mosques. Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California found the FBI could not invoke a “law enforcement” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, which is commonly [...]

Podcast: Government Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know FBI Agents Can See They’re Creating Terrorists

By: Sunday March 22, 2015 10:18 am

On this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, the guest is Trevor Aaronson, contributing writer to The Intercept and executive director of the Florida Center of Investigative Reporting at the University of Miami. Aaronson wrote a feature on Sami Osmakac, a mentally ill Muslim man who was the target of an FBI sting operation [...]

How Many Black Lives Matter Protests Have the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Helped Police Track?

By: Friday March 13, 2015 10:51 am

A supervisor with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helped police monitor a Black Lives Matter protest last December. The Intercept obtained an email from a St. Paul police officer and FBI JTTF member, David S. Langfellow, which informed a Bloomington police officer that a “confidential human source” has “confirmed” the [...]

FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation

By: Thursday March 5, 2015 2:16 pm

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]

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