Lawyers for Journalist Barrett Brown Challenge Government’s Criminalization of Link-Sharing

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 11:09 am

Critical update: Government dismisses charges related to link-sharing. Lawyers for Barrett Brown, an activist, author and journalist, have filed motions to dismiss several of the offenses, which he faces. Dismissal motions related to the charges stemming from sharing a link and allegedly obstructing justice by placing laptops in a residence prior to the execution of [...]

Undercover FBI Agent Tried to Get Activists to Send Money to PFLP, a US-Designated Terrorist Organization

By: Friday February 28, 2014 7:41 pm

Alleged evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used to obtain search warrants for raids on the homes of antiwar and international solidarity activists in the midwestern United States were unsealed. The files reveal a persistent effort by an undercover FBI agent to get activists to send money to the Popular Front for the Liberation [...]

Was It Really ‘Human Error’ That Had a Malaysian Doctoral Student Put on the No Fly List?

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 10:24 am

In recent weeks, it has been learned that a Malaysian doctoral student, who was twice granted a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees  architecture, including a Ph. D, had her due process rights violated when she was placed on the no-fly list. She never posed a threat to the US, something [...]

Podcast: Treating Activists as ‘Terrorists’ to Justify Surveillance & Infiltration of Groups

By: Sunday February 2, 2014 10:16 am

“We’re living in a world in which DHS [Department of Homeland Security], the Department of Justice and other arms of the federal government are funding state and local law enforcement to the tune of billions to purchase all sorts of military-grade surveillance equipment,” says Kade Crockford, the guest for this weekly podcast. Crockford, a director [...]

Why is Illinois, Not the US Government, Putting ‘NATO 3′ on Trial for Terror Conspiracy?

By: Monday January 20, 2014 9:29 pm

Three activists known as the “NATO 3″ are scheduled to go on trial tomorrow in Chicago. They were arrested days before a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the city in May 2012 and later indicted on terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges. The trial will be significant as it involves a state terrorism [...]

Martin Luther King Jr., COINTELPRO and the Normalization of Bulk Surveillance in Post-9/11 America

By: Monday January 20, 2014 12:11 pm

There are few better examples of why there should be no bulk data collection, surveillance where the personal data of millions is collected indiscriminately and without suspicion. Neither United States government agencies nor private companies should possess repositories of records or communications that are stored for searches later. And yet President Barack Obama plans to [...]

Obama NSA Speech: Pretty Words, No Real Change

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 11:06 am

Bottom Line Up Front: The details of Obama’s most recent speech about “changes” to the NSA’s surveillance practices reveal that sadly little of substance will change. A few cosmetic touchups, some nice words, issues tossed into the pit of Congress to fade away in partisan rancor, and high hopes that the issue will slip away [...]

Activists Who Took FBI Files in 1971 Praise Edward Snowden, Defend How He Blew the Whistle

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 4:34 pm

The shrill brigade of critics opposed to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have repeatedly emphasized their belief that if he truly thought he was engaged in civil disobedience he should have remained in the United States and allowed himself to be jailed and prosecuted like Daniel Ellsberg or even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [...]

The Creep of Counterterrorism: FBI’s Professed ‘Primary Function’ No Longer ‘Law Enforcement’

By: Monday January 6, 2014 5:01 pm

An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan. Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates [...]

New York Times Knew Missing American in Iran Was Working for CIA Back in 2007

By: Friday December 13, 2013 3:53 pm

A major story on a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran was published by the Associated Press yesterday. It revealed details on a coverup at the Central Intelligence Agency to cover up the fact that the agent, Robert Levinson, had been “recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the [...]

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