Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law That Targets Journalism, Whistleblowing & Speech

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 10:04 am

A coalition of groups and journalists are challenging a law passed in Idaho, which makes it possible for anyone who secretly films or records animal abuse to be jailed for up to a year. In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an ag-gag law—a farm secrecy statute aimed at political speech on industrial [...]

Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

By: Monday February 17, 2014 12:30 pm

The federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, where former CIA officer John Kiriakou is serving a thirty-month jail sentence, appears to be scrambling to find any way they can to stop him from sending letters from prison. He has written another letter that details what seem to be clear acts of retaliation. Since August of [...]

Government Efforts to Keep Use of Surveillance Secret from Drug Defendants Challenged

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 11:00 am

It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal [...]

Police in North Carolina Engaged in Spying to Root Out ‘Anarchists’ at ‘Moral Monday’ Protests

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 4:58 pm

Individuals who engaged in civil disobedience during “Moral Monday” protests are on trial in North Carolina. During the first trial of one of the protesters arrested, it came out in testimony that police for the state’s legislature conducted undercover surveillance and collected intelligence on “anarchists.” “Moral Monday” protests were organized throughout the summer by the [...]

Next Edward Snowden Is Out There So Internet Companies Cannot Be Allowed to Report Surveillance Requests

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 6:35 pm

Major Internet companies—Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! Inc., Facebook, Inc., and LinkedIn—have requested that they be allowed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to publish information on how frequently the United States government makes demands that companies provide user data. However, the government opposes this push by Internet companies to be more transparent. A spokesperson for Yahoo! [...]

What Court Orders Led Email Service, Lavabit, Which Snowden Was Reportedly Using, to Shut Down

By: Friday September 27, 2013 6:19 pm

The owner of the email service provider that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was reportedly using, Lavabit, which shut down early in August, apparently made the decision to stop operating after receiving a “pen register” order and an order under the Stored Communications Act, according to a legal filing posted by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein. [...]

Judge’s Gag Order Cuts Off Press From Receiving Reports on Barrett Brown’s Case

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:38 pm

A district court judge in Dallas, Texas, has issued an order prohibiting journalist and activist Barrett Brown and his defense team from discussing the case with the media. Brown faces multiple charges including one count of internet threats, one count of conspiracy to make publicly available restricted personal information of an employee of the United [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Highlights ‘Dealing with the Stress of a Hostile System’

By: Monday July 22, 2013 10:55 am

The second half of a third letter by former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month sentence in the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, is being published. Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush. He was [...]

Defense Acquisition University Blocks Access to Washington Post to Prevent Exposure to Snowden’s Leaks

By: Friday July 12, 2013 4:38 pm

(update below) A military defense university established by Congress has instituted a block on its computer or information systems of the Washington Post to prevent those training and working at the university from being exposed to “classified material being released.” The “classified material” is the information disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that continues to be [...]

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