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 [...]

Activists the US Military Targeted & Spied Upon Were Designated ‘Domestic Terrorists’

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 7:08 pm

Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington. Brendan Dunn [...]

Suspicionless Surveillance of Muslim Americans by NYPD Challenged by ACLU Lawsuit

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 11:59 am

A lawsuit against unlawful surveillance against Muslim communities by the New York Police Department (NYPD) was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), New York Civil Liberties Union and Clear Project yesterday. It stems from many of the revelations that came out of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting the Associated Press did last year on how [...]

Government Agrees to Destroy Information Seized from Bradley Manning Support Network Co-Founder

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 12:28 pm

The government has decided to settle a lawsuit brought by American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House. The lawsuit involves a suspicionless border search that House experienced in 2010, where he had his laptop and other electronic devices seized. As part of the settlement, the government will destroy [...]

Military Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Press to Bring Transparency to Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:19 pm

A military appeals court has decided journalists and media organizations in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) do not have standing to challenge the lack of access to court records in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. [...]

Evidence Al Qaeda ‘Received’ Information Published by WikiLeaks to Be Allowed During Bradley Manning’s Trial

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 12:27 pm

In a significant ruling, the military judge in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning has denied a motion by his defense to preclude evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda “received” copies of information published by WikiLeaks. Judge Army Col. Denise Lind wholly rejected the arguments the defense had made that evidence involving receipt [...]

Environmental Activist, Prosecuted as If He Was Terrorist, Was Held in Isolation for Political Speech

By: Monday April 1, 2013 5:42 pm

An environmental activist, who was prosecuted by the Justice Department for engaging in acts the department considers to be terrorism, has found out through a lawsuit of which he is a plaintiff that he was transferred to a prison in Marion, Illinois, and held in isolation for his political speech. Daniel McGowan, who had a [...]

Beginning of the End of FBI National Security Letter Gag Provisions?

By: Monday March 18, 2013 6:54 pm

On RT America, I discuss the recent court ruling in a lawsuit where an unnamed telecommunications company (believed to be Credo) challenged the gag provisions in FBI national security letters. A US district court in California found in a decision made public on Friday that  Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe [...]

Court Finds FBI-Issued National Security Letters ‘Significantly Infringe Upon Speech’

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 10:08 am

Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe upon speech regarding controversial government powers,” a district court in California ruled on March 15. The provisions were found to violate the First Amendment and “separation of powers principles.” National Security Letters (NSLs) are issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They are issued to [...]

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