DEA’s Massive License Plate Tracking Program Spies on Millions of Americans, Helps Agents Seize Property

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 1:00 pm

The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. Heavily censored documents from the DEA show the “pilot” National [...]

Despite Prior Claims, FBI’s Own Records Show Agency Coordinated with Police & Spied on Occupy Movement

By: Wednesday January 21, 2015 6:52 pm

The FBI spied on Occupy Chicago. It also coordinated with police departments, helping other law enforcement agencies keep tabs on Occupy protesters, according to documents obtained by independent journalist Yana Kunichoff. The documents contradict a statement from the FBI in November 2011, where the agency declared, “Recent published blogs and news stories have reported the [...]

FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 4:11 pm

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]

Podcast: The ‘Cuban Five’ — On Their Case & Release from US Prison as Part of a Prisoner Swap

By: Sunday December 21, 2014 10:49 am

The release of the last three members of the “Cuban Five” as part of a prisoner swap marking a shift in United States policy toward Cuba was a victory for people all over the world, who had been seeking justice and freedom for them. The “Cuban Five” are five men, who were sent to Miami [...]

Senator Rockefeller May Effectively Kill Freedom of Information Act Improvement if He Doesn’t Lift Hold Today

By: Monday December 8, 2014 12:53 pm

UPDATE – 6:00 PM EST: West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller stopped blocking the bill and the Freedom of Information Act Improvement legislation passed in the Senate. The groundswell of opposition to Rockefeller certainly played a role in forcing Rockefeller into the tenuous position of having to defend his position. When the White House and [...]

Amtrak’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Guidelines & the White Privilege of Freedom of Travel

By: Friday October 24, 2014 7:51 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may [...]

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 1:03 pm

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act, President Barack Obama signed into law a provision requiring that Congress [...]

When the Government’s Secrecy Arguments Are Not Blindly Accepted by Judges

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:46 am

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been force-fed and subjected to rough cell extractions prior to such feeding, is finally getting the opportunity to have his case challenging his treatment heard in court today. Remarkably, the hearing comes after two major victories, where the judge agreed the legal proceeding should be open [...]

Inspector General Claims to Have Found No ‘Instances’ Where CIA Over-Classified Secrets

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 8:17 pm

The inspector general for the CIA conducted a review of whether the agency was keeping information secret that should be public and found “no instances of over-classification.” The Reducing Over-Classification Act, signed into law on October 7, 2010, requires the inspector general for each United States department or agency with an officer who makes classification [...]

Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesn’t Know How to Evade Location Tracking

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 5:39 pm

In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would “alert law violators”—otherwise known as criminals—to how to [...]

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