Over at Lawfare blog, which is a bastion on the Internet for United States national security establishment thinking, editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes is pushing this argument that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is to blame for a massive civil liberties violation. That violation involves providing 160,000 emails collected by the NSA to the Washington Post [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 8, 2014 11:47 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 13, 2014 12:33 pm|
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book on her four years in the State Department, was on NPR’s “Fresh Air” for a wide-ranging interview. She was asked about former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and again Clinton refused to admit that Snowden had any positive impact in the United [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 26, 2014 10:54 am|
The University of Connecticut hosted a keynote speaking event with former United States senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on April 23. She was asked a question about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and proceeded to express puzzlement and mock him for disclosing information on top secret surveillance programs. Much of what Clinton [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 2, 2013 9:31 am|
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was recently found guilty of nineteen offenses related to his disclosures to WikiLeaks, faces a possible twelve years in prison because of his decision to provide a cache of over 250,000 US State Embassy cables to the media organization. He could be put in prison for ten years for stealing the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 21, 2012 1:51 pm|
(update below) United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr announced ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. There was no signed agreement. The ceasefire is essentially “quiet in exchange for quiet,” as one Israeli diplomatic source put it. In the announcement, Clinton reiterated the US’s position that “all rocket attacks must [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 18, 2011 11:31 am|
The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Syria today, in conjunction with a statement calling for President Asad to step down. Such sanctions may not be effective, and they tend to have adverse consequences for innocents. Pressure from neighboring states may be more effective.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday August 5, 2011 11:53 am|
The British press is reporting that ten major human rights and anti-torture organizations have announced they will not be cooperating or participating in the United Kingdom Torture Inquiry, headed by Sir Peter Gibson. The organizations, who sent a letter on August 3 to Sara Carnegie, Solicitor to the Detainee Inquiry, cited a lack of transparency and credibility in the proposed investigation, noting, “Plainly an Inquiry conducted in the way that you describe and in accordance with the Protocol would not comply with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”
A new phase in the struggle for accountability for torture and war crimes is sure to begin.