Former Homeland Security Analyst Describes Being Retaliated Against for Work on White Supremacist Terrorism

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 6:44 pm

A Homeland Security Department analyst and a 2009 report he helped produce on right-wing extremism is receiving increased attention after Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old white supremacist and military veteran, shot and killed six worshipers and wounded others, including a police officer, at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Daryl Johnson worked for the Homeland Security [...]

ACLU Presses on With Challenge to US No-Fly List

By: Friday May 11, 2012 5:21 pm

For the past two years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been challenging the US government’s No-Fly List. It has raised objection to the secrecy surrounding the list and the fact that people, who are on the list, are typically not told why their name is on the list. The government also does not [...]

The Ever-Expanding Surveillance State That Has Grown Under Obama

By: Friday April 20, 2012 4:54 pm

The surveillance state in the United States has only grown in America since the September 11th attacks. It has increasingly been used to spy and intrude on the lives of journalists and activists. And, during a Democracy Now! special, a full hour was spent delving into the National Security Agency’s evolution into an entity that [...]

The Privacy Nightmares of CISPA

By: Monday April 16, 2012 5:55 pm

A cybersecurity bill that many believe poses clear dangers to digital freedom is drawing the ire of digital freedom and civil liberties groups. The legislation, the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing Protection Act (CISPA), should be a major story all week. In anticipation of headlines that might be made as members of Congress propose amendments to the [...]

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Bradley Manning Supporter’s Lawsuit Against the US Government

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 1:54 pm

A federal judge allowed a lawsuit against the US government that charges an activist was targeted for his “lawful association” with the Bradley Manning Support Network, an organization initially established to help raise funds for Pfc. Bradley Manning who is accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. Activist David House was reentering the US after [...]

DHS Official’s Precocious Congratulation on Handling of Occupy Movement

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 6:46 pm

Hundreds of records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on how department officials responded to Occupy Wall Street and the larger Occupy movement were published by the independent news website Truthout today. The records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request contain many nuggets that show how Homeland Security was conscious of [...]

Homeland Security Department Records Reveal Details on Role in Crackdown on Occupy Protests

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 1:29 pm

The independent news website Truthout obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Occupy Wall Street. They were requested by the website’s investigative reporter Jason Leopold. The news outlet was the first to request the records. The request was made in October of last year. [...]

Why the ‘Hoo-Ha’ About DHS ‘Spying’ on the Occupy Movement Is Reasonable

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 8:10 pm

WikiLeaks published a Homeland Security Department (DHS) report yesterday that showed DHS had been monitoring the Occupy movement. Naturally, those that had been participating in Occupy protests reacted to the news. They were outraged that DHS would suggest that growing support for the Occupy movement increased the possibility of violence. They were upset that Homeland [...]

WikiLeaks Uncovers Report Showing Homeland Security Monitored Occupy Movement

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:22 pm

(update below) The transparency organization WikiLeaks has published an assessment report from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) on the Occupy movement that was put together in October of last year. The assessment was attached to a Stratfor email, one of five million or so emails the organization obtained and has been releasing since February 27. [...]

Homeland Security Committee Hearing on DHS Monitoring of Social Media (Live Blog)

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:28 am

11:35 AM – Meehan concludes the hearing and mentions how state fusion centers in Pennsylvania conducted monitoring operations and sent information not just to agencies but private entities. He thanks the witnesses for being at the hearing but says the subcommittee will continue to ask questions. The meeting is adjourned. 11:33 AM – Committee member [...]

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