New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration’s Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 10:52 am

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the [...]

He ‘Lied About China Contacts’: Latest Yellow Journalism on Snowden Published by The Daily Beast

By: Friday January 3, 2014 4:39 pm

(update below) Journalism based on sensationalism and crude exaggeration is by historical definition known as yellow journalism. A recent article at The Daily Beast by Gordon G. Chang, which accuses former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of lying, is this kind of despicable journalism. The headline decided upon by an editor at The Daily Beast is [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Discusses Meeting Snowden & Most Critical Revelations from Him (So Far)

By: Monday October 21, 2013 5:13 pm

Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).  The conference examined surveillance, traditional and high-tech, how it intersected amongst federal, state and local levels of government and what had been exposed by former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Restore the [...]

Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program Inspired Snowden to Become a Whistleblower

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 10:18 pm

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the ultimate decision to become a whistleblower when he came across a classified 2009 inspector general’s report on the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program during the administration of President George W. Bush. He read about the program and found it was illegal, according to an interview with New [...]

Under Obama, NSA Continued Expansion of Program to Collect Data on Some Americans’ Social Networks

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 3:18 pm

(update below) Under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on social connections between some Americans to help “discover and track” connection between “intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States,” according to a report from The New York Times.  The story from Times journalist James Risen and freelance journalist [...]

Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national [...]

Obama Administration Remains Committed to Forcing Reporter to Testify Against His Source

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:47 pm

In a filing to a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argues that a reporter for the New York Times has no constitutional right to a reporter’s privilege in a case involving a leak allegedly committed by a former CIA officer. The case involves a former CIA officer, Jeffrey Sterling, who face charges of violating the Espionage [...]

In Ruling Ordering Times Reporter to Testify Against Source, Dissenting Judge Defends Freedom of the Press

By: Saturday July 20, 2013 11:36 am

A divided federal appeals court ruled that a reporter for the New York Times did not have a reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment or common law that would protect him from having to testify in a leak case against one of his sources. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court order, which held Times reporter [...]

ABC News Correspondent Questions Obama Administration’s War on Whistleblowing

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 6:44 pm

Give credit to Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, who in a press conference today challenged the Obama Administration for celebrating aggressive journalists that have died in Syria as it simultaneously goes after similar journalism in the United States. Tapper put up a blog post at ABC News with a video and transcript [...]

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