Defense Asks Court to Sentence Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling as Leaker, Not a Spy or Communist

By: Friday April 24, 2015 6:48 pm

The defense for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, has asked a court in Alexandria, Virginia, to “see” Sterling “not as a spy or a communist who committed espionage” but as someone who leaked information to a reporter. Sterling’s defense requests that he be [...]

US Government: Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling is ‘No Whistleblower,’ Deserves Lengthy Prison Sentence

By: Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:22 pm

A sentencing memo from the United States government submitted to a federal court on Monday argued former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is “no whistleblower” and recommended that Sterling be given a severe and lengthy prison sentence. The appropriate range of nineteen and a half to twenty-four years was suggested. During a January trial, the government [...]

In FBI Terrorism Sting Against Mentally Ill Kansas Man, Informants Built Bomb & Provided List of Materials

By: Friday April 10, 2015 5:16 pm

In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI arrested a twenty year-old man from Topeka, Kansas, who United States government officials claim attempted to “detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas.” He also apparently suffers from mental illness. John T. Booker Jr., who also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, [...]

Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program That Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:05 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

DEA Surveillance Program Harvested Americans’ Call Records—And It Took Snowden’s Disclosures to End It

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 7:02 pm

The United States government harvested the records of billions of Americans’ international phone calls for over two decades. It was ended by the Justice Department in September 2013 after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden brought widespread attention to massive government surveillance. The surveillance program was made public by the Justice Department in January. The [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 11:43 am

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

In Rare & Extraordinary Decision, Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Over State Secrets

By: Monday March 23, 2015 5:05 pm

A federal judge made an extremely rare and unusual decision and dismissed a defamation lawsuit in between two private parties because the government invoked the state secrets privilege. He denied lawyers for the plaintiff in the case access to reasons why the government invoked the privilege. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleged that [...]

FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation

By: Thursday March 5, 2015 2:16 pm

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]

Judge Decides FBI, Justice Department May Keep Records on Investigation Into WikiLeaks Secret

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:27 pm

A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.” [...]

David Petraeus’ Sweetheart Plea Deal for Leaking ‘Black Books’ with Names of Covert Agents to His Biographer

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:26 pm

Former CIA director and military general David Petraeus improperly possessed “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and other classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material. He [...]

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