Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

Journalist Glenn Greenwald Suggests He Is Likely to Return to US to Accept Polk Award

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 3:55 pm

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who won a prestigious award for reporting on National Security Agency documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says he will return to the United States to accept the award in April. (Washington Post journalist Barton Gellman, who received documents from Snowden, won an award as well.) Greenwald, along with Ewen MacAskill and [...]

Was It Really ‘Human Error’ That Had a Malaysian Doctoral Student Put on the No Fly List?

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 10:24 am

In recent weeks, it has been learned that a Malaysian doctoral student, who was twice granted a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees  architecture, including a Ph. D, had her due process rights violated when she was placed on the no-fly list. She never posed a threat to the US, something [...]

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 [...]

Interview with NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney: Afraid We’re Spreading Secret Government Around World

By: Friday December 27, 2013 3:05 pm

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and law enforcement, along with the NSA, are collecting information on Americans and then using that information to arrest people. “Parallel construction” is then used to “fabricate evidence” that is substituted with evidence that is subsequently collected legally and through mechanisms that have traditionally been an accepted part of criminal [...]

Until Grand Jury Investigation Disbanded, WikiLeaks Should Remain Skeptical of US Officials’ Statements

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 3:58 pm

(updates 1 & 2 below) For the second time in the past weeks, anonymous United States government officials have spoken to a reporter with the Washington Post about a possible case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. “The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing [...]

Government: Jeremy Hammond is ‘Computer Hacking Recidivist,’ Sentence Him to 10 Years in Prison

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 9:43 am

An activist, who pled guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) while hacking into the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, in May, will be sentenced in a federal court in New York tomorrow. Jeremy Hammond worked with Anonymous to hack into Stratfor and release information from the firm. The material was eventually by [...]

Barrett Brown’s Mother Sentenced to Six Months of Probation & Fined for Hiding Laptops

By: Friday November 8, 2013 6:19 pm

The mother of Barrett Brown, a jailed journalist and activist who faces multiple charges, was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $1,000 today by a judge in Dallas. The Associated Press reported that Karen Lancaster McCutchin “apologized Friday in Dallas federal court for hiding the laptops from agents during a March raid at [...]

Political Case Brought Against Palestinian Organizer in Chicago for Immigration Fraud

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 6:56 pm

A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned for up to ten years and being deported. Rasmieh Odeh, who is sixty-six years-old, was arrested by Department [...]

The CIA’s Resistance to 6,300-Page Report on the Agency’s Use of Torture

By: Friday October 18, 2013 1:40 pm

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that has still not been declassified in some form for the public to read. And, now New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer has reported on an episode involving the confirmation of a former high-ranking CIA lawyer to serve in a [...]

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