Elite Historian Acts as Gatekeeper of Liberalism, Attempts to Discredit Assange, Greenwald & Snowden

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 9:07 pm

Few personify the death of the liberal class in the United States like writer and historian Sean Wilentz, which is why it is baffling to read an entire polemical essay from him in The New Republic on why liberals should recognize that Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden “despise the liberal state” and aim to “wound” [...]

Obama to ‘Overhaul’ Security Clearances System, Not Surveillance Programs

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 10:26 am

When President Barack Obama delivers his speech on alleged surveillance reforms on Friday, he will not be suggesting measures that will truly prevent future abuse of surveillance powers. He will be advocating for reforms that could prevent another whistleblower like NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

US Agencies Put Together ‘McCarthy-esque’ List With Americans’ Personal Data to Find ‘Untrustworthy’ Workers

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 11:49 am

Thousands of Americans had their personal data passed on to US agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service and National Security Agency as part of an effort to uncover “untrustworthy federal workers,” according to a new report from McClatchy Newspapers. The report from Marisa Taylor describes the creation of an “unprecedented” list of [...]

Al Qaeda Plot Leaks: McClatchy’s Response to New York Times Alleging Journalism Impacted US Intelligence

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:31 pm

The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own. [...]

FBI Agent’s Decision to Plead Guilty to AP Leak Doesn’t Necessarily Vindicate Seizure of Phone Records

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:58 pm

A former FBI agent, who was working as a contractor for the FBI, has pled guilty to leaking “national defense information” to a reporter who was not authorized to receive that information. The leak was to the Associated Press and the guilty plea makes the contractor the ninth leak-related prosecution by the government under President [...]

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 [...]

Revelations Around NSA, GCHQ Operations to Crack Encryption & the Need for More Whistleblowers

By: Friday September 6, 2013 11:13 am

Major revelations on the National Security Agency and British intelligence agency, GCHQ’s capabilities to crack encryption were revealed yesterday by The Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica. The revelations were from documents provided by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The stories were the first to appear from a partnership that formed in response to actions by the [...]

Manning Lawyer Submits Request for Presidential Pardon from Obama

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 10:06 am

The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence. The filing contains a letter written by her attorney, David Coombs, and a letter by Manning, which was made public during a press conference hours after Manning was [...]

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 [...]

Snowden as ‘Accused’ or ‘Alleged American Spy’ & Whether His Fears of Returning to US Are Justified

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 11:21 am

Charles B. Pierce of Esquire has been regularly updating on the effect of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on United States government surveillance programs. A recent update highlights NBC News’ Lester Holt describing Snowden as an “alleged American spy.” Pierce wrote, “That’s an order of magnitude beyond anything that has been said about Snowden [...]

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