Did FBI Intercept Privileged Communications to Coverup Misconduct in Interrogations of American in Yemen?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:48 am

Increasingly, American lawyers are finding they cannot guarantee that communications with their clients, which are supposed to be privileged and remain confidential, will not be violated by government intrusion. The American Bar Association, which has around 400,000 members, has expressed concern that lawyers with “overseas clients” are being violated by National Security Agency surveillance. They [...]

US Drone Strike Targeting Seminary in Settled Area of Pakistan Kills Six

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 11:15 am

At least six people were killed and several injured in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan early in the morning on November 21 when a CIA drone attacked a seminary. The drone strike appeared to have targeted militants from the Haqqani network, a group the United States government believes has close ties to [...]

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. [...]

Holder’s Off-the-Record Meetings with the Press: A Ploy Intended to Make a Public Relations Point

By: Friday May 31, 2013 6:13 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole and other Justice Department officials held two planned off-the-record meetings with the press on Thursday and Friday. At the moment, details from the Friday meeting have yet to be publicized by media executives or representatives who attended, but there are numerous details from the Thursday meeting [...]

Human Rights Groups Challenge Obama’s Claimed Targeted Killing Authority & Secrecy

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 11:36 am

Ten human rights groups have sent a letter to President Barack Obama on “shared concerns” related to the “targeted killing” policies of his administration. The letter also makes recommendations the Obama administration can take to make policies accountable and transparent. The organizations call for the public disclosure of “targeted killing standards and criteria.” They urge [...]

Top Secret Intelligence Reports Show Obama’s Drones Aren’t Only Deployed Against Al Qaeda Leaders

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 6:39 pm

United States government officials like now-CIA director John Brennan have asserted individuals must be a “legitimate target under the law” in order to be targeted and killed. However, top secret intelligence reports indicate “drone strikes in Pakistan over a four-year period didn’t adhere” to such a standard. From McClatchy‘s Jonathan Landay, who happens to be one [...]

Press Objects to Decision to Close Guantanamo Hearing to Keep Details on Detainee’s Torture Secret

By: Friday April 6, 2012 2:07 pm

(photo: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout.org) A group of news organizations that include the New York Times, the Washington Post and the McClatchy Co. has filed an objection to the Pentagon’s plan to close an upcoming hearing in the case of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is alleged to have been involved in masterminding an attack on [...]

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