Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 4:26 pm

The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers. On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for [...]

Snowden’s Revelations Led to an Exponential Increase in US Media Coverage of the NSA

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 10:43 am

One staggering impact of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations has been reflected in the exponential increase in media coverage of the NSA. Using the NEXIS database of news articles from LexisNexis, I conducted a search and discovered that coverage of the agency had increased over 1000% since Snowden’s disclosures began to be published [...]

Why Snowden Won’t, As Kerry Jingoistically Put It, ‘Man Up’ & ‘Trust the American Justice System’

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 4:51 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Ahead of an exclusive interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to air tonight at 10pm ET on NBC, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on two morning network news programs Kerry jingoistically scolded Snowden for being in Russia and declared that [...]

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:12 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret. The Guardian, the Associated Press, and three of the largest newspapers in Missouri, The Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield News-Leader, have all reported on the death [...]

When Journalists Oppose Using Leaked Documents But Favor Relying on Statements from Anonymous Officials

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 12:47 pm

According to the survey by David Weaver and Lars Willnat, “The percentage of US journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013.” The survey was conducted online between August and December. That, perhaps, makes the findings even more remarkable: journalists [...]

US Military Censors Images of Soldiers Recorded by Miami Herald, Which They Let Army Journalists Publish

By: Monday April 28, 2014 4:25 pm

A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy [...]

Comedian John Oliver’s TV Interview with Retired NSA Chief is First to Confront His Hoarding Complex

By: Monday April 28, 2014 11:31 am

Now-retired Gen. Keith Alexander was interviewed by comedian John Oliver for the premiere of his new HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.” It was both hilarious and refreshingly antagonistic, as Oliver confronted him on NSA’s “perception problem,” Alexander’s belief that the system is perfectly setup to detect and prevent all abuses and, amusingly, how he could [...]

Questions That Should Be Asked About Recent Operations, Including Drone Strikes, in Yemen

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:09 pm

How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi? In three days, three possible drone strikes launched apparently in cooperation with Yemeni [...]

Nothing Will Ever Convince Most Shrill Critics of Snowden That He Is Not a Kremlin Tool

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 12:35 pm

It was not long ago that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum to remain in Russia, was routinely criticized for not speaking out on Russian surveillance by President Vladimir Putin’s government. He was accused of being some kind of traitor, who was now aligned with the Kremlin. And, after choosing to [...]

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