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 [...]

After Hearing, Capitol Police Arrest Lawyer for Shouting Question at Clapper About NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 6:17 pm

Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance [...]

Pentagon Inspector General Ignored & Rejected NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake’s Claims of Retaliation

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:54 am

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has learned that the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office has rejected his whistleblower retaliation complaint, which he filed after the Justice Department’s prosecution against him collapsed. As part of the Pentagon IG office’s audit, Drake provided details about waste and civil liberties abuses related to a program called TRAILBLAZER. He alleged in [...]

Former NSA Director’s Favorite Blogger Was Invited to Give Constitution Day Speech at NSA

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:25 am

The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]

How DEA Keeps Defendants in the Dark on Role Intelligence Agencies Play in Their Prosecution

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

Drug Enforcement Agency training guides reveal details about how law enforcement agencies go about concealing how evidence from intelligence agencies may have been used to prosecute a person. They show how DEA agents, law enforcement and prosecutors cooperate together to essentially sidestep constraints created by the United States Constitution and statutory requirements for open and [...]

Along With Hackers & Terrorists, GCHQ Considers ‘Investigative Journalists’ a Threat

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:13 am

Documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the British spy agency, GCHQ, listed “investigative journalists” as a threat alongside hackers and terrorists in an “information security assessment.” Another batch of files indicated the agency had collected emails from journalists working in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian’s James Ball reported [...]

Utah May Fight NSA by Cutting Off Their Water

By: Monday November 24, 2014 8:19 am

It may be time to fight fire with water. Specifically, the NSA’s fire with Utah’s water. Congressional Fail Some eighteen months after the first Snowden revelations showed the government of the United States, primarily via the NSA, has created a near-complete surveillance state over its own frightened citizens, the people’s voice in Washington, Congress, has [...]

Voiceprints: Time to Be Afraid Again

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:15 am

The end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as intention. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPRO from 1956 to at least 1971, for example – do not fully understand [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

U.S. Postal Service Spying on Americans Without Oversight

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 8:00 am

The United States Postal Service disclosed it approved nearly 50,000 requests, called “mail covers,” last year alone from law enforcement to secretly monitor the snail mail of Americans. An audit shows the surveillance program is more extensive than widely known and that oversight protecting Americans is lax: 21 percent of the covers examined were approved [...]

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