The CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee & the Culture of Impunity for Torture

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to [...]

US Must Not Surrender in Big Brother Arms Race, Senator Argues in Hearing on NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 11:28 am

National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Office of the Director for National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt were all witnesses for another Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on surveillance. It attempted to address some of the numerous issues that have been made clear as a result of news stories on [...]

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:04 am

The disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have had the effect of spurring a much-needed debate while at the same time shifting Americans’ views of surveillance programs being operated by the United States government. Polling has shown—as a result of revelations from documents Snowden handed over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald or Laura [...]

In Wall Street Journal, Senator Dianne Feinstein Insidiously Defends NSA Surveillance

By: Monday October 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Legitimacy is at stake for the United States government after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents on secret surveillance programs that has ignited a wide-ranging debate. At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator [...]

Senate Hearing: US Intelligence Leaders Confronted for Misleading Public on Effectiveness of NSA Programs

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 3:47 pm

This hearing was yet another example of the power of leaks to influence elected officials. The senators would not have asked questions about whether NSA was creating dossiers on Americans if it had not been for Snowden or the story published by the Times

Live Blog: Senate Committee Hearing on Freedom of Information Act

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:36 am

12:22 PM EST In case I do not get around to posting a formal story on Ensminger’s remarks here is what Ensminger said that was of tremendous importance and had to do with extreme secrecy encountered in trying to expose the truth on water contamination at Camp Lejeune. He talked about watching his daughter die [...]

Live Blog: Sunshine Week—Celebrating Freedom of Information & Transparency

By: Monday March 12, 2012 10:52 am

UPDATE – 10:47 PM POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein factchecks Holder’s Sunshine Week speech. UPDATE – 10:44 PM A judge has ruled that certain material related to a 2010 mine explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine-South in Raleigh County, West Virginia that killed 29 miners and injured two is exempt from FOIA. UPDATE – 10:42 PM Attorney General [...]

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