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. [...]

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

Ferguson No-Fly Zone & A Brief Overview of a Tool Used to Restrict Freedom of the Press

By: Monday November 3, 2014 3:40 pm

The Associated Press has reported that the United States government agreed to “restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace” over an area surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for a period of 12 days in order to keep news helicopters from covering protests and the police response to them. The protests took place after Michael Brown, an [...]

In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has ‘Agreement’ with Reporter James Risen

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 4:33 pm

(update below) Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case. The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and [...]

The FBI & Impersonating the Press to Catch a Bomb Threat Suspect

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 6:25 pm

Both the Associated Press and Seattle Times are outraged that the FBI impersonated the Seattle Times in order to transmit malware to a bomb threat suspect so his location would be revealed. In June 2007, the FBI used a software tool called a “computer and Internet Protocol address verifier” or CIPAV. The agency sent a [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

Court Admits It Was Wrong to Prohibit Newspaper From Publishing Details on Gas Company’s Pipe Safety

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:57 pm

A circuit court in Alabama has admitted it committed an error when it issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama newspaper to halt the media organization from publishing a document on an Alabama gas company’s pipe safety. The Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco) took legal action on September 17 and sought a temporary restraining order [...]

Justice Department Bans Reporters, Non-Residents from Ferguson Town Hall Meetings

By: Monday September 22, 2014 12:20 pm

A unit of the United States Justice Department has decided to protect the mayor of Ferguson and city council members from the potential effects of transparency by banning reporters and non-residents from a series of town hall meetings. As a community continues to struggle for justice in the aftermath of a shooting by a white [...]

Judge Declines to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law, Agrees Restricts Protected Speech

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 7:07 pm

A federal district court judge in Idaho has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a coalition of groups and journalists against a law that makes it possible for the state to jail anyone, who secretly films or records animal abuse, for a year. In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an “ag-gag [...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity with James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 1:56 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources. The government has pursued testimony from [...]

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