Police Conspire with US Marshal’s Service to Hide Evidence of ‘StingRay’ Surveillance

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:18 am

(update below) Local police in Florida are essentially conspiring with the US Marshal’s Service to keep details related to their use of cell phone tracking devices in criminal investigations secret, according to internal emails from the Sarasota Police Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “StingRays,” according to ACLU staff attorney Nate Wessler, [...]

Judge Rules Against ACLU, Fails to Resolve Issue of US Marshals Seizing ‘StingRay’ Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:08 pm

A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so [...]

Fear in Terrorism Case in Chicago Leads to Court Not Recording Oral Argument; Court Orders Do-Over

By: Saturday June 7, 2014 10:28 am

A federal appeals court in Chicago ordered a redo of an oral argument in a case where the government filed an appeal against a defendant’s access to secret surveillance records. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation, is charged with “attempting to use a [...]

Daniel Ellsberg: Both Manning & Snowden Exposed Government Secrecy to Proper Debate

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 9:22 am

Everyone is writing and thinking about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whose first revelations were published one year ago today.  But it was also one year ago that Chelsea Manning’s trial began at Fort Meade in Maryland. Manning provided the “Collateral Murder” video, hundreds of thousands of military incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds [...]

New Organization Launched to Accept Submissions & Provide Support to Whistleblowers

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 5:37 pm

A new organization has been launched by whistleblowers, journalists, activists, lawyers and former government officials to help whistleblowers make disclosures that are in the public interest. The launch was announced at a press conference at the National Press Club this morning. Similar to how WikiLeaks was initially set up, the organization has a website with [...]

US Marshals Seize Copies of Local Cell Phone Tracking Records Requested by ACLU

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 5:16 pm

US marshals in Florida seized copies of local cell phone tracking records from the Sarasota Police Department, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter in the state had requested. The extraordinarily brazen act was a clear violation of public records law. And the ACLU quickly pushed for a temporary injunction from a judge to [...]

Obama Administration Doesn’t Think It Needs Authorization from Congress to Wage War Anywhere in World

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 5:18 pm

Does the President have to have a statute authorizing the use of military force in order to legally wage war against terrorist groups that may or may not pose an imminent threat to the United States? Or can the President simply target, capture and kill whomever in whatever terrorist group wherever, even if Congress has [...]

Court: No Matter How Long Ago It Happened, CIA Can Keep Final Volume of Bay of Pigs History Secret

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 7:42 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled against the release of the final volume of CIA history of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. It decided the agency could keep it secret under an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that is supposed to protect inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters from being [...]

Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Whether Government Employees Can Go to Press & Blow the Whistle

By: Monday May 19, 2014 4:41 pm

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the administration of President Barack Obama that will address the issue of whether someone employed by the federal government has a right to go public with their whistleblower claims, such as evidence of misconduct by an agency. The case involves Robert J. MacLean, [...]

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 [...]

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