Secret Government Shell Game: Snowden Made NSA Phone Records Collection Indefensible But Will It End?

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:59 am

When the disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden first began to be published by The Guardian and Washington Post, the immediate reaction of President Barack Obama was not much different from the reaction of NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who now believed his agency was under some kind of unwarranted siege. It now [...]

NSA, CIA, FBI & DIA Sued Over Withholding of Records on Capture & Surveillance of Mandela

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:44 pm

The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Defense Intelligence Agency are each being sued for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act in their refusal to disclose records on anti-apartheid leader and South Africa president Nelson Mandela. Ryan Shapiro, a prolific requester of government records, submitted requests that he hopes [...]

Local Law Enforcement Act Like CIA, Abuse Public Records Laws to Conceal ‘Stingray’ Surveillance

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 10:02 am

More and more local law enforcement agencies in the United States are manipulating or abusing public records request laws in order to conceal whether they are using “Stingray” surveillance technology to collect data for law enforcement activities, even going so far as to pretend that records do not even exist. A “Stingray” surveillance device is, [...]

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:33 am

Days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he pledged to have his administration create an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” Then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, later contended the administration was the “most transparent administration ever.” At a rally in 2010, Obama told the public, “We have put in place the toughest ethics laws and toughest transparency rules of any administration in [...]

ACLU: The US’ ‘Massive Watchlisting System’ Is Ultra-Secretive but Enough Is Known to Legally Challenge It

By: Friday March 14, 2014 5:20 pm

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights the “massive watchlisting system” in the United States, which “risks stigmatizing hundreds of thousands of people, including American citizens, as “known or suspected terrorists.” The report outlines what is known about a system based on “secret standards and secret evidence, without a meaningful process to [...]

The CIA’s Excuse for Removing Documents Senators Were Using for Their Report on Torture

By: Friday March 14, 2014 10:07 am

The Central Intelligence Agency claims documents were removed from the computer system Senate staffers were using to produce a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program because the CIA was worried that details in those documents could lead to the revelation of CIA identities. However, there is ample reason to consider this an [...]

Former Church Committee Chief Counsel Pushes for New Investigation Into Secret Government

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 4:05 pm

The former chief counsel for the Church Committee, Frederick A.O “Fritz” Schwarz Jr., is pushing for a new committee that would investigate secret government, particularly actions by government since the September 11th attacks. He is currently chief counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School and the winner of the 2014 Ridenhour Courage Prize, which [...]

Justice Department Can Keep GPS Location Tracking Memos Secret, Court Rules

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:51 pm

A federal court has ruled that the Justice Department may keep secret two key memos, which the American Civil Liberties Union argues show how the government views when it can and cannot legally track Americans with GPS tracking devices. At a symposium hosted by the University of San Francisco Law Review on February 24, 2012, [...]

Top CIA Lawyer Involved in Torture Program Requested DoJ Investigate Senate Staffers Working on Torture Investigation

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 12:30 pm

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a statement on the Senate floor this morning. It highlighted the role the CIA had played in interfering and even intimidating members and staff of the committee, who have worked on a 6,300-page study of the agency’s detention and interrogation program which involved [...]

Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 6:44 pm

Reported and alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence members should only increase the effort by senators to have a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program released. McClatchy reports that the CIA Inspector General’s Office has requested that the Justice Department investigate “malfeasance” by the agency stemming from [...]

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