CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:39 pm

CIA agents “impersonated Senate staffers” while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post. “According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials,” journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, “CIA agents [...]

Government Frustrates Court’s Plan for Release of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 11:59 am

The United States government is planning to appeal a decision by a federal judge, who ordered the release of at least twenty-eight videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being forcibly extracted from his cell in shackles and force-fed. Attorneys for the Justice Department have requested an administrative stay so videos are not made public before [...]

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 1:03 pm

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act, President Barack Obama signed into law a provision requiring that Congress [...]

When the Government’s Secrecy Arguments Are Not Blindly Accepted by Judges

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:46 am

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been force-fed and subjected to rough cell extractions prior to such feeding, is finally getting the opportunity to have his case challenging his treatment heard in court today. Remarkably, the hearing comes after two major victories, where the judge agreed the legal proceeding should be open [...]

Judge Stunningly Rebukes Government & Orders Unsealing of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed

By: Friday October 3, 2014 5:32 pm

A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal twenty-eight previously classified videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his cell for forced-feedings. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002. He was cleared for release in 2009 by President Barack Obama’s own review task [...]

Inspector General Claims to Have Found No ‘Instances’ Where CIA Over-Classified Secrets

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 8:17 pm

The inspector general for the CIA conducted a review of whether the agency was keeping information secret that should be public and found “no instances of over-classification.” The Reducing Over-Classification Act, signed into law on October 7, 2010, requires the inspector general for each United States department or agency with an officer who makes classification [...]

Judge Rejects Obama Administration’s ‘Deeply Troubling’ Effort to Close Hearing on Forced-Feeding at Guantanamo

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 6:41 pm

A federal judge rejected efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to close a hearing in a lawsuit brought by a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who wants a court to determine whether the government’s practice of forced-feeding is lawful. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who is Syrian, was cleared for release by Obama’s Guantanamo review task force in 2009, [...]

Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesn’t Know How to Evade Location Tracking

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 5:39 pm

In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would “alert law violators”—otherwise known as criminals—to how to [...]

What Will Happen to Secret Prisoners at Bagram as US Withdraws More Forces from Afghanistan?

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:32 pm

The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in [...]

Government Won’t Explain Why It Thinks ‘State Secrets’ at Risk in Lawsuit Against Anti-Iran Group

By: Friday September 26, 2014 4:46 pm

The Justice Department has informed a judge that it refuses to additionally explain why it believes “state secrets” are relevant or some how entwined in the defense of an anti-Iran advocacy group accused of defamation. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleges that United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) falsely and maliciously identified him as [...]

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