Caught with Prostitute, Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:27 am

The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal, David Nieland, claimed hotel records showed a member of the White House advance team signed a prostitute into his room the same night. The White House denied one of its people was involved and a formal report of the scandal by Nieland did not mention the White House staffer.

The staffer alleged to have been involved is now a policy adviser at the State Department. His father also works in the Obama administration. After the report became public, Nieland said he was asked to delete information about the White House staffer because it was potentially damaging to the administration during an election year.

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:31 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPROfrom 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of [...]

‘Proper Channels’ Didn’t Work for Employees Who Revealed Secret Service Director’s Surveillance Operation

By: Monday May 12, 2014 10:07 am

Agents from a Secret Service surveillance team detailed to patrol the White House compound and protect President Barack Obama were ordered to go watch the home of a neighbor of a “personal friend” of the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported. Remarkably, this is one of those instances (yet again) where government employees sought to [...]

Why is Illinois, Not the US Government, Putting ‘NATO 3′ on Trial for Terror Conspiracy?

By: Monday January 20, 2014 9:29 pm

Three activists known as the “NATO 3″ are scheduled to go on trial tomorrow in Chicago. They were arrested days before a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the city in May 2012 and later indicted on terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges. The trial will be significant as it involves a state terrorism [...]

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:02 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government. During an event this week, [...]

Secret Service Agents Granted Immunity in Free Speech Case

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:44 am

A man who confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War and was arrested by Secret Service agents for “assaulting” Cheney had his appeal to the Supreme Court unanimously rejected. The man, Steve Howards, had filed a lawsuit asserting the agents had violated his First Amendment right to free speech by arresting him for [...]

ACLU, Activists Aim to Prevent Secret Service from Violating Their Rights During NATO Summit

By: Friday April 20, 2012 6:32 pm

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago nears, the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and activists are urging the United States Secret Service make public their security plan for McCormick Place, where the summit is to be held, by Monday, April 23. The ACLU maintains specific details on [...]

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