Senate Hearing: US Intelligence Leaders Confronted for Misleading Public on Effectiveness of NSA Programs

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 3:47 pm

This hearing was yet another example of the power of leaks to influence elected officials. The senators would not have asked questions about whether NSA was creating dossiers on Americans if it had not been for Snowden or the story published by the Times

Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national [...]

Media Shield Law, Which Aims to Protect Only ‘Real Reporters,’ Moves Onward to the Senate

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 4:04 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would establish a federal shield law for reporters or journalists in the United States. The legislation was amended, before passing out of committee, to define who would be a “covered journalist” under the proposed shield legislation. The proposed shield legislation, the Free of Flow of Information Act of [...]

Major US Federal Agencies Not Obeying Freedom of Information Law

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:51 pm

A government-wide audit done by the independent non-governmental National Security Archive indicates a majority of federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to comply with legislation, which became law in 2007, or President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy changes in 2009. Thomas Blanton, the director of the [...]

Torture Memo Author Testifies Against Legislation Banning Indefinite Detention of Americans

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 2:38 pm

A hearing on a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that grants the military the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. The hearing was on legislation proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would clarify that no authority permits the indefinite [...]

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