Senate Report on CIA Torture Details Brutality Used Against Detainees—Including ‘Rectal Feeding’

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:04 pm

The long-awaited summary from the Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, has been released. It details a criminal conspiracy involving the brutality the CIA used against detainees in the global “War on Terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators went to cover up [...]

Senator Rockefeller May Effectively Kill Freedom of Information Act Improvement if He Doesn’t Lift Hold Today

By: Monday December 8, 2014 12:53 pm

UPDATE – 6:00 PM EST: West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller stopped blocking the bill and the Freedom of Information Act Improvement legislation passed in the Senate. The groundswell of opposition to Rockefeller certainly played a role in forcing Rockefeller into the tenuous position of having to defend his position. When the White House and [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

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 [...]

Kerry’s Pretentious Scolding of CODEPINK for Protesting Escalation of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:01 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s plans to combat the group. However, before getting into his remarks, he took a moment to address the pink-clad members of the peace group, CODEPINK, because they were in the [...]

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:00 pm

United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and [...]

Obama Condemns But Also Rationalizes CIA Torture During Press Conference

By: Friday August 1, 2014 5:50 pm

President Barack Obama told reporters during a press briefing that America had “tortured some folks.” But, rather than stop with that statement, he proceeded to rationalize why law enforcement and national security teams, particularly the CIA had engaged in torture. The comments came in response to the upcoming release of a redacted summary from the [...]

Internal CIA Investigation Confirms CIA Hacked into Senate Computers Being Used for Torture Report

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:36 pm

(update below) An investigation by the CIA inspector general has confirmed CIA employees hacked into computers being used by the Senate intelligence committee to produce a 6,300-page torture report, according to McClatchy Newspapers. Journalists Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins obtained a statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, who indicated, “Findings of the investigation by the [...]

Senators Seek Answers From Clapper About Plans for Total Surveillance of Security Clearance Holders

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative [...]

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