Does Snowden Know Why the NSA Doesn’t Need Warrants? He Might.

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 6:53 am

A funny thing to come out of Snowden’s recent interview with NBC News was his claim that he raised concerns about the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens through channels at the NSA, well before he began disclosing classified documents to journalists like Glenn Greenwald. The NSA denied for almost a year any record of Snowden [...]

Stung: Government Disappears Stingray Spying Records

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 7:58 am

We’ve heard variations on the phrase “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” from the government for quite some time. It appears this may be true, at least if you are the government. In the case of Stingray, a cell phone spying device used against Americans, the government does have something [...]

Judge Dismisses Major Lawsuit Against Alleged Domestic Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Without Reviewing Evidence

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 10:59 am

A federal district court judge in the state of Washington has dismissed a major lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying against antiwar activists. He made the choice not to do his job, admitted to lawyers representing activists that he had not reviewed all the evidence and issued a decision that could seriously jeopardize the ability [...]

US Army Investigation Found Employee Accused of Spying on Activists Violated Pentagon Directive

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 4:55 pm

An individual who worked for the United States Army Force Protection Division at Fort Lewis in Washington violated a Defense Department directive by attending public demonstrations. It also appears he violated Posse Comitatus, according to his own deposition in a lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying. The lawsuit [PDF] is known as Panagacos v. Towery. It accuses [...]

Lawyer: Military Employee Admitted He Was Paid by Army to Attend Private Activist Meetings in Homes

By: Monday June 16, 2014 10:57 am

An attorney pursuing a lawsuit against alleged domestic United States military spying says during depositions in the case a civilian employee who worked for the Army admitted he was paid to attend activist meetings at private homes in the state of Washington. And a fusion center intelligence employee, who coordinated with the military, also considered [...]

State Dept. Whistleblower Peter Van Buren: Edward Snowden is One Of Us

By: Friday July 12, 2013 3:26 pm

Edward Snowden today made clear both his own bona fides as a whistleblower, and the hypocrisy of the United States in its manhunt for him. Whistleblower? Snowden’s remarks reinforce the basic tenet of whistleblowing, that is an act of conscience. He made clear what he gave up– home, family, perhaps even his liberty and life– [...]

Government Accountability Project Issues Statement on Edward Snowden & NSA Domestic Surveillance

By: Friday June 14, 2013 2:28 pm

Jesselyn Radack is the National Security & Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and is a contributing editor at Firedoglake. The following is a press release from GAP. Recently, the American public learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted, and continues to conduct, wholesale surveillance of U.S. citizens through a [...]

The Risks Homeland Security Fusion Centers Pose to Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday October 5, 2012 4:26 pm

A scathing report released days ago by a Senate subcommittee concluded Department of Homeland Security fusion centers at the state and local level had not “produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts.” It also found “DHS-assigned detailees” have “forwarded ‘intelligence’ of uneven quality—oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act [...]

Glenn Greenwald on Challenging the Surveillance State

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 11:28 am

Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald gave a talk at the Socialism 2012 conference in Chicago where he described how central it was to activism and movements like the Occupy movement to challenge the surveillance state in America. Any attempts to meaningfully challenge state or corporate power, he declared, run up against the surveillance state because it [...]

Yet Another AP Report Is Released on NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 9, 2012 11:35 am

The release of “newly obtained documents” that clearly show the New York Police Department engaged in ethnic profiling and explicitly targeted Muslims seems to have become a weekly event. Each week, the Associated Press has some “secret files” that make it even more clear how illicit the acts of the NYPD were in the surveillance [...]

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