Obama, Clapper React to ‘Willy Nilly’ & ‘Reprehensible’ Leaks on Top Secret Surveillance Programs

By: Friday June 7, 2013 4:59 pm

The whistleblower inside government, who is providing The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald with information on top secret government surveillance programs that eight years ago would have been alarming to those in Congress has not only provided the public with information citizens have a right to know. This source has also forced the government to be more transparent [...]

NSA’s ‘Hoarding Complex’ on Full Display with Details on Top Secret PRISM Surveillance Program

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 9:20 pm

(update 1 & 2 below) National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake on “Democracy Now!” this morning said, “You’ve got to remember, none of this is probable cause. This is simply the ability to collect. And as I was told shortly after 9/11, ‘You don’t understand, Mr. Drake. We just want the data.’ And so, the [...]

Surveillance State Secrecy & the Top Secret Court Order to Hand Over Verizon Call Data to NSA

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 11:09 am

A court order that was classified as top secret indicates Verizon was ordered by a US secret surveillance court to provide call data of millions of communications of Americans on an “ongoing, daily basis” to the National Security Agency (NSA) from April 25 to July 19. The order authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [...]

Legal Group Launches to Aggressively Challenge US Government Prosecutions of Whistleblowers

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 5:28 pm

A legal group of criminal defense attorneys has formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent. The group, the Whistleblower Defense League, will, according to attorney Jason Flores-Williams, defend individuals engaged in investigating [...]

Beginning of the End of FBI National Security Letter Gag Provisions?

By: Monday March 18, 2013 6:54 pm

On RT America, I discuss the recent court ruling in a lawsuit where an unnamed telecommunications company (believed to be Credo) challenged the gag provisions in FBI national security letters. A US district court in California found in a decision made public on Friday that  Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on the US Secrecy State as Predator of the First Amendment

By: Sunday March 17, 2013 11:53 am

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake delivered a speech at the National Press Club luncheon on March 15. He addressed the “long shadow of government secrecy” that increasingly “obscures the view of democracy in our constitutional republic or what’s left of it.” Video of the entire speech given during the luncheon appears at the top [...]

The Climate of Fear Created by the NYPD’s Pervasive Surveillance of Muslim Communities

By: Monday March 11, 2013 6:01 pm

The Associated Press earned a Pulitzer Prize last year for reporting on the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) secret surveillance program, which was mapping and monitoring the daily lives of Muslims living in and around New York City. Now, the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition (MCLC), Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) and Asian American [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder: US Government Has Authority to Target & Kill US Citizens on US Soil

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 6:28 pm

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sent three letters to CIA director nominee John Brennan requesting an answer on “whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil,” finally received an answer from Attorney General Eric Holder. The answer indicates the [...]

In Twitter/WikiLeaks Case, Appeals Court Rules Government Allowed to Keep Surveillance Secret

By: Friday January 25, 2013 7:22 pm

An appeal requesting that all orders or court documents relating to three individuals under investigation because of their association with WikiLeaks be unsealed or publicly listed was denied by a federal appeals court in Virginia. The three individuals—Tor software developer Jacob Appelbaum and Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir and Rop Gonggrijp, who worked on the release [...]

‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 12:34 pm

The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. The documentary, “Rise of the Drones,” was produced to explore how the technology is revolutionizing warfare and creating the next generation of cutting-edge surveillance. It was created to provide a glimpse at how the technology has advanced and how innovations might progress [...]

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