Obama Administration Still Keeping Much Secret About Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 1:46 pm

The Justice Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) two memos on the authorization of warrantless wiretapping, as part of the top secret program, Stellar Wind. The memos were created during President George W. Bush’s administration and contain the “legal justification” for electronic surveillance without a warrant. However, one of the me was [...]

NSA Whistleblower Compares Case to CIA Officer Convicted of First Classified Leak

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 10:07 am

On Sunday, New York Times journalist Scott Shane published a feature story on the Justice Department’s prosecution of John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) by revealing the name of an undercover officer. It was the first successful conviction of someone for a disclosure since President Barack Obama was [...]

Despite Hurricane Sandy, Supreme Court Hears Argument Over Whether NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Can Be Legally Challenged

By: Monday October 29, 2012 1:58 pm

The United States Supreme Court heard a legal challenge being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 today. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of human rights attorneys, journalists and human rights and media organizations. And, despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy, the Supreme Court went [...]

Obama’s Pathetic Answer to Jon Stewart’s Question on Continuation of Bush National Security Policies

By: Friday October 19, 2012 5:59 pm

In his effort to appear on as many morning and late night shows before Election Day, President Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart last night. Stewart talked to him about his record, his first debate performance, whether his candidacy’s strength is that he is not as bad as GOP presidential candidate [...]

Lawsuit Against NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Heads to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 5:27 pm

A law that legalized warrantless wiretapping conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) will be argued at the United States Supreme Court in October. The lawsuit will be heard by the Supreme Court in October. The law—the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FAA)—is already on its way to being reauthorized by Congress, since the House [...]

Court Ruling Brings End to Lawsuit Against Bush Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:45 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Islamic charity that claimed it was the target of warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency when the Bush administration was in power. The ruling overturned the awarding of damages and attorneys’ fees to the charity, and found the government is immune to claims of [...]

The Warrantless Surveillance of Americans’ Email

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:08 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records on how the United States government is reading Americans’ emails or other electronic communications without a warrant. They are interested in when it happens, how often, who the government is monitoring, how long monitoring typically lasts, and what [...]

Warrantless Wiretapping Law Hearing Highlights Surveillance State Secrecy

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 2:20 pm

A House Judiciary subcommittee held an oversight hearing today on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA). The hearing was convened to examine the law before it is reauthorized this year. There was little dispute that it should be reauthorized. The debate that occurred among congresspeople was instead focused on what reforms would be reasonable [...]

NSA Whistleblower: Justice Department Covers Up Crimes of Obama, Bush Administrations

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 11:41 am

                      In a recent segment from Current TV‘s show “Viewpoint,” host Eliot Spitzer interviewed three National Security Agency whistleblowers: William Binney, a former technical director; Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst; and Thomas Drake, a former senior official. Each man talked about what he saw the NSA [...]

The Ever-Expanding Surveillance State That Has Grown Under Obama

By: Friday April 20, 2012 4:54 pm

The surveillance state in the United States has only grown in America since the September 11th attacks. It has increasingly been used to spy and intrude on the lives of journalists and activists. And, during a Democracy Now! special, a full hour was spent delving into the National Security Agency’s evolution into an entity that [...]

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