Secret Government Shell Game: Snowden Made NSA Phone Records Collection Indefensible But Will It End?

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:59 am

When the disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden first began to be published by The Guardian and Washington Post, the immediate reaction of President Barack Obama was not much different from the reaction of NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who now believed his agency was under some kind of unwarranted siege. It now [...]

Obama Administration Dishonestly Wants Public to Believe It Voluntarily Declassified Secret NSA Documents

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:44 pm

Hundreds of documents on the government’s secret interpretation of a section of the PATRIOT Act and the NSA’s abuse of a massive database of Americans’ phone records have been released. President Barack Obama would like the public to believe this is part of the administration’s effort to be the “most transparent administration in history.” However, [...]

SF Pride President Capitulates to Military Groups, Announces Bradley Manning Won’t Be Honored

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 10:28 am

A group of former San Francisco Pride parade grand marshals that SF Pride calls its electoral college announced on April 26 that Pfc. Bradley Manning, the gay private who the United States military is currently prosecuting for disclosing information to WikiLeaks, had been selected as honorary grand marshal for this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration. The [...]

Obama’s Secret Directive Keeps Evolving Cybersecurity Policy Concealed

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 6:29 pm

President Barack Obama has issued and signed a secret presidential directive that the Washington Post reports is “the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an ‘offensive’ and a ‘defensive’ action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism.” The directive—Presidential Policy Directive 20—will reportedly make it possible for [...]

John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower, Pleads Guilty to Disclosing Information Identifying a Covert Agent

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:24 pm

John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, pled guilty this morning to disclosing information identifying a covert agent. The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors to only go to jail for up to thirty months. The charge he pled guilty to was under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA).  According to Reuters, “court papers” [...]

Anti-Leaks Proposals Protect ‘Leak’ Powers of Congress

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 12:32 pm

(update below) The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has proposed multiple measures that the committee believes will go a long way toward preventing future leaks. However, the proposals, which have been included in an intelligence authorization bill for the next fiscal year, should be striking to people who have listened to hysterical [...]

Senate Proposals Are Less About ‘Leaks,’ More About Shutting Down Whistleblowers

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 11:53 am

Anti-leaks proposals approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of an intelligence authorization bill on July 24 became public yesterday. Politicians claim the proposals are a response to “leaks” on cyber warfare against Iran, Obama’s “kill list” and a CIA underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen. They supposedly would prevent “unauthorized disclosures” of “classified [...]

Senate Proposal for Curbing ‘Leaks’ Escalates Restrictions on Intelligence Employees Who Talk to Media

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 3:56 pm

(update below) The Senate Intelligence Committee passed an intelligence authorization bill yesterday. The legislation, according to committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein, would fund measures to “counter terrorist threats, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enhance counterintelligence, conduct covert actions and collect and analyze intelligence around the globe.” All of which is expected from [...]

The Afghanistan War Logs Were Released by WikiLeaks Two Years Ago

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 9:17 am

Around seventy-six thousand previously classified military reports were released in collaboration with the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel two years ago. Drawing stern condemnation from the Pentagon, various US officials and even human rights groups, revelations from the Afghanistan War Logs included details on a US assassination squad, civilian casualties, the CIA’s expansion of paramilitary operations and how [...]

Pentagon Worked to Cover Up Human Suffering at Afghan Military Hospital

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 4:20 pm

A congressional subcommittee heard statements from investigators and members of the US military who had observed shocking conditions at the Dawood military hospital in Afghanistan. One colonel, Mark Fassl, described how he had observed “open vats of blood draining out of wounds,” along with “many family members” taking care of their loved ones instead of [...]

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