CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis Resolved (not in favor of the Constitution)

By: Friday July 11, 2014 10:39 am

Chroniclers of the decline of the republic will recall March 2014. Speaking then in reference to revelations that the CIA searched computers being used by Senate staffers, and removed documents those staffers received from the CIA detailing its post-9/11 torture program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said: I have grave concerns that the CIA’s [...]

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]

The Fantasy That Obama Is Currently Planning to ‘Overhaul’ Surveillance Programs

By: Friday January 10, 2014 5:17 pm

The opening sentence of a report from the New York Times on reforms President Barack Obama is considering suggests that he is assembling a “plan to overhaul the nation’s surveillance programs.” On December 31, Daniel Klaidman wrote a dazzling piece of fan fiction on how Obama’s “defining fight” in 2014 will be how he takes on [...]

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:02 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government. During an event this week, [...]

White House Strategy to Protect Trade Secrets Mischaracterizes WikiLeaks, Criminalizes Hacktivists

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 8:18 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama released a strategy aimed at protecting trade secrets. As White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, the strategy aims to “protect the innovation that drives the American economy and supports jobs in the United States.” He said, “We know that trade secret theft can cripple a company’s competitive advantage [...]

Forty-Eight Arrested as Sierra Club Protests Keystone XL Pipeline and Ends Ban on Civil Disobedience

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 8:38 pm

Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built by the multinational corporation TransCanada. Forty-eight of them engaged in civil disobedience and were arrested. Those arrested included: Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; Allison Chin, president of the Sierra Club; Bill McKibben, [...]

US Park Police Seek to Intimidate Oil Pipeline Protesters

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 9:53 am

Three participants in the Civil Disobedience Action, wait to be processed in front of the White House on August 20th, 2011. (photo: Tar Sands Action) A major two-week action involving daily sit-ins at the White House against the granting of a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline began Saturday. Just over seventy people [...]

Decoding the White House Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 12:53 pm

The White House has released its strategy for “countering violent extremism in the United States.” The strategy seeks to encourage the development and use of community approaches to addressing “all types of extremism that lead to violence, regardless of who inspires it.” It immediately makes clear that Muslim Americans have “categorically condemned terrorism” and have [...]

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