CIA Reportedly Restricts Spying on ‘Friendly Governments’ in Western Europe

By: Friday September 19, 2014 4:59 pm

The Associated Press reports the CIA has decided to restrict “spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States.” The revelations on top secret NSA surveillance from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have also played a role in the CIA’s decision.

 

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.

USAID Contractors Labeled Cuban ‘Twitter’ Users ‘Pro-Revolution,’ ‘Apolitical,’ or ‘Anti-Revolutionary’

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 3:30 pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has steadfastly maintained that a social media project it funded, which was revealed by the Associated Press as Cuban Twitter, was not intended to trigger “smart mobs,” transmit “political content” and “trigger unrest in Cuba.” However, the latest report from AP exposes more of the disingenuous nature of official comments coming from USAID on the project.

Paula Cambronero worked as a contractor for USAID in Cuba and part of her work involved “profiling” Cuban cellphone users, according to documents. In fact, users were categorized as “pro-revolution,” “apolitical” or “anti-revolutionary.”

USAID’s Response to AP’s Story on ‘Cuban Twitter’: What Isn’t Denied & What’s Striking About It

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:14 pm

It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story.

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 11:25 am

The Associated Press conducted its annual review of government data related to the Freedom of Information Act. It found that the “government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying, Argues Associated Press Caused Muslims to Suffer

By: Friday February 21, 2014 8:19 am

A lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs had involved discrimination because the department targeted Muslims at mosques, schools and restaurants in New Jersey was dismissed by a federal judge.

Why Should AP Withhold Name of Country Where US Might Launch Drone & Kill Another US Citizen?

By: Monday February 10, 2014 3:26 pm

A United States citizen, who happens to be a member of al Qaeda, is reportedly planning attacks on Americans who are overseas. The Associated Press reports, based on the comments of four anonymous United States officials, that President Barack Obama’s administration is contemplating how it can legally add this citizen to a “kill list” so he could be killed by a drone.

Anonymous US Officials Lie About Drone Attack on Wedding Convoy in Yemen

By: Friday December 20, 2013 3:25 pm

At least a dozen people in a wedding convoy were killed in the al-Bayda province of Yemen on December 12 when the United States launched a drone attack. It provoked great outrage, and, in the aftermath, the Yemeni government compensated a local tribe and Yemen’s parliament passed a resolution to ban US drone strikes.

FBI Agent’s Decision to Plead Guilty to AP Leak Doesn’t Necessarily Vindicate Seizure of Phone Records

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:15 pm

The guilty plea is notable because it stems from the leak investigation that touched off allegations of scandal when it became public that the Justice Department had seized phone records from “more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.” There is no way of knowing the “exact number of journalists,” who used the phone lines during this period, however, “100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.” Home phone and cell phone records of individual journalists were collected as well.

Obama’s Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:46 am

The New York Times coverage should have given attentive readers indigestion over breakfast Tuesday: “A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year … Federal investigators said they were able to identify the man, Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, as a suspect in the leak case only after secretly obtaining AP reporters’ phone logs, a move that set off an uproar among journalists and members of Congress of both parties when it was disclosed in May.”

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