It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday July 19, 2013 6:00 pm|
Kirk Cameron’s new movie Unstoppable almost failed to live up to its name. The evangelical film producer and brother to DJ Tanner took to Facebook yesterday morning to protest supposed attempts made by Facebook and YouTube to “censor his film”.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 18, 2013 7:20 am|
Most news organizations spent yesterday giving significant attention to the latest cover of an issue of the Rolling Stone featuring a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man on trial for his involvement in the Boston bombing. The controversy did not merit the kind of attention it received, although the decision by CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Kmart to not allow the issue to be sold in the stores may because it is an act of censorship.
However, to the extent that individuals with histories in government, especially the administration of President Barack Obama, are going on cable news networks to make hysterical claims about what they think the cover might do, that is worthy of comment.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 12, 2013 5:04 pm|
A military defense university established by Congress has instituted a block on its computer or information systems of the Washington Post to prevent those training and working at the university from being exposed to “classified material being released.”
The “classified material” is the information disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that continues to be published by The Guardian and covered widely by press organizations from around the world.
|By: TomThumb Thursday May 30, 2013 2:15 pm|
In an interview with DemocracyNow, Julian Assange described how the Collateral Murder video had been redacted from his presentation at Oxford-Union.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 1, 2013 1:05 pm|
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to conclude that a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer “has no First Amendment right to publish the information at issue” in a memoir he penned at on his service in the war in Afghanistan. They maintain information the officer wants to publish is “properly classified” and the government is “entitled to substantial deference” that its publication would result in harm from disclosure.
|By: DSWright Monday March 11, 2013 11:15 am|
The Obama Administration, that came to power with the promise of historic transparency, has reversed course and begun censoring more public records than at any time since President Barack Obama took office.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 30, 2013 12:45 pm|
The military commissions has posted the two to three minutes from the afternoon proceedings on January 28 that an individual outside of the Guantanamo war court chose to censor. When the censorship occurred, the judge was frustrated as he said he did not know there was anyone outside of the court that could censor the proceedings.
|By: Pam Spaulding Saturday January 5, 2013 7:52 am|
I guess if you’re black, a lesbian, political and write a blog you’re really a national security threat in the eyes of the Pentagon. And you have to read the DOD response.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 12, 2012 3:42 pm|
A military judge has ruled that statements made by defendants on trial for their involvement in the September 11th attacks could be censored if they make statements about how they were tortured or abused.
Judge Col. James Pohl ruled the government had “submitted declarations…from representatives of the CIA, [Department of Defense], and FBI invoking the classified information privilege and explaining how disclosure of the classified information at issue would be detrimental to national security in that the information relates to the sources, methods, and activities by which the United States defends against international terrorism and terrorist organizations.” These explanations included how the government believed disclosure of methods of interrogation or torture would be harmful.