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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 19, 2014 4:59 pm|
|By: Peterr Saturday September 13, 2014 9:20 am|
CIA Director John “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Overseers” Brennan and Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (i.e., the aforementioned “Stinkin’ Overseers”) have been having a nasty little spat, revolving around both the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique, and also the CIA’s spying on SSCI staffers who are trying to investigate and report on the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique. This past week has given us a few new developments, with Feinstein saying that the report will be out by the end of the month.
Lucy’s holding the football again, but will Charlie Brown finally get to kick it? There’s reason to hope that he just might . . .
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm|
Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday August 10, 2014 6:59 am|
Almost totally lost in the reporting on the Ukraine crisis is the fact the CIA had an active program of covert intervention into Ukraine for nearly seven decades. The history of that intervention is not being examined by any side in this conflict because it is tied up with the Cold War and the political fallout of the fall of the Soviet Union. But the politics from that time threaten to flare up again, as NATO and Russia move towards a possible armed confrontation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 7, 2014 9:21 am|
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, has written a letter describing how he was given a special designation marking him dangerous. This led to him not being sent to a minimum security camp, and he reveals he was put in a low-security facility because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inappropriately categorized his offense as one related to “espionage.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:15 pm|
United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:10 pm|
Despite crime being on a steady decline for the past decade and the threat of international terrorism being wildly overstated, local police departments are stockpiling military grade weaponry. The militarization of police forces has become such a prominent phenomenon that the ACLU now dedicates a portion of its resources to studying the trend. Community policing – particularly in poor areas where people of color live – has been replaced with military style raids by heavily armed SWAT Teams.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 4, 2014 11:22 am|
Viennese lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a class action suit with the Commercial Court for Vienna against the Irish subsidiary of Facebook for violation of European data protection laws.
The Europe v Facebook website has an app that allows EU residents to become part of the suit. So far the organization is reporting that 11,000 people have signed on.
|By: DSWright Monday August 4, 2014 10:18 am|
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has once again been caught using humanitarian work as a cover for US intelligence operations. According to the Associated Press, USAID used work on HIV AIDs as a cover to send in agents to recruit young Cubans to overthrow their government.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday August 3, 2014 4:00 pm|
There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who tortured “some folks” after 9/11. (Obama did not mention that the order to torture came from the Oval Office.)
“Well, at least he called the crimes out as ‘torture,” some observers noted. Others, including some in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), called for John Brennan’s resignation as CIA director after he admitted the CIA had spied on Congressional investigators who were writing a thousands-of-pages-long report on the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program.
An Executive Summary of that report, in a censored version produced by the CIA itself, is now back in the hands of the SSCI, who may or may not release it soon. The Committee has already decided the full 6000 or so page report itself will not be released for years (if ever), a cover-up of immense proportions.