Inspector General Claims to Have Found No ‘Instances’ Where CIA Over-Classified Secrets

By: Friday October 3, 2014 8:02 am

The inspector general for the CIA conducted a review of whether the agency was keeping information secret that should be public and found “no instances of over-classification.”

 

Chelsea Manning’s New Lawyers Will Challenge “Frightening” Espionage Act Charges on Appeal

By: Monday April 14, 2014 7:55 am

At an event at Georgetown Law Center last night, Chelsea Manning’s new lawyers provided a preview of what they expect to happen during the appeals process in her military case.

In Terrorism Case, Government Fights Potential ‘Sea Change in FISA Litigation’

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 4:35 pm

Courts had been asked by defendants to disclose details related to United States government applications for surveillance, which were authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, many times before. The judge had ruled on the legality of the surveillance without ordering the disclosure of classified information to a defendant. However, in January, in a federal case in Chicago involving a young Muslim, who was arrested in an undercover sting operation by the FBI and accused of plotting a terrorist attack, the judge ordered the government to provide the information to the defense.

Washington Post Editorial Board: ‘WikiLeaks Differs From Journalism’

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 6:30 pm

How so?

The Washington Post editorial board has determined in an editorial on Manning’s conviction that WikiLeaks “differs from journalism in methods if not goals.”

Bradley Manning’s Trial, NSA Leaks & the Ever-Increasing Secrecy of the National Security State

By: Sunday June 9, 2013 6:59 am

On Friday, I participated in one of the better chats or discussions that I have done with others on Bradley Manning, government secrecy, the broken system of classification and the pursuit of whistleblowers or truth-tellers by the Obama administration. The chat also discussed the disclosures a whistleblower in government is now making on the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.

The show is called “The OpenGlobal Show.” It is a new program, and this was the second episode.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes James C. Goodale, Fighting For The Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles

By: Sunday May 19, 2013 1:59 pm

In his book, Fighting for the Press: The Pentagon Papers & Other Battles, Goodale presents a first-hand account of what happened as lawyers sought to defend the newspaper from the government. He describes how Max Frankel, foreign reporter for the Times, informed him he had “documents related to the Vietnam War.” He did not, at first, see them but was confronted with the issue of whether it was legal for the press to publish classified information.

Robert Greenwald’s ‘War on Whistleblowers’ Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 3:26 pm

In a small auditorium at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Brave New Films director Robert Greenwald held the premiere of his new documentary, “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.” It features four stories of men who are clear examples of whistleblowers that most Americans would think deserve protection when exposing government corruption, misconduct or wrongdoing, however, officials chose to protect the National Security State and retaliate each of these men for speaking out.

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on the US Secrecy State as Predator of the First Amendment

By: Sunday March 17, 2013 12:30 pm

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake delivered a speech at the National Press Club luncheon on March 15. He addressed the “long shadow of government secrecy” that increasingly “obscures the view of democracy in our constitutional republic or what’s left of it.”

The speech focuses explicitly on free speech and the First Amendment. Drake was indicted under the Espionage Act and threatened with the potential of serving the rest of his life in prison for exposing fraud, waste, abuse and illegality related to warrantless wiretapping by the NSA.

Pentagon Suggests Sequester Would Impair Ability to Fight WikiLeaks

By: Monday February 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Four days away from massive austerity that would result in cuts to the United States government, the Pentagon is suggesting the cuts would make it harder to fight cyber threats.

Leaking Classified Information to Resurrect ‘Cybersecurity Bill’ That Will Further Endanger Privacy

By: Monday February 11, 2013 8:55 am

A classified intelligence assessment shows the United States is “the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness,” according to the Washington Post.

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