Anti-Leaks Provision in Intelligence Authorization Bill May Encourage Selective Leaking

By: Monday December 31, 2012 12:52 pm

The new provision notably applies to all “government officials,” including White House officials. It may oblige the Administration either to abstain from authorized disclosures of classified intelligence to the press, or to revise its policies to more clearly permit such disclosures, or to somehow evade the new reporting requirement, perhaps by defining it away. Thus, for example, Vice President Dick Cheney stated in 2004 that classified information could be used “to shape and inform what one says publicly” without violating prohibitions on disclosure of classified information

 

System of Classification for Information Enables Corruption, Increases Likelihood of Leaks

By: Monday December 17, 2012 1:35 pm

The Cold War system of classifying and declassifying information held by United States government agencies is “overly complex, “keeps too many secrets” for to long and obstructs information sharing inside government and with the public, according to a report produced by a board of individuals that President Barack Obama ordered on classified information.

Judge Rules Torture Testimony at Guantanamo Military Commission Can Be Censored

By: 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.

White House Memo Shows Clampdown on Leaks Coming

By: Monday November 26, 2012 4:00 pm

An interagency Insider Threat Task Force has established “minimum standards” for responding to threats, according to a memo signed by President Barack Obama. The “standards” include policies to prevent “unauthorized disclosures” of information.

Dehumanizing Guantanamo Defendants: Government Asserts Control of Thoughts & Memories (VIDEO)

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 4:20 pm

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terror suspects had a pre-trial hearing before the Guantanamo Bay commission just over two weeks ago. And, yesterday, The Nation published a dispatch on the proceedings that is well worth reading and I wrote about how the government maintains the Guantanamo defendants’ thoughts and memories of torture at the hands of CIA interrogators should be considered classified.

I went on RT America to talk about the military commissions.

Guantanamo Military Commissions: ‘Piece of a Larger Disturbing Trend Toward Centralized Presidential Power’

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 4:00 pm

Just over two weeks ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terror suspects had a pre-trial hearing before the Guantanamo Bay commission. The judge presiding over the commission is Army Colonel James L. Pohl. Key issues argued were whether a forty-second daly between the press and courtroom was constitutional and whether the suspects could testify about being tortured by CIA interrogators or not.

WikiLeaks Releases US Military Policies for Detention & Avoiding Accountability for Torture

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 3:40 pm

On the first day of the release, five policies have been posted. The most significant of the postings is the 2002 manual for Camp Delta at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said of the manual, “This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematized human rights abuse in the West with good reason.”

Defense: Bradley Manning’s Speedy Trial Rights Have Been ‘Trampled Upon’

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 10:15 am

The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, filed a motion calling for all charges with prejudice to be dismissed because the United States government has “trampled upon” Manning’s “speedy trial rights.”

ABC News Correspondent Questions Obama Administration’s War on Whistleblowing

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 3:34 pm

Give credit to Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, who in a press conference challenged the Obama Administration for celebrating aggressive journalists that have died in Syria as it simultaneously goes after similar journalism in the United States.

Live Blog: Bradley Manning’s Arraignment

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 10:00 am

Pfc. Bradley Manning, a US soldier accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, is to be arraigned today at Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning will be given “official notice of the charges,” according to his defense lawyer, David Coombs. He will then be asked to enter a plea.

On Coombs’ Army Court Martial Defense blog, Coombs writes, “This is the first step in the court-martial process.” It is scheduled to begin at 1 pm EST this afternoon.

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