The Price of Whistleblowing: Manning, Greenwald, Assange, Kiriakou and Snowden

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 9:00 am

The eyebrows at a lot of tables probably raised as Wikileaks took the Intercept to task for its latest story, and failing to release the name of one of the countries in which the United States is spying on its citizens. The Intercept maintained they had been shown compelling evidence that led them to redact the name; Wikileaks maintained the citizens of the country have a right to know.

The eyebrows at my kitchen table were somewhat unique as it relates to the story, however. They belong to members of a group we jokingly refer to as the Friends of the Enemies of the State, a regular gathering of people who have personal experience on the business end of the state’s relentless persecution of those who choose to expose its criminality.

 

Documents: Why Homeland Security Agents Seized Manning Support Network Co-Founder’s Electronic Devices

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 1:48 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union, which pursued a lawsuit alleging Bradley Manning Support Network (now Private Manning Support Network) co-founder David House had his rights violated when he had his electronic devices searched and seized at O’Hare International Airport, has posted documents indicating authorities may have been interested in whether he had knowledge or possessed “Afghanistan War Logs” documents that had not been published by WikiLeaks.

Government Agrees to Destroy Information Seized From Bradley Manning Support Network Co-Founder

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 10:00 am

The government has decided to settle a lawsuit brought by American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House. The lawsuit involves a suspicionless border search that House experienced in 2010, where he had his laptop and other electronic devices seized.

Court Rules Forensic Examination of Electronics in Border Searches Requires ‘Reasonable Suspicion’

By: Friday March 8, 2013 5:02 pm

A United States federal appeals court has ruled suspicionless searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment but border patrol agents do need “reasonable suspicion” in order to conduct forensic examinations of a person’s devices.

Bradley Manning’s Defense Lawyer Acknowledges Press, Public Pushed Military to Move Him to Leavenworth

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 10:20 am

After looking over House’s statements to the press, it is hard to find the inaccuracies. Much of what House told the press has largely been affirmed through evidence and testimony presented by the defense in court over the past week. One can only presume Manning took issue with House’s very human reaction to seeing Manning in restraints. Knowing he was confined in his cell twenty-three hours a day, had restrictions against exercise or moving in his cell and had an hour at most to exercise during the day, House shared what he was feeling as he sat across from Manning during visits.

The Ever-Expanding Surveillance State That Has Grown Under Obama

By: Friday April 20, 2012 3:25 pm

The surveillance state in the United States has only grown in America since the September 11th attacks. It has increasingly been used to spy and intrude on the lives of journalists and activists. And, during a Democracy Now! special, a full hour was spent delving into the National Security Agency’s evolution into an entity that illegally collects and sifts through private emails, cell phone calls and possibly Internet searches and other personal data of Americans.

The special also looked closely at the stories of two individuals that have been targeted by the Homeland Security Department—journalist Laura Poitras, who has directed documentaries on the Iraq War and Yemen, and computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, who once served as a stand-in for Julian Assange at a hackers conference.

Judge on Suspicionless Laptop Searches & Seizures: Better Off Leaving Devices at Home

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 10:15 am

A federal judge on Friday heard a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) against the government’s assertion that it has the authority to search, seize and copy laptops, cell phones, cameras and other devices of people at America’s borders even if there is no suspicion of wrongdoing.

Specifically, the hearing was on whether the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit against laptop search policies at the border was legitimate.

Lt. Dan Choi at Netroots Nation: Proud to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Bradley Manning

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 11:30 am

While at Netroots Nation 2011, I had the privilege of speaking to Lieutenant Dan Choi, who served in the US Army infantry, went to war in Iraq and graduated from West Point with a degree in Arabic.

Choi was kicked out of the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) about one year ago. At Netroots Nation, Choi celebrated his one year “anniversary or birthday” as a civilian. He also noted that despite DADT being repealed there are still soldiers getting kicked out of the military for being gay.

Obama DOJ’s War on Free Speech & Activism

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 1:00 pm

A few days ago, rallies were held in cities all over the United States in support of veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who had his home raided by the FBI on May 17. The rallies coincided with Montes’ arraignment hearing for felony charges, which were filed against him by the LA County Sheriffs and FBI after the raid.

The target of an ever-expanding government investigation into antiwar and international solidarity activists, Montes demanded that his charges be dropped. The District Attorney denied his request. Montes asked to see the search warrant and police report on the raid of his home. The District Attorney initially refused the request but then agreed to release heavily edited versions of the documents. Montes was also told he would not be allowed to show the documents to the press.

Boston Protest in Support of David House/Bradley Manning/Wikileaks Tomorrow

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 11:36 am

If you’re in the Boston area, please join this group of committed students who will convene at the Boston courthouse tomorrow at 6pm. For more information see the press release here, and the Civic Counsel website here.

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