Reworded Policy for Intelligence Employees Citing Leaks Doesn’t Change Its Anti-Democratic Nature

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 10:33 am

It was reported on May 8 that the Office of Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, had issued a directive barring past and current personnel from citing or talking about “known leaks.”

 

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 9:55 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but the free flow of any information whatsoever.

Clapper Clamps Down

By: Monday April 21, 2014 6:30 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive that prohibits all employees of the intelligence community from speaking to the press.

FBI Thinks Whistleblowers Should ‘Register’ So They’re Not Targeted by Insider Threat Program

By: Friday April 11, 2014 2:24 pm

The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection.

Director of National Intelligence Approves ‘Challenge Contest’ to Help Root Out Potential Leakers

By: Friday February 21, 2014 1:10 pm

The intelligence community, reeling from stories that continue to be published based off documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, is undoubtedly searching for ways to ensure that they are able to predict who will be the next leaker or whistleblower and stop that person before they reveal anything related to United States intelligence agencies to the public. And, perhaps, that is why the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, announced a “challenge contest” to help those in the intelligence community better understand “human interactions that involve trust and trustworthiness.”

The Self-Serving Statements of Clapper on Secrecy & the NSA’s Phone Records Program

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 4:59 pm

The self-serving admission by Director for National Intelligence James Clapper that the government should have never kept secret a program under the PATRIOT Act to collect the phone records of all Americans may be further affirmation of the fact that former National Security Agency Edward Snowden is a whistleblower.

It also reflects unwavering confidence in the government position that the collection is entirely legal, constitutional and not wrong at all so, therefore, it probably could have been made public without upsetting Americans.

The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 10:40 am

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security Agency’s powers, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department investigate Clapper.

Former Intel Director Driving Surveillance State Forward For Profit

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 2:00 pm

John Michael “Mike” McConnell, the former Director of National Intelligence and now Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, is making a lot of money off you. Nothing in the information age is more valuable than information and McConnell is working hard to create value for himself.

Intelligence Community Will Close Gaping Hole that Allegedly Led to WikiLeaks Disclosure … in 2013

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 6:32 pm

if our government is going to claim that leaks are as urgent as it does, if it’s going to continue to pretend that secrets are, you know, really secret, then it really ought to at least pretend to show urgency on responding to the gaping technical issues that will not only protect against leakers, but also provide better cybersecurity and protect against spies. Aspiring to fix those issues years after the fact really doesn’t cut it.

Clap On, Clap Off: Senate Set to Approve New National Intelligence Head, Lose Chance to Force Real Reform

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 7:33 am

So, after a last minute dance with three Republican holds, James Clapper is poised to be confirmed as Director of National Intelligence. As I noted before, this means someone most Senators either have or have had concerns about will be approved by big numbers to head our intelligence community.

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