It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal how the investigations were started.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 16, 2013 1:22 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 6:18 pm|
Hundreds of documents on the government’s secret interpretation of a section of the PATRIOT Act and the NSA’s abuse of a massive database of Americans’ phone records have been released. President Barack Obama would like the public to believe this is part of the administration’s effort to be the “most transparent administration in history.” However, that is completely dishonest because the administration never wanted to release these documents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 5, 2013 9:45 am|
One of the authors of the PATRIOT Act, which granted the Executive Branch of government broad powers to fight alleged terrorists after the September 11th attacks, has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that aims to challenge the NSA’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records.
The lawsuit, according to the ACLU, “argues that the dragnet, justified by the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215, violates the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment as well as the First Amendment rights of free speech and association.” It also argues that the “program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the PATRIOT Act.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 15, 2013 5:54 pm|
YACHT, best described as an electronic rock or synth pop group, and Marc Maron, who is known for his “WTF” podcast and is also a guitarist, have recorded a delightfully irreverent protest anthem on total surveillance by the National Security Agency.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 2:45 pm|
Update: Silent Circle follows suit.
The owner of Lavabit, an email service believed to be better focused on privacy and security for users than Gmail, has decided to shut down the service. It is notable because this is the service that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on US government surveillance programs, was reportedly using.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 7, 2013 12:15 pm|
Over a dozen countries, including the United States, are currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The public is not allowed to know what is in the agreement, though large corporations are.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 16, 2013 3:10 pm|
Nineteen organizations including Calguns Foundation, a gun owners group, and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, have come together to file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) for violating their right to freedom of association under the First Amendment by collecting and storing, in bulk, data from their members’ call records.
|By: DSWright Friday July 12, 2013 10:57 am|
A federal judge has granted Chevron a broad and sweeping subpoena for data related to the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The subpoena is trying to gain information on journalists and activists who may have been critical of Chevron.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 11, 2013 9:20 am|
A lawsuit brought the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the NSA for illegal spying on American citizens can continue after a federal rejected the government’s argument that the suit could reveal “state secrets” and therefore threaten national security. The state secrets argument usually shuts down cases, but not this time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 27, 2013 2:55 pm|
The FBI currently uses technology, which acts as a fake cell phone tower to track and locate phones being used by targets. Known as “Stingray,” the technology can locate, interfere and intercept communications.
The use of this technology is being challenged in the case of Daniel Rigmaiden, a “hacker” who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft in 2008. Rigmaiden has sought discovery evidence on how government agents were able to locate and track him and maintains that the use of a StingRay device to catch him was illegal as it was done without a warrant.