It is bizarre that President Obama and other defenders of the NSA still pretend there have been zero examples of NSA employees abusing their power, even though abuses have already been documented.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 23, 2013 9:20 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 31, 2013 6:35 am|
Call it the Snowden Effect. The NSA and FISA Court plan to selectively release documents to try to win back some support for the questionable domestic spying activities of the U.S. government.
|By: BrandonJ Sunday July 28, 2013 8:00 am|
Take the case of Amy Meyer in Utah for example. After exposing the cruelty at the Smith Meatpacking Company with her cell phone on public grounds, she was arrested and had her charges dropped due to a vast media campaign. Utah, along with Iowa and Missouri, still has its “ag-gag” law in place however.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00 pm|
President Barack Obama’s administration has developed a reputation for aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers or individuals responsible for national security leaks. The policy adopted by the administration was influenced by former director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, who requested a “tally of the number of government officials or employees who had been prosecuted for leaking national security secrets.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 1:00 pm|
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided documents to The Guardian and blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs collecting the personal data and information of innocent Americans and others from around the world.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 21, 2013 6:14 pm|
A sealed criminal complaint indicting former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden on two counts of espionage has been filed by federal prosecutors. He was charged with willfully communicating national defense information to a person that was unauthorized to receive it. He was also charged with “theft” and “conversion of government property.”
The Washington Post further reports that the complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. Not only is this jurisdiction where Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, happens to be headquartered, but it is also where key prosecutions for espionage have been filed under President Barack Obama.
|By: Chris Hedges Tuesday June 11, 2013 9:25 am|
FORT MEADE, Md.—The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, torture and killing Manning revealed, because they are classified, have been barred from discussion in court, effectively removing the fundamental issue of war crimes from the trial. Manning is forbidden by the court to challenge the government’s unverified assertion that he harmed national security.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 12, 2013 7:35 am|
A Navy contract linguist charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act by unlawfully retaining “national defense information” has been hit with a third charge of violating the law.
James F. Hitselberger was working in Bahrain as a translator. A document collector, as Secrecy News’ Steven Aftergood describes, Hitselberger is a “peripatetic collector of rare documents.” In his living quarters, where a “classified document was allegedly found in April” of 2012, newspapers and numerous books could be found. Some of his “discoveries over the years” have been donated “to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which actually maintains a James F. Hitselberger Collection.” The collection includes “political posters and leaflets that he gathered in pre-revolutionary Iran.”