A federal judge ruled last week that the United States government did not have to release images or videos of interrogations of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who a convening authority for military commissions previously conceded had been tortured.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 16, 2013 4:02 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 16, 2013 12:20 pm|
Even though there has been a dramatic shift in public opinion about whether marijuana should be legal, it remains one of the most common reasons that Americans are arrested. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2012 is a stark reminder that there is still significant work to do before marijuana prohibition is truly ended.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 6, 2013 5:12 pm|
A nineteen year-old Muslim teen from a Chicago suburb, who already faced terrorism charges after an undercover FBI agent convinced him to try and blow up a downtown bar, has been charged with trying to have an FBI agent murdered.
This case has largely flown under the radar, however, in recent weeks, it has been gaining attention because the defense lawyer for the teen, whose name is Adel Daoud, has sought to obtain documents on any surveillance that was used by the FBI to target and arrest him. If any of it the surveillance was unlawful and abusive, like much of the surveillance programs and procedures exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, his defense argues it would be evidence the FBI violated protections against unreasonable searches.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 27, 2013 7:35 am|
An FBI whistleblower alleges he was retaliated against and fired because he reported two pilots serving in the FBI had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct in addition to a “clear pattern of fraud, waste and abuse over a period of years,” which “cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars” while also “damaging the reputation of the FBI and Justice Department.”
|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: DSWright Tuesday August 6, 2013 6:40 am|
The FBI is pressuring Internet service providers to install software inside their networks to allow real-time government spying on users. The FBI claims real-time collection of information is suddenly necessary for the agency to do its job.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 5, 2013 9:25 am|
Nobody can argue with the FBI’s legitimate pursuit of removing child pornographers from the internet. However, in a country that equates whistleblowers with terrorists and charges them with espionage and aiding the enemy, there is also serious concern in the tech community today that the anonymity provided by the Tor network can now be compromised in ways that jeopardize secure legitimate communication.
|By: Steve Horn Friday July 26, 2013 2:55 pm|
On Christmas Day 2011, the hacktivist collective Anonymous ruined the day for a security firm that, throughout much of its history, enjoyed operating in the shadows.
The firm: Strategic Forecasting, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based intelligence-collecting contracting company better known as Stratfor. Its clients include some of the most profitable multinational corporations on the planet, such as the American Petroleum Institute, Archer Daniels Midland, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, Northrop Grumman, Intel and Coca-Cola.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 18, 2013 11:30 am|
So much for beyond a reasonable doubt. According to a new report by the FBI, the bureau’s forensic experts have made numerous mistakes in linking evidence to defendants in death penalty cases. The report noted 27 instances of incorrect testimony that helped convict defendants.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 15, 2013 9:45 am|
Yassin Aref was convicted of terrorism charges that included conspiring to aid a terrorist group, providing support for a weapon of mass destruction, money-laundering and material support for a foreign terrorist organization after being arrested in an FBI sting operation in Albany, New York in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2007. However, since conviction, he has vigorously fought to prove his innocence and recently new evidence uncovered through freedom of information filings suggests he was improperly identified as an Al Qaeda agent.