On this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, the guest is Trevor Aaronson, contributing writer to The Intercept and executive director of the Florida Center of Investigative Reporting at the University of Miami. Aaronson wrote a feature on Sami Osmakac, a mentally ill Muslim man who was the target of an FBI sting operation [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 22, 2015 4:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 13, 2015 11:00 am|
A supervisor with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helped police monitor a Black Lives Matter protest last December. The Intercept obtained an email from a St. Paul police officer and FBI JTTF member, David S. Langfellow, which informed a Bloomington police officer that a “confidential human source” has “confirmed” the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 5, 2015 1:00 pm|
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:16 pm|
A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 4, 2015 5:00 pm|
The FBI withholds records the inspector general for the Justice Department should legally be able to access, and, in the process, has impacted the ability of the office to review whistleblower allegations and claims of retaliation. President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently supported this position, which hinders an office that is supposed to provide independent oversight.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 2, 2015 6:00 pm|
A federal magistrate judge has recommended that evidence FBI agents obtained by impersonating internet repairmen be suppressed. The agents failed to disclose to another federal magistrate judge that they would be employing a “DSL disruption ruse” to gain entry, without a warrant, to a Caesars Palace villa, where agents believed two men were engaged in an illegal gambling operation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 30, 2015 11:00 am|
In the Eastern District of Virginia, the Justice Department has been fighting a lawsuit brought by a US citizen, who claims his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The judge has not blindly accepted the government’s state secrets claims and left open the possibility that the government may fail to get the case thrown out. However, the day before a major hearing for summary judgment, the FBI put the US citizen’s brother on the Bureau’s list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 28, 2015 6:30 pm|
The existence of “Plan C,” a Cold War plan to be carried out in the event of a nuclear attack, has been publicly known since 1956. There would be a “general mobilization” if an attack occurred but not on the United States itself. But documents obtained by Muck Rock provide a fuller picture of how the top secret strategy may have been implemented if World War III had erupted.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday January 27, 2015 9:00 am|
Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver teen, was sentenced to four years in prison on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, ISIS. We’ll get to the specifics of Conley’s crime in a moment, but first some more details from her sentencing. Impartial Justice? U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday January 26, 2015 11:00 am|
Here’s another reason to be even more skeptical when you see those statistics about how the United States has arrested or detained 1,200,761,324 terrorists or whatever. A former college student, Nicholas George, was detained in 2009 for hours at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards and thus suspected by the TSA of [...]