The owner of the encrypted email service provider that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was reportedly using, Lavabit, which shut down early in August, apparently made the decision to stop operating after receiving a “pen register” order and an order under the Stored Communications Act, according to a legal filing posted by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 27, 2013 5:00 pm|
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:46 am|
The New York Times coverage should have given attentive readers indigestion over breakfast Tuesday: “A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year … Federal investigators said they were able to identify the man, Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, as a suspect in the leak case only after secretly obtaining AP reporters’ phone logs, a move that set off an uproar among journalists and members of Congress of both parties when it was disclosed in May.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:15 pm|
A district court judge in Dallas, Texas, has issued an order prohibiting journalist and activist Barrett Brown and his defense team from discussing the case with the media.
Brown faces multiple charges including one count of internet threats, one count of conspiracy to make publicly available restricted personal information of an employee of the United States, one count of retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer, one count of traffic in stolen authentication features, one count of access device fraud, ten counts of aiding and abetting identity theft, one count of concealment of evidence and one count of corruptly concealing evidence. Altogether, Brown could be sentenced to up to 105 years in jail if convicted of all the above offenses.
The offenses stem conduct that Brown allegedly engaged in after the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, had its emails hacked.
|By: bmaz Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm|
No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.
Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 22, 2013 8:15 am|
John Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush. He was convicted in October of last year of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program to a reporter and sentenced in January of this year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 12, 2013 5:04 pm|
A military defense university established by Congress has instituted a block on its computer or information systems of the Washington Post to prevent those training and working at the university from being exposed to “classified material being released.”
The “classified material” is the information disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that continues to be published by The Guardian and covered widely by press organizations from around the world.
|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: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 25, 2013 5:00 pm|
Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 25, 2013 6:40 am|
After years of ducking questions and some questionable congressional testimony it appears the Justice Department has finally confirmed that its War on Journalism does include Wikileaks. According to the New York Times the investigation is extensive.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 19, 2013 1:00 pm|
A lawsuit against unlawful surveillance against Muslim communities by the New York Police Department (NYPD) was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), New York Civil Liberties Union and Clear Project yesterday.