TMZ: Only US Television Program to Cover Latest Report of CIA Using Music to Torture Detainees

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 3:04 pm

Another example of the government using rock music to torture detainees was reported last week. But it appears the only television or broadcast news program to cover and report on this further was TMZ.

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 9:22 am

Describing interrogation techniques and approaches used during the Cold War, an old 1960s CIA counterintelligence interrogation manual advised covertly photographing the interrogation subject and also audio taping his interrogations.

A tape player could free an interrogator from note taking, the CIA’s experts wrote, while also providing a live record of an interrogation that could replayed later. The manual’s author noted that for some of those interrogated, “the shock of hearing their own voices unexpectedly is unnerving.”

Did FBI Intercept Privileged Communications in Coverup?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 12:10 pm

The FBI wanted him to “give the FBI his computer so it could securely remove the classified information.” McClanahan would not allow the FBI to do this and Belvin suggested he was being uncooperative. When McClanahan suggested the FBI apply for a warrant to gain access to his computer, which he would probably then move to quash, Belvin informed him the FBI would likely do this.

NSA, CIA, FBI & DIA Sued Over Withholding of Records on Capture & Surveillance of Mandela

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 11:05 am

The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Defense Intelligence Agency are each being sued for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act in their refusal to disclose records on anti-apartheid leader and South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 11:25 am

The Associated Press conducted its annual review of government data related to the Freedom of Information Act. It found that the “government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”

Obama Administration Continues To Fight Against Transparency

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:17 am

An analysis by the Associated Press revealed the lack of transparency which – paired with the Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalism – paints a nasty picture of a secretive regime.

Justice Department Can Keep GPS Location Tracking Memos Secret, Court Rules

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 6:59 pm

A federal court has ruled that the Justice Department may keep secret two key memos, which the American Civil Liberties Union argues show how the government views when it can and cannot legally track Americans with GPS tracking devices.

FOIA: DoD Documents on Health Effects of Exposure to Depleted Uranium Weapons

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 9:18 am

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects of US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium.

The Creep of Counterterrorism: FBI’s Professed ‘Primary Function’ No Longer ‘Law Enforcement’

By: Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm

An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.

Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”

FBI Reviews It’s A Wonderful Life (With a Special Appearance by Ayn Rand)

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 2:10 pm

Made available through the magic of FOIA request, and since buried again, we find an in-depth, if rather specialized, look at the charms of It’s a Wonderful Life. True to their no-nonsense style, the FBI wasted no time on fancy film talk and instead came directly to this cheery yuletide verdict about the film: Communist Propaganda.

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