The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 27, 2015 11:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 21, 2015 4:00 pm|
The FBI spied on Occupy Chicago. It also coordinated with police departments, helping other law enforcement agencies keep tabs on Occupy protesters, according to documents obtained by independent journalist Yana Kunichoff. The documents contradict a statement from the FBI in November 2011, where the agency declared, “Recent published blogs and news stories have reported the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 9, 2015 11:00 am|
A 37-year-old environmental activist, who was convicted of “eco-terrorism” in 2007 and sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008, has been released from jail after he uncovered evidence that the federal government withheld documents that would have been useful to his defense at trial. The release was a result of Eric McDavid pleading guilty [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 6, 2015 7:00 pm|
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 8, 2014 10:04 am|
West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller has placed a last-minute hold on critical Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) legislation. Open government advocates involved in developing the legislation believe if Rockefeller does not lift his hold today his act could effectively kill reform. The bill’s sponsor, Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, stated on December 5 that [...]
|By: Lloyd Chapman Thursday November 27, 2014 6:40 pm|
I just won a landmark legal victory over the Pentagon yesterday. I’m forcing the Pentagon to release information that will prove they have cheated American small businesses out of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal subcontracts over the last 25 years.
Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I requested the most recent information submitted to the Pentagon’s “sham” Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) by one of the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The information I requested will clearly indicate the Pentagon is cheating American small businesses out of billions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 25, 2014 8:32 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may also be using suspicious activity guidelines to target individuals in a civil asset forfeiture program.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 9, 2014 12:24 pm|
Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 6, 2014 10:25 am|
A Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been force-fed and subjected to rough cell extractions prior to such feeding, is finally getting the opportunity to have his case challenging his treatment heard in court today. Remarkably, the hearing comes after two major victories, where the judge agreed the legal proceeding should be open to the public and videos of his forced-feeding should be unsealed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 3, 2014 8:02 am|
The inspector general for the CIA conducted a review of whether the agency was keeping information secret that should be public and found “no instances of over-classification.”