Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 26, 2015 4:00 pm|
|By: CTuttle Saturday November 15, 2014 12:45 pm|
On Thursday, SoS Kerry sat down with Bibi and Jordan’s King Playstation to try and rein in the madness of the Al Aqsa hostilities…
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 5, 2014 1:49 pm|
Former NSA director Keith Alexander was asked in an Australia Financial Review interview in May whether it was a “credible argument” that the US is different from China because it “does not engage in spying to make its private citizens rich.”
Alexander answered, “It is to me. Specifically, we use intelligence to help protect our nation and to ensure we make the best possible policy decisions. We do not steal data to help our commercial industries.”
Yet, in this 2009 report, a set of ideas were developed to “mitigate strategic and institutional risk” against “competitor states” and to help the US maintain its “world standing.” The ideas were intended to influence “agenda items for the intelligence community and its partners” from 2009 to as late as 2025.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 28, 2014 3:10 pm|
Democratic congressman Alan Grayson, who serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the US House of Representatives, has written a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It requests answers related to how the NSA has weakened encryption standards.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 26, 2014 7:52 am|
The inspector general for the CIA obtained a “legally protected email and other unspecified communications” between whistleblower officials and lawmakers related to alleged whistleblower retaliation. The CIA inspector general allegedly failed to investigate claims of retaliation against an agency official for helping the Senate intelligence committee with the production of their report on torture.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 19, 2014 1:15 pm|
Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 3:11 pm|
The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers.
On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for potential whistleblowers. He also criticized a directive signed by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper that broadly prohibits employees from “unauthorized” contact with the media.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 6, 2014 9:12 am|
The claims made about what Snowden took are based on the access he had while working as a contractor for the NSA, not what he actually took. Yet, this number of 1.7 million documents has repeatedly been used by government officials and the most strident critics to argue he is not a whistleblower.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 20, 2014 10:00 am|
If a top official in American Intelligence has nothing to fear from lying to Congress while under oath then they definitely have nothing to fear from lying to anyone else.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 10, 2014 10:33 am|
It was reported on May 8 that the Office of Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, had issued a directive barring past and current personnel from citing or talking about “known leaks.”