MENA Mashup: Al Aqsa, Bibi, and ISIS Mints Currency

By: 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…

 

NSA Docs Show Blueprint for US Economic Espionage

By: 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.

Congressman Grayson Requests Answers on NSA’s Weakening of Encryption Standards

By: 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.

CIA Intercepted Whistleblower Communications in Senate Torture Investigation

By: 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.

Senators Seek Answers From Clapper About Plans for Total Surveillance of Security Clearance Holders

By: 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.”

Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: 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.

James Clapper Somewhat Concedes Claims About How Many Documents Snowden Took Were Incorrect

By: 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.

No One Should Ever Trust Top USA Intelligence Officials in the Obama Administration

By: 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.

Reworded Policy for Intelligence Employees Citing Leaks Doesn’t Change Its Anti-Democratic Nature

By: 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.”

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 9:55 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but the free flow of any information whatsoever.

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