The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the Supreme Court.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 14, 2014 11:25 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 3, 2014 2:02 pm|
Journalism based on sensationalism and crude exaggeration is by historical definition known as yellow journalism. A recent article at The Daily Beast by Gordon G. Chang, which accuses former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of lying, is this kind of despicable journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 21, 2013 6:22 pm|
Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 18, 2013 5:45 am|
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the ultimate decision to become a whistleblower when he came across a classified 2009 inspector general’s report on the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program during the administration of President George W. Bush. He read about the program and found it was illegal, according to an interview with New York Times reporter James Risen.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00 pm|
Under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on social connections between some Americans to help “discover and track” connection between “intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States,” according to a report from The New York Times.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 13, 2013 11:05 am|
A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national security journalists would be able to enjoy is debatable.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 27, 2013 5:00 pm|
In a filing to a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argues that a reporter for the New York Times has no constitutional right to a reporter’s privilege in a case involving a leak allegedly committed by a former CIA officer.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 20, 2013 10:30 am|
A divided federal appeals court ruled that a reporter for the New York Times did not have a reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment or common law that would protect him from having to testify in a leak case against one of his sources.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 23, 2012 3:34 pm|
Give credit to Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, who in a press conference challenged the Obama Administration for celebrating aggressive journalists that have died in Syria as it simultaneously goes after similar journalism in the United States.