Stand aside PRISM, here comes XKeyscore which collects “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The XKeyscore program was revealed today by the Guardian and is part of the series of a stories based on the Edward Snowden leaks.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 31, 2013 8:17 am|
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 23, 2013 6:35 am|
The Department of Defense presented Congress with its options and analysis for military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. The plans would cost billions of dollars and could lead to increasing instability in the region.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:57 pm|
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on NSA surveillance programs that was a response to all the coverage of disclosures former NSA contractor Edward Snowden made to The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
It was titled, “How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries.” It was one of the more Orwellian-sounding names for a hearing in recent history.
To say this was part of the committee fulfilling its duty to provide oversight would be ridiculous.
|By: Teddy Partridge Tuesday April 2, 2013 3:45 pm|
As of today, exactly half of the members of the US Senate support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Senator Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware, and Senator Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, both announced their support of marriage equality. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper on Tuesday became the latest Senate Democrat to publicly endorse marriage rights for [...]
|By: Phoenix Woman Sunday March 24, 2013 1:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 12, 2013 3:05 pm|
Sourced to current and former legal and counterterrorism officials in the United States government, the New York Times published a story on Sunday on the killing of US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted by a CIA drone without charge or trial on September 30, 2011.
Much of the material in the story from anonymous individuals could be considered sensitive or classified government information. These selective disclosures, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) condemned in a statement, functioned as propaganda.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 15, 2013 3:50 pm|
The administration of President Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge to the court that the CIA actually has a drone program that exists. The act is repellent in one respect because the administration’s nominee for CIA chief, John Brennan, sat before senators and answered questions about the program during his confirmation hearing.
It is also detestable and fraudulent because President Obama continues to assert his administration is the most transparent and ethical administration in the history of the United States, even as it vigorously fights a major Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in court that would further reveal the legal basis for the administration’s claimed authority to target and execute persons abroad without charge or trial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 11, 2013 8:55 am|
A classified intelligence assessment shows the United States is “the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness,” according to the Washington Post.
|By: Attaturk Thursday October 25, 2012 1:30 am|
Well I thought yesterday that some of the GOP’s “bright lights” were getting pretty awful in defining the Almighty as a turned on voyeur of sexual assault, or that a daughter’s consensual sex was as bad as if their father was being raped.
But they had a sequel within hours and then one Republican leader took the whole thing international.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 12, 2012 9:15 am|
So far, supposed threats to national security have been the issue. The hysteria around what could happen to the United States if leakers were allowed to go unpunished has been central to the controversy around the Obama administration’s leaking. The threat to freedom of the press posed by an investigation has not mattered to politicians calling for an investigation. Instead, a lot of the discussion has been around how the leaks benefit the president.