Todd Miller, Surveillance Surge on the Border

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 12:50 pm

I mean, come on.  You knew it had to happen, didn’t you?  In a 2010 Department of Homeland Security report, wrested from the bowels of the secrecy/surveillance state (thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation), the Customs and Border Protection agency suggests arming their small fleet of surveillance drones.  The purpose: to “immobilize TOIs,” or targets of interest, along the U.S.-Mexican border. 

 

Force Feeding at Gitmo Will ‘Synchronize’ With Ramadan

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 6:40 am

When torturing someone try to respect their religious traditions, it’s the humane thing to do. The kidnapped men being held in Guantanamo Bay, who have yet to be charged with a crime, will continue to be force fed during Ramadan. And here’s the humane part, the force feeding will be synchronized with Ramadan fasting.

Matthew Harwood, Counterterrorism in the Twilight Zone

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 7:00 pm

Since 9/11, American law enforcement has taken a disproportionate interest in American Muslims across the country, seeing a whole community as a national security threat, particularly in California and New York City. But here’s the thing: the facts that have been piling up ever since that date don’t support such suspicion. Not at all.

Nick Turse, The Snags, Snares, and Snafus of Covering the U.S. Military

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:30 pm

The 30-year-old history of U.S. foreign policy: now, there’s a dynamite issue! Explosive, in fact. Far too dangerous, it turns out, for Americans to be informed about or have access to basic documents about — so you might conclude from a recent report at Steven Aftergood’s website Secrecy News.

According to him, “A 1991 statute mandated that the State Department publish the documentary record of U.S. foreign policy (known as Foreign Relations of the United States, or FRUS) no later than 30 years after the events described.” They were years behind when President Obama, still in his sunshine mode, hit the Oval Office and ordered State “to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013.”

NSA Swaps Information on You With Private Companies for More Information on You

By: Friday June 14, 2013 8:55 am

Freedom isn’t free. The National Security Agency along with the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies of the U.S. government has been swapping information with private companies. In exchange for private companies giving the intelligence agencies information on their users, the private companies receive access to classified intelligence.

Bill To Open Up FISA Court Rulings Proposed

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 8:30 am

A new bill set to be introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley would bring some transparency to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. The bill would force the government to reveal how it interprets National Security laws.

James Rosen, Irresponsible Journalism and Untrustworthy Governance

By: Saturday May 25, 2013 10:00 am

The problem with all this cloak and dagger stuff is that ordinary citizens cannot reliably inform themselves on the issue. The quick way to choose whom to believe is to pick the side you like better. But after that first snap decision, it helps to look at the various parties’ credibility.

Obama Administration Also Seized Phone Records of Fox News

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 6:40 am

The Associated Press were not the only ones to have their phone records seized by the government as it was revealed Tuesday that Fox News had their phone records seized as part of the Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers. After being labeled a “co-conspirator” Fox News reporter James Rosen was targeted for doing basic journalism.

GOP Splits in Two Over Civil Liberties and Drones

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 7:35 am

Only a few months after being defeated in the Presidential Election the Republican Party is having an identity crisis. The party has split in two over the issue of civil liberties and presidential power. The split came to a head when Senator Rand Paul filibustered CIA Director John Brennan’s nomination for 13 hours. In response to the popular display Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham condemned Paul mocking his arguments. McCain would ultimately insult Senator Paul by claiming he and his allies represented the wacko bird caucus.

System of Classification for Information Enables Corruption, Increases Likelihood of Leaks

By: Monday December 17, 2012 1:35 pm

The Cold War system of classifying and declassifying information held by United States government agencies is “overly complex, “keeps too many secrets” for to long and obstructs information sharing inside government and with the public, according to a report produced by a board of individuals that President Barack Obama ordered on classified information.

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