It now seems the bulk surveillance program, which collects all American consumers’ phone records, which Obama and others in government have spent months defending, will never have the public’s support. And now that Americans know about the nature of this once kept secret program, Obama and members of Congress that sought to defend the surveillance are having to support “ending” the program in some way or another. But is it all for show?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 26, 2014 12:02 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 25, 2014 5:20 pm|
More and more local law enforcement agencies in the United States are manipulating or abusing public records request laws in order to conceal whether they are using “Stingray” surveillance technology to collect data for law enforcement activities, even going so far as to pretend that records do not even exist.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 25, 2014 11:05 am|
The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Defense Intelligence Agency are each being sued for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act in their refusal to disclose records on anti-apartheid leader and South Africa president Nelson Mandela.
|By: Shahid Buttar Monday March 17, 2014 3:30 pm|
Even before open war erupted last week between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), embattled NSA officials had woven tangled skeins to downplay public crimes including lying to Congress.
Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 17, 2014 11:25 am|
The Associated Press conducted its annual review of government data related to the Freedom of Information Act. It found that the “government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 14, 2014 3:30 pm|
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights the “massive watchlisting system” in the United States, which “risks stigmatizing hundreds of thousands of people, including American citizens, as “known or suspected terrorists.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 14, 2014 7:42 am|
The Central Intelligence Agency claims documents were removed from the computer system Senate staffers were using to produce a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program because the CIA was worried that details in those documents could lead to the revelation of CIA identities. However, there is ample reason to consider this an excuse intended to retroactively justify a questionable act by the CIA.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 13, 2014 1:51 pm|
The former chief counsel for the Church Committee, Frederick A.O “Fritz” Schwarz Jr., is pushing for a new committee that would investigate secret government, particularly actions by government since the September 11th attacks.
The Church Committee played an instrumental role in the 1970s in calling attention to abuses by the national security state. The Senate established a committee chaired by Senator Frank Church of Idaho to examine the conduct and operations of intelligence agencies.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 12, 2014 6:59 pm|
A federal court has ruled that the Justice Department may keep secret two key memos, which the American Civil Liberties Union argues show how the government views when it can and cannot legally track Americans with GPS tracking devices.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 11, 2014 10:12 am|
The top legal officer of the CIA may suffer from a torture conflict of interest.