Reported and alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence members should only increase the effort by senators to have a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program released.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 5, 2014 4:15 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 3, 2014 3:30 pm|
A review by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) of violence by US Border Patrol Agents responsible for more than forty “border-related deaths” was completed after Congress ordered US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to examine its “use of force policies and practices.” However, the result of this PERF review is being kept secret by the government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 27, 2014 1:30 pm|
There has been minimal news coverage of a congressional committee hearing that was held yesterday on a surveillance operation the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted against five employees who were making whistleblower complaints and yet the nature of what the FDA did exemplifies a key problem with government agencies currently.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 21, 2014 1:10 pm|
The intelligence community, reeling from stories that continue to be published based off documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, is undoubtedly searching for ways to ensure that they are able to predict who will be the next leaker or whistleblower and stop that person before they reveal anything related to United States intelligence agencies to the public. And, perhaps, that is why the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, announced a “challenge contest” to help those in the intelligence community better understand “human interactions that involve trust and trustworthiness.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 23, 2014 11:15 am|
While poets and psychologists talk about soldiers bringing the battlefield home with them, in fact, the U.S. is doing just that. More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American Citizens.
Today’s front-page article in the Washington Post confirms that wartime surveillance blimps– aerostats– used in Iraq and Afghanistan will now monitor most of the Northeast United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 16, 2014 9:57 am|
President Barack Obama’s reported plan to shift control of armed drone operations from the CIA to the Pentagon has apparently been disrupted by lawmakers who have stepped in to help the CIA stay in the killing business.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm|
An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.
Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 5, 2014 9:00 am|
A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to show him leniency so he could come back to the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 27, 2013 2:14 pm|
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and law enforcement, along with the NSA, are collecting information on Americans and then using that information to arrest people. “Parallel construction” is then used to “fabricate evidence” that is substituted with evidence that is subsequently collected legally and through mechanisms that have traditionally been an accepted part of criminal investigations.
In former senior NSA employee and whistleblower William Binney’s view, this is the “real problem.” It is occurring without a warrant and they can bring this information into court. He calls it the “planned program perjury policy right out of the Department of Justice.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 27, 2013 12:54 pm|
A federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records is “lawful” and not unconstitutional.
The ruling comes just over a week after another federal judge ruled in a similar lawsuit that the surveillance program violates Americans’ privacy rights and James Madison, one of America’s founding fathers, would be “aghast” if he was alive to see this program.