Hundreds of Top Secret Documents from World’s Spy Agencies Leaked

By: Monday February 23, 2015 5:15 pm

Al Jazeera English and The Guardian have published top secret documents, which are part of a trove of cables, dossiers and other files from some of the world’s major spy agencies that were leaked to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. The first set of revelations primarily stem from documents from Mossad and South African intelligence. After [...]

 

Leaked HSBC Files Show Banking Giant Provided Services to Clients Tied to Arms Trafficking, Blood Diamonds

By: Monday February 9, 2015 1:00 pm

Files from a whistleblower, which a major French newspaper obtained, show HSBC’s Swiss private bank offered services to clients, who the United Nations, court documents and media had singled out as having connections to arms trafficking, bribery and blood diamonds.

Judge Gives US Government a Week to Appeal or Comply With Order Involving Thousands of Prisoner Abuse Photos

By: Friday February 6, 2015 11:00 am

The United States government has been given a week to appeal or comply with a federal judge’s order to provide a justification for why approximately 2,100 photographs of torture and abuse of prisoners must remain secret.

Obama Administration Hinders FBI Whistleblower Protections & Inspector General Oversight

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 5:00 pm

The FBI withholds records the inspector general for the Justice Department should legally be able to access, and, in the process, has impacted the ability of the office to review whistleblower allegations and claims of retaliation. President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently supported this position, which hinders an office that is supposed to provide independent oversight.

US Government Grows Increasingly Frustrated with Judge Challenging State Secrets Claims in No Fly List Case

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 5:00 pm

In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of last year, and the judge has been reviewing documents relevant to the case to determine whether the government’s state secrets claims are valid.

No, Supporters of Whistleblowers & Openness in Government Should Not Defend David Petraeus

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 5:00 pm

David Petraeus is not the next victim in President Barack Obama’s crackdown on leaks. He is not someone that should be defended like previous whistleblowers, who have been prosecuted aggressively and charged with violating the Espionage Act. People opposed to excessive secrecy by the United States government do not have an obligation to oppose prosecution [...]

FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 7:00 pm

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]

Welcome to the US Global Security State of 2015

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:00 pm

As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by Fulgensio Batista. In the global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union in which much of the planet has chosen sides, Cuba, only 90 miles from the American mainland, finds itself in the eye of the storm. Having lost Washington’s backing, it has, however, gained the support of distant Moscow, the other nuclear-armed superpower on the planet.

CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling, Set to Go on Trial in January, Deserves Support as Whistleblower

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 11:00 am

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing. With its use of the Espionage Act to intimidate and prosecute people for leaks in “national security” realms, the Obama administration is determined to keep hiding important facts [...]

In Pakistan, First US Drone Strike of the New Year Kills At Least Six People

By: Monday January 5, 2015 11:00 am

In the first United States drone strike of the new year, at least six people were reported to be killed on January 4. The strike came as Pakistan killed at least 31 alleged “militants” in an offensive the US has been helping the country’s military forces wage against militant groups the US has long maintained [...]

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