‘Proper Channels’ Didn’t Work for Employees Who Revealed Secret Service Director’s Personal Surveillance Op

By: Monday May 12, 2014 8:28 am

Agents from a Secret Service surveillance team detailed to patrol the White House compound and protect President Barack Obama were ordered to go watch the home of a neighbor of a “personal friend” of the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported.

Remarkably, this is one of those instances (yet again) where government employees sought to go through “proper channels” in order to blow the whistle on what they thought was a “potentially illegal use of government resources.”

 

Why is Illinois, Not the US Government, Putting ‘NATO 3′ on Trial for Terror Conspiracy?

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 11:09 am

Kevin Gosztola will be covering the trial of the Nato 3 at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago

Why Is the State Not the Feds Putting ‘NATO 3′ on Trial for Terror Conspiracy?

By: Monday January 20, 2014 7:05 pm

Three activists known as the “NATO 3″ are scheduled to go on trial tomorrow in Chicago. They were arrested days before a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the city in May 2012 and later indicted on terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges.
The trial will be significant as it involves an untested state terrorism law. The defense has also suggested it is significant that the state of Illinois, not the federal government, has prosecuted the case.

“Oops I Shot the President” and Other JFK Conspiracies

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:43 pm

There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around about the assassination of President Kennedy, and some are just as plausible as the Warren Commission’s report of a crazed gunman acting alone. We’ll be exploring these theories on November 25, when television pioneer John Barbour, who interviewed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison about the Kennedy assassination, will be my guest on Firedoglake.com’s Movie Night with special co-host JP Sottile.

Secret Service Will Post All Aaron Swartz Files on Website, First Batch Up Now

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 10:20 am

I just finished speaking to an official at the Secret Service’s FOIA office who told me that all of the Aaron Swartz files that are to be released will be posted to the Secret Services’ FOIA Library. The entire FOIA process has been frustrating and annoying, but thanks to a lawsuit by Kevin Poulsen over at Wired, not fruitless. Without that lawsuit it’s likely the Secret Service would have denied all requests, or as they did to me, kept people in limbo for the foreseeable future.

MIT Inserts Itself Into Aaron Swartz Secret Service FOIA Case

By: Monday July 22, 2013 12:30 pm

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who played an active role in trying to incriminate Aaron Swartz, has intervened in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case regarding Swartz’s secret service file. MIT is claiming it is afraid if the public knew the actions it took there could be a backlash against the personnel at the institution who helped destroy Swartz.

An Open Letter to the Secret Service Regarding the Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 12:25 pm

I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) conforming with your guidelines was sent by certified mail and received in February 2013. After making repeated phone calls over a space of weeks to the FOIA communications center I was finally given an acknowledgement letter on April 5th, 2013 that the office had formally received the request on March 5th, 2013.

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:01 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government.

Secret Service Denies Truthout’s Request For Aaron Swartz Documents

By: Friday March 1, 2013 9:38 am

As the pieces of the Aaron Swartz case slowly come together it seems one government agency may be unwilling to comply with the law. Jason Leopold, the Lead Investigative Reporter at Truthout, was denied a Freedom Of Information Act request by the Secret Service. The reason given for the denial? The Aaron Swartz case is still open.

Secret Service Agents Granted Immunity in Free Speech Case

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 6:45 am

A man who confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War and was arrested by Secret Service agents for “assaulting” Cheney had his appeal to the Supreme Court unanimously rejected.

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