United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:15 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 31, 2014 10:13 am|
An investigation by the CIA inspector general has confirmed CIA employees hacked into computers being used by the Senate intelligence committee to produce a 6,300-page torture report, according to McClatchy Newspapers.
Journalists Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins obtained a statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, who indicated, “Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office ‘include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009.”
|By: Elliott Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 19, 2014 1:15 pm|
Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 3:11 pm|
The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers.
On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for potential whistleblowers. He also criticized a directive signed by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper that broadly prohibits employees from “unauthorized” contact with the media.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Monday June 9, 2014 8:00 pm|
More than half of respondents in this survey, released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, said they think elected officials don’t share their priorities, and almost two-thirds said elected officials seem motivated by selfish reasons. Less than a quarter of the millennials polled said they will definitely be voting in November
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 1, 2014 2:20 pm|
The founders believed that the status quo should be questioned and changed if it is causing problems. We should show a little more willingness to do the same.
|By: Synoia Sunday April 27, 2014 6:40 pm|
Following The Koch Supremes’ (The Koch Enterprise’s Band) latest decision on campaign funding, Americans for Prosperity have announced a new neo-libertarian platform for their new acquisition, The House of Representatives.
The announcement includes recognition by America for Prosperity that based on Modern Monetary Theory, Government is the true source of wealth, and taxes are social programs.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 16, 2014 1:15 pm|
Republicans voter ID laws that might “suppress” minority voters when Congressional Democrats refused to actually enfranchise the heavily African-American population of D.C.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 11, 2014 2:24 pm|
The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection.