Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 21, 2013 6:22 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 30, 2013 3:08 pm|
A civil liberties committee in the European Parliament heard testimony from national security whistleblowers from both the United States and United Kingdom. The testimony was part of a committee inquiry into alleged spying by the US and European Union countries that was exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The committee, chaired by Sophie in ‘T Veld, heard a statement from Snowden, where he said, “When I began my work, it was with the sole intention of making possible the debate we see occurring here in this body and in many other bodies around the world.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 16, 2013 11:15 am|
The trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to continue this afternoon with the government indicating whether it will put on a rebuttal to the defense’s sentencing case or not.
On Wednesday, Manning gave an apology in military court at Fort Meade. I covered it here at Firedoglake and also wrote a full reflection on what he said the day after.
I also reached out to some other people for reactions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 17, 2013 8:30 am|
A main criticism of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who disclosed information on secret surveillance programs, is that he did not go through the proper channels before going to the press with classified information.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday June 12, 2013 1:30 am|
You know it’s bad when the Germans start comparing your present to their past.
|By: Jeff Creamer Monday June 10, 2013 7:15 pm|
Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola appeared on the Left Forum panel discussion concerning the National Security State. In this clip, Kevin talks about the historical importance of the Bradley Manning trial he is covering, the military’s attempts to muzzle the press in the case, and takes contention with the Army’s claim that Manning acted as an ‘agent’ of wikileaks. The panel was titled “A National Security State In and Out: History Will Not Be Kind” and was chaired by Debra Sweet.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 6, 2013 7:05 pm|
National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake on “Democracy Now!” this morning said, “You’ve got to remember, none of this is probable cause. This is simply the ability to collect. And as I was told shortly after 9/11, ‘You don’t understand, Mr. Drake. We just want the data.’ And so, the secret surveillance regime really has a hoarding complex, and they can’t get enough of it.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 6, 2013 2:30 pm|
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is passionately defending National Security Agency surveillance and calling for a leak investigation into the source, who provided a copy of a top secret order issued by a United States secret surveillance court, even as whistleblowers repeat warnings about surveillance they have been making for years.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 21, 2013 11:35 am|
National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake reacts to Bradley Manning’s statement, which he read in court on February 28, “I’ve said for some time now that Bradley Manning is a whistleblower. I put myself in his shoes, but the question becomes, “What would you do?” He chose a path that was fraught with significant peril and he knew it. But he chose it anyway as an act of conscience and to get the word out.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 17, 2013 12:30 pm|
National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake delivered a speech at the National Press Club luncheon on March 15. He addressed the “long shadow of government secrecy” that increasingly “obscures the view of democracy in our constitutional republic or what’s left of it.”
The speech focuses explicitly on free speech and the First Amendment. Drake was indicted under the Espionage Act and threatened with the potential of serving the rest of his life in prison for exposing fraud, waste, abuse and illegality related to warrantless wiretapping by the NSA.