As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 16, 2014 7:51 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 5:00 pm|
Two hundred and eighty thousand people or more than forty percent of the individuals on the government’s main watchlist are not affiliated with any “recognized terrorist group,” according to a report from The Intercept.
“The watchlist,” as described in the story from journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, is typically the list with data from the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). The TSDB is an “unclassified pool of information shared across the intelligence community and the military as well as local law enforcement, foreign government and private contractors.”
An unnamed intelligence source provided The Intercept with documents from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that provide some of the most recent statistics on the government’s watchlisting of “known or suspected terrorists.” It is data the government insists is too sensitive to be voluntarily and regularly disclosed to the public.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:15 pm|
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 Friday August 1, 2014 9:35 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.”
According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has engaged in the “unlawful delay and denial of plaintiffs’ applications for citizenship and lawful permanent residence [LPR] under a secretive policy” known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 29, 2014 3:30 pm|
The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 7:45 am|
I appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set,” which is hosted by Abby Martin. Center for Constitutional Rights fellow Susan Hu and I appeared as part of a panel to discuss the released guidebook. We covered a lot of ground in the twelve minutes we had to discuss the watchlisting criteria.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 24, 2014 8:01 am|
A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:13 pm|
The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism.
Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000 last year, David Anderson QC recommended changing the definition of terrorism in the law.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 21, 2014 6:30 pm|
Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:47 am|
A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago.