A new report from journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald highlights National Security Agency documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, providing new details on how the NSA uses industrial-scale mass surveillance to launch drone strikes on targets. It shows the dependence on metadata and cell-phone tracking technology and the government’s refusal to question intelligence collected is a huge contributor to the assassinations of the “wrong people” by United States drones.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 10, 2014 9:01 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 2, 2014 12:00 pm|
“We’re living in a world in which DHS, the Department of Justice and other arms of the federal government are funding state and local law enforcement to the tune of billions to purchase all sorts of military-grade surveillance equipment,” says Kade Crockford, the guest for this weekly podcast.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 14, 2014 5:48 pm|
A district court judge has issued an order which grants relief to a woman who was incorrectly included on the United States government’s “No Fly” list and had been denied due process when seeking to correct this mistake. However, the government would like the judge’s order to be kept secret.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 13, 2014 10:26 am|
A policy institute based in Washington, DC, has released an analysis of hundreds of terrorism cases, which concludes that the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records has had “no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 12, 2014 12:37 pm|
In the weeks following NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, it was not long before anonymous United States officials were alleging Snowden had released information that was leading terrorists being tracked by the US to change their tactics, techniques or procedures. Yet, to date, there have been no examples provided to substantiate this allegation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 8, 2014 1:18 pm|
A human rights organization, Reprieve, has shared a report on a United States drone strike that killed twelve men and wounded dozens more in a wedding convoy near Radda in December. The report is based off interviews with local villagers and features eyewitness accounts of the one of the worst drone attacks in the history of Yemen.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm|
An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.
Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 27, 2013 12:54 pm|
A federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records is “lawful” and not unconstitutional.
The ruling comes just over a week after another federal judge ruled in a similar lawsuit that the surveillance program violates Americans’ privacy rights and James Madison, one of America’s founding fathers, would be “aghast” if he was alive to see this program.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 20, 2013 3:25 pm|
At least a dozen people in a wedding convoy were killed in the al-Bayda province of Yemen on December 12 when the United States launched a drone attack. It provoked great outrage, and, in the aftermath, the Yemeni government compensated a local tribe and Yemen’s parliament passed a resolution to ban US drone strikes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm|
It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.