The Intercept, By Dan Froomkin, December 17
In just a few days, the Army will launch the first of two massive blimps over Maryland, the last gasp of an 18-year-long $2.8-billion Army project intended to use giant airships to defend against cruise missiles.
And while the blimps may never stave off a barrage of enemy […]
12/8/2014 (originally posted Dec 8th, 10:37 pm)
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA a decade ago will cause violence and deaths abroad.
12/9/2014 (originally posted Dec 9th,13:37 pm)
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the […]
Al Jazeera, By Lauren Carasik, December 4
On Wednesday, hours before his scheduled execution, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for Scott Panetti, 56, amid a national outcry about the legality and morality of killing an inmate with a 35-year history of severe mental illness. Panetti’s guilt is not in doubt. […]
New York Times, By Nick Cumming-Bruce, November 28
Geneva – The United States needs to make numerous changes to bring its security policies and domestic law enforcement practices fully into line with an international treaty banning torture and cruel treatment, a United Nations panel said Friday.
Delivering its findings after two days of hearings in […]
New York Times, By Mark Mazzetti & Eric Schmitt, November 21
Washington — President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least […]
Foreign Policy, By John Hudson, November 19
The White House is fiercely resisting the release of a 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, Senate aides tell Foreign Policy, raising fears that the public will never receive a full accounting of the Bush administration’s post-9/11 torture practices.
At issue is the report’s […]
IDG News Service, By Grant Gross, November 18
The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.
Supporters of the USA Freedom Act, in a Senate vote late Tuesday, failed to get […]
The Denver Post, By Mark K. Matthews, November 13
Washington — U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has seven weeks left in office, but the Colorado Democrat isn’t prepared to go quietly — especially when it comes to the twin issues of CIA torture and government snooping.
In his first interview since Election Day, Udall told The […]
US Marshals Service reportedly fitting aircraft with ‘dirtboxes’ that interrogate phones on ground for identity and location
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, Dominic Rushe & Paul Lewis, November 13
New York – The US justice department is reportedly using electronic equipment on aircraft to simulate cellphone towers so it can collect phone location and identifying […]
Truthout, By Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, November 9
For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.
Just as in World […]
RT, October 31
Evidence that the FBI hacked a teenage suspect’s computer by sending spyware disguised as a link to a news report has prompted a prominent politician and the Associated Press to both ask the attorney general for an explanation.
Documents unearthed this week revealed that the FBI compromised the computer of a 15-year-old […]
Agency requests rule change but civil liberties groups say ‘extremely invasive’ technique amounts to unconstitutional power grab.
The Guardian, By Ed Pilkington, October 29
New York – The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into […]
McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, October 16
A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the […]
Wired, By James Bamford, August 2014
The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the […]
USA Today, August 1
President Obama said Friday that some CIA officials who interrogated suspects after the 9/11 attacks “crossed a line” into torture.
“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said while discussing a forthcoming Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques.
“We did some things […]