Trampling Through the Vineyards Where the Grapes of Rights Are Stored
The CIA searched computers intended to be used solely by the Senate Intelligence Committee in an apparent effort to determine how committee staff members gained access to a draft version of an internal agency review of its controversial interrogation program, U.S. officials said.
Radack said she was “stone face cold” during the interrogation but afterward was shaking and in tears. “How did he know to bring up those names?”
Notably, Radack mentioned she was told she was on an “inhibited persons list.” Jennifer Robinson, an Australian human rights lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks, discovered she [...]
BBC, January 31
Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.
The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.
The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.
So they start calling Snowden a Russian spy and we wonder, what’s up with that. Turns out the accuser, Rep Mike Rogers of the House intel committee, was challenged on why he’d make such a charge. The response (in essence) – ‘Duh, I don’t know.’ Typical Money Party defamation from the hired help. But, now [...]
Huffington Post, By Kate Sheppard, January 16
Washington – House Republicans selected Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who is on the record questioning whether humans are causing climate change, to head of the Science Committee’s environment subcommittee.
Schweikert will replace Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who moved to the House Appropriations Committee. He said he plans to [...]
GigaOM, By Jeff John Roberts, January 14
An appeals court in Washington on Tuesday ruled that the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules, which prevent companies like Verizon from favoring some types of internet traffic over others, are invalid. The 81-page ruling, which was decided by a 2-1 vote with one judge dissenting in part, has big [...]
Business Insider, By Michael Kelley, January 13
An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.
Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” [...]
The Guardian, By Ed Pilkington, January 7
New York – When a group of anti-war activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, on 8 March 1971 they hoped that they would be hitting the bureau’s overweening director, J Edgar Hoover, where it hurt most. They would grab whatever documents they could find and [...]
That’s over 60 percent of the nations on the planet.
The Nation, By Nick Turse, January 7
“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.
More than a month before, I had called US Special Operations Command [...]
2010 and 2011 were heady days for me. I played some kind of minor role with information transfer in the Green Revolution and the overthrow of Gaddafi. IRC chatrooms and twitter messages via separate ISP accounts with hopefully communications being routed via anonymous routers. Wikileaks was peaking and Lulzsec was allegedly having a field day. [...]
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ letter to the NSA this week asked NSA director Keith Alexander if the NSA was spying on members of Congress. Here are the details of the letter.
While no written response from Keith Alexander has yet been made public, the NSA did feel moved to issue a press release about the issue [...]
The Daily Beast, By Jamie Dettmer, January 2
The administration has informed aid groups that it plans to decrease the budget for pro-democracy assistance in Arab Spring countries.
A planned decrease by the Obama administration in funding for democracy promotion and election support in the Middle East is prompting alarm among activists. They say cuts [...]
Crossposted at FireDogLake.
As we now know, the NSA and its minions have penetrated CPU BIOS, Disk firmware, Operating systems, web sites, hacked the net, spoofed TCO responses and generally acted as the biggest bad-ass hackers on the planet. Their goal was universal spying and data acquisition, regardless of whether or not [...]
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, December 31, 2013
Washington – Twelve years of detention without trial have ended for three Uighur men who have left Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia, the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday, ending a clear mistake of the 9/11 era.
New York Times, By Michael S. Schmidt, December 27
Washington — A federal judge in New York on Friday ruled that the National Security Agency’s program that is systematically keeping phone records of all Americans is lawful, creating a conflict among lower courts and increasing the likelihood that the issue will be resolved by the [...]