Court Rules No Fly List Process Is Unconstitutional and Must Be Reformed

ACLU, June 24

Portland, OR – In a landmark ruling, a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional the government’s procedures for people on the No Fly List to challenge their inclusion. The decision came in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit brought on behalf of 13 Americans who found themselves on the list without any [...]

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

AP, By Jack Gillum & Eileen Sullivan, June 12

Washington — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public [...]

North Carolina is still suing Facebook, wants to pass law banning public from knowing what else it’s doing

Pando, By David Sirota, June 13

In the last few months, there has been increasing pressure on public officials to stop hiding the basic terms of the investment agreements being cemented between governments and Wall Street’s “alternative investment” industry.

That pressure has been intensified, in part, by two sets of recent leaks showing how these [...]

Holder announces task force on ‘homegrown’ terrorists

LAT, By Timothy M. Phelps, June 2

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an “escalating danger” from “homegrown” terrorists within the United States.

The Justice Department, in a news release accompanying Holder’s weekly video address, cited a Congressional Research Service [...]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil

AFP, June 2

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview that he has applied for asylum in Brazil.

“I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told Brazil’s Globo TV on Sunday.

Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia expires in August. Washington has revoked [...]

Edward Snowden interview

For those of you who may have missed it, Edward Snowden granted an interview to Brian Williams of NBC TV. You can watch it here. Following the segment aired on television, there was an hour-long discussion on the net containing additional footage that failed to survive the cutting room. A brief piece of that footage [...]

Greenwald’s Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance

Real Clear Politics, By Toby Harnden, May 26

The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who received the [...]

Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing

New York Times, By Adam Liptak, May 24

Washington — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard and [...]

U.S. judge halts force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoner

Reuters, May 17 . Updated in comments, May 23

A U.S. federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the military from force-feeding a Syrian prisoner on hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

It was the first time a judge ordered a halt to force-feeding of a prisoner in Guantanamo, where last year during a [...]

The Guantánamo “Suicides” Revisited: Did CIA Hide Deaths of Tortured Prisoners at Secret Site?

Democracy Now!, May 21

Interview with Scott Horton.

In one of the great mysteries of the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, three prisoners, two from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen, died the night of June 9, 2006. Authorities at Guantánamo said the three men — Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, Salah Ahmed al-Salami and Mani [...]

Your Basic Quagmire

The more I think about the Chelsea (fka Bradley) Manning situation, the shape it takes gets more and more bizarre:

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — The Pentagon is considering transferring Ptv.[sic] Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison where the soldier serving time for leaking classified documents could receive medical treatment for gender dysphoria, Defense officials [...]

Obama Directive Makes Mere Citing of Snowden Leaks Punishable Offense

Common Dreams, By Jon Queally, May 9

In a new policy directive from the Obama administration, national security and other government officials will no longer be allowed to publicly discuss or even reference news reporting that is based on “unauthorized leaks.”

President Obama once promised the American people that his administration would be the most [...]

Capitalism, Not Government Is the Problem

Truthout, By Chris Hedges, May 5

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. [...]

Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City

A sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department compared the experiment to Big Brother, even though he went ahead with it willingly. Is your city next?

The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, April 21

This is the future if nothing is done to stop it.

In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles [...]

U.S. intelligence chief bars unauthorized contacts with reporters on all intel-related matters

McClatchy – Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing any intelligence-related matter- even if it isn’t classified- with journalists without authorization, according to a new directive by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  Under the order, only the director or deputy head of an intelligence agency, public affairs officials and those authorized [...]