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Barack Obama Bans Pictures Of Himself While Stealing Pictures Of You

If Barack Obama were subjected to the kind of privacy violations that he has inflicted upon the American people through the NSA, FBI and CIA, we would be able to read his emails, search through logs of his cell phone activity, and look at up to the minute maps of his GPS-tracked travel, all while watching and listening to live web cams of the Oval Office, top diplomatic meetings, and even the West Wing bedrooms. […]

Torture By The USA Went Way Beyond Waterboarding

On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing at which it discusses whether information about the American torture programs should be made public – as if that’s a legitimate question. […]

Rand Paul Versus Bernard Sanders On CIA Spying Against The US Senate

Here we are, a full day since the news that the CIA has been conducting illegal spy operations against the United States Senate. In reaction to the revelations yesterday, our writer J. Clifford speculated that the issue could enter the 2016 presidential election, with libertarian Republican Rand Paul and independent Bernard Sanders taking special interest […]

…And Thank You Senator Feinstein, But…

Thank you for finally telling us about the criminally abusive spying programs of the federal government, Senator Feinstein. Now resign. […]

Obama Administration Agencies Blow Off Required Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Reports

This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.

Focus […]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for […]

AP: NY Police Department and CIA Operating Out of Jurisdiction to Spy on Innocent Americans

Reporter Adam Goldman reveals:

The New York City Police Department is operating out of its jurisdiction, at least in New Jersey and possibly elsewhere The NYPD is engaging in surveillance of innocent people with no probable cause evidence that crimes are being committed The NYPD is targeting people for surveillance and harassment on the basis […]

Is This the Change You Can Believe In? Something is Wrong in the USA

While the nation fusses and frets about the moral appropriateness of some guy holding a religious ceremony at his church and burning a few books that (let’s face it) won’t feel a thing, news is breaking that:

* The CIA operated secret “black site” detention and interrogation centers in Afghanistan, Poland, Thailand and possibly elsewhere […]

Blackwater / XE Services Told Foreigners What Congress Didn't Know

The CIA and Blackwater were preparing to use foreign mercenaries in a criminal assassination conspiracy. When there are crimes this serious in high offices of the federal government, and perhaps in the White House itself, the American people deserve to know the whole truth, and the perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice. […]

Bush Administration Directed Construction of Torture Chambers

This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes. […]

Water Torture: Bureaucratic or Just Business?

If you want to know whether a practice has become regular within an organization, look for the form:

[Partially Declassified Inspector General Report page 219]

At the sight of a CIA form to document certification and recertification in torture techniques (so qualified under 18 USC 2340), some may be tempted to discuss the banality […]