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3 Senators and 3 Representatives Move to Criminalize Investigative Journalism

Should a journalist who finds out that the CIA has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, be sent to prison for 10 years?

Should a journalist who finds out that the Iranian secret police has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, [...]

Government Transparency on Warrantless Wiretapping, Obama Style

Take a tally! Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven’t gotten it done yet, I’m still trying to do it.

— President Barack Obama, December 7 2010

As [...]

Useful New Resource on Surveillance Society: Top Secret America

Yesterday morning, a team of Washington Post journalists unveiled a major new resource called Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control. A series of connected web pages identify and connected various government agencies and private companies that are engaged in erecting a new classified surveillance structure in the United States.

The amount of [...]

S. 2929 … What do Feingold and Whitehouse Know About Secret Executive Orders?

The Executive Order Integrity Act, S. 2929, isn’t the sort of bill that a member of Congress just up and decides to write on the spur of the moment. The bill, sponsored by Senator Russell Feingold and cosponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, requires the president to make formal notifications of executive orders and changes to [...]

Barack Obama Administration Lied About Torture and National Security

Back during the Bush administration, it was common for liberals to declare “Bush lied!” because, well, he did. Often. About matters of life and death.

Will those same liberals now declare “Obama lied!”?

In February 2009, a letter marked “Obama administration’s communication” was delivered from the U.S. State Department to the British government [the name [...]

House Freak-Out Session Scheduled for Tomorrow. Put Steel in Congress' Spine against unwarranted Surveillance.

Marcy Wheeler has an angry and well-grounded interpretation of the House Judiciary Committee schedule for tomorrow, October 29:

I have my own questions: will we really be able to watch the video webcast of a classified briefing? In the Visitors’ Center? That would be pretty cool; while we learned more about the Islamofascist threat [...]

House Freak-Out Session Scheduled for Tomorrow. Put Steel in Congress’ Spine against unwarranted Surveillance.

Marcy Wheeler has an angry and well-grounded interpretation of the House Judiciary Committee schedule for tomorrow, October 29:

I have my own questions: will we really be able to watch the video webcast of a classified briefing? In the Visitors’ Center? That would be pretty cool; while we learned more about the Islamofascist threat [...]

Transcript: Senator Dick Durbin on Surveillance, Terrorism and the Constitution

On October 1, 2009, Senator Richard Durbin made remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, remarks that contain an explosive allegation for those who carefully listen (see minute 63 to minute 69 of this video archive). At the beginning of those remarks, Senator Durbin declined to request that his remarks be made part of the official [...]

When Military News is Skewed, Reliable Statistics Become Crucial. Where are they?

“We just help the military figure out what embed is right for a particular reporter. If a reporter is classified as ‘negative’ they are less likely to go where the action is and more likely to be covering a platoon that guards sandbags in Herat.” — employee, The Rendon Group

Neutralized Journalists lead to a [...]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It's About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program [...]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It’s About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program [...]