It’s been six weeks now since it was discovered that the FBI had invented the existence of absolutely fake terrorist plots in order to grab American journalists’ phone records to find the source of a politically embarrassing leak.
The FBI avoided the use of a warrant thanks to the passage of the Patriot Act. [...]
Here’s a reminder that at 3:00 pm today, the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will be holding a hearing on recent revelations that the FBI lied, violated the constitution and broke the law to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, all on an expedition to find the source of [...]
Last week we learned that the FBI had violated American constitutional standards and federal law five times over by:
1) lying about terrorism emergencies that did not exist 2) to obtain phone records of American citizens 3) who were reporters 4) without a warrant 5) in order to figure out who in the government had [...]
Good-Hearted n (Homelandian; early 21st century): illegal. see especially Caproni, Valerie.
When reading today’s revelations in the New York Times regarding U.S. government warrantless wiretapping programs, it is crucial that you pay attention to time and tense. Wired Magazine botches the job when it comes to describing a program code named Pinwale. Wired says:
The database, codenamed Pinwale, allows NSA analysts to search through and read [...]
If you need another reminder that George W. Bush’s political games matter more than as a way of keeping partisan score, go ahead and read today’s piece by Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Savage’s article documents that the immigration judges appointed by the Bush administration — using illegal standards based on partisan loyalty [...]
ABC broke some news yesterday that, more than any news before it, places high-ranking Bush administration officials in the center of a criminal conspiracy:
In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated [...]