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Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden reaches 100,000 Threshold, Triggering a Required White House Response

Two weeks ago, J. Clifford noted the existence of a new petition declaring the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a hero and calling for his pardon. This petition is not your usual slacktivist information-gathering scam; the administration of President Barack Obama has committed to reviewing and responding to each petition posted on the whitehouse.gov […]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the […]

Military Lied To Congress About Al Quaeda and September 11 Attacks

The letter indicates that the whistleblower had independently contacted Kicklighter a year and a half earlier, in May 2006, but it is suggested that the whistleblower had not heard back from Kicklighter or from Congress, which in turn suggests that Kicklighter probably had kept the deception of Congress a secret. […]

Abuse of Spying Powers Targets Your Sexy Talk

The FISA Amendments Act is being used to keep government records on just what American wives are telling their American husbands about just what sexy things they’re going to do for them when the couples are reunited. […]