Tag Archives: FOIA

Jameel Jaffer | A Less-Secret Drone Campaign

The public’s right to information about the drone campaign, and about counterterrorism policy more generally, should not depend on the grace of executive branch officials. Transparency should be required by law.

US: Immigrant Mothers, Children Being Detained in Private Jails

The report shows the extent to which ICE grants financial benefits to private and public entities such as the GEO Group along with the public entity Berks Family Residential Center, through government contracts requiring ICE to pay for a set number of beds at detention facilities.

VICE Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal

Before he leaked the documents, Snowden said, he had repeatedly attempted to raise his concerns inside the NSA about its surveillance of US citizens — and the agency had done nothing.

Vice News: Inside Washington’s Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden

Leopold: A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to “damage” former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s “credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.”

Matt Ehling: The Marv Davidov files | A life under surveillance

Ehling: Among Twin Cities peace activists, Marv Davidov was a long-time fixture. A proponent of nonviolent direct action, Davidov was heavily involved in the civil-rights movement and later actively opposed the Vietnam War through protests and pickets. Starting in the late 1960s, his anti-war activism focused on the Honeywell Corp. — then a Minneapolis-based armaments manufacturer.

Bruce White: Coldwater gatekeepers — a ten-year record of bias and predetermined decision-making about a Dakota place

Now that the news of John Anfinson’s appointment to the position of superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation area has been confirmed, it is worth reviewing Anfinson’s career and this determined opposition to any claim by Dakota people about the traditional cultural importance of Coldwater Spring, a location now under Anfinson’s management. By […]

ACLU Asks Spy Court to Release Secret Opinions on Patriot Act Surveillance Powers

Motion Filed Cites Public’s First Amendment Right to Know the Law, Need for Public Debate June 10, 2013  ACLU.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Clinic filed a motion today with the secret court that […]

Glenn Greenwald> Secrecy creep

Secrecy creep Executive branch agencies have learned well from the Obama administration’s fixation on punishing whistleblowers BY GLENN GREENWALD   August 14, 2012    Salon.com  That the Obama administration has waged an unprecedented war on whistleblowers is by now well-known and well-documented, as is its general fixation on not just maintaining but increasing even the most extreme and absurd levels of secrecy. Unsurprisingly, this ethos — that the […]

Glenn Greenwald> Extremism normalized> How Americans are efficiently trained to acquiesce

Extremism normalized How Americans are efficiently trained to acquiesce to ideas once deemed so radical as to be unthinkable BY GLENN GREENWALD    JUL 31, 2012    salon.com Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney after McCain introduced Cheney during a campaign stop, Friday, July 16, 2004, at the Lansing Center in […]

Coleen Rowley> A long way from the Magna Carta to legalizing torture and “kill lists”!

A long way from the Magna Carta to legalizing torture and “kill lists”! Posted on June 19, 2012 by coleenrowley   comehomeamerica.org Friday June 15, 2012, happened to be the 797th anniversary of the day certain feudal barons in England confronted King John and asked him to guarantee a “charter of liberties” which eventually became the Magna Carta. So it […]

Dave Lindorff> Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?

Documents Show How White House and Democrats Worked to Protect the Banks Against Protests Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy? by DAVE LINDORFF    May 14, 2012    Counterpunch A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of […]

Homeland “Security”> Why is DHS secretly watching your tweets?

Website for more information:  EPIC.org Uploaded by TheBigPictureRT on Jan 17, 2012 Ginger McCall, EPIC’s Open Government Program, joins Thom Hartmann. While Progressives may enjoy reading the Huffington Post – and Conservatives may enjoy reading the Drudge Report – the Department of Homeland Security apparently enjoys reading BOTH websites..as well as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. […]

FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists

FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists WILL POTTER on DECEMBER 20, 2011     Green is the New Red in TERRORISM LEGISLATION This recent investigation of a McDonald’s egg supplier is an example of the type of activism the FBI calls terrorism. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has […]