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We say #StopSpying on the National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:09 am by

dont-spy-on-meToday coalitions across the United State will rally, protest, and demonstrate against local fusion/spy centers to inform the public about the spy centers and police/state surveillance.  As Americans, we demand that Congress shut down fusion centers; end funding to these centers and release all Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).
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Just salute and follow orders’: When secrecy and surveillance trump the rule of law

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:58 am by

Original commentary by John Whitehead, published March 31, 2014 on the Rutherford Institute blog.

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“The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when they can’t win the support of the Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power so feared by the framers of our Constitution…”—Journalist Bill Moyers and White House press secretary under President Johnson (1988)

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Why fusion centers matter: FAQ

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm by

 Original commentary by Nadia Kayyali published April 7, 2014 on the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks blog

While Homeland-SecurityNSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny.

Fusion centers are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community,” the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The government documentation around fusion centers is entirely focused on breaking down barriers between the various government agencies that collect and maintain criminal intelligence information.
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Will Obama protect the CIA, as he has the NSA? (Part I)

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm by
(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to seek the declassification of less than 10% of its 6,000 page report documenting CIA torture crimes vastly beyond those previously acknowledged. The vote could be the most significant accountability moment for our nation’s intelligence agencies in the last 40 years.

But don’t hold your breath. The decision over declassification now goes to the White House, where despite his rhetorical support for transparency, the President has repeatedly aligned himself with the intelligence agencies despite documented crimes and bipartisan congressional opposition.
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Automatic license plate readers: a tool of the American dragnet

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:35 am by

1plates080912In a two-part series Al-Jazeera explores the dangers automatic license plate readers present to Americans basic fundamental rights, and the ease with which local law enforcement and other government agencies can access personal data without reasonable suspicion or a warrant.

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BORDC News Digest for 04/03/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm by

Current News

4/3, Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau, Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

4/3, Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal, Colorado hunters won’t be allowed to point guns at drones

4/2, Andrew Napolitano, Washington Times, NAPOLITANO: What if secrecy, NSA trump the Constitution?

4/2, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote

4/2, Daniel Gallington, World Report, What’s Behind the NSA Battle

3/31, Bradley Klapper, ABC News, Senate Report: Torture Didn’t Lead to Bin Laden

3/31, Radley Balko, The Washington Post, The drug war exception to the Fourth Amendment

Outside of borders, outside of privacy safeguards

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:02 am by

nsaPresident Obama’s proposal to reform the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection program took a step in the right direction. But a closer look reveals that these reforms would still leaves privacy rights vulnerable–especially for citizens living abroad. Even if Obama’s reforms are fully implemented, there are still loopholes, backdoors and exemptions that the NSA can use to spy on the American people.

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BORDC News Digest for 04/02/14

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm by

Current News 

4/2, Fred Fleitz, National Review, The Senate’s CIA Report

4/1, Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, The CIA Torture Debate Is Only Beginning

3/31, Washington Post, Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima, CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says

3/30, Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Fighting the Militarized State

3/28, Celeste Katz, NY Daily News, Reaction Roundup: DC’s Philip Eure appointed NYPD inspector general

Glaring omissions and unasked questions in “The Unknown Known”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm by

Original commentary by Sharon Adams

rumsmileErrol Morris’ documentary on former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, based on 33 hours of interviews with Donald Rumsfeld, is set to open in theaters on April 2. Morris has been on the interview circuit talking up the new flick, writing op-eds in the New York Times, and perpetuating the invisible wall of immunity around Rumsfeld and the others who violated human rights as part of the “war on terror” started by the Bush Administration.

Morris states that he wanted to know why the U.S. went to war in Iraq. He describes his motivation:

 “I had a desire to make a very specific kind of film. I call it history from the inside out. This was also true of McNamara, Fog of War. How do they see the world? The memos, the oral history is a way in. I didn’t interview 15, 20 people. I interviewed one person.”
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BORDC News Digest for 03/31/14

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm by

Current News 

3/31, Thomas Claburn, Information Week, Microsoft Clarifies Email Snooping Policy

3/30, Brian Knowlton, New York Times, Feinstein Gives Tentative Nod to Data Curbs

3/30, Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Fighting the Militarized State

3/29, Lawrence Shapiro, Liberty Voice NSA and British Signals Intelligence Spy on German Tech Companies

3/28, Paige Lavender, Huffington Post, Dick Cheney On Torture: ‘If I Would Have To Do It All Over Again, I Would’

3/28, Celeste Katz, NY Daily News, Reaction Roundup: DC’s Philip Eure appointed NYPD inspector general