Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

If J. Edgar had biometrics: state repression isn’t new, but technology raises the stakes

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:44 am by

Original commentary published on November 13, 2013 on PrivacySOS blog.


Some of us are very worried. If you regularly read this blog, you are likely one of the worriers.

We worry because we are surveillance state watchers, because we are people concerned about the degree to which US culture has been warped by fear-driven narratives that cast Muslims as the enemy in a never-ending, borderless ‘war on terror’. We worry because we see state institutions, seemingly hell-bent on shredding the Bill of Rights, deploy that fear in the service of any number of anti-democratic horrors: extrajudicial assassination, indefinite detention, secret law, mass suspicionless surveillance, the militarization of the police.

An authoritarian impulse to control, monitor, and oppress appears to guide the hands of our most powerful agencies – those secretive, three letter organizations that suck up increasingly substantial quantities of our hard earned money, with little besides repression and misery to show for it.


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.

BORDC News Digest for 04/03/14

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

Current News

4/3, Kathryn Watson, 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

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

The people of Maine can stop torture

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:15 am by

collins-kingResidents of Maine have a unique opportunity to advance human rights and restore checks and balances on executive power. The state’s Senators both sit on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), which has conducted an investigation to establish the facts surrounding the CIA’s use of torture as an instrument of detention and interrogation. A 6,300-page report presents the most comprehensive review to date of the agency’s program, documenting abuses vastly beyond those previously acknowledged—but it remains secret, pending the committee’s vote on whether to declassify portions of it to let the public finally see the facts.

It gets worse: the CIA was caught spying on the SSCI’s torture investigation, and stands accused by its chief ally in Congress, committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), of stealing documents from the committee’s computers and impeding its investigation. Moreover, a senior CIA lawyer who himself appears complicit in torture has ironically sought a Justice Department criminal investigation into how the committee gained access to the documents.

How state secrecy protects government agencies from embarrassment, then and now

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:37 am by

Original commentary published on Privacy SOS blog on March 24.

J. Edgar Hoover's obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

J. Edgar Hoover’s obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

Often when the government wants to keep something secret, it claims that transparency would endanger national security. We’ve been hearing a lot of this lately in light of the new information about the FBI and NSA’s surveillance activities disclosed to the press by former contractor Edward Snowden. The leaks have caused “grave harm” to national security and even US foreign policy, Snowden’s critics repeat over and over again.

BORDC News Digest for 3/25/14

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm by

Current News 

3/25, Cindy Saine, Voice of AmericaObama, Legislators Propose Plans to Stop Massive NSA Phone Data Collection

3/24, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, CIA Losing Friends in Congress

3/24, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Baltimore Sun, Bill calls for end to NSA bulk telephone ‘metadata’ collection [Commentary]

3/24, Jessica Van Sack, Boston Herald, Microsoft case shows privacy’s a myth

3/24, Jeff Stein, Newsweek, The CIA Doesn’t Want You to Know How Badly It Botched Torture

3/23, Andy Worthington, Eurasia Review, Guantánamo, Where Unsubstantiated Suspicion Of Terrorism Ensures Indefinite Detention, Even After 12 Years

3/20, Mary Silver, Epoch Times, Oversight Group Testimony Says Patriot Act Flawed

BORDC News Digest for 03/24/14

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm by

3/24, Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, Dark Questions About a Deadly FBI Interrogation in Orlando

3/24, Chris Edwards, Townhall Finance, The Federal Spying Budget

3/23, Burgess Everett, POLITICO, Democrats have votes to release CIA report

3/21, Candice Bernd, AlterNet, From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers

3/21,AFP-JIJI, Japan Times, Intelligence officials deny U.S. is waging industrial espionage

3/21, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, AlterNet, Could the NSA Gain Ability to Record and Replay Every Call, Everywhere?

BORDC addresses CIA torture, FBI abuses, and congressional failure in the Guardian, Boston Globe, Huffington Post and Salon

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:11 am by

Boston-Glob-LogoOver the past several weeks, numerous major news media outlets have relied on BORDC for expertise and commentary on issues including NSA spying, CIA torture, and institutional corruption across the national security establishment.

In an article published on March 19 in the Huffington Post, BORDC executive director Shahid Buttar responded to recent revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort suppress public knowledge of CIA human-rights violations documented in the Committee’s classified 6,000 page report detailing CIA torture crimes.


BORDC News Digest for 03/20/14

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm by

Current News

3/20, Saadia Faruqi, TruthOut, Why Everyone Should Care About the NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslims

3/19, Shahid Buttar, Huffington Post, Beyond CIA and NSA Spying: Corruption

3/19, Connor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, Beyond CIA and NSA Spying: Corruption

3/18, Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, Judge rebukes Feds for overbroad search warrant applications for e-mail

3/17,Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, Obama Transparency Promises Just ‘So Much Hot Air’

3/11, Paul Lewis, The Guardian, Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures