Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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

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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

BORDC News Digest for 03/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm by

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3/17, Shahid Buttar, People’s Blog for the Constitution, Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

3/16, Morley Safer, CBS News, Drones over America

3/15, Candice Bernd, TruthOut, From Waterboarding to “Water Curing”: Guantanamo Detainee First To Legally Challenge Force-Feeding

3/15, Nahal Zamani, Huffington Post, From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

3/13, Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, Intel Panel ‘Very Close’ on killing NSA phone programs

Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm by

PRISM-Microsoft-supported-NSAEven before open war erupted last week between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), embattled NSA officials had woven tangled skeins to downplay public crimes including lying to Congress.

Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.


BORDC News Digest 3/14/14

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm by

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3/13, J. Richards, CBS News, White House more involved in CIA-Senate dispute, reports say

3/13, Robert Schoon, Latin Post, In Feinstein CIA Speech, Constitutional Separation of Powers, Fourth Amendment Concerns Emerge

3/13, Ari Melber, Reuters, Our fierce fight over torture

3/12, Dan Froomkin, The Intercept, Calls for Brennan’s Ouster Emerge Along With Details of CIA Search of Senate Computers

3/7, Yasha Levine, Pando Daily, Oakland emails give another glimpse into the Google-Military-Surveillance Complex

3/6, Will Kane, SF Gate, Oakland to limit surveillance center to port, airport

The grand irony of Feinstein’s response to CIA spying

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm by

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 12.21.14 PMCA Senator Diane Feinstein response to the CIA further proves why she is unfit to serve in any capacity on the Senate Intelligence Committee.


Let’s send a message: No more silence on the CIA

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am by
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It is more than 6,000 pages in length, it has cost the taxpayers $40 million, and it has been five years since the beginning of the investigation. These numbers describe the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of torture and it has yet to be declassified. Now, grassroots organizations and members of the Senate are raising their voices to tell the U.S. government that we are done waiting.

BORDC News Digest for 03/12/14

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm by

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3/12, Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, Ranking Intelligence Committee member seeks to end NSA bulk phone data collection

3/12, Carolyn Lochhead, SF Gate, Feinstein accuses CIA of tech crimes in torture probe

3/12, Wendy Davis, Media Post, Yahoo Says Users Consent To Email Scans

3/11, Editorial Board, New York Times, The C.I.A. Torture Cover-Up

3/11, Tal Kopan, POLITICO, Edward Snowden critiques Dianne Feinstein remarks

Don’t be fooled: the NSA isn’t the only threat to privacy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:04 am by

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Revelations of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices only scratch the surface of the privacy issue. Recent news reports have shown that when it comes to the collection of private data, the NSA isn’t the only one getting its hands dirty.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has recently been accused of spying on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, responsible for conducting oversight of the agency. According to an article by the New York Times, CIA officers began to spy on the staff members of the Committee, even going so far as to infiltrate their computer networks. It is clear that this surveillance began in direct response to the Committee’s investigation into the CIA’s use of torture, an investigation that has produced a 6,000-page report that might be declassified.

BORDC News Digest for 03/11/14

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm by

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3/11, NBC News, Feinstein Hints CIA Search May Have Violated Laws

3/11, K. Annabelle Smith, Esquire Magazine, What Happens When the NSA Comes to Town

3/11, Cory Doctorow, The Guardian, Edward Snowden: ‘The NSA set fire to the internet. You are the firefighters’

3/10, Karen Gullo, Bloomberg News,  NSA Phone-Record Destruction Halt Won by Privacy Group

3/10, Omar Gabhra, Al-jazeera America, A small town in West Virginia responds to anti-Muslim sentiment