Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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
(Photo Credit: AP)

(Photo Credit: AP)

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

BORDC News Digest for 03/10/14

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm by

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3/10, Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake, Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

3/9, Dustin Craun, Oakland Muslim Community Protests Building of DOMA

3/7, Andrea Peterson, Washington Post,  Snowden: I raised NSA concerns internally over 10 times before going rogue

3/7, Mark Marzetti, New York Times, Behind Clash Between C.I.A. and Congress, a Secret Report on Interrogations

3/4,  Associated Press, The Republic, Indiana Senate passes bill requiring search warrants for surveillance drone use, passwords

It’s time: Cut the cash flow to the NSA

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:55 am by

NSA_Spying_Taxpayers_WideThere have been demonstrations, petitions, and various forms of public protest demanding the National Security Agency (NSA) stop spying on the American people. The question of the program’s constitutionality has been taken to the courts, lawmakers have proposed reform legislation, and President Obama has made half-hearted promises to address the public’s concerns. But, in a Huffington Post article, author and professor Robert E. Prasch suggests that these are not the methods to address the issue. He suggests that the only way to stop the NSA is to hit the agency where it hurts the most: their pockets.

The NSA is a federal government agency and thus, is funded through the federal budget that comes from our tax dollars. The agency’s overall budget is $10.8 billion, a 53% increase in budget from 2004 to 2013. Of this $10.8 billion, $2.5 billion is dedicated to data collection, $1.6 billion to data processing and exploitation, $1.5 billion to data analysis and $5.2 billion to management, facilities, and support.


News Digest for 01/07/2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm by

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1/7, Rosa Brooks, Foeign Policy, We can handle the truth: The CIA’s excuses about torture just don’t hold water.

1/7, NPR Staff, CIA Lawyer: Waterboarding Wasn’t Torture Then And Isn’t Torture Now

1/7, Carrie Johnson, NPR, The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

1/6, John Rizzo, Huffington Post, Should we? CIA memoir reveals what wasn’t asked

1/6, Salvado Rizzo, NJ Online, N.J. Assembly passes drone bill with warrant requirements

1/6, Liz Kimas, The Blaze, Why Is the NSA Buying a Maryland County’s Waste Water?