Posts Tagged ‘torture’

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

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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

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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.

BORDC News Digest for 3/25/14

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

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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 03/17/14

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

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.

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.