Posts Tagged ‘torture’

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

Current News 

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.

BORDC News Digest for 03/10/14

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

Current News 

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

Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC February Newsletter

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am by

Constitution in Crisis

February 2014, Vol. 13 No. 02

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States resisting the NSA dragnet

January witnessed continuing public outrage over the surveillance state’s assault on our fundamental rights and civil liberties.


News Digest for 01/07/2014

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

Current News

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?

News Digest for 12/17/13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm by

Current News 

12/17, Jon Queally, Common Dreams, Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

12/16, Bill Mears and Evan Perez, CNN, Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

12/16, Shahid Buttar, TruthOut, Beyond the NSA: Other Agencies Spy on You, Too

12/16, Tom Foremski, ZDNet, ‘Shame on Feinstein’ group warns of tech sales impact from unchecked NSA operations

12/12, WSJ Staff, Wall Street Journal, How Could the NSA Change?

12/12, William Taft IV, Washington Post, Reveal what U.S. torture cost us

News Digest for 12/13/13

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Current News 

12/12, Democracy Now, NSA Chief: Bulk Collection May Continue Despite New Legislation

12/12, Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast, Bill Bratton Vs. Ray Kelly

12/12, Eric Dolan, The Raw Story, Sen. Leahy: Mass incarceration and indefinite detention ‘tragic failures,’ like segregation

12/12, W. Paul Smith, Politico, Release the Senate Torture Report

12/8, Chase Madar, AlterNet, Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems

American citizen seeks justice after illegal rendition and detention

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:45 am by
From the Telegraph

From the Telegraph

Amir Meshal is a Muslim American from New Jersey. In 2006, he traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia to study Islam, but had to quickly leave the country when violence and unrest erupted. In order to escape, Meshal was forced to cross the border into Kenya because a recent bombing shut down the airport in Somalia. While in Kenya, Meshal was arrested and handed over to U.S. officials who detained him in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia for the next four months.

During this period, Meshal was interrogated over thirty times about connections to al Qaeda, which he continually denied. The interrogators threatened him with torture and rendition to another country that could “make him disappear.” He was subjected to unsanitary conditions without consistent access to food and water, while being denied contact with a lawyer or his family. Without any charges brought against him, Meshal was released in May, 2007.