- 8/9, Siobhan Gorman, Carol E. Lee and Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal, Obama Proposes Surveillance-Policy Overhaul
- 8/9, Rand Paul, Washington Times, National security run amok
- 8/9, Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Real Ways
- 8/9, Jonathan Allen, Reuters, U.S. NSA to cut system administrators by 90 pct to limit data access
- 8/8, Staff, Huffington Post, Obama’s ‘Tonight Show’ Domestic Spying Comments Contradicted By New York Times Story
- 8/8, Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, NSA cites case as success of phone data-collection program
- 8/6, Karen McVeigh, Guardian (UK), US drug agency surveillance unit to be investigated by Department of Justice
- 8/5, Eyal Press, New York Review of Books, Whistleblower, Leaker, Traitor, Spy
- 8/5, John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke, Reuters, Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans
Posts Tagged ‘whistleblowers’
- 7/21, Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, Pentagon prepares review panels for 71 Guantánamo detainees
- 7/21, Richard Rashke, The Daily Beast, CIA and FBI Spied on Americans and Immigrant Refugees as Early as the Late 50s
- 7/21, Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times, Math Behind Leak Crackdown: 153 Cases, 4 Years, 0 Indictments
- 7/20, Craig Whitlock, Washington Post, U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones
- 7/20, Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane, New York Times, Senate and C.I.A. Spar Over Secret Report on Interrogation Program
- 7/19, David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, Intelligence official defends mass gathering of phone data
- 7/19, Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal, Secret Court Renews NSA’s Phone Record Authority
- 7/18, Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times Opinion Pages, Raising the Wrong Profile
- 7/17, Alex Mierjeski, Harper’s, Snoop Snoop Song: A Conversation with Glenn Greenwald
- 7/16, Shahid Buttar, People’s Blog for the Constitution, BORDC joins lawsuit vs. dragnet NSA spying
- 7/16, Breanna Edwards, Politico, Groups join Electronic Frontier Foundation in NSA lawsuit
- 7/16, Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times Opinion, OK to head the FBI, except …
- 7/16, Philip Bump, Atlantic Wire, A User’s Guide to Downplaying Your Role in Government Surveillance
- 7/16, Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, The NSA Wants America’s Most Powerful Corporations to Be Dependent on It
- 7/16, Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, John Roberts Should Recuse Himself From Challenges to FISA Court Decisions
- 7/16, Shira Ovide, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Again Seeks to Rebut Spying Cooperation
- 7/16, Ryan Gallagher, Slate, Yahoo Wins Crucial Court Battle in Secret PRISM Spying Case
- 7/16, Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, Judge rejects request to block force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainees
- 7/15, Peter Collins, peterbcollins.com, NSA Whistleblower Russell Tice Offers More Details: Sen. Feinstein and Others Were Wiretapped by NSA
Last week, current and former intelligence officials spoke anonymously with the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to reveal that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is wielding even more power than Edward Snowden’s leaks imply. According to the New York Times, the court is not simply processing requests for surveillance authority. Instead, it is “regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny, according to current and former officials familiar with the court’s classified decisions.”
Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), access to business records requires an application to the FISC that includes “facts showing that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the tangible things sought are relevant to an authorized investigation.” While the law around relevance and reasonable grounds to believe is somewhat unclear, the Wall Street Journal reports:
The court’s interpretation of the word enabled the government, under the Patriot Act, to collect the phone records of the majority of Americans, including phone numbers people dialed and where they were calling from, as part of a continuing investigation into international terrorism.
In addition to an extremely broad definition of what is relevant, the officials revealed that the court has issued opinions that “have expanded the use in terrorism cases of a legal principle known as the ‘special needs’ doctrine and carved out an exception to the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures.”
On October 7, 2011 President Obama released Executive order 13587, presenting a program that was ignored by major media coverage until recently.
The Executive Order purports to address “Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information,” embedded in which was his introduction of the Insider Threat Task Force. Until a recent article by McClatchy, however, it had gone largely unacknowledged by those concerned with the safety of whistleblowers in the post-Bradley Manning era.
Even now, with the “Where in the world is Edward Snowden?” conversation, the Insider Threat Program remains largely outside the realm of discussion despite its enormous implications for government transparency and the rights of whistleblowers.
Last weekend, Netroots Nation met for its eighth annual gathering, in San Jose California. The event attracts hundreds of attendees and major speakers, including presidential candidates and elected representatives. Organizations and attendees cover a vast array of issues, from immigration to women’s health.
BORDC was invited to participate on a panel, “Challenging Drones: From Pakistan to Oakland.” My fellow panelists clarified the connection between the overseas use of drones and the serious issues created by the rapid proliferation of drones domestically.
- 6/27, J. David Goodman, New York Times, New York City Council Votes to Increase Oversight of Police Dept.
- 6/27, Spencer Ackerman, Guardian (UK), Obama: US will not engage in ‘wheeling and dealing’ over Edward Snowden
- 6/27, Wall Street Journal News Department, Wall Street Journal, What They Know: A Wall Street Journal Privacy Report (Ongoing)
- 6/26, Greg Miller and Julie Tate, Washington Post, CIA report refutes Senate panel’s criticism of agency’s harsh interrogation methods
- 6/26, Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, U.S. judge throws out Abu Ghraib detainees’ torture case
- 6/26, Scott Shane, New York Times, Under Snowden Screen Name, 2009 Post Berated Leaks
- 6/26, Peter Finn and Julie Tate, Washington Post, Snowden voiced contempt for leakers in newly disclosed chat logs from 2009
June 2013, Vol. 12 No. 06
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On June 5, The (UK) Guardian published a previously secret court order authorizing dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans without any pretense of justification, confirming concerns raised for years by civil libertarians.
Amid recent revelations including Department of Justice (DOJ) attacks on the press, and secret dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), BORDC informed communities and broadcast audiences about these abuses and their profound impact on all Americans.
Have you read BORDC’s blog lately? The People’s Blog for the Constitution has attracted a growing audience that has tripled over the past year. Featuring news & analysis beyond the headlines on a daily basis, it offers a great way to stay up to date and informed.
Highlights from the past month include:
- Obama vs. his administration’s legacy, by Shahid Buttar
- Comey FBI nomination will put spying in spotlight, by Michael Figura
- California Assembly Bill 351 passed nearly unanimously out of the State Assembly, byNadia Kayyali
- Connecticut breaks the ICE between immigrant communities and local police, by Alok Bhatt
- Texas takes steps to restrict surveillance drones, by Imad Khan
- Could scaling back the AUMF become a justification for more surveillance? By Kyla Kuvach
- Google, NSLs, and the future of privacy, by Joel Ayala
- A personal perspective of Ed Snowden, by Josh Wilson
- Solitary confinement abused in immigration and national security, by Farid Zakaria
- 60 Minutes: surveillance, privacy, and Next Generation Identification, by David Wilson
- Raise your voice beyond the news cycle: Tell candidates to restore civil liberties
BORDC seeks a communications specialist to manage the organization’s online social networking profiles and web presence, engage traditional media sources, and edit the People’s Blog for the Constitution. The position may be expanded to communications manager, with associated administrative and supervisory responsibilities, for the right candidate.
On Tuesday, June 11, BORDC legal fellow Nadia Kayyali joined Daniel Ellsberg, Icelandic member of parliament Birgitta Jónsdottír, and activist Norman Solomon to discuss “Our Vanishing Civil Liberties” outside San Francisco, CA. The event, moderated by volunteer NDAA attorney Bob Jaffe, was attended by nearly 600 people.
On Saturday, June 22, BORDC legal fellow Nadia Kayyali spoke at Netroots Nation. The panel, “Challenging Drones, From Pakistan to Oakland,” included ACLU of Northern California attorney Linda Lye, recent Stanford Law graduate and international drones expert Omar Shakir, and Human Rights Director at Alliance for San Diego Christian Ramirez. The speakers focused on the issues surrounding the domestic use of drones, drone use at the borders, and how they connect to the overseas use of drones.
- Around the country: Grassroots actions challenging NSA abuses on July 4
- Washington, DC and Montgomery County, MD: Coalitions challenge NSA Spying
- Philadelphia, PA: National meeting to coordinate resistance to drones
- North Carolina: Moral Mondays build grassroots resistance across the state
- North Carolina: Anti-drone legislation unlikely for vote before 2014
- Cleveland, OH: Civil and human rights activists face assault when confronting city leaders
- Chicago, IL: Coalition organizing broad community outreach activities
- Texas: Takes action to limit the use of surveillance drones
- California: Bill to stop indefinite military detention passes Assembly
This post was originally published by The Progressive magazine on June 25, 2013.
Over the past two weeks, the news cycle has obsessively focused on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, his psychology, and most recently, his whereabouts.
Lost in this emphasis is the original focus on the real criminals at the NSA, and across the executive branch, who have conspired to assault the Constitution.
Many of the same officials complicit in dragnet domestic spying, including director of national intelligence James Clapper, have attempted to cover outright lies to Congress with self-serving claims that Snowden’s leaks undermined national security.
This guest blog post was written by Joshua Wilson.
It’s a good thing that the president, Congress, and our broader society have disregarded the legacy of the Anti-Federalists and created a system that perfectly abides the interests of tyrants.
Ed Snowden’s exposure of the PRISM program has started a series of questions that has already challenged the current legacy of government lies and complicity in them. Yet, rather than do their jobs, American media outlets seem content to join the Fourth Amendment’s death throws by calling into question the character of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, while avoiding the real issue of NSA crimes such as the PRISM program and further dragnet surveillance under the PATRIOT and FISA Acts.
I know Ed Snowden personally. We met at my Kung Fu school, which presents all who join us as members of an extended family. Ed was my Si Hing, or older brother. He was responsible to help me learn martial arts, but he truly lived up to his role as an older brother.