Posts Tagged ‘whistleblowers’

According to Feinstein, Snowden’s not a whistleblower, but he might be Russian spy

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:03 am by

nsa-surveillance-confusion.jpeg3-1280x960After the Guardian first published the Snowden documents in June of 2013, supporters of civil liberties, privacy advocates, and everyday citizens around the world lauded Snowden as a whistleblower for bringing to light the US government’s illegal and dangerous surveillance programs. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinsten, a staunch defender of the current surveillance state, wasted no time in lambasting Snowden for what she called an act of treason.”


News Digest for 01/08/14

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm by

Current News 

1/8, Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, The NSA Leaks Are About Democracy, Not Just Privacy

1/7, Steven Levy, Wired, How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

1/7, Bonnie Raines, The Guardian, Democracy needs whistleblowers: that’s why I broke into the FBI in 1971

1/7, Editorial Board, New York Times, What Happened to Transparency?

Daily News Digest for 11/11/13

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Current News

11/11, Marlys Harris, Minnesota Post, Why doesn’t the state protect our online privacy? It’s not as easy as you think

11/9, Brendan Sasso, The HillWhite House considers civilian for NSA chief

11/8, Cora Currier, Salon, Here’s what we still don’t know about the drone program

11/8, Henry Cage, Washington Post, The more Americans know about the NSA, the less they like it (or vice versa)

11/7, Spencer Ackerman, The GuardianSenate committee approves new whistleblower protection measures

11/5, Conor Friedersdorg, The Atlantic, Clemency for Torturers, but Not for Edward Snowden

News Digest 08/09/13

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News Digest 07/22/13

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News Digest 07/17/13

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Secret law thrives, eroding the courts

Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8:55 am by

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.”


“Insider Threat” program promotes spying on colleagues

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:48 am by

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.


BORDC presents at Netroots Nation 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:56 am by

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.


News Digest 06/27/13

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm by