After 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.”
Posts Tagged ‘whistleblowers’
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?
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 Hill, White 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 Guardian, Senate committee approves new whistleblower protection measures
11/5, Conor Friedersdorg, The Atlantic, Clemency for Torturers, but Not for Edward Snowden
- 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
- 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