Archive for: United States

Massive New Surveillance Program Uncovered by Wall Street Journal

When a former senior White House official describes a nationwide surveillance effort as “breathtaking,” you know civil liberties activists are preparing for a fight. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the little-known National Counterterrorism Center, based in an unmarked building in McLean, Va., has been granted sweeping new authority to store and monitor massive datasets about innocent Americans. After internal wrangling over privacy and civil liberties issues, the Justice...

 
 

Propublica: Washington’s War on Leaks, Explained

Accusations continue to fly from lawmakers and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that the Obama administration has leaked national security information for political gain. Leaks, of course, are nothing new in Washington, but now the Senate has jumped into the fray, with a new proposal to tighten control over the flow of information between intelligence agencies and the press. This summer the Justice Department opened two investigations into leaks about a...

 
 

Whistleblower: The NSA is Lying–U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion “transactions” — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States. Binney talks about Section 215...

 
 

Declassified documents show how the US almost abandoned Britain over Falklands war

Thirty years ago this Monday, Argentine marines invaded the Falkland Islands, killed or captured its British defenders and declared the islands to be Argentine territory: Les Malvinas. Britain dispatched a naval “task force” to regain them less than a week later. The Falklands War had begun. According to newly released documents from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the U.S. almost took sides against its most important ally, driven...

 
 

CIA secret prison in Poland: Leaders break their silence

After many revelations and political statements, Polish leaders have come closer than ever to acknowledging that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran a secret interrogation facility for terror suspects in 2002 and 2003 in the Eastern European country, according to the Associated Press. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday that his country has become the “political victim” of leaks from US officials that brought to light aspects...

 
 

Court approves warrantless searches of cell phones

Police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number. Having the numbers allowed the government to subpoena the owners’ call histories, linking them to the drug-selling scheme. One of the suspects, Abel Flores-Lopez, who was...