Category Official-Corruption

Special Forces officer tells Senate panel he was vilified as whistleblower – FierceGovernment

Those other three hostage have not been recovered and after Amerine told Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) the hostage recovery system was broken, he was labeled a whistleblower and retaliation followed, he said. Amerine says being called a whistleblower is “a term that has become radioactive and derogatory.” “A terrible irony is that my security clearance […]

NSA Running a Massive IDS on the Internet Backbone – Schneier on Security

The effort is the latest known expansion of the N.S.A.’s warrantless surveillance program, which allows the government to intercept Americans’ cross-border communications if the target is a foreigner abroad. While the N.S.A. has long searched for specific email addresses and phone numbers of foreign intelligence targets, the Obama administration three years ago started allowing the […]

If you’re a CIA employee it’s ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail. – Boing Boing

The Sterling case – – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell […]

Una muestra de arte recrea la celda diminuta donde el fallecido Herman Wallace pasó 42 años aislado | Democracy Now!

Hablamos con la artista Jackie Sumell de Nueva Orleans sobre su colaboración con el ex preso y miembro de la agrupación Panteras Negras, Herman Wallace. Como Democracy Now! informó en octubre de 2013, Wallace murió días después de ser liberado de casi 42 años en aislamiento, tras la anulación de su condena. Era uno de […]

Timeline Photos – Shut Down Australia | Facebook

Timeline Photos – Shut Down Australia | Facebook. Asking all people to take strike action for 60 minutes between 10:30am to 11:30am the 1st of June 2015. Please read this message from Lavene Ngatokorua from Davenport Aboriginal Community in Port Augusta South AustraliaPlease read and strike with Lavene on the … 1st of June 2015 from […]

Informant Provided Bomb-Making Manual to Alleged “ISIS-Inspired” Plotters | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Like other recent sensational “terror plots,” however, the criminal complaint unsealed yesterday demonstrates the key role of of an undercover law enforcement informant in both formulating and facilitating the alleged plot. It doesn’t appear that Velentzas or Siddiqui actually planned or attempted to bomb any target, nor is there any evidence of discussions about how […]

How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions » infojustice

State-to-state dispute settlement is an important check and balance in the process that reduces litigation. Governments are more wary litigators than many companies. The reasons are many – governments seek to maintain complex diplomatic relations, they are loathe to take on the costs of litigation, and since they must live by the rules their own […]

Be Careful What You Say, NYPD’s ShotSpotter May Be Listening – ANIMAL

The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised concerns about the system’s ability to record people’s voices. “It’s documented, and it highlights exactly what kinds of concerns we have. The capability of ShotSpotter to record voices should be a huge issue wherever it is deployed, and yet it is hardly discussed,” said Nadia Kayyali, […]

David Petraeus’ Defense Attorney Argues Mistress-Biographers Have More Legal Privilege than Defense Attorneys | emptywheel

He notes the plea deal “makes clear that ‘no classified information’ from his ‘black books’ … appeared in the biography.” That’s a very different thing than claiming that no classified information Petraeus shared with Broadwell appeared in her fawning biography of his client — and the record seems to suggest that it does. Kendall also […]

Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant | US news | The Guardian

“I don’t think they knew who I was. I think they thought I was just some rich guy who’d come on a private jet. A rapper or someone,” said Fikre. The 36-year-old Eritrean-born American was finally back in Portland at the end of a five-year odyssey that began with a simple business trip but landed […]

Snowden Docs: CIA Tried to Hack Apple for Years / Sputnik International

One such plan was the forging of a phony, government-approved version of Apple’s Xcode software. That software serves as a template, and is used by hundreds of thousands of independent developers to create the apps we all know and love. Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, iBird Pro Guide to Birds. Any of these app developers who used the CIA counterfeit software would unknowingly infect millions […]

Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime lab’s handling of some DNA evidence – The Washington Post

Officials at the Department of Forensic Sciences, which is located in a $220 million facility that opened in 2012, defend their work and say disagreements among scientists in the field are not uncommon. The dispute has essentially created a standoff between the city-run lab and federal prosecutors in the nation’s capital. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. ­Machen […]

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