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How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions

How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions

Al Jazeera America reports that the possible release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program could throw the military commissions at Guantanamo into chaos: The possible declassification and release of a Senate report into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program — begun in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — […]

FBI Informant: The Inside Story Of The Other Abu Zubaydah

FBI Informant: The Inside Story Of The Other Abu Zubaydah

NEW files obtained from FBI in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit can be found at the bottom of this story. Hesham opened the envelope at the bar, expecting a green card. Instead, it was a subpoena from a federal prosecutor, which would force him to testify–against his brother. He thought about fleeing […]

NSA Refuses to Confirm Or Deny Whether It Has Documents On Spy Program It Already Talked About

NSA Refuses to Confirm Or Deny Whether It Has Documents On Spy Program It Already Talked About

I’m getting a kick out of the letters the National Security Agency (NSA) has been sending me in response to my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. A couple of weeks ago, the NSA refused to release 156 pages of draft talking points the agency created in the wake of the Edward Snowden leak, citing […]

Here’s A Copy Of The Invoice Skinny Puppy Drafted For The Pentagon For Using Its Songs At Guantanamo

Here’s A Copy Of The Invoice Skinny Puppy Drafted For The Pentagon For Using Its Songs At Guantanamo

There’s been quite a bit of media attention directed toward Skinny Puppy over the past week following revelations that the industrial band’s music was allegedly used during the interrogations of “war on terror” suspects detained at Guantanamo. Band members said they were informed in March 2013 by ex-Guantanamo guard Terry Holdbrooks [see update] that its songs were used […]

NSA Sees “Grave Damage” To National Security If Draft Talking Points On Surveillance Released

NSA Sees “Grave Damage” To National Security If Draft Talking Points On Surveillance Released

The National Security Agency appears to have spent a lot of time trying to agree on a set of talking points agency officials could use to respond to revelations that originated with Edward Snowden about the lawfulness of the agency’s classified surveillance programs. Indeed, last October, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request […]

DOJ: Feinstein’s Committee Controls Torture Report; Has Final Say Over Public Release

DOJ: Feinstein’s Committee Controls Torture Report; Has Final Say Over Public Release

A report completed more than a year ago by a Senate panel that investigated the CIA’s torture program can only be released by the committee, which maintains complete “control” over the highly classified document, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Friday. The Justice Department made that claim in response to a Freedom […]

“It Was A Sunny Day”: Ex-Soldier Reflects on 12 Years of Guantanamo

“It Was A Sunny Day”: Ex-Soldier Reflects on 12 Years of Guantanamo

Pfc. Brandon Neely was standing at attention inside Camp X-Ray along with three-dozen or so other active-duty soldiers attached to the 401st Military Police Company from Fort Hood, Texas, during the afternoon of January 11, 2002. A busload of about 20 “enemy combatants” captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan were soon going to be arriving at […]

FBI Turns Over Files On Unification Church Leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon

FBI Turns Over Files On Unification Church Leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon

More than a year after his death, the FBI finally turned over its files on the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in response to my FOIA request.   Tweet

Clapper Memo Reveals Rationale Behind NSA Review Group Secrecy

Clapper Memo Reveals Rationale Behind NSA Review Group Secrecy

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apparently had no intention of allowing the much maligned review group to conduct its work in a transparent manner. In an unclassified memo “for the record” I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Clapper exempted the review panel from provisions of FACA because of national security concerns.

I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

Late Monday evening, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice to obtain a copy of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. The panel spent four years “reviewing” the CIA torture program, which cost taxpayers more than $40 million. The substance of the […]

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