Archive for ‘January, 2014’

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 […]

More On The Media And The Question of Torture In The Army Field Manual

More On The Media And The Question of Torture In The Army Field Manual

This is second of two articles revisiting work I did on the “selling” of the Bush Administration’s rewrite of the Army Field Manual (AFM) on intelligence interrogations. As the first article showed, while beat reporters at the Pentagon knew something weird was going on with the introduction of the new AFM regulations, particularly around the use of […]

How The Media, Pentagon And Human Rights Groups Sold Us An Army Field Manual That (Still) Includes Torture

How The Media, Pentagon And Human Rights Groups Sold Us An Army Field Manual That (Still) Includes Torture

I’m marking the 12th anniversary of the abomination that is Guantanamo with a couple of repostings related to how the Bush administration, with the connivance of key members of the press and the human rights community, sold a continuation of torture as an end to torture. Such a reposting seems necessary as the entire press, […]

“FOIA Terrorist” Jason Leopold Shares His Transparency Secrets

“FOIA Terrorist” Jason Leopold Shares His Transparency Secrets

Jason Leopold has used the Freedom of Information Act to break a number of major stories, from the drugging of Department of Defense detainees to the Biblical justifications the Air Force used for nuclear war to a drawn-out battle with the FBI over Occupy Wall Street documents. So Jason was a natural for kicking off the return of our […]

“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 […]

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