Archive for the Category ‘Nation’

Busy VA Clinic Just Discovered It’s Automated Phone System Hasn’t Been Working For Weeks

Busy VA Clinic Just Discovered It’s Automated Phone System Hasn’t Been Working For Weeks

For the past two weeks, some veterans have been complaining that they have been unable to schedule medical appointments at a busy Veterans Administration (VA) outpatient clinic in Hackensack, New Jersey, The Public Record has learned. The problem? The automated phone system veterans’ dial into disconnects their calls when they are prompted to press a […]

The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

The Philadelphia Police Department is using Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR), which enable patrol car mounted and stationary pole cameras to collect images of over 1,800 license plates per minute over a 24/7 period. This information is then stored on servers located inside Philadelphia’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and Philadelphia’s fusion center, the Delaware […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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

The Death of Irony, Or, University Of Penn’s Secret Meetings On Secret Laws

The Death of Irony, Or, University Of Penn’s Secret Meetings On Secret Laws

It is a crisp Saturday morning in late November, and the University of Pennsylvania’s campus is just barely stirring, as I walk into the Silverman building and head towards Room 147, excited about this morning’s roundtable discussion: Spying and the Judiciary: FISA and Other Special Courts. The event is one of seven moderated discussions included in the university’s […]

Does Philadelphia’s Fusion Center Care About Your Privacy?

Does Philadelphia’s Fusion Center Care About Your Privacy?

The Declaration has uncovered troubling revelations regarding law enforcement operations at the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, which include the fact that the DVIC, an “all crimes, all hazards” fusion center that assists law enforcement agencies in four states, appears to operate without any privacy policy in place, while its privacy officer position has been vacant since […]

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.

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to oppose the U.S. action that carries with it […]

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