Tag: US government

The Pentagon Is Investigating the Ashley Madison Leak

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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said today that the Pentagon is investigating the recent leak of user data from Ashley Madison. According to The Hill, roughly 15,000 email addresses associated with the US government and military have been found

Chile’s journalists union kicked out a powerful media mogul for taking CIA propaganda cash

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LIMA, Peru — The US government’s covert role in the brutal overthrow of President Salvador Allende — Chile’s 9/11 — is angering Chileans once again. Earlier this week, the national journalists association kicked out a prominent media mogul, Agustin Edwards. He is the 87-year-old owner and

Bush White House’s Repeated Torture Denials Led CIA Torturers to Seek Repeated Reassurances

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The Bush administration was so adamant in its public statements against torture that CIA officials repeatedly sought reassurances that the White House officials who had given them permission to torture in the first place hadn’t changed their minds. In a

CIA ‘bought chemical weapons from a secret seller in Iraq’

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The US Central Intelligence Agency between 2005 and 2006 bought hundreds of nerve-agent rockets from a secret seller in Iraq as part of an effort to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of terrorists, according to a New York

Snowden and Poitras sued for making ‘Citizenfour’ doc on NSA leaks

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A recently released documentary about former government contractor Edward Snowden is being considered a potential candidate for the Academy Awards next year, but all isn’t well for the team behind the flick “Citizenfour.” Attorneys representing a Kansas man filed a

Libyan former CIA detainees say US torture inquiry never interviewed them

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As the US government prepares to defend its record on torture before a United Nations panel, five Libyan men once held without charge by the CIA say the main criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse never even interviewed them.

US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal

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The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to hand over user data to the National Security Agency, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. In a blogpost, the company said the 1,500 pages of once-secret

Isis not comparable to al-Qaida pre-9/11, US intelligence officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that Islamic State (Isis) militants do not currently pose a direct threat of a major attack on an American city and, despite the group’s dramatic rise to prominence in the Middle East, is not comparable

NSA document confirms Tawhid-Salam findings on Turkish intel chief

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Leaked confidential US government documents appear to corroborate the findings of Turkey’s own investigation into the Iranian-backed terror network Tawhid-Salam in which the head of Turkey’s spy agency was alleged to be working for Iranian intelligence. The top secret US

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post

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The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be. As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database

UK ambassador ‘lobbied’ US senators to obscure Britain’s complicity in CIA rendition program

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Records published under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act have compounded concerns that the UK government lobbied US officials to keep Britain’s role in CIA torture and rendition out of a soon-to-be published Senate report. Newly-released data reveals Britain’s ambassador

With Liberty to Monitor All

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How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy July 28, 2014 The 120-page report documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential

Bruce Schneier: The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

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Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government’s Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a “second leaker”: The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names

After Edward Snowden, US government now fears it has new mole

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The US government fears that the US intelligence agencies have a second mole who is feeding top secret information to journalists, it has been reported. The existence of a second high-level leaker – separate from the former defence contractor Edward

The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander’s Financial Records Secret

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Former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s lucrative entrance into the private sector has raised a heap of ethical questions about the spy chief’s intentions. Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency

NSA mass spying undermines journalists and attorneys’ ability to work

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Dozens of journalists and attorneys surveyed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch for a new report say that the United States government’s surveillance operations are eroding their ability to work. The results of the collaborative effort

Top CIA and military officials warn US drones could create endless war

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Top officials late of the CIA, Army, and Department Defense agree, according to a just-out non-partisan panel report: the United States’ use of drones is dangerous, risking both war without end and a global drone arms race. Their public arguments parallel

Judge upholds order demanding release of CIA torture accounts

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A military judge has rejected the US government’s attempts to keep accounts of the CIA’s torture of a detainee secret, setting up a fateful choice for the Obama administration in staunching the fallout from its predecessor’s brutal interrogations. In a

CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet – previously employed in CIA “rendition” flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible “black” imprisonment – flew into

China’s decision to replace IBM servers with domestic equivalents may boost national security

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Chinese government institutions, including the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance, are reviewing domestic commercial banks’ reliance on IBM servers in an attempt to single out threats to the country’s financial security, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. “The US