NSA Spying Lawsuit Will Continue After Judge Rejects ‘State Secrets’ Argument

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 8:29 am

A lawsuit brought the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the NSA for illegal spying on American citizens can continue after a federal rejected the government’s argument that the suit could reveal “state secrets” and therefore threaten national security. The state secrets argument usually shuts down cases, but not this time. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in [...]

Supreme Court Tosses Last Chance for Telecom Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 10:00 am

Yesterday, the Supreme Court shut the door on a legal odyssey that lasted over six years, when they refused to reopen a case attempting to hold private telecommunications companies accountable for their participation in the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, declined to review a lower court’s December decision (.pdf) dismissing the [...]

Romney Attacks Obama for National Security Leaks

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:55 am

At a speech today before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attack the President for intelligence leaks designed to bolster the Administration’s foreign policy record. But instead of focusing on the leaks that show a clear double standard, or the leaks actually being investigated by the Justice Department, Romney will [...]

Regardless of Fast and Furious Witch Hunt, Executive Privilege Claims Deserve Scrutiny

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 1:34 pm

UPDATE: Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee has just voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, on a party-line vote of 23 to 17. I’ve pretty much said what I want to say about the Fast and Furious situation and the looming vote holding Eric Holder in contempt by Darrell Issa. I think it’s [...]

National Security Leaks Symptom of Larger Problem of Covert Warmaking

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 6:25 am

I recall someone telling me at Netroots Nation that the Justice Department had appointed two prosecutors to investigate recent leaks over the Predator drone program, the foiled Underpants Bomb II attack and cyberwarfare against Iran. I wondered how the prosecutors would go about arresting the PR agent for the President’s “tough on national security” re-election [...]

Before NYT Article, Administration Would Not Acknowledge Existence of Drone Program

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 11:42 am

Scarecrow has already gone on in this space about the New York Times’ big takeout today about the “kill list” – the President’s leadership in presiding over a list of suspected terrorists that the US then assassinates with Predator drone strikes. There’s a lot that can be said about this article, most of it from [...]

Administration Maintains Drone Program They Have Repeatedly Touted Is a Secret

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 9:35 am

The ACLU has been attempting to get information from the government on its drone program, filing FOIA requests that have so far been denied. This is the subject of two lawsuits in Washington and New York. The government filed its brief in the case before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals today, and it includes [...]

Wyden Wants Information on Targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday February 10, 2012 12:04 pm

Sen. Ron Wyden has led a lonely battle against state secrecy. He wanted his findings from the Intelligence Committee on what he perceived as a misuse of the Patriot Act to be made public. And now, he wants a public record on the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. Five months after Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was [...]

ACLU Seeks White House Docs Justifying Awlaki Drone Strikes

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 6:18 am

The ACLU filed suit in federal court yesterday seeking to force the White House to turn over records related to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the US citizen assassinated in a drone attack in Yemen last year. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged the Justice [...]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Legal Immunity for Telecoms in FISA Case

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 12:56 pm

A federal court has upheld on appeal a ruling that telecom companies can receive legal immunity from Congress for participating in the warrantless wiretapping program under George W. Bush. A U.S. appeals panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that grants immunity to telecommunications companies that assist the U.S. government in conducting [...]

Breakthrough on Patriot Act Will Probably Allow for Quick Passage Before Expiration of Key Provisions

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 6:10 am

It appears that Rand Paul has reached some kind of deal on his insistence to get votes for his amendments to the Patriot Act. There will now be votes on the amendments, with a likely 60-vote threshold. But the expectation is that the amendments will fail, and final passage will be secured Thursday. That will [...]

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