Spies, News Agencies, Wiretaps and Whistleblowers

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Spies, News Agencies, Wiretaps and Whistleblowers

July 6, 2015:

An NSA Whistleblower's Guide to Encryption
Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act as ersatz reform and how the public can take matters into their own hands by encrypting their phones and computers.

  July 6, 2015

NSA Whistleblower: No Real NSA Reforms Being Considered by Senate
Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records

  May 21, 2015

NSA Metadata Collection Reined in by the House
Former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe says the original USA Freedom Act after the Snowden disclosures was much better than what is being considered today.

  May 14, 2015

Possible CIA Crime Revealed in Sterling Trial
David Swanson says CIA inadvertently revealed a dark side of its operations in Iran and Iraq in the Sterling trial.

  May 13, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press
Investigative reporter Marcy Wheeler says former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling's sentence highlights the double standard of punishment for whistleblowers and Obama insiders like former CIA Director David Petraeus.

  May 11, 2015

Court Finds NSA Spying Illegal
Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler discusses a US court of appeals court ruling that paves the way for challenging bulk metadata collection

  May 7, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Convicted of Espionage
Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler says Sterling faces decades in prison for leaking details of a botched CIA operation against Iran's nuclear program

  January 27, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Faces Decades in Prison for Exposing Botched CIA Plan
Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, says Jeffrey Sterling and other whistleblowers have leaked classified information against the interests of the ruling elite, but in the interest of democracy

  January 7, 2015

Obama Admin Still Seeking Testimony From Journalist James Risen
Despite earlier reports, New York Times Journalist is still facing a subpoena in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling

  December 19, 14

Freedom of the Press in Jeopardy as Obama Goes After Times Reporter Risen
Advocates urge the Obama administration to stop its efforts to compel the New York Times' James Risen to reveal a confidential source in his 2006 book

  October 3, 14

James Risen and Phil Donahue on Obama's War on Press Freedoms
Award winning journalists James Risen and Phil Donahue discuss the importance of grassroots movements in preserving the basic tenants of democracy at a time of unprecedented attacks on whistle-blowers and journalists.

  October 3, 14

Investigation Proves NSA Spies on Americans beyond Metadata Collection
Former NSA whistleblowers J. Kirk Wiebe and Bill Binney discuss how 90 percent of data intercepted by NSA originates from non-targets

  July 10, 2014

New Whistleblower Organization Launched on Anniversary of Snowden Revelations
Former whistleblowers Radack, Wiebe, Coleman-Adebayo and Ellsberg speak out at the launch of ExposeFacts.org, a US-based independent media organization that encourages whistleblowers to expose government and corporate malfeasance

  October 3, 14

NBC's Snowden Interview Overlooks Pre-9/11 Data Collection by the NSA
NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe says that the interview was a missed opportunity to remind Americans that the spy agency had information about the 9/11 terrorist attacks before they occurred

  October 3, 14

"Off With His Head": Court Upholds Obama's Power to Kill
Michael Ratner: There have been no criminal prosecutions for illegal actions committed by the U.S. in the name of national security since 9/11

  October 3, 14

Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden's Passport to be Reinstated
After President Obama announced a proposal to end bulk metadata collection, Snowden supporters call on the government to reinstate his American passport and allow him to seek political asylum without government meddling

  October 3, 14

Obama's Proposal To End NSA Bulk Data Collection Won't Protect Privacy
Thoughtworks Lead IT Analyst Dmytri Kleiner says that the plan would allow telecom giants to retain consumer's personal data without regulations on access and retention, allowing for continued violation of civil liberties

  October 3, 14

Why I Decided to Blow the Whistle on the NSA
NSA whistleblower Russ Tice describes his evolution from being a staunch believer in the mission of the NSA to being the first insider to expose how the surveillance state disregarded Americans' fourth amendment rights

  October 3, 14

CIA and NSA Wrongdoing Requires Independent Investigation, Says Former Church Committee Staff
Burt Wides, a former chief investigator for the Church Committee, who helped create the Senate and House intelligence committees, says these oversight bodies are now too entwined with the intelligence agencies; further reason for an independent committee is President Obama will not pursue an investigation into the actions taken during the Bush/Cheney administration's 'war on terror'

  October 3, 14

NSA Recording All International Calls From U.S.
NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says the ongoing Snowden revelations show Americans that those in power should be held accountable for serious breaches of the Constitution

  October 3, 14

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