Did Thomas Drake Get iJustice?

By: Friday June 10, 2011 2:47 pm

There’s an interesting discussion at the end of Josh Gerstein’s article on the Drake plea agreement. He points out that after Judge Bennett ruled that the government needed more descriptive substitutions for some of its exhibits, DOJ did not appeal the decision. Experts said it was unlikely that Bennett’s rulings accounted entirely for the government’s [...]

The Army’s “Sticky Note” SIPRNet Security

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 6:03 am

No wonder the US Army was allegedly bested in the WikiLeaks leak by a Lady Gaga CD. In addition to all the other gaping security problems with the classified network, there were apparently widely accessible SIPRNet computers with passwords written out on sticky notes on the computers. A Guardian investigation focusing on soldiers who worked [...]

If Only They Had Listened to Thomas Drake, They Might Have Prevented CableGate

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 5:54 pm

I’m in the process of reading all the Siobhan Gorman stories for which Thomas Drake might have served as an anonymous source. And one of the ten or so articles for which he’s a possible source exposes the NSA’s failure on an issue at the heart of Bradley Manning’s ability to allegedly leak three major [...]

Whitewash Investigation on Detainee Abuse Is Why We Need WikiLeaks

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 8:11 am

The Nation has a long study on the Army’s Detainee Abuse Task Force, which one of its members described as a “whitewash.” Jon Renaud, a retired Army Warrant Officer who headed the task force as the Special Agent in Charge for the first half of 2005, now says of the DATF, “It didn’t accomplish anything—it [...]

Like SSCI, HPSCI Requires DNI to Close Gaping Security Holes … by 2013

By: Friday May 6, 2011 8:58 am

Steven Aftergood has the House intelligence report online and–as he points out–it contains a requirement that the intelligence community close one of the gaping holes in network security highlighted by the WikiLeaks case. The deadline? 2013. SEC. 402. INSIDER THREAT DETECTION PROGRAM. (a) Initial Operating Capability.–Not later than October 1, 2012, the Director of National [...]

Bradley Manning Protest: White House Bans Journalist for Doing Journalism

By: Friday April 29, 2011 4:53 am

To a degree, this reminds me of the Joshua Claus moment, when DOD banned reporters like Carol Rosenberg and Michelle Shephard because they uttered the name “Joshua Claus” in their coverage of his testimony in Omar Khadr’s trial. (Shephard had interviewed him previously, so they were basically asking her to forget information she had gathered [...]

Illegal Wiretap Leak Probe Dropped

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 9:05 am

According to Josh Gerstein, DOJ decided not to charge anyone in the illegal wiretap leak probe. The Justice Department has dropped its long-running criminal investigation of a lawyer who publicly admitted leaking information about President George W. Bush’s top-secret warrantless wiretapping program to The New York Times – disclosures that Bush vehemently denounced as a [...]

Obama Pretends the Bob Woodward Law Doesn’t Exist

By: Saturday April 23, 2011 6:51 am

Yesterday, Michael Whitney pointed out how irresponsible it was for the ultimate commander of all the people who will decide Bradley Manning’s innocence or guilt to state publicly, before his trial, that “he broke the law.” But there was something else wrong with it. As transcribed by the UK Friends of Bradley Manning, Obama said, [...]

Manning Protesters Sing to Obama: “We Paid Our Dues; Where’s Our Change?”

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 10:10 am

At today’s presidential fundraiser in San Francisco, several attendees sang a song to Obama protesting Bradley Manning’s treatment. (From the White House pool report) Mr. Obama was in the middle of his remarks when a woman in a white suit stood up and said, Mr. President we wrote you a song. POTUS tried to get [...]

What Happened to Bradley Manning in January

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 7:19 am

I wanted to put a few details about what happened to Bradley Manning in January together. The other day Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, revealed he had been about to file a habeas petition when DOD suddenly decided to move Manning to Fort Leavenworth (where he arrived last night). At issue was a meeting that occurred [...]

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