NSA Twice Chose to Forgo Privacy Protections in Domestic Data Mining Programs

By: Saturday May 21, 2011 9:13 am

While Jane Mayer’s profile on NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has generated a lot of attention for the way Obama’s DOJ is senselessly prosecuting him, there has been less focus on the key revelation that Drake and others went on the record to reveal in Mayer’s story: that the NSA chose not to integrate the privacy [...]

As the Arab Spring Gives Way to the Sunni Summer

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 8:31 am

The AP has a interesting–and interestingly timed–story on the help we’re giving Saudi Arabia to build a “facilities security force” to protect, among other things, its oil fields and planned civilian nuclear sites. The story is based, in part, on this WikiLeaks cable. Note the date of the cable: October 29, 2008, less than a [...]

Hillary Picks Cheney Aide to Replace PJ Crowley

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 9:03 am

It’s bad enough that Obama didn’t clear out the Cheney folks burrowed into the permanent bureaucracy. Now the Obama Administration will appoint former Cheney aide Victoria Nuland to replace PJ Crowley as State Department spokesperson. Victoria “Toria” Nuland, the current U.S. special envoy for conventional forces in Europe and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, [...]

The Confusion about When Hassan Ghul’s Torture Started

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:26 am

In this post, I noted that John McCain seemed to be talking about Hassan Ghul when he spoke of a detainee who gave up key information on Osama bin Laden’s courier without being tortured. It’s the other detail I find even more interesting: that info on Abu Ahmed’s real role and his real relationship with [...]

The MSM’s Gift to Moms? The Mushroom Cloud Brigade

By: Sunday May 8, 2011 5:50 am

I noted this already, but it so exceeds even the abysmal standards of the Sunday show bookers, I’m going to repeat it. To celebrate Mothers Day, the Sunday shows have brought you the Mushroom Cloud Brigade–Condi Rice, Rummy, and Dick Cheney–the three people who, on September 8, 2002 used the Sunday shows to trumpet the [...]

The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn’t Work

By: Monday May 2, 2011 1:22 pm

The AP has confirmed that intelligence leading to the courier that in turn led to Osama bin Laden came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and–as I surmised earlier–Abu Faraj al-Libi while in CIA custody. But partly because of the language AP uses to describe this–and partly because the wingnuts love torture–many are drawing the wrong conclusion [...]

US Intelligence Operatives in Libya, Before a Finding, Sounds Like JSOC

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 8:25 pm

Mark Hosenball, who yesterday broke the news that Obama had issued a Finding authorizing the CIA to operate covertly in Libya in the last 2-3 weeks, today says “intelligence operatives” were on the ground before Obama signed that Finding. U.S. intelligence operatives were on the ground in Libya before President Barack Obama signed a secret [...]

In 2004, the White House Considered FISA’s Exclusivity Provision to Be Top Secret

By: Friday March 25, 2011 8:55 pm

As I have noted before, there are a number of paragraphs in the May 6, 2004 Goldsmith memo authorizing warrantless wiretapping that appear to be badly overclassified. Not only were many of the same paragraphs printed, almost verbatim, in unclassified fashion, in the White Paper released in January 2006. But many of those paragraphs contain [...]

How to Ensure You’ll Always Have War Powers to Fight Eastasia

By: Monday March 21, 2011 3:33 pm

As we’ve known for years, the May 6, 2004 OLC opinion authorizing the warrantless wiretap program shifted the claimed basis for the program from inherent Article II power to a claim the Afghanistan AUMF trumped FISA. But one problem with that argument (hard to fathom now that Afghanistan has once again become our main forever [...]

Dick, the Miniseries

By: Monday March 21, 2011 10:40 am

Congratulations to Barton Gellman, whose book on Cheney’s abuse of the Constitution, Angler, will serve as the basis for an HBO miniseries. HBO has optioned the book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Barton Gellman for a miniseries to be executive produced by Paula Weinstein. The mini, which will be based on the [...]

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