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  • Daniel Ellsberg: US on Verge of Becoming Police State Under Obama

    08/22/2013 7:19:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 12:45 PM
    Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, says the United States is on the verge of becoming a police state as evidenced by the National Security Agency’s data collection programs and the treatment of secret document leakers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. “We have not only the capability of a police state, but certain beginnings of it right now,” Ellsberg told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “And I absolutely agree with Edward Snowden. It’s worth a person’s life, prospect of assassination, or life in prison or life in exile—it’s worth that to try to restore our liberties...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks (After CIA worked as a senior Democrat Senate aide)

    01/23/2012 12:58:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post World ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists. The case against John Kiriakou, who served as a senior Senate aide after ending his CIA career, extends the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets to journalist. Kiriakou, who was among the first to go public with details about the CIA’s use of water-boarding and other harsh interrogation measures, was charged with disclosing classified information to reporters and lying to the agency about the origin of...
  • Justice case against alleged leaker collapses

    06/09/2011 9:01:52 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9 June 2011 | Michael Isikoff
    In a major blow to the Justice Department, one of its biggest leak prosecutions in years all but collapsed late Thursday when federal prosecutors withdrew all their felony charges against a former National Security Agency official accused of providing classified information to a journalist. Instead, under a plea deal reached with prosecutors, former NSA official Thomas Drake has agreed to plead guilty in federal court on Friday to a single misdemeanor count of "exceeding authorized use of a computer" -- a minor charge for which he will receive no jail time, a senior administration official told NBC. “This is close...
  • NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government [gov't spying on you]

    05/16/2011 5:53:27 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 17 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 5/16/11 | Soulskill
    decora writes "Crypto-mathematician Bill Binney worked in the Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center at the NSA. There, he worked on NSA's ThinThread program; a way to monitor the flood of internet data from outside the US while protecting the privacy of US citizens. In a new interview with Jane Mayer, he says his program 'got twisted. ... I should apologize to the American people. It's violated everyone's rights. It can be used to eavesdrop on the whole world. ... my people were brought in, and they told me, "Can you believe they're doing this? They're getting billing records on US...
  • Ray McGovern(Army Veteran)Brutalized & Left Bleeding by Hillary Clinton Police “So this is America?”

    02/20/2011 6:23:09 PM PST · by ResisTyr · 94 replies
    Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs ^ | Wednesday, 16. February 2011 | Sibel Edmonds
    At Clinton Speech: Veteran Bloodied, Bruised & Arrested for Standing Silently As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday, condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for...
  • Alleged WikiLeaks source suffers out of spotlight (PFC Bradley Manning doesn't get a pillow)

    12/20/2010 7:38:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Irish Times ^ | 12/21/10 | LARA MARLOWE
    Alleged WikiLeaks source suffers out of spotlightThe Irish Times - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Concern is growing over the harsh conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention as he awaits his court martial, writes LARA MARLOWE, Washington Correspondent WHILE JULIAN Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, celebrated his release on bail last week with cocktails before being driven to “mansion arrest” at a 650-acre estate in Sussex, Private First Class Bradley Manning was mouldering away in solitary confinement in the brig at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, deprived of exercise, news or even a sheet or pillow. Assange (39) is preparing...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Julian Assange May Have The Files For Every Single Prisoner In Guantanamo

    12/08/2010 7:01:13 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters Via The Business Insider ^ | 12/08/2010 | Reuters
    It's known that Julian Assange, the Wikileaks chief, has Guantanamo files, however this sounds fairly explosive. Reuters (via The Nation): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, jailed in Britain this week, has told media contacts he has a large cache of U.S. government reports about inmates at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, known as GITMO, the last of four major tranches of U.S. government documents which WikiLeaks had acquired and at some point would make public. "He's got the personal files of every prisoner in GITMO," said one person who was in contact with Assange earlier this year.
  • Richard Holbrooke has died

    12/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 234 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jack Tapper
    ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died. On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta. He went through more than 20 hours of surgery. Earlier this evening, speaking at the US State Department, President Obama sang Holbrooke's praises and called him "a tough son of a gun." Holbrooke, 69, was a former ambassador to the United Nations and served as chief negotiator at the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. The New Yorker's George Packer wrote a nice story about Holbrooke last year,...
  • WikiLeaks: At Least 100,000 Iraqis Reportedly Killed During War

    10/22/2010 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 127 replies
    ABC News ^ | RUSSELL GOLDMAN and LUIS MARTINEZ
    In what is being described as the largest release of secret U.S. military documents ever, the whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks has released a trove of classified reports about the war in Iraq, including a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi death toll between 109,000 and 285,000, according to news sources that received advanced copies of the documents.
  • Is the FBI doing its best to combat terrorism?

    12/05/2006 11:48:07 AM PST · by Flavius · 41 replies · 1,019+ views
    msnbc ^ | Dec 4, 2006 | isa Myers, Jim Popkin & the NBC News Investigative Unit
    WASHINGTON - Bassem Youssef is the FBI's highest-ranking Arab-American agent. He's fluent in Arabic, ran the FBI's offices in Saudi Arabia and is a terrorism expert. In fact, Youssef's undercover work helping to infiltrate the terror organization of the so-called "blind sheik," Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, earned him the intelligence community's most-prestigious award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. But now, for the first time, Youssef is speaking out against the agency he loves. "I don't believe that the FBI's doing everything it can to combat terrorism," the 18-year FBI veteran tells NBC News.
  • Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Completed, DoJ a 'No Show', Bombshells Under Oath

    08/08/2009 9:38:13 PM PDT · by GoreNoMore · 53 replies · 2,456+ views
    8:40am PT (11:40am ET): During a break, Edmonds and the attorneys stepped outside. DoJ still a no-show, so the questioning has proceeded, and Edmonds has been able to say "everything that she hasn't been able to say so far, implicating many members of Congress in a criminal conspiracy," according to interviews with Fein and others. Edmonds' attorney, Michael Kohn said: "The Justice Department decided not to show. Therefore, the deposition has gone much more smoothly than we had anticipated." There are apparently a handful of mostly independent and foreign media outlets present outside the NWC. No corporate MSM, from the...
  • Personal request from Mark Zaid

    02/25/2007 12:11:09 AM PST · by Bobibutu · 30 replies · 771+ views
    abledangerblog.com ^ | February 20, 2007 | Mark Zaid
    Dear Friends, Colleagues and Servicemembers: Many of you may know that since June 2006, I have served as co-civilian counsel, along with Neal Puckett who is lead counsel (and Of Counsel to my law office), for SSgt Frank Wuterich, USMC. Frank is now facing multiple counts of murder for the events arising from the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. He was the squad commander for the 3/1 that tragic day. This is a highly unusual case for me. Other than the dozen or so military courts-martials I handled back in 1999-2000 dealing with...
  • Starving for Attention (Cindy Sheehan Knows Freepers)

    07/05/2006 6:56:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 194 replies · 4,312+ views
    MichaelMoore.com ^ | Wednesday, July 5, 2006 | Cindy Sheehan
    <p>It is midnight of the 5th of July and 24 hours since thousands of us began the Troops Home Fast.</p> <p>Some of us who will be fasting completely until the troops come home; some will be on liquids only until the troops come home; some will fast for 2 weeks, 2 days; or like me, until at least September 21st.</p>
  • Rummy "lied"

    05/05/2006 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 18 replies · 845+ views
    The Belmont Club | May 05, 2006 | Richard Fernandez
    Andrew Sullivan says the man who heckled Rummy was Not some crazed lefty. The man who demanded that Rumsfeld answer the questions we all want to have answered turns out to be the man who gave former president George H. W. Bush his daily intelligence briefing. And he was right in the exchange; and Rummy was factually wrong. Yep: Rumsfeld lied. Quelle surprise. No not some crazed lefty. The man was Ray McGovern, who Sweetness and Light noticed was part of Daniel Ellsberg's Truth Telling Project. Here's the relevant blog entry from the Belmont archives: Sweetness and Light has...
  • `Disclosure' over war is called for (Ellsberg screed)

    04/24/2006 3:58:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 762+ views
    NJ.com/Times ^ | 4-24-06 | By Chris Sturgis
    Special to The Times PRINCETON BOROUGH -- Daniel Ellsberg, famous for exposing government deception about the Vietnam War and its casualties, said yesterday the war in Iraq should be fought with the help of insiders in the Bush administration. As he once did, in leaking the famed Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, Ellsberg said insiders should be more forthcoming with information that might expose dangerous wrongdoing in government. Instead of waiting until the 2004 publication of his book, "Against All Enemies," presidential adviser Richard A. Clarke should have "taken a good drawer full of documents out...
  • Sibel Edmonds Press Conference

    06/13/2004 9:20:57 AM PDT · by swampfx · 5 replies · 280+ views
    www.drudge.com/discuss ^ | Jun 9,2004 | Sibel Edmonds
    I just received this update from Sibel Edmonds and I am sure you will find it interesting and another peel of the oinion... "Update: Judge Reggie Walton canceled/postponed the hearing on June 14, 10:00 AM, with no reason cited, and no future date scheduled. This is the fourth time he has done this in the past two years!!! However, Daniel Ellsberg and I are still on. We'll be in front of the Court (3rd and Constitution Ave.) on Monday, June 14, at 9:30 AM, to hold our press conference and to deliver speeches Re: Gagging the Congress, blocking IG report,...
  • These FBI employees suffered for having been right about Islamic terror

    08/06/2004 5:03:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 916+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 6, 2004 | Jack Kelly
    Newly hired as a translator of Turkish and Farsi (the language spoken in Iran), Sibel Edmonds was sitting at her desk in FBI headquarters in Washington on Sep. 20, 2001, retranslating a communications intercept headquarters had received some time before from an agent in Phoenix. The intercept contained references to skyscrapers and to U.S. immigration procedures, clues to the intentions of the 9/11 hijackers, clues overlooked by the person who first translated the document. Edmonds raced to her supervisor and asked to speak on a secure line to the agent who had obtained the intercept, to tell him of the...
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

    02/22/2005 10:13:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 369+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Justice Department has backed away from a court battle over its authority to classify and restrict the discussion of information it has already released, handing a local advocacy group a victory by granting it explicit permission to publish letters written by two senators that contain the contested information. The case was considered a potential test of limits to the government's power to restrict access to information in the public domain on national security grounds. Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft had strongly defended the practice in this case by likening it to putting "spilt milk" back in a jar...
  • Court Closes FBI Case Arguments to Public

    04/21/2005 8:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 751+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/5 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court turned aside efforts to open to the public closed-door arguments Thursday in the case of a fired FBI contractor who alleged there were security breaches and misconduct at the bureau. Sibel Edmonds is seeking to revive her lawsuit against the government. It was thrown out of U.S. District Court when the Bush administration invoked the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to withhold information to safeguard national security. Edmonds says she was dismissed from her job as a wiretap translator because she told superiors she suspected a co-worker was leaking information to targets...
  • Traitors of Record: The Record of the New York Times

    12/19/2005 8:51:45 AM PST · by Fedora · 135 replies · 7,095+ views
    Original FReeper Research | 12/19/2005 | Fedora
    Traitors of Record: The Record of the New York TimesBy Fedora “. . .the most untrustworthy paper in the United States. . .” --President Dwight Eisenhower, referring to the New York TimesIntroductionLast week Senator John Cornyn criticized the New York Times for endangering national security with a James Risen story on NSA surveillance timed to coincide with a vote on the Patriot Act and, incidentally, with the release of a book by Risen. A review of the record illustrates that endangering national security through irresponsible leaks is nothing new for the New York Times. Some particularly outrageous examples are worth...
  • Daniel Ellsberg on Iraq (Crawford Protest Leader Believed Saddam Was Capable of WMDs...)

    11/24/2005 7:18:00 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies · 413+ views
    Zmag ^ | 1/31/2003 | Metall (German Union Paper)
    Recovering_Democrat's note before the article: Daniel Ellsberg is the "former Defense Department official" being alluded to in the LameStream Press today--he is joining the leftwingnuts in Crawford in their illegal campout on public roadways. He is a Bay Area boy, and he leaked some apparently secret Pentagon papers during the Vietnam War. From what I could surmise, his actions probably put the lives of lots of servicemen and POWs in danger, since the papers revealed some top secret actions being taken by our military. Of course, the lives of the men and women fighting for freedom don't mean much to...
  • Vietnam war critic warns of similarities with Iraq conflict

    11/12/2005 4:07:54 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 55 replies · 1,082+ views
    AP ^ | November 12, 2005 | ROSA CIRIANNI
    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. -- The man who leaked secret documents about the Vietnam war indicating the federal government had deceived the public, said he sees a lot of similarities between that war and the one being waged in Iraq. Daniel Ellsberg, who became famous for his release of what became known as the "Pentagon Papers," spoke to a crowd of more than 400 people Saturday at a local high school in Maplewood. During Saturday's talk, Ellsberg said both the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq were based on lies, referring to the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in...
  • Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame gets peace award in SoCal

    10/12/2005 3:06:44 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 486+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | October 12, 2005 | Associated Press
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Daniel Ellsberg, the former government analyst whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War, will receive the 2005 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Ellsberg was a special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense during the Vietnam War. He released the 7,000 page classified study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam to the Senate and 19 newspapers in 1971. Now a peace activist, he formed the Truth Telling Project in 2004 to encourage Pentagon, White House and other national security insiders to reveal secrets involving...
  • Ellsberg compares Vietnam, Iraq (loser alert)

    09/12/2005 9:10:53 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 18 replies · 301+ views
    DES MOINES, Iowa The former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers says the nation's leaders plan on staying in Iraq permanently, but the people who have the proof aren't willing to share it. Daniel Ellsberg says President Bush aims to keep bases in Iraq, and that the American public was lied to when the country entered the war. He urged those with access to the sensitive information to share it, saying there are both rewards and potential backlash for whistleblowers. He says they may go to prison, but they may save a wars worth of lives. The Pentagon Papers,...
  • Larry Johnson, Daniel Ellsberg & The Truth Telling Project --Pleading For Intel Leaks

    07/26/2005 10:05:41 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 99 replies · 4,956+ views
    The Truth Telling Project ^ | September 22, 2004 | Traitors
    Home Project Activities Writing & Interviews Press Coverage Links Contact Contribute For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 22, 2004 11 FORMER AND CURRENT US AND UK GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ISSUE LETTERSUPPORTING DANISH WHISTLEBLOWER FRANK GREVIL Frank Grevil’s press contact is: Tom Clark tclark@tiscali.dkhome (+45) 4444 1343work (+45) 4452 6447mobile (+45) 4095 0574 or (+45) 6062 1763 OPEN LETTER TO THE DANISH GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC: We, the undersigned citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom, have recently come to learn of the criminal proceedings against our Danish fellow truth-teller, Mr. Frank Grevil. As his case has been presented to us, Mr. Grevil...
  • Larry Johnson's Group (VIPS) Called On CIA Employees To Leak Secrets To Hurt Bush

    07/25/2005 10:03:04 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 540 replies · 14,822+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2003 | Unknown
    Ex-CIA Accuse Bush of Manipulating Iraq Evidence Monday, March 17, 2003 WASHINGTON — Invoking the name of a Pentagon whistle-blower, a small group of retired, anti-war CIA officers are accusing the Bush administration of manipulating evidence against Iraq in order to push war while burying evidence that could show Iraq's compliance with U.N demands for disarmament. The 25-member group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, composed mostly of former CIA analysts along with a few operational agents, is urging employees inside the intelligence agency to break the law and leak any information they have that could show the Bush administration is engineering the...
  • I Wrote Bush's War Words -- in 1965[LA TIMES Pushes the Vietnam Metaphor]

    07/05/2005 7:25:38 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 20 replies · 513+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 3, 2005 | Ellsberg
    IRAQ I Wrote Bush's War Words -- in 1965 By Daniel Ellsberg, Daniel Ellsberg worked in the State and Defense departments under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He released the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971. President Bush's explanation Tuesday night for staying the course in Iraq evoked in me a sense of familiarity, but not nostalgia. I had heard virtually all of his themes before, almost word for word, in speeches delivered by three presidents I worked for: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. Not with pride, I recognized that I had proposed some...
  • Lil Orphan Danny

    10/07/2004 7:19:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Reason ^ | October 7, 2004 | Michael Young
    ALT="Support our Advertisers! Click Here!" BORDER="0"> href="http://www.reason.com/subscribe.html"> src="http://www.reason.com/ads/rsubadx.gif" alt="Subscribe to Reason" border="0">     Reason DailyRecent stories Lil Orphan Danny (10/7) You May Already Be A Winner (10/6) Visions of Water (10/5) Reason Daily archive October 7, 2004 Lil Orphan Danny In a republic of leakers, a relic still thinks he's alone Michael Young In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Daniel Ellsberg, onetime defense wonk, leaker of the Pentagon Papers, and aging radical, had this to say to present-day administration officials about the war in Iraq: "[D]on't repeat my mistakes. Don't wait until more troops are sent,...
  • Truths Worth Telling

    09/28/2004 12:43:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 457+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 28, 2004 | DANIEL ELLSBERG
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Kensington, Calif. — On a tape recording made in the Oval Office on June 14, 1971, H. R. Haldeman, Richard Nixon's chief of staff, can be heard citing Donald Rumsfeld, then a White House aide, on the effect of the Pentagon Papers, news of which had been published on the front page of that morning's newspaper: "Rumsfeld was making this point this morning,'' Haldeman says. "To the ordinary guy, all this is a bunch of gobbledygook. But out of the gobbledygook comes a very clear thing: you can't trust the government; you can't believe what they say,...
  • Ellsberg urges insiders to give leaks about war in Iraq

    09/27/2004 2:02:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 920+ views
    Gazette Times, Oregon ^ | September 27, 2004 | AP
    EUGENE — The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War called for government insiders to provide similar classified documents about the war in Iraq. Daniel Ellsberg, 73, said federal insiders owe a "higher allegiance'' to the Constitution, the public and U.S. soldiers in Iraq than to their government bosses. He acknowledges that whistle-blowers risk personal setbacks, such as losing their jobs, but urged them to act nonetheless. "I'm asking them to ask themselves whether their highest duty to this country really consists in keeping secrets of an administration that has acted like this ... in protecting lies,...
  • Pentagon Papers whistle-blower urges insiders to leak Iraq info

    09/10/2004 10:19:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 793+ views
    First Amendment Center ^ | Sept. 11, 2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, is urging government insiders to provide similar classified documents about the invasion of Iraq. Joined by other whistle-blowers and former government employees, Ellsberg said at a Sept. 9 news conference that claims of government deception and lies have “little credibility” unless supported by documentary evidence, which often is available only in classified materials. The document that came to be called the Pentagon Papers was a 7,000-page study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam that was classified “top secret.” Ellsberg leaked the study to...