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‘Top Secret’ Clinton Emails Include Discussion of Drone Operation

Two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server that a federal auditor deemed “top secret” include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone strike and a conversation that could inappropriately point toward highly classified material, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE


U.S. Policy Is to Keep the Veil of Secrecy in Place

For some 20 years, in another and more youthful phase of my life, I was one of the (apparently) several hundred thousand Americans who possessed a “top secret” security classification.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE

Bradley Manning’s Mind

An investigative video created by The Guardian examines alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning’s psychological condition before he was dispatched to Iraq, concluding that he was probably not fit for overseas duty and that security at his station was remarkably lax.

Posted on May 28, 2011 READ MORE

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Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE

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WikiLeaks Exposes Secrecy Abuse

Ronald Goldfarb, writing in The Hill, points out that 90 percent of the 16 million classified documents generated each year should be open in the first place. “The burden,” he writes, “ought to be on those classifying confidentially to make the clear case for secrecy, and the presumption should be for openness.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE

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WikiLeaks: Not for Government Eyes

Acting as if we live in some sort of fantasy world, the Obama administration and the Pentagon have both forbid their hundreds of thousands of federal workers to view the WikiLeaks secret cables—unless those employees have the requisite security clearance.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE

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U.S. Braces for Another WikiLeak

U.S. officials are warning foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is about to let fly with another batch of sensitive diplomatic documents that will be “harmful to the U.S. and our interests.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Spc. Richard DelVecchio

Wikileaks Unloads 400,000 Documents on Iraq

The release of some 400,000 classified military documents on the Iraq War has led the U.N. to call on the Obama administration to investigate American troops’ human rights abuses. Leaked documents tying British forces to possible war crimes sparked a demand for a public inquiry in the U.K. as well.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE

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Pentagon Braces for Latest WikiLeaks Release

The Pentagon is once again articulating its oft-cited trope that release of classified documents on the WikiLeaks website could endanger U.S. and allied troops and Iraqi civilians as the whistle-blower site prepares to publish even more classified files on the Iraq War.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

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Secret Rumsfeld Order OK’d Raids in All Nations

Since 2004, U.S. operatives have been crossing the borders of friends and foes alike in a secret global hunt for al-Qaida. According to a bombshell report in The New York Times, a dozen or so raids have been conducted in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere since Donald Rumsfeld issued a secret order with the backing of the president.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE

Sweeping Our Inhumanity Under the Rug

By simply deciding that something is a “state secret,” the Bush government has avoided answering for its brutal treatment of innocent victims in the war on terror.  This is a perversion of the principle of American justice.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

State Dept. Silent on Iraqi Corruption

Asked to what extent the State Department had covered up corruption in the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the department’s top Mideast official told the House Oversight Committee that information that could “damage” the U.S. relationship with Iraq is considered “confidential.” That didn’t go over well with committee Chairman Henry Waxman, who then threw down the gauntlet.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE

Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE

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Cheney Sidesteps White House Rules

In his typically reassuring style, Dick Cheney has stated that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government and is therefore not bound by certain White House rules, reports “The Blotter” on

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE

Lost: FBI Laptops and Weapons

You didn’t happen to see, oh ... let’s say, about 160 FBI laptops, did you? They’re really important and some of them have top-secret info inside them. The FBI seems to have lost track of them in the last four years. Oh, also while you’re looking,  keep an eye out for the 160 weapons it just reported missing.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


‘Friendly Fire’ Caught on Tape

Britain’s Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of a “top secret” tape that depicts the adolescent joy of two U.S. fighter pilots as they gunned down a British convoy, killing Lance Cpl. Matty Hull and injuring four others.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE

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Canadian Coins Signal Mysterious Espionage Plot

The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada. Though it released few other details, the U.S. Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE

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Government Accused of Censorship

The National Security Council has blocked publication of an article critical of the Bush administration’s Iran policy, claiming that it contains classified information. The piece was written by two former government Mideast experts, who have accused the NSC of playing politics: “They don’t want us to say how many opportunities this administration has missed to put relations with Iran on a better track.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE

Bush Keeping Second Iraq Report Secret, Says Harman

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is but which has been stamped “Draft” by the Bush administration to keep it from becoming public.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE

Dana Priest Smacks Down Bill Bennett

Dana Priest Smacks Down Bill Bennett

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest threw Bill Bennett’s gambling history back in his face when the conservative pundit attempted to lecture Priest on ethics.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE

Santorum and WMDs

Did Santorum Display Classified Documents on Fox News?

When Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum went on Fox to make what turned out to be a bogus claim about WMDs in Iraq, did he violate federal law by holding classified documents up to the camera? Greg Sargent has more….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE

Fired CIA Officer Was Top NSC Director

The CIA officer reportedly fired for leaking classified intelligence information is Mary O. McCarthy, who until 2001 was senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council.

Posted on Apr 22, 2006 READ MORE

Molly Ivins: White House Whopper Becomes Instant Classic

“Personally, I think this is a really good time not to keep up. The more you try, the less sense it makes.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

White House Opens Efforts Against Media Leaks

Bush & Co. have launched FBI probes, polygraph investigations and warnings from the Justice Dept. to stem leaks of classified (and non-classified) information to reporters.
Imagine if Bush were to spend an equal amount of time addressing the problems surfaced via the leaks….
Of course he never would do that, but perhaps he could ask Karl Rove what kind of information he has leaked….

Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE

The Spies Who Came In From the Cold

Even though Germany sat out the invasion of Iraq, its spies in Baghdad passed on reams of information to the U.S. command, according to classified Berlin files.

Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE

Did Cheney OK Libby’s Leak of Secret Info?

Vice President Cheney’s indicted former top aide, Scooter Libby, has told a grand jury that his “superiors” granted him permission to give secret information to reporters to help bolster the White House’s case for war on Iraq. | story

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE

Surveillance Court To Quiz Bush Officials Over Spy Program

Judges will question Dept. of Justice, others, on legality of warrantless wiretaps | more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE

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