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Bush farewell address

President Bush Signs Off

George W. Bush gave his last presidential speech to the American public in a farewell address Thursday night that offered him a platform to have the (first) last word on his time in office. True to form, Bush stayed the course, giving little if any ground when it came to defending even the most contested aspects of his legacy.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

‘Homeland Security USA’: The Outtakes

The inaugural episode of ABC’s newest reality television series did exactly as producer Arnold Shapiro told viewers it would: unabashedly celebrated the Department of Homeland Security. It also failed in every conceivable way to critically examine the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


AirTran plane
yelp.com

Airline Apologizes to Detained Muslim Passengers

AirTran Airways was in damage control mode Friday after forcing nine Muslim passengers off an Orlando-bound flight at Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Va., the previous day.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Mukasey collapses

Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech

On Thursday night, Attorney General Michael Mukasey suddenly collapsed while making a speech at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Halberstam
nndb.com

FBI Tracked Halberstam for Over Two Decades

This is spooky: A group of journalism students from the City University of New York filed a Freedom of Information request and discovered that the FBI tracked the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam for more than two decades.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


Eliot Spitzer
diggersrealm.com

Spitzer Avoids Prosecution

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has avoided criminal charges for his well-publicized escapades with sex workers while in office. Largely responsible for the development was a decision by federal prosecutors to investigate Spitzer on questionable financial transactions—where they found no evidence of misuse—rather than the more titillating accusation of “transporting prostitutes across state lines.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE



gizmodo.com

Here We COINTELPRO Again: FBI Changes the Rules

With everybody’s eyeballs and earlobes focused on the economy and the election, the Justice Department pushed through rule changes that allow the FBI to go back to the bad old days of spying more aggressively on Americans. Civil libertarians and even some lawmakers are in an uproar. The Center for Investigative Reporting has a must-read report that explains why.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


book cover

John Holmes on ‘The Lost Spy’

Former Time correspondent Andrew Meier presents a riveting exhumation of the previously unknown story of Cy Oggins, an early American-Jewish communist who spied for the Soviets and was killed by them in 1947.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE



gawker.com

Palin’s Hacked E-Mail Gets a ‘G’ Rating

Anonymous, an Internet-based group best known for pranking and protesting the Church of Scientology, apparently hacked Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and posted images of her inbox and correspondence on the Web. The McCain campaign condemned the “shocking invasion,” which turned up nothing of substantial juiciness.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


FBI seal
fbi.gov

FBI Coming to a Public Location Near You

The Justice Department was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on Friday on a new set of rules designed to help FBI agents zero in on potential national security threats within the U.S., allowing them to gather information in public places—and even conduct interviews—without identifying themselves. 

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Arrests Made in Alleged Obama Assassination Plot

A possible plot to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention was foiled in Denver on Monday night when at least three suspects were arrested, authorities reported.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


Anthrax Evidence Released

The government on Wednesday released some of the evidence collected against biological weapons researcher Bruce E. Ivins, who died of suicide July 29. Anonymous sources peppered media reports earlier in the week, saying that much of the case relied on circumstantial evidence. So far, those reports appear to have been correct.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Anthrax Researcher Threatened Co-Workers as FBI Closed In

Friends’ and relatives’ memories of microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins, who apparently committed suicide last week as he became a top suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, differ greatly from the image of him invoked by the stories that have emerged about his threatening behavior in recent months.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


Hamilton post office
AP file photo / Brian Branch-Price

Scientist Targeted in Anthrax Probe Dies in Apparent Suicide

The apparent suicide of 62-year-old scientist Bruce E. Ivins on Tuesday shook up his co-workers at the military biodefense labs in Maryland where he’d worked for nearly two decades. But the significance of his death extended beyond personal tragedy when it emerged that Ivins was about to be prosecuted by the Justice Department for alleged involvement in the anthrax attacks of 2001.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


FBI Considers Racial Profiling

If new rule changes go through, the FBI will be allowed to open national security investigations without evidence of wrongdoing. Instead, the agency could pursue cases based on profiles of Americans it deems likelier to commit crimes such as terrorism. The policy would be in keeping with the Bush administration’s dragnet, fact-phobic approach to terrorism; the president himself has been critical of profiling.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


Guantanamo protest
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

Where Is the Outrage?

Are we Americans truly savages or merely tone-deaf in matters of morality, and therefore more guilty of terminal indifference than venality? It’s a question demanding an answer in response to the publication of a 370-page report on U.S. complicity in torture.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
flickr.com

Blackwater Bounces Back

Over the last year, Blackwater Worldwide has been under fire from critics at home and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped the private security firm. In fact, the State Department has just re-upped Blackwater’s Iraq contract, thanks in part to the magic of lobbying. Also, State Department officials don’t seem to think they have much choice.

 

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


LA Times building
Flickr / Mr. Littlehand

Oops!: News That Was Not Fit to Print

In an extraordinary 633-word retraction, The Los Angeles Times has renounced an article it published last month that claimed to have new information about an attack in 1994 on rap artist Tupac Shakur, who later was killed.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Eliot Spitzer
diggersrealm.com

Eliot Spitzer Unmasked as ‘Client-9’ in Prostitution Ring

His rise in New York politics was meteoric, and now Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace looks to be just as spectacular: On Monday, The New York Times reported that Spitzer had been a client of an international prostitution ring called the Emperors Club, in which he was known by the alias “Client-9.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


jail
flickr.com

1 in 100 American Adults in Jail

So much for the “war on crime”: According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, 1 in 100 American adults is now in jail. The report states that “current prison growth is not driven primarily by a parallel increase in crime, or a corresponding surge in the population at large”; instead, “it flows principally from a wave of policy choices that are sending more lawbreakers to prison and ... keeping them there longer.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cloonan

Interrogator: Torture Endangers America

Former FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan spills the beans to Foreign Policy Magazine about the techniques he used on top al-Qaida operatives. Cloonan explains that the ticking-time-bomb scenario often used to rationalize torture is a myth and that waterboarding only motivates the enemy to get revenge—even if it takes a generation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Lawmaker Quits Amid Child Porn Investigation

A Republican member of the Maryland Legislature has resigned after authorities raided his home and took several items, including his computer, during a child pornography investigation. According to the Baltimore Examiner, state Delegate Robert McKee had been a sponsor of the Child Protection From Predators Act.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


FBI to Investigate Mortgage Crisis

The FBI has announced an investigation into the practices of more than a dozen companies related to the subprime mortgage crisis that has destabilized the American and global economies. The Securities and Exchange Commission has already launched investigations of its own, and though it’s nice to see the authorities crack down on improper practices, it would be nice to have some oversight before there was a crisis.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


George Piro
cbsnews.com

Saddam’s Interrogator Speaks

George Piro, the FBI agent who spent nearly seven months interrogating Saddam Hussein, tells “60 Minutes” that the late Iraqi leader didn’t think the U.S. would actually invade and didn’t deny having weapons of mass destruction in order to intimidate Iran. “He told me he initially miscalculated ... President Bush’s intentions,” Piro revealed in the interview, which airs this Sunday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Ellsberg
uiowa.edu

Ellsberg Hits U.S. Media, Congress for Ignoring Nuclear Secrets Story

Legendary whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg has written an Op-Ed shaming the American media for failing to report the shocking story of Sibel Edmonds. A former FBI translator who was recruited after 9/11, Edmonds has accused the agency of covering up evidence of a complex web of foreign governments, U.S. officials and nuclear secrets.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Hoover’s Secret Plan to Jail ‘Dangerous’ Americans

According to recently declassified documents, infamous FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover presented President Harry Truman with a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 people, mostly Americans, of whom he disapproved. The year was 1950 and the occasion was the start of the Korean War, but Hoover had apparently been building his list of the “potentially dangerous” for years.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


Nisour square
nytimes.com

FBI Blames Blackwater in 14 Civilian Deaths

The FBI, which is still investigating Blackwater’s Sept. 16 killing rampage in Baghdad, has determined that at least 14 of the 17 shootings were unjustified and in violation of deadly-force rules. The Justice Department is looking into whether to press charges, if it even has the authority, which means that Blackwater could very well get away with murder.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Kott
AP photo / Al Grillo

Corruption Scandal Rocks Alaska Politics

The federal corruption probe that first blew the lid off the Alaskan political scene a year ago with the discovery of $32,200 in cash stashed away in the home of Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives, has since spread like an oil slick, leaving precious few prominent lawmakers unstained.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


mercenaries
chinadaily.com.cn

State Dept. Gave Blackwater Shooters Immunity

Three senior law enforcement officials have revealed to the Associated Press that the State Department gave all of the Blackwater guards involved in the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980 by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Coretta Scott King
AP Images / John Bazemore

Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


eavesdropper
itpsites.com

The FBI, Wiretapping and You

Not to be deterred by new developments in digital technology, the FBI laid the groundwork for its current DCSNet (Digital Collection System Network) wiretapping system during the Clinton years, allowing agents to just point ‘n’ click their way into the nation’s land lines, cell phones and Internet telephony networks. 

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Chief’s Notes Tell of Ashcroft Hospital Scene

Corroborating an account by former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III detailed the dramatic events that occurred in then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March 2004 when his successor, Alberto Gonzales, attempted to persuade a convalescing Ashcroft to sign off on a domestic wiretapping program he opposed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Sen. Stevens’ Home Raided by FBI

The FBI has raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate’s history, who famously described the Internet as “a series of tubes.” Agents were apparently searching for documents related to a contracting company that may have profited from relationships with prominent lawmakers.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


Liar Liar

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has once again been caught in a lie, or, to be charitable, an unfortunate incongruity. Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Robert Mueller twice contradicted Gonzales’ sworn testimony, lending credence to the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who also disagreed with Gonzales’ version of the facts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


FBI
militaryplaques.com

The Federal Bureau of Intrusion

Disturbing news from the FBI:  The top U.S. intelligence agency recently underwent an internal audit, which produced some pretty creepy results.  Even in a small sampling of the agency’s activities (the survey covered 10% of the whole organization, according to The Washington Post), the bureau was found to have violated privacy laws and agency rules some 1,000 times while monitoring phone calls, e-mails and other communications.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Foils JFK Bomb Plot

Four men, including a former cabinet minister from Guyana, have been arrested for plotting to bomb the jet fuel pipeline at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. They never got beyond the planning and research stage, but the FBI was able to gather fairly incriminating evidence. Once again, investigation and police work have managed to thwart terrorism where stealth bombers and tanks have failed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales
apn.co.nz

A Top Democrat Calls for Attorney General’s Resignation

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that Alberto Gonzales should step down “for the sake of the nation.” Schumer pointed to the partisan firing of U.S. attorneys and the FBI’s abuse of the Patriot Act as evidence that the Justice Department has become highly politicized under Gonzales’ leadership.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Abuses Patriot Act Powers

An internal Justice Department investigation has documented multiple abuses by the FBI in obtaining the private records of U.S. residents. Even with the broad powers of the Patriot Act in place, the bureau is still required to certify that the phone, e-mail and financial documents it seeks are at least related to investigations of terrorism or intelligence activities.

Posted on Mar 9, 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


Triple Cross
Huffington Post

‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


FBI Unable to Attract Arabic Speakers

According to new FBI statistics, of the bureau’s 12,000 agents, only 33 speak even minimally functional Arabic.  It gets worse: Of the 33, none work on international terrorism.
(h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


FBI coverup

More Evidence of FBI Coverup on Foley

CNN runs the story about the FBI’s apparently false account of why it never investigated the Foley case. Watch it. (Earlier: first story on the issue)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Watchdog Group: FBI Lied About Foley Probe

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the DOJ to launch an investigation into why the FBI “fabricated and disseminated a cover-up story as to why it never investigated the Foley emails sent to it by CREW.”
This is big. There now appears to be incontrovertible evidence that the FBI is engaged in a coverup.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


FBI vs CIA
Illustration by Peter Scheer

FBI and CIA Clash Over Interrogation Methods

In 2002 Abu Zubaydah, a captured Bin Laden henchman, experienced two radically different kinds of interrogation as the FBI and the CIA secretly engaged in a debate that continues today.  As one official put it: ?When you rough these guys up, all you do is fulfill their fantasies about what to expect from us.?

Posted on Sep 9, 2006 READ MORE


file peeping
smh.com.au

Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


FBI Plans New Push on Internet Surveillance

According to CNET: “The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Dennis Hastert
From www2.noctrl.edu

Hastert Reportedly Under Investigation in Corruption Probe

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a public corruption probe that has already ensnared several lawmakers and their aides. ABC News (which has the scoop) says investigators are looking into Hastert’s connections to Indian casinos.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


FBI Discloses Its Own Warrantless Spying Info

The Justice Dept. pored through the bank, library or telecom records of 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents—without a court’s approval. Apparently this was legal—it’s just the first time the FBI is publicly disclosing hard numbers.

Posted on Apr 29, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The Great Bush Reclassification Project

It’s nice to know that the investigative reporter Jack Anderson is still under investigation, although seriously dead.

Posted on Apr 26, 2006 READ MORE


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