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Revealed: Abuse of Secrets Privilege in Obama’s DOJ

For almost a decade the U.S. government refused to let Stanford Ph.D. student Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on a no-fly list and not telling her why. Invoking the state secrets privilege, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed the information she wanted “could reasonably be expected to cause significant harm to national security.”

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Area 51 a Place of Secrets—and Government Evasion

The biggest secrets at famed Area 51 had less to do with rumored UFOs and extraterrestrials than with the poisoning of government workers.

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We Are Bradley Manning

His trial is not simply the persecution of a courageous whistle-blower, but a state mechanism to destroy the independence of the press and its ability to expose the power elite’s criminal activity.

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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he illegally acquired a cache of U.S. state secrets and later provided it to WikiLeaks, but not guilty to the most serious charge against him—that he “aided the enemy.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Assange Granted Asylum, Britain Objects

Ecuador has granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but Britain has issued a letter claiming the legal right to forcibly remove him from the embassy if the Ecuadoreans fail to hand him over.

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Ecuador Reportedly Offers Sanctuary to Assange

Sources within the Ecuadorean government report that President Rafael Correa has agreed to grant asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct, and by the United States for publishing state secrets.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Pfc. Bradley Manning

Since spring 2010, Pfc. Bradley Manning has been detained by the U.S. government on suspicion of leaking state secrets. His attorney now argues that the conditions of his detainment constitute punishment before trial.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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A Look at the ‘Bush-Obama’ Presidency

Essayist, Yale English professor and TomDispatch contributor David Bromwich takes a careful accounting of the “sacked” and “saved” members of the Obama administration in an attempt to reveal the similarities between his presidency and George W. Bush’s. (more)

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Russian President Asked to Investigate Extraterrestrial Encounter

This one sounds like something from a supermarket tabloid, but apparently it’s of a slightly more substantiated nature: On Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s no doubt long list of action items is the rather peculiar request to figure out whether a regional leader gave state secrets to ... (continued)

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Justice to Tackle Federal Secrecy Abuses

How about that Eric Holder? The Justice Department plans to make it harder for the government to hide behind “national security” in legal cases—a process that has been abused since a highly flawed Supreme Court decision first allowed wide latitude in such matters.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


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