Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government “Does Not Want You to Read”

Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government “Does Not Want You to Read” By Julia Conley Citing what First Amendment advocates have called an “unconstitutional” system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump’s Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his new memoir. The day the book Permanent Record was released, the DOJ filed its lawsuit claiming Snowden had published without submitting the book for “pre-publication…

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Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across the US

Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across the US By Julia Conley Millions of Americans across the Midwest this summer are being subjected to surveillance from above as the Pentagon experiments with the use of surveillance radars attached to high-altitude balloons. As The Guardian reported Friday, the defense and aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to send up to 25 balloons across six states to track vehicles. U.S. Southern Command commissioned the project for the stated purpose of creating a “persistence surveillance system” to deter…

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New US Campaign Calls for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Surveillance

New US Campaign Calls for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Surveillance By Julia Conley “Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons. That’s the moment in history we’re in right now with facial recognition.” Pushing back against businesses and government calling for mere “regulations” on facial recognition surveillance, digital rights group Fight for the Future on Tuesday launched a nationwide campaign to demand a complete ban on the technology, which which critics warn is already violating civil liberties…

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US Government’s Refusal to Confirm or Deny It Put American Journalist on Drone Kill List Called ‘Chilling’

US Government’s Refusal to Confirm or Deny It Put American Journalist on Drone Kill List Called ‘Chilling’ By Julia Conley Lawyers for an American journalist who believes he was placed on the government’s infamous “kill list” warned Tuesday that the rights of all U.S. citizens are at stake if the country’s drone assassination program is allowed to continue. The organization’s comments came as part of a response to the U.S. government’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit regarding its use of the list. Reprieve is representing Bilal Abdul Kareem, a journalist…

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Plans for Wheelchair-Accessible Cells at Gitmo Paint “Chilling Picture” of Detainees Held Without Trial For Rest of Their Lives

Plans for Wheelchair-Accessible Cells at Gitmo Paint “Chilling Picture” of Detainees Held Without Trial For Rest of Their Lives By Julia Conley Newly-revealed plans for expanding the Guantanamo Bay prison confirm that the future of the facility focuses on keeping detainees there well into old age—and likely for the rest of their lives. A decade after President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for Guantanamo Bay to be shuttered, prison officials are seeking contractors to build a wheelchair-accessible 5,000-square foot compound at the detention center, according to reports by…

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Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions

Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions By Julia Conley (CD) – Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing— and possible jail time—after declining to answer a grand jury’s questions. Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to WikiLeaks. The subpoena came about three months after federal prosecutors in Virginia’s Eastern District, where the former Army intelligence…

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