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Monday, September 17, 2018
Revealed: The Justice Dept's Secret Rules for Targeting Journalists With FISA Court Orders
Today, we are revealing—for the first time—the Justice Department’s rules for targeting journalists with secret FISA court orders. The documents were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Freedom of the Press Foundation and Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia...
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Friday, June 08, 2018
Trump's Justice Dept Escalates Its Disturbing Crackdown on Leaks by Seizing New York Times Reporter's Phone and Email Records
In an aggressive escalation of its already disturbing crackdown on leaks, Trump’s Justice Department secretly obtained a year’s worth of phone calls and email records of Ali Watkins, a New York Times reporter who previously covered national security issues for Buzzfeed. As the New York Times...
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Why is ICE Interfering with Journalists Covering Immigration Hearings?
When ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier was in a New York immigration court on April 5, she was there to cover the news, not become it. But an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorney twice objected to her presence, derailing a deportation hearing into a mini-trial over a reporter’s right...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
How the Obama Administration Laid the Groundwork for Trump's Coming Crackdown on the Press
In the summer of 2009, less than a year after President Obama took office, one of the first orders of business for the newly empaneled Senate Judiciary Committee was passing a long-stalled federal ‘media shield’ bill, which would finally provide a uniform level of protection to reporters who get...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act , a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, suspicionless collection of Americans’ personal data. Given that parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1st, and that the government is pretending the...
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Justice Department Report Directly Contradicts the Attorney General's Claims about the Patriot Act
In the midst of the last-minute Congressional debate about whether to re-authorize Patriot Act Section 215, the Justice Department Inspector General (IG) released a long awaited report on Thursday on how the FBI has used (and abused) Section 215 for the past few years. Unfortunately, the report is...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
US Officials Leak Information About the ISIS Raid That’s More Sensitive Than Anything Snowden Ever Leaked
Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of ISIS, Abu Sayyaf. In the process, anonymous US officials leaked classified information to the New York Times that’s much more sensitive than anything Edward...
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