British Tribunal Flip-Flops on Wrongful Surveillance of Amnesty International

British Tribunal Flip-Flops on Wrongful Surveillance of Amnesty International

After saying the complete opposite last week, a British tribunal now admits the U.K. government illegally retained communications it swept up from Amnesty International, the largest human rights group in the world.

Canadian Surveillance Agency Says Snowden Leaks Were Damaging, Because We Say So

Canadian Surveillance Agency Says Snowden Leaks Were Damaging, Because We Say So

What’s most interesting about a newly released document is how up front it is in its refusal to provide any evidence to support assertions that Edward Snowden damaged national security.

What Justice Breyer’s Dissent on Lethal Injection Showed About the Death Penalty’s Defenders

What Justice Breyer’s Dissent on Lethal Injection Showed About the Death Penalty’s Defenders

Alongside a flimsy majority opinion in Glossip v. Gross, Justice Breyer’s dissent exposed just how much cruelty must be tolerated to defend the death penalty in 2015.

First Look Joins Legal Fight Over Hulk Hogan Sex Tape

First Look Joins Legal Fight Over Hulk Hogan Sex Tape

First Look Media, owner and publisher of The Intercept, today filed a motion objecting to Hulk Hogan’s request that the public and press be prevented from seeing Hogan’s sex tape during Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.

Bulk Phone Surveillance Lives Again, to Die in a More Orderly Fashion in Five Months

Bulk Phone Surveillance Lives Again, to Die in a More Orderly Fashion in Five Months

A federal judge reinstated the NSA bulk domestic surveillance that was temporarily halted a month ago, allowing the agency to go back to hoovering up metadata while it unwinds the program for good.

Does Clinton Rival Martin O’Malley Have an Email Scandal of His Own?

Does Clinton Rival Martin O’Malley Have an Email Scandal of His Own?

The former Maryland governor has avoided public access to his Gmail archive — relying on an apparently secret legal interpretation according to which the governor’s office does not always count as a state agency.

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression

The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011. “The Administration has decided to lift>>

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Flip-Flop on NSA Spying

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Flip-Flop on NSA Spying

Two years after she cancelled her state visit to Washington in outrage over revelations that the U.S. had spied on her, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is back in Washington, taking a decidedly more friendly approach to President Barack Obama. News articles in July 2013 based on documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden>>

Obama Could Fix Dark Money, But Would Rather Just Yell at Republicans About It

Obama Could Fix Dark Money, But Would Rather Just Yell at Republicans About It

President Obama has been denouncing “dark money” since 2010, when he declared it a “threat to our democracy.” But Obama doesn’t need Congress to force dark money into the sunlight.

Center for Security Policy Compares Islamic Religion to the Plague

Center for Security Policy Compares Islamic Religion to the Plague

The Center for Security Policy’s gala last Monday, a black-tie affair at the stately Metropolitan Club of New York, featured a procession of speakers warning darkly about the threat posed by the religion of Islam. Tommy Waller, a marine veteran and the legislative outreach director for the group, said he had fought the enemy on the battlefields>>