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Presidential candidate would pardon Snowden, Assange

Presidential candidate and veteran Tulsi Gabbard told Joe Rogan this week that she would pardon National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. The interview was a rare and refreshing example of thoughtful discussion of issues…

Congressman Moran calls for presidential pardon of John Kiriakou

Steven Aftergood, at Secrecy News, reports that Rep. James Moran (D-Virginia) called upon President Obama last week to pardon imprisoned CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. Moran made the appeal through a statement recorded in the Congressional Record for November 17. Kiriakou,…

House committee gives VA officials a tongue-lashing

At a testy Wednesday night hearing, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs received testimony from Veterans Affairs officials on the  handling of healthcare appointments at VA medical facilities. Witnesses included Ms. Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs;…

Senator Feinstein Ignores 9/11 Findings in Rationalizing NSA’s Massive Surveillance

by Coleen Rowley.  More than a few bizarre aspects jumped out at me when I attended the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on October 2.  Instead of providing needed oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in light of shocking…

Video shows NSA Director Alexander denying reports of now-confirmed domestic surveillance

A video broadcast by Democracy Now! argues for some house cleaning at the intelligence agencies, starting at the top. The video shows National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander denying the existence of domestic surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, the…