L-3 Services Sued for Involvement in Detainee Abuse [THX US/5]
New financial statements from Engility Holdings of Chantilly, VA, reveal that the company’s subsidiary, L-3 services, has paid out $5 million related to its role in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.
L-3 was one of two contractors sued for their roles in the torture of detainees. The other company, CACI, still has a case pending that is expected to go to trial over the summer.
“Private military contractors played a serious but often under-reported role in the worst abuses at Abu Ghraib,” noted Baher Azmy, the legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who served as a lawyer for the 71 detainees. He confirmed the payout.
The federal appeals court essentially saved the two lawsuits last year in May, throwing out arguments that the cases should be dismissed in deference to the executive branch’s decisions to torture detainees during a war.
Global Security Newswire
Obama, Panetta Laud Special Operator Killed in Rescue Mission
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2012 – President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today paid tribute to the special operations service member killed in the rescue of an American in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.
The Taliban abducted the man Dec. 5 near the Sarobi district of Afghanistan's Kabul province. His name is being withheld.
Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, ordered the rescue when intelligence indicated the man was in imminent danger of injury or death. ISAF officials said it was a joint U.S.-Afghan rescue.
An American special operator was killed during the rescue mission.
Obama said the rescue was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that U.S. troops show every day. "Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort," the president said in a written statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, just as we must always honor our troops and military families. He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free."
Panetta also issued a statement commending the U.S special operations team for the rescue and extending his condolences to the family, teammates and friends of the fallen warrior.
"The special operators who conducted this raid knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow American from the enemy's grip," Panetta said. "They put the safety of another American ahead of their own, as so many of our brave warriors do every day and every night.
"In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators," he continued, "Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld. The torch of freedom burns brighter because of them."
- OPEN SOURCE
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Oh, I wish.
But there is a dark side to the Dick Clark story that's been buried for decades and is not likely to turn up again anytime soon.
Today, of course, many Americans are reacting with a flood of heartfelt tears over the death of the onetime disk jockey, TV icon and New Year’s Eve fixture.
And keening as one, cable hosts, TV correspondents and newspaper obit writers are gearing up to celebrate the life of the winsome 82-year-old, who turned a local Philadelphia after-school TV dance show into a national phenomenon and a fortune many times over.
Clark’s boyish charm and unflagging enthusiasm for pop music endeared him to at least three generations of teenyboppers and their parents. Nothing could touch him -- even a congressional committee looking into "payola," Top 40 radio's pay-for-air play culture.
It’s hard to imagine Clark surviving such a scandal today.
At the height of his popularity in May 1960, Clark admitted he was, well, a crook.
He told the House Committee on Legislative Oversight that he held “an ownership stake in a total of 33 different record labels, distributors and manufacturers that all profited handsomely from the rise of Clark-anointed stars like Danny and the Juniors and Frankie Avalon,” according to the History Channel.
“One of the companies in which Clark had a financial interest was Jamie Records, the label that made Duane Eddy famous and returned a tidy profit of $31,700 to Clark on an initial $125 investment,” according to the HC web site.
The panel members were apparently blown away by Clark’s charm and candor.
“Obviously you're a fine young man," the committee chairman, Rep. Oren Harris (D-Arkansas), crooned to Clark. "I don't think you're the inventor of the system, I think you're the product."
Rock on, Dick, and he did.
Alan Freed, largely ruined, died of alcoholism at age 43.
And that’s ... the rest of the story.
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- Nearly half the prosecutions involved the use of informants, many of them incentivized by money (operatives can be paid as much as $100,000 per assignment) or the need to work off criminal or immigration violations. (For more on the details of those 508 cases, see our charts page  and searchable database .)
- Sting operations resulted in prosecutions against 158 defendants. Of that total, 49 defendants participated in plots led by an agent provocateur—an FBI operative instigating terrorist action.
- With three exceptions, all of the high-profile domestic terror plots of the last decade were actually FBI stings. (The exceptions are Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing  the New York City subway system in September 2009; Hesham Mohamed Hadayet , an Egyptian who opened fire on the El-Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles airport; and failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad .)
- In many sting cases, key encounters between the informant and the target were not recorded—making it hard for defendants claiming entrapment to prove their case.
- Terrorism-related charges are so difficult to beat in court, even when the evidence is thin, that defendants often don't risk a trial.
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John Giacalone Named Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office Counterterrorism Division
Washington, D.C. August 15, 2011
July 22nd, 2011
Reports from organizations like the Center for Security Policy have
confirmed that Electromagnetic Pulse, or EMP, weapons could
potentially wipe out the entire infrastructure of the United States in
a matter of seconds, the consequences of which may be the death of 9
out of 10 Americans within a period of one year after the blast. Many
Senators, Congressman, and terrorism experts have said that EMP is the
single biggest security threat the United States faces from foreign
powers and terrorist organizations. Research by EMPact America
indicates that a properly deployed EM pulse weapon, or weapons, has
the capability of wiping out and disabling the power grid across the
lower 48 states.
The threat is serious, and it just got a whole lot worse.
According to a declassified report obtained by The Washington Times
the Chinese have been building and testing EMP weapons in an effort to
offset their inferior technological capabilities, and are prepared to
use those weapons in the event of conflict over the island of Taiwan
(and likely other potential theaters of war):
China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that
Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future
conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public
Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Center study on the lethal
effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave
(HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China's so-called
"assassin's mace" arsenal - weapons that allow a technologically
inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.
The declassified intelligence report, obtained by the private National
Security Archive, provides details on China's EMP weapons and plans
for their use. Annual Pentagon reports on China's military in the past
made only passing references to the arms.
"For use against Taiwan, China could detonate at a much lower altitude
(30 to 40 kilometers) ... to confine the EMP effects to Taiwan and its
immediate vicinity and minimize damage to electronics on the
mainland," the report said.
The report, produced in 2005 and once labeled "secret," stated that
Chinese military writings have discussed building low-yield EMP
warheads, but "it is not known whether [the Chinese] have actually
The report said that in addition to EMP weapons, "any low-yield
strategic nuclear warhead (or tactical nuclear warheads) could be used
with similar effects."
"China's [high-altitude] EMP capability could be used in two different
ways: as a surprise measure after China's initial strike against
Taiwan and other U.S. [aircraft carrier strike group] assets have
moved into a vulnerable position, and as a bluff intended to dissuade
the United States from defending Taiwan with a CVBG," the Pentagon
acronym for carrier strike groups.
Peter Pry, a former congressional aide who helped direct a commission
on EMP several years ago, said the commission found that China plans
for nuclear EMP strikes against the United States, as well as Taiwan
and carrier forces, are part of its military doctrine and exercises.
"There is also evidence that China is developing, or has already
developed, super-EMP nuclear weapons that generate extraordinarily
powerful EMP fields, based partly on design information stolen from
the United States," Mr. Pry, president of the group EMPact America,
said in an email.
If the United States is ever embroiled in a military conflict with
another large nation - say Russia or China - we can fully expect that
the first strike would be EMP-based weapons.
Taking down the power grid would lead to almost immediate chaos on the
streets of America, affecting everything from food transportation
systems and gas pumps to phone communication and essential utility
services like water.
Author: Mac Slavo
Date: July 22nd, 2011
TAIPEI - TIMES
US report says China developing EMP
The report says China could be planning to use electromagnetic bursts to incapacitate Taiwan electronically, but limit casualties and avoid a US nuclear response
US/1 prays nothing ‘inadvertent’ like that every happens to him. The Corporate Counsel for MindBENDER, Inc., publisher of the BlackNET Intelligence Channel, the Hon. Stanley Sporkin, (U.S. Dist., Ret.), was one of the principle authors the Foreign Intelligence Identiies Protection Act (1982) under which Lewis ‘Scooter’ LIBBY was originally investigated, and predicted at that time that LIBBY would not down on a FIIPA count, but an Obstruction of Justice charge. He was prescient, as usual.]
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Only then did the FBI call him, more than TWO weeks post THREAT Bulletin issuance. Our joint article for BlackNET Intelligence Channel and Homeland Security Today, W. Scott Malone and Anthony L. Kimery: NEW DETAILS - Al Qaeda HIT LIST Names NAMED, specifically did NOT mention Dr. Jones by name. And the actual documents, though appropriately sanitized as regards Dr. Jones, were taken down from the BlackNET site in response to early morning phone calls from several Members on behalf of the SECDEF and OSD.
We have been planning for several weeks to do an EXCLUSIVE Interview on this very subject with Dr. Jones via Skype (as soon as US/1 learns how—apologies to certain Florida Members).
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Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks
More Than 35 Search Warrants Executed in United States, Five Arrests in Europe as Part of Ongoing Cyber Investigations
U.S. Department of JusticeJuly 19, 2011
The 14 individuals were arrested in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio on charges contained in an indictment unsealed today in the Northern District of California in San Jose. In addition, two individuals were arrested on similar charges in two separate complaints filed in the Middle District of Florida and the District of New Jersey. Also today, FBI agents executed more than 35 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. Finally, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service arrested one person and the Dutch National Police Agency arrested four individuals today for alleged related cyber crimes.
According to the San Jose indictment, in late November 2010, WikiLeaks released a large amount of classified U.S. State Department cables on its website. Citing violations of the PayPal terms of service, and in response to WikiLeaks’ release of the classified cables, PayPal suspended WikiLeaks’ accounts so that WikiLeaks could no longer receive donations via PayPal. WikiLeaks’ website declared that PayPal’s action “tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks.”
The San Jose indictment alleges that in retribution for PayPal’s termination of WikiLeaks’ donation account, a group calling itself Anonymous coordinated and executed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal’s computer servers using an open source computer program the group makes available for free download on the Internet. DDoS attacks are attempts to render computers unavailable to users through a variety of means, including saturating the target computers or networks with external communications requests, thereby denying service to legitimate users. According to the indictment, Anonymous referred to the DDoS attacks on PayPal as “Operation Avenge Assange.”
The defendants charged in the San Jose indictment allegedly conspired with others to intentionally damage protected computers at PayPal from Dec. 6, 2010, to Dec. 10, 2010.
The individuals named in the San Jose indictment are: Christopher Wayne Cooper, 23, aka “Anthrophobic;” Joshua John Covelli, 26, aka “Absolem” and “Toxic;” Keith Wilson Downey, 26; Mercedes Renee Haefer, 20, aka “No” and “MMMM;” Donald Husband, 29, aka “Ananon;” Vincent Charles Kershaw, 27, aka “Trivette,” “Triv” and “Reaper;” Ethan Miles, 33; James C. Murphy, 36; Drew Alan Phillips, 26, aka “Drew010;” Jeffrey Puglisi, 28, aka “Jeffer,” “Jefferp” and “Ji;” Daniel Sullivan, 22; Tracy Ann Valenzuela, 42; and Christopher Quang Vo, 22. One individual’s name has been withheld by the court.
The defendants are charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer. They will make initial appearances throughout the day in the districts in which they were arrested.
In addition to the activities in San Jose, Scott Matthew Arciszewski, 21, was arrested today by FBI agents on charges of intentional damage to a protected computer. Arciszewski is charged in a complaint filed in the Middle District of Florida and made his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in Orlando, Fla.
According to the complaint, on June 21, 2011, Arciszewski allegedly accessed without authorization the Tampa Bay InfraGard website and uploaded three files. The complaint alleges that Arciszewski then tweeted about the intrusion and directed visitors to a separate website containing links with instructions on how to exploit the Tampa InfraGard website. InfraGard is a public-private partnership for critical infrastructure protection sponsored by the FBI with chapters in all 50 states.
Also today, a related complaint unsealed in the District of New Jersey charges Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., with allegedly stealing confidential business information stored on AT&T’s servers and posting it on a public file sharing site. Moore was arrested this morning at his residence by FBI agents and is expected to make an initial appearance this afternoon in Las Cruces federal court. Moore is charged in with one count of accessing a protected computer without authorization.
According to the New Jersey complaint, Moore, a customer support contractor, exceeded his authorized access to AT&T’s servers and downloaded thousands of documents, applications and other files that, on the same day, he allegedly posted on a public file-hosting site that promises user anonymity. According to the complaint, on June 25, 2011, the computer hacking group LulzSec publicized that they had obtained confidential AT&T documents and made them publicly available on the Internet. The documents were the ones Moore had previously uploaded.
The charge of intentional damage to a protected computer carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
An indictment and a complaint merely contain allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
To date, more than 75 searches have taken place in the United States as part of the ongoing investigations into these attacks.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Northern District of California, Middle District of Florida, and the District of New Jersey. The Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section also has provided assistance.
Today’s operational activities were done in coordination with the Metropolitan Police Service in the United Kingdom and the Dutch National Police Agency. The FBI thanks the multiple international, federal, and domestic law enforcement agencies who continue to support these operations.
Former AT&T Contractor Arrested, Charged with Unauthorized Access of Servers
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 19, 2011|
Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was arrested this morning at his residence by special agents of the FBI. Moore is charged in a complaint with one count of accessing a protected computer without authorization. He is expected to make an initial appearance this afternoon in Las Cruces federal court.
“Publicizing a company’s confidential plans can have consequences in a competitive environment,” said U.S. Attorney Fishman. “Those trusted with access to secure systems are bound to respect that secrecy—not just by corporate policy, but also by federal law. This case shows how effective we can be when corporations work closely with law enforcement to thwart cyber criminals.”
According to the complaint unsealed today:
Moore was a customer support contractor at Convergys Corporation, a company that provided call center services to AT&T from its Las Cruces office. Moore was responsible for answering calls from AT&T’s mobile customers and troubleshooting their problems.
On April 10, 2011, Moore exceeded his authorized access to AT&T’s servers, downloading, among other things, thousands of spreadsheets, Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, applications, and image, PDF, and other files concerning AT&T’s plans for its 4G data network and Long Term Evolution mobile broadband network. That same day, Moore posted the illegally downloaded files on Fileape.com, a public file-hosting site that promises user anonymity. Once uploaded to the site, the AT&T documents were available for public download.
On June 25, 2011, the computer hacking group LulzSec publicized that they had obtained confidential AT&T documents and made them publicly available on the Internet. The documents were the ones Moore had previously uploaded to Fileape.com.
The count with which Moore is charged carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman thanked special agents of the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force in Newark and Las Cruces with the continuing investigation leading to the arrest. He also thanked AT&T and Convergys for their close cooperation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gurbir S. Grewal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section in the Office’s Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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The Legal Times Blog - May 26, 2011
In National Security Case, Lawyer Fights to Present Client's SideThe lawyers for a former American official convicted in Italy for participating in the kidnapping of an alleged terror suspect are trying to keep alive a suit in Washington that asserts the official was immune from prosecution in the foreign proceeding.
Sabrina De Sousa, who served as a foreign service officer for the State Department, denies any role in the rendition of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar. Omar was reportedly grabbed on a street in Milan in 2003 and flown to Egypt, where he alleged he was interrogated and tortured. De Sousa was tried in absentia in Italy, convicted and ultimately sentenced to seven years in prison. She is challenging the case on appeal through counsel in Italy.
The United States did not assert diplomatic immunity on behalf of De Sousa. In her suit (PDF), filed in May 2009 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, De Sousa said the State Department should have intervened in the Italian prosecution to invoke immunity.
But De Sousa’s case in Washington has stalled over a dispute about whether her attorneys can present classified information to U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, a new addition to the bench who took over the case in January from Judge Ricardo Urbina.
De Sousa’s case, Zaid said, highlights broad and unresolved systemic issues about whether plaintiffs, judges or government lawyers should get to decide who has a need to know classified information. The Justice Department, he said, is increasingly pushing for a rule that would deny civil litigants the right at all to convey classified information to the court.
Justice Department lawyer Brigham Bowen of the Civil Division’s federal program branch told Howell that Zaid has no right to include classified information in responsive papers. Bowen said in court today that Zaid should be required to file an unclassified brief. He urged the presiding judge to rule on the government's motion to dismiss without an assessment of classified information.
If the government asserts the state secrets privilege, Bowen said none of the classified information would be presented to the judge. Bowen said Howell could revisit the issue of inclusion of classified information only after Zaid has filed a response to the government’s motion to dismiss.
Howell questioned whether the Justice Department was acting as a “super lawyer” in the litigation in its attempt to control how information is presented to the court. The interests of the department, the judge noted, are not the same as the interests of the plaintiff.
Zaid had asked Howell to hold a closed door court session to discuss procedural issues that will necessarily require the disclosure of classified information. The Justice Department opposed the proposed hearing...Continue Reading FULL Article here...
Writer Is Served With Subpoena in C.I.A. Leak CaseEric H. Holder Jr., are trying to force the author of a book on the C.I.A. to testify at a criminal trial about who leaked information to him about an effort by the agency to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program at the end of the Clinton administration.
The writer, James Risen, a reporter at The New York Times, was served with a subpoena late on Monday, ordering him to testify at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer. Mr. Sterling was charged this year as part of a wider crackdown by the Obama administration on officials accused of disclosing restricted information to journalists.
The subpoena tells Mr. Risen that “you are commanded” to appear at a federal district court in Alexandria, Va., on Sept. 12 to testify in the case. A federal district court judge, Leonie M. Brinkema, quashed a similar subpoena to Mr. Risen late last year, when prosecutors were trying to convince a grand jury to indict Mr. Sterling.
Mr. Risen said he would ask the judge to quash the new subpoena, too.
“I am going to fight this subpoena,” Mr. Risen said. “I will always protect my sources, and I think this is a fight about the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.”
In a 30-page motion that prosecutors filed on Monday, they argued that the First Amendment did not give Mr. Risen the right to avoid testifying about his confidential sources in a criminal proceeding. The Justice Department argued that Mr. Risen was a witness and should be compelled to provide information to a jury “like any other citizen,” contending that there was no basis to conclude “that the reporter is being harassed in order to disrupt his relationship with confidential news sources.”
The motion also said that prosecutors anticipated a motion by Mr. Risen to quash the subpoena. If the court does not agree to do so and Mr. Risen still refuses to testify, he would risk being held in contempt. In 2005, a Times reporter, Judith Miller, was jailed for 85 days for refusing to testify in connection with the Valerie Plame Wilson leak case.
Prosecutors believe that Mr. Sterling provided classified information to Mr. Risen that served as the basis for a chapter in the writer’s 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.”
The chapter details an effort by the C.I.A. in 2000 to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program by sending a former Russian scientist to give it blueprints for a nuclear triggering device with a hidden design flaw. Mr. Risen portrayed the operation as botched, saying that the agency may have helped Iranian scientists gain valuable and accurate information.
The material in that chapter did not appear in The New York Times. Mr. Sterling’s indictment said that Mr. Risen had worked on an article about the program in 2003, but the newspaper decided not to publish it after government officials told editors that such a disclosure would jeopardize national security..
Continue Reading FULL Story here...http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/us/25subpoena.html?hp.
NSA Case: WHISTLE-BLOWER OR ESPIONAGE AGENT?
The New Yorker - 23 May 2011
A Reporter at Large
The Secret Sharer
Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state?
by Jane MAYER
Top officials at the Justice Department describe such leak prosecutions as almost obligatory. Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General who supervises the department’s criminal division, told me, “You don’t get to break the law and disclose classified information just because you want to.” He added, “Politics should play no role in it whatsoever.”
When President Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency, and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as “often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.” But the Obama Administration has pursued leak prosecutions with a surprising relentlessness. Including the Drake case, it has been using the Espionage Act to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous Administrations combined. The Drake case is one of two that Obama’s Justice Department has carried over from the Bush years.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, a conservative political scientist at the Hudson Institute, who, in his book “Necessary Secrets” (2010), argues for more stringent protection of classified information, says, “Ironically, Obama has presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history—even more so than Nixon.”
The Justice Department’s indictment narrows the frame around Drake’s actions, focussing almost exclusively on his handling of what it claims are five classified documents. But Drake sees his story as a larger tale of political reprisal, one that he fears the government will never allow him to air fully in court. “I’m a target,” he said. “I’ve got a bull’s-eye on my back.” He continued, “I did not tell secrets. I am facing prison for having raised an alarm, period. I went to a reporter with a few key things: fraud, waste, and abuse, and the fact that there were legal alternatives to the Bush Administration’s ‘dark side’ ”—in particular, warrantless domestic spying by the N.S.A.
The indictment portrays him not as a hero but as a treacherous man who violated “the government trust.” Drake said of the prosecutors, “They can say what they want. But the F.B.I. can find something on anyone.”
Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, says of the Drake case, “The government wants this to be about unlawfully retained information. The defense, meanwhile, is painting a picture of a public-interested whistle-blower who struggled to bring attention to what he saw as multibillion-dollar mismanagement.” Because Drake is not a spy, Aftergood says, the case will “test whether intelligence officers can be convicted of violating the Espionage Act even if their intent is pure.” He believes that the trial may also test whether the nation’s expanding secret intelligence bureaucracy is beyond meaningful accountability. “It’s a much larger debate than whether a piece of paper was at a certain place at a certain time,” he says.
Jack Balkin, a liberal law professor at Yale, agrees that the increase in leak prosecutions is part of a larger transformation. “We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state,” he says. In his view, zealous leak prosecutions are consonant with other political shifts since 9/11: the emergence of a vast new security bureaucracy, in which at least two and a half million people hold confidential, secret, or top-secret clearances; huge expenditures on electronic monitoring, along with a reinterpretation of the law in order to sanction it; and corporate partnerships with the government that have transformed the counterterrorism industry into a powerful lobbying force. Obama, Balkin says, has “systematically adopted policies consistent with the second term of the Bush Administration.”
On March 28th, Obama held a meeting in the White House with five advocates for greater transparency in government. During the discussion, the President drew a sharp distinction between whistle-blowers who exclusively reveal wrongdoing and those who jeopardize national security. The importance of maintaining secrecy about the impending raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound was likely on Obama’s mind. The White House has been particularly bedevilled by the ongoing release of classified documents by WikiLeaks, the group led by Julian Assange. Last year, WikiLeaks began releasing a vast trove of sensitive government documents allegedly leaked by a U.S. soldier, Bradley Manning; the documents included references to a courier for bin Laden who had moved his family to Abbottabad—the town where bin Laden was hiding out. Manning has been charged with “aiding the enemy.”
Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, attended the meeting, and said that Obama’s tone was generally supportive of transparency. But when the subject of national-security leaks came up, Brian said, “the President shifted in his seat and leaned forward. He said this may be where we have some differences. He said he doesn’t want to protect the people who leak to the media war plans that could impact the troops.” Though Brian was impressed with Obama’s over-all stance on transparency, she felt that he might be misinformed about some of the current leak cases. She warned Obama that prosecuting whistle-blowers would undermine his legacy. Brian had been told by the White House to avoid any “ask”s on specific issues, but she told the President that, according to his own logic, Drake was exactly the kind of whistle-blower who deserved protection.
12 TD-314/12435-06, TD-314/46042-05, TD-314/40102-05, Analyst Note: In TD-314/37025-05, detainee stated of early May 2005, he was responsible for facilitation within the settled areas of Pakistan , communication with UBL and external links. He was responsible for communicating with al-Qaida members abroad and obtaining funds and personnel from those al-Qaida members. In TD-314/54704-04, TD-314/54644-04, detainee met with Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Obaidallah to establish a formal chain for passing financial support to the Taliban.13 TD-314/12435-06, TD-314/46042-0514 TD-314/12435-06, TD-314/46042-05,
17 TD-314/44727-05, TD-314/46810-05, IIR 2 243 0010 06, Analyst Note: There are 119 pages of scannedinformation recovered from the detainee's computer pertaining to circuitry.18 IIR 2 243 0010 06, Analyst Note: Abu Layth al-Libi was killed on 29 January 2008 at his house in Pakistan .19 010017 Abu Faraj al-Libi 01-DEC-2005, 010017 Captured al-Qaeda Kingpin is case of Mistaken Identity 08-May-2005
40 TD-314/09972-05, TD-314/51288-041 TD-314/11016-0542 TD-314/69521-04
63 TD-314/37096-06, Analyst Note: In TD-314/63664-04, Abdirashid Aidid Samatar, aka (Abdirashid Aidid Ahmad), stated Somalis living in the US were attractive to al-Qaida because they could easily travel to Pakistan tomeet with al-Qaida members and easily carry messages to al-Qaida members worldwide given their US travel documents.
43 TD-314/42005-0544 TD-314/85366-0645 TD-314/42005-05, TD-314/40277-0546TD-314/21484-0747TD-314/21484-0748 TD-314/24083-0449 TD-314/57269-05
By William H. Freivogel, Special to the Beacon
Posted 2:23 pm, Fri., 1.21.11
Federal prosecutors took the unusual and controversial step of subpoenaing Jeffrey Sterling's lawyer to appear before a grand jury investigating the St. Louis man who has been charged with espionage for leaking secrets to the press, the Beacon has learned.
Mark Zaid, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who handles national security cases, was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury to discuss events surrounding his representation of Sterling in a race discrimination case he filed against the CIA, say sources with knowledge of the case.
Prosecutors questioned Zaid about Sterling's motive in allegedly leaking classified information about an intelligence operation in Iran to James Risen of The New York Times, a source said. The indictment alleges that Sterling leaked the information to retaliate against the CIA for its refusal to settle his race discrimination claim and to approve a memoir he was writing.
The prosecutors' questions focused on motive and dealt with the circumstances of Sterling's case and contacts Zaid had with third parties, a source said. Zaid had tried to negotiate a settlement of Sterling's issues with the CIA. In addition, prosecutors questioned Zaid about actions he had taken on Sterling's behalf that led to testimony to a congressional committee and that promoted his racial discrimination case through the media, a source said.
Zaid's testimony was entirely about his contacts with third parties on Sterling's behalf and was outside of the attorney-client privilege, a source said.
Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer with the Government Accountability Project, strongly criticized the prosecutors and questioned whether the prosecutors' line of questioning was entirely outside of attorney-client privilege. "This is just another example of government overkill," she said in a telephone interview. "As a legal ethicist, I am quite troubled by this."
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Lawyer in CIA leak case questioned by grand jury
Washington, D.C. attorney Mark Zaid had represented Sterling, an African American operative for the CIA from 1993 to 2002, in a discrimination suit against the agency a decade ago. The CIA rejected Sterling’s final offer to settle the case, which was eventually dismissed by a court.
Zaid says he was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Virginia investigating the leak case on Sept. 22 and was questioned ”for a couple of hours” by Justice Department prosecutor William M. Welch II.
Zaid would not discuss his testimony, which was first reported in the St. Louis (Mo.) Beacon, a nonprofit online publication staffed by veteran former editors and reporters from the longtime daily St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
But the Beacon, citing an unidentified source, said that “prosecutors questioned Zaid about Sterling's motive in allegedly leaking classified information about an intelligence operation in Iran to James Risen of The New York Times.”
Another source with knowledge of the case, who requested anonymity because grand jury proceedings are secret, confirmed to SpyTalk that “the gist” of Welch’s questions “always seemed to be about motive,” but Zaid would not answer any questions protected by attorney-client privilege.
The Beacon reported that “the indictment alleges that Sterling leaked the information to retaliate against the CIA for its refusal to settle his race discrimination claim and to approve a memoir he was writing,” the paper added.
The CIA says that Sterling leaked information to Risen about a sensitive CIA operation to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, which backfired, according a chapter in a 2006 book Risen wrote about the agency.
The author of the Beacon piece, William H. Freivogel, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who is director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, also wrote that, according to his source, “Zaid's testimony was entirely about his contacts with third parties on Sterling's behalf and was outside of the attorney-client privilege.”
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WikiLeaki DOS Cable on OTHER 9/11 Plotters
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FM AMEMBASSY DOHA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9686
INFO RHEFHLC/HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER WASHINGTON DC
RHMCSUU/FBI WASHINGTON DC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC//CTC//
S E C R E T DOHA 000060
DEPARTMENT FOR INR/TIPOFF AND CA/VO/L/C
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/09/2020
SUBJECT: QATAR JANUARY 2010 VISAS VIPER MEETING AND
Classified By: DCM Mirembe Nantongo, reasons 1.4 (b),(d)
¶1. (U) VISAS VIPER
¶2. (U) POST: DOHA MEETING DATE: 08-FEB-2010 CHAIR: DCM NANTONGO COORIDINATOR: GRANT GUTHRIE ATTENDEES: DCM, CONOFF, POL/ECON, RAO, DAO, LEGATT, OSC, RSO MEETING NOTES: DCM CHAIRED AND OPENDED THE MEETING.
¶3. (SBU) THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR WATCHLISTING PURPOSES AS THE DEPARTMENT AND THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERORISM CENTER (NCTC) DEEM APPROPRIATE. WE RECOMMEND THAT MOHAMED ALI MOHAMED AL DAHHAM AL MANSOORI (MOHAMED ALI MOHAMED AL MANSOORI) BE INCLUDED IN THE TSA SELECTEE SECURITY DIRECTIVE FOR RELEASE TO U.S. AND FOREIGN CARRIERS AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO MAY POSE A THREAT TO CIVIL AVIATION IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD. A REVIEW OF CLASS INDICATED NO HITS FOR AL MANSOORI. POST WILL ENTER AL MANSOORI IN CLASS AFTER TRANSMITTING THIS CABLE.
¶4. (SBU) NAME: MOHAMED ALI MOHAMED AL DAHHAM AL MANSOORI ALIAS: MOHAMED ALI MOHAMED AL MANSOORI DOB: xxxxxxxxxxxx POB: UAE GENDER: M NATIONALITY: UAE LOCATION: UNK PPT NUMBER: xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx A0122037 (UAE)
¶5. (S) MR. AL MANSOORI IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI FOR HIS POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT IN THE 11 SEPTEMBER 2001 ATTACKS. HE IS SUSPECTED OF AIDING PEOPLE WHO ENTERED THE U.S. BEFORE THE ATTACKS TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OF POSSIBLE TARGETS AND PROVIDING OTHER SUPPORT TO THE HIJACKERS.
¶6. (S) THE THREE INDIVIDUALS BELOW ENTERED THE U.S. ON 15 AUGUST 2001 ABOARD BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) FLIGHT #185 FROM LONDON, ENGLAND: NAME: MESHAL ALHAJRI ALIAS: MESHAL AL HAJRI, MESCAL ABDULLA AL HAJRI DOB: xxxxxxxxxxxx POB: QATAR GENDER: M NATIONALITY: QATAR LOCATION: UNK PPT NUMBER: xxxxxxxxxxxx (QATAR) NAME: FAHAD ABDULLA ALIAS: FAHAD MUBARAK R ABDULLA DOB: xxxxxxxxxxxx POB: QATAR GENDER: M NATIONALITY: QATAR LOCATION: UNK PPT NUMBER: xxxxxxxxxxxx (QATAR) NAME: ALI ALFEHAID ALIAS: ALI HAMAD S M AL FEHAID DOB: xxxxxxxxxxxx POB: QATAR GENDER: M NATIONALITY: QATAR LOCATION: UNK PPT NUMBER: xxxxxxxxxxxx (QATAR)
¶7. (S) THE MEN FIRST VISITED NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. THEY VISITED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, THE WHITE HOUSE, AND VARIOUS AREAS IN VIRGINA.
¶8. (S) THE MEN THEN FLEW TO LOS ANGELES, CA ON 24 AUGUST 2001 ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES (AA) FLIGHT #143. THEY CHECKED INTO ONE ROOM IN A HOTEL NEAR THE LOS ANGELES AIRPORT WITH A CHECKOUT DATE OF 10 SEPTEMBER 2001. THEY PAID FOR THE ROOM USING CASH AND, DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THEIR STAY, REQUESTED THAT THEIR ROOM NOT BE CLEANED. HOTEL CLEANING STAFF GREW SUSPICIOUS OF THE MEN BECAUSE THEY NOTICED PILOT TYPE UNIFORMS, SEVERAL LAPTOPS, AND SEVERAL CARDBOARD BOXES ADDRESSED TO SYRIA, JERUSALEM, AFGHANISTAN, AND JORDAN IN THE ROOM ON PREVIOUS CLEANING VISITS. THE MEN HAD A SMASHED CELLULAR PHONE IN THE ROOM AND A CELLULAR PHONE ATTACHED BY WIRE TO A COMPUTER. THE ROOM ALSO CONTAINED PIN FEED COMPUTER PAPER PRINT OUTS WITH HEADERS LISTING PILOT NAMES, AIRLINES, FLIGHT NUMBERS, AND FLIGHT TIMES.
¶9. (S) ACCORDING TO AA RECORDS, THE MEN SCHEDULED RETURN FLIGHTS FOR 10 SEPTEMBER 2001 ABOARD AA FLIGHT #144 FROM LOS ANGELES, CA TO WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT FAILED TO BOARD. THE SAME PLANE USED FOR AA FLIGHT #144 ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2001 WAS USED FOR AA FLIGHT #77 ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2001. AA FLIGHT #77 WAS HIJACKED ON ROUTE THE NEXT DAY AND CRASHED IN TO THE PENTAGON.
¶10. (S) BA RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE MEN BOARDED BA FLIGHT #268 ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2001 FROM LOS ANGELES, CA TO LONDON, ENGLAND. THE MEN RETURNED TO QATAR ON BA FLIGHT #125 FROM LONDON, ENGLAND TO DOHA, QATAR ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2001.
¶12. (S) A SUBSEQUENT FBI INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE MEN,S PLANE TICKETS WERE PAID FOR AND THEIR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IN LOS ANGELES, CA WERE MADE BY A CONVICTED TERRORIST. THE INVESTIGATION ALSO REVEALED THAT THE MEN SPENT A WEEK WITH MR. AL MANSOORI TRAVELING TO DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS IN CALIFORNIA.
¶13. (SBU) MR. AL MANSOORI,S VISA WAS REVOKED AFTER THIS INFORMATION CAME TO LIGHT, BUT HIS NAME WAS NOT WATCHLISTED IN THE CLASS SYSTEM. POST RECOMMENDS THAT MR. AL MANSOORI,S INFORMATION BE ENTERED INTO THE CLASS SYSTEM ON THE BASIS OF THE ONGOING FBI INVESTIGATION AND HIS POSSIBLE TIES TO TERRORISM.
¶14. (SBU) DOHA,S VISAS VIPER COORDINATOR IS CONSULAR OFFICER GRANT GUTHRIE.
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