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Sony and Mr. Kim’s Thugs. Photo Sony Pictures pulled the movie “The Interview” after large theater chains said they would not show it, fearing threats of violence to their customers and employees by hackers believed to be working for the North Korean government.

Sony and Mr. Kim’s Thugs

Though the companies are understandably cautious, this decision will establish a dangerous precedent that could further embolden rogue regimes and criminals. The Press and the Myths of War. Condoleezza Rice named as killer of New York Times' story on CIA. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said that Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state and national security adviser under President George W.

Condoleezza Rice named as killer of New York Times' story on CIA

Bush, personally asked for special press treatment — specifically, for the newspaper to kill a story. Ms. Rice reportedly made the request while national security adviser, regarding a story from journalist James Risen on the CIA, Ms. Islamic State’s execution videos are sly propaganda written in blood. Where’s the Justice at Justice? Photo WASHINGTON — JIM RISEN is gruff.

Where’s the Justice at Justice?

The tall slab of a reporter looks like someone who could have played an Irish Marine sergeant in an old World War II movie. “Editors think I’m a curmudgeon,” the 59-year-old admits, laughing. Russia Conspiracy Theories Trap Putin Malaysia Airlines MH17. Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam?

Russia Conspiracy Theories Trap Putin Malaysia Airlines MH17

Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? United States of Secrets. How AT&T Helped the NSA Spy on Millions August 17, 2015, 4:23 pm ET · by Jason M.

United States of Secrets

Breslow A new investigation finds that the NSA’s relationship with the nation’s second biggest wireless carrier was “unique and especially productive.” With or Without the Patriot Act, Here’s How the NSA Can Still Spy on Americans June 1, 2015, 4:03 pm ET · by Jason M. The provisions of the Patriot Act that were allowed to lapse today represent only part of the vast NSA surveillance apparatus exposed by Edward Snowden.

FRONTLINE Wins Peabody Award for “United States of Secrets” April 23, 2015, 9:33 am ET · by Patrice Taddonio. Timeline of Edward Snowden's revelations. Where digital secrets go to die. In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, where visitors are required to trade in a driver's license for a visitor's badge, some of the nation's secrets are torn apart, reduced to sand or demagnetized until they are forever silent.

Where digital secrets go to die

"We make things go away," said Arleen Chafitz, owner and CEO of e-End Secure Data Sanitization and Electronics Recycling. Her husband, Steve Chafitz, is the company's president. The company's clients include the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Its work: destroying hard drives, computers, monitors, phones and other sensitive equipment that governments and corporations don't want in the wrong hands. In a state that's become a center for federal intelligence organizations and private contractors gathering top-secret information, e-End has carved out a niche by destroying the hardware on which such organizations gathered classified material.

Why Reporters in the U.S. Now Need Protection. Steve Coll: Why Journalists Deserve Better Protections. In 1969, when nothing excited the public’s interest like the depredations of drug fiends, the Louisville Courier-Journal sent a reporter named Paul Branzburg to penetrate Kentucky’s marijuana underground.

Steve Coll: Why Journalists Deserve Better Protections

He published eyewitness accounts; a photograph accompanying one of them showed hands hovering over a pile of hashish. A grand jury ordered him to identify the dealers he had met. He refused. Branzburg v. Hayes landed at the Supreme Court three years later. Phone Records of Journalists of The Associated Press Seized by U.S. Obama, the Media and National Security - Room for Debate. Government Will Decide What We Can Know Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian A climate of fear is keeping journalists from doing their job -- informing citizens about the secret actions of political leaders.

Obama, the Media and National Security - Room for Debate

Obama, the Media and National Security - Room for Debate. Government Will Decide What We Can Know Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian A climate of fear is keeping journalists from doing their job -- informing citizens about the secret actions of political leaders.

Obama, the Media and National Security - Room for Debate

Stolen Property, Not Free Speech Charles Fried, Constitutional scholar Whoever leaked the crucial fact, that an undercover double agent had helped the U.S. abort a lethal bomb plot, almost certainly committed a crime and an act of treachery. The Whole World Is Watching Sheila S. Coronel, Columbia Journalism School Actions like the seizure of The A.P.’s phone records send the wrong signal to the enemies of press freedom worldwide. Unpopular but Necessary Moves John Deutch, Former national security director The media are not disinterested judges of the balance between pursuing national security risks and the need to inform the public. Steve Coll: Why Journalists Deserve Better Protections.

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program. The U.S. government has never publicly acknowledged killing Ghul.

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

But documents provided to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden confirm his demise in October 2012 and reveal the agency’s extensive involvement in the targeted killing program that has served as a centerpiece of President Obama’s counterterrorism strategy. An al-Qaeda operative who had a knack for surfacing at dramatic moments in the post-Sept. 11 story line, Ghul was an emissary to Iraq for the terrorist group at the height of that war. He was captured in 2004 and helped expose bin Laden’s courier network before spending two years at a secret CIA prison. Ken Auletta: Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global? N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens. ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online. Hide captionIn the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world.

At a fusion center in Las Vegas, workers like Daniel Burns, a program coordinator, analyze suspicious activity reports. The ACLU on Thursday posted more than 1,800 of these reports that were gathered in central California. Government Will Decide What We Can Know - Room for Debate. President Obama has repeatedly hailed himself for presiding over "the most transparent administration ever.

" At the same time, he has waged a sustained and unprecedented war on whistleblowers , press freedoms and the basic mechanisms of the newsgathering process. But it is the administration of Barack Obama that has prosecuted more accused leakers under "espionage" statutes than all prior administrations combined -- in fact, double the number of all prior such prosecutions.

A climate of fear is keeping journalists from doing their job -- informing citizens about the secret actions of political leaders. This is the vital context in which the Obama Justice Department's conduct regarding both The A.P. and Fox News' James Rosen must be understood. Time and again, this administration has proven that it has little other than contempt for time-honored protections to safeguard whistleblowing and transparency.