February 11, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Michael Roberts
Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew General Fulgencio Batista's government, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower quickly recognized Cuba's new national government. Relations between the two nations soon soured, however, as a result ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Addison Morris
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Allison Hall
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Christopher Dellana
After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and I ...[read more]

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