Monthly Archives: April 2014

Former Venezuelan intelligence chief assasinated

A former chief of Venezuela’s intelligence service, Eliecer Otaiza, was killed on Saturday, officials have revealed. Maj Otaiza, a friend and ally of the late president Hugo Chavez, was shot dead outside the capital, Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro said police would investigate the “suspicious” circumstances of his death. Maj Otaiza was elected in December […]

US seeks to weaken 4th amendment in cellphone search case

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether police may search a suspect’s mobile phone without a warrant during an arrest. The high court is weighing appeals by two people convicted based on evidence found on their phones. The defendants argue their constitutional protections against unreasonable searches were violated. But the government argues […]

Supreme Court looks to fail First Amendment in Lane case

Whether Edward R. Lane, a former director of a youth program at a public community college in Alabama, could be fired for responding to a subpoena and giving trial testimony in one of the most egregious public corruption situations in Alabama’s history was considered by the US Supreme Court Monday. A majority of the […]

Judge orders details of CIA secret detentions released

A military judge ordered prosecutors on Tuesday to turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantánamo Bay detainee spent in secret C.I.A. prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the destroyer Cole in Yemen. The order was a victory for defense lawyers representing the detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who […]

Russia reveals West wanting to “seize” all Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of wanting to “seize” Ukraine, amid escalating rhetoric between Russia and the US. American officials say Russia is behind unrest in eastern Ukrainian cities. Ukraine has warned it will consider any crossing into its territory by Russian troops stationed on the border as a “military […]

Ecuador expels more US military personnel

The United States says about 20 of its military personnel will leave Ecuador by the end of April, to comply with an order from the government. Earlier this month, President Rafael Correa told the US Department of Defense to leave amid concerns of meddling in Ecuador’s internal affairs. The order does not affect the […]

Austerity protests overshadow Portuguese democracy events

Protests over EU-imposed austerity have overshadowed the 40th anniversary of democracy in Portugal. Several thousand people marched in central Lisbon and listened to speeches criticising government cuts. Participating in the protest marches were some of the leaders of the 1974 Carnation Revolution, which ended almost five decades of dictatorship. Portugal has had to implement […]

Brazil looks to break from US managed internet

A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed is under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, organised the two-day NetMundial event following allegations the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored her phone and emails. The US currently determines who runs the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the […]

Chicago protesters get 5-8 year prison terms

Three protesters acquitted of terrorism for plotting Molotov cocktail attacks in Chicago during a NATO summit were sentenced to prison terms Friday of between five and eight years on lesser arson and mob-action charges. Despite their acquittals during a February trial on all terrorism counts — brought under a rarely used Illinois statute — […]

Tech companies admit wrong in antitrust hiring case

The workers of Silicon Valley have won an important victory over their bosses. What they did not win is a lot of money. Four of the largest technology companies tentatively settled on Thursday a class action brought by 64,000 of their engineers, who accused them of agreeing not to solicit one another’s employees. The […]

Russia calls Syrian chemical attack western false flag

Allegations that Syrian government forces have used toxic chemicals are false, Russia said on Friday, and accused President Bashar al-Assad’s foes of fabricating such claims to provoke foreign military intervention. “Accusations against government forces of supposed cases of the use of poisonous chemicals continue to be fabricated,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, apparently referring […]

FBI heavily redacts FOI request on Sandy Hook

The FBI has released about 175 pages of heavily blacked-out documents from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre investigation.,0,3591921.story Of the 175 pages released in response to a Courant Freedom of Information request, 64 were completely redacted and most of the other 111 pages were heavily redacted. The Courant submitted the request in January […]

Pakistani police state deadly for journalists

The Pakistani journalist shot last week has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country’s intelligence agency for the attack. Hamid Mir, a popular and sometimes controversial anchor for the country’s leading news channel Geo TV, was shot and wounded on Saturday in Karachi. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) dismissed the accusation as baseless […]

Police shoot another man dead in New Mexico

An Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a suspected car thief on Monday during a foot chase in which, officials said, the suspect pointed a gun at the officer as he closed in on her. The shooting occurred 11 days after the Justice Department rebuked the Police Department for engaging in a “pattern or practice of […]

Obama directive: contacting the media is a security violation

The Obama administration has barred officials at 17 agencies from speaking to journalists about unclassified intelligence-related topics without permission, according to a newly disclosed directive. The directive, issued by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, also requires the agencies’ employees to report any unplanned contact with journalists. Officials who violate the […]

FBI funny business behind leak of 9/11 manifesto

The F.B.I. conspired to leak a manifesto by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to The Huffington Post. It came to light last week that agents had approached a member of the defense team for a detainee facing trial before a military commission over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.  The […]

US ordered to provide justification for targeted killings

A federal appeals panel in Manhattan ordered the release on Monday of key portions of a classified Justice Department memorandum that provided the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who intelligence officials contend had joined Al Qaeda and died in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. The […]

Google bolsters share of atmospheric satellite market

Google has bought US high-altitude drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum. Titan Aerospace, which is building two types of solar-powered drones that can fly for years, says it expects “initial commercial operations” by 2015. The firm, which has about 20 employees, will continue to be based in Moriarty, New Mexico. “It’s still […]

The NSA exploited the Heartbleed online security flaw

Bloomberg News reports the NSA used and exploited the Heartbleed online security flaw in OpenSSL to harvest data. OpenSSL is online-data scrambling software used to protect data such as passwords sent online. Last year, NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed the organisation deliberately introduced vulnerabilities to security software. The bug, which allows hackers to snatch chunks […]

FBI facial recognition database hosts images of non-criminals

Campaigners have raised privacy concerns over a facial recognition database being developed by the FBI. The civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) obtained information about the project through a freedom of information request. It said it was concerned that images of non-criminals would be stored alongside those of criminals. The facial recognition database […]