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By
Trevor Timm
May 21, 2015

In the midst of the last-minute Congressional debate about whether to re-authorize Patriot Act Section 215, the Justice Department Inspector General (IG) released a long awaited report today on how the FBI has used (and abused) Section 215 for the past few years.

By
Trevor Timm
May 18, 2015

Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of ISIS, Abu Sayyaf.

By
Trevor Timm
April 23, 2015

Former CIA director David Petraeus received his sentence today for the sweetheart plea deal he struck with the Justice Department after he was discovered to have leaked highly classified information to his biographer and lover Paula Broadwell. As was widely anticipated, the celebrated general received no jail time and instead got only two-years probation plus a $100,000 fine.

By
Trevor Timm
April 21, 2015

Along with dozens of other civil liberties organizations, Freedom of the Press Foundation has signed on to two letters strongly opposing the dangerous “cybersecurity” bills making their way through Congress and expected to be voted on sometime in the next week.

By
Garrett Robinson
March 23, 2015

SecureDrop 0.3.1

Today, we’re announcing the latest major release of SecureDrop, our open-source whistleblower submission system. SecureDrop 0.3 uses the same basic architecture found in 0.2, but contains numerous improvements focused on better usability for both journalists and sources, a radically simplified installation process, and an auto-updating procedure that allows us to deliver important fixes to all SecureDrop installations in a timely manner.

By
Kevin Gallagher
February 24, 2015

The Guardian published a shocking story a few weeks ago showing that in 2008 Britain’s spy agency GCHQ collected and stored the e-mails of some of the world’s biggest news organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC.

By
Trevor Timm
February 18, 2015

Attorney General Holder raised some eyebrows yesterday when answering a question about his Justice Department’s notorious crackdown on leaks, and by extension the press, most notably saying this about its notorious pursuit of New York Times reporter James Risen, while claiming the DOJ did nothing wrong:

By
Trevor Timm
February 17, 2015

Yesterday, NYU Technology Law & Policy Clinic filed a legal brief on behalf of Freedom of the Press Foundation in Twitter's important lawsuit against the government for violating their First Amendment rights.

By
Marcy Wheeler
January 26, 2015

The following post first appeared at emptywheel.net.

After having deliberated for slightly over 2 days, the jury today found Jeffrey Sterling guilty of all nine counts today.

By
Humble Bundle
January 22, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Leading pay-what-you-want service launches new bundle in support of Charlie Hebdo

San Francisco, Calif. - January 22, 2015 - Following recent tragic events in France, Humble Bundle is doing its part to honor Charlie Hebdo by partnering with a number of French game developers as well as noted author, Cory Doctorow, who are coming together in a united show of support for the victims.  

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Justice Dept report directly contradicts the Attorney General's claims about the Patriot Act https://t.co/hQskvJXtol http://t.co/5fEwoyMKkF
RT @runasand: The US government secretly labeled an Al Jazeera journalist a member of Al Qaeda, now the journalist speaks out: https://t.co
Scholar Stephen Kinzer on why whistleblowers like Snowden should be treated as leniently as leaker David Petraeus https://t.co/ZzsPsVliJd
Five important, overlooked points about NSA surveillance Sen. @RandPaul made during yesterday's Senate filibuster https://t.co/7HUoTS0LuF