John Brennan Attempts to Fix CIA’s Diversity Problems He Has Had a Role In

The CIA says it should stop treating minority officers like it treated Jeffrey Sterling.

Senator Feinstein’s Funny Double Standard on Opposition to Torture

Dianne Feinstein pointed to David Petraeus’ letter encouraging people to report torture in her letter arguing for leniency. So why didn’t she write a letter supporting leniency for John Kiriakou?

Congressional Priorities for Defense Intelligence Agency: Take More Money, Discredit Snowden

Today marks the two year anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. The anniversary was marked not just with a Snowden op-ed published by the New York Times titled “The World Says No to Surveillance,” but also a major new Vice story on the government’s damage assessment based on documents FOIAed by Jason Leopold. As Vice notes, the FOIAed documents […]

AP Calls a Bill that Would Criminalize Sources Used for the Same Story a “Compromise”

Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr managed to get reporters to state that a bill that would criminalize their sources is a “compromise.”

Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets

Even as Leonie Brinkema rejected the government’s claim that Jeffrey Sterling committed 7 discrete acts of Espionage, CIA’s former Directors were doubling down on frenzied claims about the importance of secrets.

Judge Compares Snowden to Ellsberg in Bid to Fix FISA Court

Judge Robert Sack compared how courts had successfully review the Pentagon Papers with his review of programs disclosed by Edward Snowden to argue the secret FISA Court needs some kind of adversarial review.

Media Calls on Court to Release Petraeus Sentencing Materials

Thus far, the materials related to David Petraeus’ plea deal have not been made public. A group of media outlets are trying to change that.

Government’s Own Witness Debunks Government’s “Overwrought Hyperbole” in Sterling Case

A former CIA witness the government originally intended to call as its own witness debunked their claims of harm in the Jeffrey Sterling case.

To Send a Message, Judge Sentences David Petraeus to 75% of One Speaking Fee

To send a message about how serious a crime David Petraeus committed when he shared multiple covert IDs with his mistress, Judge David Keesler upped Petreaus’ fine to 75% of one of the former General’s speaker’s fees.

DOJ Claims Grossly Disparate Treatment Will “Promote Respect for the Law”

DOJ says sending Jeffrey Sterling away for decades while David Petraeus gets probation will promote respect for the law.