Florida journalist indicted on allegations of conspiracy, computer fraud, wiretapping

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Florida-based independent journalist Tim Burke was charged by the Justice Department with 14 felony counts alleging conspiracy, wiretapping and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in an indictment unsealed on Feb. 21, 2024. FBI agents raided Burke’s home and office in May 2023 in connection to a criminal probe […]

Basic Press Freedoms Are at Stake in the Julian Assange Case

By Chip Gibbons: Jacobin.com

In Julian Assange’s ongoing extradition battle in the UK, the United States is asserting its right to track down any journalist anywhere in the world, seize them, haul them to the US, and throw them into a US prison.

A Visit To Julian Assange In Prison

By Jeffrey Sterling: ProgressiveHub.net

Much like prison visiting rules, use of the Espionage Act is arbitrary and punitive. Justice or security have nothing to do with it.

Talk World Radio: Jeffrey Sterling on Whistleblowers, Assange, and Iran


This week on Talk World Radio, we’re discussing whistleblowers and Julian Assange and Iran and Palestine with RootsAction Whistleblower Advocate Jeffrey Sterling.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Warrantless Collection of Personal Data

Congressional Progressive Caucus Center

Spying has been a practice of the U.S. government since its inception. Gathering intelligence is justified because it helps uncover malicious actions that could endanger the safety of Americans and people around the world. However, in many instances intelligence is gathered unlawfully on individuals who have no harmful intentions and in violation of Americans’ Fourth Amendment right to privacy. This explainer breaks down the various illegal spying practices the U.S. conducts and the reforms needed to ensure constitutional integrity.

Second Annual Ellsberg Lecture to Focus on ‘The Madness of Militarism’


Journalist, author and antiwar organizer Norman Solomon presented the second annual Ellsberg Lecture, titled “The Madness of Militarism: Nothing can be Changed Until it is Faced,” on Nov. 15 in the Integrative Learning Center, room N151 and via Zoom.

FBI Director Admits Agency Rarely Has Probable Cause When It Performs Backdoor Searches Of NSA Collections

By Tim Cushing: TechDirt.com

After years of continuous, unrepentant abuse of surveillance powers, the FBI is facing the real possibility of seeing Section 702 curtailed, if not scuttled entirely.

Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records


A WIRED analysis of leaked police documents verifies that a secretive government program is allowing federal, state, and local law enforcement to access phone records of Americans who are not suspected of a crime.

ICE, CBP, Secret Service All Illegally Used Smartphone Location Data

By Joseph Cox: 404 Media

In a bombshell report, an oversight body for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Enforcement (CBP), and the Secret Service all broke the law while using location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on smartphones. In one instance, a CBP official also inappropriately used the technology to track the location of coworkers with no investigative purpose.

What We Must Ask About Surveillance State Failures

By Chip Gibbons: The Dissenter

Americans have repeatedly been told to keep the United States safe they must surrender their core civil liberties to a vast national security apparatus. Yet when this apparatus fails at this supposed objective, the response is to further expand its surveillance powers.

Rarely is the exercise of these powers seriously explored. Instead, the national discussion centers on a baseless notion that a shortage of surveillance powers is the root cause of intelligence failures.