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.

Julian Assange: more than 60 Australian MPs urge US to let WikiLeaks founder walk free

By Daniel Hurst in Canberra: The Guardian

More than 60 Australian federal politicians have explicitly called on the US to drop the prosecution of Julian Assange, warning of “a sharp and sustained outcry in Australia” if the WikiLeaks founder is extradited.

With a small cross-party delegation due to fly to Washington next week, the Guardian can reveal the lobbying trip has won the open support of 63 members of Australia’s House of Representatives and Senate.

Interview — Law Professor Marjorie Cohn: Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens First Amendment, Press Freedom

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas:

To readers of JURIST who may not be aware, tell us, who is Julian Assange, and what are some of the key revelations that his organization, Wikileaks, is responsible for bringing to public attention?

Donald Trump: Poster Child for the Espionage Act

By Jeffrey Sterling

It doesn’t take much to shock me, but that Donald Trump has been charged with violating the Espionage Act has me unequivocally astonished. I can’t say that I have many, if any commonalities with current or former presidents and I certainly take no pride in the shared tribulation I have with Donald.

Through the Looking Glass of Trump Espionage Act Indictment

By Thomas Drake

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“Daniel Ellsberg Has Passed Away. He Left Us a Message”

Institute for Public Accuracy

Pentagon Papers whistleblower and longtime peace activist Daniel Ellsberg died on Friday at the age of 92.

In a pair of articles published this afternoon — “Daniel Ellsberg Wanted Americans to See the Truth About War” and “Daniel Ellsberg Has Passed Away. He Left Us a Message.” — author and activist Norman Solomon reflects on the dimensions of Ellsberg’s commitments and historic impacts.

A Tale of Two Espionage Act Defendants: Trump and a Drone Whistleblower

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Former President Trump is facing 31 counts under the Espionage Act, the same federal statute that was the basis for the prosecution of U.S. Air Force veteran Daniel Hale, who is now serving a 45-month prison sentence as a drone whistleblower.

Two very different Espionage Act cases: Trump and the drone whistleblower

by Norman Solomon, opinion contributor:

Donald Trump and Daniel Hale have each been indicted on charges of violating the Espionage Act, but the similarity ends there. While the former president prepares for arraignment in a Miami federal courtroom this afternoon, Hale — a U.S. Air Force veteran and drone whistleblower — continues to serve a 45-month prison sentence.