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Office of the Director of National Intelligence admits its employee held down 15 other jobs and played games all day

Jason Leopold (previously -- Buzzfeed's public records activist, once branded a "FOIA terrorist" by the US government -- has secured records of an investigation into gross offenses by an unnamed employee of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, detailing the employee's incredible workplace conduct, from playing video games all day to moonlight for 15 separate employers while working for ODNI, to violating confidentiality rules to dig up dirt on Edward Snowden. Read the rest

Trump's FBI doubles down on hostility to transparency, switches to fax and snailmail for FOIA requests

The FBI has always been hostile to Freedom of Information Act requests: it habitually violates the law by allowing these requests to go more than 30 days without a response, and maintains a lab full of 1980s-vintage computers that it uses to (badly) fulfill public records request, so that it can reject requests on the basis that it lacks the technology to respond to them. But it's about to get a whole lot worse. Read the rest

Oliver Stone's "Snowden" is great entertainment and an important argument for pardon

I just saw Oliver Stone's Snowden. It's an excellent film, no doubt, and also an important rebuttal to ongoing efforts by propagandists to limit America's conversation to who Edward Snowden is, rather than what this whistleblower revealed.

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Join me at Politicon 2016, 'The Coachella of Politics' —Xeni

I'm speaking at Politicon, the “Non-Partisan Politics and Entertainment Fan-Fest,” June 25-26 in Pasadena. It's gonna be fun AND totally weird in the best way.

Sessions include an “Ann Coulter vs. Van Jones” smackdown, and Jon Ronson asking the timeless question, “Is Donald Trump a Psychopath.”

Some of the other politicians, pundits, and possible psychopaths on the schedule: Bill Nye, Sarah Palin, Larry Wilmore, Vicente Fox, James Carville, Glenn Beck. The original Daily Show cast will be in the house, too.

Holy hell, what a lineup. Join me there, and use the Boing Boing discount code BOINGBOING to get 25% off tickets.

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NSA dumps docs about its Snowden response, reveals that Snowden repeatedly raised alarms about spying

Since the earliest days of the Snowden revelations, apologists for the NSA's criminal spying program have said that Snowden should have gone "through channels" to report his concerns, rather than giving evidence to journalists and going public. Read the rest

Lawsuit reveals Obama's DoJ sabotaged Freedom of Information Act transparency

The Obama administration declared itself to be the "most transparent administration in history," but a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that Obama's Justice Department worked tirelessly behind the scenes to kill any chance of increased Freedom of Information Act access to governments at all levels, from lobbying Congress to kill FOIA reform to urging other administrative agencies to obstruct FOIA requests. Read the rest

Vice now has a Securedrop for anonymous whistleblower docs

Securedrop is a robust, secure, anonymous system for whistleblowers to convey documents to news organizations, created by Aaron Swartz and taken up by the Freedom of the Press Foundation after his death. Read the rest

MSNBC apologizes for live broadcast from inside San Bernardino shooter's home

"We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review," said MSNBC after doing precisely that earlier today in San Bernardino.

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Every email NSA says it got after asking Americans for tips on how to protect their privacy

At the Black Hat hacker convention in 2013, Former NSA director Keith Alexander asked hackers to help the NSA come up with ways to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties.

"How do we start this discussion on defending our nation and protecting our civil liberties and privacy?" Alexander asked the Las Vegas crowd. "The reason I'm here is because you may have some ideas of how we can do it better. We need to hear those ideas."

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CIA boss John Brennan drafted this never-sent apology letter to senators over the CIA hacking

“The CIA accidentally released a document to me under FOIA and then asked that I refrain from posting it,” says VICE reporter Jason Leopold. He declined their request.

CIA interrogator says agency punished him for cooperating with torture probe

CIA interrogator of "high-value detainees" filed a complaint with the agency's internal watchdog in which he sought "whistleblower protection," claiming the CIA punished him as a "reprisal" for him cooperating with investigations into the treatment of detainees.

CIA didn't forcibly drug war-on-terror detainees before interrogations, says CIA

VICE News has obtained and published 39 pages of redacted documents from the CIA that shed new light on the treatment of CIA detainees after 9/11.

Gitmo detainee won't be released because Afghanistan War isn't really over, says U.S. government

The move undercuts statements Obama's formal declarations that "the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."

Pentagon panel proposes changes to military medical ethics that could impact Gitmo force-feeding

The panel may also have just saved the career of a Navy nurse who refused to force feed Guantanamo captives.

Document reveals that U.S. military knows force-feeding Gitmo detainees violates medical ethics

The practice is a violation of medical ethics and international law. And the U.S. knows and admits it.

Gitmo prisoner who published critically-acclaimed memoir won't be allowed to read his own book at Gitmo

Neither will 121 of his fellow inmates.

GOP senator wants you to never read full Torture Report, because you can't handle the truth.

New Republican chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee fighting to ensure that the 6,900-page report about the CIA's torture of terrorism suspects captured after 9/11 is never publicly released.

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