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47 items by John Knefel

  • Freedom by PowerPoint: A Guantanamo 'Forever Prisoner' Seeks Transfer

    Freedom by PowerPoint: A Guantanamo 'Forever Prisoner' Seeks Transfer | ARTICLE

    A Guantanamo detainee who was captured in 2001 and has never been charged with a crime asked a federal review board on Thursday to let him go home. The detainee, Ali Ahmad Mohamed al-Razihi, said through military-appointed...

    March 20, 2014 2:02 PM ET
  • Edward Snowden Defends NSA Surveillance Leaks at SXSW

    Edward Snowden Defends NSA Surveillance Leaks at SXSW | ARTICLE

    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said today at Austin's South by Southwest festival that two NSA directors harmed the United States' cyber-security more than any other individual. Keith Alexander and Michael Hayden – the current and...

    March 10, 2014 3:00 PM ET
  • Cyber-Activist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison

    Cyber-Activist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison | ARTICLE

    Cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison this morning by Judge Loretta A. Preska in a federal courtroom in lower Manhattan for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. When released, Hammond will be...

    November 15, 2013 2:45 PM ET
  • Report: U.S. Doctors Participated in Torture After 9/11

    Report: U.S. Doctors Participated in Torture After 9/11 | ARTICLE

    Doctors, psychologists and other medical professionals participated in the U.S. government's controversial torture and interrogation programs following 9/11, according to a new joint report from a task force funded by the Institute of Medicine as a Profession...

    November 4, 2013 3:30 PM ET
  • Individuals, Worlds Apart, United by the Trauma of Drone Strikes

    Individuals, Worlds Apart, United by the Trauma of Drone Strikes | ARTICLE

    On October 25th, the United Nations convened a panel to discuss the United States' controversial overseas drone strike programs. The speakers included human rights advocates, legal scholars and special rapporteurs, all of whom called for the U.S....

    October 29, 2013 2:30 PM ET
  • Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters

    Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters | ARTICLE

    The documents leaked to media outlets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this year have brought national intelligence gathering and surveillance operations under a level of scrutiny not seen in decades. Often left out of this conversation,...

    October 24, 2013 3:16 PM ET
  • Reports: U.S. Drone Strikes Violate Laws of War

    Reports: U.S. Drone Strikes Violate Laws of War | ARTICLE

    Two prominent human rights groups released reports today examining the on-the-ground effects of the continuing, semi-covert U.S. drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan – both concluding that some U.S. airstrikes violate the laws of war. One of...

    October 22, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Despite Recent Pledges, Guantanamo Lumbers On

    Despite Recent Pledges, Guantanamo Lumbers On | ARTICLE

    In his national security speech on May 23rd, President Obama reiterated his "commitment to closing Guantanamo." While critics pointed out that Obama's proposed solutions wouldn't solve the most difficult problems posed by the detention facility – like...

    October 7, 2013 3:40 PM ET
  • Is the FBI's Domestic Spying Out of Control?

    Is the FBI's Domestic Spying Out of Control? | ARTICLE

    The FBI has vastly expanded its domestic spying powers since 9/11, often justifying surveillance and infiltration of activist or religious communities under the banner of fighting terrorism, according to a new report by the ACLU....

    September 19, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • 'The Other Guantanamo': Report Shows Impact of Indefinite Detention

    'The Other Guantanamo': Report Shows Impact of Indefinite Detention | ARTICLE

    A new report by a Pakistani legal organization that represents detainees at Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan details the effects indefinite detention has on the detainees, as well as their families and loved ones, including emotional...

    September 11, 2013 3:20 PM ET
  • Inside the NYPD's Muslim Spying Program

    Inside the NYPD's Muslim Spying Program | ARTICLE

    In a new book published this month, award-winning AP reporting team Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay out in the most complete detail yet how the NYPD created programs to infiltrate and surveil Muslim communities, mosques, student...

    September 6, 2013 9:30 AM ET
  • Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself to the World: 'I Am a Female'

    Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself to the World: 'I Am a Female' | ARTICLE

    One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, the Army private the world knows as Bradley Manning issued a statement about who she really is....

    August 22, 2013 10:10 AM ET
  • Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

    Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison | ARTICLE

    Army leaker Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday morning. Manning, 25, had faced up to 90 years in prison for the 20 counts on which he was convicted, including violations of the...

    August 21, 2013 9:58 AM ET
  • Will the U.S. Go Back to Training Mali's Military?

    Will the U.S. Go Back to Training Mali's Military? | ARTICLE

    As U.S. drones continue to rain Hellfire missiles down from the Yemen sky, another region of the world is undergoing a transition that could have a significant impact on how America approaches its counter-terrorism policies in the...

    August 16, 2013 3:20 PM ET
  • Bagram Detainee's Father Petitions Congress: Let My Son Go

    Bagram Detainee's Father Petitions Congress: Let My Son Go | ARTICLE

    The U.S. is currently holding 60 detainees indefinitely under law of war authority at the prison near Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. All 60 men are non-Afghans; about two-thirds of them are Pakistani. They...

    August 14, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • Bradley Manning Found Guilty on 20 Counts; Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

    Bradley Manning Found Guilty on 20 Counts; Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy | ARTICLE

    Bradley Manning was found not guilty today of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge the Army leaker faced in his court martial. Manning was, however, found guilty of 20 other counts, which could get...

    July 30, 2013 2:40 PM ET
  • Senate Looks At Closing Guantanamo, But Will It Really Happen?

    Senate Looks At Closing Guantanamo, But Will It Really Happen? | ARTICLE

    A Senate committee took up the issue of closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay yesterday for the first time since 2009 – but anyone looking for signs that the prison will be closed in the near term was...

    July 25, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Bagram: The Other Guantanamo

    Bagram: The Other Guantanamo | ARTICLE

    The months-long hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has returned the subject of indefinite detention to U.S. headlines this year, but that notorious island prison isn't the only place where detainees in the war on terror are being...

    July 23, 2013 3:50 PM ET
  • FBI Nominee James Comey Answers Questions about Domestic Surveillance

    FBI Nominee James Comey Answers Questions about Domestic Surveillance | ARTICLE

    James Comey faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning in a quick and mostly cordial hearing prior to his likely confirmation as the next director of the FBI. The topic of what Comey called "the...

    July 9, 2013 5:15 PM ET
  • How Do the Laws of War Apply to Cyberspace?

    How Do the Laws of War Apply to Cyberspace? | ARTICLE

    As the concept of online warfare advances, the international community is scrambling to lay out rules to regulate this potentially devastating new kind of conflict. Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross released...

    July 1, 2013 2:25 PM ET
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