Kevin Gosztola
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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."Source
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Bradley Manning's Trial—Day 5 (Live Updates) - Shadowproof

Bradley Manning's Trial—Day 5 (Live Updates) - Shadowproof

6:00 PM EST Court proceedings for the day ended with prosecutors and defense continuing to go back and forth on whether Manning transmitted a video from a folder marked Farah investigation and, if so, when. Special Agent David Shaver created a lot of doubt about what actually happened, despite being a prosecution witness.Perhaps, big takeaway of the day is that Jason Katz, employee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who the prosecutors alleged had video from Farah investigation on his computer that was provided by Manning, cannot be connected to Manning in any way.Katz has been subpoenaed...

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Roger Waters And Boundaries Of Permissible Thought

Roger Waters And Boundaries Of Permissible Thought

We’re pleased to publish this preview of our members-only newsletter, “Keeping The Issues Alive,” which provides a closer look at the stories we’re following at Shadowproof.Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter:Artists should challenge the boundaries of permissible thought. They should transcend orthodoxy or the conventional wisdom of the establishment, and few artists dare to use their voice for peace and human rights like Roger Waters.Waters, best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, and bassist for Pink Floyd, played the “Barclaycard British Summer Time” music...

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Whistleblower Reality Winner News - Shadowproof

Whistleblower Reality Winner News - Shadowproof

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner claims federal prison officials mishandled classified information by sharing it with jail guards tasked with processing her.Titus Nichols, part of Reality Winner’s legal defense team, discusses how difficult it is to put on defense in Espionage Act case.Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison at a federal courthouse in Georgia.Former NSA contractor Reality Winner’s sentence fits into the pattern of vicious treatment she’s endured during her leak prosecution.When a loosely knit group...

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Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Black Friday - Shadowproof

Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Black Friday - Shadowproof

(photo: @B_Twe5_G/twitter)One person was arrested and two others hospitalized after a melee in Rome, New York. Pepper spray was used by police to break up a fight in Kingston, North Carolina. Gunfire was heard in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A shooting at 1 am injured a woman in the leg in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A fight broke out in San Leandro, California, and a man was shot. And, a woman pepper sprayed a crowd around her injuring twenty people.This is not an excerpt from a conservative blog post on the latest incidents of violence to occur as a result of the Occupy movement. This...

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Nov 25
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Guantanamo Prisoners Were Granted Access to US Courts Ten Years Ago Yet Indefinite Detention Continues - Shadowproof

Guantanamo Prisoners Were Granted Access to US Courts Ten Years Ago Yet Indefinite Detention Continues - Shadowproof

US Supreme Court buildingThe CIA recommended prisoners captured in the Afghanistan War be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay because officials were convinced prisoners would be outside the jurisdiction of US courts. The secret jail would potentially be able to hold prisoners forever. However, just over ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay had a right to challenge their detention in US courts and opened up the pervasive lawlessness at the facility to lawsuits by prisoners.The Center for Constitutional Rights two men from the United Kingdom, Shafiq...

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The Dissenter's Top Films of 2014 - Shadowproof

The Dissenter's Top Films of 2014 - Shadowproof

It has, like a number of other people, become an annual ritual to put together a list of the top films I managed to see during the year and share it here.While most lists of best films of the year were posted a week or two ago, I like to wait until this time so I can look over the various lists of films and see if I agree with critics. I also take the time to watch films I did not get to see yet.I did not get to see Inherent Vice, The Kill Team, Point and Shoot, Selma or Whiplash, and I mention these films because potentially they would be on the list had I seen them.If I had to pick my #1...

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Anti-Leaks Proposals Protect 'Leak' Powers of Congress - Shadowproof

Anti-Leaks Proposals Protect 'Leak' Powers of Congress - Shadowproof

Screen shot from C-SPAN of Sen. Feinstein discussing origin of recent "leaks"The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has proposed multiple measures that the committee believes will go a long way toward preventing future leaks. However, the proposals, which have been included in an intelligence authorization bill for the next fiscal year, should be striking to people who have listened to hysterical cries about “leaks” posing risks to national security in the past months.None of the proposals, if signed into law, would apply to Congress or congressional staffers....

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New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration's Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court - Shadowproof

New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration's Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court - Shadowproof

New York Times reporter James Risen at “Obama’s War on Leaks” panel at the National Press Club in May 2012The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the Supreme Court.Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is alleged to have given information to New York Times reporter James Risen on a classified program “intended to impede Iran’s efforts to...

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Wired Magazine Finally Releases Entire Manning-Lamo Chat Logs: What's Revealed? - Shadowproof

Wired Magazine Finally Releases Entire Manning-Lamo Chat Logs: What's Revealed? - Shadowproof

(updates below)Finally, Wired magazine released the complete, unedited chat logs between Pfc. Bradley Manning, the accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks, and Adrian Lamo, the known hacker who turned Manning into government authorities. About a quarter of the logs, which Wired senior editor Kevin Poulsen obtained from Lamo in June 2010 after Manning’s arrest, were published during June. Wired editor-in-chief Evan Hansen and Poulsen fought critics like Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald, who in December 2010 that Poulsen was committing a “journalistic disgrace” by refusing to release the full...

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DOJ Tries To Thwart Reality Winner's Appeal For Release From Prison

DOJ Tries To Thwart Reality Winner's Appeal For Release From Prison

The coronavirus may infect NSA whistleblower Reality Winner while she is incarcerated at a women’s prison hospital. She has a history of respiratory illness that makes her exceptionally vulnerable. Yet, the United States government contends they have no record of Winner ever submitting a request for relief. Prosecutors further suggest—even if the warden for Federal Medical Center Carswell received a request for release from Winner—that she did not follow the appropriate process so her appeal should be denied. Winner pled guilty in 2018 to one count of violating the Espionage Act when she...

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Ceasefire Deal: What About Syrian Rebel Groups Tied To Al Qaeda?

Ceasefire Deal: What About Syrian Rebel Groups Tied To Al Qaeda?

Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Sep 18
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Roqayah Chamseddine Archives - Shadowproof

Roqayah Chamseddine Archives - Shadowproof

All throughout the year, we enjoyed producing episodes of our podcast, “Unauthorized Disclosure.” We navigated the dreadful and not-as-awful events of 2016, sometimes with guests who brought sharp insight to significant issues and topics. But now the third season of the show comes to an end with this finale. InIn an interview, Roqayah Chamseddine talks about why it was important to pursue a new journalism project challenging representations of American Muslims.Using video, audio, and written word, Shadowproof columnist Roqayah Chamseddine will profile a Muslim American every week, but we...

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WikiLeaks Reveals Records of NSA Spying on French Presidents

WikiLeaks Reveals Records of NSA Spying on French Presidents

French President Francois HollandeTop secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the National Security Agency showing the agency has spied upon the communications of France’s past three presidents were published on June 23.Julian Assange, the media organization’s founder, described the “Espionnage Élysée” as evidence that France’s elected government has been “subject to hostile surveillance” by a “hostile ally.” French people have a “right to know” this information.The documents indicate high-ranking officials targeted the communications of Jacques Chirac, who was president...

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Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter - Shadowproof

Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter - Shadowproof

Eric GarnerThe Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing an illegal chokehold that made it impossible for Garner to breathe. The brutality captured on video apparently did not move grand jury members to hold Pantaleo accountable.Garner was approached by NYPD officers on July 17 because he was allegedly...

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When Compared to Other Military Cases, How Long Is Bradley Manning Likely to Be Sentenced to Prison? - Shadowproof

When Compared to Other Military Cases, How Long Is Bradley Manning Likely to Be Sentenced to Prison? - Shadowproof

Bradley ManningA sentencing verdict in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning will be announced this week. Convicted of twenty offenses, including the embezzlement of government property and multiple violations of the Espionage Act, which stem from providing United States government information to WikiLeaks, Manning faces a maximum punishment of ninety years in military prison.Judge Army Col. Denise Lind is likely to rule on the sentence some time Tuesday or Wednesday. The verdict will come after sentencing argument during the afternoon and evening of August 19.In anticipation of a sentencing...

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FBI Questions Business Owners About Palestinian Activism In Chicago

FBI Questions Business Owners About Palestinian Activism In Chicago

Two FBI agents entered a small business run by a Palestinian American in the Chicago area last week and tried to ask him questions about two activists, who have been targets of the United States government.The encounter was reported in a statement by United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR), which was formed to build support for twenty-three activists in the Midwest who had their homes raided by the FBI in late 2010.Agents were interested in whatever information the small business owner had to share with them on Hatem Abudayyeh,...

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Stress positions Archives - Shadowproof

Stress positions Archives - Shadowproof

The ACLU sued two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer an experimental torture program in the War on Terror.

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CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Is Counting Down the Days Until His Release - Shadowproof

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Is Counting Down the Days Until His Release - Shadowproof

FCI Loretto where John Kiriakou is in prisonThis weekend I made another visit to the federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is imprisoned. He was in good spirits and had begun to count down the days until he is released from Loretto to a halfway house in southeastern Washington, DC.It is about a three hour drive to get to the prison. On this trip, I was joined by Firedoglake’s campaign director, Brian Sonenstein.We were delayed in our travel when the back right tire of our rental car blew out just south of Hagerstown, Maryland. We were...

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Some of Former CIA Detainee Majid Khan's Memories of Torture Are Declassified - Shadowproof

Some of Former CIA Detainee Majid Khan's Memories of Torture Are Declassified - Shadowproof

The Center for Constitutional Rights has released new details about the torture of Majid Khan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who was captured by the United States in March 2003. Khan was held in secret detention at CIA black sites until 2006 when he was transferred to Guantanamo.According to , his doctors were some of his “worst torturers.” Khan pleaded for a physician to help him. The physician responded by sending Khan back to an interrogation room to be hung from a metal bar, where he remained for 24 hours.Khan had already experienced this torture. He was interrogated afterward and...

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Chicago Public Schools' Ban of 'Persepolis' Continues to Face Challenge from Anti-Censorship Alliance - Shadowproof

Chicago Public Schools' Ban of 'Persepolis' Continues to Face Challenge from Anti-Censorship Alliance - Shadowproof

Creative Commons-licensed photo on Flickr by motagirl2An alliance of nonprofit organizations committed to promoting freedom of thought and free expression has been challenging a decision by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to ban Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis. It has also sought more information on what led to the decision by filing Freedom of Information Act requests.As part of the “Kids’ Right to Read Project,” an initiative of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), a letter was written to the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, on March 17. NCAC...

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Lawsuit Archives - Shadowproof

Lawsuit Archives - Shadowproof

A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock and others, who resided in the area when police shut down Highway 1806 during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline’s construction. On October 24, 2016, Highway 1806 from Fort Rice to Fort Yates was closed.Prominent attorney for whistleblowers, Jesselyn Radack, faces a defamation and malicious prosecution lawsuit that alleges she filed and promoted false allegations of rape and sexual assault against Trevor Fitzgibbon. The lawsuit was filed on April 11 in a federal court in the Eastern District...

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NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on 'The Daily Show' - Shadowproof

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on 'The Daily Show' - Shadowproof

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_3″ width=”520″ height=”288″ align=”none” !}A “Daily Show” clip with correspondent Jason Jones aired last night on “super spy” Thomas Drake, who worked for the National Security Agency as an analyst until he was ultimately charged as “a spy” under the Espionage Act for blowing the whistle on the NSA. The segment nicely plays up the fact he did not commit espionage and, instead, was a “cost-benefit analysis expert,” who had examined two intelligence gathering programs and decided one was cheaper and would lead to less fraud, waste, abuse and illegalities.Jones the two...

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NSA Official: Obama Was Informed of Spying on Merkel's Cellphone, Let It Continue - Shadowproof

NSA Official: Obama Was Informed of Spying on Merkel's Cellphone, Let It Continue - Shadowproof

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Creative Commons-licensed Photo by Benedettode)(update below)German media reports new details related to National Security Agency spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. Her phone was on a list for monitoring since 2002. President Barack Obama was also apparently briefed by NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander on the program in 2010 and did not stop it.The NSA’s Special Collection Service (SCS) was the unit involved in the surveillance. According to , Gerhard Schröder, Merkel’s predecessor, was also a target of surveillance. Part of the...

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Gul Rahman Archives - Shadowproof

Gul Rahman Archives - Shadowproof

The death of Gul Rahman at a CIA black site sparked a historic lawsuit against the architects of the CIA’s torture program. Recently, new CIA documents were released containing revelations related to how agency interrogators abused, tortured, and ultimately killed Rahman. In this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” weeklyThe ACLU sued two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer an experimental torture program in the War on Terror.

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Protest Song of the Day: 'Karma Debt' by The Mynabirds - Shadowproof

Protest Song of the Day: 'Karma Debt' by The Mynabirds - Shadowproof

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has launched a daily feature that highlights a protest song every weekday.From the socially conscious album by The Mynabirds called GENERALS, here’s a song written by vocalist Laura Burhenn called “Karma Debt.” It is one of the songs on the album, which Under the Radar magazine describes as being “built out of songs that thread her disenchantment with the corrupt cross section of politics and capitalism through a...

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