This Month: Intelligence Authorities Wax on Overclassification

WASHINGTON — The Internet Chronicle has obtained footage of classification authorities discussing the classification process and allegations of overclassification. Early this month the national intelligence director counsel, Robert Litt, and a former director of the Information Security Oversight Office, J. William Leonard, took questions from attendees of a Brennan Center forum on secrecy and security.

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Can the White House Decide if They Bug the Oval Office?

WASHINGTON — In a captivating account Friday of candidate Richard Nixon’s attempt to sabotage Vietnam War peace talks — revealed in newly released tapes along with how anti-war protesters literally blocked Johnson from claiming the 1968 nomination — BBC writer David Taylor missteps when claiming that “none of [Nixon's] successors have dared . . .

Yes, Chief Justice Roberts, the South is More Racist

Voting Rights Act Section 5′s Covered Jurisdictions, which are More Racist

WASHINGTON — When Wednesday John Roberts and the solicitor general questioned whether any southern concentration of racism was a rationale for Voting Rights Act Section 5′s constitutionality, cynics responded as though the chief justice was blind to a vicious national legacy. . . .

DOJ to Review World’s Largest Airline Merger, while on Hill Fare Increases Uncertain

Will the US Airways-American Airlines merger, yielding a super American, cost consumers more?

WASHINGTON — Consumer welfare in the balance, US Airways and American Airlines representatives faced a House Judicary subcommittee, as the Justice Department weighs a merger that would see the two airlines become the world’s largest. While consumer advocates warned . . .

SEN. WARREN: “Too Big to Fail has become Too Big for Trial”

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gesticulated to an applauding crowd as she asked bank regulators about the last time they have “taken the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street all the way to a trial.”

Comptroller Tom Curry replied that he had obtained a large number of consent orders and, when pressed, claimed . . .

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — In an exclusive interview with The Internet Chronicle, former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger discussed the waning percentage of citizens using illegal drugs, his opinion on the relative harm posed by different drugs, and penalties imposed in December against British banking giant HSBC for its role in aiding Mexican drug cartels. Speaking via . . .

Esquire Magazine Props up Bogus bin Laden Shooter Reporting

David Granger, Editor, Esquire Magazine

WASHINGTON — Esquire magazine published an error-laden piece by Phil Bronstein Monday, and the magazine’s editors are scrambling to excuse glaring factual errors in the 15,000-word profile of the bin Laden shooter — errors exposed by Megan McCloskey of the military . . .

Open Brennan Hearing Hints at Tuesday’s Closed CIA Nominee Session

Wired’s Spencer Ackerman at the Committee Press Table Thursday

WASHINGTON — Tuesday the public will not have access to the next round of questions to be leveled against CIA Director Nominee John Brennan before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. However conflicting statements and controversial answers from Thursday’s open hearing provide clues . . .

Ethical Hacking Professor: NullCrew ‘Criminals,’ Anonymous a ‘Gang’

WASHINGTON — City College of San Francisco Computer Science Professor Sam Browne told The Internet Chronicle that whatever NullCrew has planned for the Pentagon on Valentine’s Day, it won’t be hacktivism. Mr. Brown, who teaches ethical hacking and has addressed the DEF CON cybersecurity conference, says that NullCrew acts in violation of the . . .

Senate Intel Committee grills CIA Director Nominee John Brennan on Interrogation Techniques, Targeted Assassination of Americans

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee convened Thursday to question CIA Director Nominee John Brennan

WASHINGTON — Thursday CIA Director Nominee John Brennan answered questions from members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on his relationship to the “enhanced interrogation” program, the company’s targeted killing of Americans, as well as the nominee’s . . .