FBI Wants More, More, More: The FBI, joining the CIA, is on a controversial “crusade for more surveillance authority,” Ryan Gallagher notes at Slate. In a speech last week to the American Bar Association, according to Gallagher, FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissman expressed the need for increased surveillance of Gmail, Google Voice, Drop Box, Skype and live games (“the chat feature in Scrabble”).
“Those communications are being used for criminal conversations,” he quoted Weissman as saying.
“It’s no secret that under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the feds can easily obtain archive copies of emails,” Gallagher wrote. “When it comes to spying on emails or Gchat in real time, however, it’s a different story.”
Poland in the Middle on Torture: While the Warsaw government has been praised by human rights advocates for investigating the alleged CIA ‘black site’ in Poland, it’s also been knocked for stalling the process as well. Now, lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, accused of running an al-Qaeda training camp for the 9/11 hijackers, have applied for a hearing in the European Court of Human Rights, according to Reuters. The lawyers expressed concern “there was no hope of him receiving fair treatment inside Poland.”
Abu Zubaydah was allegedly one of the suspected al-Qaeda terrorists who “were flown in secret to a remote Polish airfield between 2002 and 2005 and then transported to an intelligence academy near a village called Stare Kiejkuty,” Reuters said, citing rights groups and the Council of Europe. “Here, on the edge of a lake and surrounded by forest, rights campaigners say, the detainees were subjected to interrogation techniques which amounted to torture.”
The Polish government has denied the existence of the black site and has claimed to have launched a “full and fair investigation, free of any political pressure,” according to Reuters. However, Zubaydah’s lawyers have complained about not being able to access the evidence against their client or take notes on the evidence they are allowed to see.