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U.S. officials deny ‘complicity’ with pipeline execs

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Monday denied claims of “complicity” with a firm building a $7 billion US-Canada oil pipeline, made by an environmentalist group that released emails it said showed bias. The State Department insisted it had behaved “transparently and evenhandedly” toward the Keystone XL project to bring…

Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

Flashback: Feds saved over 35,000 nude scans from just one Florida courthouse

In light of flaring controversy over the Transportation Security Administration’s enhanced pat-downs and nude body scan imaging systems, officials have continued to stress that detailed photographs of passengers’ anatomy are not saved and do not get passed around. But, that’s not true in all cases. An attorney for the US…

Court: NSA can keep mum if it wiretapped Gitmo lawyers

Supreme Court says NSA doesn’t have to say whether it has warrantless wiretapping records The Supreme Court won’t make the super-secret National Security Agency divulge whether it has records of the warrantless wiretapping it did of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay inmates. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal…

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