Friday, July 20, 2012

Defense Intelligence Agency, NSA Monitoring the Bradley Manning Support Network

A recent response by the National Security Agency to a FOIA request revealed that two of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the United States are monitoring the Bradley Manning Support Network. 

The extent of the monitoring is unknown but in a letter received today, the NSA revealed that it is tracking, at the very least, media reports on the Bradley Manning Support Network. In the same letter, the NSA said that it had received the document from the Defense Intelligence Agency, which had sent the record back to the NSA in response to a FOIA request submitted to the DIA for their records relating to the Bradley Manning Support Network. 

Again, it is too early to draw conclusions on the extent of the monitoring. The NSA and DIA may simply be monitoring media reports to better prepare for protests, which are occurring at Fort Meade, home of the NSA’s headquarters.

NSA Response to Bradley Manning Support Network FOIA                                                           

Friday, July 13, 2012

Is the CIA Censoring Its WikiLeaks Records?

A comparison between the "-Your search - WikiLeaks - did not match any documents-" responses given by the search engine used by the CIA's website and the multiple responsive records found Google, it appears the answer to the headline question appears to be Yes!

On a lark, I entered the term "WikiLeaks"  into the search engine used by the CIA's website. This was the response:


Curiosity piqued,  I entered WikiLeaks as a search term into the search engine of the CIA's website. This time I did more specialized search for "CSI" and "CSI Archive" results. CSI = Center for the Study of Intelligence. Here are the results.

Search of the CSI Archive for WikiLeaks

Search Results for "CSI" for WikiLeaks records:

An "Advanced search" by Google produces multiple "WikiLeaks" results"on the domain.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Strange: INSCOM Invokes Glomar on Bradley Manning Support Network Request

If the existence of an investigation into the Bradley Manning Support Network was odd, the respond of INSCOM to a FOIA request on the matter is straight-up strange.

In response to a FOIA request for their records pertaining to the Bradley Manning Support Network, INSCOM sent the out a letter informing the requesters that their request had been forwarded to the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division for processing. When the requesters followed up, seeking information as to whether INSCOM was still processing the request, they met up with brief resistance before Elaine Rogic informed the requesters:
Per DOD instruction, all inquiries relating to this matter must be forwarded to the U.S. Army Crime Records Center (CRC).  I am unable to answer your inquiry and recommend that you direct your inquiry to CRC.
Further inquiry by the requesters was ignored including a request for clarification as to whether or not INSCOM was invoking FOIA. Administrative appeals have been submitted.

In short, the Bradley Manning Support Network appears to be something special if INSCOM is unable to answer whether or not it has responsive records or even invoke Glomar by itself.

Below is the relevant email exchange provided to the Historiographic Anarchy by the requester.

INSCOM- BMSN Record                                                           

Sunday, July 1, 2012

U.S. Army CID Targets Bradley Manning Support Network

In response to a FOIA request, the United States Army Criminal Investigative Division announced that it was engaged in “an active investigation … in progress with an undetermined completion date,” of the Bradley Manning Support Network. As a consequence of this investigation, the Army CID would not release any material responsive to FOIA requests at this time.

The US Army CID has invoked (b)(7)(f) to justify, in part, their denial. This means that US Army CID believes that release of these records will risk the physical well-being of individuals involved with the case.
With WikiLeaks records being withheld, in part, on (b)(7)(f) exemptions grounds, it seems that Army CID has decided that both WikiLeaks supporters and members of allied organizations are a threat to commit physical violence either against investigators or those who cooperate with the investigations.

Army CID- Bradley Manning Support Network Letter