Brian Sonenstein

About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein
About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein

The Bureau of Prisons Will Either Keep Their Promise or Keep Whistleblower John Kiriakou From His Family

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 10:32 am

The Bureau of Prisons is threatening to keep CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou from his wife and kids by refusing to honor their deal to transfer him to a halfway house by May 1st. John’s struggle with the Bureau of Prisons comes on the heels of news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to declassify [...]

Chained-CPI May Be Dead, But Austerity Lives On in Obama’s 2015 Budget Request

By: Monday March 17, 2014 6:00 am

After nearly two years of hard campaigning, progressives were relieved to find the Social Security benefit cut known as ‘Chained CPI’ absent from President Obama’s 2015 budget request. But it’s too early to rejoice in what the Washington Post erroneously called an ‘end to the era of austerity.’ That’s because the president’s $3.9 trillion budget [...]

Defend John Kiriakou: Tell Bureau of Prisons Director to End Illegal Retaliation Against Torture Whistleblower

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 10:48 am

CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou resumed speaking with the press and writing his ‘Letters from Loretto’ after the Bureau of Prisons reneged on their deal to give him 9 months in a halfway house. Unfortunately, prison officials have chosen to respond with brute force: conducting surprise searches of his cell, attempting to remove his writing desk [...]

Call Your Legislators: Today Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Against Mass Surveillance

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:43 am

Update: Our coalition has already placed over 24,000 calls this morning! Call your representatives now and help us keep the momentum up throughout the day. Today is ‘The Day We Fight Back.’ Firedoglake is joining forces with Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and over 6,000 other websites to promote calls to Congress in support [...]

The TPP Threatens the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 3:04 pm

There’s a good chance that President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to gin up support for Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The White House insists Fast Track authority, which would limit debate and prohibit amendments to the TPP, is part of their negotiating strategy to encourage more open markets [...]

Will the Bureau of Prisons Honor Their Deal With John Kiriakou?

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 1:03 pm

As my colleague Kevin Gosztola explained, we hadn’t seen a “Letter from Loretto” from CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou for quite some time because he had made a deal with the Bureau of Prisons. John agreed to stop writing letters, decline interviews with the press and drop his complaints against prison officials and, in exchange, [...]

Petition: Provide Chelsea Manning With the Necessary Treatment

By: Friday August 23, 2013 12:26 pm

After Wednesday’s sentencing in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the whistleblower released a statement in which she said she would henceforth be known as Chelsea Manning, and that she will begin transitioning while in prison. Unfortunately, the military is notoriously ignorant of the needs of LGBT soldiers, let alone detainees, and it is [...]

#BRINGTHEMHOME Livestream: DREAM 8 Attempt to Re-Enter United States

By: Monday July 22, 2013 11:07 am

Streaming by Ustream From the DREAM Activist website: Several immigrant youth, who have been leaders in the undocumented youth movement in the United States, have crossed the border into Mexico, and plan to turn themselves in alongside other undocumented youth who left or were deported from the United States at a border crossing. With applications [...]

Firedoglake Joins 100+ Civil Liberties Groups, Internet Companies in Calling for Congressional Investigation into NSA Spying

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 11:11 am

The world has spent the last two weeks digesting Edward Snowden’s disclosures illustrating top secret US domestic communications surveillance and cyber warfare programs. Even though the pundit classes are doing their best to launch an intensive investigation of the messenger rather than the government, people around the world are beginning to ask questions and speak [...]

House Judiciary Committee May Subpoena White House for Targeted Killing Memos

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 8:22 am

The Obama administration has ignored over 23 requests from Congress for access to memos explaining the Executive’s legal authority to conduct Targeted Killings of ‘suspected terrorists.’ As former FDL’er Marcy Wheeler writes over at, “Thus far, only the Intelligence Committees and the Senate — but not the House — Judiciary Committees have been able [...]

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