Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt. Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with [...]

Congressman Grayson to Clapper: Did US Intelligence Agencies Spy on American Muslims?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 4:07 pm

Representative Alan Grayson of Florida sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking if US intelligence agencies spied on five prominent American Muslims named as targets named in a major story from The Intercept, which was published on July 9. The story by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain revealed the following [...]

The Overwhelming Collateral Damage Caused by the National Security State’s Massive Dragnet

By: Monday July 7, 2014 1:04 pm

In a major story further demonstrating how the privacy of Americans can so easily become collateral damage of the national security state’s dragnet surveillance, the Washington Post reported “incidental” collection or “inadvertent” collection of US persons’ data “far outnumbered” the data specifically related to “legal” targets by a ratio of 9-to-1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden [...]

Senators Seek Answers From Clapper About Plans for Total Surveillance of Security Clearance Holders

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative [...]

Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Think Snowden Did Anything Positive & Continues to Delude the Public

By: Friday June 13, 2014 12:33 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book on her four years in the State Department, was on NPR’s “Fresh Air” for a wide-ranging interview. She was asked about former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and again Clinton refused to admit that Snowden had any positive impact in the United [...]

Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 4:26 pm

The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers. On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for [...]

The Fantasy That Obama Is Currently Planning to ‘Overhaul’ Surveillance Programs

By: Friday January 10, 2014 5:17 pm

The opening sentence of a report from the New York Times on reforms President Barack Obama is considering suggests that he is assembling a “plan to overhaul the nation’s surveillance programs.” On December 31, Daniel Klaidman wrote a dazzling piece of fan fiction on how Obama’s “defining fight” in 2014 will be how he takes on [...]

The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 1:22 pm

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans. Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security [...]

Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’

By: Friday November 1, 2013 10:45 am

Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government [...]

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:04 am

The disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have had the effect of spurring a much-needed debate while at the same time shifting Americans’ views of surveillance programs being operated by the United States government. Polling has shown—as a result of revelations from documents Snowden handed over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald or Laura [...]

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