At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters is at Forefront of Many Presentations

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 11:50 am

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government. A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in [...]

NSA Whistleblowers Testify on ‘Totalitarian Mentality’ of NSA at German Parliamentary Committee Hearing

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 4:39 pm

National Security Agency whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake testified before a German parliamentary committee as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany. According to Deutsche Welle, Binney argued that the NSA had abandoned nearly all rule of law principles. It now has a “totalitarian mentality” and wants “total information control.” He called [...]

NSA Whistleblowers to Testify Before German Parliamentary Committee in July

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:31 am

National Security Agency whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney will testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3. They both will give testimony as part of an inquiry into details of NSA surveillance in Germany, which have been revealed through news stories based upon documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. German parliamentary members had [...]

Why Snowden Won’t, As Kerry Jingoistically Put It, ‘Man Up’ & ‘Trust the American Justice System’

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 4:51 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Ahead of an exclusive interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to air tonight at 10pm ET on NBC, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on two morning network news programs Kerry jingoistically scolded Snowden for being in Russia and declared that [...]

Former Top NSA Lawyer Says He Didn’t Want to Be Bothered by Tom Drake’s Concerns About Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:02 am

Former National Security Agency deputy general counsel Vito Potenza asserted if an employee had come to him with concerns about the constitutionality of dragnet warrantless surveillance, which was intercepting the communications of Americans after 9/11, he would not have listened. In October 2001, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake spoke with one of the top lawyers in [...]

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 10:36 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but [...]

FBI Thinks Whistleblowers Should ‘Register’ So They’re Not Targeted by Insider Threat Program

By: Friday April 11, 2014 4:50 pm

The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection. Special attention was paid to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [...]

‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Two Times in Three Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 12:37 pm

A lawyer who represents National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and has spoken on his behalf numerous times was detained while going through customs at Heathrow airport in London. Jesselyn Radack told Firedoglake she was directed to a specific Heathrow Border Force agent. He “didn’t seem interested” in her passport. She was then subjected to [...]

As Obama Holds Meetings, NSA Whistleblowers Warn Reforms to Preserve the Surveillance State

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 10:37 am

The White House is holding a number of meetings on possible National Security Agency reforms. President Barack Obama reportedly met with staffers for intelligence officials on January 8 in a meeting that was classified “top secret.” A top lawyer for the administration, Kathy Ruemmler, is scheduled to hear from “civil liberties groups” on January 9. [...]

Whistleblowers Vindicated as Presidential Review Group Recommends Alternative to NSA Vacuuming Data

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 4:27 pm

A presidential group convened to review National Security Agency practices released its report outlining forty-six recommendations that President Barack Obama’s administration should adopt in the aftermath of news stories containing revelations from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The revelations have exposed the massive spying capabilities of the NSA, showing collection of the personal [...]

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