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 [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Discusses Meeting Snowden & Most Critical Revelations from Him (So Far)

By: Monday October 21, 2013 5:13 pm

Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).  The conference examined surveillance, traditional and high-tech, how it intersected amongst federal, state and local levels of government and what had been exposed by former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Restore the [...]

National Security Whistleblowers Testify Before European Parliamentary Committee on US, UK Surveillance

By: Monday September 30, 2013 5:13 pm

A civil liberties committee in the European Parliament heard testimony from national security whistleblowers from both the United States and United Kingdom. The testimony was part of a committee inquiry into alleged spying by the US and European Union countries that was exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The committee, chaired by Sophie [...]

Thomas Drake at ‘Restore the Fourth’ Rally: ‘We the People Do Not Consent to the Surveillance State’

By: Thursday July 4, 2013 8:43 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Demonstrations to restore the Fourth Amendment were held all over the country this Fourth of July. The demonstrations were spurred by what National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed in the past months on United States government surveillance programs. At the rally in [...]

Going Through the ‘Proper Channels’ to Blow the Whistle on Secret Surveillance Programs

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 11:53 pm

A main criticism of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who disclosed information on secret surveillance programs, is that he did not go through the proper channels before going to the press with classified information. Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker argued that America’s system “offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. They [...]

Video: Kevin Gosztola, Thomas Drake & Jesselyn Radack at the Left Forum

By: Monday June 10, 2013 3:45 pm

On Sunday June 9th, Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola appeared on the Left Forum panel discussion concerning the National Security State. In this clip, Kevin talks about the historical importance of the Bradley Manning trial he is covering, the military’s attempts to muzzle the press in the case, and takes contention with the Army’s claim that Manning [...]

NSA’s ‘Hoarding Complex’ on Full Display with Details on Top Secret PRISM Surveillance Program

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 9:20 pm

(update 1 & 2 below) National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake on “Democracy Now!” this morning said, “You’ve got to remember, none of this is probable cause. This is simply the ability to collect. And as I was told shortly after 9/11, ‘You don’t understand, Mr. Drake. We just want the data.’ And so, the [...]

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