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December 18, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight



National Security Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

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Topics: National Security

August 12, 2014

By Joe Newman

Public Interest Groups Call for CIA Director to Resign



John Brennan A coalition of public interest groups called for CIA Director John Brennan’s resignation Tuesday, citing abuses of power that include obstructing and spying on a Senate committee that was looking into the agency’s use of torture.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 4, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Court Overturns Rare Challenge of SEC-Wall St. Settlement



Financial Oversight A district judge abused his discretion when he rejected a proposed settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup, according to an opinion reached today by a U.S. appeals court.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 31, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

NSA Spying, Meet the USA FREEDOM Act



Surveillance Cameras The American people, most Members of Congress, and even the President have been kept in the dark far too long about National Security Agency (NSA) activities that threaten some of our fundamental rights and relationships. The USA FREEDOM Act has several re

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 15, 2013

By Andre Francisco

DOJ Whistleblower Calls Warrantless Wiretapping Unjustified



Thomas Tamm Recently, DOJ whistleblower Thomas Tamm talked to Montana Public Radio about the American surveillance state and how he became a whistleblower.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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