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August 17, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Weaponizing Security Clearances Is Unacceptable, Whether CIA Directors are the Victims or Perpetrators



John Brennan Executive agencies regularly use their classification powers to avoid oversight or accountability for embarrassing or unlawful conduct. Congress needs to create enforceable protections against using the security clearance process for retaliation against wh

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

July 2, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Privacy After Carpenter: We Need Warrants for Real-Time Tracking and “Electronic Exhaustion”



Cell phone surveillance screen The Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision greatly expanded location privacy rights, but serious problems remain. Congress should act swiftly to enact a warrant requirement for real-time cellphone tracking and create “electronic exhaustion.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 28, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

The Carpenter Decision: A Huge Step Forward for Privacy Rights but Major Problems Remain



Police cell phones The Supreme Court's decision in Carpenter v. United States will create significant privacy protections, and lays the foundation for how the Fourth Amendment will function in the digital age. However, significant issues remain.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 19, 2018

By Nicholas Trevino

Symposium: Clear Regulations Protect Freedom, Not Restrict It



Regs symposium event Elizabeth Warren and others spoke at a recent Coalition for Sensible Safeguards event on the Trump Administration’s deregulation policies and the impact they have on health and finances.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

June 13, 2018

By Justin Rood

Justice Department Threatens Investigation of Investigation (of Investigation)



Rod Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly threatened to ask the House of Representatives’ top lawyers to investigate the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a confusing idea. Here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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