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June 9, 2018

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Congress, Don't Rubber-Stamp Executive War Power Overreach



Soldiers ship to Afghanistan For too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional duties to declare war.

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Topics: National Security

June 8, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Dangerous Escalation in “The War on Leaks”



Silhouette whistleblower During an investigation into leaks from a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, the Justice Department went after journalist Ali Watkins’ data—seizing years of records related to her email accounts and phone number, according to a letter Justice sent to W

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

May 25, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: ZTE’s Action Plan for Smuggling Banned Tech to Iran



President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a ZTE phone Paper Cuts examines the questionable trading history of the controversial Chinese phone company at the center of the President’s recent tweets.

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Topics: National Security

May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Q&A with the NSA’s Internal Watchdog



Robert Storch NSA POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

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