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August 3, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: Thunderbolt of Journalism Reveals TSA “Quiet Skies” Surveillance Program



Collage of TSA agents, passports, commercial airlines, and passengers loading onto an airplane. TSA documents describe a program that allows sky marshals to secretly monitor behavior of unsuspecting airplane passengers who have done nothing wrong.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

August 3, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Bad Contracting Decision Comes Back to Haunt Pentagon



War Dogs Pentagon The Pentagon is still suffering the consequences of hiring Efraim Diveroli, the Miami Beach military supplier whose exploits landed him in prison and inspired the film War Dogs. He recently won a long-running dispute with the government over canceled contr

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 25, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Explaining Secret Surveillance



Surveillance camera Americans are dangerously vulnerable to unchecked FISA surveillance, but the discussion of the Carter Page warrant misses the real problem.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

July 24, 2018

By Neil Gordon

27 and Counting: Another Background-Check “Dumper” Pleads Guilty



Cell phone laptop background check Last week, a former contractor pleaded guilty to falsifying federal security clearance investigations—the twenty-seventh such conviction in 10 years.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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

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