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October 1, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Make a Difference: Open Doors on Intelligence Reform



National Security Agency Building The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is changing the laws on surveillance—but we don't know how. The text of the proposed legislation and the Committee meeting being held to discuss it are both closed to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

September 4, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Congress Must Have All Facts -- Including Any the Administration Would Rather Squelch



National Security As members of the Obama Administration and Congress debate perhaps the gravest responsibility our Constitution entrusts to them – the vote whether or not to go to war – there is both a legal and moral imperative that their decision be based on the most acc

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Topics: National Security, Whistleblower Protections

August 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Senators Question DOJ on NSA Info Sharing



NSA In a letter last week, a group of Senate Democrats asked Attorney General Eric Holder to clarify how the National Security Agency (NSA) shares information with domestic law enforcement agencies while still protecting Americans’ constitutional rights.

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Topics: National Security

August 13, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Despite What Obama Says, Intelligence Contractors Have Few Protections



President Obama In a news conference last week, President Obama implied that Edward Snowden could have voiced his concerns through official channels and been protected from retaliation as a whistleblower, but that's not true.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

DoD Memo Sheds Light on New Whistleblower Protections



Pentagon A document released by the DoD outlines new protections for whistleblowers in the intelligence and national security communities but leaves many questions unanswered.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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