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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

August 2, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

POGO and Allies Urge Improvements to Surveillance Law



Surveillance Cameras POGO, OpenTheGovernment.org, and National Security Counselors have presented the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) with a number of recommendations to create a more transparent and accountable national security apparatus.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 18, 2013

By Jack Scher

Executive Office Reports that Classification Is Declining



Classification According to an executive office report, portions of the classification system are shrinking. The report was released amid national debate over the balance of security and privacy, and the necessary amount of government secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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