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July 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Whistleblowers 'Hung Out to Dry'



NSA NPR reporter David Welna profiled two of those whistleblowers, Bill Binney and Thomas Drake, for Morning Edition this week. He also spoke to POGO’s executive director about the complicated politics of whistleblower protections.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 26, 2014

By Danielle Brian

Intel Bill Passage is Breakthrough for Whistleblower Protections



whistleblowers2 While the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which the House passed Tuesday, is not everything we sought, it goes a long way to putting into statute President Obama’s policies. This is a breakthrough for whistleblowers and accountability—

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 22, 2014

By Danielle Brian

House Passes Weak Tea; NSA Reform Lacks Transparency



NSA Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a weakened version of the USA FREEDOM Act. Unfortunately, it omits critical government reporting requirements included in the original USA FREEDOM Act.

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Topics: National Security

May 8, 2014

By Angela Canterbury

Revised USA FREEDOM Act Lacks Transparency and Strong Special Advocate



Open Government A weakened version of the USA Freedom Act unanimously passed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and reportedly was approved today by the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence—clearing the way for the bill to be debated on the House Floo

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Topics: National Security

April 30, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Snowden, Poitras Awarded Truth-Telling Prize for Exposing Illegal NSA Surveillance



Edward Snowden Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who exposed, arguably, the biggest government overreach into Americans’ privacy in the nation’s history, and Laura Poitras, the journalist who helped bring the story to the public, were honored Wednesday with the Riden

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Topics: National Security

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