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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

March 14, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Obama Promises to Declassify CIA Torture Report



President Obama President Obama has pledged to declassify the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s (SSCI) headline-making report about the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interrogation techniques.

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Topics: Open Government

January 28, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Six House Members Seek to Oust Intelligence Director



James Clapper Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be removed because of untruthful statements he made before Congress concerning the intelligence community’s use of bulk data collection programs, six members of Congress said this week in a letter sent

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Topics: National Security

January 10, 2014

By Angela Canterbury

Effort to Discredit Snowden Short on Evidence; Ignores Need for NSA Reform



Surveillance Cameras Last June, we learned that the U.S. government was spying on Americans. Since then, we have learned much more, such as that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications by Americans has not been essential to preventing terrorist attacks and that the system of oversight for intelligence activities is broken.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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