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June 26, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Electronic Surveillance Law 101



Spying The recent whistleblowing disclosures by Edward Snowden have revealed systemic mass domestic surveillance. The government has justified its programs on the grounds that they are both legal and overseen by the FISA Court. But what do the PATRIOT Act, FISA, and the FISA Court actually do?

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

June 26, 2013

By Jana Persky

Snowden Becomes Latest Leaker Charged with Espionage Under Obama



Edward Snowden Edward Snowden has officially been charged with violating the Espionage Act, the Justice Department said last Friday.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 17, 2013

By Andre Francisco

GAP Releases Statement on Snowden and the NSA



Whistleblower Protections The Government Accountability Project's (GAP) statement notes that Edward Snowden is facing “classic acts of predatory reprisal” for his leak of highly classified documents about the NSA’s surveillance programs.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 17, 2013

By Andre Francisco

NSA Leak Prompts Talk of Limiting Contractor Access to Secrets



Booz Allen Hamilton In the wake of Edward Snowden’s leak of highly classified documents from the National Security Agency, some in Congress are raising concerns about contractors’ access to government secrets, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

June 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

POGO Supports Bill to Declassify Surveillance Court Opinions



Surveillance Cameras A new bipartisan bill from eight Senators seeks to expand transparency and accountability of secret surveillance programs conducted under the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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Topics: Open Government

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