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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

June 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Intelligence Contractors like Snowden Excluded from Whistleblower Protections



Whistleblower Protections Even as whistleblower protections have expanded, intelligence contractors like National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden are left in the cold, according to an article in the International Business Times.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 25, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Senate Intelligence Panel Moving Toward Transparency



Open Government In a welcome move, the Senate Intelligence Committee said they will release information on how individual senators vote on measures and nominations before the committee, according to an article in Roll Call.

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Topics: Open Government

February 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

CIA Nominee Got Big Check Before Joining White House



John Brennan John Brennan, President Obama’s nomination for the head of the CIA, received a large check from his employer, a private intelligence contractor, just before joining the White House as a counterterrorism adviser.

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Topics: National Security

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