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August 25, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

To Safeguard the Military, Congress Must Protect Whistleblowers



U.S. Army Soldiers Salute Far too often, whistleblowers are unfairly punished for their efforts to bring accountability to the armed services, and the systems in place to protect them are completely inadequate.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 13, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Why the NDAA is Much Bigger than Just the Defense Budget



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee The annual behemoth defense spending bill has become the method of choice for a lot of elected officials to shuttle unpopular legislation through Congress in near secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 27, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Finally Reports Breakdown of Vote to Close NDAA



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee With little fanfare, the Senate Armed Services Committee finally released its NDAA report—and with it, the rulebreaking roll call vote from April 23, 2015. A month after the vote was held.

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Topics: National Security

May 19, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Staff, Not Senators, Decided to Close the NDAA



Photograph of an Empty Senate Hearing Room The secretive Senate Armed Services Committee vote to hold debate on the National Defense Authorization Act in a closed session broke more rules than originally thought.

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Topics: Open Government

May 7, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

We Need Your Help to Open the Defense Budget



POGO Cellphone with message on Open NDAA We only have a few days left to persuade the Senate Armed Services Committee to support public hearings on the more than $600 billion Pentagon budget.

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Topics: National Security

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