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July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Secret Court Decisions Expand Surveillance Powers



Open Government The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

July 2, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

Sen. Boxer Calls for EPA Action on Chemical Regulations



Barbara Boxer The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held an oversight hearing last week on preventing and addressing chemical threats, focusing on the recent ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 and injured hundreds more in West, Tex

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Topics: National Security

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 25, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Answer to Armed Services Chairmen Turned Industry Lobbyists



National Security POGO responds to demands by two former chairmen of the powerful congressional armed services committees, Ike Skelton and John Warner, who now sit on the boards of and work for lobbying firms representing defense contractors.

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Topics: National Security

June 21, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

Dangerous Chemical in Texas Explosion Poorly Regulated



Ammonium Nitrate Ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the suspected culprit behind the April factory explosion in West, TX, has a deadly history well known to government agencies. Despite that, the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to add it to the list of Extremely Hazardou

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Topics: National Security

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