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July 27, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

POGO Unveils Tool to Help Federal Whistleblowers Know Their Rights



Know Your Rights Website POGO’s new “Know Your Rights” tool is a starting point for federal whistleblowers who want to understand what the law protects and what it doesn’t.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 24, 2017

By Jean Carlos Baez Rosario

One Huge Unanswered Question in Key Surveillance Debate



Surveillance Camera The intelligence community has yet to provide an estimate of US persons whose information have been collected by government surveillance programs. Meanwhile, a key internal government watchdog remains powerless to provide recommendations on the issue.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 19, 2017

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress is Afraid to be Responsible for Our Current Wars



Troops heading back to helicopter House leadership used a procedural gimmick to block an amendment offered by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) in order to avoid an up or down vote to authorize our current wars.

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Topics: National Security

July 18, 2017

By Tim Farnsworth

Congress Has Constitutional Mandate to Investigate



Danielle Brian testifies before Congress Congress and the executive branch are not only capable of conducting concurrent investigations, they have successfully done so in the past.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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