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Neon Tommy: NSA Whistleblower Warns USC Students Of Government's Power


Thomas Drake turned to the small group of USC students gathered at the Annenberg School of Journalism, and spoke to them with a sense of great urgency. He told them the story of how the government turned on him, and his speech was filled with dire warnings:

"Any attempt to bring to light and to interest what happens inside the government in terms of national security is considered criminal conduct."

"What is at stake is the foundation of the American Republic."

"This is a direct assault on the foundational amendment of the Constitution."

Government Executive: Blowing the Whistle at Your Agency May Have Just Gotten Easier


Federal whistleblowers will soon have new allies on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Thursday he will create the Senate Whistleblower Caucus to ensure protections for federal employees exposing wrongdoing at their agencies are being enforced.

Daily Press: Virginia Politics – Warner Bill to Detail Federal Spending Passes

The U.S. Senate took a step toward shedding light on how Washington spends money Thursday, voting unanimously for Sen. Mark Warner's two-year effort to set up a simple way for people to see how federal agencies spend money.

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act that Warner and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, sponsored makes federal agencies standardize the way they report spending and disclose all of it on a common, easy-to-search website. The bill sets a deadline of three years from now for that to start.

Neon Tommy: Snowden's Lawyer, Whistleblowers Converge At USC


Three prominent whistleblowers spoke at noon Tuesday at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and journalism, kicking off a two-day American Whistleblower Tour Event.

The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann: Why is Obama asking the CIA to Investigate CIA Torture?

GAP Executive & International Director Bea Edwards appeared on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on April 7, 2014. The segment can be watched below.


Free Speech Radio News: Yale Law School Panel Takes Stock of Government Overreach and Secrecy


Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee voted this afternoon to declassify parts of a report on CIA interrogation techniques. Even before the vote, the CIA torture report made headlines after revelations that the agency had accessed a restricted network used by Senate staffers to prepare and store the document. Senators who were otherwise tepid in response to revelations of widespread government spying and suspicionless surveillance of the U.S. general public reacted strongly to the invasion of the Senate staff network.

New Haven Register: Ralph Nader Talks Whistleblowers and National Security at Yale


Political firebrand Ralph Nader tore into the Obama administration’s claims of transparency Tuesday at Yale University, saying government spying and unchecked executive authority leaves the U.S. teetering on the verge of being a police state.

Joined by a trio of legal activists, Nader accused the White House of unbridled secrecy, while Congress, lawyers and the press do nothing.


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