GAP constantly works with federal employees to protect them from retaliation for exposing government wrongdoing. Although we take clients from all types of agencies, multitudes of disclosures to us have led us to focus some effort in specific areas with regards to federal employees. Specifically, GAP works with many clients in the areas of National Security & Human Rights (see below), FDA and USDA oversight (both in food integrity and general public health), the environment (with a long history in nuclear oversight issues), public health (drug safety), and financial accountability. Again, this list is not all-inclusive. GAP accepts government employees with all types of disclosures.
The National Security/Defense/Intelligence Complex
More specifically, GAP has worked with a number of national security, intelligence, and law enforcement whistleblowers through our National Security & Human Rights program. This includes whistleblowers from various agencies, such as the National Security Agency, CIA, FBI, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice (DOJ). In fact, GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack is herself a DOJ whistleblower.
GAP also often works with Department of Defense military and civilian personnel, as well as other defense-related government contractors. We currently represent one whistleblower who is pursuing a constitutional rights claim against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for his role in the torturing and illegal imprisonment of our client, a U.S. citizen, who was working as a translator in Iraq. In a similar case, GAP also signed and coordinated an amicus curiae brief in support of two American citizens, both whistleblowers and contractors who were wrongfully detained and subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" by American military officers, who also have a lawsuit moving forward that holds former Secretary Rumsfeld personally responsible for their alleged torture.
Another example of clients in this area includes civilian Marine Corps official (and former marine) Franz Gayl, whose case illustrates how bureaucratic bumbling resulted in thousands of American troops needlessly dying.