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Keeping the Powerful Accountable

Staff, May 15, 2015

This New York Times article raises an excellent point on mass surveillance and the need for more transparency and accountability. 

“Over time, it becomes a question of what is it that we are protecting. Are we protecting simply physical security and our geographical boundaries, or are we protecting a system of political values? That includes open deliberation of national security policies…” – Steven Aftergood

Vindication for Snowden and A Step Toward Ending Mass Surveillance

Staff, May 08, 2015

“A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.”

How Serious Are Cyber-Threats to the US?

Intern, July 08, 2014

cyberthreatOn Feb.

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

Bea Edwards, March 13, 2014

On February 28th, the Media Consortium met in Chicago and spoke via Skype with Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

Chicago Conference Brings Int'l Experts to Help Journalists Beat the Spy State

, February 03, 2014

Dear GAP Supporters:

Journalists from around the country will meet in Chicago from Feb. 27 to March 1 to consider what the internationally coordinated state surveillance means to them. For more information, please see the information below.

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Feinstein & Rogers Blame Boris & Natasha

Bea Edwards, January 22, 2014

The following piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Why Snowden's Disclosures of Foreign Surveillance Are Legitimate

Bea Edwards, January 13, 2014

The following piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Kiriakou Honored Yet Again: Wins 'Peacemaker of the Year' Award

Dylan Blaylock, November 01, 2013

kiriakou stillIt's now been more than eight months since CIA/torture whistleblower John Kiriakou was imprisoned for telling the truth. Kiriakou, a GAP client, is the sole CIA agent to go to jail in connection with the U.S. torture program, despite the fact that he never tortured anyone.

Radack Relays Snowden’s Statement to Thousands Protesting NSA Surveillance

Dylan Blaylock, October 28, 2013

This past Saturday, thousands of people protested massive, unconstitutional National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance in Washington, DC. Among the speakers at the rally were GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, who relayed a statement that NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden asked her to read on his behalf, and GAP client/NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who spoke to the crowd about his experience of being prosecuted by the federal government for telling the truth.

Snowden Statement to be Read at October 26th Privacy Rally in Nation's Capital

Dylan Blaylock, October 25, 2013

A coalition named "Stop Watching Us," made up of over 100 public advocacy groups, is organizing "The Rally Against Mass Surveillance" planned for Saturday, October 26, 2013 and meeting in front of Union Station in Washington, DC. Among the speakers will be Government Accountability Project (GAP) National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, who will read a statement that former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden asked her to read on his behalf. Snowden publicly expressed his support for the event in a statement published by the ACLU yesterday.

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