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NSA Whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe Testifies Before EU Committee

Dylan Blaylock, October 01, 2013

GAP client and NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe testified before the EU Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) which has opened on inquiry into the impact of NSA surveillance on EU citizens. The session was recorded on September 30, 2013. Please find a video of Wiebe's testimony below:

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Statement Before EU Parliament Committee (Video)

Dylan Blaylock, September 30, 2013

GAP client & NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake testifying before the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on September 30, 2013.  The Committee has designated an inquiry into NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens. 

Please find the Drake's statement and a video of Drake reading the statement below: 

The Guardian: Intelligence Committee Withheld Key File Before Critical NSA Vote, Amash Claims

admin, August 12, 2013

From the Guardian: House Republican Justin Amash (MI), who led the effort to defund the NSA surveillance programs last month, has indicated that members of the House Intelligence Committee “never allowed legislators outside the panel to see a 2011 document that described the surveillance in vague terms” prior to a 2011 vote on reauthorizing the Patriot Act.

LA Times: Rep. Tom McClintock Calls for Amnesty for Snowden

admin, August 12, 2013

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) has called for the United States to grant NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden amnesty. Through a local TV outlet, McClintock stated that the amnesty would allow Snowden to return to the US “without the threat of prosecution.” The congressman also said that Snowden “broke [laws] for a very good reason because those laws were being used in direct contravention of our 4th Amendment rights as Americans.”

Systematic Deceit from the NSA

Bea Edwards, August 05, 2013

The following piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Whistleblowers, Journalists, and the New War Within: GAP Hosts Panel at Press Club on 7/25

Dylan Blaylock, July 29, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, GAP will be hosting a conference at the National Press Club featuring a panel of thought leaders in the categories of whistleblowing, privacy laws, digital media and journalism.

"Whistleblowers, Journalists, and the New War Within"
July 25, 2013, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

NYT Reporter James Risen: "I Will Always Protect My Sources"

Sarah Damian, July 23, 2013

On Friday, July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the First Amendment does not protect New York Times reporter James Risen from revealing the source(s) who provided him with information for a chapter in his 2006 book State of War.

Snowden's Faceless Accusers

Bea Edwards, July 11, 2013

The following piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Snowden Unmasks the True Aggressor in Cyber-Warfare: The United States

Bea Edwards, July 08, 2013

The following piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Edward Snowden told America and the rest of the world two things that really matter: