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National Security & Human Rights

The NSA and BofA: Working Together for Us?

Bea Edwards, January 14, 2013

The Washington Post reported on January 11 that the National Security Agency (NSA) is helping major US banks shore up their cybersecurity systems, in the wake of "a barrage of assaults" on the financial institutions' websites.

White House "Insider Threat" Memo Will Silence Whistleblowers

Jesselyn Radack, November 27, 2012

Last week, the White House issued a little noticed memorandum on "insider threats" instructing a taskforce to conjure up programs that will

. . . promote the development of effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security.

GAP National Security Whistleblowers Honored in Moving Ceremony

Hannah Johnson, November 16, 2012

Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes. And I'm really hoping that's the case. Because the government's current vision is pretty clouded – at least when it comes to national security. And by clouded, I mean nearly blind.

How else do you justify that the only person associated with the Bush-era torture policies going to jail is the guy who blew the whistle on it? Or the interception and storage of millions of Americans' private communications?

NSA Whistleblowers to be Honored Tuesday at Callaway Awards

Hannah Johnson, November 09, 2012

This Tuesday (Nov 13) the postponed ceremony for the Callaway Awards will take place at Carnegie Institution Building in DC. You’re all invited!

The 2012 Joe. A. Callaway Awards for Civic Courage are presented by the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest and will honor CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, and NSA whistleblowers William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe. All three recipients are GAP clients: national security whistleblowers who stood up for constitutional rights and American values, at great risk to their personal and professional lives.

The Back Story to Kiriakou's Imminent Guilty Plea

Jesselyn Radack, October 23, 2012

A change of plea hearing is set for today at 11:00 am in the Espionage Act case against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Let's be clear, there is one reason, and one reason only that John Kiriakou is taking this plea: for the certainty that he'll be out of jail in 2 1/2 years to see his five children grow up.

CIA Whistleblower to Spend Years in Jail for Revealing Torture

Jesselyn Radack, October 22, 2012

DO NOT let this become the headline.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Inches From Jail So CIA Can Protect Torture Kingpin Thomas Fletcher

Jesselyn Radack, October 17, 2012

Former CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is inches away from pleading away years of his life to jail while the former chief of the CIA headquarters-based RDI (Rendition, Detention, Interrogation) group is sitting pretty enjoying his retirement in Virginia.

GAP's Radack & NSA Whistleblower Drake Appear on 'The Daily Show'

Hannah Johnson, August 07, 2012

We here at GAP are big fans of both whistleblower rights and funny things, though, for better or worse, they don't often cross paths. Until now! We were unimaginably delighted when The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired a segment on whistleblowers last night.

Newly-Released Documents Show Case Against Thomas Drake Was Built on Sand

, July 31, 2012

I've said since the collapse of the Espionage Act case against National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Thomas Drake that the case was built on sand and collapsed under the weight of the truth.

Note to DNI: Muzzling Low-Level Employees Won't Stop High-Level Leaks

Hannah Johnson, June 26, 2012

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, Jr. thinks intelligence community (IC) employees should be like his grandchildren: seen but not heard. Unfortunately, that means his IC community "grandchildren" could witness government crimes, waste, fraud, abuse, or dangers to health and public safety, and never report them.