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Government Accountability Project Statement on 2nd Circuit’s Ruling That NSA's Bulk Phone Metadata Collection Is Illegal

May 07, 2015


(WASHINGTON) – Today, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in ACLU v. Clapper that the NSA’s bulk phone metadata surveillance program is illegal because it exceeds the authority granted in the PATRIOT ACT. This ruling represents a major step in repealing the surveillance state and offers vindication for GAP clients such as Bill Binney, Thomas Drake, and Edward Snowden, who scarified so much to blow the whistle on flagrant abuses of power.

Whistleblower Transferred from Geneva to Fiji in Retaliation for Disclosure of Misconduct

May 07, 2015


(WASHINGTON) – Miranda Brown, a senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva and a whistleblower, is to be involuntarily transferred by May 13th to Suva, Fiji, one of the farthest duty stations from Geneva. Brown was removed from her position at the OHCHR in December 2014, and subsequently transferred to Fiji, amidst rumors that her post there would soon be abolished or transferred to some unknown location.

Gen. Petraeus Sentence “Slap on the Wrist” that Highlights Gross Double Standard in Application of Justice

April 24, 2015


Attorney for Snowden, Kiriakou and Drake Comments on Gen. Petraeus Sentence

(WASHIGNTON) – Yesterday, Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation and a $100,000 fine after illegally disclosing classified information to his mistress, including code-word information, detailed discussions with the President, and the names of covert operatives. He additionally lied to the FBI about his disclosures.

In regard to Gen. Petraeus’ sentence, GAP’s Jesselyn Radack stated:

Whistleblowers Urge Ban Ki-Moon and U.N. Executives to Strengthen Anti-Retaliation Measures

April 08, 2015


(WASHINGTON) – Today, a group of nine whistleblowers from the U.N. system sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Directors of U.N. Specialized Agencies urging them to do more to protect whistleblowers.

The letter claims that whistleblower policies in the U.N. system “afford little to no measure of real or meaningful protection for whistleblowers” and that “fear of reporting wrongdoing is widespread.” According to the letter, the “UN system of justice fails whistleblowers.”

Major Win For Corporate Whistleblowers

March 24, 2015

Ominous Dissent Underscores Fragility of Rights

(WASHINGTON) – Yesterday, in Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board posted a decision providing a major victory for employee rights that upheld and clarified employee-friendly burdens of proof created by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and used in every corporate whistleblower law enacted since 1989.

Leading Whistleblower Protection Advocates Petition Department of Labor to Combat Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers

March 24, 2015

The Government Accountability Project and Zuckerman Law call on DOL to end De facto Gag Clauses

(WASHINGTON) – The Government Accountability Project and Zuckerman Law have submitted a rulemaking petition to the Department of Labor (DOL) asking it to strengthen prohibitions against companies using gag clauses in policies and agreements that undermine federal whistleblower protection laws.

GAP Press Statement Regarding Petraeus' Soft Plea Deal

March 03, 2015

GAP’s Jesselyn Radack and GAP Clients John Kiriakou and Thomas Drake Speak out Against Hypocrisy of Plea Deals


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