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“No Right Without a Remedy”: Why NSA Whistleblower Protections Are Lacking

Posted in Federal Employee Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Intelligence Community Whistleblowers, National Security, News
"No Right Without a Remedy": Why NSA Whistleblower Laws Are LackingEarlier this month Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, attended a roundtable discussion with the National Security Agency (NSA) Inspector General (IG) Robert Storch. The meeting served as an avenue for the IG to hear comments on the NSA’s whistleblower program. In attendance was Andrew Snowdon, NSA whistleblower coordinator and Office of the Inspector General (OIG)… Continue Reading

National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked ReportOver the weekend the Daily Beast reported on a leaked draft investigative report that exposed the systemic failures in the flawed intelligence community whistleblower program. According to this report, late last year the Trump Administration put a lid on the finalization of an investigation of the whistleblower program failures by the Inspector General for all intelligence agencies. … Continue Reading

Top 10 Whistleblower Protection Blog’s Posts of 2015

Posted in News
Top ten Whistleblower Protection Blog posts of 2015The Whistleblower Protection Blog’s most popular posts during the past year covered a wide range of whistleblower topics including court victories improving whistleblower rights, the introduction of new whistleblower legislation,  and the Congressional celebration honoring whistleblowers. We really appreciate the support from our loyal readers. You have given us another successful year. If you’d like to be the first to know… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Rules NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Illegal

Posted in National Security, News
NSA Whistleblower Edward SnowdenWashington, D.C.  May 7, 2015.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) telephone metadata collection program, which gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed documents confirming the illegal program’s existence in June of 2013. The government argued that it was authorized… Continue Reading

The Growing Power of the NSA

Posted in News
We may be much closer to living in an Orwellian state than many think, suggests William Binney, a National Security Agency whistleblower. In his first interview since he quit his job because of the domestic surveillance program, he sat down with Democracy Now! to discuss the NSA's colossal power to spy on Americans.… Continue Reading

Government drops all serious charges against Drake

Posted in National Security
News is breaking that federal prosecutors have agreed to drop all serious (felony) charges against Thomas Drake, the Maryland whistleblower from the National Security Administration (NSA). In a face-saving ploy by the government, prosecutors insisted that Drake plead guilty to a misdemeanor of exceeding authorized use of a government computer.  Drake agreed, with the proviso that he will receive no… Continue Reading

DOJ drops investigation of NSA whistleblower Thomas Tamm

Posted in National Security
In 2005, Thomas Tamm worked for the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. He leaked information to the New York Times that exposed how the National Security Agency (NSA) was conducting illegal wiretaps. In 2008, Sam Dratch urged here against prosecution of Tamm.  Numerous news sources are reporting this week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided… Continue Reading

Feds prosecute another whistleblower

Posted in National Security
The U.S. Justice Department is prosecuting another whistleblower.  According to an indictment by a Baltimore grand jury (reported here by the New York Times), Thomas A. Drake released classified emails showing that the National Security Administration (NSA) wasted billions of taxpayer dollars trying to get computers to collect and sort electronic information. The government is also charging that Drake shredded… Continue Reading