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Reason: Clapper Signs Media Directive Gagging Intelligence Workers

By MATTHEW FEENEY

Last month Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a directive banning the employees of some government agencies from discussing intelligence-related work with the media.

Read the directive

Main Line Media News: NSA Whistleblowers to Speak at West Chester University

By KENDAL GAPINSKI

Two National Security Agency whistleblowers will visit West Chester University on Wednesday to speak about the ongoing debate over privacy rights with increased national security surveillance.

Bill Binney and Thomas Drake, both former NSA employees, will speak Wednesday at the Sykes Student Union Theater from noon to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

New Orleans Advocate: 4 Years after Spill Questions Remain about Health Impacts

By RICHARD THOMPSON

Ronnie Dufrene never cared much for coffee. That is, until the Lafitte native mostly lost his sense of smell after spending months working on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster response.

Now, the waft of a fresh brew is one of the few scents he can pick up.

“Every now and then, I get a faint whiff of something,” said Dufrene, 55, a shrimper. “I can smell coffee, and that makes me crave it. I’d rather have a Diet Coke, but it’s one of the only things I can smell, so I go for it.”

Canton Daily Ledger: ‘Ag Gag’ Protects Bad Producers Not Good Consumers (Op-ed)

By BILL KNIGHT
Retired WIU Journalism Professor

As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst. But if something like that happened to be uncovered by Iowa whistleblowers, the whistleblowers could be prosecuted.

In some states, E coli, salmonella and a whole host of food-related problems might go unreported where there’s an “ag gag.”

FireDogLake: Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room

by KEVIN GOSZTOLA

In the midst of a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto Pennsylvania, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou has written a letter where he reports that his children were told they had to leave the visitors room because it was “overcrowded.” Kiriakou immediately saw this as an act of retaliation for writing letters from prison.

Washington Free Beacon: Communications Crackdown – DNI Directive Forbids Unauthorized Talk with Journalists

By CJ CIARAMELLA

Members of the intelligence community are now forbidden from unapproved contact with reporters, according to a memo issued last month by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The March directive, obtained by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Project on Government Secrecy, says members of the intelligence community “must obtain authorization for contacts with the media” regarding intelligence matters.

The Wrap: Tribeca Docs on Government Spying – ‘What Was Illegal Under Nixon Is Legal Under Obama’

By STEVE POND

Government surveillance, abuses of power and the supression of dissent kicked into high gear after 9/11, one documentary argued at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night.

But the whistleblowers who exposed recent activities were hardly breaking new ground, because some of the same things were going on more than four decades ago, another Tribeca doc pointed out.

Neon Tommy: NSA Whistleblower Warns USC Students Of Government's Power

By JEREMY FUSTER

Thomas Drake turned to the small group of USC students gathered at the Annenberg School of Journalism, and spoke to them with a sense of great urgency. He told them the story of how the government turned on him, and his speech was filled with dire warnings:

"Any attempt to bring to light and to interest what happens inside the government in terms of national security is considered criminal conduct."

"What is at stake is the foundation of the American Republic."

"This is a direct assault on the foundational amendment of the Constitution."

Politico: Edward Snowden's Prize

by DYLAN BYERS

Edward Snowden didn’t win a Pulitzer on Monday, but he might as well have.

In a move certain to be interpreted as a vindication of the former government contractor’s efforts, the Pulitzer Prize Board on Monday awarded The Guardian US and The Washington Post its coveted Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance practices.

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