National Security

Foreign Policy: I Spy: Season 2 Episode 4: The Whistleblower

Note: this podcast, featuring Government Accountability Project, can be found here. The Whistleblower Thomas Drake joined the NSA in 2001 to help deal with the glut of data created by the huge rise of internet use around the world. But he grew increasingly troubled by something else: the way the U.S. government was targeting its [...]

Sign On: Amendments to USA Freedom Reauthorization Act 2020

May 11, 2020 Dear Senators, The undersigned organizations write to urge you to support privacy-protective amendments to H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, to oppose the underlying bill if improvements are not adopted, and to oppose amendments offered that would weaken the bill. We applaud the Senate for not rushing to pass [...]

2020-06-08T16:02:38-04:00May 11th, 2020|National Security, Sign-on Letter|

Press Release: Senator Wyden Opposes Senior Intelligence Official’s Nomination Over Whistleblowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020 Senator Wyden Opposes Senior Intelligence Official’s Nomination Over Whistleblowers WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) opposed William Evanina’s nomination to serve as the Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Sen. Wyden’s opposition comes days after Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) lifted his 2018 hold on [...]

Foreign Policy: Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst and Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief Ratcliffe gets grilled over his role in misrepresenting the facts during the U.S. president’s impeachment. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without intelligence experience nominated by the [...]

The New Republic: Why Is the Pentagon Still Paying $10 a Gallon for Gas?

Note: this article, written by our Investigator Zack Kopplin, was originally published here. Why Is the Pentagon Still Paying $10 a Gallon for Gas? Amid a global oil collapse, the military is overpaying politically connected contractors to keep its jets fueled in Iraq. As any American who’s passed a gas station in the past two [...]

Foreign Policy: Death of a Whistleblower

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Death of a Whistleblower Questions raised by a Pentagon investigator went unanswered following his workplace suicide. It’s almost not possible to overstate how large and complicated the United States Department of Defense is. It is the largest U.S. government agency, [...]

SC Magazine: Trump Again Nominates Ratcliffe for DNI Post

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Trump Again Nominates Ratcliffe for DNI Post In a curious deja vu, President Trump is nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of National intelligence (DNI), although Ratcliffe was widely panned as unqualified when Trump floated him as a replacement for Dan Coats last [...]

2020-03-02T10:05:06-05:00March 2nd, 2020|In The News, National Security|

Government Accountability Project Staffers Sign On to DOJ Letter

Government Accountability Project Staffers Sign On to DOJ Letter 2,500+ Signatures Strong, Letter Calls for Barr’s Resignation By Emma Lyons More than 2,500 former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have signed an open letter published Sunday calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign. This follows numerous reports of Mr. Barr’s interference in a routine [...]

TIME: Trump’s Attack on Vindman May Violate Whistleblower Protection Laws. But Challenging It Could Be Risky.

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine and our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump's Attack on Vindman May Violate Whistleblower Protection Laws. But Challenging It Could Be Risky. President Donald Trump’s moves against impeachment witnesses may be illegal, whistleblower advocates say, but the [...]

2020-02-13T11:04:10-05:00February 13th, 2020|In The News, National Security|

Letter to Congress: Senate Should Prohibit Outing a Whistleblower

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader The Honorable Chuck Schumer Senate Minority Leader Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Members of the United States Senate: The Government Accountability Project, the Liberty Coalition, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance urge the Senate to send a strong signal to [...]

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