(Washington, DC) – In a sign of the continuing global repercussions to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, a Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) created by the European Parliament has scheduled a series of 12 meetings to take place by the end of 2013 to examine spying efforts by the United States and EU countries.
Comprised of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the committee aims to determine the impact of surveillance activities on EU citizens. Furthermore, although the EU protects citizens under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing freedom of expression, the committee will examine EU whistleblower protections and issues relating to the preservation of the practice of investigative journalism.
Scheduled to testify are Government Accountability Project (GAP) National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, as well as former Senior Executive Thomas Drake and former Senior Analyst J. Kirk Wiebe, both NSA whistleblowers.
“The surveillance we continue to learn about is breathtaking in its scope,” observed GAP Executive Director Beatrice Edwards. “The EU is absolutely right to intervene in this unprecedented overreach. It must be stopped.”
GAP champions government and corporate accountability and transparency by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. Since its founding in 1977, GAP has fought to make large bureaucratic institutions accountable through the effective exercise of conscience.
Contact: Douglas Kim, GAP External Relations Officer
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Government Accountability Project
The Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, GAP’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, GAP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.