Posts Tagged ‘GAP’
Sunday, January 5th, 2014
WBI Note: The nation’s best advocate for whistleblowers, the Goverment Accountability Project (GAP) made the following statement. Bullied targets are sometimes whistleblowers. (Though fraud is not always the issue, abuse is. And targets do expose fraudulent, undermining practices by bullies.) All whistleblowers are bullied.
WASHINGTON – January 3 – In June 2013, the American public learned conclusively about the wholesale surveillance of virtually all Americans through secretive programs by the National Security Agency (NSA) that continue to be implemented today. These programs collect the phone records, email exchanges, and internet histories of people all over the world who would have no knowledge of this were it not for the disclosures of former federal contractor Edward Snowden.
As legal counsel to Snowden as well as the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) would like to make its position clear on the following:
I. SNOWDEN IS A WHISTLEBLOWER.
Snowden disclosed information about programs that he reasonably believed to be illegal and abusive. In December 2013, this position was supported by a legal opinion by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who questioned the legality and the effectiveness of the bulk telephony metadata program, declaring it “likely unconstitutional.”
Days later, a hand-picked White House panel of intelligence and legal experts bolstered this ruling with 46 recommendations to rein in the national surveillance apparatus, including a specific recommendation to terminate the bulk metadata collection program on American citizens by the NSA.
Snowden’s revelations were undeniably in the public interest and have given rise to:
– governmental and corporate reforms all around the world
– more than two dozen bills in Congress
– half a dozen lawsuits
– an understanding that the Director of National Intelligence lied in testimony to Congress