GAP wanted to take on Colby as a client
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#1 Jul 12, 2013
If Colby had been an employee or contractor GAP would be representing him now. I think the ACLU will represent the Colby's. They would be smart to do so. Otherwise they'll refer the Colby's to a good private attorney.
Washington Post: Snowden Says He Will Seek Asylum in Russia
Summary: Snowden, meeting today with representatives from international human rights groups at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, announced that he accepts all offers of asylum that have thus far been given. Because the US government revoked his passport priveleges thereby prohibiting his travel, however, the NSA whistleblower officially applied for political asylum in Russia.
GAP released this statement following the press conference, stating that "Snowden's whistleblower status is now bolstered by political refugee status."
The Guardian: How Microsoft Handed the NSA Access to Encrypted Messages
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Summary: New files released yesterday in the Guardian, provided by NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, detail the depth by which Microsoft has been working with the NSA to allow access to user files notably certain Outlook programs and Skype calls. Microsoft has assisted the NSA to circumvent the company's own encryption. From the article (taken directly):
Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;
The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com , including Hotmail;
The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;
Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;
In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;
Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport."
The article also points out that Microsofts latest marketing campaign (released in April) is: "Your privacy is our priority.
Associated Press: Verizon, AT&T Get Most Bucks from Feds for Wiretaps
July 10, 2013
Summary: This piece details how much different telecoms and tech companies receive from the government for allowing wiretaps and sharing email records. This information in based on disclosures made last year to Congress, and documents that nonprofits have uncovered.
Huffington Post: Snowdens Faceless Accusers
July 11, 2013
Summary: GAP Executive & International Director Bea Edwards writes in the Huffington Post about the hypocrisy of Snowdens accusers calling the whistleblower a leaker as they provide information that is classified, false or both to journalists. The very case being built against Snowden by these officials is ample evidence that the US government can and will bring incriminating evidence whether true or false against anyone it chooses. These official leakers represent the propaganda machine put in place by the US government.
Federal Times: DHS Seeking Reconsideration of MacLean Decision
July 11, 2013
Summary: GAP client and TSA whistleblower Robert MacLean emerged victorious in April after years of alleging that the agency wrongfully terminated him for disclosing wrongdoing. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is refusing to accept defeat and pursuing a second hearing.
Key Quote: Tom Devine, legal director at the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy group helping to represent MacLean, said the government is refusing to accept defeat.
#2 Jul 12, 2013
Salon:Everyone is Corrupt, Ive Come to Learn
July 11, 2013
Summary: This in-depth article on GAP client and CIA/torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, examines the whistleblowers case, from his leading counter terrorism operations in Pakistan to his anti-torture interview on ABC that led to 30 months in federal prison.
Key Quote:At the beginning I thought it was personal, Kiriakou said about his fight against the CIA, FBI and Justice Department, that I had angered someone, that there was some personal vendetta against me. But as time has passed, Ive come to the conclusion that this is institutional theres been so many personnel changes. Theres almost nobody left at the agency who was in a leadership position when I was there
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July 11, 2013
Summary: This piece recaps the problematic anti-whistleblower Ag Gag laws that criminalize undercover documentation of abuse in industrial agriculture, with discussion of the corporate backers of the legislation.
New Orleans City Business: Tulane Team Gets Funding to Develop Better Oil Dispersant
July 10, 2013
Summary: Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans have been awarded a $1 million grant to develop a more efficient dispersant than those used in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. GAP led an investigation into, and a campaign to fight against, the continued use of the dispersant Corexit, which has had devastating effects on the environment of the Gulf coast and the health of its residents.
Key Quote: After the oil spill in 2010 an advocacy group called the Government Accountability project reported that cleanup workers began developing health problems such as heart palpitations, migraines and kidney and liver damage, which they attributed to the dispersants used during the cleanup process. Dispersants are used to thin out oil residue from offshore spills and other accidents so it doesnt clump up along the shore line.
United Press International: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Halliburton Subsidiary
July 11, 2013
Summary: A US judge has refused to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act against former Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR). The suit alleges that the company overcharged the US government while building laundry facilities in Iraq.
#3 Jul 13, 2013
Delusions of grandeur.
You are not even remotely close to the current whistle-blowers. You could do more important things for the disabled and homeless by walking around town everyday lecturing them about the dangers of METH. Just seeing you talk about it with them will show them how dangerous it is.
#4 Jul 13, 2013
Sure thing whackjob-with-delusions-of-gra nduer.
Just like the FBI was going to investigate the "Crime of the Century", the ghastly Drive-by-fruiting of FAT BJ's ratty old Ford!!
#5 Jul 13, 2013
Because she's such an important and controversial "Activist"!!
The Original Buzz
“The buck stops here!”
Since: Sep 12
#6 Jul 13, 2013
But she's a couple of octaves above John E Colby as far as credibility or influence are involved.
Has John cried to PFLAG yet?
#7 Jul 13, 2013
But she is also much smarter, thinner and better looking than John Colby! Plus he, not she, was overwhelmingly voted "UCSC's Biggest Embarrassment".
#8 Jul 13, 2013
The only GAP that's related to John Colby is also referred to as " plumber's butt "!
#9 Jul 14, 2013
I think that ass crack of John's would take about a cubic yard of concrete to fill...
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