Government Accountability Project

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is a 30-year-old nonprofit public interest group that promotes government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. We pursue this mission through our Nuclear Safety, International Reform, Corporate Accountability, Food & Drug Safety, and Federal Employee/National Security programs. GAP is the nation's leading whistleblower protection organization.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Today, "The Day We Fight Back" Goes Global
Good governance groups, transparency organizations and accountability advocates around the world are protesting mass surveillance today, February 11: the Day We Fight Back. The Whistleblowers International Network (WIN) is distributing the protest message below, drafted by the Government Accountability Project in the United States, for individuals to use as an email signature.
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
GAP Promotes Privacy Statement for All Emails to Protest Mass Surveillance Revealed by Whistleblower Edward Snowden
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is distributing and encouraging use of a Privacy Statement for all Internet users to adopt as part of their signature line in their online communications. Similar to the standard legal disclaimers found at the end of many emails, this Privacy Statement goes further by explicitly prohibiting the collection of the communication and related metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA), consistent with the disclosures of the bulk metadata collection program revealed by GAP client Edward Snowden in June 2013.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Two Norwegian Members of Parliament (MP) have nominated ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Citing his efforts to contribute to a "more stable and peaceful world order," Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen have submitted a formal nomination to the Nobel Committee, signaling a growing international consensus towards the Snowden disclosures that began in June 2013.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Government Watchdog Group Declares Surveillance Programs Illegal Affirming Snowden Whistleblower Status
An independent bipartisan agency within the Executive Branch has issued a landmark 238-page report that concludes the bulk metadata telephony program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) has provided only "minimal" benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal, and should be closed down.
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Friday, January 03, 2014
GAP Statement on Edward Snowden and NSA Domestic Surveillance
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.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Snowden Whistleblower Status Confirmed by Ruling on Unconstitutional Bulk Phone Data Collection
US District Court Judge Richard Leon has declared that the bulk phone record collection activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) are likely in violation of the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The very first of its kind, the 68-page legal opinion is highly critical of the constitutionality, and even the effectiveness, of the NSA’s bulk data collection program.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Statement by Edward Snowden on Being Honored as a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine
A statement from Edward Snowden was read by Government Accountability Project (GAP) National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack at a reception last night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. The reception was held in honor of the 100 individuals named Leading Global Thinkers in 2013, an annual list now in its fifth year of the most significant visionaries and leaders in politics, business, technology, and the arts according to the editors of Foreign Policy Magazine.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Make it Safe Coalition to Senate: Reduce Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Government by Protecting Whistleblowers
Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce will hold a hearing examining the national security workforce. Angela Canterbury of the Project on Government Oversight and Make it Safe Coalition will testify to make the coalition point that we need action in light of a recent court decision that has effectively cancelled civil service due process rights and whistleblower protections for anyone in a 'national security sensitive' position.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
European Parliament Names Snowden a Finalist for the 2013 Sakharov Prize
The European Parliament (EP) has named former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden a 2013 finalist for its prestigious international human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Given to individuals who have distinguished themselves for outstanding contributions in the fight for human rights, the Sakharov Prize has a tradition of laureates who have been incarcerated or even tortured, starting with its first recipients in 1988, Nelson Mandela and Anatoly Marchenko.
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Monday, September 30, 2013
NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Addresses European Parliament on the American Surveillance State
Earlier today, former National Security Agency (NSA) Senior Executive Thomas Drake addressed a special Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) created by the European Parliament to investigate spying efforts by the United States and EU countries. Addressing specially-appointed Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Drake spoke as a former NSA crypto-linguist who witnessed what he describes as a "persistent surveillance state" that was "born during the first few critical weeks and months following 9/11."
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