Research conducted by Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Judiciary Committee staff reveals stunning disregard by federal agencies for an anti-gag provision of the 2013 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA).
Except for minor technical problems, the livestream appearance of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went off as planned at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Speaking from Russia via video link (Google Hangouts), Snowden participated in a discussion panel with ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner (who represents Snowden) and ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian, and took questions from the public via Twitter.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is in a tizzy that Edward Snowden has been invited to speak (remotely) at a technology conference in Austin. In a letter to the conference organizers, SXSW, Pompeo alleges that Snowden’s “only apparent qualification is his willingness to steal from his own government and then flee to that beacon of First Amendment freedoms, the Russia of Vladimir Putin.” “I strongly urge you to withdraw this invitation,” Pompeo writes.
“Top Priority: the Terror Within” tells the true story of whistleblower Julia Davis, a former DHS/ICE officer who conscientiously tries to prevent a bureaucratic SNAFU from turning into another 9/11.