The Snowden revelations have brought dozens of revelations to light about the breadth and legality of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. In a Roll Call op-ed published today, Executive Director Patrice McDermott notes that while the public now knows much more about these programs, the reform efforts that are taking shape in Congress threaten to continue to leave the public in the dark.
The revelations have continued to this day. As a result, legislation that makes major changes to bulk collection of call records just passed the House — although it remains possible that it, too, will be secretly interpreted to allow surveillance of millions of Americans.
"Our team and an unprecedented array of civil society and private sector coalitions came together to move closer to the government surveillance reforms we need."
"The best way for the government to stop leaks is to enact meaningful and effective whistleblower protection. It is appalling that a year after Snowden’s history-changing disclosures, national security and intelligence contractors still have no viable channels through which they can expose fraud, waste, abuse and illegality." View GAP's video here.