CIA whistleblower lawsuit by an undercover agent that charges a CIA station chief and others at the agency for illegally retaliating against him after he raised concerns about dangerous practices


EXCLUSIVE: POGO reports first on a CIA whistleblower lawsuit by an undercover agent that charges a CIA station chief and others at the agency for illegally retaliating against him after he raised concerns about dangerous practices at a secret base that put agents in harms way unnecessarily.
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CIA Whistleblower Lawsuit Charges Illegal Retaliation, Dangerous Practices

EXCLUSIVE: POGO reports first on a CIA whistleblower lawsuit by an undercover agent that charges a CIA station chief and others at the agency for illegally retaliating against him after he raised concerns about dangerous practices at a secret base that put agents in harms way unnecessarily.

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Even the revised version of a Department of Justice warrant seeking information about an anti-Trump organizing site raises serious constitutional concerns.

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CIA officer: Personnel sent shopping in hostile area

Details of the suit were highlighted in a report issued Thursday by the Project On Government Oversight, an independent watchdog that probes government corruption and misconduct and has called on Congress to strengthen whistleblower protections for employees at U.S. intelligence agencies.
The Los Angeles Times

Judge approves limited search warrant for data on anti-Trump protesters

Sixty civil liberties groups and other organizations sent a letter to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on Thursday to express concern about the search warrant demand and the precedent it sets.

“The Justice Department’s actions in this case conflicted with core American values,” the letter states. “Americans have a right to seek information without fear of surveillance; they have a right to privacy; they have a right to dissent; and they have a right to petition their government without fear of persecution.”

USA Today

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The Week

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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