Robert M. Nelson

robert-m-nelsonRobert M. Nelson is a NASA research scientist who, after three decades, left the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after unsuccessfully challenging egregious national security regulations. He now continues his research at the Planetary Science Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union.

Killing the Messenger

Killing the Messenger

Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.

The End of Privacy

Citizenfour Edward Snowden

Robert Nelson: “Citizenfour” is a spellbinder. Poitras does not simply describe what others did. She herself was a central player in getting Edward Snowden’s revelations before the world.

Government Surveillance from Cointelpro to Snowden

Intrusive Government Surveillance

Bob Nelson: The apologists for the national security state were caught off guard by the breadth of the revelations. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, initially argued that the public should have no concern if they have done nothing to hide.

HSPD12 Employees Wait to See How NASA Responds

Supreme Court Seal

In the wake of an 8-0 setback by the United States Supreme Court last week, the JPL plaintiffs in the HSPD12 case said they would now wait to see what NASA does in response to the decision. In a communication released to the JPL staff today the employees said “The ball is now in NASA’s court.

NASA Scientists Demand Retraction from Attorney General

NASA Space Shuttle

A group of scientists, engineers, and administrative personnel at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have demanded that the United States Attorney General’s office issue an immediate retraction of remarks made before the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday by acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal in the case of Nelson et al. vs NASA et al.

Supreme Court Will Hear JPL – Homeland Security Case

The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled October 5, 2010 to hear argument on the matter of open-ended background investigations of federal contractors arising from Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 (Nelson et al. vs NASA, No. 09-530).

Solicitor General Appeals HSPD-12 Case to Supreme Court

elena kagan

The Solicitor General has opened a Pandora’s Box, permitting the Supreme Court to possibly erase all protections that citizens might have against government snooping into the most intimate details of their private lives. The government could engage in a wholesale invasion of privacy.

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