About Robert M. Nelson

Robert 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.

ACLU President Speaks on the Snowden Affair

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Susan N. Herman, the president of the national American Civil Liberties Union will discuss how to avoid the problems faced by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Why Did the Edward Snowden Incident Happen?

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People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.

Caltech Faulted for Unfair Labor Practices at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Caltech issued letters of highest level disciplinary reprimand to five JPL employees because they used JPL’s internal email system to discuss the implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling on the working conditions at JPL.

JPL Employees Call for Congressional Investigation into NASA Privacy Breach

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Robert Nelson: The employees have asked Congress to conduct an investigation into NASA’s cavalier disregard for protecting the personal information of NASA’s present and past employees and contractors.

HSPD12 Employees Wait to See How NASA Responds

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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.

Access to the Space Shuttle: JPL Scientists Cite NASA Policies to Refute Solicitor General

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Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory today released NASA documents that support their demand that acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal retract remarks made before the United States Supreme Court on October 5 in the case of Nelson et al. v. NASA et al (09-530)

NASA Scientists Demand Retraction from Attorney General

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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.

NASA Scientists Discuss Upcoming Supreme Court Privacy Case

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is hosting a telephone press briefing this morning to preview a Supreme Court case that will be argued next week. Dial: (866) 961-5938 to listen in at 9:00 am Pacific time. Jet Propulsion Lab Teleconference

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

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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.

Taking in the Economic View from Lake and Colorado

It is tempting to view the current economic crisis as a problem for Wall Street and Washington, D.C. However, a local resident can learn all that’s needed about the impending financial meltdown simply by standing on the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. From there, the entire crisis can be [...]

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