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Jesselyn Radack

National Security and Human Rights Advisor to the President
Branch: Justice
Current Location: Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Hometown: Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Jesselyn Radack is GAP's National Security & Human Rights Director. In her role, she works primarily with national security and intelligence community whistleblowers, including those from the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, NSA and CIA – with a special focus on torture, secret surveillance, secrecy, and political discrimination. She recently represented former NSA official Thomas Drake on whistleblower matters stemming from the government's unsuccessful prosecution of him under the Espionage Act. She also represents John Doe in Doe v. Rumsfeld, in which the D.C. district court has taken the rare action of allowing a personal liability action to proceed against a cabinet-level official for the torture of American contractors. She also has successfully defended whistleblowers before administrative bodies, such as the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Previously, she represented defense contractors in qui tam (False Claims Act) lawsuits alleging reconstruction fraud in Iraq, and served on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee. Upon graduation from Yale Law School, she joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General Honors Program. She practiced constitutional tort litigation for four years and served as a legal ethics advisor for three, which led to her becoming a whistleblower in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, the first high-profile terrorism prosecution following 9/11. Radack graduated from Brown University, magna cum laude, in 1992. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including NPR, Pacifica Radio and the BBC. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Legal Times, National Law Journal, The Nation, and numerous law review articles. Jesselyn is a popular blogger on Daily Kos.