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A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters.

The new rules have sparked outcry from many outside the government, given that the policies as detailed in the directive further clamp down on interaction between the public and intelligence denizens.

The rules are similar to a proposal that died in the Senate in 2012 over concerns regarding their overzealousness. The ACLU’s Gabe Rottman stated in response to the directive that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, “is trying to do by decree what he couldn’t secure through our elected representatives.”

Here’s the key line from the directive, forcing members of the intelligence community to receive permission to speak to anyone in the media:

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Failure to follow the new rules can lead to the loss of classified access, or even termination:

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So what about whistleblowing…

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