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Bea Edwards is Executive & International Director of the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection organization (www.whistleblower.org. Bea is responsible for the organization's actions defending whistleblowers through the Congress, the media and the courts. She has thirty years experience working on labor issues, anti-corruption measures and public service reforms in international and national settings.

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Who's Next as the Top Cop at the Global Fund?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Just recently, Martin O'Malley, the third Inspector General in three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced he would step down in December, cutting short a six-year commitment to the quasi-private, intergovernmental organization based in Geneva.

Under O'Malley's auspices, production in the Office...

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How Did the Global Fund Fire Its Inspector General and Then Claim He Worked Without Interference?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Those who work in the international aid business know the signs of fraud: the bodega where the health center should be, the multiple Mercedes in the parking lot outside the clinic and the empty medications cabinet inside, the nurses no one has ever seen except on the payroll.

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Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Recently, the Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote an article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the problem of racial discrimination at the World Bank. Jackson wrote that the Bank's legal immunities from civil lawsuits in the countries where it operates have allowed it to perpetuate racially discriminatory hiring practices without...

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Supports Snowden and Denounces US Surveillance Programs

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Yesterday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, released her report, "The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age," and at a press conference, she applied the report's conclusions to the case of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden. Pillay expressed the opinion that the public "owes a great deal"...

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Less Than Zero: Hyping the Cyber War

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:08 PM

This week's issue of Time magazine features an arresting cover: "World War Zero" screams the headline in huge red block letters. An ominous silhouette of a man in a hoody looking into a background of electronic ones and zeroes darkens the center of the frame. "The global battle...

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Feel-Good (and Feel-Bad) Moments, Brought to You by Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Facebook drove depressed users over the edge!
Facebook can control elections!
Facebook can hop you up -- or bum you out!

There is something breathless about the reactions of some civil libertarians to the Facebook experiment that manipulated users' news feeds to determine the extent...

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The NSA's Keith Alexander Goes Through Washington's Revolving Door

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:31 PM

So Keith Alexander, the General who managed the National Security Agency's (NSA's) wholesale surveillance of Americans and the rest of the world, headed through Washington DC's revolving door last month. Alexander is, of course, now selling his services to the financial industry for as much as $1 million...

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The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:51 AM

By Bea Edwards, Executive Director of the Government Accountability Project and author of The Rise of the American Corporate Security State, and Mark Worth, Whistleblower Project Manager for Blueprint for Free Speech (Australia)

On February 28, the Media Consortium met in Chicago and spoke via Skype with Julian...

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You're Not a Terrorist? Are You Sure?

(13) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here for the NPR TED Radio Hour segment on privacy and the TEDTalks that inspired this post.

In his TED Talk "How the NSA Betrayed the World's Trust," Mikko Hypponen challenges the minimalist response of many to the revelations of an NSA-constructed dragnet surveillance system....

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Feinstein and Rogers Blame Boris and Natasha

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:06 AM

On Sunday, January 19, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Ca.) and Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mi.) appeared on Meet the Press to announce their entirely speculative insinuation that Edward Snowden -- the contractor who disclosed the National Security Agency's (NSA) wholesale collection of Americans' digital information -- had help...

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Why Snowden's Disclosures of Foreign Surveillance Are Legitimate

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:19 AM

In arguing against clemency for Edward Snowden, Fred Kaplan cites the disclosure of documents that reveal putatively legitimate anti-terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Based on those documents, Barton Gellman and Greg Miller of the Washington Post wrote a story about NSA/CIA collaboration in the killing of a...

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The NSA Surveillance Destroys Diplomacy and Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:25 PM

The diplomatic casualties mount as a consequence of National Security Agency (NSA) spying. On Tuesday, September 17, a summit-level meeting imploded because of the uncontrolled espionage of the NSA. Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, cancelled a state visit to Washington, DC. By way of explanation, the Brazilian...

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Systematic Deceit from the NSA

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:25 PM

When General Michael Hayden sat down to tape Fox News Sunday, he blinked quickly and acknowledged Chris Wallace's introduction. Then, in response to Wallace's third question, he proceeded to tell a huge whopper, without ever losing eye contact with the camera and the audience. That would be us....

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American Whistleblowers in Prison and in Exile

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:17 PM

Now that the verdict is in for Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden has been awarded asylum in Russia. The Manning conviction on six counts of espionage showed clearly that Snowden has a well-founded fear of persecution in the United States. Although he would be tried in a civilian rather than a...

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Snowden's Faceless Accusers

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:59 PM

In the second part of his interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, Edward Snowden said, "Our government will say I aided our enemies." The retroactive prediction was accurate. Although the clip was released on July 8, it was recorded on June 6, well before government officials let...

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Snowden Unmasks the True Aggressor in Cyber-Warfare: The United States

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Edward Snowden told America and the rest of the world two things that really matter:

  1. The US government is spying on US citizens (as well as Brazilians, Australians, Germans, Brits, etc.);
  2. The US government is the instigator of international cyber-attacks and not the victim.

Much has been written...

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In the Surveillance State, Whistleblowers are the New Enemy

(31) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 2:33 PM

At the Government Accountability Project (GAP), we do a fair amount of international work on whistleblower protection legislation. Often we advise governments on provisions they should include, if their new law is to be effective. These clauses are numerous and complex, and at some point in the discussions, we pause...

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