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Whistleblowers

Obama Opens the Oval Office to Good Government Groups

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

When we met with him yesterday, President Obama did something remarkable: He said the issue of transparency in government is incredibly difficult, and he asked us to work with his office to improve the status quo.

While Manning Languishes in Military Custody, U.N. Calls for Accountability for Torture

Jennifer Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Turner

The Obama administration must back up its promises with concrete steps to investigate all senior civilian and military government officials who authorized and facilitated torture.

The Implications of the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Kane

Obama cannot blame Republicans for blocking the closing of the Quantico Brig and cannot blame Republicans for Bradley Manning's treatment. This one is on him and him alone.

Rolling Stone Psy-Ops Article Exposes Another Breakdown in Military Whistleblower Protections

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

By Nick Schwellenbach, crossposted on POGO's blog Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings has written another article that's gone viral. Here's how it opens...

Why Bradley Manning Is a Patriot, Not a Criminal: An Opening Statement for the Defense of Private Manning

Chase Madar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chase Madar

Pfc. Manning has been treated not as a whistleblower, but as a criminal and a spy. Politicians have called for his head, sometimes literally. And yet a strong legal defense for Manning is not difficult to envision.

NYT's Keller Disparages Assange

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

How unseemly for New York Times executive editor Bill Keller to look down so disdainfully at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a nasty ad hominem portrayal in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

Beyond WikiLeaks: A Leak "Arms Race"

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.31.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Leaks have always played an important part in journalism, but this direct-to-the-public approach championed by WikiLeaks is new. Now there's a new kid on the block. Or rather, kids.

Whistle-Blowing Atlanta Teachers Persecuted?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

His bosses had no trouble dismissing Ryan Abbott's report of cheating on standardized tests in an Atlanta school. They simply cast him in a self-fulfi...

FDA Whistleblower Allegations Shouldn't Be Swept Under the Carpet

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Secretary Sebelius can't let this issue be swept under the carpet. The lives of patients will continue to be put at risk until the FDA's house is put in order.

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 4

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fourth of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...

How a Red Herring About WikiLeaks Killed Whistleblower Protections

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

WikiLeaks killed the whistleblower protections bill. It may be one of the few times in history when legislation has passed both chambers yet failed to get to the president's desk. Here's what happened.

A Toast to the Bravery and Sacrifice of Whistleblowers

John Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

I toast the bravery and sacrifice of all those who decide to put the public interest before their own, who take action rather than turn a blind eye, and who pay the consequences long after they leave the headlines.

Why Cash Incentives for Whistleblowers Are So Useful Against Control Frauds

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

If control fraud were rare then the proposed financial incentives for whistleblowers would be more dubious. But the current epidemic of accounting control frauds has caused massively greater damage than did their S&L counterparts.

Blow the Whistle on Pointless Whistleblowing

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Robins

Whistleblower provisions do nothing except burden business with more adversaries and wasted time of senior people, which could be much better used competing in the marketplaces.

A Whole New Generation of Revolutionaries: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

WikiLeaks raises some of the most poignant questions of our time about the power of cyber warfare, the role of hackers, and the future of the Internet...

Help the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 372) Cross the Finish Line

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

It's absolutely imperative that this legislation, which reflects a true compromise between Senate and House versions of whistleblower reform, becomes law this year:

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

WikLeaks Is the Upton Sinclair of This Century

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David A. Love

Julian Assange is Upton Sinclair exposing the rotten meat. The message is, don't buy the rotten meat, or the rotten wars they're trying to sell to you. No wonder Bank of America is worried that they could be next.

Take Off the Blindfold. Don't Be Afraid to See the Truth!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Coleen Rowley

Most of the media seems to view WikiLeaks as trying to upset their easy job of transcribing leaders' press releases. Not surprisingly, much of the press helps shoot the little boy calling the emperor naked.

The Wikileaks Diplomacy Leaks: High School Never Ends

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

What was the most compelling aspect of Wikileaks' release of 220 US diplomatic cables - the latest move by the online whistle-blower to - well, whist...

Whistleblowers: Cynical Idealists or Idealistic Cynics?

Kitty Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kitty Kelley

There is no one comprehensive law that protects whistleblowers from suffering repercussions for telling the truth, even though their claims may be valid and their disclosures spare the public a great deal of pain and expense.

In Memory of Dr. Dean Wyatt: A Courageous Voice Against Cruelty

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Most of us have had the fortunate experience of meeting individuals, at one point or another in our lives, who demonstrated integrity and commitment o...

Secrets

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Government secrecy is increasingly the norm. At the same time, government surveillance is pervasive, reversing the proper relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.

Could WikiLeaks Have Helped Thwart 9/11?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Coleen Rowley

Most troubling in the case of 9/11 is the realization of how little information-sharing with the public and the airlines it would have taken to sound the alarm.

Gov't Report Slams Labor Dept's Whistleblower Program

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

The federal agency responsible for worker safety isn't adequately protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.