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A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

Nezir Sinani | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Information on projects worldwide should be available for all to see online when it becomes available. A completely new culture of openness at the bank would go a long way toward growing trust between the bank, civil society organizations, the private sector and bank clients the world over.

Anders Kompass May Return to Work at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Yesterday, the UN Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass, the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. The decision shows that the grounds for placing Kompass on leave are bogus.

Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers: Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Double Standard for Leaks

Gunar Olsen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Gunar Olsen

In March Petraeus agreed to a lenient plea deal which will likely only result in two years' probation and a $40,000 fine for giving classified information to his mistress and authorized biographer Paula Broadwell.

Chevron Whistleblower Videos Prove Oil Giant's Guilt in Ecuador - AGAIN

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

On April 8th, Amazon Watch released secret videos turned over by a Chevron whistleblower that clearly show company technicians finding extensive oil pollution at well sites in the Amazon that Chevron had previously certified as "remediated."

Ben Walsh

Private Equity Firm Threatened To 'Gut' Whistleblower 'Like A Carp,' Lawsuit Claims | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business

Private equity firm TPG Capital was sued Thursday by its former head of public affairs, who alleges his bosses threatened to ruin his career, fired hi...

Minnesota Supreme Court Denies Globe University's Petition for Appeal in Whistleblower Ruling

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Will this latest court decision convince Globe University officials to stop pointing the finger at others and deflecting blame? Hopefully. It's well overdue and their students and graduates deserve better.

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too

Carey Shenkman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

The free flow of information is necessary for a democratic society, and this flow cannot be purely in the hands of government. This is why the rights to expression and a free and open press are among the most widely recognized rights on earth.

A Whistleblower's Horror Story

Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

One of America's ugliest secrets is that our own whistleblowers often don't do so well after the headlines fade and cameras recede....

New York Times' James Risen Blasts Eric Holder As 'Enemy Of Press Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media

James Risen reiterated on Tuesday a warning about the White House that he delivered nearly one year ago. "The Obama Administration is the greatest ...

Whistleblower: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

The human rights abuses revealed in the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report released in December sparked global ou...

PETA Smears Whistleblower

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I wish I could claim psychic powers. But predictable smear campaigns are, by their nature, predictable.

Edward Snowden, Won't You Be My Valentine?

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Our Valentine's Day heartthrob is none other than whistleblower Edward Snowden! You may be wondering why we're crushing so hard after Ed, so here you'll find four reasons that you should have a crush on him too.

Exclusive: Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says "I Would Do It All Again" to Expose Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

In a broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! airs an in-depth interview with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after blowing the whistle on the George W. Bush administration's torture program.

Bacon, Now With Toenails? USDA Inspectors Blow The Whistle On Pork Program

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

Americans love pork. But they'd probably think twice about biting into that slice of bacon or Spam sandwich if they knew about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's high-speed slaughter program.

Davos & Disruption Done Right: In Praise of "Difficult Women" in Finance

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Women are still most definitely outsiders in places that matter, not least in finance. And we saw last fall what a Wall Street outsider can uncover, just the latest woman in finance to blow the whistle.

Luxleaks and the Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Antoine Deltour was arrested and charged with theft, violation of professional secrecy, violation of trade secrets and illegally accessing a database. In brief, the man who exposed what are at the very least unethical tax avoidance plots is charged as a criminal, but the man who orchestrated the whole sorry mess has done nothing illegal.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Fired Whistleblower

AP | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks...

The Right to Hold a Pen

Hannah Berkman | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Hannah Berkman

The carnage at "Charlie Hebdo" was particularly shocking not only because of its brutality and abruptness, but also because it personified the increasing number of attacks on journalists. While Western nations claim to be champions of free speech and press, their actions speak much louder than such declarations.

Scapegoating CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it's clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal -- it is cravenly political.

New Rules For How Federal Government Can Investigate Journalists

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Media

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department issued new guidelines on Wednesday regarding when the fede...

New U.S. Reformer at the UN Must Review Whistleblower Protection

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Dr. Coleman comes to the U.S. mission with ambassadorial rank and sterling intellectual and policy credentials. Some observers, however, are not sure that these qualities will help her address the stubborn mismanagement issues at the UN.

The Shrews that Tame Wall Street?

Mehrsa Baradaran | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Mehrsa Baradaran

In interviews with whistleblowers, many say that they didn't talk sooner because of their loyalty to the institutions they were a part of. Perhaps women, never being fully embraced by the institution, don't develop a deep loyalty, or perhaps only sip the Kool-Aid.

Bank Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Democracy Now!

A year ago the DOJ announced that the banking giant JPMorgan Chase would avoid criminal charges by agreeing to pay $13 billion to settle claims that it had routinely overstated the quality of mortgages it was selling to investors. But how did the bank avoid prosecution for committing fraud that helped cause the 2008 financial crisis?

Holder Wishing for Wall Street Whistleblowers? But DOJ Consistently Ignores Them

Bea Edwards | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

DOJ doesn't have to hand over huge bonuses in order to encourage whistleblowers on Wall Street to come forward, now that, as Holder admits, the Department is no longer actively policing the financial world. It ought to protect them from retaliation, though.