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Obama Whistleblowers

NY Times Reporter James Risen: 'Obama Hates The Press'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media

New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner James Risen said that he believes the U.S. government's crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers ...

Obama Signs Bill Expanding Protections For Whistleblowers Into Law

AP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intel...

Why Whistleblowers Matter

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Given what we now know, it's easy to ignore what we don't know about how our government is acting in our name. That's why the figure of the whistleblower -- and the Obama administration's urge to suppress whistleblowing of any sort -- remains so important.

Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

This is the very definition of post-Constitutional America where legality and illegality blur -- and always in the government's favor; where the founding principles of our nation only apply when, as, and if the executive sees fit. The devil is indeed in the details.

Snowden's Father: Obama 'Either Being Misled... Or Intentionally Misleading The American People'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, offered some harsh words for President Obama on Sunday. "I was disappointed in the president'...

Obama Promises Mysteriously Disappear

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Amid the Obama administration's crackdown against whistleblowers, Change.gov, the 2008 website of the Obama transition team laying out the candidate's...

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

Jason Ditz | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Jason Ditz

President Obama ran his initial campaign on a pledge for transparency and a promise to enhance whistleblower protection, both of which have been scrapped. Instead, the administration now forwards the narrative that whistleblowers by their very nature are a threat to national security.

Obama's Informants

Melvin Goodman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Melvin Goodman

Oversight and accountability must be part of government, particularly the secret agencies within government, and congressional oversight is needed to correct the collective harm that has been done.

Matt Sledge

Has Obama Ever Praised A Whistleblower?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In more than four years of office, President Barack Obama has frequently praised the idea of whistleblowing. He even signed the Whistleblo...

Why the Justice Department May Be Right

Christopher H. Schroeder | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher H. Schroeder

Critics of the Justice Dept.'s subpoena of AP telephone records have shamelessly mischaracterized the Dept.'s actions and the purposes for them. Any interference with the free press merits close scrutiny, but that scrutiny needs to consider just what the Dept. actually has done and why.

Why a Media Shield Is Impossible

Peter G. Miller | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Peter G. Miller

There's a new urgency in Washington, a sense that the time has come to establish a national media shield that would protect news organizations and reporters from federal subpoenas and secret spying. It won't happen, certainly not in any meaningful way.

If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
William Astore

You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!

Michael Calderone

Whistleblower Prosecutions Lead To Chilling Effect On Press

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 04.16.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– On April 9, McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay reported that the Obama administration has “targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-...

Anti-Whistleblower (AgGag) Laws Threaten Human Health, the Environment and Animals

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The industry's response to years of evidence of egregious, and often criminal, animal cruelty and of diseased and adulterated meat entering the market is to attempt to outlaw undercover investigations.

Ryan J. Reilly

Is Obama Trying To Undermine Whistleblowers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers concerned about whistleblower protections in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) say President...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Undercuts Whistleblower Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House did not inform a key Senate backer of whistleblower protections ahead of time that President Barack Obama would issue a ...

Matt Sledge

Bradley Manning Lawyer Charges Obama With Hypocrisy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

The lawyer for accused WikiLeaks collaborator Bradley Manning suggested Monday that President Barack Obama's position on protecting government whistle...

A Mixed Message for National Security Whistleblowers

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

The White House recently released a presidential directive extending legal protections to intelligence community employees who expose government fraud, waste, or abuse. The directive, however, does not allow any disclosures to the media.

Leaking War

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Obama administration has been cruelly and unusually punishing in its use of the 1917 Espionage Act to stomp on governmental leakers, truth-tellers, and whistleblowers whose disclosures do not support the president's political ambitions.

Ever More and Ever Less: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Those who imagine the era of overreach in the name of national security coming to an end any time soon would do well to remember that some spectacular national security trials are on the horizon -- and that we may be entering a new age of governmental vindictiveness.

Why No One Would Listen

Eyal Press | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Eyal Press

What's worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing -- or to be ignored for doing so?

Silent State

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

There is a barely visible but still significant war raging between a government obsessed with secrecy and whistleblowers seeking to expose waste, fraud, and wrongdoing.

Case Unlikely To Deter Obama Administration's Vigorous Legal Attack On Leakers

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants of all stripes in national security cases, including Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair and...

Obama Admin Rebuffed In War Against Whistleblowers

AP | DOUGLAS BIRCH | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors asked a federal judge Friday to drop their Espionage Act case against National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drak...

Federal Contractor Charged With Leaking Secrets To Press

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday accused an analyst who worked at the State Department of leaking top secret information about No...