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There Is Still Some Honor in This Country

Andy Thayer | Posted 04.17.2014 | San Francisco
Andy Thayer

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Pride Committee, under a new board, did the LGBT community proud by finally conferring one of our community's highest honors upon one of its most courageous individuals, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

Why Whistleblowers Matter

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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.

Transparency International Nixes Edward Snowden

Russell Mokhiber | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Russell Mokhiber

When Transparency International (TI) met in November 2013 for its annual meeting in Berlin, on the table was a resolution, sponsored by TI Germany and...

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

Bringing Edward Snowden Home Would Be a Very Patriotic Act

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

With every revelation he made last year, Snowden proved himself a person fighting for our democratic way of life at enormous personal risk, not a spy but a patriot. The U.S. Constitution should protect citizens who say the government has gone too far in trampling people's constitutional rights.

If Snowden Returned to US for Trial, All Whistleblower Evidence Would Likely Be Inadmissible

Trevor Timm | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Trevor Timm

Every American should be outraged that leakers and whistleblowers are being prosecuted under an espionage statute without ever having to show they meant to harm the U.S. or that any harm actually occurred.

Whistleblowers' Advice To Edward Snowden: Don't Come Home

Al Jazeera America | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

What happens to whistle-blowers after the whistle is blown...

8 Life Lessons From Romantic Comedies

Brian Penny | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy
Brian Penny

If you want to impress a chick, you need to share some interests. It's all well and good to find a broad who's into sports, Star Wars and video games,...

What Pirating Taught Me About Life

Brian Penny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Brian Penny

I bought, sold, and traded every game, application, movie, and album I could find. In doing so, I saw the evolution of digital privacy.

Patrick Byrne: One of the Good CEOs

Brian Penny | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

Instead of ostracizing the financial CEOs that crippled our economy, I want to spotlight one of the good CEOs that takes a modest salary. Rather than condemning the tech companies that sell us all out to the NSA, I'd like to showcase honest businesses.

Whistleblower Awarded Largest SEC Payout Ever

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators announced Tuesday they have awarded a record $14 million to a whistleblower who helped enforc...

The Politics of Private Manning

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?

Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

"I was going to do it, really I was." This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures an...

Just Laws vs. Unjust Laws

Brian Penny | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Much like Bradley Manning, terrorist Paul Revere aided and abetted the enemy when he leaked British troop movements to the American patriots. Centuries before Edward Snowden's leak, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential government letters. Why isn't Snowden's face on our currency?

My Meeting With the FHFA

Brian Penny | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

Three years ago, I would've given anything for someone in the media or government to listen to me. I figured out how the banks were fixing the system ...

Why Isn't the Government Monitoring the Banks?

Brian Penny | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

Snowden recently released info showing Microsoft is working with the government, granting backdoor access to monitor private citizens for terrorist ac...

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Whistleblowers can't be expected to make internal disclosures without credible protections. PPD-19 is a promising step towards a more accountable intelligence community.

Snowden's Faceless Accusers

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Bea Edwards

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 re...

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

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Snowden gave us a chance to stop this before the Chertoff Group, SAIC, CACI, Lockheed and the rest of them are unstoppable. Once we're into a cyberwar, it's over. The war will be invisible, secret and eternal - conducted with our tax dollars, but without our knowledge.

In the Surveillance State, Whistleblowers are the New Enemy

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Bea Edwards

America's loss of credibility and prestige abroad as a champion of democratic values is not due to duplicitous and possibly illegal conduct of our government. Rather it is a consequence of the actions of the whistleblower.

6 Whistleblowers Before Edward Snowden

The Huffington Post | Katerina Rosen | Posted 06.13.2013 | Fifty

This week the media can't get enough of 28-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hero/traitor released details of the National Security Agency (N...

Thanks, But No Thanks, Edward Snowden

Estelle Nagel | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Estelle Nagel

The truth is that we are hypocritical about privacy. We sign up for sites where we can share too much publically, and then balk because someone might have seen it.

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals Massive Corruption

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

You need to know about this woman! Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, unleashed recent interviews that should shatter any remainin...