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Whistleblowers

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

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

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

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

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.

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

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The problem here -- the loophole the Congress left open and the State Department drove its certification process through -- is secrecy.

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

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Supports Snowden and Denounces US Surveillance Programs

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The report of the High Commissioner puts the U.S. government in violation of the definitive interpretation of international political and civil rights on the issue of privacy, surveillance and related whistleblowing.

Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

Less Than Zero: Hyping the Cyber War

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Corporate America and the intelligence community promote a panicked militaristic national mood because it justifies both government secrecy and huge taxpayer outlays for defense.

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

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...

The Whistleblower Protection Program Is Broken Too

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

As with the VA itself, the federal bureaucracy charged with protecting "whistleblowers" -- an unnecessarily disparaging appellation if there ever was one -- is itself broken. The consequences for American workers are catastrophic.

Freedom of the Pressed

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

Here's what passes for good news when it comes to a free press these days: two weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused without comment to hear a case involving New York Times reporter James Risen.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Whistleblowers don't sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Brazil Should Mediate Assange's Diplomatic Impasse

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

To pretend that this issue -- which is at the core of today's digital geopolitics and of the American upper hand over the Internet -- does not exist is like not seeing the white elephant in the living room. Any attempt to advance the debate without addressing their situation will be a farce. That's why I, like thousands of Brazilians, ask: President Dilma, do offer asylum for Edward Snowden and offer Brazilian diplomacy to mediate the negotiations between the U.K. and Ecuador, so that Julian Assange can enjoy the asylum he has been granted by our neighboring country at last.

Obama Administration Forbids Employees From Citing Some Newspaper Articles!

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but tech...

Breaking: Justice Dept. Sues For-Profit Stevens-Henager College

David Halperin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Today the United States District Court in Idaho unsealed a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice under the federal False Claims Act against for-profit Stevens-Henager College and its affiliated schools CollegeAmerica and California College of San Diego.

Blowing the Whistle on a Whistleblower Attorney

Adam Resnick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

In February, Endo Pharmaceuticals settled a protracted nine-year whistleblower lawsuit with the federal government for $193 million dollars. As a res...

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.

Supreme Court: Whistleblower Protections Extend To Some Private Firm Employees

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that employees at private firms that contract with publicly traded companies...

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.

Whistleblowers, Painted from Life by Florence Hartmann

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I have tended to see whistleblowers as courageous individuals performing an often useful function, but also as slightly crazy vigilantes who were participating in that conspiracy against confidentiality, and thus against privacy.

A 10-Step Guide to Whistleblowing

Adam Resnick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

1. Shut up and get a good lawyer, fast. You can complain about the fraud internally, but we all know how that usually ends. Once you identify a fra...

Edward Snowden Won't Return To U.S. Without Amnesty

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Edward Snowden would be willing to enter talks with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to negotiate his return to the ...

Why Snowden's Disclosures of Foreign Surveillance Are Legitimate

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

If we live in a country that allows us only the official line about an extremely controversial story that involves torture and death, then we live in an authoritarian state, not a democracy.

Christie, the Workplace and the Culture of Retaliation

Janice Harper | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Janice Harper

Left or right, liberal or conservative, retaliation thrives in our political arenas -- and no arena is more political than where any of us spend our day and earn our pay -- the politics of work.