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

David_Halperin | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 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.

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 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.

Whistleblowers, Painted from Life by Florence Hartmann

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.21.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

Whistleblowing Is About the Message, Not the Messenger

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Snowden, in a larger sense, in a good way, doesn't matter as a person. What matters is what he has revealed to us about a national security state that has clearly gone quite insane, violating our liberty and our freedom to live without unwarranted search and seizure of our private lives.

What Happens in the Factory Farm Shouldn't Stay in the Factory Farm

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Matthew Bershadker

Some whistleblower suppression laws -- coined "ag-gag" by food writer Mark Bittman -- aggressively criminalize firsthand documenting and/or reporting of the day-to-day activities of industrial farms, while doing nothing to contain the abuse.

Looking at a Bigger Picture: Criminals and Rogue Organizations Within

Rob Kall | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Rob Kall

These rogue institutions are costing the USA trillions of dollars annually. But it goes beyond money. The perpetrators behind these problems don't use guns. They use massive holes in the intentional ignoring of laws by people who should be enforcing them.

Stories Most Feared by Chinese officials Will Still Be Told

PEN American Center | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
PEN American Center

An individual leaking a damning video or corporate filing needn't be a brilliant political strategist, visionary writer or charismatic operative. They don't need to conceive a motivational manifesto. All they need to do is make a printout, download a file, send an email or post a link.

Kate Sheppard

The Long, Strange Case Of An Arctic Whistleblower

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.06.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The long, strange story of Charles Monnett, a wildlife biologist who spent 14 years working in Alaska for the Department of Interior, is...

Real Journalism vs. Global Big Brother

Norman Solomon | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

For journalists, and for the rest of us, silence is not neutrality; it ends up as acceptance of autocratic rule, a present festooned with pretty-sounding names like "anti-terrorism" and "national security."

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...

Welcome to the Memory Hole

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? No, I'm not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.

It's Time to Democratize Patronage for Journalism. Here's Why.

Israel Mirsky | Posted 02.01.2014 | Media
Israel Mirsky

With fewer journalists and a punishing real-time news cycle, news is increasingly composed of information that is easy, fast and inexpensive to get -- like coverage of crime and trials, opinion, celebrity, and syndicated stories.

Supreme Court Considers Whistleblower Protections

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is looking back at the collapse of energy giant Enron to determine who is protected from retaliation after blowi...

Why Edward Snowden Is a Hero

Daniel Raphael | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Raphael

Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee, demonized by the mainstream media, is beyond all else a hero.

In Wake of Snowden, US Must Strengthen Commitment to Openness

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Danielle Brian

On Thursday, the White House released a preview of its second National Action Plan for the international Open Government Partnership. The plan is silent on the critical reforms needed to address some of the most troubling areas of secrecy.

Opportunistic NYPD Leaks: Undermining Public Safety and Community Trust

Nick Malinowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Nick Malinowski

The New York City Police Department is a peculiar institution. The city agency appears to be maintaining its record of tasteless behavior, even as it...

Who's Who? The Faces Behind ‘The Fifth Estate' (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment

Infamous the world over, the name Julian Assange has become synonymous with controversy. As the man at the center of DreamWorks’ The Fifth Estat...

The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We've called on an old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.). His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.