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How a Red Herring About WikiLeaks Killed Whistleblower Protections

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

WikiLeaks killed the whistleblower protections bill. It may be one of the few times in history when legislation has passed both chambers yet failed to get to the president's desk. Here's what happened.

SEC Sets Aside $450 MILLION For Whistleblowers

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has set aside about $450 million for payments to outside whistleblowers whose inform...

A Toast to the Bravery and Sacrifice of Whistleblowers

John Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

I toast the bravery and sacrifice of all those who decide to put the public interest before their own, who take action rather than turn a blind eye, and who pay the consequences long after they leave the headlines.

Why Cash Incentives for Whistleblowers Are So Useful Against Control Frauds

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

If control fraud were rare then the proposed financial incentives for whistleblowers would be more dubious. But the current epidemic of accounting control frauds has caused massively greater damage than did their S&L counterparts.

Blow the Whistle on Pointless Whistleblowing

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Robins

Whistleblower provisions do nothing except burden business with more adversaries and wasted time of senior people, which could be much better used competing in the marketplaces.

A Whole New Generation of Revolutionaries: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

WikiLeaks raises some of the most poignant questions of our time about the power of cyber warfare, the role of hackers, and the future of the Internet...

Help the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 372) Cross the Finish Line

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

It's absolutely imperative that this legislation, which reflects a true compromise between Senate and House versions of whistleblower reform, becomes law this year:

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

WikLeaks Is the Upton Sinclair of This Century

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David A. Love

Julian Assange is Upton Sinclair exposing the rotten meat. The message is, don't buy the rotten meat, or the rotten wars they're trying to sell to you. No wonder Bank of America is worried that they could be next.

Take Off the Blindfold. Don't Be Afraid to See the Truth!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Coleen Rowley

Most of the media seems to view WikiLeaks as trying to upset their easy job of transcribing leaders' press releases. Not surprisingly, much of the press helps shoot the little boy calling the emperor naked.

The Wikileaks Diplomacy Leaks: High School Never Ends

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

What was the most compelling aspect of Wikileaks' release of 220 US diplomatic cables - the latest move by the online whistle-blower to - well, whist...

Whistleblowers: Cynical Idealists or Idealistic Cynics?

Kitty Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kitty Kelley

There is no one comprehensive law that protects whistleblowers from suffering repercussions for telling the truth, even though their claims may be valid and their disclosures spare the public a great deal of pain and expense.

In Memory of Dr. Dean Wyatt: A Courageous Voice Against Cruelty

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Most of us have had the fortunate experience of meeting individuals, at one point or another in our lives, who demonstrated integrity and commitment o...


Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Government secrecy is increasingly the norm. At the same time, government surveillance is pervasive, reversing the proper relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.

Could WikiLeaks Have Helped Thwart 9/11?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Coleen Rowley

Most troubling in the case of 9/11 is the realization of how little information-sharing with the public and the airlines it would have taken to sound the alarm.

Post-WikiLeaks, Army Now Requires Troops To Report Suspected Leaks

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Army has updated its 17-year-old rule book on espionage to specifically require that troops alert authorities if they suspect c...

Gov't Report Slams Labor Dept's Whistleblower Program

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal agency responsible for worker safety isn't adequately protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

SEIU Helps Bank Workers Become Whistleblowers

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

One of the best kept secrets of the financial reform bill is tough whistleblower laws to protect bank workers who expose shady lending, credit card and fee practices. But do U.S. bank workers know about the new protections?

Kolchinsky vs Moody's: the Perils of Whistle Blowing

Charles H. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles H. Green

There's a new whistle blower in town, and he deserves a look-see. Hhis name is Ilya Eric Kolchinsky, and the company he's blowing the whistle on is his former employer, Moody's Investors Service.

Headed to the Bank? Tell Bank Employees About New Whistleblower Protections

Stephen Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Lerner

The new Wall Street reform law includes protections for front-line bank workers to blow the whistle, which means they can now be our first line of defense against predatory banking practices.

READ THE MEMO: Intelligence Chief Warns Spy Community To Stop 'Blabbing Secrets'

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a blunt memo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admonishes intelligence community personnel to stop "blabbing secrets" and said he is...

New Spy Chief Tells Agents They Should Be Like His Grandchildren, 'Seen But Not Heard'

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The director of national intelligence is telling his people to zip it, after a string of recent leaks to the media. In a memo obta...

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...

Who Is to Blame for the BP Disaster?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael J. Wilson

The first thing we need to do to prevent more catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon is to change our laws so that workers can feel comfortable speaking up when they see something dangerous.

Wikileaks Lawyer Says Pentagon Given Access To Unpublished Secret Documents

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A U.S. lawyer representing the whistleblowing web site Wikileaks says U.S. government officials have been given codes and passwords granting them onli...