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Whistleblowers

Edward Snowden: Hero to the Highest Bidder?

Michael Yaki | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Yaki

Nothing about the Snowden Affair smells quite right. It is one thing to break the law to reveal the existence of a secret NSA surveillance program. But there was little secret about this program.

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...

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

The Vaudevillian Rhetoric of Friedman and Brooks

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

New York Times columnists David Brooks and Thomas Friedman's columns highly critical of whistleblower Edward Snowden share the same deceptive rhetorical tricks intended to muddle our understanding of the issues involved.

Ryan Grim

WATCH: How One Senator Gave The Administration The Finger And Gave Us The Truth

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Just over 40 years ago, in the wake of Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers, the Nixon administration worked furiously to prevent the furt...

Society's Decay Rewards Wrongdoers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Disturbingly, those of us who saw the warning signs are routinely ignored or even chastised, while the blatant war mongers, the misleaders, the defrauders and the corporate apologists are given ample time and space to promote their wrongheaded views.

Bloody Hands and Keyless Lives

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. officials charge that Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks have "blood on their hands." We're talking about the very officials who oversaw Washington's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and who have searched their own hands in vain for any signs of blood.

Lynne Peeples

Big Pipeline Operator's Business 'Is Organized Crime,' Whistleblower Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green

Former TransCanada Corp. employee Evan Vokes' impassioned testimony before a Canadian Senate committee last week painted "a very, very bleak picture o...

Edward Snowden: "Hero or Traitor"?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In my judgment, based on what I know from the media thus far, Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor, but he is most certainly a criminal who deserves serious punishment.

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

Thank God For Leakers!

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.07.2013 | Media

The recent revelations about the National Security Agency's vast powers of surveillance have served to reaffirm, if any such thing was needed, the val...

Total Protection Government

David Bromwich | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The security policy of the U.S. government from Cheney to Obama has passed from secret surveillance of communications abroad to secret surveillance of all communications at home. In what stages did it happen? Some day the history will be written; for now, it is instructive to rehearse the facts. Five years ago, Barack Obama was a candidate for president who pledged to filibuster a congressional bill that offered amnesty to telecoms that illegally gave information on American customers to the government. When Obama backed down from that promise, he pledged, if elected, to have his attorney general investigate the surveillance of Americans and bring the laws of the land back within the limits of the fourth amendment. As it turned out, he made Eric Holder his attorney general, and the security policy of the Obama administration came to be defined by harsh prosecution of whistleblowers who revealed the facts of illegal searches and seizures.

A Tale of Two Trials: Bradley Manning and Robert Bales

Scott Thill | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Scott Thill

One is the constitutional trial of the century so far, which started Monday but may forever reshape how we police freedom of speech. The other is a bloodthirsty reminder of our failure to police our post-millennial resource wars.

'The Stupidest Thing That Ag Ever Did?'

Paul Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

While it's no surprise that these investigations have meant a black eye for the industry, these blatant attempts to thwart them seem to be even worse. Even the industry's own commentators are now weighing in on the harm caused by ag-gag bills.

Why Big Business Wants More Guestworkers

Saket Soni | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Saket Soni

Today, I want to introduce you to KahInn Lee. At the start of 2012, a McDonald's franchisee used the J-1 student guestworker program to bring KahInn and other students from around the world to work at its restaurants in Central Pennsylvania.

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...

Why U.S. Workers Need Guest Worker Whistleblowers

Saket Soni | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Saket Soni

When employers can get away with exploiting guest workers, it drives down wages and conditions for all by forcing U.S. workers into a race to the bottom.

The Real IRS Opprobrium

Adam Resnick | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Adam Resnick

The IRS should be less concerned with pestering small non-profits and individuals and instead direct resources towards more significant enterprises.

Real Christian Heroes Step Forward

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Twelve new apostles of truth -- they call themselves The Catholic Whistleblowers -- are raising their voices against a system of cover-up and denial, calling on Pope Francis to follow a six-point plan for ending the era of scandal caused by priests who have sexually abused children.

24 Million Reasons to Protect Immigrant Whistleblowers

Saket Soni | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Saket Soni

When guestworkers can stand up against employer abuse, they help lift the floor for all workers. Wages and conditions are more secure.

Supreme Court Takes On Whistleblower Protection

AP | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide if government whistleblower protection applies to employees of a privately-held contractor or the sub...

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.

Secrecy, Surveillance, and Public Safety

David Bromwich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

Three scandals have converged in the past week to preoccupy Congress and the press. Benghazi was the first to come, and it has surprised by its staying power. The abuse of power by the IRS may be, in the long run, the most damaging of these cases for the Obama presidency, but its outlines are only beginning to emerge. But the ugliest of the scandals has come from the revelation of the justice department's seizure of two months of phone calls by 100 AP reporters. This was done to investigate the leak of a thwarted terrorist plot which the government itself had already decided to disclose in public. Different as they are, the scandals all point to a single disorder that afflicts the Obama White House and the Holder justice department. The name of the disorder is paternalism, and its leading symptoms are suppression and secrecy.

The Day the Obama Administration Went All Nixon On Us

Will Bunch | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media
Will Bunch

The war on whistleblowers, the treatment of Manning, and now this investigation of journalists are all hallmarks of a White House that promised transparency but has been one of the most secretive -- all to the detriment of the public's right to know.

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!