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Whistleblowers

'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!

Homeland Insecurity

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Robert MacLean is a former air marshal fired for an act of whistleblowing. His is an all-too-twenty-first-century story that shows us how deep the Washington rabbit hole really goes.

Silencing Whistleblowers

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Why would the agribusiness industry want to stop the public from discovering what actually goes on in its plants? What does it have to hide?

Julian Assange on George Bush's Library and Bradley Manning's Trial

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

"If Manning is charged with espionage, this criminalizes national security reporting. Any leak of classified information to any media organization could be interpreted as an act of treason. People need to convince the media that it is clearly in their self-interest to take a principled stand."

Honoring the Courageous Truth-Tellers

Joe Newman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Joe Newman

This week, it's a good time to remember Ron Ridenhour. He refused to let the horrors of My Lai get covered-up by a military brass that just wanted the story buried and forgotten.

'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Heavy Price Paid for Speaking Out

Joe Newman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Joe Newman

Unfortunately, what happened to these whistleblowers underscores the growing secrecy in America's national security state. Nowhere is that more evident than the Obama administration's unprecedented prosecution of whistleblowers under the Espionage Act.

Pfc. Bradley Manning Is Being Railroaded? All Aboard.

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

What Manning and WikiLeaks shared was journalism in its purest form, plain and simple. What follows is a dog and pony show where Bradley will likely pay with his life.

IRS: The Jester of the Sequester

Adam Resnick | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Adam Resnick

Why would an institution whose mission is tax collection try to undermine a legislative mandate to facilitate that mission? The IRS announcement is especially perverse when one considers that Congress does not need to budget for paying whistleblowers.

A Salute to Bradley Manning, Whistleblower, As We Hear His Words for the First Time

Daniel Ellsberg | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Daniel Ellsberg

Today, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has published an audio recording of Bradley Manning's speech to a military court from two weeks ago, in which he gives his reasons and motivations behind leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.

The War Against Bradley Manning -- A War Against All Who Speak Out Against Injustice

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While brave men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are lauded as American heroes today, they were once considered enemies of the state.

Fleshing out a Conversation With the Meat Industry

Katy Keiffer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

The meat industry has achieved a level of crippling paranoia despite the reality that we are a meat loving population. But it would seem to be in the best interest of consumers and trade alike to spend some time listening to each other.

When Peacemakers Become Perpetrators: Kathryn Bolkovac Introduces The Whistleblower at the UN

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Kathryn Bolkovac had a passion for representing an institution that symbolizes the culture of peace, humanity and international justice like no other in the world. After living up to the moral standards set by the very same institution, her career in international law enforcement ended in April 2001.

Ghost of Anonymous

Brian Penny | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Penny

I went on a spiritual journey and realized devoting my present to a moment in the past is unhealthy. There are too many problems continuing in the world at large, much less the world around me. I'm too powerful to stand still waiting on the world to change.

IRS Paid Whistleblowers Record Amount Last Year

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business

By Nanette Byrnes Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid a record $125.4 million in 2012 to whistleblowers who provided evidence o...