The financial reform bill's whistleblower provisions require that any whistleblower providing "original information" leading to a penalty over $1 million shall receive between 10 and 30% of that collection.
The peace movement needs to stand with whistleblower Bradley Manning and Wikileaks in their efforts to let Americans see the truth about what the military is doing in our name. We can handle the truth!
Blackwater's genuine mistakes, as well as unfair characterizations in the media, have taken a toll on its public image. But we need to be fair: a lot has changed in the 15 months since Eric Prince stepped down as the company's head.
In the beginning there was Chuck Hamel.The year was 1984, and the VA businessman was convinced Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. had screwed him out of millions of dollars. That set Hamel off on a quest to make the oil companies pay.
It's quite possible that the future of accountable government is teetering on the brink with the arrest of the 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist and the fugitive manhunt for the WikiLeaks founder.
The current Whistleblower Protection Act is a fraud that, ironically, is the primary reason would-be whistleblowers remain silent observers. Politicians need to stop stalling the restoration of a credible WPA. Delays could be deadly for Americans.
There was much finger-pointing this week, but the politicians, and our entire leadership, should also point a finger at themselves, for allowing private industry to increasingly devour public power, and gut regulatory responsibility.
People like Birkenfeld and Ellsberg and Bunnatine Greenhouse (who blew the whistle on the illegal no-bid contracts given to Halliburton in Iraq) -- should be treated like heroes, not pariahs, and certainly not like inmates.
Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.