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  • Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?

    10/07/2009 9:28:00 PM PDT · by To Hell With Poverty · 6 replies · 702+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | Oct. 1, 2009 | Philip Giraldi
    Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination,...
  • Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?

    09/23/2009 9:51:51 AM PDT · by Americaneedsyoou · 13 replies · 890+ views ^ | 10/23/09 | Sibel Edmonds and Philip Giraldi
    The gagged whistleblower goes on the record. By Sibel Edmonds and Philip Giraldi . Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress,...
  • Interview with ArmorGroup Whistleblower John Gorman

    09/15/2009 9:07:05 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 260+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Sept. 15, 2009 | Marie Anne St. Jean Marie Anne St. Jean
    One way to fix this without expanding the military burden would be to send in a team of dedicated professionals whose word is law. I can think of at least three retired Marines who already know the terrain and would be willing to take on the task. They should not be on State payroll or AGNA payroll but paid by and answerable to a Senate or Congressional Oversight Committee.
  • Congress to grill top SEC cop, Madoff whistleblower

    09/08/2009 12:29:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 645+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/8/09 | Rachelle Younglai
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bernard Madoff's whistle-blower and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top enforcer will testify before Congress this week on how the SEC failed to uncover Madoff's $65 billion fraud, a congressional panel said on Monday. Harry Markopolos, a fraud examiner who tried to warn regulators that Madoff's business was a fraud, and the SEC's Director of Enforcement Robert Khuzami are expected to testify at the Senate Banking committee's hearing on Thursday.
  • Nelnet, others sued over misuse of subsidy

    09/01/2009 8:01:34 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 770+ views ^ | 8-31-2009 | Matt Olberding
    A former Department of Education researcher who brought to light the loophole that allowed student loan companies, including Lincoln's Nelnet, to reap hundreds of millions in profits at taxpayers' expense, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against those same companies. Jon Oberg, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate and former aide to former U.S. Sen. Jim Exon, filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Nelnet is the lead defendant, but since the Lincoln student loan company settled its differences with the federal government more than two years ago, its spokesman said Nelnet considers the matter closed....
  • Carbongate (Cont'd)

    08/27/2009 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,320+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Junk Science: The EPA may be considering closing the watchdog office that exposed the flimsy evidence of man-caused warming. So much for the administration's promise to "restore science to its rightful place."Recently we commented on the plight of Dr. Allen Carlin, the EPA senior research analyst at the National Center for Environmental Economics who dared to say, in essence, that emperor Al Gore and his environmental sycophants at the Environmental Protection Agency wore no clothes. The EPA had been working on an "endangerment finding" that would say carbon dioxide, rather than being the basis for all life on earth, was...

    03/22/2002 1:23:34 PM PST · by flamefront · 48 replies · 567+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 21 March 2002
    For Immediate ReleaseMar 21, 2002 Contact: Press Office202-646-5172 FORMER DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ENGINEER ?BLOWS THE WHISTLE? ON SATELLITE & MISSILE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS Engineer Asked To Sign-off On Improper Transfers Of High Technology While Working at Defense Threat Reduction Agency United Arab Emirates, Russia, & Others Gained Satellite and Advanced Ballistic Missile Design Information (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it is representing Carlet Auguste, an aerospace engineer and former employee of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (?DTRA?), in his effort to seek redress for retaliatory actions taken against...
  • Whistleblower Protections under the Recovery Act (how about the entire Act?)

    07/22/2009 4:56:23 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 251+ views ^ | 7/22/2009 |
    In addition, the disclosure must involve information that the employee believes is evidence of: -gross mismanagement of an agency contract or grant relating to recovery funds; -a gross waste of recovery funds; -a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety related to the implementation or use of recovery funds; -an abuse of authority related to the implementation or use of recovery funds; or -a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to an agency contract or grant awarded or issued relating to recovery funds.
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • Global Warming’s Missing Link: EPA Whistleblower Exposes Agenda’s Fatal Flaw

    07/20/2009 6:01:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 3,033+ views
    Energy Tribune ^ | Jul. 20, 2009 | Chris Horner
    The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing the greatest regulatory intervention in US history, seeking to declare that carbon dioxide poses an “endangerment” under the Clean Air Act, threatening human health and the environment. To hear the EPA tell it, CO2 – which nonetheless remains indispensible to life on earth and without which plants die, more of which produces higher crop yields, etc. – will kill us all. This proposal is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s attempt to bring the energy sector of the economy under state control just as it seeks to do with health care, essentially ruining something...
  • Walpin sues for wrongful termination

    07/19/2009 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 33 replies · 1,649+ views ^ | 12:00 pm on July 18, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Gerald Walpin has not taken his dismissal as Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service lying down yet, and apparently doesn’t plan to go quietly soon, either. Walpin filed a lawsuit against the CNCS for unlawful termination. He accuses the parent agency of AmeriCorps, and indirectly the administration, of politicizing his office and removing him illegally because he refused to agree to a settlement in a fraud case that let an Obama backer off the hook and with access to federal funding: Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over...
  • Senators want hearing on Obama's firing of IG

    06/30/2009 4:58:13 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 19 replies · 1,427+ views ^ | June 30, 2009 12 hours ago |
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators asked Monday for a congressional hearing to look at whether President Barack Obama acted appropriately when he fired the national service agency's inspector general earlier this month. Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah said they were concerned about "significant questions raised regarding the propriety of the decision to remove the IG." Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other programs that are part of the Corporation for National Community Service, saying he had lost confidence in him. The firing followed an investigation by Walpin finding misuse...
  • A 'confused, disoriented' whistle-blower?

    06/23/2009 7:34:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,050+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/23/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    As recent AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin tells the story, when a White House aide called him on June 10, Walpin thought the administration was calling him to enlist his support - as a prominent Republican member of the New York bar - for the confirmation of Sonya Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, Special Counsel to the President Norm Eisen informed Walpin that President Obama wanted Walpin out of his job. Walpin's defenders believe Obama fired him because Walpin was a successful whistle-blower, who blew the whistle on the president's friends and pet causes. In 2008, the Corporation...
  • Obama Ally [ACORN] Tries To Squelch Another Whistleblower

    06/20/2009 2:05:55 PM PDT · by USMCVIETVET · 13 replies · 1,239+ views
    MaggiesFarm ^ | 6/20/09 | Bruce Kesler
    In the wake of trying to squelch three federal Inspector Generals, there’s this story about how those who try to expose Obama, Obama administration, and Obama ally activities are dealt with.
  • Fired IG Calls White House Explanation 'Baseless,' Says He's Being Targeted

    06/17/2009 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 175 replies · 8,029+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/17/2009 | Staff
    The government watchdog President Obama canned for allegedly being "confused" and "disoriented" fired back sharply Wednesday, saying the White House explanation for removing him was "insufficient," "baseless" and "absolutely wild." Gerald Walpin, who until last week was the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, told that part of Obama's explanation was a "total lie" and that he feels he's got a target on his back for political reasons. "I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country, with an army of aides whose major responsibility today seems to be to attack...
  • Former AmeriCorps Official Says Obama Removed Him for 'Doing My Job'

    06/16/2009 12:45:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 1,245+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 16, 2009
    An official responsible for monitoring how federal funds for volunteerism are spent told FOX News he was fired by President Obama for doing his job, and suggested it was payback for investigating the alleged misuse of grant money by the Sacramento mayor, an Obama backer. Gerald Walpin, who until last week was the chief internal watchdog for AmericCorps and other service programs, suggested "political pressure" was behind his ouster. He said he worried the action will have a "chilling effect" on other inspectors general. Obama gave little explanation for the decision, writing in a letter sent Thursday that he no...
  • Grassley Demands Details on Fired AmeriCorps IG

    06/15/2009 7:14:44 PM PDT · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1,461+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/15/09
    A Senate Republican is asking for information on any role first lady Michelle Obama's office may have played in her husband's decision to fire the watchdog for the federal AmeriCorps program over his investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa requested that Alan Solomont, chairman of the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the AmeriCorps program, provide "any and all records, e-mail, memoranda, documents, communications or other information" related to contacts with officials in the first lady's office. Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, is expected to join the national service...
  • Obama Fires Inspector Who Found Misuse

    06/15/2009 7:04:19 PM PDT · by FromLori · 17 replies · 729+ views
    President Barack Obama has fired the inspector general who found misuse of AmeriCorps funds at a nonprofit education group headed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The inspector general, Gerald Walpin, had investigated Johnson’s group, St. HOPE Academy, and discovered funds were being diverted for non-approved uses. AP reported on June 12 that Obama was citing his loss of confidence in Walpin to explain the firing. While the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento had criticized Walpin for how he conducted the investigation, prosecutors did find fault with St. HOPE Academy’s sloppy record keeping and reached a settlement. The Academy maintained its...
  • One-On-One With Harry Markopolos: Validated, But Not Satisfied (Madoff Whistleblower)

    03/16/2009 5:30:36 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 6 replies · 710+ views
    WBUR ^ | March 16th, 2009 | Posted by Andrew Phelps
    Exclusive Bottom Line Report One man tried for almost 10 years to bring down Bernard Madoff, the disgraced financier who pleaded guilty March 12 to bilking investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Harry Markopolos was the would-be whistleblower who tried, fruitlessly, to get federal authorities to investigate. Instead, Markopolos was rebuked, and Madoff’s scheme eventually collapsed on its own. Charities, retirement funds, banks and individual investors watched $65 billion disappear overnight. In his only radio interview, and his first since Madoff pleaded guilty, Markopolos tells WBUR it’s too early to celebrate. “I know that Mr. Madoff had lots and lots...
  • Whistleblower says Madoff had help, blasts SEC (Markopolos criticizes SEC at House hearing)

    02/04/2009 10:15:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1,750+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/09 | Rachelle Younglai and Karey Wutkowski
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harry Markopolos, a former investment manager who warned U.S. regulators about Bernard Madoff, criticized the Securities and Exchange Commission and said on Wednesday that Madoff had help in running his alleged $50 billion fraud. Markopolos told Congress that the SEC staff was neither willing nor able to uncover what Madoff, accused of having run the world's biggest Ponzi scheme, was really doing. He also said that he knows the names of a dozen other so-called feeder funds that helped Madoff raise money from pension funds and wealthy investors and that he would turn these over to regulators...
  • FBI man is Stevens case whistleblower

    12/22/2008 3:43:09 PM PST · by skeptoid · 8 replies · 1,000+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 22nd, 2008 02:03 PM | RICHARD MAUER
    five-year FBI agent assigned to the Alaska corruption investigation is the whistleblower who brought a complaint of misconduct against other agents and at least one prosecutor involved in the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
  • Whistleblowers sent to mental ward, Chinese paper says (a taste of Zero-land)

    12/08/2008 8:39:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 387+ views
    IHT ^ | 12/08/08 | Andrew Jacobs
    Whistleblowers sent to mental ward, Chinese paper says By Andrew Jacobs Monday, December 8, 2008 BEIJING: Local officials in Shandong Province have apparently found a cost-effective way to deal with gadflies, whistleblowers and all manner of muckraking citizens who dare to challenge the authorities: dispatch them to the local psychiatric hospital. According to an investigative report published Monday by a state-owned newspaper, public security officials in Xintai city have been institutionalizing residents who persist in their personal campaigns to expose corruption or to protest the unfair seizure of their property. Some people said they were committed up to two years,...
  • Joe the Plumber Data Dive Whistleblower Was Threatened with Firing; Media Will Likely Ignore

    12/06/2008 3:38:15 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 1,135+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | December 5th | Tom Blumer
    A story in the Dispatch this morning that should be read in full (HT Michelle Malkin) about Ms. Niekamp's testimony before the Ohio House's Government and Elections Committee reveals just how imperiled she was. While carrying out a personal order from a superior who was trying to cover his tracks, she was reminded that she was an "unclassified" employee. In plain English, she was threatened with her job if she didn't do what she was told (bolds are mine):
  • TSA launches leak investigation (Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law!)

    07/14/2008 12:55:15 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 158+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/14/2008 | Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
    CNN) -- Federal officers charged with keeping terrorists off planes are now searching their own ranks for staff who told CNN that few flights were protected by air marshals. The Transportation Security Administration rejected as a "myth" CNN's report that less than 1 percent of the nation's daily flights carry armed federal air marshals. Now the agency is conducting an investigation into who talked to CNN and who encouraged other agents to do the same. A spokesman for the TSA confirmed the investigation. Spokesman Christopher White said a TSA investigator is looking into the "possible unauthorized release of sensitive and...
  • Rezko whistleblower still has no hospital, five years after the fact (Obomber's healthcare?)

    06/07/2008 11:08:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 272+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 6/08/08 | Rob Olmstead
    Rezko whistleblower still has no hospital, five years after the factBy Rob Olmstead | Daily Herald StaffContact writer Published: 6/8/2008 12:04 AMSend To: It takes two to tango. Illinoisans are fond of complaining about political corruption, but what if the businesses and individuals who came in contact with politicians seeking bribes refused to play ball and ratted them out? If Edward Hospital CEO Pamela Davis of Naperville is any example, the lesson is doing the right thing is a double-edged sword. Davis was the company CEO who felt she was being shaken down by construction company executive Jacob Kieferbaum when...
  • Rozita Swinton Doesn’t Like the FLDS (abuse call came from her phone)

    04/23/2008 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 241 replies · 863+ views
    Dreamin Demon ^ | April 20th, 2008
    Colorado Springs, CO and Eldorado, TX - This is not the first time Rozita Swinton has made up a good story and called authorities. But it’s definitely the first time one of Swinton’s calls produced a mass raid on over 400 people. Swinton, 33, is now facing charges related to the April 3 raid on the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, owned and occupied by members of Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints. Rozita Swinton may have set the whole raid off by calling a San Angelo crisis center on March 29, saying she was a...
  • Trying to hang on, Detroit's mayor says the issue is not his sex scandal, but racism.

    03/13/2008 2:45:27 PM PDT · by Westlander · 37 replies · 1,445+ views
    Newsweek Web Exclusive ^ | Mar 13, 2008 | Keith Naughton
    You might think the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer would put more pressure on Detroit's embattled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to do the same. But Kilpatrick, seven weeks into his own text sex scandal, shows no signs of giving up the fight. In fact, with a prosecutor contemplating perjury charges and his city council in revolt, Kilpatrick has chosen the nuclear option in this deeply divided city. At the end of an otherwise routine state-of-the-city speech Tuesday night, Kilpatrick went off on a racially explosive tirade against his critics and the media.
  • State Supreme Court won't hear Detroit mayor Kilpatrick's appeal

    02/27/2008 9:34:00 AM PST · by redrunner · 75 replies · 654+ views
    Mlive ^ | 2/27/2008 | n/a
    DETROIT (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to keep documents from a secret settlement of a whistle-blowers' lawsuit from being made public. The documents are related to embarrassing and sexually explicit text messages between Kilpatrick and his former top aide, but they do not include the actual messages. The city filed its motion to take a state Appeals Court ruling to the higher court Feb. 15. The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday morning. It concurred with an Appeals Court panel that said a circuit court judge was correct in...
  • US Federal Judge Takes Down

    02/19/2008 11:55:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 256+ views
    A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US., as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says. The case was brought by a Swiss bank after “several hundred” documents were posted about its offshore activities. Other versions of the pages, hosted in countries such as Belgium and India, can still be accessed. Wikileaks, in case you’ve never heard of it, has been gaining profile as the place to put information that someone is trying to keep under cover:...
  • Top Operative: Mayor Should Consider Resigning

    01/24/2008 10:29:42 AM PST · by Westlander · 26 replies · 671+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 1-24-2008 | WXYZ
    The chief of staff for Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers tells WXYZ Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should consider resigning over the text-sex scandal.
  • Reuters’ Headline Labels CIA Traitor ‘Whistle-Blower’

    01/09/2008 1:32:17 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 10 replies · 201+ views ^ | January 9, 2008 - 16:03 ET | Matthew Balan |
    Reuters, in its headline for a story reporting the death of Philip Agee, a former CIA agent turned traitor, labeled Agee a "CIA whistle-blower" ("CIA whistle-blower Philip Agee dies in Cuba [1]"). As the blog Little Green Footballs put it [2], Agee was "the traitor who exposed fellow CIA agents to violence and murder by revealing their names" in his 1975 book "Inside the Company: A CIA Diary." Agee, who had worked for the CIA for 12 years both in the United States and in Latin America, resigned from the Agency in 1968 after expressing "disagreement with U.S. support for...
  • CIA whistle-blower Philip Agee dies in Cuba (Traitor Dies-Goes Straight to Hell)

    01/09/2008 11:05:35 AM PST · by ricks_place · 43 replies · 218+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/9/07 | Anthony Boadle
    HAVANA(Reuters)-Philip Agee, a former CIA spy who exposed its undercover operations in Latin America in a 1975 book, died in Havana, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Wednesday.Agee, 72, died on Monday night, the newspaper said, calling him a "loyal friend of Cuba and staunch defender of the people's struggle for a better world.".His widow, German ballet dancer Giselle Roberge, told friends he had been in hospital since December 15 and did not survive surgery for perforated ulcers.Agee worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 12 years in Washington, Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. He resigned in 1968 in...
  • Somebody Is Lying About FISA

    12/03/2007 6:36:29 AM PST · by steve-b · 28 replies · 214+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/3/07 | Melanie Scarborough
    As a technician for AT&T, Mark Klein says he helped connect a device three years ago that copied onto a government supercomputer every phone call, e-mail and Internet search made through the company's network. "AT&T provided the National Security Agency with everything that ordinary Americans communicated over the Internet," Klein said recently on Capitol Hill. "This program included not only AT&T customers, but everyone who used the Internet because AT&T carries messages for other carriers also." President Bush denies that. "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans," he said. "Our efforts are focused...
  • Mayor Kilpatrick Reacts to Verdict

    09/11/2007 12:39:12 PM PDT · by Westlander · 22 replies · 1,131+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 9-11-2007 | Associated Press
    Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the city unfairly dismissed two police officers, a jury found Tuesday, capping a 15-day whistleblower lawsuit that churned out allegations of misdeeds by the mayor's staff and extramarital affairs by Kilpatrick. The 11-member jury awarded Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope $6.5 million in damages.
  • Iraq Corruption Whistleblowers Face Penalties

    09/01/2007 7:55:26 AM PDT · by khnyny · 21 replies · 761+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 25, 2007 | AP
    One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted. Or worse. For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.
  • U.N. agency may have hit back at N.Korea whistleblower(he lost his job for airing UNDP's dirt)

    08/20/2007 11:36:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 798+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/20/07 | Patrick Worsnip
    U.N. agency may have hit back at N.Korea whistleblower By Patrick Worsnip Mon Aug 20, 7:45 PM ET The U.N. ethics office found evidence that the United Nations Development Program retaliated against an employee who tried to expose its alleged wrongdoing in North Korea, a letter leaked on Monday said. The letter sent on Friday by the office to UNDP chief Kemal Dervis is likely to lend fresh ammunition to the United States in a long-running dispute with UNDP over its North Korean operations, centering on claims of financial irregularities. The agency has denied that it fired Artjon Shkurtaj, a...
  • In departure from Rumsfeld era, Pentagon aims to toughen whistleblower protections

    08/03/2007 7:16:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 223+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01 Aug 2007 | Roxana Tiron
    The Pentagon has released new rules to better protect uniformed employees from retaliation if they report wrongdoing, despite the Bush administration’s opposition to similar efforts in Congress — an opposition based on what it views as potential harm to national security. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have amplified the role of whistleblowers, who have sounded alarms in cases ranging from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal to widespread contractor fraud. In a 16-page Pentagon directive dated July 23, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England mandated a series of safeguards for agency whistleblowers, effective immediately. The directive marks what some watchdogs...
  • Court rules against whistle-blower (SCOTUS, 6-2 decision)

    03/27/2007 9:51:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 1,068+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court left an 81-year-old retired engineer without a penny to show for his role in exposing fraud at a former nuclear weapons plant in a ruling that makes it harder for whistle-blowers to claim cash rewards. James Stone stood to collect up to $1 million from a lawsuit he filed in 1989 against Rockwell International, now part of aerospace giant Boeing Co., over problems with environmental cleanup at the now-closed Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver. A court eventually ordered Rockwell to pay the government nearly $4.2 million for false claims the company submitted....
  • Department of Zot, Corned Beef and Cabbage

    03/18/2007 12:45:31 AM PDT · by CCCPNEWS · 80 replies · 2,560+ views
  • Screen Actors Guild Aids Department of Homeland Security in Patriot Act Violations

    03/14/2007 11:07:11 AM PDT · by CCCPNEWS · 16 replies · 577+ views
    Citizens Committee For Constitutional Protection ^ | March 14, 2007 | Citizens Committee For Constitutional Protection
  • Sandia Hacker Gets $4 Million (Very misleading headline)

    02/14/2007 7:47:48 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 659+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 14, 2007 | Scott Sandlin
    A jury delivered a strong— and expensive— message to Sandia National Laboratories on Tuesday, awarding more than $4 million to a cybersecurity analyst who was fired after going "over the fence" to the FBI with information about national security breaches. The 13-person state district court jury determined that Sandia's handling of Shawn Carpenter's termination was "malicious, willful, reckless, wanton, fraudulent or in bad faith." "If they (Sandia) have an interest in protecting us, they certainly didn't show it with the way they handled Shawn," said juror Ed Dzienis, a television editor. The verdict was a "clear and unambiguous" message to...
  • (Vanity) Whatever happened to Jesselyn Radack?

    01/22/2007 6:41:25 AM PST · by Little Pig · 10 replies · 1,148+ views
    NA | 1/22/07 | Self
    I'm trying to find info on lefty darling Jesselyn Radack for a course in my Master's program. So far, the only story of events I have been able to find is the one where she tries to stop the FBI interrogation of Johnny Taliban because he already has a lawyer (that being her side of the story). When the FBI interrogates him anyway, she tries to show the court that Chertoff ignored her emails to him about the breach of procedure. She then discovers that critical emails are missing. She gets them restored from backup and presents them to the...
  • Whistle-blower let go - Former USCIS worker says termination was retaliation

    10/03/2006 9:36:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,366+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 10/3/06 | Sara A. Carter
    An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' largest immigration application processing centers. "They are upset with the fact that I spoke out," Farakhan said Friday. "I don't understand why they want to keep the truth hidden, because this is about the national security of our...
  • U.S. military investigates leaked photo (of 190 Taliban militants at funeral/cemetery. MOAB Time!)

    09/13/2006 9:09:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies · 3,860+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/13/06 | Paul Garwood - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military said Wednesday it is looking into the unauthorized release of a photo purportedly taken by an American drone aircraft showing scores of Taliban militants at a funeral in Afghanistan. NBC-TV claimed that U.S. Army officers wanted to attack the ceremony with missiles carried by the Predator drone, but were prevented under rules of battlefield engagement that bar attacks on cemeteries. Lt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokeswoman with the U.S. military in Kabul, said the photograph was released to the network by someone who did not have the clearance to hand it out. "It is an...
  • Bush nominee's agency shut down fatality probe

    09/06/2006 11:27:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 378+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 6, 2006 | Jerome Corsi
    Transportation pick headed highway administration when it investigated rail company President Bush's nominee to replace Norman Mineta as secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, presided over the Federal Highway Administration when the agency shut down criminal and civil investigations of CSX Transportation regarding fatal railroad-crossing accidents, according to a former employee of the rail company. Dave Nelson alleged to WND that the CSXT investigation was shut down by the Federal Highway Administration while John Snow, formerly CEO of CSXT, was Treasury secretary. Nelson said both Snow and Peters should be asked, "What did you know and when did you know it?"...
  • The New World Disorder: $491 million NAFTA rail deal

    08/21/2006 8:56:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 1,595+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 21, 2006 | Jerome Corsi, Ph.D.
    A $491 million public-financing deal promoted by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a boon to commuters actually paves the way for shipping more cheap goods from China to the North American marketplace, charges a whistleblower. Ex-CSX Transportation employee Dave Nelson told WND the deal in Florida amounts to providing CSXT with a public subsidy. Money from the public purse will position the railroad company as a major freight carrier throughout Florida, transporting cargo containers filled with cheap goods coming into the NAFTA marketplace from China. CSXT is positioned to receive millions in the deal. Under the terms of the agreement,...
  • Robert Novak the Whistleblower

    08/07/2006 6:52:20 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 11 replies · 1,319+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | August 7, 2006 | By Roger Aronoff
    The real issue was why Joseph Wilson was the person to go to Niger to seek the answersRobert Novak's decision to speak publicly about his role in the CIA leak case reinforces our view that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald investigated the wrong people. Novak, who was doing his job and never violated any law against disclosing the secret identities of CIA agents, has said that he believes that CIA employee Valerie Plame's identity was disclosed by Aldrich Ames, the former CIA agent who was in the service of the Soviet Union, long before he wrote his column.The CIA, of course,...
  • China puts abortion whistleblower on trial

    07/16/2006 9:13:47 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 659+ views
    The Age ^ | 17 July 2006 | Mary-Anne Toy
    THE blind activist who exposed how local officials enforced China's one-child policy by making women abort pregnancies at as late as eight months goes on trial today in the latest attempt to silence him. Chen Guangcheng, a peasant who lost his sight as an infant due to illness and who studied law initially to fight for rights for the disabled, became a hero to oppressed villagers when he exposed the lengths to which officials in his native Shandong province were going to meet population targets. Chen has been charged with disrupting traffic, gathering a crowd and destroying property following a...
  • Quotes on whistleblower case (The Libs are FUMING at Supreme Court Ruling)

    05/30/2006 7:19:10 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 26 replies · 1,666+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | May 30, 2006 | The Associated Press
    Excerpts from the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on government whistleblowers and reaction to the decision. "Employees who make public statements outside the course of performing their official duties retain some possibility of First Amendment protection because that is the kind of activity engaged in by citizens who do not work for the government. The same goes for writing a letter to a local newspaper or discussing politics with a co-worker. When a public employee speaks pursuant to employment responsibilities, however, there is no relevant analogue to speech by citizens who are not government employees." _Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for...
  • Court rules no whistle-blower free-speech right

    05/30/2006 7:07:28 PM PDT · by RDTF · 13 replies · 1,004+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 30, 2006 | James Vicini
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that government whistle-blowers are not protected by free-speech rights when they face employer discipline for trying to expose possible misconduct at work. By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled against a California prosecutor who said he was demoted, denied a promotion and transferred for trying to expose a lie by a county sheriff's deputy in a search-warrant affidavit. Adopting the position of the Los Angeles prosecutor's office and the U.S. Justice Department, the high court ruled that a public employee has no First Amendment right in speech...