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  • 10 Orwellian Moments Found In The Newly Leaked Private NSA Newsletters

    08/17/2016 7:25:00 PM PDT · by dtroxx · 11 replies
    Reality of Sense ^ | 8-17-16 | Reality of Sense
    he Intercept recently began releasing batches of top secret internal newsletters from the most important division of the NSA, the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SIGINT. This is basically the spy division. The internal newsletter, SIDtoday, was never meant to be read by anyone outside of the agency, but it trickled out with the Snowden leak and has been waiting for proper publication. The Intercept will release nine years worth
  • SNOWDEN: EXPOSURE OF ALLEGED NSA TOOLS MAY BE WARNING TO US

    08/16/2016 6:03:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | RAPHAEL SATTER
    PARIS (AP) -- The exposure of malicious software purportedly linked to the National Security Agency is likely a message from Moscow, former intelligence worker Edward Snowden said Tuesday, adding a layer of intrigue to a leak that has set the information security world abuzz. Technical experts have spent the past day or so picking apart a suite of tools allegedly stolen from the Equation Group , a powerful squad of hackers which some have tied to the NSA. The tools materialized as part of an internet electronic auction set up by a group calling itself "Shadow Brokers," which has promised...
  • Orwellian CA Bill: Reporters Can’t Post Undercover Videos

    08/16/2016 9:59:41 AM PDT · by dtroxx · 17 replies
    Reality of Sense ^ | 8/16/2016 | Reality of Sense
    Planned Parenthood wielding new hammer against free speech. This one is big. It adds to California’s growing reputation as Police State Central. First we had SB 277, which forced vaccinations on school children. Now we have Assembly Bill 1671, which would make it a crime for journalists to post and report on certain undercover videos, even though they didn’t make the videos. That’s right. In California, such videos are already illegal, because they don’t have permission of all parties to be recorded. But if Bill 1671 passes, reporters who are sent those videos, or find them, couldn’t post them and...
  • George Soros hacked, documents posted online

    08/14/2016 12:45:38 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    israelnatitionnews.com ^ | 8/14/16 | Rachel Kaplan
    There's a new hacker on the scene: DCLeaks.com, purportedly fronted by the same Russian hackers who breached the email server of the Democratic National Convention, has posted information on leading American personalities, including American billionaire George Soros. Soros, whose net worth stands at $23 billion according to a Forbes estimate, primarily uses his fortune for world activism. That includes funding pro-BDS organizations such as Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research, Adala, the NIF, Women Against Violence, the Mossawa Center, and Molad, which works to raise public support against settlements in Judea and Samaria. DCLeaks posted reports and strategies...
  • Actor James Woods What is the Vegas line on Julian Assange actually staying alive

    08/08/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    BPR ^ | 08/07/16 | Michael Dorstewitz
    After the damage that Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks has done to Hillary Clinton and her campaign, actor James Woods has a burning question he posed to his followers on social media Saturday night.   James Woods Verified account ‏@RealJamesWoods What's the Vegas line on #JulianAssange actually staying alive until the election? Although Assange refuted claims that he was personally going after the former secretary of state and is merely seeking the truth, the effect is all the same, putting the Clinton camp in a constant state of damage control.    
  • Official who oversees whistleblower complaints files one of his own

    07/28/2016 10:00:38 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 8 replies
    McclatchyDC ^ | 7/26 | taylor
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration’s top official overseeing how intelligence agencies handle whistleblower retaliation claims has lodged his own complaint, alleging he was punished for disclosing “public corruption.” Daniel Meyer, who previously oversaw the Defense Department’s decisions on whistleblowing cases, also says he was targeted for being gay, according to records obtained by McClatchy.
  • WikiLeaks founder says his next leak will virtually guarantee an indictment of Hillary [tr]

    07/22/2016 10:20:51 PM PDT · by proust · 170 replies
    Silence is Consent ^ | July 22 2016 | Steve Boss
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his next leak will virtually guarantee an indictment of Hillary Clinton. In a recent interview with ITV, Assange said the whistleblowing website will soon be leaking documents that will provide “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict the presumptive Democratic nominee. WikiLeaks has already published 30,322 emails from Clinton’s private email server, spanning from June 30, 2010 to August 12, 2014. While Assange didn’t specify what exactly was in the emails, he did tell ITV that WikiLeaks had “accumulated a lot of material about Hillary Clinton, which could proceed to an indictment.”
  • How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

    05/22/2016 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/22/16 | Mark Hertsgaard
    By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing. Sign up to the long read email Read more But if you want to...
  • New EU law may criminalize whistleblowers

    04/15/2016 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14.04.2016 | Ben Knight
    The European Union is sending mixed signals on business transparency. On Tuesday, the European Commission responded to the Panama Papers disclosures by unveiling new legislation that would force more tax transparency on major companies in member states. But on Thursday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a new measure that critics say could prevent such leaks in the future. Campaigners say the new Trade Secrets Protection Act — aimed at protecting multinationals from corporate spying — will effectively criminalize whistleblowers and make it less likely that revelations like the Panama Papers and the Volkswagen scandal will ever see the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower May Depose Harry Reid

    03/20/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-22-2016 | Evan Gahr
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could be deposed for ICE whistleblower Taylor Johnson’s new lawsuit because complaints from his office precipitated her ouster. Johnson’s attorney, Morris Fischer, told the Washington Gadfly that, “We will attempt to depose whoever is involved in this corruption up to and including Harry Reid. His fingerprints are all over the place.” The veteran law enforcement agent, who DHS fired in February after she rejected $100,000 in hush money, filed a Merit System Protection Board claim against the agency earlier this month. Johnson, a single mother of four, had a storied career until she ran afoul...
  • Lawmaker warns DHS not to punish whistleblowers for San Bernardino disclosure

    03/18/2016 1:09:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18, 2016 | By Malia Zimmerman
    A key lawmaker who exposed a troubling federal turf battle in the immediate aftermath of December’s San Bernardino terror attack charged Wednesday that government officials are following a familiar pattern by hunting down the whistleblowers behind the disclosure. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., said he learned his sources are being sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement immediately following a dramatic hearing Tuesday in which ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials acknowledged the disturbing incident on Dec. 3, one day after a terrorist couple gunned down 14 at a county office party. “I am concerned that ICE is attempting to...
  • Senate Committee Demands DHS Produce Whistle-Blower Smear Documents

    03/17/2016 7:52:19 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 6 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 03/17/2016 | Evan Gahr
    In a letter released Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson  60% (R-WI) asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for all documents and communications regarding the dismissal of ICE whistle-blower Taylor Johnson and his underlings’ secretive effort to discredit her to reporters. Confused by all these Johnsons? It’s hard not to be. The story also features a cameo by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  2% (D-NV). In 2013, Johnson, a decorated agent, was stripped of her gun and badge without explanation and placed on desk duty. The single mother of four was ousted right after Reid’s office...
  • Here's What You Need to Know About The Ridiculous Indictment of The Planned Parenthood

    01/26/2016 11:42:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 1/26/16 | Ben Shapiro
    Last year, two journalists set up a complex and high-level sting against top Planned Parenthood executives; they took undercover video of their meetings with those executives. The videos stunned Americans with their graphic depictions of baby body parts and executives laughing and joking about sale of those baby body parts to research facilities. Now a Harris County grand jury has indicted the real lawbreakers: the journalists. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of California were charged by the grand jury with tampering with a governmental record, which could carry a sentence of 20 years in prison, as well as a misdemeanor...
  • Admiral punished suspected whistleblowers, is still poised for promotion

    10/21/2015 12:01:27 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 21, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The Navy is poised to promote the admiral in charge of its elite SEAL teams and other commando units even though Pentagon investigators determined that he illegally retaliated against staff members whom he mistakenly suspected were whistleblowers. Rear Adm. Brian Losey was investigated five times by the Defense Department's inspector general after subordinates complained that he had wrongly fired, demoted or punished them during a vengeful but fruitless hunt for the person who had anonymously reported him for a minor travel-policy infraction, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. After conducting separate, years-long investigations that involved more than 100...
  • Whistleblowers claim Obama White House uses ‘doctored’ intel reports

    09/27/2015 5:11:02 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/27/15 | Jim Kouri
    Some of those career intelligence operatives who complained were bullied and forced to take early retirement, or the younger analysts just quit Some of the U.S. intelligence community’s top analysts reportedly informed the Pentagon watchdog that their reports have been systematically edited to backup President Barack Obama’s—and his national security team’s—assertions that the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as more successful than it actually is, according to news reports from outlets such as The Hill. This revelation is being touted as the very first time that so many intelligence analysts have complained to the Pentagon’s...
  • EU accused of ‘intimidating’ whistleblowers

    08/13/2015 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13 Aug 2015 09:12 | Andrew Rettman
    Transparency International, a leading NGO, has accused EU law chiefs in Kosovo of “intimidation” of potential whistleblowers. It spoke out on Tuesday (12 August) on the case of Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor, who used to work for EULEX, the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo—the biggest and most expensive EU operation of its kind. Bamieh, last year, lost her job amid a swirl of corruption allegations against EULEX. She then hired a UK law firm, Bindmans LLP, to hit back at the EU mission at the London Central Employment Tribunal, which is to hold its third hearing on...
  • A tragic end for a John Doe whistleblower

    07/28/2015 8:11:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-27-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Michael Lutz, the highly decorated former Milwaukee cop and John Doe whistleblower, fatally shot himself early Sunday morning just inside the Milwaukee County line. Multiple sources tell Wisconsin Watchdog that Lutz lived an agonized life in the years after he was shot while on the job in 2005. Things got worse, those sources say, after he went public about Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s “hyper-partisan” pursuit of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “I know Mike, and the worst thing he could have imagined was being in a mug shot, in an orange jumpsuit on a perp walk,”...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Committee Knows Of Hillary Email Server Whistleblower

    06/03/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-3-15 | Chuck Ross
    Link only. This website is causing fits to my computer, but the article is worth reading. I hope somebody else can copy and paste the content.
  • State Department Whistleblower HAMMERS Corrupt Officials on website created by supporters

    05/29/2015 3:41:44 PM PDT · by homicide_investigator · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05-29-2015 | Chuck Ross
    - The Daily Caller - http://dailycaller.com - State Department Employee Sets Up Web Site SLAMMING Agency Leadership Posted By Chuck Ross On 10:44 AM 05/29/2015 In | No Comments Tweet A 17-year veteran of the State Department is taking aim at agency leadership, past and present, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with a new website that alleges a culture of corruption at Foggy Bottom replete with misconduct and criminal cover-up. Richard Higbie has been locked in various legal battles with the State Department since he joined the agency’s Diplomatic Security Service in 1998. In 2001, he filed a...
  • Massive NSA Blackmail Potential

    03/11/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 15 replies
    Police State USA ^ | April, 27, 2014
    (Given the technological ability of unelected agencies to spy on everyone and create meticulous non-erasable dossiers ftom cradle to grave, our system of governance becomes riddled with blackmail to such a degree that the system can not ever self-correct. The democratic process spirals into unworkability and inevitable tyranny. What if, instead, blind computers replaced the human element in governance with the Constitution as the master O/S?) NSA whistleblower Russ Tice (Source: C-SPAN) With the astonishing number of ways the NSA can spy on Americans, one must consider the ways this trove of information could be used in the wrong hands...
  • Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwell’s Benghazi Document Story ‘Ring True’

    09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | Sept 19, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleague’s account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material “ring true.” The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agency’s headquarters in Washington in October 2012. Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove...
  • Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

    01/20/2015 8:47:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.). In accordance with the disposition of the case, the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. will pay $39 million to the US federal...
  • Obama Has Sentenced Whistleblowers to 10x the Jail Time of All Prior U.S. Presidents Combined

    10/18/2014 7:03:18 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 19 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Rachel Blevins
    James Risen, an Investigative Journalist, and veteran New York Times Reporter, is now another name on the list of Journalists being prosecuted by the Obama Administration. Risen, whose reporting on warrantless wiretapping was published in 2006, is now facing jail time for the same material that earned him a Pulitzer Prize. According to Democracy Now, Risen’s original story was supposed to be published in the New York Times prior to the Presidential election in 2004. However, the report was not published until 2006, because Risen was under “government pressure,” due to the fact that his article could have had an...
  • VA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation cases

    09/29/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 9/29/14 | Josh Hicks & David A. Fahrenthold
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a small federal agency that investigates whistleblower complaints, announced the settlements on Monday. At least two of the agreements involve promotions, signaling that the agency wants to reward employees who report bad practices. Each of the employees said they were retaliated against for their efforts to report problems. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said in a statement on
  • Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with JW

    09/17/2014 11:52:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 17, 2014
    Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso say that a United States congressman called their office to prohibit contact with Judicial Watch in the aftermath of a disturbing story confirming that Islamic terrorists are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Sources tell JW that Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by JW. On August 29 JW...
  • Obama signs intelligence bill into law

    07/07/2014 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:10 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation. […] The legislation would encourage whistleblowers to voice concerns through channels rather than through unauthorized and potentially damaging leaks, supporters said. The new law, however, does not provide protections to intelligence agency contractors, such as National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. …
  • Price of coming forward: 37 VA whistle-blowers claim retaliation

    06/06/2014 11:34:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 6, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Dozens of Veterans Affairs workers who have come forward with stories of mismanagement and patient abuse say they have faced retaliation within the scandal-scarred agency, according to federal investigators. In one case, a VA employee with a spotless record over two decades was suspended after reporting patients had been inappropriately restrained, according to one of 37 such complaints filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In another case, an employee claimed to have been demoted after disclosing alleged mishandling of patient care funds. The employee was temporarily reassigned and an investigation is still ongoing, OSC officials said. The...
  • EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

    04/19/2014 1:17:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:18pm BST | Foo Yun Chee
    European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits. The green light from the European Parliament came nine years after the European Commission broached the idea, seeing it as an additional tool, on top of fines, to deter companies from breaking antitrust laws. According to the Commission, only one in four cartels and antitrust infringements faced damages claims in the last seven years. Its 2010 estimate put the cost of unrecovered damages of infringements at over €20 billion...
  • IRS Goes After Obamacare Whistleblowers: An Interview with C. Steven Tucker

    12/09/2013 1:19:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2013 | Arlen Williams
    ".................When we had some Q and A a few days ago, you were about to be visited by a representative of the IRS, on Friday, December 6th. Who asked for that meeting? Did the IRS say what they wanted to meet about, before it occurred?Yes, Treasury Inspector General Robert Williams made an unannounced visit to my old office in Palatine on December 4th, 2013. I was not there so he called my cell phone at 4 p.m. that same day. I answered and he stated that 'I stopped by your office and you were not there, we noted your story...
  • Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

    10/16/2013 6:10:53 AM PDT · by kimtom · 17 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Kellan Howell
    After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets. The online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward...
  • Lavabit's Ladar Levison: 'If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It'

    08/10/2013 1:25:46 PM PDT · by NCjim · 79 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 9, 2013 | Kashmir Hill
    Ladar Levison, 32, has spent ten years building encrypted email service Lavabit, attracting over 410,000 users. When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was revealed to be one of those users in July, Dallas-based Lavabit got a surge of new customers: $12,000 worth of paid subscribers, triple his usual monthly sign-up. On Thursday, though, Levison pulled the plug on his company, posting a cryptic message about a government investigation that would force him to “become complicit in crimes against the American people” were he to stay in business. Many people have speculated that the investigation concerned the government trying to get access...
  • Sen. Feinstein During 'Shield' Law Debate: 'Real' Journalists Draw Salaries

    08/10/2013 12:14:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | August 8, 2013 | Tim Cushing
    Legislators are still trying to put together a national "shield" law for journalists (this is the third such effort at a national level) and, as usual, are bogged down in a semantic debate about who should qualify for these protections. Despite "freedom of the press" being hardwired into the system and the fact that a government effort to protect journalists from its own actions (seeking to identify whistleblowers and sources in order to punish them or shut them up) lies somewhere between "ironic" and "disingenuous," the pursuit of a credible "shield" law continues. The bill's definition of "journalist" seems straightforward...
  • An Open Letter to The Hidden Benghazi Survivors

    08/05/2013 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 5 replies
    Victory Girls ^ | August 5, 2013 | by Catherine
    One of you must be willing to come forward to start a sequence of events that will put this current administration out of the business of ruining our country – your country. It IS a business to them.
  • War on Whistleblowers: Has Obama Scrapped the First Amendment?

    07/24/2013 3:44:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 24, 2013 – 06:04 PM | Marc Pitzke
    The New York Times published James Risen’s most recent article last Wednesday. It focused on the bipartisan backlash President Barack Obama’s administration faces in the wake of revelations about the domestic surveillance operations of America’s National Security Agency (NSA). … A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Risen would receive no First Amendment protection safeguarding the confidentiality of his sources—in this case former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling. … The ruling could not have come at a more volatile time. In the midst of the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Risen trial sheds further light on the...
  • Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

    06/28/2013 11:25:46 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 11 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | 6/20/2013 | Daniel Doughterty
    WASHINGTON — Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the...
  • Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

    06/27/2013 7:35:14 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 12 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 20, 2013 | Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landa
    President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
  • Congressional Immunity Grants and Separation of Powers: Legislative Vetoes of Federal Prosecutions

    06/26/2013 1:21:18 PM PDT · by kenavi · 2 replies
    Georgetown Law Journal ^ | 2007 | Hanah M. Volokh
    Congress granted immunity to a former Department of Justice official, Monica Goodling, and required her to testify at a congressional committee hearing about the firing of eight United States Attorneys.
  • More about the whistle-blowing Air Marshal who was targeted by the IRS

    06/19/2013 1:24:46 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 8 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/19/13 | David Freddoso
    Anderson Cooper had done a segment on an air marshal named Jeffrey Black, who was audited by the IRS almost immediately after it became public that he had participated in a documentary about the shortcomings of the agency where he once worked, the Transportation Security Administration. Here’s the CNN clip... ...The documentary in which Black participated, Please Remove Your Shoes, is currently available on Netflix. The CNN clip inaccurately describes it as a “spoof” — in fact, it’s a pretty scary documentary if you fly often, and a frustrating one if you follow the goings-on at various government agencies. Black...
  • Shanghai Festival: Oliver Stone Calls Whistleblower Edward Snowden a Hero

    06/18/2013 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4:41 AM PDT 6/17/2013 | Richard Trombly
    Director Oliver Stone brought thunderous applause to a crowd of more than 500 festivalgoers at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival in China on Monday when he praised whistleblower Edward Snowden as a “hero.” In response to a passionately worded indictment from an audience member accusing the U.S. National Security Agency of “eavesdropping on the world,” the celebrated—and provocative—director said, simply: “Snowden is a hero,” before launching into a brief discussion of the revelations about the U.S. spy programs and their aftermath. …
  • Whistle-blower Says State Department Trying to Bully Her Into Silence

    06/18/2013 10:24:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | June 18, 2013 | John Hudson
    Exclusive: Whistle-blower Says State Department Trying to Bully Her Into SilenceThe State Department investigator who accused colleagues last week of using drugs, soliciting prostitutes, and having sex with minors says that Foggy Bottom is now engaged in an "intimidation" campaign to stop her.
  • State Department Whistleblower..Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids

    06/12/2013 7:58:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 149 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-12-2013 | Bryan Preston
    June 12, 2013 State Department Whistleblower, a Career Foreign Service Officer, Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids Bryan Preston The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn. She worked in the department’s inspector general’s office until her retirement in December 2012. According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home. It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the...
  • Edward Snowden: I mistakenly believed in Obama’s promises

    06/09/2013 2:04:20 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 208 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sunday June 9, 2013
    Edward Snowden, the self-revealed whistle-blower at the National Security Agency, explains that part of the reason he decided to come forward was because President Obama did not roll back the surveillance measures put into place by the Bush Administration. “A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party,” Snowden said in an i nterview with the Guardian. “But I believed in Obama’s promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor.” Snowden acknowledged that he watched...
  • Edward Snowden identified as source of NSA leaks

    06/09/2013 1:29:40 PM PDT · by An Old Man · 42 replies
    WPost Polirocs ^ | Sunday, June 9 | Barton Gellman and Aaron Blake
    Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former undercover CIA employee, unmasked himself Sunday as the principal source of recent Washington Post and Guardian disclosures about top-secret National Security Agency programs. Snowden, who has contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, denounced what he described as systematic surveillance of innocent citizens and said in an interview that “it’s important to send a message to government that people will not be intimidated.”
  • Fox’s Bret Baier Reveals That DOJ Also Seized Phone Records For James Rosen’s Parents

    05/21/2013 6:15:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 87 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 21, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    During a panel discussion on the Department of Justice seizing the phone records of Fox News’ James Rosen, Bret Baier revealed that the seizure included the phone records of Rosen’s parents. The entire panel agreed the scandal was an outrage, with Kirsten Powers pointing out that there have been a number of high-profile leaks from the Obama administration, but the only ones they seem interested in going after are the ones that make them look bad. Charles Krauthammer found it amazing that the government would make such a “huge assault on the first amendment” in trying to go after Rosen...
  • New whistleblowers coming forward on Benghazi?

    05/21/2013 7:25:55 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5-21-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    May 21, 2013 New whistleblowers coming forward on Benghazi? Ed Morrissey At the end of the Benghazi hearing in the House Oversight Committee almost two weeks ago,chair Darrell Issa welcomed anyone else with knowledge of what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack on the consulate to come forward and testify. According to PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon, that may happen soon. Two former diplomats told Simon that their colleagues have specific knowledge, but need legal protection before they can tell more of the story — and there is more to tell: According to the diplomats, what these...
  • Breaking: New Crop of Benghazi Whistle-Blowers Will Testify on Obama’s Missiles to Al-Qaeda Program

    05/21/2013 6:25:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 57 replies
    Hillary Clinton admitted in testimony that terrorists used weapons from Libya in the attack gas plant attack in Algeria. Now, more Benghazi whistle-blowers are reportedly ready to testify on Obama’s missiles to Al-Qaeda program.
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro: Benghazi whistle-blowers changed everything!

    05/13/2013 8:24:02 AM PDT · by hamboy · 16 replies
    FoxNews Video ^ | May 12, 2013 | FoxNews Video
    Judge Jeanine Pirro: Benghazi whistle-blowers changed everything!If someone lies once you're free to assume they'll lie again! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ40cxD8H_U
  • Benghazi whistleblower: ‘I’ve been demoted’ for challenging Susan Rice’s claims

    05/09/2013 12:10:07 PM PDT · by SSDecontrol · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5/8/2013 | Joel Gerhke
    Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Benghazi, told Congress today that a State Department official began criticizing his job performance, and he was ultimately demoted, after he asked why U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice attributed the Benghazi attack to an anti-Islamic Youtube video. “In hindsight, I think it began after I asked the question about Ambassador Rice’s statement on the TV shows,” Hicks said of the criticism during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the attack today.
  • Whistleblower’s yarn fails to tie Benghazi lapses to politics

    05/09/2013 10:20:17 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 8, 2013 | Miss Dana Milbank
    They summoned a whistleblower to Capitol Hill, but instead they got a virtuoso storyteller. Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Libya the night Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, was to be the star witness for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the man leading the probe of the Obama administration’s handling of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. But despite Issa’s incautious promise that the hearing’s revelations would be “damaging” to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hicks didn’t lay a glove on the former secretary of state Wednesday. Rather, he held lawmakers from both parties rapt...
  • 2012 Testimony: Lack of Budget Not a Factor in Benghazi Security Decisions (Video)

    05/08/2013 4:45:45 PM PDT · by blueyon · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/08/2013 | John Sexton
    During today's hearings, Democrats have suggested that cuts to the State Department's budget may have played a role in the lack of security in Benghazi. This claim was addressed during the previous hearings which took place on Oct. 10, 2012.