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  • 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 · 147 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.
  • Gregory Hicks WHISTLEBLOWER Benghazi Testimony to Congress, May 8 2013

    05/08/2013 1:08:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    You Tube | 08 May 2013
    Hicks Testimony, Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtPBzZk1JY Hicks Testimony, Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pTgfYXHS-Q Hicks Testimony, Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EuEQ0HdHDQ Hicks Testimony, Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlvDaljG6Ek
  • Benghazi Whistleblower Breaks Down While Describing His Lost Friends During Testimony

    05/08/2013 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/8/13 | Noah Rothman
    Eric Nordstrom, the former Libyan regional security officer with the State Department, became emotional during his opening statement to the House committee investigating the deadly attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. His voice broke describing his friends, the deceased American service and diplomatic personnel, who lost their lives in that attack. “I would also like to thank the committee for your continued efforts in investigating all the details and all the decisions relating to the attack on our diplomatic facility — specifically the committee’s labors to uncover what happened prior, during, and after the attack matter,” Nordstrom began.
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Live Thread: Benghazi Whistleblowers Hearing 11:30 A.M. EDT 5/08/13

    05/08/2013 6:00:25 AM PDT · by kristinn · 2,947 replies
    Hearing details:WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced three witnesses who will appear at a full committee hearing, “Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage,” on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11:30 AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. “I applaud these individuals for answering our call to testify in front of the Committee. They have critical information about what occurred before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks that differs on key points from what Administration officials – including those on the Accountability Review Board – have portrayed,” said Issa. “Our committee has been...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • Names of Benghazi Whistleblowers Revealed

    05/06/2013 11:42:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/06/2013 | Rick Moran
    Fox News has revealed the names of the Benghazi whistleblowers from the State Department who will testify at a special hearing of the Oversight Committee on Wednesday: Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agencyÂ’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the...
  • A hope for answers - Benghazi dam may break at last

    05/03/2013 8:50:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 3, 2013n | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    On Wednesday, the FBI released photos of three men present at the deadly jihadist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya; the bureau has asked the Libyans’ help in identifying them. Which nicely highlights the fact that it’s been more than seven months since Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were killed — and yet there’s been no justice, nor even vengeance, in the matter. Nor much exposure: We know little more today than we did in the immediate aftermath of the fiasco. Indeed, the State Department’s Inspector General is now investigating the Accountability Review Board that...
  • Obama Administration Denies Benghazi Whistleblowers Being Kept Quiet

    05/01/2013 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/1/13 | Dana Hughes
    More than seven months after the attack Sept. 11, 2012, on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration continues to defend itself against allegations from House Republicans that the administration has not fully cooperated with Congress on the investigation into the attack. On Tuesday, both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry addressed claims being made by House Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committee leaders that the administration is impeding the Congressional testimony of State Department and CIA employees who survived the attack. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody’s been blocked from testifying,”
  • GOP Rep Pleads To Benghazi Whistleblowers: 'We Will Protect You'

    05/01/2013 7:35:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/30/13 | fox
    Video at link
  • Obama Clueless on Benghazi Whistle-Blowers… But Runs Back to Microphone to Talk About Gay NBA Player

    04/30/2013 2:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Today at his press conference, Barack Obama told reporters he didn’t know anything about the reported Benghazi whistle-blowers who were being threatened by the State Department. But he rushed back to the microphone to talk about the gay NBA play Jason Collins who came out of the closet yesterday....
  • Issa Responds to President’s Comments on Benghazi Whistleblowers

    04/30/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    oversight.gov ^ | 4/30/13 | Daryll Issa
    WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) made the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s assertion that he’s “not familiar” with Benghazi whistleblowers being blocked from telling their stories: “A lawyer for Benghazi whistleblowers has publicly stated that the State Department is blocking her client’s ability to talk freely with counsel. Over the past two weeks, I have sent four letters requesting that this Administration make information available about how lawyers – who already have security clearances and are representing Benghazi whistleblowers – can be cleared to fully hear their clients’ stories. I...
  • Obama: 'I'm Not Familiar' With Benghazi Whistleblowers Being Threatened

    04/30/2013 8:17:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/30/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama said today at a press conference that he's "not familiar" with reports that Benghazi whistleblowers are being threatened:
  • THREATS AGAINST BENGHAZI WHISTLEBLOWERS ALLEGED

    04/29/2013 3:29:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | 04.29.13 | James Rosen
    At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned. Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistleblowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.
  • House Investigators Talking to New Benghazi Whistleblowers

    04/19/2013 10:34:50 AM PDT · by cblue55 · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 17, 2013 | Sheryl Attkison
    CBS News has learned that multiple new whistleblowers are privately speaking to investigators with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.
  • House investigators talking to new Benghazi whistleblowers

    04/17/2013 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cbs ^ | 4/17/13 | Sharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned that multiple new whistleblowers are privately speaking to investigators with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The nature of the communications with the whistleblowers and their identities are not being made public at this time. But in response, the Oversight Committee yesterday sent letters to the three federal agencies involved: the CIA, the Defense Department and the State Department. Six months later, where are the Benghazi survivors? Man questioned in Libya over Benghazi attack The letters make the case for the...
  • Obama Trashes Whistle Blower Protection for Federal Employees

    03/01/2013 6:06:47 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/1/13 | Kerry Picket
    President Barack Obama issued a one-page memorandum on January 25, five days after the inauguration. The memo told the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish new mandates that would allow federal agencies to terminate employment of staffers without appeal if their work can be deemed as 'national security sensitive.' Thousands of federal positions would be negatively affected by the rule if it were to go into effect. The rule would encompass any jobs involving public safety or law enforcement duties. Anyone who works for an office that has an inspector general and individual...
  • whistleblowers feel Obama’s sting

    01/27/2013 8:20:31 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 27TH, 2013 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “You should be afraid,” says a 24 year veteran officer of the U.S. State Department who is facing job termination for writing a book about what really went on in the Iraq war years. He has been stripped of his security clearance and diplomatic credentials. Blogging on TomDispach.com , Peter Van Buren is warning that President Barack Obama is “declaring himself above the law; he decides himself who lives or dies by death by drones.” This state department veteran writing in the liberal leaning Mother Jones Journals, is revealing yet another non reported story about the Obama Administration. An award...
  • Obama’s ATF Nominee Criticized for Seeming to Discourage Whistleblowers

    01/18/2013 11:52:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raises “serious questions” because of Jones’ ties to the Fast and Furious scandal. … Although Jones replaced the ATF leadership team, he still has come under scrutiny for comments he made earlier this year in a video message to the ATF’s 5,000 employees. As first reported by The Washington Guardian in July 2012, Jones called for “One ATF, everybody working together, exemplifying one of the pieces of our leadership...
  • Silenced watchdog highlights power behind rampant science fraud

    01/17/2013 5:39:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 9, 2013 | Bill Frezza
    Those of us concerned about the decaying credibility of Big Science were dismayed to learn that the whistleblower site Science Fraud has been shut down due to a barrage of legal threats against its operator. With billions of dollars in federal science funding hinging on the integrity of academic researchers, and billions more in health care dollars riding on the truthfulness of pharmaceutical research claims, the industry needs more websites like this, not fewer. Regular readers of Retraction Watch, a watchdog site run by two medical reporters, got the news along with a story about the blog’s anonymous editor, who...
  • DOJ sues Gallup polling firm

    08/22/2012 10:49:27 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/22/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department officials joined a whistle blower lawsuit and alleged that The Gallup Organization, a major polling firm, intentionally overestimated the amount of time it would take to complete a job for the government and was paid accordingly. “Contractors who do business with the federal government must honor their obligations to provide honest services and products,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. in a statement on the lawsuit. “Working with relators and federal investigators, we will do all that we can to act against those who illegitimately bill the American taxpayers.”
  • Janet Napolitano’s DHS Commences Witch Hunt Against Whistleblowers on Amnesty

    08/10/2012 11:40:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 10, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    A witch hunt to track down whistleblowers has commenced at Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security. Sources tell PJ Media that DHS policy drafts regarding amnesty programs have been pipelining to Republican congressional offices. As a result, political appointees at DHS are feeling the heat and have commenced a witch hunt to track down the sources of the leaks – conducting interviews bordering on interrogations. One such policy draft sent straight to GOP congressional offices included a memo titled “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” A July draft of the document shows an effort by DHS political appointees to suspend laws...
  • Former Organizing for America staffer interfered with FOIA requests Department Homeland Security

    03/30/2011 7:00:15 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | March 30, 2011 | Mike Riggs
    New emails and testimony from Department of Homeland Security FOIA officer Catherine Papoi reveal that a former Obama campaign staffer repeatedly asked Papoi and her team to redact portions of “politically sensitive” documents, as well as portions of documents that were already publicly available.Papoi, who came under fire at DHS for complaining that “sensitive” FOIA requests were being vetted by political employees, testified on March 3 that Willard “Clint” Carte, a DHS attorney with the title of “confidential assistant,” attempted to block a FOIA request for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s calendar in which Napolitano’s secretary had referred to Secretary of...
  • ATF attempts to stifle "outside" whistleblowing

    07/19/2012 2:56:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    whistleblowersblog.org ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Richard Renner
    John Solomon, writing in the Washington Guardian, is reporting today that B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released a video last week to all employees. In the video, Jones warns that there would be “consequences” for any employees who report wrongdoing outside their chain of command. Jones was a federal prosecutor when Attorney General Eric Holder asked him to lead the embattled agency after the Fast and Furious scandal. He is supposed to improve morale and instill a new culture in the aftermath of that scandal. Jones' precise words are:...
  • Worrisome Message from Acting ATF Director (to whistleblowers)

    07/19/2012 1:17:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/18/12 | SenChuckGrassley
    A video message from ATF Acting Director Todd Jones on July 9, 2012, to ATF staff presents a disturbing message to potential whistleblowers in the agency. The acting director says, "... if you don't find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences. ..." Sen. Chuck Grassley says the essence of whistleblowing is reporting problems outside of an employee's chain of command, and whistleblowers were instrumental in exposing the shortcomings of Operation Fast and Furious.
  • Courageous Black Secret Service Woman Revealed Scandal

    04/27/2012 4:36:33 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 68 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/26/12 | Afro Staff
    A Black Secret Service agent is being hailed as the heroine in what is reportedly the worst scandal in the agency’s history. Paula Reid is the 46-year-old special agent responsible for blowing the whistle on the sex scandal that turned the esteemed agency into so much fodder for the 24-hour news cycle and cable talk shows. Reid, the head of the service detail down in Latin America, discovered that at least 11 agents, including two supervisors, had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartanega, Colombia, just days before the president arrived for an international summit. Such action posed...