Dissenters’ Digest for April 22-28
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability. Look for it every Saturday evening at www.mspbwatch.net/digest.
Congress Troubled by Suspicious Death of Russian Whistleblower: Congress seeks to use legislative authority to punish Russian officials allegedly involved in the suspicious 2009 death of Russian whistle-blower and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, according to the The Hill. NPR reports that the bill in question could complicate US-Russian relations, jeopardizing Hillary Clinton’s 2009 “reset” with the Russian government. However, a person interviewed by NPR said a “reset … with Russian society” is required instead. The story of Magnitsky’s death has been chronicled in an award-winning documentary. Elsewhere, Firedoglake takes on the Congress for selective concern about civil and human rights.
Below the Fold:
–A whistleblower conference is scheduled for May 20-22 in Washington, D.C.
–A recently-unearthed FAA powerpoint presentation says the FAA “must evolve our safety oversight system and embrace the view that industry — not the regulator — is responsible for ensuring safety,” despite decades-old law placing safety regulation as the FAA’s highest priority.
–The first criminal charges are filed in the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill.
–Bradley Manning’s trial continues to be shrouded in secrecy.
–The Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act reports out of a Senate committee. The bill would expand whistleblower protections for federal contractors.
–The House of Representatives passes the DATA Act, which would create a five-member commission to oversee federal spending.
–Vermont becomes the third state to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United v. FEC.
–Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein vows to pardon Bradley Manning as president.
–A Countrywide whistleblower laments the lack of accountability and ethics in the financial sector.
–A Missouri bill to restrict common law whistleblowing protections is passed in the General Assembly. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer, who has a record of sponsoring discriminatory and birther legislation.
–The Securities and Exchange Commission was accused this week of blowing a whistleblower’s cover. The SEC responds.
–The summary judgment provision in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 comes under scrutiny.
–A federal employment attorney advises employees to violate the law when ordered to by superiors (notwithstanding their conscience or oath to the Constitution).
–The Make It Safe Campaign will hold a general membership meeting this Tuesday, May 1.
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