31 Jul 2013

OSC Defends Whistleblower Who Refused to Disclose Classified Information

Usually it is the whistleblowers who are accused of disclosing classified information, but here is an example of a whistleblower suffering retaliation for refusing to disclose classified information. On July 25, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel filed a stay request with the Merit Systems Protection Board on behalf of Brendan Hickey,

31 Jul 2013

Markos Moulitsas’ Ugly, Reverse-Racist Smear

Here’s the Daily Kos founder on the Snowden revelations: I don’t give a shit (183+ / 0-) Seriously, I just don’t care. NSA spying is bad! So is stop and frisk. So is splitting up families by deporting children to countries they’ve never been to and don’t speak the language. So

27 Jul 2013

Chris Hedges Advises the Green Party to Break Bread with Activists to Gain Influence and Credibility

Description: “Chris Hedges, radical journalist at TruthDig, talks about a Strategy for Radical Change at Green Party of New Jersey Convention. Activism and providing support on the front lines.” Video date: April 17, 2013. “The time for talking is over,” Hedges says. “They can either act, or atrophy into utter

25 Jul 2013

My 5-10 Year Plan to Defend Federal Whistleblowers

As some of you may know, I am a federal whistleblower and an attorney who focuses on whistleblower issues. I joined the FAA in 2009 and was fired less than a year later in what I allege is retaliation for whistleblowing. The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency

25 Jul 2013

Obama Transition Website Goes Down, Removing Inconvenient Campaign Promise to Protect Whistleblowers

From Sunlight Foundation (via emptywheel): Sunlight Foundation discovers the Obama Administration has removed access to his 2008 campaign promises from the White House website. It suggests one of the promises Obama may want to hide has to do with his support for whistleblowers. While front splash page for for Change.gov has linked to the main

20 Jul 2013

Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox

From the description: “On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism – Pt. 4 of 7

19 Jun 2013

BREAKING: NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice Alleges NSA Wiretapped Then-Sen. Candidate Barack Obama

From the Boiling Frogs Show Podcast, with FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and Radio Host Peter B. Collins: In this bombshell episode of the Boiling Frogs Post Podcast Show NSA whistleblower Russ Tice joins us to go on record for the first time with new revelations and the names of official

18 Jun 2013

Snowden is Succeeding Where Others Failed. Why?

Because he’s using non-violent direct action, and not merely blowing the whistle in the traditional sense. What’s the difference? Traditional whistleblowers raise concerns internally–to an Inspector General, to one’s boss, to Congress–and only then do they go to the media. Their identities get exposed, their lives come under scrutiny for

16 Jun 2013

Whistleblowers: Seize the Moment

Whistleblowers need to recognize the opportunities that abound these days and convert them into tangible rights and legal protections. Yes, the government is hostile to whistleblowers (especially those from the national security sector), but with sustained, effective, and forward-looking political action, it can happen, even if not right away. Consider

14 Jun 2013

GAP Issues Principled Statement, Recognizes Value in Whistleblower Legisation with Real Teeth

Commenting on Edward Snowden, his disclosure, and the government’s predictable reaction, the Government Accountability Project issued a principled organizational statement in support of his actions. Among its points was the following: VII. WE ARE WITNESSING THE CRIMINALIZATION OF WHISTLEBLOWING. During the last decade, the legal rights for whistleblowers have expanded