Sarah Damian, July 29, 2015
In an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of retaliation, it takes a lot to speak out against powerful chicken corporations. But Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell is taking a chance and bravely speaking about the lies that Perdue told him and about the harsh reality that chicken farmers face just trying to make ends meet. What they are told when they sign up to become contract farmers doesn’t match reality, and if farmers don’t do exactly what the big chicken companies say, retaliation could very well follow.
Staff, July 29, 2015
Congress is at it again. Mere months after civil liberties and privacy activists were able to stop the reauthorization of some of the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, the Senate may be on the verge of passing a surveillance bill in disguise – CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.
Staff, July 24, 2015
“A government watchdog has ordered the CIA and the Pentagon to re-investigate retaliation allegations brought by two intelligence employees who accused their agencies of major institutional failings.”
Dallas Hammer and Jason Zuckerman, July 21, 2015
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Tania Sanchez, Open Government Guide Coordinator, July 16, 2015
Staff, July 15, 2015
Oscar, Pulitzer, and Academy Award-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, who told the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in her documentary Citizenfour, has been detained by US Border Patrol at least 50 times, without any legitimate explanation, upon trying to reenter the country. Now, she is fighting back!
Alison Glick, July 13, 2015
Alison Glick is GAP’s International Program Officer and WIN liaison
It shouldn’t be a crime to report a crime, but increasingly it is.
From the land Down Under to the U.S. hinterland, whistleblowers are being threatened with prosecution for exposing abuses in both the public and private sectors – a phenomenon that bodes ill for holding authorities accountable and for protecting basic rights to free speech and information.
Staff, July 10, 2015
“The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned US senators that the threat from the Islamic State merits a “debate” about limiting commercial encryption – the linchpin of digital security – despite a growing chorus of technical experts who say that undermining encryption would prove an enormous boon for hackers, cybercriminals, foreign spies and terrorists.”
Bea Edwards, July 08, 2015
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Staff, July 08, 2015
Interestingly enough, Edward Snowden DID spark an extremely useful debate without risking his story getting buried and his voice silenced. There are certainly good people in Congress who have been supportive of Snowden and his revelations, but as a whole, its track record in defending whistleblowers who report waste, fraud abuse, and illegality is abysmal.
GAP's Jesselyn Radack noted she has taken four whistleblowers to Congress and nothing was done.