Staff, May 27, 2015
CNN offers a primer on the Patriot Act highlighting the avenues for potential reform as well as the opposition’s point of view. It should be noted that in a rare post-midnight vote on this past Saturday morning, a House-approved reform bill of the NSA’s mass surveillance program was rejected, and the U.S. Senate took no action to extend or revise section 215 of the Patriot Act, which could lead to the law’s expiration on June 1st pending Senate action this Sunday.
Staff, May 20, 2015
“Virtually every major Wall Street firm has pledged to redouble its efforts to instill an ethical culture. And virtually all the large firms said that if there was bad behavior, it is behind them. Well, it isn’t.”
Tom Devine, May 19, 2015
A new study by the University of Notre Dame and the prestigious Labaton Sucharow New York law firm has confirmed what financial whistleblowers have known for years based on personal experience. To an alarming degree, the financial industry is making obstruction of justice through covering up financial crime a condition of employment. The just-released May 2015 report shows clearly why the government needs to act on pending “anti-gag” legal petitions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Labor (DOL).
Staff, May 18, 2015
Miranda Brown, a whistleblower from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), who was forced to resign in order to escape retaliation, is facing termination this week – on May 21st – by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Brown worked for Anders Kompass at the OHCHR, where she secured a position after the reprisal directed at her at WIPO became unbearable.
Staff, May 15, 2015
This New York Times article raises an excellent point on mass surveillance and the need for more transparency and accountability.
“Over time, it becomes a question of what is it that we are protecting. Are we protecting simply physical security and our geographical boundaries, or are we protecting a system of political values? That includes open deliberation of national security policies…” – Steven Aftergood
Staff, May 13, 2015
“Jesselyn Radack, an attorney with the Government Accountability Project who has represented multiple whistleblowers facing federal prosecution, including Edward Snowden, called the judge's sentence the ‘least worst option.’
Jason Zuckerman, May 12, 2015
Staff, May 08, 2015
“A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.”
Bea Edwards, May 06, 2015
Yesterday, the United Nations Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass, the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. He is expected to return to work today.