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AG Week: Poultry Rule Would Shift Inspection Responsibilities

July 21, 2014


A coalition of consumer groups has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of a rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

Unconfirmed reports have circulated that USDA pulled back on a proposal to increase the speed at which chickens whizz past inspectors after a meeting with the National Council of La Raza, which speaks for the Hispanic workers employed in the plants.

New York Times: Wall Street’s New Enforcers Aim to Muzzle Whistleblowers

July 21, 2014


Jordan Thomas is chairman of the whistle-blower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow and was a former assistant director in the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project and co-author of “The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth.”

Wall Street Journal: Coalition Presses SEC on Whistleblower Rules

July 21, 2014


A pro-whistleblower coalition is pressing the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify the protections afforded to employees who raise concerns about suspected wrongdoing in their workplaces.

The group, which includes non-profits the Government Accountability Project and the Project on Government Oversight, plaintiff-side law firm Labaton Sucharow LLP and others, sent the agency a letter Friday, saying the move comes out of “concern for the widespread and growing problem of retaliatory conduct against corporate whistleblowers.”

FireDogLake: At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters is at Forefront of Many Presentations

July 19, 2014


The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government.

A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in the “Manning room,” which was a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania renamed to honor Chelsea Manning.

Food Safety News: Groups Ask OMB, USDA to Release Revised Poultry Rule for Public Comment

July 18, 2014


Organizations representing workers and consumers want the Department of Agriculture to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s lead by releasing the revised poultry inspection rule for public comment.

Sky News: Jesselyn Radack Discusses US/German Spy Scandal

July 14, 2014

GAP's National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack spoke with Sky News on July 10, 2014 about the recent spy scandal between US and German intelligence agencies.


Chicago Sun Times: ‘Apartheid Avenue’ Two Blocks from the White House

July 14, 2014


'Diplomats who abuse their immunity from prosecution to keep their “imported” domestic workers as virtual slaves are a repeated scandal. What has not gained as much media coverage and public exposure is the flagrant abuse of sovereign immunity by international organizations.

Deutsche Welle (GER): Whistleblower Law Expands Protection to US Intelligence Agents

July 10, 2014


Five years after vowing to strengthen whistleblower rights, President Barack Obama has extended statutory protections to intelligence agency employees who report abuse, closing a major gap in a law at least ostensibly designed to shield federal workers from retaliation.

Irish Times: Germany Urges US To Explain Suspected ‘Double Agent’ Case

July 06, 2014

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week on suspicion of being a double agent, the interior minister said in a newspaper interview.

“I expect everyone to cooperate promptly to clear up these allegations - with quick and clear comments from the United States as well,” Thomas de Maiziere told Bild newspaper, according to excerpts from tomorrow’s edition.


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