Washington Post: Supreme Court to Decide Whether Air Marshal Should be Protected as Whistleblower

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of GAP client and air marshal whistleblower Robert MacLean later this year. In 2003, MacLean blew the whistle on a dangerous plan to remove air marshal coverage on long distance flights during a time of heightened terrorism alerts. While praised by members of Congress (who stopped the plan), he was fired three years later for his whistleblowing.

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PBS’ Frontline: United States of Secrets, Part II

Tonight, PBS’ Frontline will air the highly anticipated second part of its in-depth investigation into the history of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. After last week’s episode detailed the cases of numerous agency whistleblowers (and GAP clients) who raised concerns about expansive surveillance, this episode focuses on the “secret relationship between Silicon Valley” and the agency.

Federal News Radio: Trust Redefined – Reconnecting Government and its Employees

This week, Federal News Radio is publishing a special series looking at the current state of trust between federal employees and their agencies. Thus far, reports include interviews with Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, and survey results of current trust levels.

Seattle Times: State Insurance Office Defends Whistleblower’s Removal

An officer from the Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner filed a whistleblower complaint last week alleging that agency leadership attempted to influence her decisions on cases (a violation of state law). The officer was removed from her position the day after the complaint was filed, but an agency spokesperson said yesterday that the officer was removed due to a “separate personnel matter which we cannot speak to at this time.”


Dylan Blaylock is Communications Director for the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.