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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Last Minute Push for Stronger Whistleblower Protections For Inclusion in Federal Bailout Legislation

Posted in Legislation
 As you know, Congress is about to vote on a bailout bill for the financial  sector. Whether you support this bill or not, we ask that you immediately  call your Senators and demand that strong whistleblower protections be  included in the bill because if we had meaningful whistleblower protection  we probably wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today!!! … Continue Reading

Big Push for Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In an unprecedented show of solidarity and hunger for reform, public interest groups from across the political spectrum are urging Congress to pass whistleblower reforms this term. With the Congressional session winding down, and Congress readying a bill to provide massive corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money, getting the whistleblower legislation passed has never been more urgent. The … Continue Reading

NWC Action Alert Calling for Congress to Add Whistleblower Protection to the “Bailout” Bill

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
The National Whistleblower issued this action alert yesterday demanding that Congress amend the banking "bailout" bill to include the whistleblower provisions included in H.R. 985. The alert, written by NWC advocacy director Lindsey Williams, rightly points out that in order to ensure that this taxpayer funded multi-billion dollar lifesaver isn’t subjected to fraud, waste or abuse, the bill should include strong whistleblower … Continue Reading

Administration’s Narrow SOX Interpretation Kills Many Whistleblower Suits

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, News
In 2002, Congress passed a sweeping corporate reform bill known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). This legislation was a direct result of the crimes committed by publicly traded companies such as Enron and Worldcom. In drafting the bill, lawmakers wisely recognized that SOX would be meaningless without the "teeth" of a strong whistleblower protection provision. And when President Bush signed the bill, it … Continue Reading

THIS WEDNESDAY: Iraq War Whistleblower to Speak at American University

Posted in Events, News
This Wednesday, September 24th, American University in Washington, DC will be holding a symposium entitled "A Question of Conscience." The event will focus on issues surrounding national security whistleblowers, and specifically the case of Katherine Gun, a former British Secret Service agent who blew the whistle on illegal US/UK espionage activities aimed at selling the Iraq war to the rest of … Continue Reading

Federal Judge: Reporter Must Testify in Convertino DOJ Whistleblower Case

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
A U.S. District Judge in Michigan has ruled that Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter must testify in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino against his old boss, the DOJ. Ashenfelter has been refusing to testify in depositions regarding confidential DOJ sources who provided him with disparaging information regarding Convertino, which Ashenfelter then published in the Detroit Free Press … Continue Reading

Bunny Greenhouse Featured in New Book Based on PBS “NOW”

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
US Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower Bunny Greenhouse is featured in a chapter of the new book, Your America: Democracy’s Local Heroes. The book by John Siceloff and Jason Maloney arises from episodes of the PBS series "NOW" with David Brancaccio. The book is available online for $24.95 plus shipping and handling from Powell’s Books at: http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-9780230605336-0    Bunny Greenhouse blew the … Continue Reading

181 Public Interest Organizations Urge Congress to Amend the Whistleblower Protection Act

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
On September 8th,  181 public interest organizations, including the National Whistleblower Center, sent a letter to Congress urging  it to pass much needed amendments to the Whistleblower Protection Act  (WPA). The crucial amendments would grant employees the right to jury trials, protect scientists who report fraud in federal research, protect whistleblowers in the FBI and other intelligence agency, and extend coverage to … Continue Reading

20 Groups File Amicus Brief for Physician Whistleblower

Posted in Healthcare
  Many of our readers (and certainly those who attended Whistleblower Week in Washington 2008) may have heard about the case of Dr. Gil Mileikowsky. Dr. Mileikowsky is a California Obstetrician who, in 2000, began blowing the whistle on some very disturbing issues at a hospital that was operated by Tenet Healthcare. Among other things, Dr. Mileikowsky, who has been practicing in the US … Continue Reading