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House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and Misleading

Posted in National Security, News
House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and MisleadingIn a brief 3-page report dated September 15, 2016, the House Intelligence Committee concluded that Edward Snowden “was not a whistleblower” because there were “laws and regulations in effect at the time” that “afforded him protection” and he failed to exercise those whistleblower rights.  The Committee report specifically cited the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 (IC WPA) that… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Rules NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Illegal

Posted in National Security, News
NSA Whistleblower Edward SnowdenWashington, D.C.  May 7, 2015.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) telephone metadata collection program, which gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed documents confirming the illegal program’s existence in June of 2013. The government argued that it was authorized… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Warns OSC Proposed Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
federalk2In January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, as my previous blog on this proposed rule stated, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

NSA Whistleblower Wins Sam Adams Award

Posted in National Security
binneyawardOn January 22, the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (Sam Adams) selected retired NSA Technical Director William “Bill” Binney to receive its 2015 award for integrity in intelligence. The award was presented  at a ceremony in Berlin, Germany. As a 36-year intelligence agency veteran, William Binney resigned from the NSA in 2001 and became a whistleblower after discovering… Continue Reading

OSC Proposed Rule For Federal Contractor Employees May Cause Confusion

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That Have Harmed Federal ContractorsWashington, D.C. January 22, 2015. Today the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of OSC’s proposed rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal contractors. This rule may… Continue Reading

Senators Demand Answers on Surveillance of Whistleblower Communications with Congress

Posted in News
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden issued the following press statement today in regard to the National Intelligence Agency’s plans to implement continuous monitoring of security clearance holders and it’s impact on whistleblowers who communicate with members of Congress: Grassley, Wyden Press for Answers on Continuous Monitoring of Whistleblower and Legislative Branch Communications             WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Scores Victory Over Justice Department Privacy Violations

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On January 15, 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland issued a key ruling in support of Justice Department whistleblower Richard G. Convertino in his longstanding Privacy Act lawsuit against the DOJ. The Court ordered the Detroit Free Press to produce all documents related to how the Justice Department smeared its former star prosecutor, Richard Convertino, after Convertino exposed serous flaws in the government's "war on terror."… Continue Reading

Congress Slams National Security Whistleblowers Again!

Posted in National Security
Take Action! As part of a House/Senate Conference approved Tuesday, Congress passed an “Enhancement Act” for Department of Defense contractors.  These contractors already had a right to go to federal court and obtain a jury trial.  However, this new “Enhancement Act” creates a “National Security Exception” that does not exist in the current law.  The new amendment states that whistleblower… Continue Reading

Presidential Policy Directive on Whistleblowers Draws Criticism

Posted in National Security, News
A recent White House directive on national security whistleblowers has sparked a major dialog in the whistleblower community. You can read the National Whistleblowers Center’s press release on the directive here. Below is a full-text analysis from the Whistleblower Support Fund’s Linda Lewis (originally published here).  On Wednesday, President Obama signed a new Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-19) entitled, “Protecting Whistleblowers with… Continue Reading

The Growing Power of the NSA

Posted in News
We may be much closer to living in an Orwellian state than many think, suggests William Binney, a National Security Agency whistleblower. In his first interview since he quit his job because of the domestic surveillance program, he sat down with Democracy Now! to discuss the NSA's colossal power to spy on Americans.… Continue Reading

RTTV Covers FBI Censorship of Sibel Edmonds

Posted in National Security, News
NWC Executive Director Stephen Kohn appeared live on RTTV last night to discuss the treatment of national security whistleblowers under the Obama administration. Specifically, RTTV asked him about the FBI’s attempts to censor Sibel Edmonds as she attempts to publish a book about her experience blowing the whistle at the Washington Field Office. How does Obama’s record on whistleblowers compare… Continue Reading