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NWC Releases New Video: “Whistleblowers Change the World”

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year, News
New Video Whistleblowers change the worldThe National Whistleblower Center released a new video featuring four prominent whistleblowers who share their personal stories of blowing the whistle and the backlash they faced for doing the right thing. “Whistleblowers Change the World,“  highlights the crucial role whistleblowers serve in exposing corruption at all levels of society and why we need a sustained grassroots movement to ensure the legal protections they require… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Ruling a Setback for Veterans and Whistleblowers at the FBI

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Appeals Court Ruling a Setback for Veterans and Whistleblowers at the FBIDissenting judges decry “denial of due process” for FBI whistleblowers. October 26, 2017. Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled against veterans who are employed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and are fired for blowing the whistle. The case is known as Parkinson v. Department of Justice.  In a major setback… Continue Reading

Congress Unanimously Closes One Loophole in FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
More FBI whistleblower reforms needed in next Congress December 12, 2016. In the wee hours of Saturday morning’s lame duck session, the U.S. Senate passed a truncated version of the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). This bill was drawn from an excerpted portion of a bill of the same name, originally introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick… Continue Reading

Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of FBI Whistleblower with Larger Reform Implications

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
On December 6th, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in support of FBI whistleblower Darin Jones. Jones alleged he made whistleblower disclosures about an improper award of a $40 million contract and other improper procurement spending at the FBI. The FBI fired him from his position as a Supervisory Contract Specialist, which Jones alleges was done as an… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
October 12, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. Parkinson, a former FBI special… Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves FBI Whistleblower Reform

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower Jane TurnerToday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, a bi-partisan bill designed to protect FBI whistleblowers.  The bill, introduced by Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, will reform current FBI whistleblower protections by providing compensatory damages for whistleblowers, expanding the scope of protected activity, ending bureaucratic delays in processing cases, and allowing… Continue Reading

Top 10 Whistleblower Protection Blog’s Posts of 2015

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Top ten Whistleblower Protection Blog posts of 2015The Whistleblower Protection Blog’s most popular posts during the past year covered a wide range of whistleblower topics including court victories improving whistleblower rights, the introduction of new whistleblower legislation,  and the Congressional celebration honoring whistleblowers. We really appreciate the support from our loyal readers. You have given us another successful year. If you’d like to be the first to know… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill to Reform FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Bill will significantly enhance agency’s ability to detect and combat terrorists threats Washington, D.C. December 11, 2015.  Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill to reform and enhance protections for FBI whistleblowers. The bill will significantly strengthen FBI… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Featured in Timberjay News

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Jane Turner - Whistleblower Leadership CouncilFBI Whistleblower Jane Turner was featured in a September 9th article in the Timberjay Newspapers. Ms. Turner, the co-chair of the National Whistleblower Center’s “Whistleblower Leadership Council,” discusses her journey as a whistleblower in the article. The courage and sacrifices of whistleblowers like Jane Turner need to be recognized and celebrated. Ms. Turner recently gave a moving speech honoring whistleblowers… Continue Reading

FBI Crime Lab’s Flawed Hair Analyses Featured on Fault Lines

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst appears on Fault Lines to discuss flawed FBI Hair Analyses.Did you know that you can take two strands of hair from your own head and they may not match? Yet the FBI used forensic hair analyses for decades in the prosecution of criminal cases.  Last night Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program featured this issue.  FBI Whistleblower, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, appeared in “Under the Microscope: The FBI Hair Cases” and discussed the… Continue Reading

Crime Lab Whistleblower Discusses Bad FBI Science

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Admission of Crime Lab “Errors” In Hair CasesDr. Frederic Whitehurst, the FBI scientist who blew the whistle on misconduct at the FBI crime lab, was recently interviewed by Andrew Cohen of The Marshall Project.  In the interview Dr. Whitehurst discusses the recent admission by the FBI of “errors” by the crime lab in hair analysis cases. Read the full interview: Bad FBI Science: A forensic whistleblower on the… Continue Reading

NWC Releases Press Statement Regarding FBI Crime Lab Errors

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Press Statement today: FBI Admission of Crime Lab “Errors” In Hair Cases Vindicates Whistleblower Washington, D.C. April 20, 2015. Yesterday, the Washington Post published a front-page article reporting that the FBI has finally admitted the FBI Lab’s forensic hair analyses used for decades in state and federal criminal cases were flawed and inaccurate… Continue Reading

NPR Highlights FBI Whistleblower’s 10-Year Road to Vindication

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower’s Decade Long Journey to Vindication Featured On NPRThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is under pressure to fix it’s broken whistleblower process. In February 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in March and whistleblower advocacy groups are calling for change. The GAO Report found that the Department… Continue Reading

The Dissenter: FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
On March 5, Kevin Gosztola wrote the below article about the FBI’s failed whistleblower program and the recent Senate hearings, for The Dissenter on Firedoglake. FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation On March 6, Sputnik News also published an article about the failure of the FBI to protect whistleblowers. FBI Whistleblower Protection Program ‘Broken’… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner’s Case Featured In Washington Post

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower Jane TurnerOn March 4, 2015  the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees. A focus of the hearing was a February 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The GAO Report found that the Department of Justice’s FBI… Continue Reading

Senate Hearing Examines Broken FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower CenterWashington, D.C. March 4, 2015. The lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees was the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing held Wednesday, March 4. Senators from both sides of the aisle were outraged by the amount of retaliation FBI whistleblowers face along with the failure of the FBI whistleblower program to appropriately handle such cases. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive… Continue Reading

Action Alert Asks Congress to Fix the FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Urgent Action Needed!! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a critical hearing Wednesday, March 4, 2015 on FBI whistleblowers.  They will hear testimony from current and former FBI agents and the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center describing how FBI whistleblowers are subjected to illegal retaliation, and how the system designed to protect them is “broken.” Take Action and… Continue Reading

DOJ Releases Report on FBI Whistleblower Protections

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Yesterday, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden expressed optimism that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblowers may receive better protection under new guidelines outlined in a proposal to President Barack Obama.  The Department of Justice forwarded a copy of the Attorney General’s report titled “Department of Justice Report on Regulations Protecting FBI Whistleblowers.”  As I wrote in a previous post,… Continue Reading

FBI Continues Culture of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

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Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley announced that 11 whistleblowers have come forward revealing that FBI managers are now using Loss of Effectiveness orders to retaliate against FBI employees who report wrongdoing in the agency. “Every time we bring this to the administration’s attention, more whistleblowers come forward,” Grassley said.  “These whistleblowers never have the opportunity to make their case.  It’s stereotypical… Continue Reading

Senators Seek Release of FBI Whistleblower Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to President Obama pressing him to release a report on effectiveness of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regulations for protecting whistleblowers.  President Obama requested the report from the Attorney General almost two years ago.  The report “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information,” is 14-months… Continue Reading

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence. Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully… Continue Reading