Summary: In 2009, a former construction inspector for the Keystone oil pipeline – the system that transports oil from Canada to Illinois and Oklahoma – reported several problems, including poor concrete jobs, bad welds, and inadequate pressure testing. However, the inspector claims he was “harassed, berated and ultimately fired” for his disclosures. He filed a whistleblower complaint with the Department of Labor last year, and his case is still pending.
Summary: On Tuesday, the US Senate passed a bill that will give Peace Corps members more whistleblower protections. The bill was co-sponsored by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, after a young female constituent was killed soon after she reported a colleague was allegedly molesting girls.
Summary: The FBI “terrorist watchlist” includes the names of individuals who are not under investigation, and the names of some who have already been cleared of terrorist charges, according to newly-released documents. This is just one in a series of incidents that reveal “the FBI’s increasing monitoring and investigation of potentially-innocent Americans.”
Summary: In a speech that health care whistleblower Wendell Potter gave recently, he detailed the reasons that drove him to expose abuses by his former industry.
GAP’s Whistle Where You Work interviewed Potter in episode 35. You can watch it here.
Summary: Faced with a lawsuit by Del Monte, the FDA lifted import restrictions on the company's cantaloupes that were linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Caroline Smith DeWaal from GAP coalition partner Center for Science in the Public Interest expressed doubt about the move. GAP's Food Integrity Campaign has more.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.