Mother Jones: Exclusive – Marines Nazi-Flag Whistleblower Comes Forward
An Iraq war veteran and Loyola University history professor has come forward as the individual who reported that a military platoon was using a Nazi “SS” flag as its standard. He learned that this was not an isolated incident and hoped to make this a “teachable moment” by reporting the incident to military authorities. The SS were Nazi secret police who murdered millions of people during Hitler’s regime in Germany.
NewsCore (Australia): Wall Street Staff Secretly Trading Shareholder Data, Whistleblower Says
According to a whistleblower complaint filed with the SEC, Wall Street employees have been secretly trading valuable tips in an effort to influence the outcome of various corporate maneuvers.
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The New York Times: A High-Tech War on Leaks
In light of Obama’s unprecedented war on whistleblowers, it is becoming more and more difficult for journalists to protect their sources, with the government using phone records, surveillance tapes, and e-mail records. In past years, it was rare for a journalist to be forced into giving up a confidential source.
Key Quote: “The Kiriakou indictment for leaking” the identities of C.I.A. officers involved in a program that many people called torture, [Daniel Ellsberg] said, “is particularly disgusting in the context of zero indictments for actually torturing, or for directing torture, or for writing spurious legal justifications for it.”
GAP’s Jesselyn Radack comments on this “Big Brother” development in a blog posted this morning.
Sacramento Bee: Whistleblower Hotline Recommended for Sacramento City Hall
The Sacramento City Auditor recommends the creation of a whistleblower hotline at City Hall for city employees who have witness fraud, waste, or abuse by coworkers.
Washington Examiner: Final Whistleblower Cop Cleared of Wrongdoing
Three DC Metropolitan Police Department whistleblowing officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the department trial board. The three officers filed a whistleblower suit against the city, alleging they were placed under investigation after refusing to say under oath that the city’s alcohol breath-analysis equipment was fully functional.
New Jersey Star-Ledger: Newark Judge Orders State to Pay Whistleblower’s Legal Fees
New Jersey must pay $1.3 million in legal fees for a former state official who prevailed in a whistleblower suit alleging he was fired for confronting a well-connected associate about workplace infractions.
Calgary Sun: Calgary Whistleblower Program May Target Elected Officials
Calgary’s City Council members could soon be covered under Calgary’s whistleblower program. As elected officials, they were originally excluded when the hotline was created in 2007.
Trader Joe's Signs Fair Food Agreement with Florida Tomato Farmworkers
Last week, supermarket chain Trader Joe's signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – an organization representing tomato farmworkers in Florida – to support better labor standards from the store's Florida tomato suppliers.
In February 2011, a CIW spokesperson discussed the group's campaign efforts at GAP's Food Integrity Campaign whistleblower conference.
Bill Would Set Federal Limits for Arsenic and Lead in Juice
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives last week that would set federal standards for arsenic and lead levels in fruit juices. The move comes after an investigation revealed traces of the chemicals in apple juice and grape juice that surpassed acceptable limits in drinking water.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.