Summary: Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of giving classified information to WikiLeaks, will have his arraignment today at 1 p.m. He faces 22 charges and a possible life sentence if convicted. GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack talks to RTabout the ways in which the system is now working against whistleblowers.
Summary: According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the Pentagon drags its feet in investigating whistleblower complaints from troops, thereby “unfairly endangering the careers of those who step forward and damaging the military’s ability to save money and stop fraud.”
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Summary: Whistleblowers are one of the most effective ways to combat healthcare fraud, an issue the Justice Deparment has been focusing on in recent years.
Key Quote: The health care law "allows us to use it more effectively," [Justice Department civil division assistant attorney general Tony] West said of the False Claims Act. Whistle-blower cases are one of the "primary tools" they use to fight fraud, he said. "We've made health care fraud such a high priority; we've been using this tool very, very aggressively."
Summary: A former DC police commander has filed a whistleblower suit against the city, alleging he was demoted for testifying to the DC Council about the prevalence of celebrity police escorts, as brought to light by the escort for Charlie Sheen.
Summary: The USDA plans to speed up approvals for genetically modified crops with new rule changes. The Center for Food Safety asserts the move is "aimed at preventing opponents of modified crops from voicing criticism of the agency's methods."
Summary: The whistleblower who revealed a major design flaw with the Tesla Roadster is now being smeared as someone who is merely looking for a payday.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.