The Alyona Show: State Dept. Whistleblower Fired
More television coverage of the State Department's recent firing of whistleblower and GAP client Peter Van Buren, featuring him and GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack.
Prior to the firing, Van Buren had already lost his security clearance, been banned from State Department headquarters, and moved to a teleworking job. These retaliatory actions come after Van Buren published a book and maintained a blog that “skewers American foreign policy.” GAP recently filed an OSC complaint on his behalf.
Media coverage of Van Buren's firing has been picking up, as he was interviewed by Democracy Now! on Friday, and his story was covered by Mother Jones over the weekend.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune: BP Atlantis Whistleblower Alleges Imminent Safety Threat for First Time
More coverage of a whistleblower's lawsuit alleging that BP's oil platform, Atlantis, is unsafe. GAP coalition partner Food & Water Watch joined the lawsuit some time ago.
Key Quote: Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter blasted [Bureau of Ocean Energy Management] for blowing a chance to show it had truly broken with its MMS past.
"The federal government dragged its feet on this investigation, and its findings are appalling -- like a doctor's note for a truant student," she said. "They are a weak attempt to cover BP's foul play. After all this time, the public deserves better."
Des Moines Register: 'Ag Gag' Backers Were Also Donors
A new study finds that many top legislators behind Iowa's recently passed Ag Gag bill received major campaign contributions from agriculture groups in favor of the legislation. In 2010, agriculture contributions to political candidates in Iowa totaled $2.4 million.
Dylan Blaylock is Communications Director for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.