Summary: Thus far rebuffing whistleblower concerns regarding its plan to expand a deregulated poultry inspection program known as HIMP, the USDA has downplayed the topical monitoring of birds for signs of disease. GAP's Food Integrity Campaign shows the types of unhealthy chicken that could be missed by inspectors due to HIMP's faster line speeds and fewer inspectors.
Summary: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched his talk show on RT this week, where he aims to interview hard-to-get guests. His first guest was Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. A total of 10 episodes have been scheduled so far.
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Summary: Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News reviewed GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack’s recent memoir, Traitor: The Whistleblower and the “American Taliban.” He praises the book as a “moving” and “eloquent” account.
Summary: The General Services Administration whistleblower who first came forward about the excessive spending spree at a 2010 conference in Las Vegas testified yesterday as a part of the government’s investigation into the scandal.
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Summary: The American Federation for Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to protect a Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblower who allegedly received a poor personnel evaluation the night before she testified in the Senate that inadequate staffing and management pressure were harming patient care.
Summary: This editorial argues that while Hawaii “got top marks for its whistleblower protection laws,” they are not effective in practice, especially in protecting whistleblowers from recrimination.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.