Summary: GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack appeared on Democracy Now! this morning to talk about the recently announced investigation of leaks by two state attorneys. She points out the hypocrisy of the government leaking certain information and the Obama administration's crackdown on intelligence whistleblowers. "The answer is not to have even more leak investigations," but to be more watchful of what the administration discloses and what should be out there for public debate.
In this post-9/11 era and in light of the administration’s unprecedented attack on intelligence whistleblowers, it is possible an official secrets act could pass. In a recent blog post, Radack warns against this kind of broad anti-leak legislation, and, quoting former President Clinton, says it would “chill legitimate activities that are at the heart of a democracy.”
Summary: The former head of the Georgia ethics commission and her top deputy have sued the state for wrongful termination, alleging that they were forced out for investigating complaints against the governor.
Summary: An anonymous whistleblower letter accuses the head of the Augusta, Georgia’s Housing and Development Department of being the one responsible for a number of projects missing their deadlines. The letter also identifies 8 other complaints in the department.
Summary: A whistleblower who raised concerns about potential child abuse at an institution for children with behavioral problems was told instead to keep the issue “hush hush” when she spoke up.
Summary: Walgreens will pay the state of Indiana $320,000 to settle allegations of ineligible Medicaid claims. The two suits were filed by whistleblowers on behalf of the state.
Summary: NSA whistleblower and GAP client William Binney will be a keynote speaker at the HOPE conference, a convention for tech enthusiasts.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.