Summary: This article by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – all winners of the Nobel Peace Prize – calls for the release of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of giving classified information to WikiLeaks. The authors argue that citizens have the right to know the intimate details of wars their country is fighting.
Key Quote: As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we are deeply dismayed by the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning.
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Summary: Climate Science Watch’s Rick Piltz appeared on Al Jazeera earlier this month to talk about the lack of climate change as an issue in the 2012 campaign cycle, despite record extreme weather events and temperatures.
Summary: In this blog post, GAP Education Coordinator Alison Glick summarizes the success of the premiere stop of GAP’s 2012-13 American Whistleblower Tour. The stop took place at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and featured whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac, who exposed sex trafficking at the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, and GAP International Officer Shelley Walden.
Summary: The SEC has received more than 3,000 tips in the first year of its whistleblower program. The program was launched as a part of the Dodd-Frank Act. Whistleblowers are granted 10-30 percent of financial settlements over $1 million, if they provided the key information for the case. The agency has only given out one whistleblower reward so far, but more are currently pending, waiting on developments in the cases.
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Summary: A Hawaii prison corrections officer has filed a whistleblower suit against the state, saying he was retaliated against for reporting on his supervisor who was allegedly using inmates to do work for his private landscaping company.
Summary: A former top redevelopment administrator in San Bernardino, California, has filed a whistleblower suit against the city, claiming that she was fired for reporting corruption at City Hall – allegedly, time card fraud and misuse of public funds.
Summary: A worker at a New Orleans elderly home is alleging she was fired after raising concerns about the death of a resident last month. According to the whistleblower, some of the other employees cleaned up the resident’s room before the police arrived and reported nothing out of the ordinary to the officers.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.