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NPR: Before Snowden – The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil

July 22, 2014

By DAVID WELNA

Listen to the audio version here. 

Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. He then became one of its leading whistleblowers.

AG Week: Poultry Rule Would Shift Inspection Responsibilities

July 21, 2014

By JERRY HAGSTROM

A coalition of consumer groups has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of a rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

Unconfirmed reports have circulated that USDA pulled back on a proposal to increase the speed at which chickens whizz past inspectors after a meeting with the National Council of La Raza, which speaks for the Hispanic workers employed in the plants.

New York Times: Wall Street’s New Enforcers Aim to Muzzle Whistleblowers

July 21, 2014

By JORDAN THOMAS & TOM DEVINE

Jordan Thomas is chairman of the whistle-blower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow and was a former assistant director in the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project and co-author of “The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth.”

ValueWalk: SEC Whistle Blower Program Increasingly Stymied

July 21, 2014

By MARK MELIN

Legal measures such as gag orders and having employees sign mandated agreements to forfeit whistleblower rewards are nullifying protections.

Corporate Counsel: Coalition Blows the Whistle on Whistleblower Retaliation

July 21, 2014

By ANDREW RAMONAS

Labaton Sucharow, the Government Accountability Project and more than 250 other whistleblower advocates are pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to improve its program that was created four years ago as part of Dodd-Frank’s efforts to help workers report corporate wrongdoing.

Wall Street Journal: Coalition Presses SEC on Whistleblower Rules

July 21, 2014

By RACHEL LOUISE ENSIGN

A pro-whistleblower coalition is pressing the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify the protections afforded to employees who raise concerns about suspected wrongdoing in their workplaces.

The group, which includes non-profits the Government Accountability Project and the Project on Government Oversight, plaintiff-side law firm Labaton Sucharow LLP and others, sent the agency a letter Friday, saying the move comes out of “concern for the widespread and growing problem of retaliatory conduct against corporate whistleblowers.”

FireDogLake: At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters is at Forefront of Many Presentations

July 19, 2014

By KEVIN GOSZTOLA  

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government.

A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in the “Manning room,” which was a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania renamed to honor Chelsea Manning.

Food Safety News: Groups Ask OMB, USDA to Release Revised Poultry Rule for Public Comment

July 18, 2014

By LYDIA ZURAW

Organizations representing workers and consumers want the Department of Agriculture to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s lead by releasing the revised poultry inspection rule for public comment.

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