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Hey, Economist! Don’t Equate Whistleblowing with "Snitching"

Dylan Blaylock, July 08, 2011

So this article from The Economist starts out with this line:

SNITCHING on your bosses' dodgy doings has never been more rewarding.

Congressional MacLean Brief calls for Revival of WPA and Code of Ethics

Shanna Devine, April 13, 2011

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today released two documents on significant developments in the pending whistleblower appeal of former Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Robert MacLean – the courageous FAM fired for publicly protesting TSA plans in 2003 to abandon Air Marshal coverage during a confirmed terrorist plan for an oversees airlines hijacking.

FOIA Request Denial In Robert MacLean Case Evidences Widespread Retaliatory Investigation

Shanna Devine, February 07, 2011

On January 26th, 2011, former Federal Air Marshal (FAM) turned whistleblower Robert MacLean received a curt "final denial" of his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE). However, the denial letter spoke volumes.

MSPB Turnaround Highlights Problems with Administrative Judge System

Tom Devine, February 01, 2011

The new Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) was off to a flying start in the first year of Obama administration appointees. Thanks to Chair Susan Grundmann’s leadership, the Board made more progress toward protecting the merit system than in any other year since it was created by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. It established an unprecedented infrastructure of research, transparency, and public enfranchisement. It issued landmark precedents that restored its authority to enforce the merit system. It reversed a decade long trend of ruling against whistleblowers.

GAP's Statement on Selection of Carolyn Lerner as Special Counsel

, December 15, 2010

It is being reported by NPR that Carolyn Lerner has been nominated by President Obama to head the Office of Special Counsel, the federal office charged with investigating whistleblower complaints. A nomination for this crucial position has been needed for some time.

In WikiLeaks Wake, Whistleblower Witch-Hunt Report Released and Bill Set to Pass!

Jesselyn Radack, December 01, 2010

This post originally appeared in a Daily Kos column.


If folks feel conflicted about WikiLeaks, the answer is to pass meaningful whistleblower reform. Otherwise, whistleblowers have no alternative, as detailed in this Whistleblower Witch Hunt report released today.

Why is Pentagon Whistleblower Franz Gayl Being Retaliated Against for Saving Our Troops?

Shanna Devine, November 19, 2010

In trying to protect troops and civilians in the Iraq and Afghan wars, Pentagon Science and Technology Advisor Franz Gayl never imagined he would become the target of a war on his home turf. The offense? Gayl refused to turn a blind eye to Quantico’s bureaucracy as it stonewalled the shipment of military equipment that would save the lives of American troops and innocent civilians. Now, after an exhaustive 2.5 year retaliatory investigation into Gayl, his security clearance has been suspended, and he’s been put on indefinite administrative leave without pay.

The MSPB’s Terrible Ruling on Robert MacLean

Tom Devine, May 18, 2010

Picture_2In a May 12 Initial Decision, Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) Administrative Judge Franklin Kang upheld the termination of Federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean – a ruling for which Mr. MacLean has been waiting over four years.