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CSPW – A Lesson in Constitutional Illiteracy: Lamar Smith and the Climate Science Witch Hunt

Adam Arnold and Anne Polansky, July 22, 2016

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Stop Union-Busting and Retaliation Against Whistleblowers at WIPO

Bea Edwards, July 05, 2016

In partnership with the Federation of International Civil Servants' Associations (FICSA), of which the WIPO Staff Association is a member. FICSA is a federated group of staff associations/unions from organizations belonging to the United Nations common system.

Ban Ki-moon has Dismantled UN Reform

Bea Edwards, July 05, 2016

On June 30th, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) declared the attempt to reform the UN on the basis of non-invasive management surgery officially over. In the case of two whistleblowers, the UNAT announced it had no jurisdiction, throwing the issue of UN whistleblowing backwards at least a decade, into the General Assembly.

FOIA Reveals Criminal Investigation into Federal Air Marshal Whistleblower Robert MacLean

Shanna Devine, July 01, 2016

“For every breaking story and revelation made possible by the FOIA, countless others are undoubtedly buried as the law’s effectiveness sags under the weight of processing backlogs resulting from, among other things, a lack of resources and reliance on outdated technology, as well as inconsistent application in terms of disclosure and overbroad use of exemptions.

Successful use of FOIA in the International Program at the Government Accountability Project

Bea Edwards, July 01, 2016

“For every breaking story and revelation made possible by the FOIA, countless others are undoubtedly buried as the law’s effectiveness sags under the weight of processing backlogs resulting from, among other things, a lack of resources and reliance on outdated technology, as well as inconsistent application in terms of disclosure and overbroad use of exemptions.

FOIA Responses Echo Urgent Whistleblower Warnings in BP Gulf Disaster Investigation

Shanna Devine, July 01, 2016

“For every breaking story and revelation made possible by the FOIA, countless others are undoubtedly buried as the law’s effectiveness sags under the weight of processing backlogs resulting from, among other things, a lack of resources and reliance on outdated technology, as well as inconsistent application in terms of disclosure and overbroad use of exemptions.

Advocacy Groups Call on Armed Services Committees to Preserve Military Whistleblower Rights

Irvin McCullough, June 27, 2016

After both chambers of Congress passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017, twenty-eight public interest organizations and advocacy groups sent a letter to leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and encouraged them to maintain the integrity of the military whistleblower provisions in the bill through conference.

House Whistleblower Caucus Member Leads Passage of OSC Reauthorization Bill

Irvin McCullough, June 22, 2016

On June 21st, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the “Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act” (H.R. 4639).

GAP Joins Coalition to Oppose Changing “Rule 41” to Safeguard Americans’ Privacy Rights

Staff, June 21, 2016

Thanks to whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, we know about illegal government surveillance. Now the U.S. government wants to use an obscure procedure—amending a federal rule known as Rule 41— to radically expand their authority to hack. The changes to Rule 41 would make it easier for them to break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.

These changes could impact any person using a computer with Internet access anywhere in the world. However, they will disproportionately impact people using privacy-protective technologies, including Tor and VPNs.

The Insider Threat Program: Determined to Avoid Accountability

Matt Fuller, June 20, 2016

Foreword

In the aftermath of classified disclosures to Wikileaks, the Obama administration created an Insider Threat Program tasked with identifying the “malicious insiders.” In practice, however, we have found that the Insider Threat Program is really a threat to insiders who commit the truth – whistleblowers.

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