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Whistleblower Can Sue Rumsfeld for Torture

, March 08, 2010

A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a government motion to throw out a lawsuit brought against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The suit was brought by two American citizens who were subjected to torture in Iraq.

Lots and Lots of Unsafe Food

Dylan Blaylock, March 05, 2010

USDA whistleblower and GAP client Dean Wyatt testified yesterday before the House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy (under Oversight and Government Reform). Wyatt, a supervisory veterinarian at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported shocking mistreatment and unsafe butchering of animals at two slaughterhouses. His disclosures raise serious concerns about the state of American food integrity.

UN’s Immunity Upheld in Brzak Case

, March 05, 2010

In a disappointing decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 2 that the United Nations is immune from a lawsuit filed by a UN employee who claimed that the former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers sexually harassed and retaliated against her.

Numerous Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) whistleblowers and employees have previously attempted to hold IGOs such as the United Nations accountable through filing lawsuits in national courts. In most cases, these lawsuits have been dismissed due to the immunity privileges of IGOs.

GAP Lawyers Fight for DoJ Accountability

, March 03, 2010

Following the dismissal of an investigation of the two authors of the infamous "torture memos," GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack now has the dubious honor of now being the only person currently referred by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility for bar disciplinary action. What was their advice? That the CIA could proceed with waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques. What was her advice? That an American citizen, accused of terrorist activities, should have legal counsel.

Common Chemical Changes Sex in Frogs

Dylan Blaylock, March 02, 2010

In the past few years, many investigative reports have focused on the steady decline of water quality from agricultural runoff. One particular exceptional piece on this topic is Frontline’s Poisoned Waters piece from last year.

Judge Slams UN Secretary-General for Undermining the New Justice System and Creating Flawed Procedures to Address Misconduct

, March 02, 2010

new decision issued by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams exposes the lack of consistent procedures to address misconduct in the UN system and admonishes the Secretary-General for trying to undermine the ability of the justice system to hold perjurers in contempt of court.

Massive Polluting in Waterways Not Illegal

Dylan Blaylock, March 01, 2010

This front page piece from the NYT details how recent decisions by the Supreme Court have severely damaged efforts to hold corporations accountable for dumping toxic chemicals and other serious pollutants into America’s waterways.

UN Tribunal Supports Whistleblower in Quest for Investigative Report

, March 01, 2010

In a positive precedent for whistleblowers throughout the UN system, a United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) judge recently ruled that a whistleblower should have access to the investigative report about his retaliation claims (Wasserstrom v. Secretary-General of the United Nations).

Yoo's Gift To President Obama: Return to Sender Hotlist

Jesselyn Radack, February 25, 2010

This post was written by GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack for her Daily Kos blog.

OPR Torture Memos Report: Radack Calls Out Margolis & Co. in Harpers

Jesselyn Radack, February 24, 2010

This post was written by GAP Homeland Security and Human Rights Counsel Kathleen McClellan for her Daily Kos Blog.