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USA Today: Feds Say Climate Change to Cause 'Irreversible' Health Risks

July 17, 2008


An Environmental Protection Agency report released Thursday warns that global warming will increase disease and other health problems nationwide in coming decades.

"Climate change poses real risks to human health," says the EPA's Joel Scheraga. Some of the environmental effects will be irreversible, he says. The report details health impacts ranging from Hantavirus to wildfires to asthma, all increased by climate change.

Asheville Citizen-Times: U.N. Not So Clean Anymore

July 12, 2008

By GAP International Program Director Bea Edwards and International Program Officer Shelley Walden. Versions of this op-ed also appeared in Garden City Telegram (NJ).

The United Nations was scrambling. Reports were surfacing, based on firsthand knowledge, of U.N. peacekeepers grossly exploiting their positions by sexually abusing destitute citizens entrusted to their care.

St. Louis Dispatch: Today's Vote Could legalize Past Illegal Government Spying

July 08, 2008

By Telecom whistleblower Mark Klein and whistleblower and GAP client Babak Pasdar.

In 2005, the exposure of a sprawling domestic spying program shocked the nation. President George W. Bush directly authorized the violation of the law and the Constitution by spying on citizen phone calls and e-mails without a warrant. People were shocked and appalled at the flouting of our civil liberties. The backlash against this perceived "Big Brother" world we were entering was palpable; sure enough, the next election cycle saw great turnover of the president's party.

Washington Post: Pressing for Stronger Protections for Whistlebllowers

June 06, 2008


A coalition of 112 organizations is urging House and Senate negotiators to move quickly to resolve differences over legislation that would strengthen the protections afforded federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse.

UNA-USA Publications: Universal Whistleblower Protection Policy for the UN

June 03, 2008

By GAP International Program Associate Shelley Walden.

In order to regain the trust of its staff and uphold its mission, the United Nations must create comprehensive whistleblower protections modeled on international best practices. It is essential that the organization also continue to reform its internal justice system and enforce impartial investigation practices. Failure to do so makes the UN vulnerable to future scandal, corruption and a substantial loss of credibility.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Report on FBI Interrogations Omits the Lindh Case of Torture

June 02, 2008

By GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack. 

Late last month, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General issued a positive report on the FBI's involvement in detainee interrogations in Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay and Iraq.

Washington Post: FBI Abuse, Unmentioned

May 30, 2008

By GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack. 

I read with dismay an article [May 21] and an editorial [May 25] on a report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, disclosing that FBI officials challenged abusive interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay and other military sites.

Conspicuously absent from this report was any mention of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, although the report covers the relevant period.

Associated Press - White House Issues Climate Report 4 Years Late

May 20, 2008


WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a court order and four years late, the White House Thursday produced what it called a science-based "one-stop shop" of specific threats to the United States from man-made global warming.

While the report has no new science in it, it pulls together different U.S. studies and localizes international reports into one comprehensive document required by law. The 271-page report is notable because it is something the Bush administration has fought in the past.


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