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Associated Press: Pentagon to Probe Delays of Gear to Iraq

February 27, 2008

By RICHARD LARDNER

An investigation into allegations the Marine Corps delayed sending blast-resistant trucks to Iraq also will examine whether the Marines were negligent in delivering a laser to divert drivers and people from checkpoints and convoys, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

USA Today: Marines Halt Study Critical of MRAP Program

February 26, 2008

By TOM VANDEN BROOK

The Marine Corps has ordered a civilian scientist to stop work on a report critical of its efforts to obtain new armored vehicles, saying he exceeded his authority, a Marine official said Tuesday.

Franz Gayl, a retired Marine officer and civilian science adviser, alleged in a Jan. 22 report that “gross mismanagement” of the program to quickly field Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles had resulted in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of Marines in Iraq. Gayl had planned to continue his investigation.

FOX News: Google Quietly Reinstates Work of News Organization Critical of U.N.

February 21, 2008

Google News quietly reinstated Tuesday the articles of a news service that routinely exposes U.N. corruption, a day after FOXNews.com ran a story about the Internet giant's decision to remove Inner City Press from its search engine.

Inner City Press returned to the Google News search late in the day, but much sooner than the "couple weeks" a Google representative had promised. The week of stories the news service ran since Google News dropped it on Feb. 13 were not restored.

FOX News: Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google

February 18, 2008

By MICHAEL Y. PARK

How big do you have to be to earn the wrath of the United Nations and Internet giant Google?

If you're journalist Matthew Lee, all it takes are some critical articles and a scrappy little Web site.

Lee is the editor-in-chief, Webmaster and pretty much the only reporter for Inner City Press, a pint-sized Internet news operation that's taken on Goliath-sized entities like Citigroup since 1987.

Federal Times: Once Shunned, Navy Whistleblower Honored

February 01, 2008

By ELISE CASTELLI

A retired Navy employee — once shunned by his colleagues for blowing the whistle on poor aircraft maintenance — was honored by the Navy Feb. 1.

The Navy issued a commendation to Richard Conrad for exposing problems that led the Navy improve the repair and overhaul process for F/A-18 fighter jets.

Providence Journal: Real Federal Whistleblower Protections In Sight

February 01, 2008

By GAP Legal Director Tom Devine and GAP Legislative Representative Adam Miles. Versions of this op-ed also appeared in: The Roanoke Times, Amarillo Globe-News, Philly Burbs, Northwest Arkansas Times, Scranton Times-Tribune, and Sheridan Press (WY).

Reuters: World Bank Anti-Corruption Chief Resigns

January 16, 2008

By LESLEY WROUGHTON

The head of the World Bank's anti-corruption unit, Suzanne Rich Folsom, resigned on Wednesday to rejoin the private sector, a Bank spokesman said.

Tri-City Herald: Oregon Commission Reopens Public Testimony on Waste

January 08, 2008

By TRI-CITY HERALD STAFF

In response to a lawsuit, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted Tuesday to reopen public comment on the disposal of secondary waste from the destruction of aging chemical weapons stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston.

The waste includes plastic protective suits used by workers and contaminated carbon filters from the incinerators used to destroy the stockpile of Cold War chemical weapons at the Army depot in Eastern Oregon.

Christian Science Monitor: Study Finds White House Manipulation of Climate Science

December 12, 2007

By MARK CLAYTON

At least since 2003, and especially after hurricane Katrina hit, the White House has broadly attempted to control which climate scientists could speak with reporters, as well as editing scientists' congressional testimony on climate science and key legal opinions, according to a new report by a House committee.

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Hanford Site Still in Distressing State

December 11, 2007

By GAP Nuclear Oversight Director Tom Carpenter.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Energy, along with the EPA and Washington state, hosted the annual "State of the Site" meeting on Hanford, in Seattle.

To those of us who are frequent attendees at such events, this one bore a depressing similarity to many of the past meetings called for a similar purpose -- to review the state of the Hanford nuclear site's efforts to clean up the largest and most expensive toxic mess in the United States.

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