Senate report: CIA lied about torture of detainees

[Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today]  On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released an unclassified summary of its classified report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program. In a forward, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee chair, writes, “it is my personal conclusion that, under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement, and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman and degrading. I believe the evidence of this is overwhelming and incontrovertible.”Continue reading

Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

by Linda Lewis   Sep. 20, 2014

[Originally posted Sep. 18 at Whistleblowing Today]

At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census.Continue reading

Snowden’s asylum set to expire July 31

By Linda Lewis. Reposted from Whistleblowing Today.

Edward Snowden’s current grant of asylum from the Russian government expires on July 31, but his request for a one-year extension has not yet been granted.  Snowden’s attorney, Anatoly Kucherena told the Interfax news agency, “We have filed documents to extend his stay on the territory of Russia” (Los Angeles Times). Continue reading

They pay with their peace

Globally, whistleblowers in government, corporate world and NGOs were murdered, belittled, discredited and dubbed mentally ill. but they managed to shake up things—sometimes.

By Alam Srinivas, India Legal, May 21, 2014. Republished with permission.

REMEMBER Satyendra Dubey? Shanmughan Manjunath? Vijay Pandhare? Or Dinesh Thakur? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. Apart from Dubey, all of them were little-known whistleblowers in government and India Inc., who exposed corruption and vanished after being in the news for a few days. Two of them were brutally murdered; Dubey, after he spoke about the shenanigans in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project, and Manjunath, when he talked about petrol adulteration.

Pandhare and Thakur, however, were successful in their endeavors. The former blew the whistle on Maharashtra’s irrigation scam that led to the resignation of the state’s deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar. After retirement from the bureaucracy, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party. The latter’s expose on pharma major Ranbaxy Laboratories led to a ban on sale of the firm’s drugs in the US, and investigations in India. The US Justice Department gave him a reward of nearly $50 million.

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Fundraiser for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou

Photo provided by CODEPINK.

Photo provided by CODEPINK.

by CODEPINK. In the US, those responsible for the crime of torture are free….But John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on CIA torture, is in prison for 30 months, away from his wife and 5 children. We have received the heartbreaking news that the Kiriakou family is in danger of losing their home because mortgage payments are difficult to keep up with- they need $1,500 a month to keep up, and are $30,000 behind. His family needs our help to take care of their kids and keep a roof over their head. CODEPINK and FireDogLake are hosting a Father’s Day Fundraiser for one of our favorite dads, John Kiriakou. Our goal is to raise $30,000 so we can make sure they can keep their home. Please consider donating now.Continue reading

Remembering Richard West, Medicaid fraud whistleblower

Taxpayers Against Fraud reported last month the passing of Richard West, a disabled Vietnam War veteran and Medicaid recipient who successfully exposed fraud by Maxim Healthcare, the provider of his home healthcare services. West, who had muscular dystrophy, was in a wheelchair and on a ventilator when he filed a False Claims Act (or qui tam) case against Maxim in a New Jersey court. Ultimately, the case recovered  $150 million for taxpayers. West received a reward of $15.4 million for his efforts in documenting and pursuing the claim.Continue reading