The United States fell a whopping 13 places in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, ending up in 46th place behind former Iron Curtain states like the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania and barely beating out Haiti. (more…)
By Tom Nugent and Donald R. Soeken, Ph.D
(Re-posted with permission from OpEd News – 20 November 2012)
Now that President Barack Obama has been convincingly reelected, he can do the nation a huge service by quickly ordering his White House legal counsel to review a potential national security threat that could produce a catastrophe on the scale of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
That potentially devastating threat was nakedly exposed last July 28, when three senior citizens armed only with Bibles and bolt-cutters successfully invaded the country’s major storage facility for enriched uranium. (more…)
The experience of an Australian whistleblower highlights the perils of first taking a disclosure to one’s superiors.
THE whistleblower who exposed alleged corruption in two Reserve Bank companies told five top bank officials of his explosive concerns, only to be forced out of his job and warned to keep quiet.
In an October 8 news release, the Office of Special Counsel reported that it had filed stay requests with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in the cases of two whistleblowers, Franz Gayl and Paul T. Hardy. On October 13, the MSPB issued an Order granting the stays, temporarily halting disciplinary actions against the two whistleblowers. Advocates of good government praised the actions.