Rash of assaults on whistleblowing, press freedom in Australia

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Australian Federal Police raided the headquarters of Australian broadcast ABC News Wednesday, seeking files related to a 2017 expose of abuses by Australian forces in Afghanistan, including alleged killings of defenseless children. The search warrant named three ABC journalists and whistleblower David William McBride, “a former military lawyer and captain in Britain’s elite Special Air Service.” (Re-posted with permission from Whistleblowing Today.) (more…)

National security experts call for a return to Constitutional government

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L-R: Thomas Drake, Coleen Rowley, Antony Arnove, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, and Ray McGovern, 22 Apr 2014, Georgetown U. Photo by Linda Lewis

[Republished from Whistleblowing Today] Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.”  (more…)

“Confidential sources” exposed in Justice Department’s seizure of media phone records

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The Associated Press revealed on May 13 that theJustice Department secretly seized phone records for “more than 20 telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.”More than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted,” according to AP.

“These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.” – AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt

The Associated Press learned of the records seizure on May 10 per a Justice Department letter.  Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC, pointed out that the editor and five reporters who were targeted had all contributed to an AP report about CIA infiltration of an al Qaeda group plotting to blow up an airliner with an updated version of the “underwear” bomb. (more…)