During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 5, 2015 2:16 pm|
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:25 pm|
On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Pierce’s disturbing story is one of several to have come out in the wake of Idaho’s decision to take back control of the facility last year. Under CCA’s watch, ICC was nicknamed “gladiator school” for its high levels of violence, and allegations have surfaced indicating the private prison contractor may have manipulated prisoner medical records to cover up neglect and mismanagement. Pierce’s story provides an additional perspective on the atmosphere permitted, and sometimes encouraged, by CCA leadership within ICC.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:27 pm|
A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.” [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:24 pm|
A civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit was filed in federal court against Chicago police officers and the city of Chicago for the killing of Roshad McIntosh. He was fatally shot by police on August 24, 2014. “I lost my son, he was taken from me,” Cynthia Lane, Roshad’s mother, stated. “I’m really hurt. Roshad’s [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:26 pm|
Former CIA director and military general David Petraeus improperly possessed “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and other classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material. He [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:21 pm|
Young organizers in Chicago held a downtown rally on March 2 to communicate to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the outcome of a recent primary was a message from marginalized communities in the city. That message involves dissatisfaction that Emanuel has failed to support a reparations ordinance for police torture survivors. But organizers also sought to [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday March 1, 2015 7:48 pm|
Retired Lt. Commander Richard Zuley has been linked to Chicago police malfeasance and to torture interrogations at Guantanamo. A look at his intelligence background shows his military posting to the Pentagon’s European Command links him to the possibility of involvement in or knowledge of secret military renditions from Europe to Guantanamo.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 1, 2015 10:20 am|
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is more than three weeks into an 86-day term on house arrest. He was released from a federal “correctional” institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in early February. Kiriakou pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA), but it was not until he spoke up about waterboarding being torture in an [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 27, 2015 11:57 am|
(update below) A federal judge dismissed a former CIA operative’s lawsuit alleging he was subject to a “hostile work environment” and discriminated against because of his disability and race. The judge decided the CIA had appropriately made a state secrets claim and there was no way to litigate the case without creating “substantial risk” to [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 26, 2015 6:17 pm|
Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance [...]