Pentagon Inspector General Ignored & Rejected NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake’s Claims of Retaliation

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:54 am

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has learned that the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office has rejected his whistleblower retaliation complaint, which he filed after the Justice Department’s prosecution against him collapsed. As part of the Pentagon IG office’s audit, Drake provided details about waste and civil liberties abuses related to a program called TRAILBLAZER. He alleged in [...]

Obama Administration Hinders FBI Whistleblower Protections & Inspector General Oversight

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 4:55 pm

The FBI withholds records the inspector general for the Justice Department should legally be able to access, and, in the process, has impacted the ability of the office to review whistleblower allegations and claims of retaliation. President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently supported this position, which hinders an office that is supposed to provide independent [...]

Inspector General Report: DEA Doesn’t Keep Data on Racial Profiling in ‘Cold Consent Encounters’

By: Saturday January 31, 2015 1:26 pm

The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department conducted a review of Drug Enforcement Agency “cold consent encounters” at mass transportation facilities after receiving complaints from two African American women about a practice that has been associated with racial profiling. The review found that the DEA does not collect the appropriate racial and [...]

State Department Quashed Investigations into Sex Caper

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:25 am

Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in [...]

Internal CIA Investigation Confirms CIA Hacked into Senate Computers Being Used for Torture Report

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:36 pm

(update below) An investigation by the CIA inspector general has confirmed CIA employees hacked into computers being used by the Senate intelligence committee to produce a 6,300-page torture report, according to McClatchy Newspapers. Journalists Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins obtained a statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, who indicated, “Findings of the investigation by the [...]

Government Demands Whistleblower Organization’s Encrypted Files

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 8:25 am

For those people who still do not believe we have crossed a terrible line into a Post-Constitutional state, here’s another chance to repent before we all go to hell. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) turn over all information it has collected related to [...]

‘Proper Channels’ Didn’t Work for Employees Who Revealed Secret Service Director’s Surveillance Operation

By: Monday May 12, 2014 10:07 am

Agents from a Secret Service surveillance team detailed to patrol the White House compound and protect President Barack Obama were ordered to go watch the home of a neighbor of a “personal friend” of the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported. Remarkably, this is one of those instances (yet again) where government employees sought to [...]

Senate Subcommittee Investigation into Whistleblower Allegations Finds Misconduct by DHS Watchdog

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:37 am

The person within the Department of Homeland Security, who whistleblowers are supposed to be comfortable with contacting to report waste, fraud, abuse or other examples of corruption, failed to maintain independence as the Department’s Inspector General. He has been placed on “administrative leave” by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The subcommittee reviewed hundreds of pages of [...]

Pentagon Inspector General Moving to Shut Down Key Whistleblower Advocate in Washington

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 10:47 am

A well-respected advocate for whistleblowers in the United States government, he served the inspector general of the the Pentagon as the first director of civilian reprisal investigations and also as director of whistleblowing and transparency. He now serves in the position of Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection (ED-ICW&SP) and directly reports [...]

FBI Whistleblower Was Allegedly Terminated for Reporting Fraud & Sexual Misconduct Involving Prostitutes

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 9:51 am

An FBI whistleblower alleges he was retaliated against and fired because he reported two pilots serving in the FBI had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct in addition to a “clear pattern of fraud, waste and abuse over a period of years,” which “cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars” while also “damaging the reputation [...]

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