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 part by some of the same people involved in State’s handling of the post-Benghazi fallout.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 31, 2014 10:13 am|
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 CIA Inspector General’s Office ‘include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00 am|
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 abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities, according to a subpoena delivered to POGO May 30.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 12, 2014 8:28 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 go through “proper channels” in order to blow the whistle on what they thought was a “potentially illegal use of government resources.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 25, 2014 7:32 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 5, 2014 10:50 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 27, 2013 7:35 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 of the FBI and Justice Department.”
|By: MSPB Watch Thursday October 11, 2012 6:40 am|
Here is a copy of the directive [PDF] and some details of what’s in it.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 19, 2012 3:08 pm|
A Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Fast and Furious matter largely exonerates Attorney General Eric Holder, claiming that he knew nothing about the gun-running operation until after the death of a US Border Patrol agent.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 24, 2012 3:37 pm|
A congressional subcommittee heard statements from investigators and members of the US military who had observed shocking conditions at the Dawood military hospital in Afghanistan. The story involves corruption and a coverup by senior commanders in Afghanistan who order non-cooperation with investigators and destruction of evidence.