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 [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 25, 2015 8:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 4, 2015 5:00 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 oversight.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday February 3, 2015 9:00 am|
The U.S. military decided it will no longer release facts and figures about America’s costly effort to assist Afghan security forces. (As this goes online, the military has announced, having been called out, that it is backtracking on parts of the classification) Information that has been made public for the past 12 years is now [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday January 31, 2015 3:00 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 other demographic data for the government to determine whether such encounters are routinely violating the civil rights of citizens.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm|
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: 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.