Files from a whistleblower, which a major French newspaper obtained, show HSBC’s Swiss private bank offered services to clients, who the United Nations, court documents and media had singled out as having connections to arms trafficking, bribery and blood diamonds.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 9, 2015 1:00 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday February 9, 2015 9:00 am|
Whistleblower laws exist because government officials do not always act in the nation’s best interests. The Obama administration, in its war on whistleblowers, just lost a major battle. Major in its venue — the Supreme Court — and major in its implications for future whistleblower cases. The Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. [...]
|By: Norman Solomon Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00 am|
Condoleezza Rice made headlines when she testified Thursday at the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — underscoring that powerful people in the Bush administration went to great lengths a dozen years ago to prevent disclosure of a classified operation. But as The Associated Press noted, “While Rice’s testimony helped establish the importance [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:57 am|
Let’s all do something useful today. Call it a New Year’s Resolution. Prison sucks. Being in prison because you blew the whistle on our government sucks harder. Getting a letter makes it suck less. So if you want to do something good today, write a short letter to one of these guys. It need not [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 23, 2014 1:19 pm|
Firedoglake and I spent several years looking for each other.
In my final months at the State Department, just before getting pushed out because of my whistleblowing, Firedoglake was one of the web sites firewalled from our desktop computers because of its Wikileaks content. Despite sites like FDL being available everywhere (it is called the world wide web after all), State pretended the Chelsea Manning-disclosed material was still protected and thus while I could see it on my government classified computer without turning into a pumpkin, I could not view it on sites like FDL. Odd.
I was looking for Firedoglake without knowing it. I do not get paid for my work here, just as you do not pay to read the site. But if we both want this resource to keep on going, we need to step up. I’ll keep on writing at no cost to FDL. Won’t you consider a small donation to keep us online? This stuff really matters, never more than now.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 18, 2014 10:10 am|
Tim Ferner blew the whistle on a contract-steering scam involving a middleman in Florida and an engineering company hired to develop anti-terrorism techniques.
Tim Ferner suspected the scam in 2007 when his superiors at the Coalition and Irregular Warfare Center downplayed his concerns about how contracts were being doled out. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), received those contracts.
|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: Peter Van Buren Tuesday May 27, 2014 1:17 pm|
Elliot Rodger, a college student who posted videos that documented his rage against women, killed six people and wounded 13 others last week. So where was the NSA?
|By: Deborah Nelson Sunday April 20, 2014 1:59 pm|
The war in Vietnam essentially began in 1964 in response to what the American government claimed was an unprovoked attack upon two U.S. naval ships, the destroyers USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951), while they were steaming peacefully on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam. Although there was a U.S. military presence in Vietnam before that, the Tonkin events led to congressional action which allowed President Lyndon Johnson (and, later, President Richard Nixon) to escalate our military presence enormously and to wage war not only in Vietnam but also covertly in Southeast Asia.
Among the many books written on the Vietnamese war, half a dozen note a 1967 letter to the editor of a Connecticut newspaper which was instrumental in pressuring the Johnson administration to tell the truth about how the war was started.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday April 10, 2014 10:32 am|
The Bureau of Prisons is threatening to keep CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou from his wife and kids by refusing to honor their deal to transfer him to a halfway house by May 1st.
John’s struggle with the Bureau of Prisons comes on the heels of news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to declassify part of a far-reaching report on CIA torture.