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Keyword: whistleblowers

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  • The U.S. Institute of Peace Stumbles (Daniel Pipes)

    03/23/2004 4:31:09 PM PST · by The Westerner · 8 replies · 218+ views
    E-Mail from Daniel Pipes ^ | March 23, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Last week, I became a whistleblower. (According to Merriam-Webster, a whistleblower is someone "who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority.") This is not a role I expected or sought, but I felt compelled to go public when the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington, D.C., the taxpayer-funded organization to whose board President Bush appointed me, insisted on co-hosting an event with a group closely associated with radical Islam. That group is the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy; the event was a workshop that took place — over...
  • Repost: The Whistleblowers - Last Year's Time Persons Of The Year

    11/18/2003 9:05:08 AM PST · by Political Junkie Too · 2 replies · 197+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 12/30/2002
  • Hundreds of items gone from museum [AF Museum, not Iraqi National Museum]

    08/24/2003 12:44:36 PM PDT · by jpthomas · 3 replies · 215+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | August 24, 2003 | Wes Hills
    DDN | Director: Total loss unknown WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE | By thievery, carelessness, or both, America is losing artifacts of its aviation heritage. The United States Air Force Museum once stored the aging wooden pattern used to cast the engine that enabled aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright to achieve the first powered flight in 1903. It's missing. Ten artifacts, ranging from camp regulations to a notebook, entrusted to the museum from survivors of World War II prisoner-of-war camps. Also missing. Bombs, bomb fuses, guns, a "urine collection device" from the Apollo program and a camera lens from the...

    06/19/2003 4:02:00 AM PDT · by Elkiejg · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/19/03 | Robert Novak
    QUICK LINKS: HOME | NEWS | OPINION | RIGHTPAGES | CHAT | WHAT'S NEW WASHINGTON -- Special Agent Robert Wright of the FBI's Chicago Division could not have been surprised by the bureau's reflexive reaction when he called a press conference June 2 at the National Press Club. He laid out an indictment of the FBI's "pathetic anti-terrorism efforts." One week later, the bureau responded like Pavlov's dog, secretly launching its fourth investigation of Wright. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, as top congressional protector of whistle-blowers, learned of this and did not conceal his rage in a letter to FBI Director...
  • Nurse Fired After Exposing Possible Euthanasia Death

    04/23/2003 12:22:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies · 286+ views
    Boulder, CO — The woman credited with blowing the whistle on a suspicious death at a Boulder medical facility has been fired from her nursing job. Karmon Babcock, 27, said she was terminated from her job as a certified nursing assistant at Terrace Heights Care Center after she went to authorities to report that a patient was left to choke on her own vomit and that paperwork was later destroyed. "What I saw was eating me up," she said. "I had to do something." Barbara Busch Endres died March 9 at the rehabilitative and respite care facility at 2121 Mesa...
  • 27M to bag terrorist

    03/10/2003 1:48:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 279+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/10/03 | DAVE GOLDINER in New York and JAMES GORDON MEEK in Washington
    A captured Egyptian radical ratted out terror kingpin Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - but only after squeezing $27 million in reward money from American investigators, it was reported yesterday. The unnamed radical agreed to tell his captors where to find Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's lieutenant after he was arrested in a Feb. 14 raid on a safehouse in Quetta, Pakistan, Newsweek magazine reports in its current edition. But the Egyptian, identified only as an Al Qaeda foot soldier, was not satisfied with the $25million bounty on Mohammed's head. He demanded - and got - $2 million more to cover...
  • Energy Department Calls Firing Of Whistleblowers "Incomprehensible"

    01/30/2003 12:36:11 PM PST · by CedarDave · 15 replies · 303+ views
    AP (via ABQ Journal - subscription required) ^ | January 30, 2003 | Robert Gehrke
    January 30, 2003 Energy Department Calls Firing Of Whistleblowers "Incomprehensible" By Robert Gehrke The Associated Press WASHINGTON   —   Los Alamos National Laboratory officials failed to act to address problems in managing lab property and discouraged employees from expressing concerns, according to a report released Thursday by the Energy Department's inspector general.     The report corroborated many of the claims about weak internal control and property management at the lab made by investigators Glenn Walp and Steve Doran. The report said the lab's firing of the two men last November after they blew the whistle on the problems was...
  • DISNEY SETTLES LAWSUIT (whistleblower alleged Disney cheated IRS)

    01/21/2003 1:39:21 AM PST · by Liz · 11 replies · 235+ views
    NY POST ^ | 1/21/03
    <p>LOS ANGELES - Walt Disney Co. has settled a $20-million "whistle-blower" lawsuit brought by a former executive who says she was fired for refusing to help the company allegedly cheat the IRS. The case, scheduled to go to trial Jan. 27, was settled late last week, the Los Angeles Times reported. The terms were not disclosed.</p>
  • Musings on the Nature of Whistleblowing

    12/31/2002 7:34:02 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Newhouse News Service ^ | 12/31/2002 | James Lileks
    Whistleblowers?WHISTLEBLOWERS?They're Time magazine's Persons of the Year, three women photographed in the classic resolute Silkwood mode. (Male whistleblowers always seem to be bitter Dilberts who got passed over for a window office.) Not to diminish their accomplishments -- what they did took guts, yes. But what did they do?Two tattled on corporate corruption. One revealed that the FBI is so hobbled by bureaucracy and indecision it would give a parking permit in the Hoover Building to Al Kayda's Ryder Truck Company. (And it would forbid any agents from doing a background check.)Nice job; thanks. But these were the most important...
  • The Good Guys

    12/24/2002 7:56:35 AM PST · by liberallarry · 6 replies · 153+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 24, 2002 | PAUL KRUGMAN
    ime magazine's persons of the year are three whistle-blowers: Sherron Watkins of Enron, Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom and Coleen Rowley of the F.B.I. They deserve to be celebrated. After all, thanks to Ms. Watkins and Ms. Cooper, Jeff Skilling, Ken Lay and Bernie Ebbers have been indicted, and the politicians who did their bidding have been disgraced. Thanks to Ms. Rowley, incompetent officials at the F.B.I. and C.I.A. have been removed from their posts, and we've had a searching inquiry into what went wrong on Sept. 11. Oh, I'm sorry. None of that actually happened. The bravery of the whistle-blowers...
  • Reforming The FBI?

    12/17/2002 8:50:41 AM PST · by Asmodeus · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | 17 December 2002 | Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid
    On the same day recently the New York Times and the Washington Times ran stories about the management challenges facing FBI Director Robert Mueller. The New York Times obtained internal Bureau documents that show Mueller talking tough to his managers and agents about the need for reform. The story has Mueller warning that he won’t tolerate "bureaucratic intransigence" and quotes senior Justice officials lauding his performance thus far. But the Washington Times focused more on Mueller’s actions, especially on the sensitive issues of ethics and retaliation against internal critics. On that score, Mueller doesn’t fare quite so well. For example,...
  • The Whistleblowers' Senate Champion

    12/13/2002 9:55:46 AM PST · by Asmodeus · 6 replies · 254+ views
    BusinessWeek Online ^ | Lorraine Woellert
    Remember the Pentagon's $600 hammer? Its $1,000 toilet seat? Those 1983 revelations of profiligate defense spending touched off months of hearings and recriminations. Almost overlooked amid the hubbub was the man who started it all -- an unassuming Iowa farmer named Charles Ernest Grassley. Until the Pentagon follies, no one paid the junior senator from the Hawkeye State much notice. Nor did anyone have great expectations for this Republican who was labeled an Iowa bumpkin destined for a single term. But don't underestimate Grassley. Since acting on whistleblower complaints about defense spending 20 years ago, Grassley has taken on fraud...
  • Homeland Security Whistleblower Amendment Needs Your Help!

    09/23/2002 11:58:32 AM PDT · by Asmodeus · 156+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | September 20, 2002 | F. Douglas Hartnett
    Support New Whistleblower Legislation and Help Protect Those That Protect The Public Interest! Congress has the chance to strengthen Homeland Security legislation this week by including an amendment to protect federal whistleblowers. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored in the Senate by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), will strengthen the federal Whistleblower Protection Act. The amendment will ensure that government workers who report waste, fraud or abuse at their particular agencies are protected from being fired or harassed by their supervisors. Whistleblowers are vital to open, honest, and accountable government. When it passed accounting reform legislation in...