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September 26, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Ray of Light from Senator Durbin’s Defense Subcommittee: Will It Brighten or Fade?



Ray of Sun When members of Congress show even faint signs of departing from their habitual abuse of the public purse, it merits attention.

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

In Defense of National Security Whistleblowers



whistleblowers2 In a recent Harvard Law & Policy Review article, Yochai Benkler, law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, introduced the idea of a “public accountability defense,” especially for national security whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 25, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Settlement Finally Brings Justice to Marine Corps Whistleblower



Franz Gayl More than seven years after he first raised concerns about a lack of safe military vehicles in Iraq—truth telling that got him reprimanded and suspended—Marine science advisor Franz Gayl can finally get back to work.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

September 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Report Finds Pentagon’s Real Estate Inventory Incomplete, Incorrect and Inconsistent



FOB Leatherneck The Department of Defense has no idea what’s going on in more than half the properties it owns and it has no plans to figure that information out, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 21, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Charles Lewis’ New Book Looks at the Lies Your President Told You and Other Mistruths



Chuck Lewis Charles Lewis’ new book, 935 Lies—The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, expands upon a Center for Public Integrity project that tracked the number of false statements that the President George W. Bush administration told in the two-year build up to the war in Iraq.

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Topics: National Security

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