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July 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department



State Department The recent revelation of a Blackwater employee's death threat to a State Department official is further evidence of the government's subservience to contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 9, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

VA Whistleblowers Recount Retaliation for Voicing Concerns



Four Veterans Affairs whistleblowers from across the country told a House committee they had experienced harsh retaliation from superiors after they voiced concerns about the effectiveness and quality of health care for veterans.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 8, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Thousands of Petitioners Tell Inspector General to Back Off Demand for POGO’s Whistleblower Records



Veterans Affairs Seal More than 18,500 people have signed a petition asking the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Veterans Affairs to drop its demand for the names of whistleblowers who have contacted the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). POGO delivered the peti

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 8, 2014

By Neil Gordon

A Blatant Example of Pointless Government Secrecy



Photograph of An Afghan air force C-27A Spartan aircraft arrives at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Released) For a blatant example of the Obama Administration's ludicrous secrecy practices, look no further than this 2013 Pentagon audit of a program to supply aircraft to Afghanistan.

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Topics: Open Government

July 7, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Some Hope for Camp Lejeune



Camp Lejeune Post Office Following a wrong-minded Supreme Court decision affecting victims of toxic waste, the North Carolina legislature took steps to clarify laws that offer hope for Camp Lejeune water contamination victims and countless others.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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