Washington, D.C. December 17, 2008. The National Whistleblowers Center and Government Accountability Project filed an amicus brief in support of a whistleblower in a case filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In this Maryland case, the judge ordered the case back to the Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board (ARB) saying that the de novo hearing provision of SOX was "absurd." See Blog
Washington, D.C. November 13, 2008. According to a report from the Washington Times, a leading FBI whistleblower has direct knowledge that illegal activities occurred in the highly controversial and top secret National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program.
Washington, D.C. Oct. 8, 2008. The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument today in the employee-rights case of Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The case will set national precedent on the issue of whether witnesses in internal company investigations are protected from retaliation.
Washington, D.C. September 2, 2008. On Thursday U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued an order in the case of former U.S. Assistant District Attorney Richard Convertino, granting Mr. Convertino's motion to compel the deposition of Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter. The judge's ruling allows Mr. Convertino access to critical information in his Privacy Act claim against the Department of Justice.
Unit Chief discloses shortfalls in war on terror
Washington, D.C. May 22, 2008. FBI Counterterrorism Whistleblower Bassem Youssef testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
Washington, D.C. September 29, 2008. The National Whistleblowers Center announced today that it is releasing the second volume in its "Whistleblower Laws" series, a legal reference that assists whistleblowers, community activists and journalists. The newest book, False Claim Acts: Federal, State and Municipal Qui Tam Laws , outlines all current laws that allow a private citizen to file a lawsuit "blowing the whistle" on irresponsible contractors who bilk government agencies. Under these laws, the whistleblower can be awarded a portion of the taxpayer monies recovered.
Washington, D.C. April 24, 2008. In 1996, Congress - in a middle-of-the-night backroom deal - reversed nearly eighty years of tax law. They stripped whistleblowers (along with all other victims of civil rights violations) of their right to be "made whole" after suffering emotional distress or loss of reputation. Attorneys for the National Whistleblowers Center, in Murphy v. IRS , fought the constitutionality of this law all the way to the Supreme Court. This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, so now -- 12 years later -- we must turn back to Congress and ask them to pass the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act of 2007.
Washington, D.C. April 21, 2008. -- The United States Supreme Court announced its decision not to grant certiorari in the case of Murphy v. IRS. The order, posted on the Court's website this morning, means that the IRS can continue to tax non-pecuniary compensatory damages awarded to victims of whistleblower retaliation and other civil rights violations. These damage awards, which are intended to make the victim "whole" again, include payments for loss of reputation and emotional distress.
Washington, D.C. March 10, 2008. Today the Department of Justice Inspector General’s office has released yet another report confirming that the highest ranking FBI counterterrorism officials violated the Patriot Act when authorizing warrantless searches of over 3000 phone numbers through the use of National Security Letters (“NSL”). These Letters, authorized under the Patriot Act, permit FBI managers to sign search warrants without judicial notification or approval.
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