Senators Obama, Clinton, and Governor Huckabee Among Supporters
Washington, D.C. - August 23, 2007. The National Whistleblowers Center, along with a broad coalition of liberal, libertarian and conservative groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, and the Liberty Coalition, condemns the Government's abuse of the State Secrets Privilege in the case of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, and calls for swift action by Congress and the courts to stop this abuse.
Full Court Review Requested In Key Tax Case: Reversal of setback for whistleblowers and civil rights
Washington D.C. – August 17, 2007. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has been asked to reconsider last month’s decision by a three-judge panel that reversed itself on a key civil rights tax case. On July 3, 2007, the panel held that the IRS can tax damage awards based solely on compensating victims who suffer personal injuries. However, on August 22, 2006, the same panel in the same case held that such taxes were unconstitutional, as compensation for a documented "loss" was not "income" subject to the tax code.
After a Nine Year Fight, Department of Justice Closes Jane Turner Case
Washington, D.C. August 14, 2007. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) vetoed the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) to continue appealing jury verdict which found the FBI guilty of illegally retaliating against one of its top child-crime agents. As a result, on August 10, 2007 the FBI’s appeal was summarily dismissed, and final judgment was entered on behalf of Jane Turner.
DOL Seeks to Limit Federal Court Review
Bush signs 9/11 bill, important whistleblower laws
Major Audit Firm Releases Corporate Crime Survey Results
New decision setback for whistleblowers and civil rights victims.
Washington, D.C. May 25, 2007. As part of its voter education program, the National Whistleblowers Center has requested that each major Presidential candidate respond to a six question survey setting forth their position on whistleblower protections. The questions seek to clarify the candidates’ position on the key legislative and appointment issues the candidate would face if she or he were elected.
Washington, D.C. - In recognition of Senator Chuck Grassley’s “Quarter Century as the Champion for Whistleblowers in the United States Senate,” twenty-five public interest groups - from across the political spectrum – joined together to present Senator Grassley with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors the Senator’s “leadership” in obtaining Congress’ approval of “landmark whistleblower protections in the False Claims Act, Civil Rights Tax Fairness Act, Whistleblower Protection Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act."
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