New Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers
by Government Executive
Posted May 26, 2019
The Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog is investigating a new office created by President Trump early in his administration that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but is now facing allegations of aiding retaliation against them.
Trump created OAWP by executive order in 2017 and later codified it when he signed the 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The office was mostly celebrated, with advocates hopeful that the focus on the rights and protections for whistleblowers would reverse a culture infamous for intimidation and reprisal. That optimism has largely soured, however, leading to hotline tips to the inspector general and bipartisan scrutiny from Congress. More…
An agency that was created to help whistleblowers is now working against them.
It would appear that the government places traps everywhere against whistleblowers in order to protect corruption and criminal activity. Consider this the next time you hear about how a whistle blower did not go through “official channels” with their revelations.
Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off
By Derrick Broze
Posted May 25, 2019
Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it’s still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move.
Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. More…
The Largest Gang Raid in NYC History Swept Up Dozens of Young People Who Weren’t In Gangs
by Alice Speri
Posted May 24, 2019
More than half of the 120 indicted in the “largest gang takedown” in New York City history, were never actually alleged by prosecutors to be gang members at all. “Why on earth would they bring mass gang indictments, have a press conference saying that this is the largest takedown of two violent gangs in history, and actually be taking down dozens of people who are not gang members, and 80 individuals who are not violent?” Howell asked. “It’s because these prosecutions are politically advantageous. These cases make for easy wins, high-profile, good press coverage, and they give prosecutors a platform to appear tough on crime.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which prosecuted the case, declined to comment for this story. Bharara, who was fired as U.S. attorney under the Trump administration, declined a request for interview through a representative. More…
There is absolutely no protection from false accusations of gang membership; there’s no criminality required, no notice required, no review, no audit, no assurance that that label means anything,we are in a world where the label and the surveillance that law enforcement has engaged in just takes on a life of its own.
What kind of justice system do we have when only two out of the 120 defendants chose to fight their charges at trial. But while 115 entered plea agreements — an all-too-common outcome among poor defendants — the crimes they pled guilty to were significantly less severe than the crimes prosecutors had originally accused them of committing?
Glyphosate Worse than We Could Imagine. “It’s Everywhere”
By F. William Engdahl
Posted May 23, 2019
Glyphosate residues have been found in tap water, orange juice, children’s urine, breast milk, chips, snacks, beer, wine, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, wheat products, and most conventional foods tested. It’s everywhere, in brief.
As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage.
While most attention is understandably drawn to the human effects of exposure to glyphosate, the most widely used agriculture chemical in the world today, independent scientists are beginning to look at another alarming effect of the agrochemical– its effect on essential soil nutrients. In a study of the health of soils in the EU, the online journal Politico.eu found that the effects of spraying of glyphosate on the major crops in European agriculture is having disastrous consequences on soil health in addition to killing weeds. More…
Despite the overwhelming evidence, however, EU Commission bureaucrats and the USA EPA continue to ignore prudence in not banning the toxic chemical pending thorough independent investigation over longer time.
Reflect On: Why would governments and regulatory agencies deliberately ignore evidence of glyphosate’s serious damage to health and environment? Could corruption be in play here?
5G From Space: “Not One Inch of The Globe Will Be Free of Radiation”
by Jeremy Naydler, Ph.D.
Posted May 22, 2019
In November of 2018, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorised the rocket company SpaceX, owned by the entrepreneur Elon Musk, to launch a fleet of 7,518 satellites to complete SpaceX’s ambitious scheme to provide global satellite broadband services to every corner of the Earth.
Given the scale of the project, it is surprising how few people are aware of the enormity of what is now just beginning to unfold all around us. Very few people have even heard about the 20,000 new satellites that are due to transform the planet into a so-called “smart planet”, irradiating us night and day. In the national media, we do not hear voices questioning the wisdom, let alone the ethics, of geo-engineering a new global electromagnetic environment. More…
DNC to Court: We Are a Private Corporation With No Obligation to Follow Our Rules
by Independent Voter Network
Posted May 21, 2019
Update: A federal judge dismissed the DNC lawsuit on August 28. The court recognized that the DNC treated voters unfairly, but ruled that the DNC is a private corporation; therefore, voters cannot protect their rights by turning to the courts:
“To the extent Plaintiffs wish to air their general grievances with the DNC or its candidate selection process, their redress is through the ballot box, the DNC’s internal workings, or their right of free speech — not through the judiciary.”
Rather than reflecting on the consternation everyday voters are having over the conduct of the Democratic presidential primary, the Democratic National Committee is doubling down on the assertion that the primary election belongs to the people who control the party — not voters. More…
The two main stream US political parties are both corporations. The Commission on Presidential Debates is a corporation estab lished by the Democratic and Republican parties.
How the system is stacked against candidates that are not part of the duopoly that is in control of political process. Perhaps it is time to break away and vote for who you really want, not the “lesser evil”?
Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy?
by Jeb Sprague and Alexander Rubinstein
Posted May 20, 2019
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela’s D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.
After a rough and revealing start, the reins of the campaign to seize Venezuela’s embassy in Washington are being taken over by a group of well-connected marketing and online strategists.
In this article, we will examine the backgrounds of these individuals, the platforms they use to disseminate their message, and the tactics they have employed to clamor for an embassy seizure that violates international law. We will also address how they may stand to benefit directly from an escalation of Washington’s hybrid war and a potential regime-change scenario in Venezuela. More…
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