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Tag: Whistleblower

Whistleblower Trial Highlights FBI’s Change After 9-11

whistleBy Spencer Hsu
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — An FBI whistleblower trial has cast a spotlight on the bureau’s difficult transition from a crime-fighting agency into a counterterrorism and intelligence force, as seen through the career of its highest-ranking Arab American agent.

Over a two-week trial in Washington, a federal jury heard for the first time how Bassem Youssef, 52, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, recruited the U.S. government’s top informant in the terror cell that bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.

Youssef alleged, however, that he was sidelined during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after publicly airing concerns about the FBI’s dearth of Middle Eastern experts.

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Justice Lawyer Criticizes Agency for Failing to Protect White Voters

blackpantherptylogoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In a controversy that won’t seem to go away for the Obama administration, a veteran Justice Department lawyer on Friday accused his agency of being unwilling to go after racial discrimination cases on behalf of white voters, the Washington Post reported.

Christopher Coate testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights relating to the department’s failure to aggressively pursue a case against the New Black Panther Party, which was accused of intimidating some whites from voting at the polls in 2008 in Philly. One member was carrying a night stick, Post reported.

Coates, former head of the voting section that brought the case, criticized the department’s “gutting” of the case for “irrational reasons”, the Post reported. He transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s in South Carolina in January and has been given whistleblower status.

“I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn’t come to the voting rights section to sue African American people,” Coates testified. “When you are paid by the taxpayer, that is totally indefensible.”

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House Strengthens Whistleblower Law For Fed Employees Including TSA

Whistleblowers have exposed wrongdoing in government that inspector generals and the media have often missed. They need more protection. Too often they find themselves being punished for stepping forward.

By Jim Abrams
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The House voted yesterday to strengthen whistleblower protections for federal employees, including those working for the Transportation Security Administration and others employed in national security areas.
The bill also would create specific protections for those who expose abuses of authority by those trying to manipulate or censor scientific research in federal agencies for political purposes. Critics of the administration of former president George W. Bush alleged that scientific findings were often influenced by politics.
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FBI Agent in Sen. Stevens Case Lodges Explosive Allegations Against Government

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – An FBI agent involved in the Sen. Ted Stevens public corruption case is accusing the government of “violations of policy, rules and procedures as well as possible criminal violations” that include disclosing names of grand jury witnesses during the investigation and altering a document that was later turned over to the defense.
In an explosive affidavit flush with blacked out names and passages of sensitive information, the unnamed agent accused an unnamed government investigator of becoming too close with witnesses and disclosing far too much information to people about the investigation. The accusations were filed  late Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The agent has asked for whistle blower status.
Stevens’ attorney responded Monday by filing a motion asking that the indictment be dismissed or the judge order up a new trial. Stevens was convicted on public corruption charges shortly before the Nov. 4 election, which he lost.
“A whistle blower complaint submitted by a Special Agent with the FBI now confirms what the defense has long contended: the government cheated and lied in order to obtain a verdict against Senator Ted Stevens,” the motion said.
The FBI did not have an immediate comment last night.

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