||Tips For Whistleblowers
A Concise Set of Advice for Potential Whistleblowers
1. Don’t talk to anyone at work about it. Especially your boss.
2. Consider providing information anonymously. It’s called “over the transom”. Be sure no saliva or fingerprints are on what you send. Use a photocopy machine from a community you rarely frequent. Pay with cash. If you send an official document, the investigator can find the part of the government which issued the document and confirm it’s existence.
3. If you are willing to contact a member of the press, make sure they are real investigative journalists, rather than personal friends of those in power.
4. Wikileaks is worth considering.
5. You are allowed to contact your congressmember. We advise approaching the investigative staff for both house and senate committees such as:
• Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Chairman Levin)
199 Senate Russell Building, Washington, DC 20510
• U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism,
Technology and Homeland Security(Chairwoman Feinstein)
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Majority Office 202-224-4933
• United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform(Chairman Waxman)
Mailing Address:2157 RHOB Washington, DC 20515-6143
• United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Chairman Scott)
Mailing Address:B370 RHOB Washington, DC 20515-6223
• Committee on Homeland Security (Chairman Thompson)
Mailing Address:H2-176 FHOB Washington, DC 20515-6480
Also, Charles Grassley (R-IA) received a lifetime achievement award on May 17,2007 from the National Whistleblower Center. His chief of staff should point you to the correct committee staffer.
135 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
Call before you send anything because of the following advice from EFF (Electronic Freedom Foundation):
Why to Not Send Postal Letters Anymore
Because of the post-9/11 security issues, it can take up to THREE MONTHS for postal mail and package delivery services to get through to legislators and their staffs. All incoming mail and parcels are subjected to thorough analysis for bombs, poisons and biological agents like anthrax. This means that sending physical letters is, in 2002 and for the forseeable future, practically useless for activism purposes.
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|Wednesday, November 28 2007 - Hope
Feds Cancel Amazon Customer ID Request
By RYAN J. FOLEY — 10 hours ago
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Amazon.com Inc., newly unsealed court records show.
The withdrawal came after a judge ruled the customers have a First Amendment right to keep their reading habits from the government.
"The (subpoena's) chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America," U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker wrote in a June ruling.
"Well-founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon's customers could frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases," the judge wrote in a ruling he unsealed last week.
|Wednesday, November 21 2007 - Hope
UPDATE: Scott McClellan in Upcoming Book Ties Bush to CIA Leak Case -- Dodd Calls for Probe
By E&P Staff
Published: November 20, 2007 12:40 AM ET updated Tuesday
NEW YORK To no one\'s surprise in a world where top White House aides with any president eventually write a book about it, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan will be coming out with his volume in April. It\'s called \"What Happened\" and its publisher, Public Affairs, at its Web site now carries this brief excerpt -- which set off a media firestorm on Tuesday.
It also led to a call for a full probe by a top U.S. senator and condemnation from former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
|Wednesday, November 7 2007 - Hope
ACLU quotes anonymous nat\'l security letter plaintiff in NY court
By LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press Writer
5:14 PM EST, November 5, 2007
The U.S. government on Monday appealed a ruling striking down a key provision of the USA Patriot Act that prevents Internet service providers from telling their customers if the government has demanded private information from them.
The government\'s decision to appeal a September ruling by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to put out a release quoting the unidentified plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the law.
|Friday, October 26 2007 - Hope
DONALD RUMSFELD CHARGED WITH TORTURE DURING TRIP TO FRANCE
Complaint Filed Against Former Defense Secretary for Torture, Abuse at Guant?namo and Abu Ghraib
CONTACT: Jen Nessel, 917.442.0112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Constitutional Rights
October 26, 2007, Paris, France – Today, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and the French League for Human Rights filed a complaint with the Paris Prosecutor before the “Court of First Instance” (Tribunal de Grande Instance) charging former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with ordering and authorizing torture. Rumsfeld was in Paris for a talk sponsored by Foreign Policy magazine, and left through a door connecting to the U.S. embassy to avoid journalists and human rights attorneys outside.
|Tuesday, October 16 2007 - Hope
Why Are Americans So Fearful?
Created Oct 16 2007 - 12:32pm
By Dave Eriqat
Warning: this essay is chock full of politically incorrect musings.
Observing our relentless march toward war abroad against Iran and looming dictatorship at home, it’s obvious to me that our “leaders” are getting away with this agenda because Americans are so fearful. But why? What are they afraid of? Answering this question is important because I think this irrational fear is finding an outlet in anger, which is evident in the police brutality we see domestically and wars we launch abroad.
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