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Drone Whistleblower Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing In July

Kevin Gosztola 2021-05-05 The post was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter.A federal judge ordered drone whistleblower Daniel Hale’s arrest, and United States authorities took him into custody. On April 23, Judge Liam O’Grady signed an order suggesting Hale violated the term…

Ohio Prisoner In Solitary Confinement Ends Hunger Strike, Despite No End To Retaliation

Ethan Biando 2021-05-05 A man incarcerated at the Toledo Correctional Institution in Ohio has ended a 48-day hunger strike, his family said. Thirty-nine year-old Mark Hinkston, who now goes by Mustafa, has been incarcerated at the Toledo Correctional Institution (TOCI) since 2013, according to publi…

US Marks World Press Freedom Day By Ignoring Their Government’s Attacks On Press Freedom

Kevin Gosztola 2021-05-03 Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked World Press Freedom Day by calling attention to governments that are “becoming less transparent” and “more repressive.”“Some governments incarcerate journalists, harass them, target them for violence,” Blinken stated. “…

Credit Suisse Faces Renewed Push To Investigate Whistleblower Claims They Violated Plea Deal

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-28 Credit Suisse, a financial services firm headquartered in Switzerland, violated the terms of a 2014 plea agreement, but the Justice Department under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump declined to punish the investment bank. Former Credit Suisse bankers blew the whistl…

Dissenter Weekly: Attack Against British Oil Industry Whistleblower Escalates

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-22 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola covers a British oil industry whistleblower in Croatia who was taken by police to a psychiatric hospital against his will. He highlights an exceptional report from Julia Carrie Wong at the…

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘It’s Been Burning For A While’ By Chris Pierce

CJ Baker 2021-04-21 When news hit that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd, there was a collective sigh of relief. But the fact that the verdict was in doubt is evidence that there is still a long way to go. The reality is that since the trial started on…

Letters From Massachusetts Jail Reveal Struggle To Survive Pandemic Winter

Brian Zayatz 2021-04-20 When it became clear in March 2020 that COVID-19 would spread around the United States, incarcerated people and their advocates on the outside sounded the alarm. They recognized jails would become a powder keg of infection. Yet at the state and local level, officials attempte…

Graduate Workers Unions At New York’s Two Largest Universities Vote For Strike

Michael Sainato 2021-04-13 Graduate workers at New York University and Columbia University, the two largest universities in New York City, are in the midst of a contentious labor battle with their administrations to eliminate the economic uncertainty, which has intensified during the COVID-19 pande…

Two Years After Assange’s Arrest, Biden Can End Trump’s Assault On Press Freedom

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-11 The post was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh prison in London for two years.During that time, Assange became the first publisher to be indicted under the United States…

Dissenter Weekly: Amazon and Google’s Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-09 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights the turmoil at Google, which inspired a shareholder to demand the corporation adopt protections for whistleblowers. Amazon is in the midst of thwarting workers at a plant in Bes…

The Virtual Wall: Documents Show CBP Plans For Surveillance Towers At US-Mexico Border

Will Lennon 2021-04-08 The United States government plans to expand a program for monitoring the Mexico border through cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. At the vanguard of the project is Anduril, a nerd-chic tech firm with ties to Palantir. Delivery orders, statements of work, and con…

Former Employee: Transocean Nearly Caused Oil Rig Catastrophe During Hurricane Zeta

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-07 The post originally was published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter.When Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf of Mexico in October 2020, the storm nearly resulted in another catastrophe similar to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.A lawsuit [PDF]—one of several civil lawsuits—was…

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Pity The Country’ By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

CJ Baker 2021-04-07 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people, native to southern Ontario, Canada. She recently released her stunning new album “Theory Of Ice.” One of the issues heavily dealt with…

Dissenter Weekly: Biden Justice Department Wields Espionage Act To Coerce Drone Whistleblower’s Guilty Plea

Kevin Gosztola 2021-04-02 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola shares his reporting on drone whistleblower Daniel Hale, who was charged under the Espionage Act and pled guilty on March 31. Although Hale was charged under President Donald Trump, the pl…

Drone Whistleblower Charged With Violating Espionage Act Pleads Guilty

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-31 The following was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter.Daniel Hale, who blew the whistle on the United States government’s targeted assassination program that includes drones, pled guilty to transmitting and retaining “national defense information”…

Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblowers Help Shut Down Detention Center In Pennsylvania Where Child Abuse Occurred

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-26 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights the record number of workplace complaints that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the US Labor Department received in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 p…

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Tyranny Of Either/Or’ By Evan Greer

CJ Baker 2021-03-24 Evan Greer is an example of someone who uses their music as an extension of their activism. She is releasing her latest album “Spotify is Surveillance” on April 9, the follow-up to her excellent 2019 album “she​/​her​/​they​/​them”.With regard to “Spotify is…

US Consumer Agency Investigates Tesla Whistleblower’s Complaint Involving Solar Systems Catching Fire

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-23 Steven Henkes was a field quality manager for SolarCity, which was acquired by Tesla in August 2017. He learned “thousands of residential and commercial systems” installed were “defective and dangerous” and could start fires. But according to his whistleblower compl…

Dissenter Weekly: Biden Accused Of Using Trump Rules To Fire Whistleblower

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-20 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola cover a development involving a whistleblower with the Bureau of Land Management, who is being forced out of the agency with a rule adopted under President Donald Trump that was supposed t…

Freedom Of Information Act In Crisis: Government Transparency During The Biden Era

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-16 The United States Supreme Court ruled on March 4 that federal government agencies may invoke the “deliberative process privilege” to conceal documents from release under the Freedom of Information Act. It was widely viewed as a setback for government transparency. Sierr…

Dissenter Weekly: In Attack On Freedom Of Expression, Congolese Whistleblowers Face Death Sentences

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-12 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola shares a disturbing update involving death sentences that were issued in absentia against two Congolese whistleblowers who exposed an international money laundering network. Kevin also hig…

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Television’ By Lula Wiles

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Television’ By Lula Wiles CJ Baker 2021-03-10 Lula Wiles is an Americana trio that skillfully employs traditional music forms to provide poignant commentary on current issues. On May 21, they are releasing “Shame and Sedition,” the follow-up to their exceptional 20…

Journalist Detained At GEO Group Halfway House Faces Retaliation For Exposing COVID-19 Outbreak

Ella Fassler 2021-03-09 Nestled among a growing unhoused community in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, sits an unremarkable gray and stout building. But, life inside 111 Taylor Street is anything but normal.  At the 140-bed halfway house operated by private prison company GEO Group, detain…

Google Employees Demand Whistleblower Protections After Retaliation Against AI Researchers

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-09 The post was originally published as part of The Dissenter newsletter. To subscribe, go here.“Is there anyone working on regulation protecting Ethical AI researchers, similar to whistleblower protection?” Timnit Gebru asked on Twitter. “Because with the amount of cens…

Dissenter Weekly: Report Shows How Whistleblower Protection Laws Often Fail Whistleblowers—Globally

Kevin Gosztola 2021-03-05 In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights an important report from the Government Accountability Project and the International Bar Association on the state of whistleblower protection laws in 37 countries. Kevin also co…


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