XKeyscore Story Might Mean There Is Second NSA Leaker

By: Friday July 4, 2014 4:05 am

Edward Snowden might not be the only former NSA worker blowing the whistle. New revelations concerning an NSA surveillance program called “XKeyscore” seem to point to another source of NSA leaks. XKeyscore is, according to German broadcaster Das Erste who was one of the first publishers of the story, an NSA surveillance program that logs [...]

Give Snowden Clemency And Fix The NSA’s Whistleblowing System

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 11:19 am

Editorials from two of the most well established newspapers in the world – the Guardian and the New York Times - have now called for clemency for Edward Snowden and recognized him as a legitimate whistleblower. The case for the current indictment by the US Department of Justice that labels Snowden a spy and a thief [...]

Patriot Act Author Wants Clapper Prosecuted For Lying To Congress

By: Friday December 6, 2013 10:16 am

Patriot Act author Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) wants DNI James Clapper fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress. During testimony under oath Clapper lied to Senator Ron Wyden about the NSA’s spying programs that involved scooping up information from Americans. “Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted [...]

DOJ Official Who Destroyed Evidence Of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Gets 1 Day In Jail

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 9:47 am

As we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA let’s not forget about what happened earlier this week when Scott Bloch was sentenced to a meager one day in jail. Bloch was deputy director to the Department of Justice’s Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, as well as Special Counsel at the United States [...]

Bank of America Gave Bonuses to Foreclose on Clients, Lied To Homeowners

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 5:58 am

Another heartwarming Bank of America story. The latest story is courtesy of one of those much maligned whistle-blowers who saw something and said something. In this case the whistle-blower disclosed that the Too Big To Fail/Jail bank had a bonus system setup encouraging foreclosure on desperate homeowners. Bank of America (BAC) rewarded staff with cash [...]

While Nobody Was Looking, Congress Did Nothing Again This Week

By: Friday November 16, 2012 1:25 pm

It’s anybody’s guess where the fiscal slope talks are going after today’s leadership session, but today marks the end of the first week of the lame duck session in Congress. What exactly got done? Well, the Senate confirmed a director for the FDIC for the first time since Sheila Bair left 16 months ago. The [...]

More on the Lawsuit Against BofA Over Countrywide’s “Hustle” Program

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 8:30 am

I’ve taken a closer look at the US Attorney from the Southern District of New York’s $1 billion lawsuit against Bank of America – particularly their subsidiary Countrywide – for “the hustle,” the program of selling mortgages with practically no underwriting and passing them on to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And there’s something interesting [...]

Whistleblower Scandal Rocks National Reconnaissance Office

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 8:55 am

The Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers has been well-documented by Kevin Gozstola and others. Now, McClatchy has the tale of a similar muzzling of whistleblowers at the National Reconnaissance Office, which handles the nation’s spy satellites: A senior officer with the nation’s spy satellite agency is being investigated over criminal allegations related to contracting even [...]

Romney Attacks Obama for National Security Leaks

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:55 am

At a speech today before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attack the President for intelligence leaks designed to bolster the Administration’s foreign policy record. But instead of focusing on the leaks that show a clear double standard, or the leaks actually being investigated by the Justice Department, Romney will [...]

Whistleblower Lawsuits Against Banks Extinguished in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Sunday March 11, 2012 11:47 am

I think my disgust over federal housing policy is just about complete. As you know, we’re still waiting for the actual terms of the foreclosure fraud settlement, more than one month after the announcement. But more information has dribbled out, not much of it to the good. Michael Hiltzik rounded up some of the more [...]

Whistleblower Alleges BofA Defrauded Homeowners Using HAMP

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 6:18 am

Fresh off his Daily Show appearance, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that Bank of America will provide additional assistance to homeowners under the as-yet undisclosed foreclosure fraud settlement. BofA will write down to market value, according to Donovan, over 200,000 loans that correspond to certain criteria: if the homeowners are underwater, delinquent by more than [...]

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