Serpico: Police violence is out of control

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In an op-ed for Politico, “The Police Are Still Out of Control: And I should know,” Frank Serpico shares his insights on dealing with bad cops. Serpico, a retired police detective, famously exposed graft and corruption in the New York City Police Department in the 1970s. His disclosures led to the Knapp Commission Report, described below by Adam Walinsky (Village Voice).

This Halloween’s creepiest film is a documentary

Spooky National Security Agency HQ

If you’re looking for a scary film to see this Halloween, forget warmed-over classics involving vampires, chainsaws and extra-terrestrials and get yourself to a screening of Citizenfour-–a film that out-creeps the rest with real-world villains. The story plot is high-tech but has a familiar ring:  Government officials secretly take a chainsaw to the US Constitution, suck up all of the world’s communications, and thereby gain the power to manipulate or drone-kill nearly every human on earth.

VA settles reprisal complaints of three whistleblowers

With help from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) three Veterans Affairs whistleblowers received “full and fair relief’ for reprisals experienced after they brought to light abuses at the VA hospital in Phoenix.  They are Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Paula Pedene, and Damian Reese. Mitchell and Pedene, who were removed from their jobs, have been given new assignments. Reese, who received negative performance reviews, will remain in her position as program analyst.

Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census.