A physician’s extraordinary legal battle is coming to a stunning close a recent court action suggests.
Switzerland’s Federal High Court today confirmed a lower court ruling, finding that Rudolf Elmer did not violate Swiss banking secrecy laws when he revealed information about offshore banking tax avoidance schemes.
Breaking bank secrecy is a criminal matter in Switzerland that carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.
An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found serious problems at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency responsible for investigating whistleblower disclosures and retaliation complaints.
Requested by members of Congress for the fiscal years (FY) 2011-2016, the investigation found an increase in complaints to OSC and a backlog that increased from 953 to 1,858. The backlog, GAO notes, “puts OSC’s ability to fulfill its mission of protecting federal employees at risk,” “delays attaining desired favorable actions and remedying wrongdoings,” and may discourage whistleblowers from making disclosures.
The OSHA has released a new fact sheet [pdf] on current legal protections for workers in the nuclear industry who report perceived violations of the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) or the Atomic Energy Act (AEA).
Jeffrey Sterling, a whistleblowing former CIA employee, emerged from prison last month after serving most of a 42-month sentence. Like his trial, his release drew little media attention, but his case has important implications for all Americans at a critical time in US history.
Heroic whistleblower-nun “Sister Cathy” died in valiant effort to stop brutal sexual abuse at her high school, witnesses say
by Tom Nugent
BALTIMORE – More than 47 years after a 26-year-old teaching nun was found murdered in a garbage-littered patch of scrubland on the outskirts of Baltimore, there is convincing new evidence that she died in a tragic bid to blow the whistle on rampant sexual abuse involving both priests and police officers at the nun’s Catholic high school.
The still unsolved killing of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik – for several years a youthful and high-spirited English teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in southwest Baltimore – still looms as one of Maryland’s most puzzling and enigmatic “cold cases,” according to many law enforcement officials and journalists who have studied the murder over the years.
Journalist Tom Nugent, author of our headlined story, “‘Sister Cathy’ murder cold case warms up,” appears as himself in the Netflix documentary series, “The Keepers.” Over seven gripping episodes, the story of murder and alleged child sexual abuse unfolds with Nugent providing narration. The documentary, which some call addictive, has an impressive 96% favorable rating at the film review website Rotten Tomatoes.
The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence gathered recently in Washington, D.C., to present an award to investigative journalist Seymour (Sy) Hersh. Hersh revealed in 1969 the massacre of civilians at My Lai (Viet Nam), and exposed torture at Abu Ghraib in 2004. More recently, he challenged the truthfulness of government accounts of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.
“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.”
If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I’m thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more “enemy” dead (a striking percentage of them civilians), the tens of thousands of American combat casualties, those 20 veteran suicides each day, and the diminished lives of those who survive all of that. There’s that pain, carried by an unknown number of women and men, that won’t disappear, ever, and that goes by the label “moral injury.”