Sports whistleblowers left twisting in the wind


Photo credit: “FIFA” by Thomas Couto, Flickr CC

Sir Anthony Hooper and Mr. Andrew Smith, of the UK, have published a two-part report on “Whistleblowing in Sport” that challenges sports organizations to do a better job of protecting the integrity of sport. [Part 1] [Part 2]

The creation and maintenance of a culture and regulatory system which encourages whistleblowing is essential to the promotion of sporting integrity. Whilst there are some signs of progress, much more can and should be done to improve the situation.

Senate report: CIA lied about torture of detainees

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released an unclassified summary of its classified report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program. In a forward, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee chair, writes, “it is my personal conclusion that, under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement, and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman and degrading. I believe the evidence of this is overwhelming and incontrovertible.”

Congressman Moran calls for presidential pardon of John Kiriakou

Steven Aftergood, at Secrecy News, reports that Rep. James Moran (D-Virginia) called upon President Obama last week to pardon imprisoned CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. Moran made the appeal through a statement recorded in the Congressional Record for November 17.

Kiriakou, who exposed torture as White House policy, is “an American Hero,” said the congressman, a CIA veteran “decorated and recognized more than a dozen times for his outstanding work” over a 15-year career.

Whistleblower advocates premiere new play

Whistleblower advocates Zena Crenshaw-Logal and Andrew D. Jackson are co-authors of a new stage play, The Keys, a Theater for Justice production. The play will make its debut tonight in Hyattsville, MD, at Busboys and Poets. A second presentation is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, at the Busboy’s in Washington, DC. Dinner is available prior to the performance.

The play’s central character, Gloria West, is a successful car salesperson who experiences an abrupt reversal of fortune.

Serpico: Police violence is out of control


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.