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House committee gives VA officials a tongue-lashing

At a testy Wednesday night hearing, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs received testimony from Veterans Affairs officials on the  handling of healthcare appointments at VA medical facilities. Witnesses included Ms. Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs;…

VA crisis exposes cost of whistleblower reprisal

The Department of Veterans Affairs is embroiled in a scandal:  Employees “cooked the books” to hide extraordinary delays in scheduling healthcare appointments.  In Phoenix, 40 veterans reportedly died while waiting for appointments say sources who came forward last month. But, the…

Snowden, Poitras honored as truth-tellers at National Press Club

Telling truth to power can be a lonely, even dangerous activity. Isolation and shunning are common, making it seem like solitary confinement with invisible bars. So, it’s important that the Fertel Foundation & the Nation Institute honor truthtellers each year with…

SXSW tech crowd applauds whistleblower Snowden

Except for minor technical problems, the livestream appearance of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went off as planned at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Speaking from Russia via video link (Google Hangouts), Snowden participated in a discussion panel with ACLU…

Rep. Pompeo calls for conference to disinvite Snowden

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is in a tizzy that Edward Snowden has been invited to speak (remotely) at a technology conference in Austin.  In a letter to the conference organizers, SXSW, Pompeo alleges that Snowden’s “only apparent qualification is his…