In an era where scientists are eyed with suspicion and science itself is treated as something to be debated by politicians and industry lobbyists, the last thing you’d ever want to be is the researcher whose findings conflict with corporate interests. That’s what happened to UC Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes.
Former FBI Special Agent Says CIA Kept Him From Helping to Stop 9/11 Terror Attacks | 18 Jan 2015 | An FBI special agent who lost his job in 2008 told Newsweek his story about how the 9/11 hijackers slipped through the cracks at the FBI and CIA more than a decade ago. Mark Rossini said the CIA prevented him from going to FBI headquarters with the information that two known terrorists, who later went on to carry out the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, had entered the US. Government reports on 9/11 blame a vague “intelligence failure” for the terrorist attack that killed about 3,000 people in 2001 and provide little clarity on why the CIA didn’t communicate crucial information about the hijackers to the FBI.
Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but — unlike the Chelsea Manning trial — most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.
The official, Jeffrey Sterling, is charged with revealing a covert operation to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.
The vagaries of the Dodd-Frank Act have left it to the courts to sort out whether a whistle-blower is protected from retaliation, Peter J. Henning writes in the White Collar Watch column.