August 7, 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Miami Beach Officers Punished For Exposing Cop Who Punched Man

Plus, Justice Department still dismissing whistleblower lawsuits under False Claims Act without providing explanation

Dissenter Weekly: Miami Beach Officers Punished For Exposing Cop Who Punched Man

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights a report from the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) that showed dissent channels in federal government agencies aren't leading to changes and most employees see them as risky.

"The report found that the existing channels at the State Department and other agencies are underutilized, and that the systems don’t provide sufficient incentives or protections for employees," POGO declared.

Later, Gosztola covers two whistleblower cases—one involving a prison whistleblower in New Mexico and one involving two officers in the Miami Beach Police Department. Both faced retaliation after they objected to violence.

This week’s stories:

Dissent Channels Widely Viewed By Federal Employees As Risky, 'Waste of Time'

Justice Department Dismisses False Claims Act Cases Without Stating Reasons

Fake Small Business Exposed By Whistleblowers Received COVID-19 Federal Loan

New Mexico Prison Whistleblower Was Fired After Objecting To Officers Who Killed Prisoner

Miami Beach Police Clear Cop Who Punched Man, Punish Whistleblowers Who Exposed Video

Julian Assange Update: Declassified UK Reports Judge Reviewing Extradition Has Approved 96 Percent Of Extradition Cases


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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


At 1 PM ET on Saturday, August 8 (tomorrow), Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola will host a panel organized by the Courage Foundation. It will cover what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face if extradited to the United States, including pretrial and post-trial prison conditions and the lack of a public interest defense under the Espionage Act.

Barry Pollack, who is an attorney in the U.S. on Assange's legal team, Jeffrey Sterling, a CIA whistleblower who was convicted and imprisoned under the Espionage Act, and Lauri Love, an activist in the United Kingdom who defeated an extradition request from the U.S. government, will be on the panel.

Register for the event, which will go from 1 pm ET to 2:30 pm ET here.

Questions for the event can be submitted to the Courage Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. Or they may be emailed to editor@shadowproof.com by noon ET on Saturday.

And the event will be livestreamed at Courage's YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you.

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