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In this edition of the "Dissenter Weekly," Kevin Gosztola covers the United States Energy Department's demolition of a Cold War-era radioactive site in California.
He draws attention to the extensive criminal conduct at the highest ranks of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which was recently detailed in an investigation by the Associated Press. Criminality goes unpunished when whistleblowers allege misconduct because wardens control disciplinary investigations.
The show also highlights the story of Sergeant Javier Esqueda, a police whistleblower in Illinois facing retaliatory criminal charges, who was expelled from his officers union.
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US Energy Department Blows Up Cold War-Era Radioactive Facility
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) contend the State of California endangered residents when they allowed the U.S. Energy Department to blow up two buildings at the site of the Santa Susana Field Lab. (Source)
Bureau Of Prisons Brushes Aside Allegations Of Misconduct By Wardens, Senior Staff
More than a dozen Bureau of Prisons staff told the Associated Press that the disciplinary system focuses too much on rank-and-file employees and allows wardens and senior executives to get away with criminal acts. (Source)
Illinois Police Union Boots Whistleblower Who Leaked Video Of Cops Killing A Man
Sergeant Javier Esqueda, who leaked video showing how his colleagues at the Joliet Police Department killed a man who overdosed on drugs, was expelled from the Joliet Police Officers Association in a vote of 35-1. Union leaders called his whistleblowing “reprehensible.” (Source)
Pentagon And Its Overseers Suppressed Whistleblowers Who Challenged Massacre In Syria
Whistleblowers in the United States military exposed a strike in Syria that resulted in the massacre of around 70 women and children, according to an investigation by the New York Times. (Source)
New Files Expose Australian Government's Betrayal Of Julian Assange And Detail His Prison Torment (Source)