June 11, 2021

Dissenter Weekly: FinCEN Files Whistleblower Sentenced


In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of June 10, 2021.

He covers a United States Supreme Court decision that limited the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), FinCEN Files whistleblower sentenced to six months in prison, whistleblower Craig Murray's appeal being denied, and several police whistleblowing stories.


This Week's Stories

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Computer Fraud And Abuse Act (CFAA)

In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court limited the extent to which prosecutors may wield the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) against whistleblowers. (Source)

FinCEN Files Whistleblower Sentenced To Six Months In Prison

Natalie Edwards was sentenced to six months in prison. Edwards is a former Treasury Department employee, who released around 50,000 files that exposed how banks move dirty money or conceal money laundering. (Source)

In City Of Eunice, Louisiana, ACLU Sues On Behalf Of Whistleblowing Police Officer

The ACLU of Louisiana's Justice Lab sued the city of Eunice over "pervasive misconduct and corruption within the Eunice Police Department." Lieutenant Michael Dunn alleged police are responsible for "excessive use of force, neglect of inmate medical needs, mishandling of evidence, and misuse of funds" and faced retaliation for challenging these acts within the police department. (Source)

Milwaukeee Police Have No Formal Whistleblower Protection

The Wisconsin Policy Forum conducted a study of the Milwaukee Police Department and called attention to the fact that Milwaukee police do not enjoy any formal whistleblower protections. Despite years of demands for greater police accountability, including in Milwaukee, the department has no policy. (Source)

Jury Rebuffs Appeals Court, Awards Chicago Police Investigator Who Blew Whistle $1.1 Million

Whistleblower Lorenzo Davis, who was fired as a supervising investigator at the city of Chicago agency tasked with police oversight, was awarded $1.1 million by a Cook County jury after an appellate court slashed his reward to $100,000 back in February. (Source)

Pentagon Demands Congress Help Keep Unclassified Military Records Secret

The Defense Department is once again demanding that Congress make it harder for the public to obtain military records through the Freedom of Information Act by exempting unclassified records. (Source)

Scottish High Court Denies Whistleblower Craig Murray's Request To Appeal His Conviction

Journalist Mohamed Elmaazi contributed a report to The Dissenter that covered the latest development in former diplomat and whistleblower Craig Murray's case. (Source)

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