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Florida on the hook for $250,000 for firing whistleblower listen

06/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: whistleblower, Florida, Rick Scott, Diane Parcell

Lawyers for a fired state worker say Florida could owe nearly $2 billion to people who were incorrectly reported to credit agencies. Former Department of Economic Opportunity employee Dianne Parcell spoke during a press conference in Tallahassee Monday.

Parcell’s lawyer released video of the woman talking about what happened to her.

A jury is making the state pay $250,000 in attorney’s fees and damages for Parcell’s firing.

To date, the state of Florida has not taken steps to addres...

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving classified documents to Wikileaks listen

08/21/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for releases hundreds of thousands of classified military documents. During a press conference after the sentencing hearing Wednesday, Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs said he and other supporters are asking President Obama to grant a pardon, but if that doesn’t work, there are still other ways to get Manning out before he’s eligible for parole.

“Well, to get attention to what’s happened here, I w...


Celeb John Cusack endorses anti-secrecy rallies on 4th of July listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 90 protests against NSA spying are scheduled across the country Thursday. During a phone conference Tuesday, Hollywood Celebrity John Cusack jumped on the fight by supporting the Take Back the Fourth national day of protest demanding Congress protect citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.

“We have prosecution of whistleblowers at an all time high, we have kill lists, we have drone assassination programs, we have people jailed without trail, the destruction of habeas corpus, we...


9/11 whistleblower warns against new defense spending bill listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Americans are entitled to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution, but the new defense spending bill that passed by an overwhelming majority in the Senate last week excluded an amendment to prohibit the military from indefinitely detaining US citizens.

Former FBI agent Colleen Rowley is now an anti-war activist,...

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Stronger Whistleblower Protection Bill Passes Senate Committee

08/04/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity on WMNF. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about stronger protection for government whistleblowers. But first some listener comments about last Thursday's discussion on health care reform.

According to the Associated Press,

Last week a Senate committee unanimously approved legislation to protect federal employees from being punished for blowing the whistle on waste and corruption.

The bill allows many government workers to take reprisal ...


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