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PBC News & Comment: Pentagon Insider Blows Whistle on Phony Protections for Whistleblowers

New book profiles John Crane, who ran “whistleblower protection unit” at Pentagon, detailing how Tom Drake got screwed at NSA…..

--Mark Hertsgaard’s new book is called Bravehearts: Whistleblowing in the Age of Snowden, read about it here

--Moscow Tribune reports that Snowden has documents showing bin Laden is still alive, may be in Bahamas

--Natanyahu moves even further to the right, forcing out Defense Minister Yaalon for extremist Avigdor Lieberman

--in bench trial in Baltimore, judge acquits second cop tried for the death in custody of Freddie Gray

--in 7-1 vote, Supreme Court overturns conviction of black man by all-white jury, but Clarence Thomas disagreed

--in our latest in-depth interview, we focus on the 2010 cholera epidemic in Haiti, caused by UN peacekeepers with epidemiologist Ralph Frerichs and reporter Jonathan Katz

--with new revelations of conspiracy, Gleen Greenwald labels Brazil’s impeachment a “coup” with military complicity

--Dem leaders throw Sanders a bone, let him pick 5 members of platform committee

--Sanders takes swipe at Debbie Wasserman Schultz as John Oliver reviews our byzantine primary election process

--in California, Sanders supporters sue over confusing voting rules

--listener Abbie McMillan isn’t keen on Sanders going Green

--if Clinton is elected, what happens to the foundation? Asks NY Times op-ed

--in Hanoi, Obama sells TPP and weapons to Vietnam

--Obama claims the scalp of Taliban leader Mansour

--death and destruction stats from Obama’s wars: 60,000 have died in Syrian jails in past 5 years; in Yemen, car bomb kills 40; more than 100 killed in attacks on Syrian coastal towns

--Pentagon spins up story of IS decline, as its spokesman calls for attacks in Europe, US

--NY Senator Gillibrand reviews 300+ sex assault cases in the military, finds obstruction continues

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