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Spying on Scientists: How FDA Monitored Whistleblowers Who Raised Concerns over Radiation

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Published on Jul 17, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - The Food and Drug Administration has been found to have launched a massive surveillance campaign targeting its own scientists for writing letters to journalists, members of Congress and President Obama. The scientists were expressing their concern over the FDA's approval of medical imaging devices for colonoscopies and mammograms that could endanger patients with high levels of radiation. The covert spying operation led the agency to monitor the scientists' computers at work and at home, copying emails and thumb drives and even monitoring individual messages line-by-line as they were being composed in real time. The agency also created an enemies list. We're joined by the FDA whistleblowers' attorney, Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. "For the first time we now have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistleblowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments," Kohn says. "The agency [sought] to destroy the reputation of these whistleblowers forever."

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