It has been a busy but very successful past few months here at POGO. Much has been accomplished, all thanks to YOU. For example, we were able to
- Help Victims of Groundwater Contamination. Together we helped expose the Marine Corps’ 30-year cover-up of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina, and to push for justice for those suffering from ailments as a result of being exposed to that contamination. In August, President Obama signed into law a bill providing health care for the affected Marines, families, and civilians. It is the largest known groundwater contamination on a military base in our nation’s history.
- Achieve Victory Against Human Trafficking. POGO has long been urging improvements to expand the scope of anti-human trafficking policies. In September, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) strengthening the rules governing U.S.-paid contractors trafficking in persons. The EO requires contractors and their subcontractors to prohibit human trafficking-related activities such as fraudulent recruiting and charging workers fees that often result in modern-day slavery. Congress is on track to give anti-trafficking laws some teeth in the defense budget bill.
- Increase Protections for Whistleblowers. In November, after a more than decade-long campaign led by POGO and supported by an alliance of diverse interests and ideologies, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act finally became law. In addition, President Obama did what Congress did not, and issued a Presidential Policy Directive extending to national security and intelligence community workers protections against retaliation when they use internal channels to report waste, fraud, and abuse. This is the first time many in those communities have had whistleblower protections. Yet there’s more to be done, and we’ll continue working to expand whistleblower protections even further.
None of this would have been possible without your financial support. As we approach the end of the year I hope you will consider lending your support once more to POGO.
With wishes for a happy holiday season, PS. We are on the cusp of several more significant achievements that I look very much forward to sharing with you as they occur at the beginning of next year.
We rely on people like you to spread the word about our work. Tell a friend about POGO!
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Well, no one is responding .... I put this up because too many only see Obama as the bad president (myself included) and it is important to note his good accomplishments which are never mentioned on most of these groups. We have him for 4 more years and I am not getting my self sick with seeking out all negativism on his presidency.
I am going to go out of my way and look for the positive.
Fox news has an agenda and only reports the worst side of Obama.
Until we are totally honest with ourselves, we can find all the bad stuff from Fox and keep the war on the MSM going for the next 4 yrs. if we want to be blindsided. I don't, I am not repeating past behavior.
NO one is all bad and Obama has done good in these accomplishments.
No one should be put on a pedestal either, like so many who idolize some politicians who don't deserve it either.
Glad Obama made sure this stuff was passed into law.
Obviously, my new year's resolution has already started and it is not going to be Obama bashing as I was NO> 1 in that area for a very long time.
Hate begets hate and it makes you sick, sick all around, mentally, phsyically and sick in the eyes of society.
I am sitting back now and reading others who post hate and it sounds so bad.
I don't need to be part of this and I won't, life is too short.
Look what hate and angers does: it brings bad things about and that Shady Hook tragedy was so unnecessary. It could have been prevented.
Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you...
Thank you for the POGO info, SL
And you're right, hate toward others, especially toward each other (as subjects of the Capitol and the White House), can only breed more hate. Nothing good has ever come of that.
We all need to learn to live and let live.
Merry Christmas to you too