President Trump’s proposal for a Space Force to assure US military dominance in space has come under fire for its proposed personnel system, an alleged “merit-based” system that would give fired employees no right of appeal or external review. The Federal News Network quotes AFGE National President J. David Cox, who observed that “an employee or whistleblower adhering to his or her oath of office could be terminated at will.” That would seem to violate the Constitutional oath every elected official and federal employee takes. (Cross-posted from WhistleblowingToday.org.) (more…)
Chelsea Manning, the Army whistleblower, is again in jail less than two years after her release from prison on a grant of clemency from President Obama. US District Court judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to be taken into custody for after she refused to answer questions before a grand jury thought to be targeting Julian Assange for prosecution. (Cross-posted from WhistleblowingToday.org.) (more…)
Dr. Donald Soeken, founder and Executive Director of the Whistleblower Support Fund, appeared recently on The Whistleblower with Mychal Wilson, Esq. Soeken spoke with Wilson about his work helping whistleblowers and offered whistleblowers a glimpse of what they can expect after they go public with concerns.
“Most whistleblowers that I’ve interviewed get depressed,” Soeken told Wilson. “You can imagine why they would get depressed. If you have a job, you have a career, and that’s what your known for, and you lose it, then you start feeling like life isn’t worth living, because “I don’t have any way to make a living.”
But, whistleblowers have a lot of power, says Soeken. “It’s going to be tough,” he says, but “we’re going to help you through it.”
Soeken and Wilson know from personal experience what whistleblowers experience. Soeken exposed government abuses of psychiatric exams to retaliate against whistleblowers. Wilson blew the whistle on fraud at Bristol-Myers Squib.
Whistleblower Robert MacLean’s impressive Supreme Court victory should have resulted in restoration of his employment at the Transportation Security Administration. Instead, the former Air Marshal has been assigned to “restricted” duties (actually none, he says) as TSA tries to orchestrate his removal.
Forced to continue his legal battle despite a favorable ruling from the nation’s top court, Robert faces legal expenses estimated at nearly $200,000. A lot is riding on the outcome.
Robert writes, “TSA needs to endlessly fight me in order to chill other potential whistleblowers to remain silent. TSA cannot have its gross waste of taxpayer dollars be exposed.”
You can directly aid Robert, a WSF client, with legal expenses by donating to his GoFundMe page, managed by a retired U.S. Army Colonel and law enforcement officer.
Consider, also, making a tax-deductible donation to the Whistleblower Support Fund, enabling us to offer emergency financial aid to deserving whistleblowers like Robert.