National Security at a Crossroads

Tom Devine, Legal Director for the nonprofit Government Accountability Project, has worked on 5,000 whistleblower cases.  In an op-ed for the Washington Post, he describes the dilemma of conscientious national security employees who are forced by dysfunctional agencies to choose between leaking anonymously to the media or blowing the whistle internally, an act of “career suicide.”  Whether the whistle is blown internally or externally, increasingly, the government is responding with criminal investigations and prosecutions.  “No wonder so many remain silent,” Devine writes.

When government shoots the messenger, all Americans pay a price in weakened defenses against terrorism and other national security threats.  Amending the dysfunctional Whistleblower Protection Act to cover FBI and intelligence employees and give all government employees solid protections would give government agencies strong incentives to take a more constructive approach to whistleblowing.  But, pending legislation that would do that has come to a halt in the Senate, where “lawmakers have not overcome repeated secret holds by opponents,” says Devine.

The public could demand an end to the Senate logjam.  Will you?

Archive seeks priceless whistleblower documents

The International Whistleblower Archive (IWA) is seeking historical documents from truth-tellers whose cases reveal important information about waste, fraud and abuse in government and business.”

The IWA is establishing a permanent library for thousands of documents related to the cases of American whistleblowers.  The  documents represent a priceless resource for those will defend future truthtellers from retaliation and will give historians and journalists access to historic details that otherwise might be lost.

Accordingly, the database is now urging all those with documents related to major whistleblowing cases to contact our offices as soon as possible to discuss their preservation in the years ahead.”

For more information, go to our Archive section.

Whistleblowers urge stronger protections against retaliation

At the Make It Safe Coalition conference held Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C., whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg, Frank Serpico, Coleen Rowely and others urged Congress to pass legislation providing stronger protections against retaliation for federal workers who expose corruption and abuses.

Below is video of the event taken by WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

  • Note: WJLA’s accompanying article on the conference erroneously refers to the pending legislation as the “No Fear Act.” The No Fear Act was passed in 2002.