Brave whistleblowers still face overwhelming odds

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In a recent article, “Democrats on Capitol Hill ask White House not to gag federal employees“, the Washington Post quotes from a Congressional letter to President Trump.

“As the new Administration seeks to better understand what problems exist in this area, this is an appropriate time to remind employees about the value of protected disclosures to Congress and inspectors general in accordance with whistleblower protection law,” their letter added.

I have worked with whistleblowers for 40 years and would like to share my thoughts with the President and Congress about the problems they face.

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DHS blocks justice for whistleblower, wastes tax dollars

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money-on-fire-2Robert MacLean had been waiting seven years for resolution of his whistleblower complaint against the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Justice finally seemed near when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in his favor on April 26. But, now, the Department of Homeland Security (TSA’s parent agency) is trying to drag out the case for additional months and  possibly years at a cost to taxpayers that is hard to justify.  (more…)

Do Not Forsake Them: Whistleblowers Critical to Rule of Law

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Gary_Cooper_in_High_Noon_1952-1The 1952 film classic, “High Noon,” is widely considered an allegory for McCathyism’s attacks on civil liberties.  McCarthyism is gone, but “High Noon” remains relevant today as an allegory for another kind of witch hunt:  the war on whistleblowers…especially whistleblowers who defend the rule of law.

The film’s protagonist, Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), is the marshal of a small town in the American West.  On the day of his wedding to a Quaker woman (Grace Kelly), word comes that Frank Miller and his gang are on their way, seeking retribution against those who sent him to prison. Kane tries without success to raise a posse to confront the gang. Some townspeople dismiss the threat as Kane’s personal problem—it was he who arrested Miller.  Gradually, it becomes clear that much more is at stake: the rule of law, and the society built on its foundation.  (more…)

Oak Ridge nuclear weapons security breach showed how U.S. system for protecting federal whistleblowers is broken

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By Tom Nugent and Donald R. Soeken, Ph.D

(Re-posted with permission from OpEd News – 20 November 2012)

Now that President Barack Obama has been convincingly reelected, he can do the nation a huge service by quickly ordering his White House legal counsel to review a potential national security threat that could produce a catastrophe on the scale of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

That potentially devastating threat was nakedly exposed last July 28, when three senior citizens armed only with Bibles and bolt-cutters successfully invaded the country’s major storage facility for enriched uranium. (more…)