America’s troubled relationship with whistleblowers was the subject today on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes. Guest Eyal Press provided valuable insights derived from his new book about whistleblowing, “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, And Heeding The Voice Of Conscience In Dark Times.”
Surveys by the Ethics Resource Center show a doubling of retaliation against private sector employees over past four years. Could employers be following the example of the Obama administration?
Journalists are risking exposure of whistleblowers’ identities to government snoops, a security informatics expert warns. In a New York Times op-ed, Chrisitan Soghoian writes that mainstream news organizations routinely fail to make use of available technology to secure their communications with whistleblowers.
(“For my new and precious friends at Whistleblower Support Center… Those for whom cause is justification enough to act…And, the rest of us who “stand around” watching you exercise our morality… for us!! May we soon join greater forces with one other!”) – Phil Towle, May 2011