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  1. #1 Obama's Quiet(?) Change of Heart - Regarding Whistleblowers 
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    Obama Promise To 'Protect Whistleblowers' Just Disappeared From Change.gov

    The folks from the Sunlight Foundation have noticed that the Change.gov website, which was set up by the Obama transition team after the election in 2008 has suddenly been scrubbed of all of its original content. They noted that the front page had pointed to the White House website for a while, but you could still access a variety of old material and agendas. They were wondering why the administration would suddenly pull all that interesting archival information... and hit upon a clue. A little bit from the "ethics agenda":

    Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.

    Yeah. That statement seems a bit embarrassing at the very same time Obama's administration is threatening trade sanctions against anyone who grants asylum to Ed Snowden. Also... at the same time that we get to see how whistleblower Bradley Manning's "full access to courts and due process" will turn out. So far, it's been anything but reasonable, considering that the UN has already condemned Manning's treatment as "cruel and inhuman." And people wonder why Snowden left the country...

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...hangegov.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artois View Post
    Obama Promise To 'Protect Whistleblowers' Just Disappeared From Change.gov




    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...hangegov.shtml
    Manning and Snowden aren't whistleblowers, but the IRS IG who exposed the targeting of conservatives is. The difference is that neither Manning nor Snowden sought to go through channels to expose anything that they considered illegal, and in the case of Manning, there was never any claim that he exposed anything illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Manning and Snowden aren't whistleblowers, but the IRS IG who exposed the targeting of conservatives is.
    I agree that an argument could be made that they weren't. I found the article a bit intriguing because of the intentional retraction, likely in light of Snowden.
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    Everybody wants to protect whistleblowers as long as they're blowing the whistle on someone else. While I agree that Manning is vile little prancer and should be punished, Snowden broke the law but in real terms doing less harm than the Lib's archetype whistleblower, Ellsberg, who is a hero to them because he derailed a Republican President's foreign policy a long time ago, instead of a Social Democrat's policy recently.

    Having litigated some whistleblower cases, the question of whether someone is or isn't one is not a black-and-white question, there are many fine points of exception woven into the language of the statutes. In practice the only people who usually succeed in getting any protection from the law are those complaining about outright criminal conduct by a low-level manager. In the real world, pissing on someone high up in the military or civilian power structure for any kind of malfeasance or misconduct that is not a common-law felony virtually never turns out well for the whistleblower.
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    There's a lot of truth to all that. I've seen numerous whistle blowers retaliated against, with no recourse. I've represented others, with serious and documented evidence completely blown off. There's only about two cases I know of, personally, which went out in any ideal manner.
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