US Government at war with a growing mass of whistleblowers

Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As ‘Aiding The Enemy’

from the going-a-bit-far dept

In 2008, now President Obama ran with the following as a key plank in his campaign:

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 as they have been during the Bush administration. 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.

None of that has happened. Instead, as we’ve discussed repeatedly, President Obama has been the most aggressive President ever in attacking whistleblowers and bringing the full weight of the law down on them. In fact, in 2012, rather than promote protecting whistleblowers in his campaign, the campaign bragged about how it cracked down on whistleblowers:

President Obama has done more than any other administration to forcefully pursue and address leaks of classified national security information…. The Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many cases under the Espionage Act as all other administrations combined. Under the President, the Justice Department has prosecuted six cases regarding national security leaks. Before he took office, federal prosecutors had used the Espionage Act in only three cases.

The above paragraph is true — and we’ve pointed it out in the past as well — but we thought it was shameful, not something worth bragging about. Furthermore, since he was elected, President Obama has never praised a single federal employee who was a whistleblower. When asked by a reporter from the Huffington Post for an example of President Obama supporting a whistleblower, the White House refused to respond.

Given all of that, it will come as little surprise to read a piece by reporters Marisa Taylor and Jonathan Landay of McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, in which they reveal that the White House has a special attack program to deal with whistleblowers called Insider Threat Program (ITP). And, no, contrary to what the administration has claimed, it’s not just about “national security” issues. It goes way beyond that:

President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments.

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6 Responses to “US Government at war with a growing mass of whistleblowers”

  1. Anonymous says:

    CastleJen Bassett


  2. Anonymous says:

    speaking from Florida i can tell you anyone who does whistleblow must take special prcautions
    1 not use their real name
    2 cover themselves by making sure it cant easily be traced back
    3 make sure its done through intermediaries
    4 tell several departments at the same time and never rely ona single source.
    5 be ready to get away to a place of safety where you can flee abroad, as several attempted whistleblowers have been caught and imprisoned on trumped up charges

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello Tap i run a small cafe by a US airbase and the servicemen come and and chat, they have told us ages back about chemtrailing
    and that britain holds no say in the nuclear weapons on its soil and much else but perhaps the most worrying was the two litle girls in soham who were murdered,
    a us serviceman was interogated on the base and immediately shipped home , in case it was him

  4. Anonymous says:

    the Moshe Solomons radio show had a couple of progs on whistleblowers, and the fact that
    you can get paid to rubbish them if you publish articles which are anti whistleblower and pro NWO,
    means those who are knowledgable
    can get money for thes ehate attacks on the truth bringers
    Sue Foster

  5. Anonymous says:

    One of the Media’s favorite whistle blowers, Daniel Ellsberg was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for 44 years. Only after this revelation came out last year, did he abruptly drop his membership in that group. Real whistle blowers are not given prime time news exposure and paraded around as heroes. They are more likely to be silenced or suicided.

  6. My name is Nancy Ruth Owens (Jones) and I forged Obama’s birth certificates and helped forge the SS document in 1985.

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