THE IMPORTANCE OF WHISTLE BLOWERS

A whistle blower is a government employee who reports waste, crimes, or threats to public safety.

In 1778, the founding fathers called the reporting of official misconduct a duty.

It wasn’t called whistle blowing until the 1970s.

Most believe that began when Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst disclosed the “Pentagon Papers” which revealed the false premise behind the war on Vietnam.

Congress passed the Whistle blower Protection Act in 1989 which outlined the process for reporting such actions.

But now, whistle blowing is also called, “Career suicide.”

Federal law protects whistle blowers from being fired, demoted or reassigned.

However the complaint must be filed through proper channels, generally the Inspector General.

Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowdon did not do that.  Nor did the man who leaked intelligence reports about Russian interference in the 2018 elections.  All three were changed under the 1917 Espionage Act.

The Knight First Amendment Institute says the law is blind regarding the difference between spies and Whistle blowers.

When 5 employees from the EPA reported massive wasteful spending by Scott Pruitt, the EPA head, who bought a sound-proof phone booth for his office for $43,000, they were demoted, reassigned and put on leave without pay.

When a CIA officer working at the White House complained about the call Trump made to Ukrainian President Zelensky, Trump said he was a spy guilty of treason.

And should be treated like traitors were in the old days.

And while Whistle blowers identities are protected, if they’re names are leaked and they suffer adverse consequences, there is little recourse for them.

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