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BK Blog Post
Posted by Tom Devine.
Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project, where he has worked to assist thousands of whistleblowers to come forward and has been involved in the all of the campaigns to pass or defend major whistleblower laws over the last two decades.
“A government watchdog has ordered the CIA and the Pentagon to re-investigate retaliation allegations brought by two intelligence employees who accused their agencies of major institutional failings.”
“The action by the intelligence community inspector general is the first public indication that a new intelligence appeals system is underway. The panel was set up by President Barack Obama as an independent forum that can evaluate whether whistleblowers were improperly fired or otherwise punished for disclosures after their agencies rejected their claims.”
The above is a big step forward considering the crackdown on intelligence whistleblowers. This article details how important it is to protect whistleblowers down the road, and lists the stances of current presidential candidates on Edward Snowden.
So just what is at stake if we don’t protect intelligence whistleblowers? GAP clients Thomas Drake and J. Kirk Wiebe discuss how the NSA had the capabilities to prevent the 9/11 attacks, and that the narrative from leaders in the intelligence community that their agencies need the bulk collection of metadata to stop attacks is simply not true. Could better protections for whistleblowers help us learn from our mistakes and save lives?