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Whistleblowers at risk

December 30, 2010

Whistleblowers are in jail

While tracking this important legislation, but do not lose sight of the fact that there are whistleblowers in jail now for attempting to “do the right thing.” Not only are honest people in danger of losing their jobs and professional reputations, but, until the DOJ decides to uphold the laws that are already on the books, we are not likely to have many insiders come forward with reports of corruption and abuse. Government employees are in a particularly difficult bind, as they could be accused of participating in any activity they know about but fail to report. Resigning is often the safest way to handle an uncomfortable situation, although that could come back to bite if a co-worker files a complaint that turns into an indictment. The best argument for protecting whistleblowers is that honest employees are the best defense we have against corruption.

Whistleblower Protections Halted by Tyranny of One
By Joan Brunwasser

Whistleblower protection is a cornerstone of our nation’s security, because whistleblowers are the eyes and ears to abuses of power that betray the public trust. If they are not empowered to disclose wrongdoing, the pubic at large remains vulnerable to unchecked abuses of power, gross mismanagement, waste, fraud, and public safety threats. (read the article)

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