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US ‘waging war’ on whistleblowers

Published: 11 April, 2012, 20:12

The American government “is using its power to intimidate, prosecute and prevent government employees from sharing information about state officials’ misconduct”, insists Stephen Kohn, attorney and author of The Whistleblower's Handbook.

­This attack on whistleblowers in America is an attack on fundamental freedom of speech, “preventing the American people from learning about the abuses of their government,” warned the attorney.

“The doctrine of the state secret privilege in the US puts a censorship veil over everything you want to blow a whistle on.”

Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou, who was the first official to confirm the waterboarding of terrorist suspects, has been indicted for repeatedly disclosing sensitive information to journalists.

The same law was also used against whistleblower Bradley Manning, the army private who handed secret documents to Wikileaks.

Both cases go against the very basics of the US constitution, says Stephen Kohn.

In 2008, when campaigning for president, Barack Obama told voters in Fairfax, Virginia, that he is preparing a federal law to protect those who disclose suspect practice.

“I wrote a brief for a federal whistleblowers law, to make sure that it applied in more situations all the way to the Supreme Court… making sure that those whistleblowers get protection,” Obama said.

But under the Obama administration, whistleblowers have received treatment much more harsh than in the times of George W. Bush.

Stephen Kohn says it’s vital to be more aggressive with those in government who intend to gag dissenters.

“We need an adult in the room. We need someone to stand up and say, ethics in government is important. Those in the government who want to suppress dissent have to be either pushed back, or they have to be fired,” argued Kohn, noting that Obama appears to have ditched his concern for whistleblowers.

“We have to demand that our constitutional rights are protected, we have to take those claims to court, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and we have to go to the Congress for the American people to fight for their rights,” the attorney called on Americans.

“These rights are not passive. If you wait for someone to give them to you – they will retaliate and you will be waiting a long time,” Kohn warned. http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/news/domestic-usa/23477-us-waging-war-on-whistleblowers.html

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US ‘waging war’ on whistleblowers

Published: 11 April, 2012, 20:12

In 2008, when campaigning for president, Barack Obama told voters in Fairfax, Virginia, that he is preparing a federal law to protect those who disclose suspect practice.

“I wrote a brief for a federal whistleblowers law, to make sure that it applied in more situations all the way to the Supreme Court… making sure that those whistleblowers get protection,” Obama said.

But under the Obama administration, whistleblowers have received treatment much more harsh than in the times of George W. Bush.

http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/news/domestic-usa/23477-us-waging-war-on-whistleblowers.html

change we got...... What a flippin' outrageous lie that was !

Just when it seemed... perhaps, well.... maybe.... possibly... hopefully... things would change... well, guess again. I've been wondering what's in Obama's koolaid. I thought anything would be better after duyah droolin' drawl, but....well, at least Obama can say nuclear correctly - I suppose that's some improvement.

There are several sickening situations as mentioned here. One that really blows my mind - is the Obama judicial department going after & jailing activist Timothy DeChristopher.

Why Liberals Should Be Outraged by the Tim DeChristopher Sentencewww.huffingtonpost.com/.../why-liberals-should-be-ou_b_910432.h...

Jul 27, 2011 – DeChristopher's act was definitely a crime. A victimless crime, and an act of civil disobedience, but a crime nonetheless. The guilty verdict ...

If that were not egregious enough - at the request of an unidentified Congressperson, Tim DeChristopher, co-founder of Peaceful Uprising, was put in isolation earlier this month. Bernie Madoff - a REAL LIFE CRIMINAL - WHO ACTUALLY CAUSED HARM TO PEOPLE - WHO ACTUALLY COMMITTED FRAUD - is housed more humanely.

Help Identify Congressperson Who Put Jailed Activist Tim ...

www.alternet.org/.../help_identify_congressperson_who_put_jailed_...

Apr 6, 2012 – Help Identify Congressperson Who Put Jailed Activist Tim DeChristopher in Isolation. The Alyona Show is imploring the public to help determine which Congressperson successfully requested that jailed climate activist Tim DeChristopher be held in isolation. At the request of an unidentified Congressperson, Tim DeChristopher, co-founder of Peaceful Uprising, was put in isolation earlier this month. He was arrested in 2008 for disrupting an oil and gas-related Utah auctioning of public land. When he placed a $1.8 million bid at the auction buying 22,500 acres of land, federal agents swooped in and took him into custody, and DeChristopher was sentenced to two years."

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

Most of us know how taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of dollars in Medicaid, food stamps, and other financial assistance for workers. But, did you know that we're also subsidizing the retail giant by paying the cost of their environmental destruction.

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