Intelligence Community's Top Whistleblower Protector In Need Of Some Whistleblower Protection
from the whistleblowers-have-a-man-on-the-inside dept
Daniel Meyer is the Executive Director of Intelligence Community’s Whistleblowing and Source Protection. He’s in the best position to fight for the protection of intelligence whistleblowers against retaliation for taking their complaints through the proper channels. Let’s hope it works out better for those under him than it has for Meyer himself.
The Obama administration’s top official overseeing how intelligence agencies handle whistleblower retaliation claims has lodged his own complaint, alleging he was punished for disclosing “public corruption.”
Daniel Meyer, who previously oversaw the Defense Department’s decisions on whistleblowing cases, also says he was targeted for being gay, according to records obtained by McClatchy.
Meyer has multiple beefs with multiple powerful people, all lodged through the proper channels — which has apparently done very little to protect him from retaliation. Meyer has accused top Pentagon officials of altering a report that originally found Leon Panetta had engaged in wrongdoing when he leaked classified information to the producers of “Zero Dark Thirty.” This conclusion was nowhere to be found when the report was officially released.
That claim put him in the same boat as an assistant Inspector General, who also noted some impropriety surrounding the CIA’s close relationship with the “Zero Dark Thirty” team.
In support of his retaliation claims, Meyer filed a sworn affidavit by his former boss, John Crane, a onetime assistant Defense Department inspector general. Crane was fired in 2013 and now alleges he, too, was retaliated against because of his involvement in the “Zero Dark Thirty” case and other controversial whistleblower claims, including one filed by former high-ranking National Security Agency official Thomas Drake.
Proper channels don’t seem to be doing much for Meyer, but he still advocates for them. It’s somewhat surprising this administration has placed him in the whistleblower protection position for the intelligence community. Because Meyer is good at what he does.
While at the Pentagon, Meyer was known for aggressively investigating whistleblowers’ allegations of retaliation. His current office reviews and investigates not only whistleblower retaliation claims but also high-profile security matters within the intelligence community. His office, for instance, notified the FBI that classified emails had been found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The referral led to an FBI investigation.
On top of that, he apparently pushed for better whistleblower protections in the wake of the Snowden leaks, unlike much of the rest of the intelligence community, which abruptly redoubled efforts to weed out “insider threats.”
At the very least, Meyer has had personal experience with the official processes and knows the limits of the protections afforded to whistleblowers. This should, hopefully, encourage more intelligence whistleblowers to take advantage of these procedures. At least they’ll have someone on their side — someone who knows how vindictive officials can be when their actions are questioned. That’s certainly more than can be said for dozens of other government agencies, who still treat those who question officials and/or programs as enemies of the state.