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by Mike Masnick


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senate, whistleblower



Interesting Timing: Senate Passes Federal Whistleblower Protection Bill

from the as-we-torture-one... dept

We were just highlighting how the government is terrible at protecting whistleblowers -- with particular attention to the horrific treatment of Bradley Manning. As all of this is going on, it's worth pointing out that the Senate (apparently without much sense of irony) has passed a "Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act," which would seek to grant greater protections to government employees who blow the whistle on government wrongdoing. Of course, some have concerns with the new bill, in that it specifically weakens some protections for "the intelligence community," while increasing protections for other government employees.

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), 17 Dec 2010 @ 1:46am

    Re: Whistleblowing vs. Treason

    I disagree. The current legal model for whistleblowing may not include protections for military personnel, but that doesn't mean that he's not a whistleblower.

    Remember, whistleblowing is a time-honored tradition that has not always included legal protections. In fact, many whistleblowers, including Daniel Ellsburg, weren't acting legally when they became whistleblowers, either, but were later exonerated by the courts.

    Ironically, the Pentagon Papers are still classified.

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