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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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2010 @ 4:58am

    It is very unlikely that Manning would qualify as a whistleblower, if only because of the sheer volume of stuff he produced that was not relevant to the situation.

    Also, I would have to say that Manning wasn't whistleblowing on any one person or situation, but rather attempting to damn the entire system. Whistleblowing is more like "so and so is stealing from the company" and not "this embassy person said something naughty about someone".

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