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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    Gabriel Tane (profile), 17 Dec 2010 @ 5:59am

    Re: Re: Whistleblowing vs. Treason

    I don't hold to your argument Hilary... Considering that the whole point of Boot Camp is (as my brother described it to me) is to break down one's individuality and rebuild you as a soldier and part of a team/family. With that kind of change, I'm going to say that most 'scofflaw' criminals (those that do it because of a lack of respect for the law, as opposed to a psychological condition) will shed that attitude in exchange for the discipline and respect for command. Yes, I know that a lot of soldiers will roll their eyes at a CO's back, etc... but the discipline and the willingness to respect those who’ve earned it is there.

    From the change I saw in my brother, going from a pussy-whipped whiner to a very respectable man who has his shit together more than I do, I say that one's past doesn't matter that much in who they are after joining service.

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