Do We Need A Whistleblower To Tell The World Which Senator Killed Whistleblower Protection Law?

from the or-are-they-too-scared dept

Last month, we mentioned that the Senate had given its approval to a new law protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. There were some problems with the bill, which led some to fight against it, but much of the bill was useful. With the whole Wikileaks stuff going on, there had been some concern that such a law might lead to similar leaks, but most of Congress recognized that protecting whistleblowers is important. Except for one anonymous Senator. Even though the bill had already passed the Senate. After the House took a bunch of stuff out of the bill, it went back to the Senate again, where an anonymous Senator put a hold on the bill, effectively killing it. It does seem kind of silly that a Senator can do this anonymously. Of course, we can hope that, in the long run, this will work out for the best. Perhaps sometime in the future Congress can pass a better bill that is actually much more protective of whistleblowers.

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    mdmadph (profile), 4 Jan 2011 @ 6:51am


    Probably, but does it honestly matter? I honestly think that such a club as the Senate sometimes gets together and decides which guy is going to be the "fall guy" (take the blame for opposing popular legislation that no one wants to be seen actively opposing but all have reservations against), even in situations where it's done discretely, like this.

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