I read a post today on the POGO blog by Angela Canterbury and Suzanne Dershowitz, titled: “Conservatives Tell Rep. Issa: Federal Whistleblowers, and Taxpayers, Deserve Their Day in Court.”
The issue is the concept that federal whistleblowers are entitled to protections and should have the right to use the courts and our legal system to hold the federal government accountable for waste, fraud, abuse, and illegal and unethical acts. And they should have recourse for the government or agents of the government exacting reprisal on federal whistleblowers for being…. well whistleblowers.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-California) is being pressured by press in his own district to “fulfill his promise of protections for federal whistleblowers.”
The Senate Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was passed in May. The House version is said to ignore the need for federal whistleblowers to have access to the legal system and the courts. Issa is criticized for not seeing to it that federal whistleblowers have the same standard in federal whistleblower law that already exists for private sector whistleblowers. Further criticism of the current system is that federal whistleblowers take very large risks and rarely prevail in an iffy system where the government “always wins.”
Federal whistleblowers must have access to the courts and our legal system. The process should not be rigged against them, assuring they will endure massive reprisal and career destruction, and take on massive legal costs to try to prevail against what looms as a monolith of self-protection in the case of corruption and cover-ups at the expense of federal whistleblowers and their families. GFS
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