Subject: Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 17:36:57 -0400
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From: “Tom Devine” <TomD@…>
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As many of you know, the House and Senate passed bills to restore protections for government employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse by veto-proof margins last year, but the houses have yet to agree on a final bill.  Now is the time to show negotiators, leadership, and other interested Members of Congress that it is a priority to pass a strong final bill before recess. Thank you to all the 200+ groups that have signed the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) sign-on letter! Now this action can be extended to you and your members, even if you did not join the group letter. Public Citizen, on behalf of the Make it SAFE Coalition and other whistleblower supporters, has launched an online Citizen’s Whistleblower Petition (and posted additional resources) at www.WhistleblowerAction.org.
 
If possible, please help us spread the word about the campaign- and add signatures to the petition- by posting it on you site and blog, and distributing it out to your listserv.  Public Citizen’s Action Alert is below.
 
Appreciatively,
 
Tom Devine,
 
Government Accountability Project
 
 
 
 

September 16, 2008

Dear Friends,

 


The Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition
Tell Congress to end the partisan politics and protect government employees who risk their livelihoods to protect us.

Sign Today!


In recent years we have experienced unprecedented secrecy and abuse of power in the federal government. Scientific research has been altered or suppressed, government contractors have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, and national security documents have been falsified.  Witnesses to these breaches of the public trust cannot blow the whistle without fear of reprisals endangering their careers and their lives.

But we are close to ending the intimidation and retaliation against those who speak up on our behalf. 

You can help!  Add your name to our growing list of citizens standing up for those who stand up for us.  Tell Congress: make the government work for us!

Last year, both houses of Congress passed strong whistleblower protection bills.  But because they didn’t negotiate and pass a compromise between the two bills, the legislation still isn’t final.  Now there is renewed support for members of Congress to put aside partisan politics and finish the job for the American people by passing a strong compromise bill.

Government employees and federal contractors who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse play a critical role in protecting us.  Yet, unbelievably, they have less protection than many corporate employees enjoy.  For this reason, too few government employees are willing to take the risk of blowing the whistle on wrongdoing.  Those who come forward often suffer as a result — and so do we as our tax dollars are wasted and our government is hijacked.

So far more than 200 public interest organizations have signed on to urge Congress to change the status quo – and now you can too.  Show your support for honesty and accountability! 

Go to www.WhistleblowerAction.org and Sign the Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition Today!

Thank you,

The Action Team

Public Citizen
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