Must-read article by whistle-blowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack.
We both complained through internal channels – our supervisors and respective inspectors general – and, when that failed, made the difficult choice to go to the press. Then we became targets of federal criminal investigations into the leaks. In effect, for exercising our First Amendment right to speak to reporters about issues of public concern – revealing only unclassified information – we were designated traitors and enemies of the state.
Our “crimes” amounted to embarrassing the government by exposing high-level corruption, incompetence, and illegality. Neither of us was ever even alleged to have harmed national security.
[Obama’s] transition office’s website specifically addressed whistle-blowing, saying: “Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”
Obama’s actions have not matched those words. His administration’s reaction to national-security and intelligence whistle-blowers has been even harsher than the Bush administration’s was.
This makes me very, very angry.
You can write the White House and ask the President to honor his campaign promise and stop this insane war on whistle-blowers, here. Copy in the link to the above article: