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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:11 PM

President Obama signs law protecting federal whistleblowers.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/11/president-obama-signs-law-upgrading-whistleblower-protections
When it comes to protecting whistleblowers, President Obama's track record has been fairly bleak. In his first term, he trampled over them on his quest to aggressively prosecute government leakers. But Obama's legacy on the issue may have changed on Tuesday when he signed a law called the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, a far-reaching bill that affords federal whistleblowers a host of new safeguards.



I was curious about this and hadn't seen anyone here talking about it. Sorry if its a repost.

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

1. WOW!

This is great news! I'm surprised it's not getting more attention here.

K & R

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Response to Wind Dancer (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:22 PM

7. Why would it get attention when Glenn Beck is dipping things in pee and every other post is about

Susan Rice.

I mean honestly the top GD threads at this moment are:

1. Rice
2. Rice and Benghazi
3. Alan Grayson (YAY)
4. RICE
5. Some bullshit article about Obama capitulating again
6. Matt Taibbi
7. Porn star
8. Gulf of Mexico
9. VA-GOV story
10. RICE
11. Vibrators....

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:32 PM

2. Despite some honest whistle-blower good intentions, it seems reasonable to speculate that

the whole BushCo environment, which PO entered, would have basically been akin to the Wild West, perhaps even with some whistle-blowers stepping on legal conditions of what could have been the productive effects of other whistle-blowers. Step #1 in trying to bring to effective result from anything that might have been good information coming out of all of those "mavericks" would have been to bring the situation into somekind of stasis, discipline, so that authentic government reform would have a chance to honor the good info by sifting it out of the not-so-good info, outright bad info, or even what could be quick-draw whistle-blowers, produced by a de facto un-regulated environment in which there had to have been at least some CYA going on that manifests as whistle-blowing on whistle-blowers, that is, whistle-blowing squared, or even cubed.

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:33 PM

3. Good. Now he can pardon Bradley Manning

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:35 PM

4. I don't think you should hold your breath

on that one. Truly.

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:46 PM

5. That would be a good start...

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:30 PM

9. Except leaking classified army documents to online entities is capital offense..not whistleblowing.



I mean in all seriousness what Bradley Manning did was the right thing to do, and the way he's treated is abhorrent but lets not pretend what he did is the same as what people who came forward with facts that tobacco companies knew they were killing people..Because they aren't.

Manning was a soldier in our army and used his position to leak thousands of classified documents to a foreign media outlet..

Do you really think he didn't know he was going to be held and tried?

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Response to DFab420 (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:04 PM

15. So? That doesn't prevent Obama from pardoning him.

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:15 PM

6. Doesn't cover those employees of businesses that get govt contracts.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:34 PM

11. Pretty sure there are whistleblowing laws protecting private employees

But I could be wrong

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:25 PM

8. President Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

President Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021890422

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Response to ProSense (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:38 PM

14. Well of course YOU posted something about it haha

But it seems no one else cares about the good things again...

Only took a month this time around..

Setting records here.

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:32 PM

10. Google: Bradley Manning.

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:36 PM

12. Google: Espionage Act of 1917

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:37 PM

13. Or: Article 134 of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice)

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Response to DFab420 (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:16 PM

17. Presidential hypocrisy regarding torture and indefinite detention and whistleblower support promises

 

Hell☠Fawkin☠Bound ‏@HellFawker

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: US violated international law over Manning http://fb.me/2dVTE8e60


This is what he gets for revealing the truth about Bush's war crimes.

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Response to DFab420 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:05 PM

16. I heard that on Democracy Now!

Maybe Thom Hartmann, not sure - but was very happy to learn of it!!!

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