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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:02 PM

39. Agreed, leveymg. It is a shame that people have to violate the law just to get the truth out there.

Our government should have the courage to own up to its mistakes without people having to violate the law. Whistleblowers can and do go to jail for telling the truth. It must be a terrible internal struggle to decide whether to break the law and tell or break a moral code and remain silent. We should not place people in the position to have to make that choice in the first place.

The sad thing is that our government needs to have the right to keep some secrets. But, as with so many things, when it goes to extremes and keeps things as "secrets" that the voters should know, then individuals who cannot see the broad picture, feel compelled by their consciences to disclose what is sometimes an ugly truth.

The responsibility for deciding what really should be kept secret and what should not lies with the government. When we have so much whistleblowing, it is a sign that the government is not making good decisions in this area.

Again, dishonesty and cowardice in our government are portrayed as the fault of aberrant, law-breaking, whistleblowing individuals. And the worst of it is that whistleblowers are breaking the law. They really are, and they usually know it when they do it. Our government puts them in that position -- in which they are torn between two conflicting obligations.

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