RTAmerica on Feb 22, 2012
From Thomas Drake to Bradley Manning, many whistleblowers have faced retaliation for revealing controversial government information. Last week the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises passed a bill that weakens the protection for whistleblowers. The bill involves the whistleblower to meet the company in question before going to a regulatory agency. Then the agency would inform the entity being suspect of wrong doing before any enforcement action is taken. Sibel Edmonds, editor of Boiling Frogs Post, gives us a firsthand perspective for the war against whistleblowers.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2012
White House Hypocrisy On ‘Aggressive Journalism’
CazyDayz on Feb 23, 2012
Carney began today’s briefing by praising journalists who have died covering the unrest in Syria: Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik as well as Anthony Shadid.)
TAPPER: The White House keeps praising these journalists who are — who’ve been killed —
CARNEY: I don’t know about “keep” — I think –
TAPPER: You’ve done it, Vice President Biden did it in a statement. How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court?
You’re — currently I think that you’ve invoked it the sixth time, and before the Obama administration, it had only been used three times in history. You’re — this is the sixth time you’re suing a CIA officer for allegedly providing information in 2009 about CIA torture. Certainly that’s something that’s in the public interest of the United States. The administration is taking this person to court. There just seems to be disconnect here. You want aggressive journalism abroad; you just don’t want it in the United States.