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View Diary: Part II: NSA Whistleblowers Asked Supreme Court to Review Warrantless Wiretapping (57 comments)

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  •  Do you have a scenario in which you'd agree (3+ / 0-)
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    there's an ethical way to expose genuinely sensitive and secret information of corrupt practices within government?

    These 'rules' work when the government is trustworthy and behaves according to wishes of citizens.  When those in government offices, operating with the shield of secrecy, commit high crimes and even treason, and regular channels of appeal are complicit or unresponsive, what options are there for someone hoping to expose hidden evil and ensure it is stopped?

    Choosing the trustworthy, reliable 3rd party in which to confide is where care indeed is needed.  I'm not sure how reliable and trustworthy our papers of record and major news outlets are these days and how in bed with the government they are.  What are reasonable options?  Lawyers?  Academics?  Clergy? Retired Generals?

    Whistle-blowers probably need a witness protection program since there are likely large monied interests involved and big money can be an incentive to murder.

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    by antirove on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 07:30:55 AM PDT

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    •  Can't answer for AmericanIdeal... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...but I can say, as a government employee, there are quite a few routes I could take to expose a crime.  I'd start with the person's boss, and if that didn't get traction, I'd talk to the OIG.

      And if that STILL didn't work, there's GSA, etc.  Or, hell, calling FBI or my elected representatives.

      There are very few crimes that would involve government as a whole so deeply that there would be no route open to me to resolve them.

      I've worked both in government and the private sector, by the way.  I can tell you which one is far more involved with keeping its nose clean and legal.

      •  Drake to his concerns everywhere in government (5+ / 0-)

        As the New York Times explains:

        He took his concerns everywhere inside the secret world: to his bosses, to the agency's inspector general, to the Defense Department's inspector general and to the Congressional intelligence committees.

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        by Jesselyn Radack on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 09:29:36 AM PDT

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      •  As someone who also worked in to govt. (4+ / 0-)
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        and became a whistleblower after going through my boss, the head of the agency and the Inspector General--and as someone who now represents whistleblowers--the efficacy of the internal procedures is the exception, not the rule.

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        by Jesselyn Radack on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 09:31:23 AM PDT

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