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  •  This may be long, sorry.... (5+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, silence, second gen, cynndara, Clio2

    Every Federal civilian employee has the same basic rights as every other American.  There are restrictions, such as running for public office and open displays of political material - pins, buttons, posters, and the like.

    But if I, as a Federal worker, want to attend a rally it's perfectly legal for me to do so.  If, however, I want to speak at that rally I need to have it cleared in advance.  If I do end up making an unplanned speech or interview, I am required to ensure that everybody knows I am NOT representing my agency and that I'm speaking as an individual.  And them, I'm required to report the exchange.

    None of this is problematic.  It allows us to be politically active while preventing us from imposing our views on co-workers or from appearing to be speaking on behalf of the government when we are not authorized to do so.

    Regarding classified info, I don't really understand the outrage in this diary.  If anybody wants to access, print, share, copy, etc., the WikiLeaks memos well knock yourself out.  But please don't go getting all outraged when the Federal government decides they don't like that you did so and won't give you a job as a result.  The choice is yours to make; don't be outrage if that choice has consequences.

    "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

    by IndieGuy on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 11:58:08 AM PST

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    •  That's the generic "you" not, you know... "YOU". (0+ / 0-)

      "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

      by IndieGuy on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 11:59:19 AM PST

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    •  Tipped for good info (1+ / 0-)
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      even though I disagree strongly with the last graf.

    •  Okay (0+ / 0-)

      but the job at the State Dept is that of a diplomat. Being diplomatic requires a certain amount of openness and honesty. By telling students that want to work as diplomats that they can not talk about what is openly being discussed in the papers and classrooms is not only antithetical to a free and open democracy, it seems to me also a said example of government censorship.

      •  I do understand this point, but just want to (2+ / 0-)
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        remind you that the diplomat is first and foremost a government employee.

        As a diplomat, (s)he is entrusted with some extremely sensitive information.  Do you really want to entrust that information to somebody who may decide that in their opinion it's not really all that sensitive, and that they can just make up their own rules?  I don't.

        "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

        by IndieGuy on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 12:18:16 PM PST

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        •  okay (1+ / 0-)
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          but if the information is already out in the public, it is no long sensitive information. And the fact that college students are debating this information should not be held against the student years later.

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