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Obama will now NOT protect Whistle Blowers.

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Obama Trashes Whistle Blower Protection for Federal Employees

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President Barack Obama issued a one-page memorandum on January 25, five days after the inauguration. The memo told the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish new mandates that would allow federal agencies to terminate employment of staffers without appeal if their work can be deemed as 'national security sensitive.'


Thousands of federal positions would be negatively affected by the rule if it were to go into effect. The rule would encompass any jobs involving public safety or law enforcement duties. Anyone who works for an office that has an inspector general and individual who is a member of the federal law enforcement officers association would be affected by the proposed rule.

Whistle Blower Advocacy groups like the Washington D.C. based Government Accountability Project (GAP) say that that the Obama administration, who has prosecuted more federal employees under the World War I era espionage act for leaking information to the press, could use this rule to further intimidate federal workers from stepping forward with claims of misconduct in the government.

Anyone within the Department of Justice or U.S. Attorneys Office, as well as any jobs relevant to the nation's borders, would be affected by the President's memo. Any government employee who has direct involvement with diplomatic relations or negotiations would be included too.

"The [job description] that's the broadest and I'm quoting directly from the rules is ‘positions involving independent responsibility for planning or approving continuity of government operations.' That's any job in the government that's significant," said Tom Devine legal director of GAP, to Breitbart News on Thursday.

The president's memo was released one day after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a decision (Berry v. Conyers) made by the court in August that gave the federal government the power to fire thousands of employees without cause or the ability to appeal. The full court will rehear the case of Berry v. Conyers later this year.

"The proposed rule doesn't include a gag order but the proposed rule says no federal employees can defend themselves under civil service law. This includes the list of (civil) protections. If employees are removed, agencies don't have to explain themselves, when they say ‘You're no longer suitable for a sensitive position.' It's all in-house," said Devine.

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) passed Congress almost four months ago. The law, according to GAP was aimed at protecting federal employees from reprisal if they do not reveal misconduct first; reveal misconduct to fellow staffers or supervisors; reveal the consequences of a policy decision; or blowing the whistle on their employer as they carry out their daily tasks.

President Obama also issued a policy directive last November that created whistle blower rights for intelligence community workers who cooperate within institutional channels.

However, as questions surrounding President Obama's national security policies began to peak, and his appointments for Secretary of Defense and CIA Chief were criticized, the White House smashed an iron fist on the possibility that government leakers could talk about the attack onthe U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya or the administration's drone program.

"Over time the deference to national security has expanded, so it's now subsuming and canceling out all of the other earlier transparency commitments, and this is a prime example of it," said Devine.

In fact, as members of Congress are calling on Benghazi survivors to give their stories, if Obama's new rule is ultimately instituted, these individuals could be fired immediately.

"[Benghazi Survivors] could be fired without explanation for cooperating with Congressional oversight on Benghazi, and they would lose their access to the whistle blower protection act to defend themselves," said Devine.

The federal government could designate virtually any position in the government as being a "national security" job. If the proposed rule succeeds, the administration will replace the professional civil service system that's been in effect since 1883 with a "national security spoils system," as Devine calls it.

Senator Charles Grassley (R - IA), co - author of the WPEA legislation, told Bloomberg News that Obama "in many instances has sought to silence whistle-blowers."

by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Why is that an acceptable excuse for some to allow the continuation of unethical and/or shady behavior by our government? Obama promised to CHANGE Washington, not maintain the slimy status quo.


Quoting stormcris:

They protect themselves and it has always been such.


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stormcris
by Christy on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

It isn't.

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Why is that an acceptable excuse for some to allow the continuation of unethical and/or shady behavior by our government? Obama promised to CHANGE Washington, not maintain the slimy status quo.


Quoting stormcris:

They protect themselves and it has always been such.



pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

 Well, that is where we are all wrong. He promised change and he gave it to us. His change was to make his administration slimier, spend more money than any other presidency and make his administration the least transparent of any other administration. 


Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Why is that an acceptable excuse for some to allow the continuation of unethical and/or shady behavior by our government? Obama promised to CHANGE Washington, not maintain the slimy status quo.


Quoting stormcris:

They protect themselves and it has always been such.



 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

1 man can not change an entire system- anyone who believes that missed (and must have failed) the entire premise of the 3 part, balanced system.


elarsen4eva
by New Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM
I know right :/


Quoting pvtjokerus:

 Now, now, now....you are making too much sense.  That is not allowed anyone under the Obama Rule.




Quoting elarsen4eva:

That man makes me want to puke. When will he and the rest of the government figure out that we do not live in or want to live in a monarchy??? I think the government needs a complete overhaul. I'm talking complete. Out with all the old, all of it. in with the new. And no the old doesn't continue to get paid a million freakin dollars like they do now. Being a part of congress and being president is a privlege (sp?) Only get paid when actually working and only maybe $20/hour (but not hourly or they would never figure anything out they would just sit there and get paid



 


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