National Security Whistleblowers Are Under Attack & Need Your Help Now!

Tell Your Senators to Oppose Pension-Stripping Bill

actionThe following Action Alert was issued by National Whistleblowers Center today. Every time when I think things couldn’t possibly get any worse, I’m proven wrong and they actually do get worse, and here is a good example: our so called representatives are planning to increase the federal government’s unchecked powers by giving them the right to strip national security whistleblowers of their pensions. In other words, they are bending over backwards to make it easier for federal agencies to punish, penalize and persecute whistleblowers for doing the right thing. Please help our whistleblowers by calling your senators and disseminating the following alert. We need your support and thank you for all you do.

                                                         Sibel Edmonds

Dear Whistleblower Supporters:

 

National security whistleblowers are under attack and need your help now! The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved an anti-whistleblower bill. The committee voted to give the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the heads of other agencies the power to strip whistleblowers of their pensions.

Section 403 of the Intelligence Authorization Act authorizes these officials to strip whistleblowers of their hard-earned federal pensions, simply by being accused, not convicted, of leaking classified information. Every whistleblower will be at risk because ALL most likely will be accused of making improper disclosures. We urge you to join us in opposing S.719 until Section 403 is cut.

TAKE ACTION! Protect whistleblowers' pensions!

Here's how Section 403 works. The head of an employee's agency can simply accuse a whistleblower of leaking classified information and that whistleblower can automatically be stripped of their federal pension, even after they retire.

The whistleblowers who lose their pensions will not be able to take their case to court. Instead, they will be forced to use the DNI's administrative procedures to try to defend themselves. In other words, the DNI will be the prosecutor, the judge and the jury to strip pensions from public servants.

TAKE ACTION! Time is of the Essence!

Stripping pensions based on accusations of classified leaks will be yet another way that the government can legally retaliate against whistleblowers. This is an incredible threat and will have a massive chilling effect on the willingness of employees to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.

TAKE ACTION! Tell your senators to support the Wyden hold!

We are not alone in opposing this unprecedented retaliatory law. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a public hold on S.719 until the anti-whistleblower provision is cut. He made a powerful statement before the Senate explaining why Section 403 is so dangerous.

For more information, tune into Boiling Frogs where Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, is interviewed by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and WBRU Radio Host Peter B. Collins on the pension-stripping provision.

PASS THIS ALERT TO A FRIEND! Please take action and pass this alert on to at least one co-worker, friend, or family member.

Sincerely,

Jane Turner
Former FBI Special Agent, 25-Year Veteran

Director of FBI Oversight, National Whistleblowers Center

 

Sibel Edmonds
Former FBI translator
Founder National Security Whistleblowers Coalition

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  1. Okay friends, we rreally need and count on your support. Please disseminate this.call/e-mail those spineless sold-out senators, and pressure the media to cover this new attack-one more way to persecute whistleblowers for truth telling. Thank you!

  2. theepitbull says:

    Broadcasting/Pounding @ The Ominous Parallels 😉

    http://theominousparallels.blogspot.com/2011/05/national-security-whistleblowers.html

    (((3)))

  3. jschoneboom says:

    Wrote to my senators and passed it on to a bunch of people! Thanks for the heads-up. It’s par for the course but still unnerving that this kind of thing gets slipped into bills and merits next to no coverage in the mainstream media. It’s not like I expect anything different, but isn’t it strange how so many people don’t even notice that we are living in an actual Orwellian nightmare world?

  4. Not strange at all. The unremitting and totally pervasive mind control technology now blanketing the formerly free world is causing a total disconnect from reality for all those who ignored previous appeals to get out in time. The few resistors still capable of thinking straight are at this point are telling themselves that there must be some mistake, that the nightmare is temporary. Tis not.
    This event is a logical and predictable result of whistleblowers not following along with the course of the game. When the ante is upped, you have to see, raise, or fold. Raising is the only recourse. Blow the whole thing sky high now, and hope(pray preferably) for the best, or fold em SE…may not be fair, not saying it’s easy, but hey, it is what it is. In for a penny, in for a pound.

  5. jschoneboom says:

    Yeah I know. But I still call it strange. It may be normal, usual, regular, unsurprising, and predictable. But seeing otherwise intelligent and sensitive people passively watch it unfold and not even notice it or just think it’s someone else’s problem is still strange, at least to me. People tend not to notice things until it’s too late (i.e., until it affects them VERY directly).

  6. j kanarcho says:

    An article worth reading in the New Yorker on Obama’s war on whistleblowers:

    http://is.gd/5MxWi5

  7. lightviperr says:

    The media will not report on anything that’s contrary to the narrative they’ve built up over the years. This is the primary reason why the media fails to identify corruption in the context of 9/11, Iraq, and WMD’s. If whistleblowers do come out they will just be discounted as Bush haters or crazies. If the media’s facts are based on fallacies then inevitably it will be filtered through that prism. Therefore, anything that’s contrary to their faulty evidence will just be disregarded. I really don’t know how this can be solved. However, I’m still willing, and do try to change it.

  8. @jschoneboom: On behalf of all our WBs-Thank you!

    @j kanarcho: I read it this morning; so very angry-so very depressed. I’m writing a brief piece on that. Thank you for sharing it here.

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