Podcast Show #79

The Boiling Frogs Presents Peter Van Buren

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This is Part VII of our interview series on the Makings of a Police State. You can listen to previous segments here.

Peter Van Buren joins us to discuss the Obama administration’s unprecedented persecution and prosecution of government whistleblowers, and how the has already charged more people under the Espionage Act for alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined. He talks about the retaliation he has experienced as the only Foreign Service Officer ever to have written a critical book about the State Department while still employed there, including the suspension of his security clearance, demotion, and being placed under surveillance at work.

PeterVanBurenVan Buren served with the Foreign Service for over two decades and worked as a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) leader in Iraq. In September 2011, he released a book about his experiences, titled: We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. After the book’s publication, the State Department suspended Van Buren’s security clearance indefinitely.


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  1. avatar dutchbradt says:

    The phenomenon of retaliation against “whistleblowers” (a more accurate term is probably “truth-tellers”) is not confined to the federal government. It is accepted practice in EVERY organization, public or private. The mob is an organization providing the rawest and clear-cut example of this. Telling truth to power (violating the omerta) will always result in reprisals from those who have been embarrassed. Truth-telling is always dangerous. At the very least it is a career ender. No one will hire a snitch. If we as a society want more of the truth we must actively protect those willing to reveal it. That protection must include monetary compensation to off-set the future loss of income and/or guarantees against being fired.

    Where government has found it can save or recover money, it has shown that it is willing to protect those who uncover frauds. The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act have been very effective at rewarding citizens who rat-out employers and associates who have cheated the government. Billions have been recovered and shared with those uncovering the fraud. If these protections could somehow be extended to those who reveal non-monetary misdeed much progress could be made toward open government.

  2. avatar jschoneboom says:

    Very nice interview. Peter Van Buren is a very engaging speaker, with a great attitude and a great sense of humor. (and god knows he’ll need them!) ;-)

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