A Hearing on Whistleblowers

The House Government Reform Committee held an extraordinary hearing yesterday on the vulnerabilities of national security whistleblowers who challenge what they see as agency misconduct.

“Breaking bureaucratic ranks to speak unpleasant and unwelcome truths takes courage and risks invoking the wrath of those with the power and motive to shoot the messenger,” said Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), who chaired the hearing.

In an unusual move, Chairman Shays gave pride of place to several whistleblowers who testified in the first panel of the hearing, while agency representatives waited to testify in the third panel.

All of the prepared testimony may be found here.

Today, “there are no meaningful protections for [national security] whistleblowers,” wrote former FBI linguist Sibel Edmonds in response to a New York Times op-ed last week by DCIA Porter Goss.

See “Porter Goss’ Op-ed: ‘Ignotum per Ignotius’!” by Sibel Edmonds, February 11.

“Ignotum per ignotius” is a Latin expression referring to an explanation which is harder to understand than that which it is meant to explain.

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  1. Brendan February 15, 2006 at 5:44 PM #

    Those who uncover the corruptions and the wrongdoings of the government should be entitled to protection for reasons stated by Rep. Christopher Shays. It does come as a shock that this kind of threat may exist to those who are called “whistleblowers”. If one would have to endure these hardships due to their patriotic duty, and these types of threats are so widely communicated by those within the ranks of government, there should indeed be protections for these individuals. There is although a major difference between uncovering corruption and unfair exploitation or the assisination of one’s character. The issue of National Security is obvious and still has and should always have a moral and Democratic sense.

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