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GAP Legal Director Tom Devine '80 Publishes Editorial in The Guardian

Wednesday, April 17, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project Legal Director and '80 alum, published an editorial in The Guardian on President Obama's contradictory stance on whistleblowing.

Tom Devine writes, "The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) provides unprecedented employment protections. No other president has come close to President Obama on strengthening whistleblower job rights. Thanks to him, even national security workers now have in-house free speech rights. These breakthroughs last year were enormous wins after decades of resistance.

Tom Devine
Simultaneously, the Obama administration has attacked more national security whistleblowers as Espionage Act criminals than all previous administrations combined, lumping them in with spies. The WPEA provides on-the-job protections, but does nothing against retaliatory prosecutions.

While they are the fewest in numbers, we need national security whistleblowers the most. They expose the worst abuses of power: blanket illegal wiretapping, human rights abuses, military murder of journalists and war crimes."

Read the full editorial in The Guardian, "Obama's dangerously contradictory stance on whistleblowing"


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