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.
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
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."