By James E. Horn
Does anyone ever wonder about whistleblowers being mostly long-time gov ernment employees who’ve been around long enough to take their pensions and leave? [Which I did after I blew the whistle on a huge multi-million fraud.] Why not younger people blowing the whistle?
Typically a whistleblower in any federal agency can or will be subjected to intimidation and/or threats usually about losing their jobs, being suspended for long terms without pay, being demoted, losing their security clearances and access to their work spaces, facing a future without promotions or pay raises regardless of their quality of work – their merit performance, and more. It’s real and it’s clearly RETALIATION.
It can go even further with physical assaults on themselves or even family members. It can even resut in their deaths like DNC worker, Seth Rich, DHS’ Phil Haney, Andrew Breitbart’s mysterious death, or seversal dozen folks associated with Hillary Clinton. In all of these cases, the FBI investigations came up with nothing (covering up) proving that the FBI is worthless.
When someone is threatening or exposing waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, the ‘deep state’, swamp critters, bad actors, criminals, etc., they place themselves in jeopardy, sometimes serious or deadly jeopardy.
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA) is supposed to offer protection for whistleblowers. Additionally, Executive Order No. 13526 provides details with several subsections covering both civilian and military ‘protections’ and ‘limitations’ regarding whistleblowering. Toothless, they don’t work.
Presently, thugs are sitting in the top echelons of our government. These thugs are largely in charge and are running amok because our Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) haven’t gotten their stuff together to serve we-the-people or to properly protect Whistle Blowers. The present House has (not much credit to McCarthy) gotten its stuff somewhat together and are holding hearings on White House corruption, Censorship, and a few other things that matter.
The present session of the house is the only thing keeping our Republic afloat.
The current Whistle Blower laws, rules, protections, and regulations need to be either scrapped or seriously worked over. Whistle blower protection must be addressed. Retaliation must be addressed:
Guarantees of no loss of position, no lost security clearances, denied access to workspace, etc.; No firing, no pay freezes, no suspensions without pay, etc. Protection may be provided when an employee faces dangerous retaliation from ranking federal officials or thugs.
Rewards such as the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service or other appropriate Congressional medals and financial rewards or bonuses are in order to show appreciation of whistleblower sacrifices and/or service.