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DOJ opposes national security whistleblower protections

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I am the "poster child" of what federal employees can expect if they have the courage to blow the whistle on waste, fraud or abuse – a lost career with the inability to wage a meaningful legal challenge. I believe my former Commander, Lt. General Carl Strock, got it right when, during his weekly staff meeting of his office chiefs, top military officers and senior executives, he announced, in my presence, that the Corps had a "whistleblower," but that there was no need for concern because the system would take care of itself.

    - Bunnatine Greenhouse, USACE whistleblower

"Protecting those in government who honor their duties to serve and warn the public" is the goal of the Make It Safe Coalition, a "non-partisan, trans-ideological network of 50 organizations whose members pursue a wide variety of missions that span defense, homeland security, medical care, natural disasters, scientific freedom, consumer hazards, and corruption in government contracting and procurement," writes Tom Devine.

As of this morning, 286 NGO’s, community organizations and corporations have signed a letter to President Obama and Congress to give those who defend the public the right to defend themselves through the same model as HR 1507 -- no loopholes, best practices free speech rights enforced through full access to court for all employees paid by the taxpayers.

    – Thomas Devine, Government Accountability Project

I urge all Americans to add their voices to those of the 286.

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