Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Update on Whistleblower Protection

Remember this, from back in early January?

"The breeding ground for all of that corruption is secrecy."

Here's a story that probably went under your radar. I know it did mine. It seems that the Whistleblower Protection Act, which would finally have ensured real legal rights to federal employees who dare to speak up about the bad stuff they see on the job, which had virtually unanimous support in both houses of Congress, was killed by … an anonymous hold, placed by a lone Senator.

Yes. "Virtually" here means "everyone except that one cowardly Senator." Who we don't know for sure is a Republican, but I know how I'm betting.

That post went on to offer a segment from On The Media featuring Tom Devine, Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project, and then finished thus:

In case you missed it at the end of that clip, GAP is now asking for help, in conjunction with OTM, in determining who the anonymous Senator is.

Through the efforts of OTM listeners, we're now down to five Senators who won't give an answer: David Vitter (R-LA), James Risch (R-ID), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY). If one of those is a Senator of yours, you may wish to pitch in on the effort to get them to make a statement.

Also, for your listening pleasure, here is Bob Garfield, co-host of OTM, as a guest on the Leonard Lopate show, yesterday (via):

The whole thing is about 37 minutes long. The whistleblower discussion is the main topic, and it's at the start. Stay tuned at the end to hear Bob's take on Glenn Beck, the sale of the HuffPo, etc.

If you'd rather, you can download an MP3 at the above link.

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