There has been a flurry of legislation regarding the rights of federal whistleblowers. A bill is heading to President Obama’s desk that expands the rights of federal whistleblowers except for those working in areas of intelligence and national security.
However, the Intelligence Authorization Bill that came before the Senate last week could negate that directive.
I am concerned that [certain provisions in the bill] will lead to less-informed public debate about national security issues, and also undermine the due process rights of intelligence agency employees, without actually enhancing national security.
Specifically, Senator Wyden says the bill would prevent the flow of unclassified intelligence information to the press, and potentially make it easier to punish leakers.
Have you ever blown the whistle on government corruption or mismanagement? What questions do you have about the rights of whistleblowers in the intelligence community?
- Senator Ron Wyden
- Angela Canterbury: Director of Public Policy for the Project on Government Oversight
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016