Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Protecting whistle blowers

Project on Government Oversight

Though the Whistleblower Protection Act is weak, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) is even worse. One of the most serious problems with it is that an employee or contractor of the CIA who wants to report wrongdoing cannot go to congressional intelligence committees without the CIA director giving him or her "direction on how to contact the intelligence committees in accordance with appropriate security practices." Problem with this is that the CIA director might not want Congress to look into the allegations of wrongdoing by the CIA whistleblower.

If we want to end the practice of anonymous sources, and I hope we do, then we need to offer meaningful protection for whistle blowers.

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