Government Accountability Project
Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing whistleblowers’ disclosures and developing legal reforms, our mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability.
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Protect Federal Whistleblowers: Sign the Petition Today!
Protect Federal Whistleblowers: Sign the Petition Today! Just in the past year alone, government whistleblowers have exposed abuse of migrants in detention centers, risks to food safety from contaminated pork, efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into a presidential candidate, and problems with the government’s response to the coronavirus. Whistleblowers are essential to a functional and informed democracy and an accountable government, but they don’t have the protection they deserve. The current law that protects the rights of federal employees to disclose waste, fraud, abuse and threats to public health and safety is dangerously weak. Federal employees are vulnerable to retaliation at a time when the public needs information provided by whistleblowers more than ever. Sign the petition demanding better protections for government whistleblowers now. The Problem & The Solution Congress passed the landmark Whistleblower Protection Act in 1978 and updated the law through the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) in 2012. But critical reforms are needed to make whistleblower protection a reality. An updated WPEA must: Grant employees the right to a jury trial in federal court; Give whistleblowers the right to challenge retaliatory investigations; Extend temporary relief to whistleblowers whenever they prove a prima facie case of retaliation (i.e., when they have met their burden of proof in support of every element of their whistleblower retaliation claim); Extend whistleblower rights beyond protection from workplace retaliation, giving whistleblowers a legal defense against civil or criminal liability (protections which currently exist in the European Union and Ukraine). The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act will continue to be a source of false hope until it is strong enough to enforce its mandate. Only when these reforms are made will we ensure those who defend the public have a fair chance to defend themselves. Support truth-tellers by adding your name to this Open Letter to the President and Congress urging better protections for the whistleblowers who protect all of us.
Demand Accountability for the Selective Prosecution of NSA Whistleblower Tom Drake
Tom Drake is a former National Security Agency (NSA) employee who discovered massive waste, corruption, and illegality at the agency. He used all the available legal and proper channels to fight the wrongdoing. Now the federal government is prosecuting him under the Espionage Act, and he's facing 35 years in prison. A military veteran with intelligence experience, Drake discovered the NSA's use of a data collection program that was costly, threatening to Americans’ privacy rights, and wholly undeveloped, despite the availability of a cost-effective, functional alternative that respected Americans’ privacy. He did everything by the book, raising concerns through official channels first -- including senior NSA management, the Defense Department's inspector general, and Congress. His concerns were ignored. Drake started, legally, communicating with a reporter -- never sharing any classified information whatsoever. A series of articles exposed this billion-dollar affront to privacy rights. Now, Drake is being prosecuted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Espionage Act for retaining -- not leaking -- classified information. The criminal prosecution of Tom Drake is selective and retaliatory. With this action, the DOJ is sending a clear message to federal whistleblowers: Expose corruption and risk your liberty. Lend your voice to help Tom Drake, who risked his liberty to protect your rights. The Government Accountability Project (GAP) represents Drake on whistleblower issues, and we are asking you sign the petition below -- targeting the Attorney General and heads of the Congressional Judiciary Committees -- demanding to know why the Justice Department is selectively prosecuting him for protecting Americans and exposing gross waste. Drake's trial starts on June 13. On Friday, June 3*, GAP will hand deliver this petition, along with your signatures, to the five people who can make a difference in this case. (* The original deadline of May 27 has been extended due to related developments - see updates below!). · Eric Holder, Attorney General · Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Senate Judiciary Committees Chairman · Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member · Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) House Judiciary Committee Chairman · Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Holder heads the Justice Department and has the power to drop the prosecution and, the Judiciary Committees can provide desperately needed oversight to the Justice Department's handling of this case. Help us demand accountability and an explanation for why Tom Drake is being selectively prosecuted for his brave actions.