Thanks in part to the strong support of President Obama, there finally has been some progress on protections for federal whistleblowers. But at the same time, secrecy in the national security state is growing and threatening whistleblowers, the media, and freedom of speech.
Tell President Obama It’s Time to Shrink the National Security State
The President deserves credit for helping to enact the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and issuing a directive to protect some national security and intelligence community whistleblowers for the first time. But the Obama Administration also has taken actions to undermine those same protections. There have been unprecedented prosecutions of so-called “leakers” under the Espionage Act. Also, a loophole supported by the Administration allows agencies to cancel due process and strip whistleblower rights in the name of national security without appeal or oversight.
In fact, the Obama administration is at odds with itself over whistleblowers. While the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, and the Office of Personnel Management are making it easier to silence and retaliate against national security whistleblowers, government watchdog agencies such as the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit System Protections Board—each led by Obama appointees—are objecting to the national security loopholes for whistleblower protections.
A new film called The War on Whistleblowers: Free Speech and the National Security State tells the stories of four whistleblowers who were silenced and the journalists who were finally able to get their voices heard.
In the spirit of the film, the Make It Safe Coalition is asking people to stand up and demand that Obama end the war on whistleblowers and the threats to our free speech in the name of national security.
Sign our petition to President Obama urging accountability in the national security state and strong protections for whistleblowers.
Make It Safe Coalition
We the undersigned urge you to fulfill your commitment to protect those who risk their careers to legally report fraud, waste, and abuse in government—including in the national security and intelligence communities. We urge you to rein in the undue secrecy in the name of national security. We urge you to support your own appointees at good government agencies who are fighting to fulfill that commitment. In every administration there are policy conflicts, but we urge you to renew your prior leadership on government openness and accountability.