Sen. Ben Cardin [D, MD], the former Chairman of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, has reintroduced a bill from late last session that would make it a felony for government employees and contractors to disclose any information in violation of their nondisclosure agreements, regardless of whether or not the information was leaked for the greater good of the American public.
If it wasn't for whistle-blowers we would certainly not be where we are now. With real journalism on the decline, and people like Army Pfc. Bradley Manning being held in solitary confinement for allegedly leaking the truth about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, protecting the rights of whistle-blowers have become more important than ever before. But Cardin's bill doesn't just target whistle-blowers, it targets America's access to the truth.
Tell Cardin to withdraw this bill ASAP, before he puts the chill on free speech and government accountablility.