Thank President Obama for Protecting Whistle-Blowers

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Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Applaud decision to increase protection for federal whistle-blowers

President Barack Obama recently signed a new law that will increase the protections given to federal whistle-blowers. Individuals who expose fraud, waste, abuse and unlawful acts in government operations will be able to do so with less worry of retaliation from their employers, coworkers and supervisors. While whistle-blowers have long been protected, previous laws contained loopholes that allowed their employers to seek retribution despite the whistle-blower’s protected status.

Years of court rulings created loopholes in previous whistle-blower protection laws. Each time the court made a decision to circumvent a set of protections, it created a precedent that made it easier to circumvent the law in other similar incidents. As these precedents piled up the original intent of the law degraded. President Obama’s new law closed these loopholes, and once again made it safe for whistle-blowers to speak out against the unlawful acts of their employers.

Written into the new law is specific protections for federal employees who are particularly venerable to whistle-blower retaliation. Among this group are government scientists. Previously, such scientists had difficultly fighting censorship that was imposed on them by their employers. The new law will make it easier for them to fight censorship, and to make sure that important information is made public.

Sign the petition below, and thank President Barack Obama for creating new protections for federal whistle-blowers. It is important that employees feel comfortable reporting unlawful behavior of their employers. This law will help ensure that federal operations stay moral and lawful.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Barack Obama,

Thank you for signing the whistle-blower bill to increase the protections given to federal whistle-blowers. By closing the loopholes in previous whistle-blower protection laws, you are allowing federal employees to report unlawful actions of their employers with less fear of retaliation.

Whistle-blowers are important to ensuring the moral and lawful actions of government operations. These brave individuals deserve protection when they come forward to speak out against their employers. When whistle-blowers are unfairly punished it discourages others from coming forward, and increases the likelihood that unlawful actions will continue to take place. Thank you for signing this important bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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