Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Protect whistleblowers and encourage reporting of wrongdoing in corporate America
In our nation, ninety percent of whistleblowers get fired or demoted for their honesty. NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has fled the country. If we want people to keep stepping up when they see a violation of our rights or corruption happening in their workplace, we need to give them a sense of security. Please sign this petition if you agree that more protection should be given to all whistleblowers.
In his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised that he would “strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government”. Four years later and he is lauding efforts to put a stop to federal leaks. In fact, he is considered the most aggressive president ever when it comes to prosecuting whistleblowers. No whistleblower has ever been praised by the president since his election, and his Insider Threat Program tends to treat all potential whistleblowers like potential traitors. Federal employees can be prosecuted themselves if they do not report suspicious behavior in a colleague. That colleague, if reported, may be dubbed a “high risk” person by the government or accused of espionage.
He promised he would give whistleblowers greater protection. Instead, he had made blowing the whistle even more damaging to one’s career and reputation than it was before.
A former employee in the Office of the State Attorney in Jacksonville, Fla. was fired after he testified that the prosecution in the Zimmerman case was withholding evidence. If he could go back, do you think he would testify against the prosecution again, knowing that he would lose what was likely his only source of income in the process? Lend your voice to those who wish to support and encourage potential whistleblowers in this country.
Dear President Obama,
Four years ago, you promised to enact laws that would grant great protection to federal whistleblowers. Instead, you’ve made it even more difficult. Now, potential whistleblowers have to deal with the fallout from their superiors and from the government. Tell me, if you caught Snowden, what would you do to him? Would you praise him for doing what he believed to be his patriotic duty? Or would you persecute him for “aiding the enemy”?
Whistleblowers should be encouraged. Making them more afraid will only force them to run from the government or worse, they won’t expose the fraud, waste, and corruption they see, because they are too afraid of being accused of espionage or of being considered a “high risk” person to do so.
Please grant whistleblowers the protection you promised them four years ago.
[Your Name Here]
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