Yesterday, as some of you may know, the Washington Post ran an ill-informed editorial criticizing House Congressional leaders for their inclusion of a government employee whistleblower rights provision in the economic stimulus bill that they passed the House of Representatives last week. (see response to the editorial) The Washington Post says that including whistleblower provisions in the legislation was "disengenous," and that whistleblower protection for national security employees is "just plain wrong;" however, it's the Washington Post that is wrong on this issue.
We are very close to a major victory for employee whistleblowers, and we cannot give in. There are many so called leaders in this country who would rather honest employees keep their mouths shut, bury their heads in the sand, and ignore unethical and illegal actions in the workplace. We have seen that they are determined to fight our efforts to protect these brave individuals - But this time we will not be defeated. Right now our country needs whistleblowers more than ever. The will of the American people, and hopefully the will of the Obama administration is on our side.
Whistleblower support and advocacy groups have put together a point-by-point response to the editorial, which you can view here.