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July 03, 2006

Naming Names: Whistleblowers' Dirty Dozen

Larry Johnson, former CIA Agent and one of the great Speak-Truth-To-Power folks of our generation, has a post up at Booman Tribune on behalf of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. 

The National Security Whistleblowers Coalition National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), founded in August 2004, is an independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation's security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation's borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and in some cases criminal conduct. The NSWBC is dedicated to aiding national security whistleblowers through a variety of methods, including advocacy of governmental and legal reform, educating the public concerning whistleblowing activity, provision of comfort and fellowship to national security whistleblowers suffering retaliation and other harms, and working with other public interest organizations to affect goals defined in the NSWBC mission statement.

Johnson says that the NSWBC has identified a dozen members of Congress who "by their action or inaction, have stood against real investigations, hearings, and legislation dealing with government whistleblowers who have exposed fraud, waste, abuse, and/or criminal activities within government agencies. These representatives of the People are not only standing against whistleblowers, but against the public's right to know, effective oversight, accountability, and ultimately against the democratic processes that underpin our society ".

The dirty dozen are:

Senator Hillary Clinton Democrat - New York Armed Services Committee
Senator Mike DeWine Republican - Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee
Rep. David Dreier  Republican - California House Rules Committee
Rep. Dennis Hastert Republican - Illinois Speaker of the House
Senator Orrin Hatch Republican - Utah Republican-Senate Judiciary Committee
Rep. Peter Hoekstra Republican- Michigan Committee on Intelligence
Senator Jon Kyl Republican - Arizona- Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Joseph Lieberman Connecticut Democrat- Homeland Security Committee
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger- Maryland Democrat Gov. Reform Committee
Senator Rick Santorum- Pennsylvania Republican Senate Finance Committee
Rep. James Sensenbrenner - Wisconsin  House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Mark Souder- Republican - Indiana Gov. Reform Committee

Here's more: 

We, the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, together with whistleblower members of our partner coalitions, consider it our duty to advise Americans of these representatives' collusion with government and private interests to the detriment of the People. Our position is based on our concern for our nation's security, for accountable government, and the People's Right to Know what their representatives and government are doing in their name, all of which depend on vigorous congressional oversight. Our stand is not based on any political ideology or party – our coalition members include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents. We do not ask you to vote for or against these individuals; nor do we ask you to choose a particular candidate over another. All we ask is that before you decide, you consider the true positions of these representatives with regard to their lack of candor or courage on core issues that matter to our country's well-being. Over the years, time and again we have informed these representatives about illegal government actions, agency fraud, and lying to Congress by administrators and bureaucrats. Yet these representatives have consistently refused to take any action and have instead betrayed the People they have taken an oath to serve. We hope that by appealing directly to the American people, we can help bring about needed reforms, since we have proven unsuccessful in our appeals to the following representatives.

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 3, 2006 at 11:07 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


get out of bed with Joe, Hillary.

Posted by: howieinseattle | Jul 4, 2006 6:35:30 AM

Yep! It was a shocker to find her name on the list. However, this is people power in action. Unearthing what is really going on and getting it out there.

Posted by: Lynn | Jul 4, 2006 7:50:22 AM

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