Peter Suderman over at Reason Magazine has a useful reminder today on how the Obama administration promised to protect whistleblowers but has done quite the opposite and has developed into the most aggressive of administrations in pursuing federal employees who talk out of turn.
The administration pledged to “empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance.”
Suderman quotes Edward Wasserman, a journalism professor at Washington & Lee University. “Prosecutors aren’t hassling reporters as they once did. Thanks to the post-9/11 explosion in government intercepts, electronic surveillance, and data capture of all imaginable kinds — the NSA is estimated to have intercepted 15-20 trillion communications in the past decade — the secrecy police have vast new ways to identify leakers.”