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Diane Gurman's picture

Whistleblower protection

Dear COL,

Regarding the recent discussion on whistleblower protections or the lack thereof (which I received via email but could not find on ALA Connect), I wanted to provide a link to an opinion piece from today's NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/opinion/silencing-the-whistle-blowers.html?hp&_r=0

An excerpt:

"...during Mr. Obama’s first term, a record number of national security officials were prosecuted for allegedly leaking classified information to the press, a zeal that continues today, with aggressive tactics employed to locate officials who leaked information to Fox News and The Associated Press.

The administration apparently strongly supports whistle-blower rights — except when that support collides with its desire to appease the national security establishment."

 

I know ALA has supported whistleblower legislation in the past, and hope we remain vigilant about this important topic which relates to access to information.

Best,

Diane