Dear Whistleblower Supporters:
National security whistleblowers are under attack and need your help now! The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved an anti-whistleblower bill. The committee voted to give the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the heads of other agencies the power to strip whistleblowers of their pensions.
Section 403 of the Intelligence Authorization Act authorizes these officials to strip whistleblowers of their hard-earned federal pensions, simply by being accused, not convicted, of leaking classified information. Every whistleblower will be at risk because ALL most likely will be accused of making improper disclosures. We urge you to join us in opposing S.719 until Section 403 is cut.
TAKE ACTION! Protect whistleblowers' pensions!
Here's how Section 403 works. The head of an employee's agency
can simply accuse a whistleblower of leaking classified information and
that whistleblower can automatically be stripped of their federal
pension, even after they retire.
The whistleblowers who lose their pensions will not be able to take
their case to court. Instead, they will be forced to use the DNI's
administrative procedures to try to defend themselves. In other words,
the DNI will be the prosecutor, the judge and the jury to strip pensions
from public servants.
ACTION! Time is of the Essence!
Stripping pensions based on accusations of classified leaks will be
yet another way that the government can legally retaliate against
whistleblowers. This is an incredible threat and will have a massive
chilling effect on the willingness of employees to expose waste, fraud,
ACTION! Tell your senators to support the Wyden hold!
We are not alone in opposing this unprecedented retaliatory law.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a public hold on S.719 until the
anti-whistleblower provision is cut. He made a
powerful statement before the Senate explaining why Section 403 is
For more information, tune
into Boiling Frogs where Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the
National Whistleblowers Center, is interviewed by FBI whistleblower
Sibel Edmonds and WBRU Radio Host Peter B. Collins on the
THIS ALERT TO A FRIEND! Please take action and pass this alert on
to at least one co-worker, friend, or family member.
Former FBI Special Agent, 25-Year Veteran
Director of FBI Oversight, National Whistleblowers Center
Former FBI translator
Founder National Security