Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tell Your Senators to Oppose Pension-Stripping Bill Take Action!

I am a whistleblower supporter and you should be, too.--KAS

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.
TAKE 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, and abuse.
TAKE 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 so dangerous.
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 pension-stripping provision.
PASS THIS ALERT TO A FRIEND! Please take action and pass this alert on to at least one co-worker, friend, or family member.


Jane Turner
Former FBI Special Agent, 25-Year Veteran
Director of FBI Oversight, National Whistleblowers Center

Sibel Edmonds
Former FBI translator
Founder National Security Whistleblowers Coalition



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