Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A crackdown on whistleblowers

Over the years, a number of special laws have been enacted to protect whistleblowers--people who expose wrongdoing where they work. This was done as a public policy, with the goal of encouraging people to come forward when they were aware of illegal actions, such as insider trading or billing the government for services never rendered. (If you want to read more on the subject, you can start here.)

Apparently , the government doesn't like it when the tables are turned, and it's government employees blowing the whistle on government wrongdoing. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has limited these protections for federal employees.

This follows a long and storied tradition of government exempting its functionaries from obeying the laws that you and I must obey. (For example, BATFE claims that it's employees are exempt from the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act.)

Now, where are we going and exactly why are we in this handbasket?

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