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GAP: Statement on Edward Snowden and NSA Domestic Surveillance

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

WBI Note: The nation’s best advocate for whistleblowers, the Goverment Accountability Project (GAP) made the following statement. Bullied targets are sometimes whistleblowers. (Though fraud is not always the issue, abuse is. And targets do expose fraudulent, undermining practices by bullies.) All whistleblowers are bullied.

WASHINGTON – January 3 – In June 2013, the American public learned conclusively about the wholesale surveillance of virtually all Americans through secretive programs by the National Security Agency (NSA) that continue to be implemented today. These programs collect the phone records, email exchanges, and internet histories of people all over the world who would have no knowledge of this were it not for the disclosures of former federal contractor Edward Snowden.

As legal counsel to Snowden as well as the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) would like to make its position clear on the following:

I. SNOWDEN IS A WHISTLEBLOWER.

Snowden disclosed information about programs that he reasonably believed to be illegal and abusive. In December 2013, this position was supported by a legal opinion by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who questioned the legality and the effectiveness of the bulk telephony metadata program, declaring it “likely unconstitutional.”

Days later, a hand-picked White House panel of intelligence and legal experts bolstered this ruling with 46 recommendations to rein in the national surveillance apparatus, including a specific recommendation to terminate the bulk metadata collection program on American citizens by the NSA.

Snowden’s revelations were undeniably in the public interest and have given rise to:

– governmental and corporate reforms all around the world
– more than two dozen bills in Congress
– half a dozen lawsuits
– an understanding that the Director of National Intelligence lied in testimony to Congress
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Internal complaint systems attack those who dare tell truths

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Bullied targets often wait a long time to complain about their plight. Delays happen when they are not quite certain what freight train hit them. They ruminate too long about why they unjustly were targeted? How could someone be so cruel? Eventually, they want to tell their employer.

Chain-of-command reporting requirements are common. Got a problem? Tell your supervisor. But when your supervisor is the bully, the requirement is a dangerous trap. It turns out to be equally ineffective when the bully’s boss is asked to make the bullying stop. [See the 2012 WBI Strategies Effectiveness study about the futility of confronting the bully directly or telling the bully's boss.]

People erroneously believe workplace bullying is an HR-level problem. Not so. It is more about leadership or the lack thereof. [See what understanding by a leader looks like.] Expecting HR to resolve bullying by holding a manager-bully accountable is a rare event. HR is there to defend the interests of management. They are not a neutral party in disputes. Retaliation is the most frequent consequence of following internal procedures for righting a wrong.

The larger point is that internal systems put the institution in the tripartite role of abuse by agents of the employer, then they are investigators, and finally they are judges and adjudicators. How can this turn out well for those subjected to harm by that same system? Internal investigators grant credibility to managers, while non-supervisory workers are considered malingerers, malcontents, disgruntled and mendacious. Senior managers consider workers who report that the best connected friends of those senior managers have done bad things to be the problem. The reporting is considered the problem — not the unconscionable actions that the complainant felt had to be reported.

And so we see the model repeated by several government institutions: the NSA, the CIA-FBI, the Dept. of Defense. Truth tellers (whistleblowers) and truth-telling victims are hunted like criminals, dehumanized, discounted, ignored, tormented, terminated, discharged from service, or imprisoned all to discourage others from showing the same kind of courage.

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Advice from one whistleblower to another

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

John Kiriakou worked for both the CIA and FBI. During the president of George W. Bush, he was the first CIA officer to admit that torture was official U.S. policy. He was convicted and sentenced to a 30-month prison sentence for providing the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s rendition program. He sent an open letter to Edward Snowden from his Pennsylvania prison. It was published by Kevin Gosztola July 2 at Firedoglake.com.

One of the lessons for bullied targets is that trusting and staying within the system does not work for brave individuals who describe corrupt people or corrupt practices to the same masters responsible for inventing those practices and rewarding those people.

Here’s his advice which features the admonition to never cooperate with the FBI (or by extension, federal authorities) because they lie, trick and deceive to get their way.

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