Posts Tagged ‘whistleblower’
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Friday, October 4th, 2013
The Federal Shutdown is hurting the middle class and the working poor the most.
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.
Tags: CIA, complainant, complaint system, Edward Snowden, FBI, government, HR, Jack Kiriakou, Kirsten Gillibrand, military sexual trauma, Myah Smith, NSA, sexual assault, Thomas Drake, Tina Clemans, traitor, whistleblower, workplace bullying
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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.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
Listen to the reasoning Ed Snowden, the self-confessed NSA whistleblower, describes. He chose to not remain “comfortable” while he watched top secret surveillance (of dubious constitutionality) turned on Americans grow year by year. He has sacrificed his career and safety to convince Americans that they should tell Congress to stop spying on its citizens. Watch the reactions.
Who will give him credit for bravery? Not Sen. Dianne Feinstein who spoke of a “culture of leaks,” and not the President whose pledge of transparency rings hollow in light of the evidence Snowden outed. Snowden is out of the U.S. and is certain he will be hunted like prey. Read the smears by New York Times columnist David Brooks.
The bullying, no the torture, of the whistleblower has just begun. Follow the assassination of his character as defenders of the status quo rally to brand him a traitor (he rebuts that argument in this interview). Reports about an abnormal childhood will surface. Former love partners will suddenly appear proclaiming him an inadequate young man. Coworkers will say he was always a bit “off” and “different.” His managers at Booz Allen will say they had no idea he was so untrustworthy. Here’s the job description to be Snowden’s replacement in Hawaii. Blah, blah, blah. All garbage manufactured by people with 1/100th of Snowden’s ethics.
The older ones among us remember the condemnation of Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers that showed government lying about Vietnam. Would we ever have left there without that disclosure? Unlikely. And it is Ellsberg who considers this leak the most important in American history.
We need truth tellers. Why must telling the truth cost principled people their jobs, careers and safety?
Those who are bullied at work and reveal the truth about the abuse and abusers are similarly discredited and blamed. All whistleblowers are bullied. Not every one bullied is a whistleblower. All are made to suffer for taking a principled stand.
I think the followers of WBI can identify with Snowden.
Tags: character assassination, Ed Snowden, ethics, principled, truth telling, whistleblower, workplace bullying
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Are institutions, even small ones like the remote health clinic on an Indian reservation depicted in this story, ever going to learn to not cover-up child abuse? Remember Penn State. Think about the consequences for hiding another molester. In this case, two individuals, this time two women, deserve singling out: Arlene de la Paz and Candelaria Martin. Read on and be outraged.
Tags: Arlene M. de la Paz, Candelaria Martin, Michael Tilus, Public Health Service, whistleblower
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Bad Bosses Beware: Minnesota whistleblower takes on issue of workplace bullying
By Jessica Lussenhop, Minneapolis City Pages, May 16, 2012
Joe Henry hated his boss so much, he would’ve preferred his old Army drill sergeant. “A drill sergeant is consistently one way,” he says. “You know you’re going to get yelled at no matter what.”
Henry, a barrel-chested man with military posture, joined the Army at age 18 and deployed with one of the first battalions to enter Iraq in March 2003. He served a seven-month tour locating weapons caches and maintaining communications lines. A fellow vet remembers Henry as a reliable soldier — steady under the sound of constant gunfire.
For Henry, it turned out wartime was easier to handle than a job in satellite TV installation.
Tags: Bob Sutton, Gary Namie, whistleblower
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Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Top-Down/Shut-Up Workplace Breed Disaster
Who says workplace culture doesn’t matter? When oil platform engineers tried to warn BP about potential risks of rushing installation of the well without adequate safety checks, they were told to shut up. The environment and the entire Gulf economy pay. In bullying-prone workplaces, the rules always dictate command and control from the top, no use even raising concerns, you’ll have your head handed to you. Targets pay with their health, jobs, careers. A Gary Namie podcast.