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May 07, 2005

Whistleblowers and National Security

An Appeals Court has given the government the right to cover up inepitude and malfeasance-- and punish any government employee who tries to expose those government failures.

Sibel Edmonds, an FBI translator complained the agency produced slipshod translations of key terrorism intelligence before and after 911, and was fired for speaking out. How credible is Ms. Edmonds?

The inspector general of the Justice Department said in January that the F.B.I. had failed to investigate forcefully Ms. Edmonds's accusations of espionage and fired her in large part for raising them.
And yet the Appeals Court allowed the government to waive the magic wand "state secrets" and bury the lawsuit.

The danger of the government covering up incompetence is far greater than the danger that national security will be compromised in such lawsuits. Judges can always exclude evidence on a case by case basis, but throwing out the lawsuit altogether is an abomination.

Our national security became far less because of this decision.

Posted by Nathan at May 7, 2005 07:20 AM