Squelching the Whistleblowers

Surprise, surprise — Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas, plus fellow (but unreliable) Republican Anthony Kennedy, have decided to hand Bush a major victory in his campaign to silence whistleblowers (though the particular case in question had to do with an LA county official, the precedent is one that's sure to make the president very happy indeed). As the AP reports:

Critics predicted the impact would be sweeping, from silencing police officers who fear retribution for reporting department corruption, to subduing federal employees who want to reveal problems with government hurricane preparedness or terrorist-related security.

I hope one day Neil Young will get together with the John Birch Society for a "Let's Impeach John Roberts" campaign.

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2 thoughts on “Squelching the Whistleblowers

  1. Brian Rapp May 31, 2006 / 10:28 pm

    The hypocrisy in this is that this doesn’t change any of the state or federal laws protecting “whistle blowers” from private businesses. Only if you work for the government you’re not protected, but if you work for Citibank or whomever, the Feds or state govt will protect your job and make sure you can sue for millions. Just don’t bite the hand that feeds you in the process.

    Honestly Dan, I think the decision was 5-4 only to make it look like it was being debated at all. Had it been a democratic majority with Kerry in the White Whore House, I think the decision would have been 5-4 the other way, with Scalia, Thomas all voting “nay”.

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