Edward Joseph Snowden revealed what’s vital to know. He exposed unconstitutional spying. He did so courageously.
The 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees who report misconduct. Federal agencies are prohibited from retaliating against those who do so. Don’t expect rogue Obama officials to act responsibly.
Whistleblowers may report law or regulatory violations, gross mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse of authority, and/or acts endangering public health, welfare or safety.
Unconstitutional spying violates core rule of law principles. Doing do gravely compromises public health, welfare and safety.
When governments ill-serve, exposing wrongdoing is vital. It takes courage to do so. It involves doing what’s right because it matters.
Snowden represents the best of what America purports to stand for. Key executive, congressional and judicial officials reflect the worst.
Washington is Big Brother writ large. Pervasive spying is longstanding policy. It’s worse now than ever. Everyone’s watched everywhere all the time.
Doing so is unconstitutional. A previous article explained. Laws enacted in violation of constitutional provisions lack legitimacy.
The USA Patriot Act tramples on Bill of Rights protections. It compromises due process, habeas, free expression, association, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Section 215 oversteps and then some. It’s misused. It’s language is vague and deceptive. It’s used to permit metadata-mining. It allows police state investigatory practices. Doing so pertains to alleged suspects, real or contrived. It authorizes government access to “any tangible item.”
Included are financial records and transactions, education and medical records, phone conversations, emails, other Internet use, and whatever else Washington wants to monitor.
FBI powers are sweeping. They’re greatly enhanced. They’re used extrajudicially. Anyone can be spied on for any reason or none at all. No probable cause, reasonable grounds, or suspicions are needed. Exercising free expression makes you vulnerable.