President Obama praised Whistleblowers…but only in the Bush Administration

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 19th, 2013

Week in Review

President Obama said his administration would be the most transparent one.  For he has nothing to hide.  Right.  Pull the other (see Obama Has Rarely Or Never Praised Whistleblowers by Matt Sledge posted 5/18/2013 on the Huffington Post).

In more than four years of office, President Barack Obama has frequently praised the idea of whistleblowing. He even signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act into law in 2012. But has he actually praised any whistleblowers by name..?

“Sad to say, we can’t think of a single one,” Joe Newman, director of communications for the Project on Government Oversight, said when asked if Obama had ever praised a whistleblower.

“I’m not aware of him ever praising a whistleblower, or apologizing to a whistleblower who was wrongfully prosecuted,” said Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights director for the Government Accountability Project…

As a candidate in 2008, Obama praised instances of whistleblowing as “acts of courage and patriotism” that “should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration.” But since his election critics have repeatedly called into question his record on supporting whistleblowers, pointing to several individuals who have not only not been praised, but were prosecuted.

The whistleblower of my enemy is courageous and patriotic.  The whistleblower in my own administration is a no good dirty rat fink.  Now there is a slight difference between these two whistleblowers.  If you don’t pay attention closely you might miss it.  If the whistleblower helps President Obama then he or she is courageous and patriotic.  If the whistleblower hurts President Obama then he or she is a no good dirty rat fink.  The difference is very subtle.  But it’s there.  If you look closely enough.

This explains why it took so long for those whistleblowers to come forward on Benghazi.  Because they know what happens to no good dirty rat finks.  The people they whistle on do everything within their power to make life unpleasant for them.  Which is a strong disincentive to whistle blowing.  And to hammer that point home President Obama made it very clear how he feels about people squealing on him.  For he hasn’t praised a single whistleblower.  While prosecuting a few.  Basically warning potential whistleblowers ‘not in my administration’.

This policy on truth-tellers is telling.  For it suggests there is a lot of truth not being told.  Case in point Benghazi.  Fast and Furious.  The IRS targeting ‘enemies’ of the administration—conservatives.  And, of course, the Associated Press.  Which looked more like a fishing expedition than a targeted investigation.  It makes one wonder how much truth the Obama administration is not telling.  And why.

And the credibility gap widens.


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