bush administration weakens whistleblower protection
One day after signing anti-corporate corruption legislation, the White House issued a statement saying his administration intended to narrowly interpret rules guaranteeing protection to whistleblowers, applying it only to those who testify before an active Congressional investigation. Lawmakers were irate, claiming the President was watering down vital protections.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, called the interpretation "disturbing."
"Our intention is to protect any whistle-blower who exposes wrongdoing to an individual member of Congress, a congressional committee, a media outlet or any other public entity," Grassley said. "Whistle-blowers need full protection. Otherwise they won't come forward. Problems won't see the light of day."
(via Talking Points Memo via Nathan Newman)