The disclosure by a person, usually an employee in
a government agency or private enterprise, to the public or to those in
authority, of mismanagement, corruption, illegality, or some other
Persons who act as whistleblowers are often the subject of retaliation by their employers. Typically the employer will discharge the whistleblower, who is often an at-will employee. An at-will employee is a person without a specific term of employment. The employee may quit at any time and the employer has the right to fire the employee without having to cite a reason. However, courts and legislatures have created exceptions for whistleblowers who are at-will employees.
Whistleblowing statutes protect from discharge or discrimination an employee who has initiated an investigation of an employer's activities or who has otherwise cooperated with a regulatory agency in carrying out an inquiry or the enforcement of regulations. Federal whistle-blower legislation includes a statute protecting all government employees, 5 U.S.C.A. §§ 2302(b)(8), 2302(b)(9). In the federal civil service, the government is prohibited from taking, or threatening to take, any personnel action against an employee because the employee disclosed information that he or she reasonably believed showed a violation of law, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public safety or health. In order to prevail on a claim, a federal employee must show that a protected disclosure was made, that the accused official knew of the disclosure, that retaliation resulted, and that there was a genuine connection between the retaliation and the employee's action.
Just go out on the Internet, and you will find all kinds of people claiming to be "whistleblowers" and stretching the definition to absurd lengths. Most of them have never been inside any government agency, corporation, organization or other entity on which they claim to be "exposing" to the public, the crimes, corruption, cover-ups. Most are only parroting second or third hand information and/or posting the work of others. This is NOT a whistleblower.
Most are not even journalists, though some claim to be. Nowadays, the word "journalist" has been compromised, just like the word "whistleblower". Journalism is a profession, it is not a 'hobby' that someone pursues in his spare time. A 'blogger' (and how I hate that stupid term!) is not a journalist.
Yet the Internet is loaded with all kinds of people claiming to be "whistleblowers" and "journalists", those seeking recognition by promoting themselves, and by claiming to be "exposing" information which is not based on personal knowledge; not based on facts, and for which they have no evidence.
To make matters worse, some of the amateurs/wannabes making these false claims are attacking legitimate whistleblowers and journalists (including Sosbee and Hartwell) with libel and slander, in efforts to discredit them, simply out of envy and malice.
Former FBI agent Geral Sosbee, who was forced to retire from the FBI (1978), because he refused to 'go along to get along'; refused to participate in the crimes and corruption within the FBI; honored his oath to defend the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and who, rather than cave to pressure to 'conform', became a whistleblower, is the Target of a brutal persecution campaign, in attempts to neutralize him.
Here is a recent brief report, outlining some of the tactics which are deployed against him.
By Geral Sosbee
fbi, etc. continue intense assaults, for well over twelve years now, as summarized below:
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