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senate Bill S. 2798

Should Gov’t Whistleblowers be Protected From Retaliation & Have Their Identities Revealed to the Accused?

Argument in favor

When a whistleblower’s accusations lead to formal proceedings, such as an impeachment, the accused have a right to confront their accusers in person. As long as the Constitution is the law of the land, the Sixth Amendment supersedes statues affording anonymity to whistleblowers.

Matthew's Opinion
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11/26/2019
Whistleblowers should be protected as they are hopefully operating under the assumption for the good of the public welfare, whether in government or the private sector. If the whistleblower releases information that leads to a criminal trial, then the accused should have the right to defend themselves and confront the accuser. If the whistleblower is in the right, this should not be a problem.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/26/2019
The whistleblower protection act does not protect a person’s identity, read it for yourself. How can a duly elected president be removed from office on the accusations of a fictional character? The people have a right to know who is trying to nullify their vote.
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Marti's Opinion
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11/26/2019
Everyone has the right to confront their accuser
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Argument opposed

Revealing the identity of a whistleblower to the person they’re accusing of wrongdoing increases the likelihood that the whistleblower will face retaliation because of their disclosure. That will have a chilling effect on the willingness of whistleblowers to come forward and report misconduct.

Aaron's Opinion
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11/26/2019
No. Whistleblowers identities need not be revealed. The accused should have to answer to the merits of the claim.
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Yvonne's Opinion
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11/26/2019
We need to protect all whistleblowers but if we disclose their identity, then we put their lives and families lives in danger. Now more than ever this is true. The rhetoric coming from this occupant of the white house and his cult has cause and increase in violence in this country. We absolutely need to remove this hateful criminal and criminal regime.
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jimK's Opinion
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11/26/2019
Updated: I had to rewrite aspects if this several times as I became more and more enraged by Paul’s asinine legislation. Apologies to those who read earlier responses, … … … First, if Rand Paul actually cared at all about justice, he would be leading the charge to stop the illegal suppression of witnesses and testimony subpoenaed by the House for their investigations. In this particular case the whistleblower only reported that there were legitimate concerns expressed by others regarding what they heard and observed; and DID NOT IN ANY WAY ALLEGE THAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED, NOR PROVIDE ANY FACTS TO SUPPORT THAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED- only the concerns of others. The fact that Republicans want this person to testify is astonishing since they have stated that only first hand testimony is relevant. The selective questionable application of legal principles to support party goals in one instance and then to argue that opposite, contradictory legal principles must apply to another aspect in order support their party’s attempt to indemnify their prior actions demonstrates the highly corrupting influence of the regimented party-before-country, party-before-principles dominance of the Republican Party; and if there enough thinking people left in the electorate, will accelerate the demise of the current Republican Party. .… … … Otherwise; Absolutely NO to Paul’s asinine proposal. If a bystander witnesses a cartel massacre, anonymously tells police that they witnessed it, provide details of the car that was used, the weapons employed, people they saw, how they conducted the massacre, the time it happened, which way the car went afterwards and so forth - and all of these details are verified by independent investigations and asserted to by credible witnesses; Why should this whistleblower be subjected the very real threats to their lives and livelihoods by being compelled to publicly testify? Fact are facts irregardless of whoever first pointed out concerns that facts may exist. If facts are corroborated by many witnesses there is absolutely no need to identify the person who properly alerted officials. This bill makes no sense at all and would certainly prevent bystanders from ever reporting crimes. In addressing the Randy reason for proposing this, trump’s own hateful rhetoric inferring that this whistleblower is treasonous and should be subject to capital punishment is reason enough to protect their identity. The innocents slaughtered in San Antonio which was inspired by trump’s race-based hateful rhetoric highlights the danger to our patriotic whistleblower and the incredibly stupid claim that they could ever be protected from any retaliation. Particularly in the case; the whistleblower never alleged any crimes, only the concerns of others and the irregular actions that occurred that legitimately led to concerns that something inappropriate was done. Credible witnesses, who put themselves and their careers at risk validated those concerns and more. So, who exactly is the ‘accuser’ that the alleged criminal has any right to confront? The whistleblower reported concerns through legal channels and the testimony of credible witnesses validated those concerns which led directly to factually based indictable charges of wrong doing. There is absolutely no reason at all to compel him or her to testify. I suggest Rand Paul sponsor legislation to mandate imprisonment of a minimum of 5 years for any person inside or outside the government who out’s a whistleblower identity as well as an immediate removal from office of any elected official or political appointee that either out’s a whistleblower or is complicit in doing so. Then, and only then, would I even ever want to consider this ludicrous proposal. I suggest that the RNC and Republican Party start acting like officers of the court and seek truth and not to engage in distracting side-shows. If they continue to collectively cover their butts from their own complicity in not reigning in their Frankenstein president from trampling our Constitutional and legislated laws; if they continue to abuse their role in honoring their duty to perform adequate checks of the balance of powers, a much more informed and less easily misled electorate will hold them to account. A Senate trial will be as much about the perceived corrupting of the Republican Party as it is about trump’s abuses. Even if trump ‘wins’, the Republican Party may ‘lose’ big if they continue to engage in simply covering their tracks by willful tactics designed to thwart the pursuit of justice. It’s a big gamble to take. You all feeling lucky, punks!
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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedNovember 6th, 2019

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Title

Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019

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A bill to ensure whistleblowers who are Government employees or contractors receive adequate protection.

    Whistleblowers should be protected as they are hopefully operating under the assumption for the good of the public welfare, whether in government or the private sector. If the whistleblower releases information that leads to a criminal trial, then the accused should have the right to defend themselves and confront the accuser. If the whistleblower is in the right, this should not be a problem.
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    No. Whistleblowers identities need not be revealed. The accused should have to answer to the merits of the claim.
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    We need to protect all whistleblowers but if we disclose their identity, then we put their lives and families lives in danger. Now more than ever this is true. The rhetoric coming from this occupant of the white house and his cult has cause and increase in violence in this country. We absolutely need to remove this hateful criminal and criminal regime.
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    Updated: I had to rewrite aspects if this several times as I became more and more enraged by Paul’s asinine legislation. Apologies to those who read earlier responses, … … … First, if Rand Paul actually cared at all about justice, he would be leading the charge to stop the illegal suppression of witnesses and testimony subpoenaed by the House for their investigations. In this particular case the whistleblower only reported that there were legitimate concerns expressed by others regarding what they heard and observed; and DID NOT IN ANY WAY ALLEGE THAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED, NOR PROVIDE ANY FACTS TO SUPPORT THAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED- only the concerns of others. The fact that Republicans want this person to testify is astonishing since they have stated that only first hand testimony is relevant. The selective questionable application of legal principles to support party goals in one instance and then to argue that opposite, contradictory legal principles must apply to another aspect in order support their party’s attempt to indemnify their prior actions demonstrates the highly corrupting influence of the regimented party-before-country, party-before-principles dominance of the Republican Party; and if there enough thinking people left in the electorate, will accelerate the demise of the current Republican Party. .… … … Otherwise; Absolutely NO to Paul’s asinine proposal. If a bystander witnesses a cartel massacre, anonymously tells police that they witnessed it, provide details of the car that was used, the weapons employed, people they saw, how they conducted the massacre, the time it happened, which way the car went afterwards and so forth - and all of these details are verified by independent investigations and asserted to by credible witnesses; Why should this whistleblower be subjected the very real threats to their lives and livelihoods by being compelled to publicly testify? Fact are facts irregardless of whoever first pointed out concerns that facts may exist. If facts are corroborated by many witnesses there is absolutely no need to identify the person who properly alerted officials. This bill makes no sense at all and would certainly prevent bystanders from ever reporting crimes. In addressing the Randy reason for proposing this, trump’s own hateful rhetoric inferring that this whistleblower is treasonous and should be subject to capital punishment is reason enough to protect their identity. The innocents slaughtered in San Antonio which was inspired by trump’s race-based hateful rhetoric highlights the danger to our patriotic whistleblower and the incredibly stupid claim that they could ever be protected from any retaliation. Particularly in the case; the whistleblower never alleged any crimes, only the concerns of others and the irregular actions that occurred that legitimately led to concerns that something inappropriate was done. Credible witnesses, who put themselves and their careers at risk validated those concerns and more. So, who exactly is the ‘accuser’ that the alleged criminal has any right to confront? The whistleblower reported concerns through legal channels and the testimony of credible witnesses validated those concerns which led directly to factually based indictable charges of wrong doing. There is absolutely no reason at all to compel him or her to testify. I suggest Rand Paul sponsor legislation to mandate imprisonment of a minimum of 5 years for any person inside or outside the government who out’s a whistleblower identity as well as an immediate removal from office of any elected official or political appointee that either out’s a whistleblower or is complicit in doing so. Then, and only then, would I even ever want to consider this ludicrous proposal. I suggest that the RNC and Republican Party start acting like officers of the court and seek truth and not to engage in distracting side-shows. If they continue to collectively cover their butts from their own complicity in not reigning in their Frankenstein president from trampling our Constitutional and legislated laws; if they continue to abuse their role in honoring their duty to perform adequate checks of the balance of powers, a much more informed and less easily misled electorate will hold them to account. A Senate trial will be as much about the perceived corrupting of the Republican Party as it is about trump’s abuses. Even if trump ‘wins’, the Republican Party may ‘lose’ big if they continue to engage in simply covering their tracks by willful tactics designed to thwart the pursuit of justice. It’s a big gamble to take. You all feeling lucky, punks!
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    Protect whistleblowers anonymity. Exposing their identity removes their greatest protection and puts them in direct danger. Good people doing the right thing to draw attention to abuse and criminal behavior shouldn’t be endangered.
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    This is absolutely unnecessary. Laws already exist. This is a shabby ploy to expose whistleblowers. Therefore, NO.
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    NO. Whistleblowers' identities should remain secret. The accused has no right to face or know the identity of the whistleblower.
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    Whistle Blowers will not come forward if they believe their identities will be revealed. Imagine what atrocities would be committed if there was no fear of being found out
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    If you do reveal whistleblowers’ identities, you will be ACTIVELY discouraging such people from coming forward and reporting on the corrupt. I see though this AND so does every other voter. To the politicians who are thinking of upvoting any legislation of such corrupt spirit, be aware. You will be fired! You cannot have it both ways here. In order to protect the sources, just like in our freedom of the press practices, it is definitely never a good idea to identify the whistleblowers.
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    People really need to read the article before commenting. Do you know why this bill was even created? Because the 6th doesn’t apply to the case of the whistleblower. They’re grasping for straws to get the whistleblower named so they can try to relieve the pressure on Trump’s team by raising all kind of hell about the whistleblower. It doesn’t matter who the whistleblower actually is, all they need is a name and a face and they’ll head off on a smear campaign to destroy their reputation. If it’s a Democrat, “the commies are trying to take over! FAKE NEWS!”. If it’s a Republican, then it’s a “Never Trumper”. And if it’s neither, then they’re just a small-time nobody that no one should pay attention to.
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    Protect the only person who brought the corruption to our attention. As opposed to the professionals who had their heads in the sand and are still trying to cover it up!!
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    I don’t believe it is in their best interest to have their name revealed to the accused.
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    Nay to Rand Paul S 2798 Sen Rand Paul is perpetuating Russian propaganda. ID of WB should be anonymous to protect this person who reported wrong doing by Trump Brand lawless Administration! This corruption historic! Rand Is attempting a witch hunt to please Putin. Shameful!
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    Revealing the identity of a whistleblower to the person they’re accusing of wrongdoing increases the likelihood that the whistleblower will face retaliation because of their disclosure. That will have a chilling effect on the willingness of whistleblowers to come forward and report misconduct.
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    Whistle blower need to not be identified! Their lives are in danger and so are their families. Retaliation will happen sooner of later by trump and the GOP stooges
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    What? Really? We can’t fall into presidents chumps desire to slander someone who is protected by law now. With no protection from retaliation from such jackasses there would be no whistleblowers. Here’s a thought president punk. Stop breaking laws and demeaning those with the courage to stand up an call you out.
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    There are already whistleblower protection laws. The laws aren’t the problem here. The criminal in the White House is the problem.
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    No. Especially with this administration. Trump will go to the ends of the earth to retaliate and destroy anyone who crosses him no matter how much protection is provided.
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    If a whistleblower brings information to the proper authorities that is VALID and CORROBORATED, he/she needs protection. FULL STOP! It doesn’t matter whether it’s a case of a company reporting false results in a pharmaceutical study OR impeachment.
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    An interesting juxtaposition of bill components. Let’s tell everyone who a whistleblower is and depend on everyone’s better angels to protect them. Does anyone see a problem here?
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