According to the Follow the Rules Act, which passed in the House of Representatives
just this month, protections against retaliation will be expanded for
whistleblowers that refuse to violate rules and regulations. However,
this bill is noticeably missing the expansion of these protections to
employees of national security or intelligence functions, such as the
FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA, and more.
What most people don’t realize is national security and the welfare
of the American public are on the line when whistleblowers are cast out,
punished, or retaliated against. One prime example occurred in 2008. Michael
F. McMahon, ex-FBI, faced severe retaliation and thus resigned after pointing
out the dangerous mistakes being made on a daily basis in the FBI, regarding
background checks. He made several disclosures of flawed practices, such
as sacrificing national security for the sake of expediency, and prioritizing
quantity or quality. Not only was national security on the line, but the
safety of the public was at risk, too. The potential for espionage, counterespionage,
a foreign agent, and terrorism were a possibility due to the cutting of
corners McMahon witnessed.
Despite McMahon’s desire to improve the safety measures being taken
for the protection of the American people, he was decidedly cast out and
removed from the scene. Whistleblowers deserve the utmost protection,
especially those working in national security and intelligence functions.
Exposure of federal inconsistencies and oversights is the only way to
truly combat these national security risks which are bound to occur. Our
strong-minded and determined lawyers at Federal Practice Group strive
to keep whistleblowers safe, so as to prevent future emergences of danger.
Contact us at Federal Practice Group
If you are a whistleblower and have experienced workplace retaliation as
a result of speaking out, you may be entitled to compensation for the
unfair treatment you faced. Whether you were fired, faced hostility, or
were otherwise mistreated, our federal employment lawyers at Federal Practice
Group are passionate about defending your rights.
To speak to a representative today about your rights, call our confidential
and compassionate lawyers at Federal Practice Group today at (888) 488-1774.