August 11, 2013
RADLEY BALKO: We Need A Whistleblower Prize. “This Washington Post piece looking at what has happened to several notable government whistleblowers is sobering. . . . It needn’t even be something as dire as national security. I’ve seen and reported on countless law enforcement officers whose careers were cut short (or worse) when they reported wrongdoing by other cops, or more systemic problems within their police agencies. It seems to me that we’re asking an awful lot of whistleblowers. We’re hoping their sense of right and wrong and devotion to public service will compel them to come forward even if that likely means an end to their career in public service — at best. If we really value whistleblowers, we need to provide them with a bit more incentive. And it needs to come from the private sector. The government certainly isn’t going to reward them for exposing government malfeasance, President Obama’s campaign promises notwithstanding.”
To be fair, most of President Obama’s campaign promises seem to be “notwithstanding” these days.