Sunday, June 23, 2013

Obama’s ‘Insider Threat Program’ requires federal workers to spy and snitch on co-workers or face penalties and criminalization.



Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.  The Obama-Biden Plan. Change.gov, Office of the President-Elect. (Nov-Dec 2008)

Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions (September 2012)

Congress Strengthens Whistleblower Protections for Federal Employees (November 2012)

Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy' (June 21, 2013)

 




In spite of a campaign promise made five years ago strengthen laws to protect whistleblowers, Barack Obama has made history by implementing in 2011 a government-wide crackdown in the name of security (yeah right) on whistleblowers that expose the sins of a totalitarian state aka the Obama administration against the citizenry.
Obama has used the draconian Espionage Act of 1917 passed two months after the United States entered World War I on six occasions in four and half years to prosecute whistleblowers.
In addition, there is the “Insider Threat Program” that was launched by Obama in 2011 after Bradley Manning downloaded thousands of classified documents and forwarded them to Wiki Leaks. See document at bottom of post.
The  crackdown is so extensive that it demands nudges encourages federal employees to spy and snitch on their co-workers to supervisors. 
Employees of federal agencies and departments nationwide including the Peace Corps, Department of Education, Agricultural Department and the Social Security Administration are among those working in a paranoid environment under a declaration that everyone is suspect.
Those who snitch will be looked upon fondly while those who do not will be ordained a failure, penalized by their managers and criminalized.
In addition to snitching on one’s co-worker, federal employees are expected to snitch on oneself and on co-workers who failed to snitch on fellow co-workers.
“… It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of ‘insider threat’ give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
Government documents reviewed by McClatchy illustrate how some agencies are using that latitude to pursue unauthorized disclosures of any information, not just classified material. They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for ‘high-risk persons or behaviors’ among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them. Leaks to the media are equated with espionage.
‘Hammer this fact home . . . leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States,’ says a June 1, 2012, Defense Department strategy for the program that was obtained by McClatchy. …
… ‘It was just a matter of time before the Department of Agriculture or the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) started implementing, ‘Hey, let’s get people to snitch on their friends.’ The only thing they haven’t done here is reward it,’ said Kel McClanahan, a Washington lawyer who specializes in national security law. ‘I’m waiting for the time when you turn in a friend and you get a $50 reward….’
… Obama in November approved ‘minimum standards’ giving departments and agencies considerable leeway in developing their insider threat programs, leading to a potential hodgepodge of interpretations. He instructed them to not only root out leakers but people who might be prone to violent acts against the government or the nation’ and ‘potential espionage….’”
Giving rise to a toxic environment, creative thinking is frowned upon in a “we are Borg” kind of way.  It is all about the collective except federal employees are not cybernetic beings. 
How soon before federal employees are ordered to nudged into snitch on neighbors and family members and how many will be terrorized into silence.  H/t The Verge.
Obama after outlining a minimum of requirements has left it pretty much up to each department or agency to layout their own specifics under the Insider Threat Program: 




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