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Whistleblowers



The insider threat program will be abused by agencies and used to undercut and intimidate potential federal whistleblowers – the reach of the program affects all federal employees creating a chilling effect

Washington Post 14
(Scott, Higham writerIntelligence security initiatives have chilling effect on federal whistleblowers, critics say, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/intelligence-security-initiatives-have-chilling-effect-on-federal-whistleblowers-critics-say/2014/07/23/c9dfd794-0ea0-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html) JB
The Insider Threat Program and a continuous monitoring initiative under consideration in the intelligence community
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and whistleblower, called the Insider Threat Program a "dangerous" initiative.


And, the effect spills-over to EVERY agency – its targeted surveillance at every potential whistleblower

Gap 12- whistleblower protection and advocacy organization
(Government Accountability Project, FDA Surveillance of Whistleblowers 'Unacceptable', http://whistleblower.org/press/fda-surveillance-whistleblowers-%E2%80%98unacceptable%E2%80%99) JB
'Chilling Effect' Far-Reaching if Congress Fails to Act (Washington, D
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-scientists who attempted to safeguard the public. This surveillance is unacceptable."


And, Only strengthening whistleblowers' rights solves – whistleblowers are an essential check on government fraud and abuse – lack of protections ensures a chilling effect that kills effectiveness

Anderson and Kleinman 14
(Christine Anderson, Public Policy Fellow, POGO, and Avery Kleinman was the Beth Daley Impact Fellow for the Project On Government Oversight, "FDA Surveillance Threatened Whistleblowers," pg online @ http://www.pogo.org/blog/2014/02/fda-surveillance-threatened-whistleblowers.html //um-ef)
Congress and the President must mandate a government-wide policy to prevent future surveillance
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the most appropriate investigative tools" with which to investigate a suspected leak.


And, the risk of Environmental collapse is high and coming – whistleblower protections are necessary – failure means the collapse of the planet and humanity from environmental deterioration

Warren 15
(Christopher K. Warren, Senior Note Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 2014-2015, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 40 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 195, "Blowing The Whistle On Environmental Law: How Congress Can Help The Epa Enlist Private Resources In The Fight To Save The Planet," pg lexis//um-ef)
The changing environment may be one of the most pressing threats in all of human
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invaluable in prosecuting enforcement actions without expending prohibitively large amounts of resources. n226


And, momentum from Obama, the courts, the CAA, and international cooperation means we'll prevent catastrophic warming now, but effective implementation of the Clean Air Act and U.S. Environmental Laws are key

Doniger 14
(David, is director and senior attorney for NRDC's climate and clean air program in Washington, D.C. law degree and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in history from Yale University, David rejoined NRDC in 2001 and represented NRDC in a string of climate change cases, including Massachusetts v. EPA, "The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going," pg online @ http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ddoniger/the_clean_air_act_and_climate.html //um-ef)
I thought we should start by reflecting on where we are right now. This
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Climate will be a bigger factor in the next election than ever before.


And, total planetary extinction is a certainty now – most qualified evidence

Barnosky et al 12
(Anthony D. Barnosky, Elizabeth A. Hadly, Jordi Bascompte, Eric L. Berlow, James H. Brown, Mikael Fortelius, Wayne M. Getz, John Harte, Alan Hastings, Pablo A. Marquet, Neo D. Martinez, Arne Mooers, Peter Roopnarine, Geerat Vermeij, John W. Williams, Rosemary Gillespie, Justin Kitzes, Charles Marshall, Nicholas Matzke, David P. Mindell, Eloy Revilla & Adam B. Smith, Nature 486, 52–58 (07 June 2012), "Approaching a state shift in Earth's biosphere," http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7401/full/nature11018.html)
Localized ecological systems are known to shift abruptly and irreversibly from one state to another
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widespread social unrest, economic instability and loss of human life could result64.


Warming is real, anthropogenic and causes extinction

Flournoy 12 — Citing Feng Hsu, PhD NASA Scientist @ the Goddard Space Flight Center. Don Flournoy is a PhD and MA from the University of Texas, Former Dean of the University College @ Ohio University, Former Associate Dean @ State University of New York and Case Institute of Technology, Project Manager for University/Industry Experiments for the NASA ACTS Satellite, Currently Professor of Telecommunications @ Scripps College of Communications @ Ohio University (Don, "Solar Power Satellites," January, Springer Briefs in Space Development, Book, p. 10-11
In the Online Journal of Space Communication , Dr. Feng Hsu, a NASA
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simply too high for us to take any chances" (Hsu 2010 )


Group Think



First, the Insider Threat Program creates a form of groupthink within the intelligence apparatus – ensures future Iraq-style invasions

Maté, Goodman, and Landay JUNE 25, 2013
(AARON, , an independent journalist and as a researcher for the author and journalist Naomi Klein.. His writings have appeared in publications including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the Guardian of London. B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." She is the first co-recipient of the Park Center for Independent Media's Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Media's She's Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored. S "Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers in Effort to Stop Classified Leaks," Democracy Now, JUNE 25, 2013, http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/insider_threat_government_employees_urged_to, Accessed: July 8, 2015, YDEL)
AMY GOODMAN: Can you tell us who Ilana Greenstein is? JONATHAN LANDAY:
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or abuse, and being retaliated against rather than having their concerns addressed.


That spills-over to all other government agencies – crushes free-thinking, and encourages a federal groupthink throughout the Obama administration

TAYLOR and LANDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
(MARISA, Investigative Reporter, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Jonathan, @McClatchyDC National Security Correspondent, June 20, 2013, "Obama's crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S," mcclatchydc, http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/special-reports/insider-threats/article24750244.html, Accessed: July 7, 2015, YDEL)
Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of
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violent acts against the government or the nation" and "potential espionage."


And, Groupthink will manifest itself in a U.S.-Russian War. A lack of original thought and skepticism makes another Iraq inevitable.

Parry 15
(Robert "Enforcing the Ukraine 'Group Think'" Consortiumnews.com, May 9, 2015, pg online @ https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/09/enforcing-the-ukraine-group-think/)
So, as the United States rushes into a new Cold War with Russia,
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introspection but retrospection, which also is not a characteristic of either profession."


And, a lack of rational voices and protests in the U.S. government is the trigger – groupthink will cause the U.S. to push Putin beyond his red-lines – invites unnecessary conflict that destroys the planet

Parry, 2015
(Robert, an American investigative journalist best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press (AP) and Newsweek, including breaking the Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare (CIA manual provided to the Nicaraguan contras) and the CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US scandal in 1985. He was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984. He has been the editor of Consortium News since 1995, February 6, 2015, "Nuclear War and Clashing Ukraine Narratives," Consortium News, https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/06/nuclear-war-and-clashing-ukraine-narratives/, Accessed: July 13, 2015, YDEL)
Exclusive: America and Russia have two nearly opposite narratives on Ukraine, which is
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nuclear showdown over Ukraine that could put all life on earth in jeopardy.


And, increased secrecy and lack of Executive transparency and accountability makes the risk of nuclear conflict high – prefer our qualified scholars – group think results in disaster

Adler 96
(David, professor of political science at Idaho State, "The Judiciary And Presidential Power In Foreign Affairs: A Critique " 1 Persp. on L. & Pub. Int. 1 1996-1997, pg Hein Online)
Of course, this arrangement has come under fire in the postwar period on a
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in comparison to those of the American people and their representatives in Congress.


Plan



The United States federal government should increase congressional oversight including; a prohibition on the monitoring of communications with those legally covered by a protected disclosure, require federal agency employees to participate in the Office of Special Counsel Whistleblower Protection Act certification program.



Solvency



Lack of oversight allows agencies to abuse the Insider Threat Program, creating a chilling effect

Hennigsen 13- writer, investigative journalist, and founder of the 21stCentury Wire.com
(Patrick, Obama's "Insider Threat Program" Views Whistleblowers as "Enemies of America", http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-insider-threat-program-views-whistleblowers-as-enemies-of-america/5340351) JB
The 'Insider Threat Program', is an anti-whistleblower protocol created by the
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" give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.


Plan solves for whistleblower protection

Canterbury 14
(Angela, Director of Public Policy, "POGO's Angela Canterbury testifies on "Limitless Surveillance at the FDA: Protecting the Rights of Federal Whistleblowers" February 26, 2014, pg online @ http://www.pogo.org/our-work/testimony/2014/pogos-angela-canterbury-testifies.html //um-ef)
Whistleblowers are the guardians of the public trust and safety. Without proper controls at
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and accountable to the American people. I look forward to your questions.


And, the signal of the plan must be clear and consistent and sent by Congress – oversight is critical to ensure protections are enforced

Grassley 14
(Chuck, Senator, "Sen. Grassley Talks About Anniversary Of Whistleblower Protection Act." Indian eGov Newswire 11 Apr. 2014. Infotrac Newsstand. //um-ef)
Value of Whistleblowers To return to the theme I started on, whistleblowers need protection
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sure that whistleblowers continue to receive the kind of protection they need and deserve


And, there is zero risk of offense, the insider threat program is a total disaster – it overextends agencies and creates a volume of useless information that only PREVENTS good governance

Rottman 13 (Gabe, "Obama's Whistleblower Witchunt Won't Work at DOD," pg online @ http://www.defenseone.com/management/2013/07/obama-whistleblower-witchhunt-wont-work-DOD/67598/ //um-ef)
The Obama administration is now on an Angletonian path, but on a meta scale
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will overwhelm counter-intelligence investigators, counsel strongly against this Angletonian initiative.