• WaPo: ACLU throws support behind State Department whistleblower

    May 24, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State




    Today’s Washington Post featured a story on how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has continued to support my case that the Department of State has continued to violate my First Amendment rights by moving to fire me because of this blog. You can read the entire story here.

    The State Department puts together an overnight, internal-use only media summary for busy diplomats to read first thing in the morning as a way of quickly knowing what happened whilst they acquired their beauty sleep. Though the summary features most every story about the Department from the Washington Post, inexplicably today’s WaPo piece about the ACLU was omitted. One day the State Department will realize that its lame efforts to control every message only end up making them look dumber and dumber all the time. That day is, however, not today.

    I was very gratified to see that the nation’s premier authority on free speech, the ACLU, studied the State Department’s actions and, in five pages of legal analysis, concluded unambiguously that the Department of State acted unconstitutionally and violated my First Amendment rights.

    The ACLU didn’t just say that government employees retain their free speech rights, it laid out the legal doctrine behind that statement in great detail. This helps not only me, but also every other US government employee out there who still believes his/her oath is to the Constitution, and is not some silly loyalty pledge designed to hide their agency’s dirty laundry.

    The State Department may still fire me, but they now are on notice that the issues they will fire me for will not go away. Ultimately, State’s actions against the Constitution will need to be judged not by their own misguided ideas but by a court.

    It is also a shame that the State Department, the part of the US government directly charged with speaking abroad about America’s democracy and freedoms, feels it necessary to deny its own employees those same freedoms. It weakens the institution, and it weakens the State Department’s own credibility overseas.

    Who knows, maybe the Chinese government will step in and demand the US recognize my rights as a citizen?



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      I’m sure it’s just an oversight. SecState Clinton is focused these days on deciding whether to take MEK off the terror list. The MEK is also a big believer in free speech. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0808/Iranian-group-s-big-money-push-to-get-off-US-terrorist-list

      05/24/12 2:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Frederick Fellow said...

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      Peter, why don’t you set up an online petition to get your job back? It’s time for Americans to send a message to the federal agencies that all of us support with our taxes. Federal workers are Americans too, right? Or are they planning to outsource these jobs to China? The propaganda department at State already uses contractors with direct family ties to China. It wouldn’t be that much of a leap. In any case, the State Department owes you an apology and it owes you your job back. Save Peter’s Job!

      05/24/12 8:47 PM | Comment Link

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