WHISTLEBLOWERS -- The National Whistleblowers Center is urging Americans to take action to protect a newly prominent figure in the resistance to illegal and wholesale domestic spying without judicial safeguards.
Tamm is currently under investigation by the FBI for reporting NSA's illegal actions to the New York Times. Unfortunately, Tamm had no other option. He was repeatedly silenced by his supervisors. There was no place for him to report the criminal activities of the government's highest ranking employees, and there are no whistleblower protections for national security and intelligence employees who suffer retaliation.
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Beyond the defense of this particular defender of the Bill of Rights, the center wants greater protection for whistleblowers of all kinds in all federal agencies.
It is time to send a message to those who retaliate and threaten whistleblowers, and put an end to the government's use of "national security" as a justification to break the law.
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But no action anyone could take now will spare Tamm the almost typical sacrifice and suffering experienced by even the most "successful" whistleblower. As Newsweek reports it,
Still, Tamm is haunted by the consequences of what he didand what could yet happen to him. He is no longer employed at Justice and has been struggling to make a living practicing law. He does occasional work for a local public defender's office, handles a few wills and estatesand is more than $30,000 in debt. (To cover legal costs, he recently set up a defense fund.) He says he has suffered from depression.
At times during his interviews with NEWSWEEK, Tamm would stare into space for minutes, silently wrestling with how to answer questions. One of the most difficult concerned the personal ramifications of his choice. "I didn't think through what this could do to my family," he says.