First You Slam The Whistleblower, Then You Declare National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
Whistle-blower: a person who tells police, reporters, etc., about something (such as a crime) that has been kept secret – Merriam Webster
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res. 236, a resolution declaring the day to be National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
The resolution was introduced by Senator Charles Grassley, and was promoted by Mitch McConnell.
When Edward Snowden acted as a whistleblower to expose massive unconstitutional surveillance by the National Security Agency of hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans, Senators Grassley and McConnell weren’t so appreciative.
Grassley declared that, although he couldn’t specifically what law Snowden broke, he knew that Snowden had to be thrown into prison anyway, as retaliation for blowing the whistle on the NSA. “I don’t know exactly the law and I don’t know the extent to which he violated whatever law is there, but he’s got to be prosecuted,” Grassley said.
Mitch McConnell also blasted Edward Snowden, declaring that it wasn’t enough to just reprimand Snowden, because other whistleblowers must be deterred. “I hope that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” McConnell said.
Just two days before National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, President Barack Obama finally ended 766 days of refusal to acknowledge a petition asking for a pardon for Edward Snowden by declaring that, no, Edward Snowden must be prosecuted, because whistleblowing cannot be tolerated.
These politicians say they appreciate whistleblowers, but demand vigorous criminal prosecution of people who blow the whistle. Could the message be more clear?
In the United States, whistleblowers will receive their appreciation from behind bars.