Monday, July 15, 2013


Whistleblowing is the moral response to immoral activity by those in power. What's important here are government programs and methods, not data  about individuals.  I understand I am asking for people to engage in illegal and dangerous behavior.  Do it carefully and do it safely, but -- and I am talking directly to you, person working on one of these secret and probably illegal programs -- do it.

If you see something, say something.  There are many people in the U.S. that will appreciate and admire you.

For the rest of us, we can help by protesting this war on whistleblowers. We need to force our politicians not to punish them -- to investigate the abuses and not the messengers -- and to ensure that those unjustly persecuted can obtain redress.

Our government is putting its own self-interest ahead of the interests of the country.  That needs to change.

-- Bruce Schneier, Government Secrets and the Need for Whistleblowers, The Atlantic (6 June 2013)

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