Presidential Promise: Increase protections for whistleblowers

Obameter update on his election promise to increase protections for whistleblowers

politifact-photos-CompromiseAs a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised to strengthen whistleblower laws for federal workers by speeding up the review process of claims, and granting whistleblowers full access to jury trials and due process.

In the lights of continuing revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about methods used by the NSA, we decided to once again take a closer look at Obama’s campaign promise.

As of this writing, Obama has signed both a law and an executive order increasing whistleblower protection rights, and the overall conditions for federal employees have improved greatly.

One important exception, though, are whistleblowers in the intelligence community like Snowden, a former NSA contractor.

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Published on: PolitiFact.com (November 2013)

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