Reuben Guttman, head of the false claims group, Grant & Eisenhofer

Whistler in the dark

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  • Sad. I think you are diverting from the real issue-big brother state.

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  • I'm not sure how Mr. Guttman can put forward his definition of whistleblowing and then proceed to contort it with a straight face. Let's look at this definition step-by-step: "A true whistleblower is someone who uses legal channels to protect lives or advance a moral or legal principle. Of course, a classic whistleblower is an individual who channels information to a regulatory authority, or maybe uses the media when those in authority have subverted the law."

    It is convenient, but disingenuous for Mr. Guttman to advance the definition of a whistleblower as requiring someone to use "legal channels" to blow their whistle. As anyone who has followed national security leaks over the past decade knows, there are very few effective legal channels to report concerns, despite administration claims.

    Mr. Guttman suggests a whistleblower is someone who advances a moral or legal principle, but then dismisses Mr. Snowden's "youthful lights" rather than concede he has any sincere beliefs at stake.

    Mr. Guttman further denies that that authorities have subverted the law because, well, all of this was legally authorized. No one was lied to--Mr. Clapper merely misspoke, I suppose. The fact that vast surveillance programs were launched in secret is a huge difference. Evidently whistleblowing requires outright lies now and not obfuscation and secrecy?

    We can and should have a discussion about the role of private contractors and the process by which security clearances are doled out in this country, but tarring Mr. Snowden by comparing him to Bernie Madoff is absurd on its face.

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