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FBI Director Comey: NSA Leader Snowden Is No Hero or Whistleblower

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey can think of a few adjectives to describe NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but “whistleblower” and “hero” are not among them.

NPR reports that Comey can’t understand why Snowden would be held up as a hero when all three branches of the U.S. government have approved surveillance of phone records.

“I see the government operating the way the founders intended,” Comey said, “so I have trouble applying the whistleblower label to someone who basically disagrees with the way our government is structured and operates.”

That’s not good news for Snowden’s supporters, who are calling on President Obama to grant Snowden clemency or leniency.

Opinion: Why NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Doesn’t Deserve Celemency

Fred Kaplan
Slate

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks, I wrote a column airing (and endorsing) the concerns of Brian Jenkins, a leading counterterrorism expert, that the government’s massive surveillance program had created “the foundation of a very oppressive state.”

And yet I firmly disagree with the New York Times’ Jan. 1 editorial (“Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower”), calling on President Obama to grant Snowden “some form of clemency” for the “great service” he has done for his country.

It is true that Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of American citizens—far vaster than any outsider had suspected, in some cases vaster than the agency’s overseers on the secret FISA court had permitted—have triggered a valuable debate,leading possibly to much-needed reforms.

If that were all that Snowden had done, if his stolen trove of beyond-top-secret documents had dealt only with the NSA’s domestic surveillance, then some form of leniency might be worth discussing.

But Snowden did much more than that.

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Justice Department Memo Suggests Leakers Face Firing Squad?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Leak information and you face a firing squad from the Justice Department.

So suggests a page of the ATF’s online manual, some employees complained, reports the Washington Times.

With the recent mass shootings and leaks, some ATF employees were offended, saying the agency already fosters a hostile environment for whistleblowers.

ATF authorities said the photo was a light-hearted joke.

Ranking Senator Questions Quickness of Confirming New ATF Head B. Todd Jones Gets

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ranking Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said “very troubling allegations” have surfaced that suggest B. Todd Jones, who is President Obama’s choice to head the ATF, retaliated against a whistleblower, The Washington Times reports.

The Iowa senator questioned why the confirmation hearings last week weren’t delayed while an investigation of Jones continues. 

When asked about the whistle-blowing complaints, Jones said he wasn’t familiar with the “substance of the complaints” and declined to comment.

“I must say that the allegations in the complaint are extremely troubling,” Grassley said.

ATF Nominee B. Todd Jones Faces Inquiry Following Retaliation Claims

  

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An independent watchdog group for the Justice Department is investigating claims that President Obama’s nominee to head the ATF retaliated against a whistleblower, the Roll Call reports.

B. Todd Jones is accused of suspending an employee in retaliation for lodging a complaint.

Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, is heading the investigation.

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FBI Probes Release of Video Showing Rutgers Coach Shoving, Kicking Players

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to determine whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university by threatening to release damaging videos showing ex-coach Mike Rice shoving players and calling them gay slurs, the Associated Press reports.

The former employee, Eric Murdock, quit his job last year at the basketball program’s player development director.

A lawyer for Murdock asked the university for $950,000 to avoid a lawsuit, the AP reported.

The video was released last week, and Murdock filed a whistleblower suit Friday against the university.

The video resulted in Rice’s termination and the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, an assistant basketball coach and the university’s top in-house lawyer.

Border Patrol Agent Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Over Comments About Port Angeles Station

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who said he and his family were subjected to “ugly harassment” by federal officials in retaliation for complaining that the Port Angeles station is wasting resources reached a settlement with the agency, the Associated Press reports.

Christian Sanchez settled with Border Patrol over his whistleblower retaliation claim during mediation by the Office of Special Counsel, the AP reported.

Border Patrol officials declined to divulge details of the settlement, saying the terms were confidential.

Sanchez apparently ruffled feathers when he told the Sunlight Foundation Advisory Committee on Transparency in July 2011 that the Port Angeles station is a “black hole” with “no purpose, no mission.”

ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Reinstated While Federal Board Investigates His Case

Vince Cefalu

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The ATF special agent who was fired recently after blowing the whistle on the failed gun-running operation, Fast and Furious returned to his job, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

Vince Cefalu is back on the payroll for at least 45 days while the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, which oversees federal employment issues, examines the case, the Journal reported.

The request to temporarily reinstate Cefalu came the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigator.

Giving ATF officials five days to comply, the board ordered the agency to “reinstate Mr. Cefalu to his position of Criminal Investigator, with the same duties and responsibilities in effect immediately prior to his removal,” according to the Journal.

The agency maintains Cefalu was fired for “lack of candor.”