Dissenters’ Digest for June 10-23

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at news stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability. Look for it every other Saturday evening at www.dissentersdigest.com.

Contempt: A House committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to submit documents in connection with the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal. President Obama invoked executive privilege, for the first time, to shield the documents from Congress. The measure may soon be presented to the House for a final vote. Meanwhile, Democrats are decrying the move as a political “witch hunt.”

Stonewalled: Senator Chuck Grassley is getting stonewalled by the Food and Drug Administration over an inquiry that it’s been spying on federal whistleblowers. The Senate and related House investigations were sparked by a lawsuit filed by six FDA whistleblowers who were allegedly targeted for surveillance. The National Whistleblowers Center is representing them in court. Relatedly, the Office of Special Counsel, which is also investigating the FDA over the same matter, released a memo this week to the federal government, urging agencies not to spy on whistleblowers. Doing so, the memo said, might lead OSC to conclude that retaliation is afoot.

Looking Backwards: President George W. Bush ignored a number of the CIA’s pre-9/11 warnings, according to new FOIA documents declassified and revealed this week.

Cover-Up: An Army Lt. General is accused of blocking a corruption probe in Afghanistan to help President Obama’s re-election.

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4 thoughts on “Dissenters’ Digest for June 10-23

  1. Forcing anyone to MSPB gives them no chance of justice. As I found out, MSPB accepts fraudulent 2nd probations illegally forced on career tenured employees by IRS. MSPB judges deny due process rights, even when it’s clear that the employee has had nothing but excellent evaluations for their entire career – close to 20 years. The IRS can falsify their files completely, with narrative on the wrong agent’s cases, backdated memos to the wrong agent, etc… the IRS does not even need to identify the correct agent for termination since MSPB looks at nothing, and fraudulently tells the employee he has no other option but to accept a grossly unfair settlement, when the employee should be reinstated with full back pay, since there was no warning or procedural protections, and the union grievance was blocked.

    As I found out after the fact, the hiring manager was just trying to get rid of older well qualified CPA/MBA’s in order to get his unqualified daughter hired (a former library worker who replaced us soon after, same POD, revenue agent position). Nepotism is so rampant in the agency that it’s destroying many lives, and I imagine that was the real reason behind Elgin’s termination. In our cases, there was no reason except nepotism. And the relatives do no real probations at IRS, while others – career tenured employees – are put on multiple probations from hell in order to illegally steal their career tenure.

    If mislabelled probationary as IRS does in my location, there is no chance of ever being allowed to present your case, even after wasting your life savings and years of your life. A terrorist would be far better off than an employee with nothing but excellent evaluations for 20 years – the terrorist gets a free lawyer, the hardworking employee gets his job and retirement illegally taken (since I was not probationary as I have since confirmed with the experts in DC, the MSPB judge lied, and my settlement is all based on a fraudulent probation).

      • The MSPB judge lied to me and told me my only option was the unfair settlement (all due to the probationary status, which I had argued was in error – I was a career tenured employee with full due process rights, as I have since confirmed with the best lawyers). Having no experience with corrupt judges, I didn’t know I was supposed to tell the judge he had to hear the case since I was an employee with full due process rights. I appealed it to Fed Circuit (with no lawyer since I had spent my life savings, with no job), and Fed Circuit said basically tough luck, you settled. I didn’t even get the “clean SF 50″ which was promised at settlement, and they got to dictate the wording of the settlement due to fraudulently labelling me as probationary. So much for justice in the U.S. – as my coworker stated, we have no faith whatsoever in the US government after working for this corrupt and incompetent agency, and seeing that MSPB is no better.

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