US whistleblowers

Interesting Gary Younge article about the new generation of US whistleblowers – post 9/11, media savvy, committed to freedom of information and appalled by government restriction and deceit. That George W. Bush would come down hard on such people was predictable; Obama, you might think, would know better.

In fact, he did know better. As a presidential candidate, in 2008, he said that “often the best source of information about waste, fraud and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out.” Whistlebowers, he said, commit “acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars. They should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration.” So go on, Barack, let us in on the secret. Exactly what was it that made you change your mind?