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Both DEMS & media need to stop describing individuals as "alleged", "self-styled" or other challenging term re: #whistleblower status.

They meet definition of being #WBer.…
2/If individuals made protected disclosure to supervisor in employee’s direct chain of command, an OIG or appropriate congressional committee or its members, they are protected #whistleblowers.

Doesn't mean they are credible or accurate, but attacking status undermines system.
3/I served as co-counsel to IC #whistleblowers whose complaint led to Trump's 1st impeachment (not our objective). Cong. Jordan was hypocritically a key attacker of WBer's lawful & legitimate status. It was wrong then, it is wrong now.…
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The 1st Amendment is truly dead to them.

@HouseJudiciary Dems actually wrote this in their hit job on @FBI #Whistleblowers, yet no one in legacy media called them on it:

"No law protects" those presenting their "personal opinions" to Congress. Image
For those confused about 1st Amendment and #whistleblower protections—both reflect core free speech principles vital to preserving liberty and self-governance.

These are foundational American values that ought to unite people of good will.… ImageImage
Another example. #Whistleblowers need the 1st Amendment and vice versa. Now more than ever. Read about former FBI Agent Mike Zummer’s petition to the Supreme Court.
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1. A primer 🧵for those interested in actually learning:

@HouseJudiciary Democrat attacks on @FBI witnesses that @empwr_us helped as not "real" #whistleblowers are wrong on the law and factually baseless.
2. Legally speaking, a whistleblower is someone makes a "protected disclosure." Period. Nothing else.

A "protected disclosure" generally means a good faith effort to properly report waste, wrongdoing, or a safety concern.

3. Reprisal or retaliation means taking and adverse personnel action, or colloquially speaking, any other form of retribution in response to a protected disclosure.
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...and the @washingtonpost also issued a correction (much more professional than @RollingStone, thank you @McDanielJustine).

The @HouseDemocrats hit job on @FBI #whistlelbower @RealStevefriend caused a lot of confusion about the facts—precisely what it was designed to do.
The half-truths and deceptively edited sections of leaked transcripts presented the media scribes trying to quickly summarize it for their readers a lot of material for a political narrative, but not much context or guidance for understanding the facts.
On @realstevefriend's protected #whistleblower disclosure about unnecessary SWAT operations, a @WashingtonPost story originally claimed:
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1. Thread on Fiona Barnett... #FionaBarnett Image
2. In “Hang on for the Ride” Fiona drew pictures of her abuse and named some high level abusers.… #fionabarnett #csa #childabuse #sra
3. Hang on For the Ride was a revelation back in 2015 and still is - not just child abuse, but ritual abuse, mind control programming, armed forces, international, high level. Names, places, programmes id'd. Irrefutable and in easy to understand drawings.… ImageImage
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🔴 The EU Commission is taking 8 countries to court for failing to transpose the Whistleblowing Directive (meaning, for failing to protect #whistleblowers). 1/5
➡️… Screenshot of the press release on the EC website that says:
🇪🇺 EU countries have had YEARS to adapt the Whistleblowing Directive into national laws. Only a few did it on time. Many have done it over a year after the deadline (Dec 2021). As of this day, this is the situation. ⬇️ 2/5 This is a map of EU countries and the status transposing the
The countries that the 🇪🇺 EU Commission is taking to court are Czechia, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary and Poland. The Commission found their explanations for the delays 'unsatisfactory'.
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@realDonaldTrump @QLightening @elonmusk Q: An example of stoic, calculated discernment, cares about abused children and those who are otherwise politically unrepresented.

NeverQ: You are crazy you are dumb you are a joke you are wasting your time
@realDonaldTrump @QLightening @elonmusk #NeverQ : "I will never do research on the corruption of the individuals and institutions that Q has mentioned. If I do any research, it will be to discredit Q and anons. But, I've found it's much easier to just make fun of them."

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Me voy a descansar conmocionado aún por el testimonio de @NegritaRoci

Se llama #Slapp, la espuria estrategia judicial seguida por @ACCIONA en #México.

Se plantean "juicios estratégicos" con la intención de amordazar a las personas que tienen el valor de #alertar un abuso. Image
@FelipeCalderon @NegritaRoci @ACCIONA Hola @FelipeCalderon
Agradezco la visibilidad en el caso de nuestra paisana @NegritaRoci
Se encuentra mal física y anímicamente por el desgaste del #cáncer.
Necesita descansar pero @ACCIONA en México, emprendió una demanda por daños a su imagen, reclaman un 1$, ¿nos ayudas? ImageImage
Por otra parte, relacionado con el Gobierno de México, duele que nuestro país, renuncie a su obligación de brindar protección a los nacionales. Por ejemplo, en mi caso, totalmente desamparado por la @SRE_mx. Sin ningún tipo de protección o asistencia.…
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Looking forward to what should be an interesting and timely speech from @EnvAgency's Sir James Bevan on the current and present challenges faced by UK due to #ClimateChange & how to build future resilience #IfGClimate
Opening his speech @JamesBevanEA stresses that he believes that "climate change is real" and "is the biggest threat we face". However, he acknowledges that it is often described in "overly-technical language" which can make it inaccessible to the general public #IfGClimate
Bevan cites #COP27 stats showing climate-related disasters have doubled in the last 20 years globally. Notes that 🇬🇧 has seen 4,000 heat related deaths since 2018, drought threatens our water supply this year & next, & 1-in-💯 year flood events now occur annually #IfGClimate
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"It is important that people have a reliable route that they can take when they want to expose wrongdoing. An office for the whistleblower might be a potential route."
-@MaryRobinson01 Chair @AWhistleblowing…
#Whistleblower #SDG16
Legislation is needed to clarify that whistleblowing should be viewed positively, like compliance, rather than negatively, like a form of corporate treachery that eventually unravels in costly, exhausting & embarrassing legal battles
-Georgina Halford-Hall
Whistleblowers need one place to go to find out where they stand, get support and advice, source the financial means to fight retaliation and get appropriate compensation for their damaged careers—for most #whistleblowers, whistleblowing is career ending
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🧵👇 Abusing its power over security clearances is the most effective and least accountable way that the Executive Branch retaliates against #whistleblowers. Congress and the Courts need more effectively check that abuse of power. It’s a grave threat to truth and accountability.
Here is what @MikeZummer blew the whistle on and how.

As you can see, it was serious and important, but it had nothing to do with national security.

And nothing Zummer did reflected poorly on his integrity or trustworthiness—quite the opposite. ImageImage
But look how the @FBI treated @MikeZummer.

Yank his clearance & pay.

Deny him permission to work elsewhere.

Brand him "untrustworthy" for releasing "sensitive government ... information."

All because he told a sentencing judge about a sexual predator's abuse of power. ImageImage
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1/Very worthwhile & interesting discussion of "Curious Fate of Citizen Snowden’s Archive" by long-time friend & oft media client @jeffersonmorley. Addresses issues many of us discuss all the time: where are Snowden's files & what should be done w/them?…
2/In decade since Snowden's criminal acts (whether you agree w/his actions or not, no escaping they were criminal) to disclose NSA/Govt secrets, especially abt domestic surveillance program, it has been said only abt 10% of contents have been publicly revealed.
3/Put aside revealing NSA's domestic surveillance program, which I believe Snowden could have done w/release of single page court order w/same effect yet had he done that he likely could be in US & not facing indictment. There were numerous lawful paths he could have taken. #Sad.
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The potential #criminal or perpetrator of protruding any suspicious action or decision based on heinous or harmful activity can be deterred by forcing them to weigh the consequences of mens rea & actus reus against the weight of punishments based on odds.
#bankers #roguetraders
Bad bankers are akin to criminals in any other walk of life.
We must broaden the domains of criminology and sociology, including psychology, to understand rogue and kleptomaniac behaviour among money managers in both the public and private sectors.
#Fincrime is ubiquitous
The most potent cocktail of crime is when Financial crimes aka #Fincrimes and Social Engineering taxonomy comes together, such as #Cybercrimes, to threaten legacy Management Information, Technology, Computer Engineering, Networking, and Private Data Systems Securities.
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1/Now this is interesting.

First, I regularly represent #whistleblowers regardless of political ideology, incl at @FBI. Not one #FBI #WBer has approached us or @wbaidlaw, a non-profit I co-founded to provide pro bono legal assistance. And that's fine, we don't own "market".
2/I've never heard of #KurtSiuzdak & that means nothing. He practices in CT. He may be best attny in CT in fact. His firm's practice areas are interestingly ... diverse.

* Family Matters & Divorce Law
* Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
* FBI Whistleblower litigation
3/What I don't understand & feel compelled to raise is this statement on his website:

"there only a few lawyers with experience in the Department of Justice's whisteblower court."

What @TheJusticeDept "whistleblower court"?
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1/Thread abt Grenell v. Troye defamation lawsuit:

We are publicly announcing that @MarkSZaidPC & #TomCraig (@TMCv63, @fhhfirm) are representing @OliviaTroye to defend against former Ambassador (& acting DNI for 3 months) #RichardGrenell’s defamation lawsuit.
2/We will not repeat lawsuit allegations, which arose from Twitter activity, but assuredly they are baseless.
3/His lawsuit was filed on August 8, 2022, in Circuit Court for City of Alexandria. Although filed almost one month ago, Troye has not been served to commence proceedings. For one thing, the address cited in lawsuit is incorrect.
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Who is the other official #whistleblowers identified, along with Thibault, as being "deeply involved" in launching DOJ's "false-electors scheme" criminal probe?

Richard Pilger, Director of the Election Crimes Branch, who has a history with Lois Lerner & IRS targeting.

2. Here are key pages from the 2014 Congressional report, at…

Pilger contacted Lerner in 2013 asking to coordinate with the IRS on an idea from @SenWhitehouse for DOJ to "piece together false statement" cases against certain nonprofits. ImageImage
3. You remember Lois Lerner.

She's the IRS official held in contempt of Congress.

And yet, @TheJusticeDept refused to even present the contempt citation to a Grand Jury, as required by statute.…
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Some key context missing from this WaPo article by @PostRoz, @DevlinBarrett, @CarolLeonnig, @jdawsey1 & @hsu_spencer.

THREAD: 1. On May 31, @ChuckGrassley wrote to @FBI about WFO Assistant SAC Timothy Thibault's political bias.
2. Shades of Peter Strzok.

Here are some examples and background, as described in the letter.

See highlights where Thibault even attacks @RepLizCheney ("Your dad was a disgrace"):

3. Then, on Monday, Grassley revealed that several #whistlelowers had come forward to detail how systemic political bias infects the @FBI and @TheJusticeDept through gatekeepers like Thibault and others who decide what gets investigated and what doesn't.
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1/I recently came across comments by #ChadWolf, former Acting DHS Secretary, to @axios in response to the @DHSOIG report that pertained to our client #BrianMurphy.

Let me clarify facts & respond directly given Wolf blatantly distorts the truth.

cc: @wbaidlaw
2/Wolf said:

"And finally, buried in the report is the fact that the grossly false whistleblower complaint against me was withdrawn"

It is true we withdrew Murphy's retaliation complaint as part of broad favorable settlement w/DHS. Given Murphy's career steps, this made sense.
3/Importantly, it did NOTHING to preclude DHS OIG from continuing its investigation, which it did & issued adverse findings against Wolf.

Total vindication for Murphy, one of the highest ranking #whistleblowers in US history.
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#ElonsProblems - So Elon Musk's #TwitterTakeover coincides with #Tesla stock losing 35% of its value in five weeks. I know it will bounce back, but I feel like there's a little #karma in all this. :) Image
2/ #ElonMusk #ElonsProblems - #Freespeech most vociferous advocates seem the least likely to understand it.…
3/ I actually truly appreciate #ElonMusk for #Tesla and #SpaceX. But I don't appreciate his Napoleonic overreach, name-calling, disregard for #freespeech or #whistleblowers. His legal problems are of his own making.…
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#Thread: Επιστολή 12 μελών της Κοινωνίας των Πολιτών & ανεξάρτητων Μέσων Ενημέρωσης στην 🇪🇺 Αντιπρόεδρο της @EU_Commission @VeraJourova & το @Europarl_EN για τις παραβιάσεις του Κράτους Δικαίου στην 🇬🇷. #govwatchgr

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2⃣ Με αφορμή τη δημιουργία του Παρατηρητηρίου #GovWatchGr από το @vouliwatch, οργανώσεις & ΜΜΕ έστειλαν επιστολή στην 🇪🇺 Επίτροπο Διαφάνειας @VeraJourova & την Επιτροπή LIBE του @Europarl_EN, εκφράζοντας ανησυχίες για το Κράτος Δικαίου στην 🇬🇷.…
3⃣ Η επιστολή κάνει λόγο για παραβιάσεις & προβλήματα στο Κράτος Δικαίου σε τομείς όπως:

❗τα πόθεν έσχες πολιτικών

❗την αστυνομική #βία

❗την προστασία των #whistleblowers

❗την ελευθερία του #Τύπου

❗τις #επαναπροωθήσεις προσφύγων

❗τις διώξεις δημοσιογράφων μέσω #SLAPPs
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@STM_Uutiset @THLorg @KristaKiuru @T_Puumalainen @mapetti @HNohynek @laslehti @LindenAki “Were you properly informed about what is really going on? So, you are imposing a medical product on the Europeans citizens without them knowing what’s in these contracts” - MEP @ CristianTerhes
@STM_Uutiset @THLorg @KristaKiuru @T_Puumalainen @mapetti @HNohynek @laslehti @LindenAki #Albania Leaks.
Mafia-tyyliset sopimukset, joita ei voi peruuttaa, sitovat koko #EU'n panttivangiksi, komissaarit Ursula ja Stella, miljoonalahjukset.
Ostaja[valtio] tunnustaa, että ”rokotteen” pitkäaikaisvaikutukset ja tehokkuus eivät ole tiedossa.…
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I've been quieter on Twitter than usual, but POGO's policy team has been toiling away to advance reforms through Congress to protect #whistleblowers and empower inspectors general. Those reforms are desperately needed to prevent waste and fraud:…
Next week, the @HSGAC will hold a hearing to consider three bills that would empower nonpartisan inspectors general to aggressively carry out their anti fraud and waste mission, without fear that it will lead to their firing.…
The House considered, and passed in a bipartisan vote, one of those three bills three months ago. I was honored to testify in support of that legislation - the IG Independence and Empowerment Act.…
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