The "Insider Threat Program" And The Government's War On Whistleblowers

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The Obama Administration’s Orwellian government employee snitch network, dubbed the “Insider Threat Program,” first made headlines about a year ago. I found it to be so disturbingly significant I wrote a post about it titled: The 3 Key Takeaways from the Ridiculous “Insider Threat Program.” Those 3 key takeaways were that it…

  1. Creates a horrible and counterproductive work environment where everyone distrusts everyone else.
  2. Solidifies the fact the government is not interested in solving problems, but rather is focused on continuing the cronyism and criminality and merely covering it up.
  3. Exposes how completely hopeless and terminal the status quo is.

Fast forward a year, and it appears that several members of Congress are also becoming increasingly concerned. Some are starting to ask questions, but as usual, the “most transparent administration in history” is entirely nontransparent. We learn from the Washington Post that:

In early April, Sen. Charles E. Grassley summoned FBI officials to his Capitol Hill office. He said he wanted them to explain how a program designed to uncover internal security threats would at the same time protect whistleblowers who wanted to report wrongdoing within the bureau.

 

The meeting with two FBI officials, including the chief of the bureau’s Insider Threat Program, ended almost as soon as it began. The officials said the FBI would protect whistleblowers by “registering” them. When Grassley’s staff members asked them to elaborate, the FBI officials declined to answer any more questions and headed for the door.

 

“We’re leaving,” said J. Christopher McDonough, an FBI agent assigned to the bureau’s congressional affairs office, said Senate staff members who attended the meeting.

 

The episode infuriated Grassley (Iowa), a leading advocate for whistleblowers in Congress and the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Any effort to register whistleblowers, he said, would “clearly put a target on their backs.”

 

The Insider Threat Program and a continuous monitoring initiative under consideration in the intelligence community were begun by the Obama administration after the leaks of classified information by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, and the Navy Yard shootings by Aaron Alexis, who used his security clearance to gain access to the base.

 

The programs are designed to prevent leaks of classified information by monitoring government computers and employees’ behavior.

 

Grassley said the episode with the FBI illustrates how federal agencies are setting up internal security programs without giving careful consideration to whether they could dissuade whistleblowers from coming forward.

 

“The Insider Threat Program has the potential for taking the legs out from underneath all of the whistleblower protections we have,” Grassley said in a recent interview.

 

Greg Klein, the head of the FBI’s Insider Threat Program, and McDonough, the congressional affairs agent, did not return calls seeking comment. An FBI spokesman said the bureau does not plan to register whistleblowers. He said there was a misunderstanding about the nature of the briefing with staff members for Grassley, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and a law enforcement official who is assigned to the Senate panel. The spokesman noted that the FBI has a whistleblower training program for employees and a whistleblower protection office.

Of course not. Why would a federal police force have to answer to Congress or the media? It’s not like this is a democracy or anything.

Furthermore, of course there was a “misunderstanding,” your representatives stormed out of the meeting like petulant toddlers.

Grassley is part of a growing chorus of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and attorneys for whistleblowers who warn that the Insider Threat Program and the potential intelligence community initiative threaten to undermine federal workers’ ability to report wrongdoing without retaliation.

 

Together, the programs cover millions of federal workers and contractors at every government agency.

 

“I think it’s time to put up the caution light here,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

 

“This really has the potential for abuse, and I think it could have a chilling effect on the public’s right to know and effective oversight of our government,” Wyden said.

 

Michael German, a former undercover FBI agent and whistleblower, called the Insider Threat Program a “dangerous” initiative.

“These agencies have long treated whistleblowers as security threats and this makes things even worse,” said German, now a senior national security fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

As I have maintained time and time again, what is clear since the Edward Snowden revelations is that the government has zero interest in reining in these programs. It merely wants to make sure the public can never learn about government criminality in the future. Hence the aggressive “war on whistleblowers.”

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tickhound's picture

"Creates a horrible and counterproductive work environment where everyone distrusts everyone else."

That one sounds an awful lot like everyday life. Wonder why...

The doctor told me i had a tumor needing removal. Turns out his wife needed a jet ski.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

You have to be stupid or indifferent not to know what is going on

in government today. Take your pick.

icanhasbailout's picture

the most obvious insider threat is ironically the Insider Threat Program itself

Anusocracy's picture

If you want government, you better expect to get every evil it can possibly do.

To think otherwise is foolish.

Pladizow's picture

Don't fight.

Walk away from a crumbling empire!

philipat's picture

Sounds remarkably like the old East Germany. Maybe that;s why Merkel can see right through it and is moving towards Russia?

Anusocracy's picture

A couple years ago, in a State of Russia speech, Putin asked why the US was going towards where Russia had just left.

American Dreams's picture

Much respect for you here Plad, but where can one walk when all paths lead to the same enemy.  Also, problem is, when one wants to fight it can be a bit challenging to figure out who the fuck is right.  Personally I've struggled with this for years and I'm just now figuring it out, hard to imagine the confusion most might have, scratch that, most are apathetic and just dont give a shit....    

 

No more lies, no mor lies

 

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conscious being's picture

What do you mean all paghs lead to the same enemy? The Federal Reserve is not everywhere.

Skateboarder's picture

The end-goal is truly Orwellian: neighbor to tell on neighbor, child to tell on parent, disciple to tell on master, husband to tell on wife.

Globalization helps acheive the necessary chaos against the unity of a community. Watch for patterns.

Sedaeng's picture

"See Something - Say Something" slogans here in Texas. Not sure about the rest of the States.

Skateboarder's picture

Do your local people abuse each other as per their recommendation? i.e. goody-2shoes calling the cops on homeboy smokin a J, taking a walk with a beer outside, etc.

Sedaeng's picture

Not sure I could answer that honestly.  I know that I FINALLY secured 40 acres of raw land hours from any large city. Hopefully far enough out that no one can 'see' anything to feel the need to 'say' something ;)

I just think its sad that it is obvious to us what is going on in the world... the very few of 'us'

Grumbleduke's picture

When we see something, we say something!  - Smith & Wesson -

boattrash's picture

Good one Grumbleduke,

The meeting with two FBI officials, including the chief of the bureau’s Insider Threat Program, ended almost as soon as it began. The officials said the FBI would protect whistleblowers by “registering” them. When Grassley’s staff members asked them to elaborate, the FBI officials declined to answer any more questions and headed for the door.

I'm glad to know that none of these "Unintended Consequences" could ever happen by registering say, GUNS. /Sarc


headhunt's picture

Reach out and touch someone...

http://www.bushmaster.com/firearms/BA50.asp

headhunt's picture

Same in the NE - It should read 'Brown Shirts - See Something - Say Something"

TBT or not TBT's picture

The proto fascist Wilson administration did the same and worse about 100 years ago.    He was a Harvard academic too, on record, and how, against our pesky Constitution.  

conscious being's picture

So bad that he was worse than Obama, but Obama is not done yet.

Cathartes Aura's picture

over one hundred years of voting

repetitive same results

and yet, so few seem to realise

it's the SYSTEM, not the FIGUREHEAD

and so it staggers along

habitually.

Urban Redneck's picture

If the whole neighbor-on-neighbor, brother-on-brother thing isn't corrected, then it is likely to devolve from snitching to shooting. Civil War Bitchez.

BlindMonkey's picture

"husband to tell on wife."

Wife to tell on husband. Fixed it for ya. It almost never works in the vector you wrote.

sleigher's picture

Almost? They can do whatever they want and then say "he hit me".  Game over... 

doctor10's picture

Should be easy to fogure out where their "problems" lie-just have NSA kick on the webcam at each Fed.gov employee computer!!!!

derrick773's picture

Fuck you Obummer, Alexander, and all others who have contributed to the trampling of the US Constitution

Anusocracy's picture

Why pine away for the Constitution, it didn't make anyone free.

SunRise's picture

That's true, but adherence to it did - In Summary:  My rights to do as I please end at the next person's nose and wallet.  Unless someone else initiates force against you, you are in fact free from that force.

Anusocracy's picture

The definition of government is the opposite of that of freedom. The very existence of government means a corresponding loss of freedom.

So exactly how does that work?

A new slogan: Less Freedom Means More Freedom.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

Yep, the Libs and their biased MSM screamed...

Bloody-murder at Bush for this,

But the Obozo Admin is doing the same damn thing...

But only on steroids (much much worse)...

And what do we hear from the Lib-biased MSM?

Crickets... not a fukin' peep!

Let them eat iPads's picture

Bush and Obama are both weak-willed, useless twats - the perfect type of people for the presidency because they're spineless and easy to manipulate.

Any potential candidate with a backbone is automatically smeared as "too far out of the mainstream" by the MSM and their masters so they don't have a chance in the end.

There hasn't been a president who was his own man since JFK and you see how he ended up.

TeamDepends's picture

There's not a smidgen of corruption....

AssFire's picture

TSA, NSA, etc. not involved in protecting but totally about controlling I hate my country at this point and hope for it to fail and break apart-

it has not been "United States" since the southern states were destroyed through scorthed  earth (by big govenrment) and denied their right to freedom.

thatthingcanfly's picture

The original document was titled "Constitution FOR THESE United States." [Emphasis mine.] The plurality was lost with Mr. Lincoln's reign of terror.

Skateboarder's picture

As soon as you have "command central," your 'civilization' eats shit.

Anusocracy's picture

All a constitution does is to create a select group of individuals and give them made up rights to trump the rights you have.

After that, it's off to the races.

Skateboarder's picture

Some people get quite offended when you suggest there be no rules. It's like their whole world gets tossed into the blender and shoved down their throats, only for them to puke back at you "NO!"

Anusocracy's picture

Actually there would be more rules and more protections, they just wouldn't be used offensively and against a population the way government does. The right to carry and kicking the real criminals out of society and denying them any of its amenities would make society far safer.

Most people can't understand that their own government constantly wages war against them. More and more will though, as the government boot stomps on their faces.

sleigher's picture

Trading with the enemy act.  Most don't get who the enemy is...

klockwerks's picture

"hope for it to fail and break apart" Funny that you should say that as that is what O and many others are wanting also. They are now going for broke.

American Dreams's picture

Totally disagree with you Klock.  Its not about making it fail or breaking it apart, its about total capture of a system and reducing that system and all global human management systems to similar levels.  Remove ambition, remove personal choice, remove freedom of movement, and above all else remove any physical threat to the "elected" controllers.  

Know your enemy

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Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

 

So you support dishonesty?

So you support corruption?

So you support fraud?

So you support MURDER? (That is what it is when Obama kills without due process.)

So you support the oligarchy?

 

You can place your faith in that if you so shall choose.

 

Of course you need be willing to accept the consequences of that support. You will reap the consequences of all of the sin which you have sown. There is no forgiveness for the unrepentant.

 

Personally I have absolutely NO FAITH and NO CONFIDENCE WHATSOEVER in the current United States Government.

 

It is a sham.

 

It is a Fraud.

 

It is a farce.

 

It has lost its Moral Compass and serves to bring about misery and suffering to, not only her own people, but to the rest of the Planet also.

 

It is of SATAN.

 

As I am a proponent of the Kingdom of God, it will give me nothing but cause for celebration when the Fraudulent, Dishonest, Corrupt and Murderous Oligarchy collapses and is trashed, rightfully, into the dustbin of History. 

 

The Kingdom of God is the ANTITHESIS for which the United States Government currently stands.

 

I am looking forward to the wrath of God being set upon the deserving. That is where I place my Faith and Confidence. I place it in God Almighty through Christ Jesus.

 

And that is my choice.

 

Do you require any clarification? Am I clear?

Fuku Ben's picture

And it won't be the united States of America again until you change your mind and enough other minds to stand up and fight for what you are willing handing it over to globalist scum.

I speak with a ridiculous number of people around the world every day. Our conversations are often cover global issues. These people almost all realize what you had for freedom, what you still have for freedom (although significantly less than before) and what you could have again for freedom in an instant if you would unite and fight for it. They almost universally have asked me: WTF is wrong with Americans?

Based on your comment "I hate my country at this point and hope for it to fail and break apart" it sounds like you've given up and are willing to just bend over for these pieces of shit destroying your country, but more importantly its ideals, without a fight. WTF?

My country is a puppet of your country which is a puppet of another country and so on and so on.

Your fight is our fight is someone else's fight. You see how that works? Stop surrendering already.

Take the John Paul Jones approach. "I have not yet begun to fight"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcskckuosxQ

TheSecondLaw's picture

Agreed.  And for the record:  How many senators or congressmen have resigned from office in protest against the abuses and violations of the constitution perpetrated by the US government? Put your money where your mouth is, Mr Representative/Senator, and walk away from the salary and the perqs. I am still waiting for:  "I am resigning because I will not serve in a government that no longer serves the people it governs."   That would get some attention.   The old excuse "I am working to change things from inside" is just lip-service to obscure the fact that in the end...ya kinda like the lifestyle that living of other people's money gives ya.

conscious being's picture

TSL- don't believe the fairytale. They're all vetted and owned before they get anywhere near showing up on the ballot.

Wahooo's picture

Interesting post.  I think generally we are at the point where Americans who give a shit about this stuff are trying to figure out whether it's more expedient to let the system collapse or to destroy it.

BlindMonkey's picture

Option 3: GTFO

I am now middle age. I see what is going on and don't have the interest in doing what would be necessary to keep it together. I also seriously doubt there would be any way for one person (me) to make a difference and that person would be hammered down like the standout nail. I am poo flinging solely and working diligently on finding another place to reside. I have even vowed to never follow politics when I am afar. Call it the head-in-sand strategy if you will but I would rather tend to some fruit trees in the back yard than get wrapped up in the latest bullshit power grab by the USG.

boattrash's picture

AssFire, I'm not sure about the Down-tics, as you made a 2 part statement. But my 1st guess is  that 3 people's understanding of the South and The Civil War may have stopped at the Public Education Level.

Burticus's picture

The framers' vision of individual liberty, limited government & free enterprise economics that was America is long dead, replaced by the United State_, a consolidated government that has absorbed the states since the worst president, Lincoln, decreed that membership in the union was no longer voluntary.

Jefferson warned us that "...whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force...that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself..."  "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch8s41.html

NoDebt's picture

"I think it's time to put up the caution light here,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee"

Oh, my God, you think so?  

Just keep going.  Do whatever the fuck you want.  You lost all of us years ago.  You can't fix this problem from the inside.