Countdown Iraq

40 days until the handover of Iraq to the transitional government.

THIS STORY on NPR today was interesting. Military whistle-blowers found out that, though there is a law prohibiting retaliation against those that point out wrongdoing, the law doesn’t lay out any punishment for those that retaliate.

Daniel Zwerdling examines two cases of military whistleblowers who faced retribution. In the first case, an Army captain was sent to Haiti in 1994 to protect human rights, but when he tried to expose the fact that U.S. military was standing by while political dissidents were being killed, he was court-martialed and lost his job and benefits. In the second case, a young Navy officer who revealed something far less heinous — that commanders were going on expensive taxpayer-funded junkets — had his military career destroyed in retaliation.

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