by the Corporate Crime Reporter
For the first time in decades, advocates for government whistleblowers have a seat at the White House policy table.
“After 1,000 points of darkness, we now have 1,000 points of light,” Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project told Corporate Crime Reporter last week.
“Before President Obama – either the Republicans didn’t have the time of day for us, or the Democrats like Clinton and Carter didn’t have the time of day for us until the decision was made and then they would call us in and say – thank you for all you have done. But we never had a voice before the decisions were made until the decisions were made.”
Devine said that President Obama “has enfranchised the civil liberties activists for the first time in 30 years.”
“Now we have a voice,” Devine said. “We are meeting with White House ethics counsel Norm Eisen. We are meeting with the general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. We are meeting with the top appointees at the Department of Justice.”
“It has made a major difference – step by exhausting plodding step,” Devine said.