Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Mike Dewine. Dirty Dozen.

The following is the Mike Dewine excerpt from my interview with Sibel Edmonds on whistleblowers and the Dirty Dozen. This is Sibel speaking:

Senator Mike DeWine
Senate Judiciary Committee

Mike DeWine, in Ohio, well, he's just incredible. Have you seen the bill he introduced? He's a nutcase - as far as being far-out Right and pro-White House. After this illegal eavesdropping stuff came out - he introduced a bill with 5 or 6 points. The last point in his bill says 'we need to criminalize whistleblowing. Whistleblowers from agencies that deal with National Security or Law Enforcement should be liable to go to jail for up to 15 years and should be fined up to $1 million. The guy actually introduced this! This guy is a fascist!

He introduced this bill into the committee and he is going to push it for a vote! The conference is in September - and he's really pushing it hard - and he is on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specter is the chairman, DeWine kind of has the 2nd chair on that - but DeWine has found other Republicans who have been backing him. I will send you the bill he proposes - there is one provision there that says that we should criminalize whistleblowing - with jail time and a fine. This is the first time ever that congress has tried to criminalize whistleblowing. It’s incredible! That says it all about DeWine.

The Judiciary Committee is very relevant to whistleblowers issues.


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