Miranda Rights for Snitches: Need, Purpose, Impact
“…You may lie to the people and you may corrupt our politicians, but know that a single lie to congress gives the snitch a free pass to go public. That would be a surprisingly effective remedy to agencies lying to gov’t. You lie, your department subordinates get to go public.
… In the age of information, the whistle-blower is the special forces of democracy’s public right-to-know. They are the Super Hero of the Information Age. They are the final enforcer of transparency, the sword against corrupt power and the lifeblood of a truly activist media.”
Whistle-blowers serve a special function. Their extraordinary role grants them a unique set of rights. These rights are intended to be more then some democratic protections. Rather, these protections are given as a final incentive. It’s actually intended to inspire others to come forward. Democracy asks for more snitches, not less. It is a defining line between democracy and dictatorship. As such, how can they be tried for espionage? The job description is, itself, ‘the peoples spy.’ Therefore, espionage charges should be relegated to a second, third or even fourth place measure against them. They have a different set of rules.
The rise of whistle-blowers seems to coincide with a specific set of social failings.
The first is this public sense that the three branches of gov’t have been corrupted. They appear to no longer serve as a viable medium for reform against the reported abuses.
The second is this call to action. They see themselves as democracy’s detective called to action by a media sidelined by corporate or political power. This leaves the whistle-blower to serve as the public’s ‘all seeing eye’ to gov’t cover-ups. The Illuminati’s all seeing eye of Rah is now out matched with democracies all seeing eyes of the peoples Ra Ra Ra call to action.
And finally, they feel they are ‘the peoples’ push-back against gov’t overreach. They feel pressed when the democratic process itself looks to have been compromised and stonewalled.
All three factors are generally in play by the time a whistle-blower goes public. It is this confluence of political failing that leaves them to dare it all for the sake of the country. Most can make a valid case of this and so theirs is the final act of patriotism. It’s their function, unspoken mandate and the legacy of America’s whistle-blower. It stands as the counter-opposite of betrayal on which espionage is founded. Their sacrifice is to defend the country against aggressors. They are America’s soldiers standing in defense of her security.
In the age of information, the whistle-blower is the special forces of democracy’s public right to know. They are the Super Hero of the Information Age. They are the final enforcer of transparency, the sword against corrupt power and the lifeblood of a truly activist media. They are the people’s deputy of democracy. Whether it be America’s 1960’s revolutionary protest against the Vietnam war or the Arab Spring, they like many others, find their patron saint in the whistle blower. They are the high priest of revelation and so inspire the public's call to action.
For these reason, whistle-blowers should be judged by a different set of rules over espionage charges alone. Here are 10 measures we identified. These better represent the rights and gauge to judge them.
10 Rules of Engagement to judge a whistler blower:
1) Misrepresentation to Congress, Courts & Pres
3) Reform Options
4) Severity of Abuse Exposed
5) Policy Impact & Reforms
6) Media Rights & Coverage
7) Public Empowered
8) Public Judgment
10)How many benefited
Misrepresentation to Congress, Courts & Pres
This is the primary test to judge a whistleblower by. A single act of misrepresentation to congress should be enough to validate a whistleblower. We need to have at least one sacred principle. You can’t lie to congress, the courts or the president. You may lie to the people and you may corrupt the political system and warp our politicians, but know this: a single lie to congress gives the snitch a free pass to go public. That would be a surprisingly effective remedy to agencies lying to gov’t. You lie, your department subordinates get to go public on your ass. Lol. Most every whistleblower of the day released information that came as a complete surprise to some respective oversight committee member of congress, court or President. That alone should be enough to get a mole off the hook. It’s the Miranda Right of Snitches.
Was the intent to reform gov’t, defend her and empower the country or was it to help the enemy.
Was there other in-house options to reform that would be
a) truly effective,
c) cover the broader system and
d) done without penalty to whistle-blower.
Answering ‘No’ to any of these provides the whistleblower added consideration.
Severity of Abuse Exposed
Greater the fraud; great the validation of exposing it. Was it just a department, a single operation or an actual systemic policy of gov’t abuse? Each added dimension of corruption adds to the urgency for the revelations and the value of it. Was the problem truly systemic? The legitimacy is multiplied by how many different systems were affected. Rape of female soldiers, that’s one system. Sexual abuse of men would make it two systems. In Manning’s case, hundreds or even thousands of different systems and divisions of gov’t have been exposed as corrupt. Each system further validates the revelations.
Policy Impact & Reforms
Did the revelations lead to critical reforms. Each reform validates the act. The need and range of such reforms press the value of such revelations. Did the outcomes have a positive impact upon US policy? Exposing Iraqi prison abuse hurt the US image and indeed complicated the war efforts, but it also led to critical reforms of prison care while demonstrating America as a country of laws. Ultimately, it assured US has the means to reform itself. In Manning’s case, the impact was historic. His revelations unleashed democratic revolution throughout the Middle East, reset public policy and created a new demand for a host of rights and the need for privacy.
Media Rights & Coverage
Did it provide resources to the media with materials that are the domain of a democratic press corp. The scope of revelations, the number of incidents exposed and the times sighted by reports all serve as testament to the legitimacy of the revelations as a critical media function and a safeguard to it.
Did the revelations empower American people with important insights to better judge their gov’t? The rise of public doubt is itself a testament to the value of such revelations. Democratic gov’t is intended to serve at the discretion of the people. How well does it improve the public’s involvement and performance as civil caretakers of our political leaders is a measure of the revelations value.
Whistleblowers are the ‘peoples spy’ and as such, a public vote should be a deciding factor as well. A 75% supermajority should be able to get any snitch a free pass.
Did the revelations cause any American deaths. Gov’t has to show a direct link. If such revelations can not be revealed publicly, the gov’t can not use it against the mole. So far, non of the whistleblowers have any direct links to the death of an American intelligence operative.
How many benefited
Bureaucrats are under a constant demand to cover for their failings. The whistleblower is the answer. How many bureaucracies and officers were exposed and more importantly, how many people stand to benefit from it.
The Obama administration attempts to make a public relations case against Manning and other whistler blowers in. He does so in the face of an ever growing series of sinister overreach by the US intelligence services. The larger problem is that they can’t burry the story as each day brings new revelations of outrageous and mind boggling abuses. This spigot has become a river gushing along now for years.
The combined reports paint a picture of our worst fears and is the modern portrait of Big Brother at his ugliest. It leaves no nook unmolested and no rule un-abused. American’s ‘security’ now covers ‘all’ Americans, in all that they do, say or transact. A simple drive down town or a quick shopping trip; talking to a friend or mailing a co-worker– all is now pried upon from the all seeing ‘eye of Rah’ standing as the omniscient God of judgement over us and all that we do, say or interact with from leaders of our most trusted allies to school children at play. Our closest international partners complain in disbelief. their own personal mobile phones wiretapped. The betrayal of the so called public trust is only measured in degrees of fraud. It covers every branch of gov’t from President and congress; to courts and top military and civilian watchdogs. Each stepping forward with their own stories how they too were mislead and stonewalled. Most are obviously illegal and generally, counter-productive to dealing with true counter-terrorism efforts.
This is the context Obama tries our whistle-blowers in court. The outcomes of their revelations all proving to be the best case scenario. The horrors uncovered are muted against the benefits of transparency. This set of whistle-blowers has handed us all the reasons why we as a democracy so sorely need them. They are the final watchdog when gov’t overshight, legal rights and media watchdogs have all been neutered into submission. They are the pitbulls of American Democracy.
The examples are Disney movies. Embarrassing expose of US diplomat’s musings about world leaders strains foreign relations, but dissolve into non-issue after those dictators fell to popular uprising. The uprisings were stirred by the revelations of those same documents that caused the embarrassment. No documented deaths of field agents to point to. The so-called ‘compromised’ operational workings pale in compare to democracies rising revolution throughout the Middle East. We are not sacrificing foreign relations and secret service operations when it is done for democracy because they are the reason for all such operations.
On the domestic front, we are left with a trail of deception and abuse on every front of the operations management. It offers a classic portrayal of all the dangers to a democracies system. It led to the public debate the whistler blowers envisioned. Its a beautiful testament of their faith in the American people. The voice of the American public had been muted through legal intimidations and political rhetoric, but found its counter part abroad as the world community condemned US operations in ever louder tones. It’s not every day you can have an administration leaving Putin looking like a reasonable man of accommodation of whistler blowers and democracy. What better measure to judge how far US policy has deviated. The public outcry and global condemnation is the final testament to the importance of today’s Super-Snitches. We present this Snitches Bill of Rights to honor them for the super heroes they are.