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How the System Went After a War Hero

The U.S. Army treated an American hero like a criminal for speaking to a Member of Congress about the government’s dysfunctional hostage recovery program.

His name is Lt. Col. Jason Amerine (USA, Ret.), and in February he turned to the Project On Government Oversight to help end the retaliatory investigation against him that started after he talked to Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

Danielle Brian, POGO’s executive director, and Mandy Smithberger, director of POGO’s Center for Defense Information and Straus Military Reform Project, write about Amerine’s case today at War on the Rocks.

“It was clear the systems set up to both protect whistleblowers and enhance congressional oversight were failing him. What we did not know at the time was that this was just the beginning of a long ordeal over several months that would get much worse before it got better.”

Read the full story at War on the Rocks.

Topics: Whistleblower Protections

Related Content: Congressional Oversight, Democracy

Authors: Iulia Gheorghiu

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