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Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers

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Richard Griffin

Richard Griffin, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs gave us until last Friday to turn over the names of whistleblowers who had contacted us about mismanagement at the VA. Protecting whistleblowers has been at the core of POGO’s mission for 33 years, and as always we will not reveal our sources.

We offered to brief Acting Veterans Affairs IG Richard Griffin on our findings, with the condition that we wouldn’t reveal the names of our sources. However, Acting IG Griffin’s subsequent demand for our records violates POGO’s First Amendment freedoms of speech, press and association.

If the VA IG can demand POGO’s records – one that amounts to little more than a fishing expedition – where does the government draw the line? What keeps the IG from grabbing the records of individuals or other organizations, such as CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post, all of which are involved in similar confidential investigations with whistleblowers?

Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers


Dear Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin,

We the undersigned are writing you in support of the Project On Government Oversight. We strongly disagree with your attempt to force POGO to reveal the identities of its Veterans Affairs whistleblowers.

While we support your efforts to root out mismanagement and corruption at the VA, your subpoena for POGO’s records goes too far. We urge you to drop your demand for POGO’s records.

Supporters

Amber Still Bellingham, WA

Cynthia Walker La Veta, CO

No way!!!

Teresa Chouanard Saint Paul, MN

Dennis Bridenstine Lead, SD

How do you expect the truth when you'll only punish those whom tell you it!

Joan-Marie Bauman Monticello, NY

Lorence Hyler Cleve. Hts., OH

The integrity of Free Press is being violated. No Free Press, No Democracy!

bob m hobbs, NM

Lori Walker Coeur d'Alene, ID

Karen Jackson Reno, NV

Let's get over who told and on with repairing the system that's been broken for a very long time!

Winfield Hutton Shoreline, WA

Sandy Commons Sacramento, CA

Mercedes Lackey Claremore, OK

What is WRONG with you people?

Raquel Quintana North Lauderdale, FL

Leslie Kaplan NYC, NY

Bill Brady West Chicago, IL

Patricia Orlinski Sun City, AZ

The truth must come out.

Judy White Greensboro, NC

Gregg Johnson San Jose, CA

Dear Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, We the undersigned are writing you in support of the Project On Government Oversight. We strongly disagree with your attempt to force POGO to reveal the identities of its Veterans Affairs whistleblowers. While we support your efforts to root out mismanagement and corruption at the VA, your subpoena for POGO’s records goes too far. We urge you to drop your demand for POGO’s records.

william handsaker ,

Phillip Mixon Augusta, GA

Herman S. Simms, Jr. Detroit, MI

Deal with the basis of the allegations, NOT WHO SHOT JOHN!!

M Andrews ,

mark leffler van buren, AR

are you all serious the names of the people who expose the abuse of power are not up for collace punishment by the offenders

john griffith sequim, WA

Erline Towner Milford, NH

This war on whistleblowers smells bad. What is behind the insistence except to eventually persecute the courageous for their courage.

Gary Dowling pope valley, CA

JoAnne Gilmore Rifle, CO

Tina Arnold Oakland, CA

The US is dangerously close to being a police state. Stop threatening POGO, and let this important organization do its valuable job in protecting our democracy. Drop your demand for POGO's records!

Ginger Carter Decatur, AL

Erica Coco Palm Bay, FL

Larry Lambeth Springfield, MO

Do not demand the names of VA whistleblowers.

Gordon smith hot springs, AR

Unskers

Clifford Terry Knoxville, TN

Kathryn Christian Grand Junction, CO

Joanna Foley Berkeley, CA

Luke Meade-Barlowe Bardstown, KY

You don't need names, do you want to make them pay for telling? That's not right!

Randy Heimos Howey, FL

Joanne Gura Estero, FL

If people told the truth, there would be no need for whistelblowers..so be honest

Mary Ann Andruscavage North Miami Beach, FL

We need important info about the VA system and work.

Glenn Gallagher Simi Valley, CA

Carolyn Friedman Willow, NY

michael hinshaw inkster, MI

Donna Desrosiers Plymouth, NH

Inspector General Richard Griffin should stop demanding names of VA whistleblowers.

LA Crane Franklin, NC

A People's Branch of government is the only thing that can Check & Balance these kind of atrocities! Learn more HERE: www.ThePeoplesBranch.org

salme armijo blue diamond, NV

Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX

Marc McGuire Venice, LA

I am a Vietnam Era Veteran from 1968 to 1971 and I am "grateful" for the WHISTLEBLOWERS who had the "GUTS" to come forward with their experiences dealing with the V.A Hospital's NEGLIGENCE towards our Veterans, who "RISKS" their "Lives and Bodies" to "PROTECT" our Country!

Lisa Lipham Fayetteville, GA

Linda McFarland rogue river, OR

Jennifer DiRenzo Elk Creek, MO

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