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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Republicans say new ATF video threatens whistleblowers

The ATF has issued a new video designed to warn agency whistleblowers not to go "outside the chain of command" to report alleged illegal activity by the agency. The warning contains a strongly worded caution that there will be "consequences" for those who fail to obey the new directive.

According to Fox News today, ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones issued a stern warning to whistleblower agents about going straight to Congress with their charges. The film, and the warning from the director, are said to be having a chilling effect on the willingness of ATF agents to come forward with their knowledge of illegal activity.

Republicans in Congress immediately jumped into action, charging that the Jones warning is a "threat." Federal law prohibits agencies of the government from threatening retaliation against employees who blow the whistle on illegal or unethical activity.

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