The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

Robert G. Vaughn

Drawing on literature from several disciplines, this enlightening book examines the history of whistleblower laws throughout the world and provides an analytical structure for the most common debates about the nature of such laws and their potential successes and failures.

Chapter 4: Whistleblower stories and emerging narratives

Robert G. Vaughn

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law, criminal law and justice, labour, employment law, politics and public policy, public policy

Extract

On April 26, 1951, Senator Richard Nixon introduced S. 1390, a bill to protect federal employees who provided information in congressional investigations. The bill prohibited any officer of the government to ‘dismiss or otherwise discipline a Government employee for testifying before a committee of Congress.’ Senator Nixon argued that such protection was necessary if Senate hearings ‘on our far eastern policy, the conduct of the Korean War and the dismissal of General McArthur’ were to be established on other than ‘half truths and the suppression of testimony.’

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