Chapter 4: Whistleblower stories and emerging narratives
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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