The chairman of the the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding to know why an employee in charge of whistleblower outreach was removed from his workplace “pending a tribunal.”
“I just learned that Dan Meyer, the Executive Director of Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection, was placed on administrative leave and escorted out of his offices pending a tribunal before senior executives to consider his proposed termination,” wrote Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, in a letter sent November 29 to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Wayne Stone, the acting director of Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.
The intelligence community inspector general is tasked with conducting audits across the intelligence agencies and independently responding to whistleblower retaliation complaints.
The watchdog office has been involved in independent reviews of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
It has also recently been embroiled in a turf war fraught with competing personalities and visions on how to provide resources for potential whistleblowers, as reported in an investigation by Foreign Policy. Dan Meyer, the man in charge of outreach to whistleblowers, had his duties and privileges revoked, and now he has been kicked out of his office pending an investigation.
Reading between the lines this all started around the time when Meyer wanted to inform contractors of their whistle-blower rights. Hmmm, can anyone in the class think of a security contractor who, frustrated with a lack of in-house correction system, went public with his/her knowledge? Class…anyone, anyone?
This is a fucking mess; THE guy in the intelligence establishment responsible for protecting whistle blowers has been sidelined while folks figure out whether to fire him (for as yet undisclosed/unspecified reasons) and the nominal head of the whole thing idles away at Harvard. One of the reasons this unit was put together was to forestall leaks by giving the intelligence community a place to legitimately air grievances/bad practices without going public. If this dysfunction continues, expect more leaks.