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“The King Can Do No Wrong.”

September 5, 2006

While the conservatard magicians are twirling their magic wands of fear in front of the American public, and the Fox news hosts are dancing in provocative manners, the Bushtard magicians deftly perform several unnoticed slights of hand. Presto!the lady “liberty” disappears.
The far right conservatards are feeling the heat with the upcoming elections. They are trying to work their magic tricks by scaring the nation with non-issues such as fear of terrorists, fear of illegal immigrants, fear of stem cell research, fear of open bodies of water, and fear of the dark. This is par for the course the modern Conservatard magician.The Good old Days!

Thankfully one of the sneakier tricks from the Conservatards has not been overlooked. In an article posted on PEER.com yesterday entitled BUSH DECLARES ECO-WHISTLEBLOWER LAW VOID FOR EPA EMPLOYEES sheds a little light on the Bushtards latest attempt to shoot, gut, and mount the head of the EPA over Bush’s fireplace mantle.

 

What the article boils down to is that EPA employees are exempt from whistle-blower protection if they spill the beans about government misdeeds. Anybody that works for the EPA is not protected by the law if they blow the whistle on the government.The following quote from the article explains it best.

 

Washington, DC — The Bush administration has declared itself immune from whistle-blower protections for federal workers under the Clean Water Act, according to legal documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result of an opinion issued by a unit within the Office of the Attorney General, federal workers will have little protection from official retaliation for reporting water pollution enforcement breakdowns, manipulations of science or cleanup failures.

Citing an “unpublished opinion of the [Attorney General’s] Office of Legal Counsel,” the Secretary of Labor’s Administrative Review Board has ruled federal employees may no longer pursue whistleblower claims under the Clean Water Act. The opinion invoked the ancient doctrine of sovereign immunity which is based on the old English legal maxim that “The King Can Do No Wrong.” It is an absolute defense to any legal action unless the “sovereign” consents to be sued.

The opinion and the ruling reverse nearly two decades of precedent. Approximately 170,000 federal employees working within environmental agencies are affected by the loss of whistleblower rights.

 

Currently if you work for a private company that is lets say spilling toxic chemicals into a stream and you decide to blow the whistle on your company, you are protected by law from being fired or harassed. According to the Bushtards, if you work for the EPA and you blow the whistle on government, you are not protected. Wow, it sounds like if you are a civil servant you are not entitled to the same protection under the law as let’s say someone that works at a greasy spoon.

What does means to the average Joe? It means that if the government is not enforcing the laws that protect our health and safety in regards to the environment, we the American public are much less likely to know about it. If someone is going to blow the whistle on the government they can be harassed, fired, demoted, prosecuted, or declared a bad dresser.

 

The whistle blowers laws have protected the American public for decades and were designed to promote people to come forward and tell the truth about the illegal actions of companies and the government. Almost every public disclosure of either private or government polluting has been initiated or confirmed because of whistle blowers. By essentially eliminating this legal protection the Bushtards have made it crystal clear that they care more about protecting their corporate masters than they care about protecting the American public.

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