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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse 2017



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On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. 

Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.

Meetings the Week of August 21, 2017

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Meetings the Week of August 21, 2017

Monday  8/21/17
Conservation                  PCS Town Hall*              6:00 pm
BOH                               PCS Town Hall*              7:00 pm

Wednesday 8/23/17
TA Agreement               PCS Town Hall*              6:00 pm


* Pauly Cosentino Sr. Town Hall

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rename Faneuil Hall? That's the request of one Boston coalition

Rename Faneuil Hall? That's the request of one Boston coalition

 

The violent clash in Charlottesville last weekend began with a protest against the city council's decision to remove a statue memorializing Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Since then, other statues honoring the Confederacy and Confederate icons have been toppled by force or removed by city officials. Eight major cities across the United States are also reportedly considering removing Confederate symbols in their communities, according to CNN.

One group is bringing a similar debate to Boston, asking to rename city landmark Faneuil Hall.

Kevin Peterson, member of political group "The New Democracy Coalition," told reporters on Wednesday that the marketplace named for Peter Faneuil is "an embarrassment" to Boston, reports WCVB.

According to Peterson, Faneuil's role as a slave-owner and slave trader is reason to remove his name from the popular tourist marketplace and historic meeting place. Faneuil was born in 1700 and died in Boston in 1743.

WCVB reporter David Bienick said Mayor Marty Walsh did not outright reject the idea when asked.

At least 12 U.S. presidents have owned slaves throughout the country's history, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Union Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant, prior to the Civil War.

In Massachusetts, there is one Confederate memorial. Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor was erected in 1963, as Civil Rights federal legislation was being introduced. The memorial remembers 13 Confederate prisoners who died in captivity.


Only Confederate memorial in Massachusetts hidden from public view

Massachusetts' only Confederate memorial has been boxed up and hidden from view since June, as state officials weigh options for its relocation.

According to a 2016 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 1,500 Confederate symbols across the country, including 718 monuments. At least 109 public schools are named for General Robert E. Lee, and 80 counties and cities are named after Confederate icons.


Templeton Arts and Craft Fair




Templeton Arts and Craft Fair

August 19th and August 20th





Free Epipens?

Free Epipens?
If you have been suffering from allergies or know a loved one who does, you probably know all about EpiPens. Recently EpiPens have come under a lot of debate as they were recalled and their prices have gone extremely high and some health insurance not covering them. This has caused a lot of stress and frustration to the patients. We have gathered information from few sources which can help you claim Epi Pens for free or at least get a good discount on them.

Epinephrine is the only life-saving treatment available for severe allergic reaction known as “anaphylaxis.” People with food allergies rely heavily on this prescription drug (epinephrine) which comes in the form of two auto-injectors in a set. There are more commonly known as Epi Pens and always come in a pack because some people require a second dose within 15-30 minutes.

If you ever had to buy an EpiPen out of your own pocket, you must be aware that it can cost hundreds of dollars annually. The price of Epi pens in 2009 was around $100 for two pack carton, but since pharmaceutical giant Mylan acquired EpiPen, the prices have increased dramatically over the last few years. Today the EpiPen costs somewhere between $600-650 for two Epi Pens in a set.

According to Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari, “the difference between having an Epi Pen and not having one is life and death.” Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention, and Epi Pens buys you just enough time until you get to the hospital.

We are glad to report that the manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors have extended their savings programs in the United States through 2017. Which means that there are various options available for you, which allow you to either claim an Epi Pen for free or get it at a reduced price.




It’s not always simple paying for as many Epi Pens as you need knowing that the co-pay alone can be expensive. You can get free EpiPens by clicking here and fill out a form. You will receive a My EpiPens Savings Card if you are eligible which can help you save up to $300 on each EpiPen 2 Pak carton. This savings card is reusable for up to six EpiPen 2 Pak cartons.

Check your Health Insurance

Saturday, August 19, 2017

State police helicopter has near miss with drone

State police helicopter has near miss with drone


NORTH ANDOVER -- A state police helicopter nearly collided with a drone in the vicinity of Lawrence Municipal Airport this morning, officials said. No one was injured.

The state police helicopter was flying a training mission from Holliston to Newburyport when it passed through the air space of the Lawrence airport around 11:20 a.m., according to a statement from state police spokesman David Procopio. While flying at 600 feet, the helicopter's crew saw a large drone approach them from the side, flying toward the area in front of the helicopter.

The drone came within 100 feet of the helicopter before suddenly dropping to the ground, Procopio said in the statement. At the helicopter's flight speed, the drone could have breached the cabin if it struck the windshield, he said.

The crew reversed direction and searched for the person who was flying the drone but did not locate anyone, Procopio said. State police cruisers also responded to the area and did not locate any suspects. The flight crew landed safely back at the Lawrence base. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

It is against the law for private drone pilots to fly their craft within five miles of an airport, or to fly at an altitude greater than 400 feet, Procopio said. Private drones heavier than 0.55 pounds must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration

Templeton Arts And Craft Fair




Templeton Arts and Craft Fair

August 19th and August 20th





Dudley highway superintendent put on leave after posting slur on Facebook

Dudley highway superintendent put on leave after posting slur on Facebook



Friday, August 18, 2017

Game On!

Fair Game? 
Oh yeah, Fair Game!

In the public interest, an email from a friend:
Mr. Bennett,

Thank you for your service to the country.

We have an FAQ about electronic communications and deliberation on our website that I hope will be helpful for you:

May members of a public body communicate with the public through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and webpages?

Yes, members of public bodies may communicate with members of the public through any social media platform. However, members of public bodies must be careful not to engage in deliberation with the other members of the public body through such communications. If a member of a public body communicates directly with a quorum of the public body over social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, that communication may violate the Open Meeting Law. Public body members should proceed with caution when communicating via these platforms.

Posting on a blog is not a violation of the Open Meeting Law, nor is having comments open on the page. However, if a quorum of public body members discusses matters related to the business of the public body on the blog, it would probably constitute deliberation, which would be a violation of the Open Meeting Law.

We do not think it is necessary to include a disclaimer on your page.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,
Kadie

Kaitlin Maher
Paralegal, Division of Open Government
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
One Ashburton Place, 20th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Ph: (617) 963-2451
Fax: (617) 727-5785
Kaitlin.Maher@massmail.state.ma.us

 
So, it looks like the Advisory Committee  members can post blogs to communicate with members of the general public. If you are not a member of the Templeton Board of Selectmen, you can post blogs AND  post comments on FB, blogs,  Twitter  etc. about the actions (or inactions) of the Templeton Board of Selectmen. 

Need a definition of "matters related to the business of the public body".

 

Lawsuit Could End Water Fluoridation Once and For All by Demonstrating its Neurotoxicity

Lawsuit Could End Water Fluoridation Once and For All by Demonstrating its Neurotoxicity

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

The practice water fluoridation in the United States has been under growing scrutiny for years by a public that has become conscious of the fact adding toxic chemicals which are proven to be harmful to human health and children’s development to public water is medication without consent.

Never-the-less, the effort to stop fluoridation of municipal water supplies has been an uphill battle against entrenched financial interests and against dated ideas about health. While each year we hear news of cities heeding the concerns of their citizens and stopping fluoridation, without a major victory at the national level, people will be fighting this for years to come, all the while consuming toxic chemicals in the one thing we cannot live without, water.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is reporting on a major development to cut the head off of this snake, and an unprecedented lawsuit is now holding promise for a national reversal of municipal water fluoridation.

Based on neurotoxicity studies, the “EPA has been served with a petition that includes more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health.”
As noted by FAN in a recent press release:
“This case will present the first time a court will consider the neurotoxicity of fluoride and the question of whether fluoridation presents an unreasonable risk under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
And, in contrast to most other legal challenges of Agency actions, TSCA gives us the right to get the federal court to consider our evidence ‘de novo’ — meaning federal courts are to conduct their own independent review of the evidence without deference to the EPA’s judgment.”
The lawsuit has been served along with a petition containing thousands of signatures of concerned and well-informed citizens, and includes more than 2500 pages of documents detailing the harm inherent in poisoning the pubic with fluoride.

In detail, the complaint is an attempt to demonstrate how this practice violates the Toxic Substances Control Act.
“The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), along with a coalition of environmental and public health groups has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to their denial of our petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seeking a ban on water fluoridation.
We believe this lawsuit is an unprecedented opportunity to end the practice once and for all in the U.S., and potentially throughout the world, based on the well-documented neurotoxicity of fluoride. You may read the official complaint here.” [Source]

Read: 18 SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED REASONS TO END PUBLIC WATER FLUORIDATION

Final Thoughts

The negative effects of consuming fluoridated water are well-documented, and the body of evidence continues to grow. In 2012 a major Harvard study presented a study demonstrating water fluoridation lowers IQ. In 2016 a study demonstrated a link between increased diabetes and water fluoridation. In 2015 the EPA had to issue new guidelines for safe levels of fluoride, reducing the amount, citing the potential for fluoridated water damages teeth, which ironically, is the very condition which we are told is the reason we need fluoride in the first place.

Public water fluoridation is slowing being defeated, and this lawsuit may play a major role in this fight.


In the United States fluoride is put into the water that comes out of taps in people’s homes and this has been something that has been scrutinized for many years by people who are conscious about the fact that toxic chemicals, which prove to be harmful to the health of humans, is being put into the water without consent. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/this_lawsuit_could_finally_end_water_fluoridation/139275
In the United States fluoride is put into the water that comes out of taps in people’s homes and this has been something that has been scrutinized for many years by people who are conscious about the fact that toxic chemicals, which prove to be harmful to the health of humans, is being put into the water without consent. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/this_lawsuit_could_finally_end_water_fluoridation/139275
In the United States fluoride is put into the water that comes out of taps in people’s homes and this has been something that has been scrutinized for many years by people who are conscious about the fact that toxic chemicals, which prove to be harmful to the health of humans, is being put into the water without consent. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/this_lawsuit_could_finally_end_water_fluoridation/139275
In the United States fluoride is put into the water that comes out of taps in people’s homes and this has been something that has been scrutinized for many years by people who are conscious about the fact that toxic chemicals, which prove to be harmful to the health of humans, is being put into the water without consent. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/this_lawsuit_could_finally_end_water_fluoridation/139275
This Lawsuit Could Finally End Water Fluoridation
This Lawsuit Could Finally End Water Fluoridation

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Attention - Templeton Board of Selectmen


Dennis Boucher
Dennis Boucher Voting day will come
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Brian Tanguay
Brian Tanguay Kelli said to pick up the check before 4:30, but it's her day off. Carter said pickup check today, and it's his day off. Does he still get paid? I know we didn't.
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Brian Tanguay
Brian Tanguay No show. I guess we wait another week.
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Nicholas Haley
Nicholas Haley Come by ill give 2 cents for your time...lol
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George Andrews
George Andrews I guess we blame the auditors?
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Amy Guthrie Is there some way I can help?
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Brian Tanguay
Brian Tanguay No worries, it's just a $40,000.00 grant payment that is way overdue. I'll take it out of petty cash.

Permit approved for 'Free Speech' rally on Boston Common

Permit approved for 'Free Speech' rally on Boston Common

Student tie to Boston Free Speech rally draws response from Fitchburg State U.

Student tie to Boston Free Speech rally draws response from Fitchburg State U.

Free Fun Fridays


 
 

Leicester has dozens of applicants for town administrator

Leicester has dozens of applicants for town administrator

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dudley highway superintendent uses slur on Facebook

Dudley highway superintendent uses slur on Facebook

Vaccine information

 If You Vaccinate, Ask 8!


By Barbara Loe Fisher
Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that come with risks that can be greater for some people. 1 2 No vaccine is safe for everyone. 3 4
If you choose to vaccinate, ask 8 questions before you do: 5
  1. Number One: Am I sick right now? Getting vaccinated while sick could increase risks for a vaccine reaction or lower vaccine effectiveness. 6
  2. Number Two: Have I had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? Getting re-vaccinated after a previous vaccine reaction could cause a more serious reaction, injury or death. 7 8
  3. Number Three: Do I have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? Always review your personal and family medical history when evaluating vaccine benefits and risks. 9 10 11 12
  4. Number Four: Do I know the disease and vaccine risks? Learn about disease and vaccine risks that could be greater for you or your child. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  5. Number Five: Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? Before you take a risk, find out what it is for each vaccine you or your child will receive. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
  6. Number Six: Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and where and how to report them. 28 29 30
  7. Number Seven: Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for vaccinations? The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 requires all vaccine providers to record information about vaccines given to you or your child. 31
  8. Number Eight: Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice? Informed consent to medical risk taking, including vaccine risk taking, is a human right. 32 33  34  35
Explore NVIC's Ask 8 Information Kiosk for referenced information and a variety of materials designed to educate you about vaccines, diseases and how to make educated vaccine decisions. You can download posters and brochures to share with others or send an ecard to family and friends. You can also post or read personal vaccination experiences on this website. Click here to learn more and start your journey!

It’s your family. Your health. Your choice.

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"Black Sky Hazards": Feds To Wargame "Widespread Power Outages" And "Cascading Infrastructure Failures"

"Black Sky Hazards": Feds To Wargame "Widespread Power Outages" And "Cascading Infrastructure Failures"

 

Of course, large-scale natural disasters could also result in similar widespread failures of critical infrastructure.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time for the Faraday Cage ?

EarthEx2017 - August 23, 2017

EIS - Electric Infrastructure Security Council



Mission:

EARTH EX is designed to improve community resilience to large scale, long duration power outages through multi-sector exercises.


Templeton Arts and Crafts Fair





Templeton Arts and Craft Fair

August 19th and August 20th





Anarchists show up at anti-racism rally at Worcester City Hall

Anarchists show up at anti-racism rally at Worcester City Hall






By Mark Sullivan
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2017 at 10:56 PM
Updated at 9:19 AM

WORCESTER - Masked anarchists hijacked a peaceful anti-racism rally at City Hall Plaza on Sunday, tying up traffic while marching down Main Street shouting epithets at “racist cops.”

At least three people were arrested.

The protest came at the end of the Rally Against Racism organized by the group Showing Up for Racial Justice in response to the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

More than 250 people, many of them parents with children, attended the 6 p.m. rally, holding signs and cheering a lineup of speakers who denounced racism and oppression.

At the close of the rally, members of the anti-fascist group Worcester Antifa, kerchiefs on their faces, one carrying a black flag, scaled an off-limits staircase in the front of City Hall to hang their banner, reading “Put Racism on the Run,” over a balcony.

When police officers told them they must leave the City Hall balcony, the crowd below shouted “Let them be!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”

That was a lead-in to a march down Main Street, dozens of protesters blocking traffic while walking in the middle of the street until police ordered them back on the sidewalk. “Hey, hey, ho ho, these racist cops have got to go!” the protesters shouted as they marched as far as 674 Main St., the Odd Fellows Building, by the Compare Foods grocery.

There, a protester was arrested, prompting shouts of “Let him go!” The marchers turned around and headed back toward City Hall, escorted by a line of police cruisers. “Whose streets? Our streets!” they shouted. Police dogs inside a K9 unit wagon barked loudly.

Police sirens and flashers filled the summer night air after the protesters regrouped at City Hall, then headed in the direction of the police station to bail out an arrested demonstrator. At least two more protesters were arrested on the march to the station. Police sirens drowned out the anti-police chants as the marchers passed Mechanics Hall.


The main rally was a family-friendly event. Parents and children with homemade signs staked out spots around the plaza. “Hate has no home here,” one sign read. “Teach love,” read another. One woman wore a “Resist Fascism” kerchief on her head.

Loree Burns, 47, of West Boylston, held a handmade sign that read “On the Side of (Love),” with a large heart. She was attending with her daughter, Catherine, 15, and friend Marissa Gardner, 14.

“I think what happened in Charlottesville was reprehensible,” Ms. Burns said. “The only thing that I could do right now is stand up in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville.”

The girls’ signs read, “Warrior of Love,” and “Love Makes the World Go Round.”

“When I saw on the news what happened in Charlottesville, I was really disgusted and upset at what people thought was OK and was right,” said Ms. Gardner. “I think it’s really important to organize and show the actions of a few do not really stand for all of us.”

Said the younger Ms. Burns: “We just need to keep the love going.”

Nearby, a couple in colorful tie-dyed shirts stood with their son and their collection of signs. Aimee Ledwell, 42, of Maynard, was penning “End Racism Now” on the back of a piece of poster board. Husband Joshua, 44, held their Black Lives Matter lawn sign. And son C.J., 8, had drawn a sign reading “Let Love and Kindness Grow,” with a picture of his cat.


“We of course are always standing on the side of love,” Mrs. Ledwell said. “After the violence this weekend, we could not just stay at home and not come and stand up for what’s right. So here we are.”

Mrs. Ledwell was asked what she hoped would be the takeaway from the anti-racism rally.

“The more people who stand up the better,” she said. “The more we have big crowds gathering and saying, ‘No, this is not normal,’ ‘This is not OK,’ the more people will come and join them, too.

“There is still a lot of fear. People have a hard time standing up. The more people do, you get momentum. And hopefully that momentum can make a difference every time.”

Not 20 feet away from the family group, on the fringe of the crowd, stood several Antifa protesters, some wearing kerchiefs and black masks on their faces, holding signs that read “Resist Racism: Solidarity with Charlottesville.”

“Don’t take my (expletive) picture,” one man with a kerchief around his face told an elderly woman who was taking a photo of the rally.
The masked people, who were standing over an American flag on the ground, refused to be interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette.

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Traffic Pattern!

Please take note of the New Traffic Pattern for South Rd


Templeton Police Department

**Effective Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.**

The traffic pattern will change for South Road, and Wellington Road.
Wellington Road will become one way southbound, from Dudley Road, to the intersection of Wellington and South Road.
 
South Road will become one way northbound from the intersection of Wellington and South Road, to Dudley Road.
 
The roads have been properly marked to reflect the change.
 

Please spread the word!

Country Road 5K




North Medford Club 84 Years
 Running 2017 Summer Racing Series 

Tuesday, Country Road 5K,  
Templeton,
703 South Rd. 6:30pm. 

Directions: Rte 2N to exit
21, turn right onto rte 101, left onto South Rd. 
Address is on the right side of road. 
Parking
on right side of road. 

For information contact Jon Miganowicz at runningkid47@yahoo.com


Please take note of the New Traffic Pattern for South Rd


Templeton Police Department

**Effective Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.**

The traffic pattern will change for South Road, and Wellington Road.
Wellington Road will become one way southbound, from Dudley Road, to the intersection of Wellington and South Road.
 
South Road will become one way northbound from the intersection of Wellington and South Road, to Dudley Road.
 
The roads have been properly marked to reflect the change.
 

Please share to spread the word!
 

All the World is A Stage

All the World is A Stage

 Who knew? Who knew a company exists to provide "crowds" for any event?



The company Crowds On Demand also provides services for political events:


Truth Factory - Truth from a Cat?
 
 

Watchdog: Pot shop bid may be conflict

Watchdog: Pot shop bid may be conflict
Applicant works for weed regulator

Dan Atkinson Wednesday, August 09, 2017



A state employee who works at the department regulating medicinal marijuana is applying for a dispensary license from that very agency — a potential conflict of interest that raises questions about how well the state can regulate the billion-dollar pot industry, a watchdog said.

“It’s astonishing, really, that someone would attempt to work both at a regulatory agency and the entity it’s regulating,” said David Tuerck of the Beacon Hill Institute.

He added just the appearance of conflict could lead to suspicions of favoritism and “raises doubts in the minds of voters whether the government is operating on their behalf or on the behalf of government bureaucrats.”

State officials officially approved the creation of a Cannabis Control Commission last month that will regulate and distribute licenses for both recreational and medicinal pot. But while that commission is getting off the ground, the state Department of Public Health has been overseeing the licensing and operation of medicinal marijuana dispensaries, including one that’s opened in Boston.

According to DPH documents, Petrichor Medicinal Corp. filed an application of intent — which lays out financial information but no potential site plans — to open a dispensary in May and provided additional information to DPH two weeks ago. Petrichor’s president and CEO is Nicolette Smith, who DPH officials confirmed works in the department.

Smith did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Herald.

Smith, according to state records, is a program manager at DPH with a salary of $56,682.
A spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker deferred comment to the DPH, whose spokesman said the application was in the very early stages of the approval process and would have to go through background checks if it were to move forward.

“There is no indication on the application of intent that Ms. Smith is one of the 3,000 employees of the Department,” said DPH spokesman Tom Lyons in a statement. “The application of intent is the first step in a long process. There has been no action taken to move this application to the next stage. If the applicants are invited to move forward they are subjected to thorough background and employment checks.”

Tuerck said DPH not flagging the application was particularly troublesome in the wake of Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey refusing to name the candidates vying for seats on the Cannabis Control Commission, who must be appointed by the end of the month.

“When you’re dealing with a product like marijuana that’s been illegal, it’s especially important to be careful about the process,” Tuerck said. “It looks more and more like there’s a certain carelessness going on, that should be unacceptable to taxpayers and voters.”

 

The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers

The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers

BY MICHAEL F. MCMAHON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR -
 05/25/17 06:00 PM EDT

 
The Follow the Rules Act, which passed in the House of Representatives this month, would expand the protections against retaliation that are currently given to whistleblowers who refuse to violate federal laws. Under this bill, those protections would extend to employees who refuse to violate federal rules and regulations.

But, conspicuously absent from the bill is the expansion of whistleblower protections for those who serve our country in agencies that have national security and or intelligence functions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Security Agency (NSA), just to name a few.

It is critical that full, concrete whistleblower protections be given to those agencies not included in the Follow the Rules Act because injustice, crime, gross mismanagement and impropriety can occur in any agency within our federal government. Whistleblower protections must not and cannot be a tiered system. Without the bill’s whistleblower protections for all agencies, our national security and the welfare of the American people could be placed in jeopardy.

This is something with which I am all too well familiar. During 2008 and 2009, while serving as a unit chief in the FBI’s records management division, I made numerous disclosures of violations of federal law, rules, and regulations. My disclosures focused upon my concerns with irregularities and departures from protocol in the way that name (or background) check cases were being conducted, closed, and disseminated. These cases were being closed for the sake of expediency. Name checks were being concluded prematurely in order to meet a 40-day name check deadline, known as the “steady state” timetable.