"Revelations that the FDA monitored its own scientists in the acts of disclosing alleged wrongdoing marks “the first time [that] we … have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistle-blowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments,” says attorney Stephen Kohn.
With computer spyware, the agency monitored the scientists’ emails and even watched individual messages being written line by line. A number of the scientists were fired in retaliation and the agency created an enemies list containing the names of members of Congress, journalists and others the scientists contacted.
Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblower Center discusses the scandal on “Democracy Now!”
DemocracyNow.org - The Food and Drug Administration has been found to have launched a massive surveillance campaign targeting its own scientists for writing letters to journalists, members of Congress and President Obama. The scientists were expressing their concern over the FDA's approval of medical imaging devices for colonoscopies and mammograms that could endanger patients with high levels of radiation.
The covert spying operation led the agency to monitor the scientists' computers at work and at home, copying emails and thumb drives and even monitoring individual messages line-by-line as they were being composed in real time. The agency also created an enemies list. We're joined by the FDA whistleblowers' attorney, Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
"For the first time we now have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistleblowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments," Kohn says. "The agency [sought] to destroy the reputation of these whistleblowers forever."
More of the "Change We Can Believe In" but the Democrats want more...Because it's a (D) doing it it feels good...
It should be clear by now that the FDA, FAA and all the other alphabet soup agencies quit "working" for the average American Citizen a long time ago, if they ever did at all.
But the Average American Citizen just continues to take it, So... Here We Are!
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