reply to post by grayeagle
I'm sorry I was away for so long, I was out yesterday. This is going to be particularly tough for me, I really enjoy commenting on another person's
ideas, but I'll behave myself.
This is the third time I've thrown out my entire post and started over, thanks greyeagle, I'm getting a headache from this one. (It's just dawned
on me, half way through this effort, are we trying to protect him up to making the contact and passing the information, or after he passes it?) I'm
assuming that we have no trust at all in going to the agencies' Inspectors General. If we do have trust in them, then all we have to worry about is
protecting the whistle blower after the information is passed.
Starting from the viewpoint of the whistle blower (WB), he has to be able to contact someone to start the process. How? Whatever contact information
is provided to the WB, the government also knows. Contact numbers, addresses, names, anything you tell the WB in order to make contact, the
government will know.
Three problems come together here, one securing the channel of communication, and two, hiding the identity of the WB's contact. The reason for part
2, is that if the contact's identity is exposed, then the government will simply begin 24-hour total surveillance on the contact to see who
communicates with him. And three, of course, allowing the WB to initiate contact in an entirely unsuspicious manner.
I don't see how electronic communication can be used at any stage. I would think that all contact has to be by mail, or face-to-face, at least in
these early stages. Here's just one thought, and I hope we can get to the point where people can come up with others, or criticize mine.
This would require legislation and support from the American Bar Association, but there are ways to make sure it happens, trust me. Let the country
know that if you are a WB, you should go to any medium or large law firm, and ask for any lawyer. Inform the lawyer that you are a potential WB.
Lawyer-client privilege is instantly invoked, with instant and automatic disbarment and a $5 million dollar fine if it is breached.
Each Federal Court House would have a judge or more assigned, in addition to their regular duties, to handle WB cases. Everybody, of course, would
know that as well. The lawyer comes to the Court House and drops documents off with the judge (not his clerk), as he always does. One of the
documents is the signal that the lawyer has a WB that looks promising.
The judge notifies the D.C. Circuit, or the Supreme Court by using the same method, although this would not be common knowledge. D.C. opens a file
and prepares on their end, and gives the "go ahead." two members of the Court's security team are instructed to go to a certain place, bar,
sporting event, what have you, where the attorney and the client hand over the information in a sealed container. The security team identifies
themselves and takes the package. The WB is not identified to the security team but is a little sepearted to identify them later if needed, he could
even snap a cell phone picture of the transaction.
The team returns the package to the District Court judge who checks the seals and reminds them of the non-disclosure agreement and threatens them
however he chooses.
The package, still unopened, goes to D.C. for handling (which I described in length in a post I deleted).
The Government (Executive and Legislative is still unaware) but we can't be sure that they will be forever. At some point we have to assume the
goevernment "reverse engineers the information and narrows the possible WB's to a few and begin to show interest in our man.
I see only two solutions in that case. Either keep him in the country under a form of witness protection created and run by the Judicial Branch
exclusively, or send him on trips from country to country, with whatever false identities the Court's can create. A "no publicity" Snowden thing.
I'm pretty sure an administration could send an assasination team anywhere if they thought it worthwhile. There would be no evidence of murder if
the tam was anywhere near professional. So, his identity would have to be hidden forever.
Good luck with this project.