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May 09, 2012

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Robert MacLean

We need protections from executive agencies' pseudo-secrecy markings like Controlled Unclassified Information, Sensitive But Unclassified, For Official Use Only, and Law Enforcement Sensitive, and my favorite, Sensitive Security Information (SSI). If they get you on violating their regulations for these markings -- thanks to my case -- a federal employee's whistleblower rights can be instantly cancelled. The TSA successfully argued that a violation of their secrecy regulations is breaking the law, and that I should have known better, regardless of the fact that they retroactively applied its SSI marking three months after firing me.

Let's hope the House gets a provision into the final bill to put an end to this.

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