When Alison Stanger began writing her new book, Whistleblowers, she probably didn’t imagine it would release on the exact same day that the U.S. House of Representatives announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump on the basis of a whistleblower complaint. However, that doesn’t mean she’s exactly surprised: “In a sense, this whistleblower complaint is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s been going on for quite some time, ever since Trump was elected” says Stanger.
As a professor of politics and economics at Middlebury College, Stanger is quite familiar with how whistleblowing has periodically shaped U.S. political history. She describes Whistleblowers as an episodic history of whistleblowing in the U.S from the Revolutionary War to the present.
In an interview with WCAX, Stanger commented on the whistleblower complaint against Trump that recently came to light:
The whistleblower complaint reveals this cover-up of what you might say the Intelligence Committee sees as a double-fold national security threat. On one hand, the president is running a rogue foreign policy where [Rudy] Giuliani and [William] Barr are pursuing a foreign policy that’s directly at odds with the official policy of the State Department and Congress because they appropriate the funds for military aid to Ukraine.
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Though Stanger believes whistleblowing is a heroic duty Americans need to keep those in power honest, she recognizes that whistleblowers are often severely punished for doing a good thing:
Their lives are destroyed. They lose their jobs. It never turns out well for them so it’s a very selfless act to blow the whistle and we need to keep that in mind and be sure this whistleblower is protected and safe…Whistleblower after whistleblower suffers. This is not something one does lightly. One pays an enormous price, so in a sense, this whistleblower has sacrificed for us, the American people, and for the sake of our democracy and we should be grateful.
Nevertheless, Stanger contends whistleblowing is a vital to the health of any democracy. Whistleblowers looks to be an insightful history of the impact whistleblowing has had in shaping America!
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