Whistleblower Guest Post | Anne Vandenweghe: “Darkness allows evil to flourish”

February 2, 2015
Harahan, Louisiana

Darkness allows evil to flourish. Whistleblowers are the flashlights that show the spotlights where to shine. In a perfect world once the evil is spotlighted it is eradicated. In a perfect world whistleblowers are celebrated. We do not live in a perfect world. Hence the importance of protecting whistleblowers’ anonymity and the absolute necessity for free speech whether through main stream or social media.

The retribution and retaliation heaped upon anyone daring to blow the whistle on corruption never ceases: one is ostracized and ‘red circled’. Everyone praises your integrity and courage but no one wants to hire you. IMHO they fear exposure of known and unknown problems in their businesses. So while they’ve ‘got your back’ and give lip service to supporting you, they are jamming the knife deep.

There are those few intrepid, courageous patriots who understand our United States Constitution and believe in the necessity for absolute freedom of speech. Men and women who stand and oppose any infringement upon our inalienable rights and who march to the beat of the First Amendment.

One such is Douglas Handshoe. Another Bobby Truitt. I know these two men personally and can attest to their fortitude. There are others no doubt with whom I am not acquainted and whose motto also may well be: “I may not agree with what you say but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

In 1997, in the landmark cyberlaw case of Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, Judge Stewart R. Dalzell, , one of the three federal judges who in June 1996 declared parts of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) unconstitutional, in his opinion stated the following:

“The Internet is a far more speech-enhancing medium than print, the village green, or the mails. Because it would necessarily affect the Internet itself, the CDA would necessarily reduce the speech available for adults on the medium. This is a constitutionally intolerable result. Some of the dialogue on the Internet surely tests the limits of conventional discourse. Speech on the Internet can be unfiltered, unpolished, and unconventional, even emotionally charged, sexually explicit, and vulgar – in a word, “indecent” in many communities. But we should expect such speech to occur in a medium in which citizens from all walks of life have a voice. We should also protect the autonomy that such a medium confers to ordinary people as well as media magnates. […] My analysis does not deprive the Government of all means of protecting children from the dangers of Internet communication. The Government can continue to protect children from pornography on the Internet through vigorous enforcement of existing laws criminalizing obscenity and child pornography. […] As we learned at the hearing, there is also a compelling need for public educations about the benefits and dangers of this new medium, and the Government can fill that role as well. In my view, our action today should only mean that Government’s permissible supervision of Internet contents stops at the traditional line of unprotected speech. […] The absence of governmental regulation of Internet content has unquestionably produced a kind of chaos, but as one of the plaintiff’s experts put it with such resonance at the hearing: “What achieved success was the very chaos that the Internet is. The strength of the Internet is chaos.” Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so that strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects.” Rowland, Diane (2005). Information Technology Law. Routledge-Cavendish. p. 463-465. ISBN 978-1859417560.

Judge Dalzell’s decision finding the anti-indecency provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) violated the First Amendment was ultimately upheld by nine justices of the United States Supreme Court (although in a majority and concurring opinion) in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union. HELD: “§223(a)(1)(B), §223(a)(2), §223(d) of the CDA are unconstitutional and unenforceable, except for cases of obscenity or child pornography, because they abridge the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment and are substantially overbroad. The Internet is entitled to the full protection given to media like the print press; the special factors justifying government regulation of broadcast media do not apply.”

I presume there are by now numerous other cases with concurring and opposing views. As this is not a Law Review article I do not feel compelled to cite them.

Suffice it to say that having chosen to blow whistles and having been subjected to swift and brutal retaliation by the powers that be, I can in good conscience only recommend that anyone contemplating similar activity do so behind the protective screen of a blog or other social media operated by righteous 1st Amendment champions who will protect your identity to the death.

And in the event you believe you are being targeted because of your use of your First Amendment rights SUE IMMEDIATELY ! They will not stop. They will not leave you alone. They will use every dirty trick and scheme they know to destroy you. Not just silence you but destroy you. Evil fears light that much.

And even if you do not prevail on the facts of your original lawsuit, if the ‘idjits’ target you because you had the audacity to file a lawsuit: you have a new separate cause of action for retaliation. And on and on and on. Throw in allegations of SPOLIATION and the stakes soar to new $ heights. Since few governmental entities are in compliance with Record Management / Retention laws they remain sitting ducks. Ignorance, in their situation, is not bliss.

Finally, as a Christian washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, I would be remiss if I did not point out that abusive authority figures are flagrantly outside the will of God and should and must be courageously reported. Otherwise there will only be more victims. Including the abusers who will miss salvation and eternal joy with God: It is our Christian duty to report them. For so many reasons. Amen. Maranatha.

8 thoughts on “Whistleblower Guest Post | Anne Vandenweghe: “Darkness allows evil to flourish””

  1. Anne:

    Thanks for your kind comments. As your attorney and counsel for Heather Hilliard, in her claims against Jefferson Parish for retaliation, and Doug Handshoe/Slabbed’s counsel in the Trout Point SPEECH victory, I can only say that this has been a very eye-opening experience.

    Unfortunately, there are those out there who would attempt to deny you and others the right to legal counsel by suing me for frivolous claims. I do not worry about that, though, as I know, in the end, that principles and justice will prevail – I sleep very well at night knowing that. Thanks for your article and thanks for your friendship.

  2. Unfortunately, Ann Marie, the sheeple so identify with and worship their “guv’mint” that whistleblowers are deemed to have committed an act of blasphemy when pointing out the errors and wrongdoings of the offspring of the Prince of the Air.

    1. Except when their government would screw their retirees.

      Appearances to the contrary, I asked Anne to write a guest post because the foul wind blowing right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast these days. We have lots of newbies that need to know topics like the City of BSL and SRHS are not Slabbed New Media’s first rodeo.

      1. Let us hope the constituency of the relevant area are sufficiently outraged to continue pressure for corrective action, Doug. Unfortunately, and far too often, the booboisie adopt a blame-the-victim herd mentality which rewards the kleptos. I’d point you in the direction of ongoing litigation, but that only confirms what we already know.

        1. Protest outside Ocean Springs General Hospital set from 2-5 pm today. Slabbed is sending its seasoned protest photographer to the scene. The public is welcome to attend or simply honk and wave while driving by as per last week’s protest in Pascagoula. Honk tally from last week’s protest: 100% pro retiree. :mrgreen:

          I suspect there will be other media outlets there today as well.

  3. So, if an employee at the hospital was looking for something to blow a whistle about, what would one look for?
    A Hospitalist billing something he’d didn’t do? What else should one look for and document?

  4. Doug and Anne,

    Our servicemen and servicewomen put their lives on the line for us every day. People like the two of you also put yourselves out there on the line as well. I am very thankful for folks like y’all who help people like me to continiue to be able to exercise my right to free speech.

    It is a shame we must have to worry about fear of retailiation but it’s a lot easier to continue to blow those whistles loud and strong knowing folks like y’all have our backs.

    slabbed.org TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!!!

    1. My dad earned service medals in the US Marines for WW2, Korea and Vietnam along with a purple heart. I like to think we honor that sacrifice here at Slabbed by exercising the freedoms he and millions of men and women like him secured for us. Thank you for your kind words.

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