[Congressional Record: November 17, 2010 (Senate)] [Page S7934-S7946] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
FDA FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT--MOTION TO PROCEED--Continued
In addition, I wish to address an obvious problem--leaks. I have already made reference to some of the more disastrous leaks that occurred during my tenure, but unfortunately, these were just the tip
of the iceberg. There are simply too many to list. I shudder to think
about the sources and methods that have been disclosed, and the lives
that will likely be lost, as a result of the obscene amount of
classified information compromised by Wikileaks. Of course, to call
this a leak case is gross mischaracterization; it is more like a tidal
We are blessed with our open society and our many freedoms. However,
our ability to protect these freedoms and preserve our national
security depends upon our ability to keep our secrets safe.
This problem needs a multifaceted solution. We must first deter and
neutralize the leakers. There should be significant criminal, civil,
and administrative sanctions that can be imposed on leakers. Leakers
should face significant jail time, pay heavy fines, forfeit any
profits, lose their pensions, and be fired from their jobs. We should
also not allow the first amendment to be used as a shield for criminal
activity. It should be a crime to knowingly solicit a person to reveal
classified information for an unauthorized purpose or to knowingly
publish or possess such information. Leaks will not stop until a
significant number of leakers have been appropriately punished.
A Leaker is just another word for "Whistleblower." Indeed, whistleblowers are an essential element in any open and free society. Thus, they must be protected and we should always listen to the information they provide. Most whistleblowers have paid a very heavy price (even loss of life) to inform the public. Here's a good example: As thousands of solders were ordered to march to their slow death at the Nevada Test Site, before seeing the mushroom cloud, they went by a huge sign that had the following inscription: "MUMS IS THE WORD." Well, be it military or otherwise, I say if loose lips sink ships, bottoms up. Go Wikileaks!