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Publication date: Feb. 20, 2004

SPECIAL COUNSEL OPENS WHISTLEBLOWER PROBE ON NPS POLICE CHIEF

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found sufficient evidence of a 1st Amendment violation to open an investigation into the firing of National Park Service Police Chief Theresa Chambers. Chambers was fired in December 2003 for talking to the press. The Special Counsel's office, which is responsible for enforcing federal whistleblower protection law, found grounds to believe Chambers' speech may have been protected under the 1st Amendment and whistleblower law. The Special Counsel's Feb. 11, 2004, letter announcing the opening of the investigation was released by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER release. Prior story in WatchDog of Dec. 19, 2003.


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