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For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had Sean Bigley, a national security attorney who prosecutes intelligence community whistleblower retaliation cases, on to discuss the chilling alleged effort to destroy his client, Adam Lovinger, following his discovery of shady Defense Department contracts made out to among others, Trump campaign FBI informant Stefan Halper.
Lovinger, a highly regarded Pentagon analyst, has found his career ruined, allegedly due to whistleblower retaliation for raising the Halper issue and several others — first losing a prominent position in the Trump National Security Council (NSC), then having his security clearance revoked and finally being suspended without pay altogether while trying to litigate four separate cases against the officials who targeted him.
The various probes and allegedly baseless allegations raised against the conservative Lovinger come from Obama administration holdovers to whom Lovinger had reported malfeasance in the prestigious Pentagon Office of Net Assessment (ONA) where he served prior to being detailed to NSC.
Since raising issues of potential corruption and wasted taxpayer funds at ONA, Lovinger has found himself the target of what his lawyer deems a “farce” of a process, lacking in all due process and fairness, and intended to break Lovinger for political purposes.
If Lovinger’s allegations are true, this is a damning case of administrative state tyranny coming from the national security apparatus.
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