While I strongly disagree with the suggestion that ethics stop at the workplace door, there is a point here I agree with:
Politically-capable voters are refusing to get off their asses and use their political power to reign in these government agencies, and are instead demanding that STEM workers sacrifice their jobs, potentially ruining their careers, in an completely ineffective effort to stop government evil.
USAians have this dangerous attitude born (or co-opted) from their individualism that is often phrased "Think globally, act locally." The danger with this attitude is that it usually convinces a lot of people that acting locally is all they have to do. If you want to fight global warming, then buy a Prius instead of taxing the Koch brothers into bankruptcy. Buying the Prius is a nice safe thing for a good little consumer to do (disclosure: I own one). Organising to kick the asses of the plutocracy is much harder and may well cost you your life, your fortune and your sacred honour. But it is the only thing that really works in the long run.