Blow your whistle and lose your job

HERE ’s a sad story – compiled by the National Whistleblowers Center — about  whistle flowers losing their jobs and more:

·        Darrel Vandeveld is Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Judge
Advocate General’s Corps.  Since the September 2001 attacks, he has served in Bosnia, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and two  Joint Meritorious Unit Awards. From May 2007 to September 2007 he served active duty as a prosecutor at the Office of Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lt. Col. Vandeveld resigned from his post at Guantanamo after concluding
that he could not ethically or legally prosecute the case of detainee Mohammad Jawad.

·        Bunnatine Greenhouse stood alone in opposing the approval of a highly improper muti-billion dollar no bid contract to Halliburton for the
reconstruction of Iraq. In retaliation for her courage she was removed from her position as the highest-ranking civilian contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers. Her case continues.

·        After twenty years as a FBI Special Agent, Jane Turner led efforts to
force the FBI to provide protection for child sex crime victims on the North Dakota Indian Reservations.  In retaliation for exposing FBI failures within its child crime program, Turner was removed from her position.  Her whistleblower case is still pending.

·        As the research director for America’s largest body armor company, Dr. Aaron Westrick was the first official to oppose the sale of  Zylon bulletproof vests  Based on his disclosures, these defective vests were forced off the market and police officers’ lives were saved.  Dr. Westrick was fired.  His case is ongoing.

·        Since September 11, 2001, FBI counterterrorism expert Bassem Youssef  has fought within the FBI to end discrimination against Arab Americans and to protect the American people from another terrorist attack.  The DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that the FBI illegally retaliated against Mr. Youssef for making whistleblower disclosures.

·        Dr. David Lewis’ cutting edge scientific research forced the EPA to
abandon its policy of promoting the land application of sewage sludge on farm  land. Dr. Lewis lost his job and his case in ongoing.

·        America’s first successful FBI whistleblower, Dr. Whitehurst, forced
the president to execute an Executive Order ensuring whistleblower protection of all FBI agents who expose misconduct.  His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time.

·        One of America’s top federal prosecutors, Richard Convertino lost his
job after blowing the whistle on incompetence in the Bush Administration’s “war on terror.”  High ranking Justice Department officials leaked confidential information in an attempt to discredit Mr. Convertino.  This case is ongoing.

·        Marrita Murphy challenged the unfair taxation of compensation and
damages awarded to illegally fired whistleblowers.  Although she was initially successful, the court of appeals buckled under pressure from the government and reversed its decision.  The campaign to end unfair taxation continues.-Raul Valino


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