If even a casual reader and even a skeptic will give this third party content on this page a minimum of 2-3 hours to consume and analyze it, he or she will no doubt ask what “country” has America become? Given the vindicating outcomes which each of these 5 people experienced on these videos, one must ask why they were each exposed to these outrageous conditions for simply telling their superior officers the “truth” about something they had witnessed. It is because their superiors ignored them, obstructed them or even threatened them that each chose to “blow the whistle” disclose what they had seen or witnessed to third parties. For this decision they were subjected to unbelievable treatment in America under mere “color of law”.
On November 21, 2011, Col. Larry Wilkerson (Chief of Staff to Colin Powell) spoke at Sam Adams Awards ceremony honoring Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake. Each of them also spoke eloquently on a vey serious trend in America. In the words of NSA senior analyst Thomas Drake who was prosecuted for 4 years in a mind numbing covert fashion and eventually exonerated: “What country do we wish to keep?”
In this first video Jesselyn Radack, a former Assistant US Attorney and eventually defense counsel for Thomas Drake explains the gravity of the corporate surveillance society and its unlawful complicity with the American government. Jesselyn was threatened with prosecution by the American government and with loss of her license to practice law for whistle blowing.
Ms. Radack graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honor Program, where she practiced constitutional tort litigation and later worked in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office. More recently, she served on the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee and represented whistleblowers alleging reconstruction fraud in Iraq. She has published extensively in academic journals, the mainstream media and the blogosphere on legal ethics, national security, and civil rights and liberties in the war on terrorism.
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In this second video, Thomas Drake delivers an impassioned and chilling story which he lived for 4 years being threatened by the American government with 35 years in prison for whistle blowing.
In this video Col. Larry Wilkerson (Chief of Staff to Colin Powell) comments in detail at the Sam Adams Awards ceremony honoring Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake. His insights are insightful given his “insider” Washington Cabinet and military experiences.
In this video, the NY Times journalist who broke the Pentagon Papers story in the 1960’s regarding the true reason and purpose behind the Vietnam war gives his opinion on the status of whistle blowing the the extent corporations and governments will go to silence truth in the name of “protecting national security”.
Uploaded in August, 2011 to YouTube, the testimony of ex CIA Asset Susan Lindauer involves 5 years of legal troubles including 1 year in prison for daring to tell the truth. Susan provides a compelling story chronicled in her recently published book asserting that during the Bush Administration, top controllers of the governmental operations in Defense and national Security sectors wanted to have a war with Iraq. Although not brought to trial, she was jailed under the “Patriot Act” which amounted to summary punishment without counsel or a trial. Susan was not provided even a hint of due process for quite sometime. She was punished in jail, subject to cruel and unusual sequestration from family member sand counsel and much more. She has waited 10 years to tell this story.
If your were to think the foregoing attacks from corporations and from the government on whistleblowers are isolated, perhaps this short list of links with bacgrounders on cases recently handled by GAP will give you significant pause.:
Below, please find links to stories detailing the whistleblower cases of just a few of the thousands of GAP clients they have had the honor of assisting. SOURCE OF LIST
- Anonymous Whistleblowers and the Paul Wolfowitz Scandal – GAP investigated numerous scandals at the World Bank, which resulted in the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank. GAP also released a report on the Foundation for the Future, which exposes the highly irregular manner in which the organization was established and operated by Bush administration officials and appointees.
- Anonymous Whistleblowers and the Satyam Scandal – GAP investigated the World Bank’s chief vendor for cyber-security — Satyam Computer Services, Ltd. of India — which came under scrutiny for building a vulnerable IT system, as well as for massive accounting fraud.
- Gary Aguirre– Former SEC lawyer; blew the whistle on alleged wrongdoing by SEC officials for failing to allow a proper investigation to proceed, possibly due to political connections.
- Dr. Aubrey Blumsohn – Sheffield University senior faculty member; traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of a week-long effort to inform Congressional officials and journalists about data concealment and manipulation performed on behalf of Procter & Gamble (P&G) regarding that company’s osteoporosis drug, Actonel.
- Gabe Bruno– Former Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Manager of the Orlando Flight Standards District Office; alleged that the FAA lacks a national security screening mechanism for certain mechanics that received fraudulent certificates from an FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner, but have refused to fully complete a recertification program.
- Vanessa Coleman– Former firefighter with the Washington, D.C. Fire Department; singled out by department officials and made to bear the blame for problems stemming from a major fire in Washington, D.C., even though the facts show she was clearly not to blame.
- Theresa Cusick – Former General Counsel for the Washington, D.C. Fire Department; raised concerns over problems with an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation of another D.C. fire official.
- Bogdan Dzakovic– Former leader of the FAA’s counter-terrorism unit ‘Red Team’ which, prior to 9/11, tested aviation security in airports around the world; filed an official whistleblower complaint with the OSC stating that the security systems failed around 75-90 percent of the time, but the FAA censored any written records of the failures and banned retesting.
- Renee Dufault– Former FDA employee; discovered mercury in food products with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
- Thomas Drake – Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee; disclosed fraud, waste, and mismanagement at the agency, including the NSA’s decision to reject an available data-mining program called “ThinThread” in favor of a more costly, more invasive, and less developed alternative called “Trailblazer.”
- Kit Foshee – Meat safety whistleblower; exposed problems with ammoniated beef.
- Franz Gayl – Marine Corps. civilian advisor; exposed bureaucratic delays in sending American troops Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
- Dr. David Graham- 20-year veteran Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientist; testified before Congress about the FDA’s regulatory failure to protect the public against lethal prescription drugs.
- Dr. Victoria Hampshire – FDA veterinarian; discovered and reported that a popular heartworm medication for dogs was killing hundreds of animals, which led to the drug being pulled off the market.
- Kenneth Kendrick– Former plant manager; disclosed health violations at Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)
- Robert MacLean – Former Federal Air Marshal (FAM); revealed a cost-cutting plan to cancel FAM coverage from long distance flights on the eve of a confirmed al-Qaeda suicidal hijacking plan.
- Babak Pasdar – Computer expert hired as a contractor to do security work for a major telecommunications company; discovered the “Quantico Circuit” — a circuit that violated privacy rights by linking the telecom company to Quantico, VA, and providing the federal government unfettered access to all of that company’s customer mobile phone communications.
- Rick Piltz – Former senior associate in the coordination office of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program; exposed the White House’s improper editing and censorship of science program reports on global warming intended for the public and Congress. With Piltz’ leadership, GAP launched a program in 2006 called Climate Science Watch (CSW), an education and advocacy project dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their use of climate science and related research in policymaking.
- Dr. Kunal Saha – World Bank whistleblower; revealed that Bank funds had been used for years to purchase defective test kits used to detect the presence of HIV/AIDS in blood samples in India.
- Frank Terreri– Former Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) employee; disclosed numerous security problems on behalf of 1,500 air marshals in his capacity as president of their association, and questioned policies that could help identify air marshals working undercover.
- Dr. Dean Wyatt– USDA veterinarian; exposed inhumane animal treatment at slaughterhouses.