Whistleblowers M-Q

Shanmugam Manjunath served as an Indian Oil Corporation official. He was shot and killed by the oil adulteration mafia on November 19, 2005, while trying to permanently close an illicit gas station in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by a petrol pump owner.

PFC Bradley Manning blew the whistle by allegedly releasing the “Collateral Murder” video, showing unjustified murder of civilians, as well as classified embassy cables, which have exposed the first world’s domination and exploitation of third world countries. They’ve illuminated secret dealings and joint war-mongering by the government of the United States and their longtime alliances in the Arab world. The cables have revealed that the U.S. government is well aware of Saudi Arabia’s role as the prime source for financing of terror groups and exposed massive corruption in the Afghan government. They’ve laid bare the contempt of American diplomats towards the governments of other countries, with unflattering descriptions of world leaders ranging from “alpha dog” to “Adolf Hitler”. The cables have also demonstrated how the U.S. uses its embassies as part of a global espionage network. Instead of blaming the authors of questionable embassy cables or investigating civilian deaths in the “Collateral Murder” video, the U.S. government threw all of its might against the whistleblower who dared to challenge the status quo.

Harry Markopolos, a securities analyst in Boston, spent nine years, trying to prompt an action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against monumental securities fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff. Markopolos alerted the SEC on five separate occasions, including in a 21-page document titled “The World’s Largest hedge Fund is a Fraud,” describing the agency’s unwillingness to take any action as a “Twilight Zone”. Markopolos’s 2010 book was entitled “No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller.” Markopolos has been hailed as a “modern greek hero” by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, but he views his inability to bring Madoff to justice before the financial meltdown as a multi-billion dollar tragedy. Markopolos is now a prominent private fraud investigator and the subject of a documentary, “Chasing Madoff”.

Diarmuid Martin is a Dublin Archbishop, who blew the whistle on the Irish church’s handling of sex abuse by priests. He believes that the Catholic Church in Ireland is in the midst of a crisis, rooted in the sexual abuse of children by priests and the cover-up by the Catholic Church. Martin presented over 65,000 documents for the Murphy Commission investigation of Dublin Diocese. They contained overwhelming evidence that the Church hierarchy was aware of the ongoing sexual abuse and failed to stop it. Knowing the identities of the predator priests, the Dublin Archdiocese created reports about their crimes, but covered them up and hid the files. The Murphy Commission’s investigators asked for the files, but the Church refused to provide them until Diarmuid Martin became archbishop. He felt an obligation to act according to his conscience. The evidence revealed that one priest admitted abusing over a hundred children. Another priest admittedly abused children twice a month for 25 years in a row. Archbishop Martin believes that thousands of children suffered similar abuse.

Hans Peter-Martin is an Austrian journalist, who became a Member of the European Parliament in 1999. In 2004, he accused Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) of fraudulently requesting the maximum allowable reimbursements for their travel and per diem expenses. Martin exposed the fact that the actual costs incurred by MEP’s were considerably less than they reported, which was a waste of public funds. Martin produced evidence of MEP’s signing the register in the morning to receive their daily allowance, and then immediately leaving the building. After Martin’s whistleblowing disclosure became public and was broadcast on German TV, the accusations caused public outrage. Former European Parliament spokesman Hans Gert Pöttering dismissed Martin’s accusations and the President of the Parliament Pat Cox said that he would have preferred to deal with the case internally. In a manner familiar to many whistleblowers, Martin was accused of claiming too much in meal expenses. He was subsequently cleared of this charge. Eventually, Martin’s whistleblowing disclosures led to the implementation of changes of the expense system. 

Norman Matloff is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis. Matloff opposes increased immigration to fill computer science jobs in the United States. He views the use of H-1B visas in the field of technology as an unnecessary practice that takes jobs away from American workers.

Julie McBride served as a morale, welfare and recreation coordinator at Camp Fallujah, working for Halliburton/KBR. She voiced her concerns about accounting fraud, whereby the company exaggerated costs by double- and triple-counting the number of soldiers who used recreational facilities. McBride also reported that the company took Super Bowl supplies designated for U.S. troops and instead used them to stage a celebration for themselves. In retaliation for her whistleblowing disclosure, McBride was placed under guard and kept in seclusion. Her property was searched, and she was prohibited from speaking to any member of the U.S. military. McBride remained under guard until she was flown out of the country.” She filed a whistleblower suit against Halliburton.

Mary McCarthy served as the CIA intelligence officer and was accused of leaking classified information to the media, disclosing information about the existence of secret prisons (also known as the black sites). She denied disclosing classified information, but acknowledged being in contact with reporters (including Dana Priest of The Washington Post). McCarthy was fired by the CIA.

Robert J. McCarthy served as Field Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as General Counsel for the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). McCarthy exposed the Interior Department’s mismanagement of $3.5 billion in Indian trust resources in 2009. He blew the whistle on massive fraud, waste and abuse by the IBWC, that jeopardized the health and safety of millions of people on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border and seriously damaged the border ecosystem. McCarthy was forced from government service, but continued to advocate for the victims of government abuse. He published scholarly papers about the fatal flaws in whistleblower protection laws and the urgent need for radical reforms.

Scott McCleskey served as a Senior Vice President for compliance at Moody’s Investors Service. He blew the whistle by writing a letter to the SEC, alleging “lack of meaningful surveillance of municipal securities, contrary to statements by Moody’s to the public and to Congress.” McCleskey told the SEC he became aware that New York-based Moody’s performed “virtually no surveillance” on the debt issued by states, public finance securities, school districts, counties and towns. When the whistleblower raised his concerns to managers, his reports were ignored and McCleskey was forbidden to mention the issue in writing. Although he was responsible for compliance, the whistleblower was excluded from meetings with SEC examiners, who met only with staff from Moody’s legal department and outside attorneys. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Northern Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, said that she found these events “shocking.”

Allan McDonald was an engineer who blew the whistle on the failure to prevent the Challenger disaster. Bowing to the political pressure to expedite the launch of the shuttle, Morton Thiokol and NASA ignored internal warnings about safety concerns and went forward, in spite of their express knowledge that the O-ring joint was flawed. A redesign was in progress, but flights were to continue even while the repair was underway. Leaders who had successfully managed the lunar program were replaced with government bureaucrats, such as Robert C. Bonner, who played the political game at the expense of human lives. On January 28, 1986, a little more than a minute after Challenger was launched at the Kennedy Space Center, the shuttle broke to pieces when an O-ring joint in one of the solid rocket boosters failed due to a burnthrough. The seven Challenger astronauts suffered horrific deaths, as some of them may have survived until the crew cabin struck the ocean surface after plummeting 60,000 feet. This was the greatest tragedy in the history of the space age that could have been prevented, if NASA and Morton Thiokol were to heed the warnings from whistleblowers. In retaliation for his disclosure, Allan McDonald was reassigned.

Joyce E. Megginson exposed widespread systemic racism and retaliation within the Department of Commerce against African-American employees.

Myron Mehlman is a toxicologist, who warned managers at Mobil that the company’s gasoline that was being sold in Japan contained benzene in excess of 5 percent, and that levels needed to be reduced. Upon his return to the United States, he was fired. He later successfully sued the company.

Christoph Meili worked as a night guard at UBS, a giant in Swiss banking. In 1997, he discovered that his employer was destroying records of savings by Holocaust victims, which the bank was required to return to their heirs. Nazi victims who had deposited their assets in Switzerland in hopes of saving them from the Germans, had been unable to reclaim the money after the war. The Swiss banks routinely claimed that the records were lost. In fact, Meili witnessed volumes of the said records being shredded by UBS. Amongst the records awaiting destruction in the shredding room were the thick black ledgers, dated 1870 to 1965, with handwritten entries in fountain pen, listing transactions in Berlin and other German cities during the 1930s and 1940s. Meili tore several pages out of one ledger and smuggled them out of the bank. First, he telephoned a newspaper to turn the records over. No one returned Meili’s call. Then he contacted the Israeli Embassy in Bern, but they requested that the documents be mailed. Meili declined. Then he contacted a local Jewish organization, which submitted the documents to police and hired him a lawyer. The next day, the police announced an investigation into Meili’s actions. UBS fired him. He has been called a hero by Holocaust survivors, but is considered a traitor by critics in his homeland. Meili received numerous death threats. Friends and family members stopped talking to him. The press accused him of being a greedy fame seeker. The Swiss government accused Meili of violating the banking secrecy act and sought to arrest him. Meili left Europe and became the first Swiss citizen ever to be granted political asylum in the United States. One year later, in 1998, the Union Bank of Switzerland and Credit Suisse agreed to a $1.4 billion dollar settlement with Holocaust survivors and their families.

Major General Sir Stewart Graham Menzies, served as Chief of MI6 (SIS) for the British Secret Intelligence Service. During the World War I, Menzies served in France. He was promoted to Captain and received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in person from King George V. In 1915, Menzies’ regiment was decimated, suffering very heavy casualties in the Second Battle of Ypres. Menzies was seriously injured in a gas attack of 1915. He was honorably discharged from active combat service and joined the British counterintelligence. In late 1917, Menzies blew the whistle about intelligence chief Brigadier John Charteris.  Menzies found out that Charteris was fudging intelligence estimates. This led to Charteris being removed from his position.

Donald Merino is a professor of technology and engineering management at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. As the head of a faculty committee, Merino had studied the institute’s tax returns and other public financial reports, and concluded that administrative salaries were excessive, especially in light of the institute’s dwindling finances. New Jersey Attorney General had sued the institute and its president, Harold J. Raveché, accusing him of plundering the endowment and receiving $1.8 million in illegal low-interest loans for his vacation homes, with half of those loans later being forgiven. Dr. Raveché’s salary was increased to $1.1 million, higher than presidential salaries at Harvard, M.I.T. and Princeton. At the same time, Stevens used multiple sets of books to hide its deteriorating financial condition.

Gregory C. Minor is a nuclear power whistleblower. On February 2, 1976, Gregory C. Minor, Richard B. Hubbard, and Dale G. Bridenbaugh (known as the GE Three) “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants, and their action has been called “an exemplary instance of whistleblowing”. The three engineers gained the attention of journalists and their disclosures about the threats of nuclear power had a significant impact. They timed their statements to coincide with their resignations from responsible positions in GE’s’s nuclear energy division, and later established themselves as consultants on the nuclear power industry for state governments, federal agencies, and overseas governments. The consulting firm they formed, MHB Technical Associates, was technical advisor for the movie, “The China Syndrome.” The three engineers participated in Congressional hearings which their disclosures precipitated.

Robert Misbin is the scientist, who served as a Medical Officer with the Food and Drug Administration. Misbin blew the whistle on the dangers of the diabetes drug Rezulin. The whistleblower had clashed with FDA management over this serious threat to public safety. Misbin wrote to Congress, asserting that Rezulin should be pulled from the market. In his whistleblower report, Misbin exposed the facts about the way drug maker Warner-Lambert Inc. had pressured the FDA to approve this dangerous drug, despite a number of patient deaths from liver failure. Misbin resigned from the FDA in 2000, because in his opinion politics and bureaucratic concerns had replaced sound medical judgment in approving drugs. Rezulin was recalled in 2000, the same year that Warner-Lambert was acquired by Pfizer. Instead of praising Misbin for his protected disclosures, Halliburton and the FDA launched retaliatory internal investigations against the whistleblower. Congress intervened, stating that these actions amounted to unlawful retaliation.

Paul Moore is a former executive at the U.K. bank HBOS. He served as the bank’s head of global risk management. In 2005, Moore blew the whistle on HBOS for ignoring his urgent warnings about serious risks that HBOS was irresponsibly taking during the credit boom. These revelations led to the resignation of Moore’s former boss, Sir James Crosby. In retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure, Moore was fired and gagged. In 2009, he delivered damning evidence to Treasury Select Committee of parliament, investigating the turmoil in the U.K. banking system. This evidence corroborated Moore’s allegations. David Cameron, the Conservative leader, called on the Prime Minister to accept that he had made a “serious error of judgment” in using Sir James Crosby as an Advisor.

Edmund Dene Morel was a British journalist, politician, author and pacifist. Morel exposed slavery in the Congo Free State under colonial rule. He blew the whistle by exposing these issues in news articles. Morel led a campaign against slavery. He also played a significant role in the British pacifist movement during the World War I, participating in the foundation and becoming secretary of the Union of Democratic Control.

Craig Murray served as a British ambassador to Uzbekistan, until he blew the whistle on torture, extraordinary rendition and the collusion of the CIA and MI6. In retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure, Murray was immediately charged with blackmailing people into sex in exchange for British visas and extortion for sexual purposes. It took him over a year to clear his name of false and malicious accusations. Murray commented that whistleblowers or dissidents are frequently “charged with offensives which don’t relate to whistleblowing at all.” He added that in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries, “just as it seems to always happen in authoritarian and totalitarian countries, dissidents are not charged with political offenses. They fitted up with criminal offenses.” In fact, whistleblowers are frequently accused and maliciously prosecuted for charges completely unrelated to the substance of their whistleblowing disclosures, with intent to discredit them, thereby invalidating their reports. “Only our disgustingly, complacent and spoon-fed mainstream media would accept such a narrative for one single moment. It is obviously total nonsense to anybody with half a brain,” Murray added. 

Linda Nadeau worked for more than 20 years as a security guard for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the government-owned electricity corporation. She patrolled the most secure areas of TVA’s nuclear power plants, including Watts Bar. Nadeau blew the whistle by informing her supervisors that other security guards at Watts Bar were sleeping on the job. In retaliation for her complaint, she was fired for alleged “inappropriate abusive communication behavior.” A 1986 investigation uncovered “widespread intimidation, harassment and discrimination by TVA management,” along with “widespread mistrust.”

Michael J. Nappe is a billing manager for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He made whistleblowing disclosures about UMDNJ’s payment of millions of dollars, without purchase orders or supporting documentation. Nappe also exposed an internal billing scheme that involved the creation of “dummy invoices”, charging internal departments without their knowledge or approval. In retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosures, Nappe was stripped of his staff and his office. He was confined to working in a lunch room. The director of UMDNJ’s legal department ordered that Nappe’s disclosures were not to be investigated. The University later settled with Nappe and admitted that his allegations were true.

Steven Nissen is one of the country’s leading cardiologists and an outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical industry, who chairs the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. His research into Vioxx and Avandia led to severe restrictions by the FDA, reducing the use of both drugs. Nissen was profiled in the documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” In 2007, Time magazine named Nissen one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Sandy Nunn served as a Federal Agent in the U.S. Customs Service from 1988 until 1999. In 1997, she selflessly chose to support a fellow agent and provide a written statement as a witness in a Title VII EEOC case. In her statement, Nunn referenced her observations of a serious decline in morale and the mental health of many of the agents within the U.S. Customs Office of Investigations in the Los Angeles area, because of the way certain supervisors mistreated them. She also noted a propensity of federal managers to initiate “witch hunts” against anyone who did not comply with their highly unprofessional methodology of management. Nunn rightly noted that the levels of depression and stress amongst her fellow agents began rising dramatically, prompting some of them to start taking medications. Three days after Nunn filed her statement with the EEOC, she was suddenly transferred to another work location, after working in the same office at U.S. Customs for nearly 10 years. From that point on, she was subjected to adverse employment actions, false accusations of wrongdoing, frivolous internal affairs investigations, surveillance, threats, slander, character assassination and other typical acts of whistleblower retaliation. Nunn’s fellow agent was involved in a major narcotics case, which wasn’t being properly handled. Since Nunn had served as the Case Agent for what was described as the “second largest money laundering case in U.S. history,” she was asked to provide input based on her professional experience. In order to do so, Nunn pulled up relevant case files in the Customs computer database. This provided the management with another opportunity to attack her. Nunn was subsequently placed under Internal Affairs investigation, simply for doing her job. Nunn and some of her fellow Customs Agents started to suspect that the evidence in that case pointed to serious corruption within Customs.  They’ve consolidated relevant information and submitted it to Senator Diane Feinstein. This letter was signed by over 20 Federal Agents, Inspectors and Administrative employees. The same letter went out to three other Senate leaders and several members of Congress. No one responded. Several weeks later, Senator Feinstein was seen meeting with the same manager whose suspected corruption Nunn and her co-workers had reported. The same issues were presented to the Commissioner of Customs, to no avail. That prompted Nunn and her colleagues to file reports with the FBI, the Office of Inspector General, the Office of Internal Affairs, and the offices of other U.S. Government officials. Again, no one responded or even acknowledged receiving these submissions. In 1999, Nunn and her co-workers went to the media by holding a press conference. Two weeks later, Nunn and other involved Agents were suspended without pay for meritless allegations. Unwilling to continue working under such deplorable conditions, Nunn resigned.    

Robyn O’Brien blew the whistle on the lethal and largely unregulated relationship between Big Food and Big Money. After her child nearly died after eating seemingly ordinary eggs, concerned mother started to research and expose the hidden dangers in our food. O’Brien was praised by Erin Brockovich for her “courageous pursuit of the unhealthy truth,” becoming a crusader for regulation of the food industry. She authored a book, “The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation Into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply—And What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself.” In her book, O’Brien reveals shocking parallels between the toxic manipulation of the food supply and the increase in chronic conditions and diseases, particularly among children. She also provides unsettling revelations about the so-called “watchdogs,” who may be placing the interests of the food and pharmaceutical industries ahead of the consumers it claims to protect. O’Brien also exposes the role of special-interest groups in funding government and university research on genetic engineering (GE) and other questionable food-production techniques. The U.S. tends to ignore what other developed nations know about soy, milk, and corn. For example, the use of the risky growth hormone rBGH has been banned in Canada, the E.U., and Japan, but it is approved in the US. rBGH manufacturer Monsanto helped to quash an Oregon law that would have required genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such. It didn’t hurt that rBGH was launched when the FDA’s deputy director was a former partner with Monsanto’s law firm. Roughly 80 percent of American corn is genetically engineered, to make it insect-resistant. The impact of such crops on human health has not been properly studied. Some of O’Brien’s strongest inspiration comes from the Southampton Shocker, a British study that demonstrated a correlation between behavior problems in kids who consumed foods containing additives, dyes, and benzoate preservatives. This study prompted corporations in the UK to voluntarily stop using these ingredients. O’Brien strives to empower American consumers with the same information that is available to our British, European, and Australian counterparts. She was named by SHAPE Magazine as one of 2009′s “Women To Shape the World”, and has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by national news organizations, including the New York Times. She was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter” and by the Discovery Channel as one of 15 Visionaries. O’Brien serves on the board of the Environmental Working Group and works as a contributing editor to SHAPE magazine, the Huffington Post and other media.

Roy Olofson served as the former finance Vice President at the Bermuda-based telecom company Global Crossing, which operated from executive offices in Beverly Hills, California. In 2001, he blew the whistle by accusing the telecommunications giant of using faulty accounting and contrived “swaps” of fiber-optic capacity with other carriers to inflate revenue and mislead investors about the company’s true financial condition. On January 28, 2002 Global Crossing became the largest telecom company in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. ST Telemedia purchased Global Crossing for $750 million, buying the company out of bankruptcy. Olofson was fired in retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure.

Emma O’ Reilly blew the whistle in the Lance Armstrong scandal, exposing his use of performance-enhancing drugs to win high-level cycling competitions. As the result of these revelations, Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from professional cycling for life. The US Anti-Doping Agency considers this one of the greatest, most sophisticated doping conspiracies in the history of sport. After years of denying the charges and character assassination of the whistleblowers, in January 2013 Armstrong finally admitted that the allegations of doping were in fact true.

Curtis Overall was an award-winning employee at Watts Bar, a troubled nuclear power plant in Spring City, Tennessee. He helped to run Watts Bar’s unique ice containment system, designed to prevent a nuclear meltdown. Overall blew the whistle by reporting problems with the system on the eve of Watts Bar’s long-delayed startup. In retaliation for his whistleblowing, Overall was subjected to severe retaliation. He was repeatedly harassed with threatening notes, and on one occasion discovered a fake bomb in the back of his pickup truck. Battling a bad heart and deep depression, Overall died in 2007 at the age of 56. A 1986 investigation uncovered “widespread intimidation, harassment and discrimination by TVA management,” along with “widespread mistrust.”

Rita Pal is a UK NHS Whistleblower, who raised issues of patient neglect on Ward 87 North Staffordshire NHS Trust Stoke-on-Trent. The GMC raised accusations of “mental illness” in an attempt to discredit the whistleblowing disclosures. Dr Pal subsequently sued for libel, which was the first libel case in the history of the GMC that was subsequently settled.

Vijay Pandhare served as a Chief Engineer in the Irrigation Department for the Government of Maharashtra, India. He blew the whistle, exposing the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam of 2012, which prompted the resignation of the deputy chief minister of the state Ajit Pawar.

Catherine Brown Papoi worked as a Deputy Unit Chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She blew the whistle on the department’s illegal stonewalling of hundreds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, based on the political affiliations of the requestors. Career employees were ordered to provide political staff with information about the people who asked for records, including their addresses, as well the organizations where they worked. Papoi reported her concerns to the DHS Inspector General, but they failed to act. Undeterred, she turned to Congress. Papoi stated that officials are “breaking the law by knowingly and intentionally delaying and obstructing the release of agency records.” In retaliation for her whistleblower complaint, Papoi was demoted and forced to vacate her office the next day after she met with investigators. Shortly thereafter, Obama (who prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other president in history) received an award for government transparency behind closed doors. The transparency award was given by Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org and Lucy A. Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Obama’s head of Judicial Department transparency, Melanie Pustay, admitted that administration officials wanted to know the political affiliations of those making FOIA requests “for awareness and management purposes, and that’s all.” Conservatives making FOIA requests have waited as long as six months or received no response whatsoever, while liberals received prompt responses. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, has said the Obama administration has “stonewalled even the most basic FOIA requests.” At least 80% of all denials originate from the DHS.

Daniel Parnell blew the whistle about fraudulent billing for sleep diagnostic services by American Sleep Medicine L.L.P. of Jacksonville, Florida. He filed a whistleblower lawsuit under provisions of the False Claims Act, exposing the company’s unqualified claims that were billed to Medicare and Tricare from January 1, 2004 until December 31, 2011. Charges against the company by the U.S. Department of Justice were settled for $15.3 million dollars, with whistleblower award of $2.6 million dollars.

James Parsons is an embalming/autopsy technician, who blew the whistle on the mishandling of war remains at the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Parsons and two other civilian mortuary employees exposed problems in the handling of human remains, including fallen soldiers and victims of 9/11. He had called for an independent probe of the mortuary with regard to the incinerated remains of the victims of 9/11, as well as the remains of 274 service members that were classified as “medical waste”, placed in sealed containers, provided to a biomedical waste disposal contractor and were disposed of in a Virginia landfill. In retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure, Parsons was fired in 2010, but reinstated almost immediately. He was later vindicated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, whose investigators have concluded that whistleblower retaliation by Air Force officials was illegal. Defense Department investigation confirmed whistleblower reports and cited “gross mismanagement” and “insufficient” training as reasons for the improper disposal of the remains.

Babak Pasdar worked as a computer security consultant, performing contract work for a major telecom carrier (reportedly, Verizon Wireless). Pasdar disclosed that the FBI has direct, high-speed access to the wireless carrier’s systems, exposing customers’ voice calls, billing system, text messaging, data packets and physical movements to uncontrolled surveillance. In 2007 testimony on Capitol Hill, the FBI’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, testified that the FBI entered into contracts with AT&T, Verizon and MCI to harvest phone records on American citizens under a national security letter program that has come under fire from Congress and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General for circumventing privacy laws.

Craig Patrick is a former employee of spinal medical equipment giant Kyphon. Patrick blew the whistle on Rex Healthcare for improperly billing Medicare for out-patient surgeries as in-patient procedures. Raleigh, N.C. based Rex Healthcare settled for $1.9 million dollars to resolve allegations that between 2004 and 2007 it submitted false claims for minimally-invasive procedures, which the hospital classified as inpatient admissions in order to increase its reimbursement from Medicare. Kyphon has been accused of forcing osteoporosis patients to stay overnight in hospitals for a simple one-hour procedure, in order to inflate Medicare reimbursements.

Michael Paul is a former senior technical analyst of the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. He revealed that tens of millions of dollars’ worth of overpriced construction work was being steered to unlicensed contractors in a bid rigging scheme that involved the courts and public funds. After he went public with his allegations, the California Administrative Office of the Courts filed suit to recover a fraction of the monies paid to the unlicensed contractors, demoted Paul and extended the terms of the underlying contracts. Paul proceeded to file a taxpayer lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to recover all of the false claims paid and to enjoin the California Administrative Office of the Courts from wasting taxpayer funds. He was promptly fired, in a direct violation of the California False Claims Act, the California Whistleblower Protection Act and the California Labor Code.

Rick S. Piltz is a former senior official with the US Climate Change Program. He blew the whistle on the manipulation of climate change reports by White House officials to conform to political policy. Piltz exposed Philip Cooney, a White House official who edited a climate change report to reflect the administration’s views, although he did not have any scientific background. Piltz resigned, because of increased White House interference with the agency’s research efforts.

Clive Ponting is a former senior civil servant at the U.K. Ministry of Defense. He made a whistleblowing disclosure about the sinking of an Argentinian warship, the General Belgrano, in 1984. Ponting released classified documents that refuted the official account of the incident. Contrary to the claims by U.K. government officials, the ship was outside an exclusion zone and was moving away from a Royal Navy taskforce, when it was sunk by the submarine HMS Conqueror. This resulted in the loss of 323 lives. In retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure, Ponting was charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act 1911. He was later acquitted by a jury which decided, against the direction of the presiding judge, that Ponting’s disclosure was made in the “public interest”. The Thatcher government proceeded to introduce the Official Secrets Act 1989, which removed the public-interest defense for all future U.K. whistleblowers. 

Wendell Potter is a former head of Cigna – one of the nation’s largest health insurance carriers. Potter testified against the HMO industry and testified before the U.S. Senate as a national medical whistleblower. In his testimony, Potter outlined duplicitous techniques used by insurers to “dump the sick”, increase the profits and protect stock price at all costs. He decided to speak out against the abuses in health-insurance industry in part because of the 2007 case of 17-year-old Natalie Sarkisyan, who died after Cigna denied her coverage for a liver transplant.

Ramin Pourandarjani is an Iranian doctor, who reported on the common use of torture on political prisoners. Shortly after making his whistleblowing disclosure, Pourandarjani was poisoned and died.

Alan Premel is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer and member of the National Clandestine Service. Linked to the CIA’s controversial extraordinary rendition program through a CIA front company in Houston Texas, Patriot Petroleum. Months after coming forward to expose the FBI and CIA’s involvement on 9/11/2001 internally through emergency exercises known as the continuity of government program or COG. In 2008, his partner, Roland Carnaby came forward producing the picture of Mohammed Atta taken at the Orlando IHOP two full years before the FBI indicates Atta was inside the United States. The significance of the picture is a starting point for all 9/11 investigations since it was the address of Atta’s cover business Karam motors which shipped cars to Lebanon along with Carnaby’s shipping company Karnabe Shipping. Weeks after coming forward to expose the inside government COG programs Roland Carnaby his partner was shot dead reaching for his cellphone after leading police on a high speed chase. It was later revealed that they had both been active in questioning why their inquiries and information never made it into official transcripts of the 9/11 commission. The exercises they claimed were involved on the morning of 9/11 were Vigilant Guardian VG01, Amalgam Virgo AV01, and Mall Strike MS01. The COG exercises as they knew them were a three day exercise including the cities London, New York and Washington D.C. The exercised strike was supposed to have taken place on the COG HQ building known as WTC7. A hijacked flight was to take place from Salt Lake City Utah and early warnings would have evacuated Trade Center buildings I and II. Since the SLC flight did not take off and was not hijacked in the exercise COG personnel believed the exercise was not operational so WTC1 and WTC2 were not evacuated in advance. Mallstrike MS01 was an exercised attack on greengate mall in Pennsylvania. When coming forward Carnaby was willing to testify that the trade centers all had asbestos and had to come down. So they were coincidently insured for an act of terrorism. It was later learned that WTC7 housed all of the federal agencies who headed the COG program (FEMA, MTA, USSS, CIA and FBI) and the building free fell after not being hit by its intended target. Both were retaliated against and was physically beaten into silenced, arrested and Carnaby was shot dead. In silence he resurfaced in 2009 according to the SEC records as the President of Pangea Petroleum and was heavily involved in Washington with the rewriting of rendition and extraordinary rendition laws, secret law, classifying torture pictures and for more protections in the enhanced whistleblower protection act S.372. Their testimonies on the early morning events and COG activities remains to date the most comprehensive missing puzzle pieces into the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Samuel Provance served as a System Administrator for Military Intelligence at the Abu Ghraib prison. He blew the whistle on the role of interrogators in the abuses of the Abu Ghraib prisoners, as well the general effort to cover up prisoner torture and mistreatment.

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