The Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers place their own careers and lives on the line for the common good. After exhausting internal channels for reporting irregularities, government whistleblowers feel compelled to break their oaths and corporate whistleblowers defy their non-disclosure agreements and reach out to outside channels to make their concerns known.

To some they are heroes, to gatekeepers of the National Security State and corporatocracy, they are traitors.

Major General Smedley Butler

The Business Plot

US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler testifies to the Special Committee on Un-American Activities Congressional Committee of the existence of a plot by wealthy Americans to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a fascist dictatorship.

See Smedley Butler and the Business Plot

Peter Buxtun

Tuskegee Syphilis Study

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From 1932 to 1972, The United States Public Health Service studied the natural, untreated progression syphilis on 600 poor African Americans.

See Peter Buxtun and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Edward Snowden

NSA Surveillance

Edward Snowden releases classified information on massive surveillance programs involving intelligence agencies from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand and other European countries.

See Edward Snowden and NSA Surveillance

Chelsea Manning

US War Crime

After coming across evidence of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan US Army Intelligence analyst uploads documents and videos to whistleblowing site Wikileaks.

See Chelsea Manning Exposes US War Crimes

Gary Webb

C.I.A. and the Crack Epidemic

Unable to provide direct assistance to rebel Nicaraguan Contras, the C.I.A. backs and protects cocaine smugglers fueling the L.A. crack epidemic.

See Gary Webb, the C.I.A. and the Crack Epidemic

Jeffrey Wigand

Cigarettes Cause Cancer and are Addictive

Big Tobacco is completely aware of the carcinogenic and addictive properties of cigarettes and deliberately manipulates their products to make them more addictive.

See Jeffrey Wigand Vs. Big Tobacco

Karen Silkwood

Public Risk Cover-Up at Nuclear Plant

Karen Silkwood was a plutonium lab technician at nuclear energy giant Kerr-McGee who revealed blatant security and health violations, frequent worker contamination due to faulty equipment and fraud to conceal defective plutonium rods.

See Karen Silkwood Vs. Big Energy

Mark Felt

Watergate’s Deep Throat

Mark Felt was the anonymous source known as Deep Throat that led Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post to establish direct links between the Watergate break-ins and the Nixon White House.

See Mark Felt and Watergate

Daniel Ellsberg

Secret Wars in Laos and Cambodia

Pentagon analyst leaks the Pentagon Papers, a secret report revealing that the US Government had no intentions of pulling out of Vietnam despite public statements. It also documented secret wars in neighboring countries Laos and Cambodia.

See Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Frank Serpico

NYPD Corruption

Police detective Frank Serpico crosses the infamous Blue Wall and testifies to widespread police corruption within the New York Police Department.

See Frank Serpico and NYPD Corruption

This list is by no means exhaustive and there are quite a number of whistleblowers which have taken great risk and revealed information which they judged to be in the public’s interest. Generally, government whistleblowers are severely punish as the government uses the full force of the law in prosecuting whistleblowers, a trend continued with the current President.

Corporate whistleblowers have also been prosecuted but usually fare much better. Cheryl Eckard received $96 million after GlaxoSmithKline was found guilty of knowingly selling contaminated products. American banker Brad Birkenfeld received $104 million from the IRS after Swiss bank UBS AG was found guilty of enabling tax evasion for its clients. However, Birkenfeld has been the only one to serve any jail time in connection to the massive fraud.

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