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NWC Publishes Former FBI Director Comey’s Speech on Whistleblowers

Posted in News
Stand up for whistleblowersPublic urged to Take Action! The National Whistleblower Center issued the following action alert today which featured a 2016 speech by then FBI Director James Comey.  The full action alert is reprinted below: In light of the news of former FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal, the NWC is calling for our government to reaffirm its commitment to protecting whistleblowers from… Continue Reading

NWC Releases End-of-Year Report Boasting Whistleblower Successes of 2016

Posted in End of Year
Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 2.46.33 PMToday, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) released its End-of-Year Report, filled with whistleblower successes from 2016.  In the past year, the NWC continued its mission to strengthen whistleblower protections and incentives, defend whistleblowers’ rights, and educate people at home and abroad about the power of whistleblowers in combatting fraud and corruption.… Continue Reading

Discrimination in Intelligence Agencies Threatens National Security

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Discrimination threat to National SecuritySputnik News published an interview today with National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn. In the interview Mr. Kohn discusses the fact that US intelligence agencies are failing to use the skills of Arab-American employees in the War on Terror. Kohn states in the article “There has been willful and intentional discrimination against loyal and patriotic Arab-Americans who have… Continue Reading

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence. Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully… Continue Reading

Who is Michael P. Malone? Corrupt F.B.I. Agent’s Testimony Sent Innocent Man to Prison; Donald Eugene Gates was Convicted of Rape-Murder He Did Not Commit

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary:  The testimony of Special Agent Michael P. Malone was instrumental in convicting Donald Eugene Gates of a rape-murder he did not commit. Gates was exonerated but scores of others convicted with Malone’s testimony… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner Discusses Her Whistleblowing Experiences

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
In an article on the legal news website, Lawyers and Settlements, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner discuses her whistleblowing experiences.  In the article “FBI Whistleblower Regrets Nothing,”  Turner says “It destroyed me to lose the job that meant so much to me.” However, “I thought if I don’t speak up, who will?” she stated. Read the full article here.… Continue Reading

The FBI is Waiting for Special Agent Theresa Foley to Die

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
The story of FBI whistleblower Theresa Foley is distasteful and sordid – one too often told when speaking of FBI whistleblowers.  Theresa Foley is no shrinking violet. She came from a law enforcement family and was a DEA support employee before joining the FBI in 2000. In 2003, Theresa volunteered for Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (aka GTMO), Cuba, which contained a military prison where… Continue Reading

ATF’s Orwellian Warning to Whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
In Washington, there's an old cliché: The definition of a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. So this recent internal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) video gone viral, one of several internal "changecasts" from Acting ATF director B. Todd Jones, has got to qualify him for induction into the Gaffe Hall of Fame.… Continue Reading

Twenty Years Later, DOJ Finally Admits Mistakes

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, News
Readers of The Washington Post found out this morning that the FBI and DOJ are launching the largest post-conviction case review in American history. Readers of the Whistleblower Protection Blog know that this review should have begun twenty years ago when Dr. Frederic Whitehurst first exposed problems in the FBI crime lab. This year, Dr. Whitehurst’s allegations have come back… Continue Reading

One Case Overturned. How Many More to Come?

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst took on the FBI because he knew that defendants had been wrongly convicted on the basis of seriously flawed testimony by the FBI crime lab. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the D.C. Superior Court overturned the conviction of a man who wrongly served 28 years in prison for killing a taxi driver. It is amazing… Continue Reading

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and the Failed FBI Crime Lab

Posted in Forensic Justice, News
Dr. Whitehurst uncovered systemic problems in the FBI Crime Lab in the early 1990s. What he discovered is remarkable--and unsettling. The problems that Dr. Whitehurst reported, starting with his first whistleblower disclosures over 20 years ago, unfolded into the deep, drawn-out tragedy described in today's Washington Post.… Continue Reading

RTTV Covers FBI Censorship of Sibel Edmonds

Posted in National Security, News
NWC Executive Director Stephen Kohn appeared live on RTTV last night to discuss the treatment of national security whistleblowers under the Obama administration. Specifically, RTTV asked him about the FBI’s attempts to censor Sibel Edmonds as she attempts to publish a book about her experience blowing the whistle at the Washington Field Office. How does Obama’s record on whistleblowers compare… Continue Reading

Jane Turner discusses McQueary’s whistleblower status on MSNBC

Posted in News
NWC’s Jane Turner was interviewed today on MSNBC about the Penn State child abuse scandal and whether Coach Mike McQueary is a whistleblower. Tune in to Honesty Without Fear tomorrow to hear Jane and Steve Kohn discuss this question in more detail, or listen to the archived show after it airs. You can find out more about Jane Turner and… Continue Reading

Jane Turner Issues Statement on Penn State Child Abuse Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog
Today, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner issued a statement on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Jane Turner, a 25-year veteran Agent, blew the whistle on the FBI’s failure to provide protection for child sex crime victims on the North Dakota Indian Reservations. Ms. Turner reported the allegations to the highest level of the FBI, including Director Mueller. Her allegations… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Are Not Terrorists

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog
Section 403 strips any protection for whistleblowers. It stifles speaking the truth to power, and it shuts down any access to courts and due process. But even sadder, it devalues acts of courage and patriotism and destroys them completely and ruthlessly.… Continue Reading

NWC Responds to Letter from Whistleblowers

Posted in Legislation
Please take the time to read the two response letters. The first letter is from Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Jane Turner, two FBI whistleblowers and members of the NWC's Board of Directors. The second letter is from NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn.… Continue Reading

The Need for Whistleblowers in “Top Secret America”

Posted in National Security
There is an even smaller group of employees who are willing to risk their careers to protect the American people. In order to create oversight and protections for national security employees, Congress must immediately pass the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 1507) and the President must sign it into law.… Continue Reading

Fred Whitehurst speaks on BP, the FBI and the state of our union

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, FBI Whistleblower Blog, Government Whistleblowers
I find it amazing when I look over these past seventeen years of having been involved with the National  Whistleblowers Center and the law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto that we have not moved so much further ahead in this nation with protections for whistleblowers.  In 1992 when I first approached the law firm of Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto to… Continue Reading

Rhode Island council member blew whistle on bribery scheme

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
WPRI is reporting on its web page that a recent federal indictment of three members of the North Providence town council arose from another council member blowing the whistle on them. Last Thursday, Town Council President Joseph Burchfield, Councilman Raymond Douglas and Councilman John Zambarano posted bond after declining to enter pleas in the extortion and bribery charges against them.… Continue Reading