Dr. Aaron Westrick, Second Chance Body Armor whistleblower gives speech on National Whistleblower Day.Tonight, CBS News will air a special one hour broadcast on Dr. Aaron Westrick, the whistleblower who exposed unsafe bullet proof vests sold to hundreds of local police departments, the U.S. military and Secret Service.  The show, Whistleblower, will highlight Dr. Westrick’s 14-year qui tam lawsuit against the manufacturers of faulty bulletproof vests made with the fabric Zylon. Westrick was represented by qui tam attorney Stephen M. Kohn founding partner in Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, a law firm which primarily litigates qui tam actions. Kohn also serves as the pro bono Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. Continue Reading CBS News Special Will Feature Bullet Proof Vest Whistleblower

Reality WinnerOn June 26th, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Reality Winner pleaded guilty in federal court, agreeing to 63 months in prison in plea agreement for a single charge of espionage. Winner’s case has made national headlines throughout the past year after she was arrested in June 2017 for leaking NSA documents regarding a Russian hack in the 2016 election to a news outlet. Ms. Winner was arrested under the Espionage Act, a federal law that was created for spies, not whistleblowers. Continue Reading Is the Proposed Sentence for NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Too Harsh?

This past Tuesday, Aaron Westrick, a whistleblower of defective bullet-proof vests, was awarded a Frank Wills & Martha Mitchell Pillar Award at the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights.

Pillar Awards are given by the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights to recognize individuals and organizations that serve the community by supporting first, fourth, and fifth amendment protections. Specifically, the Pillar Award honors whistleblowers that are victims of retaliation or other forms of adversity as a result of exposing the truth. The Award not only recognizes the courage and strength of the whistleblower, but also the immense and positive impact that their disclosures bring to their community. Past recipients of the Pillar Award have included Diane Williams and Senators Corey Booker, Rand Paul, and Ron Johnson.

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$45 million. That’s how much the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)’s whistleblower program has given in awards to everyday individuals who came forward with crucial information, helping just this one branch of the U.S. government stop criminals from profiting from their illicit activity. As whistleblowers are eligible to receive between 10 to 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected by the government, this means that the government collected at least $150 million from cases in which whistleblower tips were vital for a successful prosecution.

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Yesterday, the country celebrated National Whistleblower Day. The day celebrates whistleblowers’ contributions to democracy, and commemorates the Founding Fathers’ unanimous passage of the first U.S. whistleblower law on July 30, 1778.

The National Whistleblower Center hosted its annual National Whistleblower Day celebration on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Senate also unanimously passed a resolution recognizing July 30th, 2018 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”

In recounting the history of America’s whistleblower law, Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, stated: “we must ensure that this incredible act of democracy is remembered.”

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Today, July 29th, marks Global Tiger Day. It is a day to celebrate this unique apex predator, but also to remember that tigers around the globe are under threat. The IUCN Red List includes several subspecies of tiger as endangered or vulnerable, and tiger numbers have declined from an estimated 100,000 in 1990 to under 4,000 today.

The three primary causes of the decline in wild tiger populations are poaching, trafficking, and habitat loss. Tiger products, which are falsely considered by some to have medicinal benefits, and are also seen as a status symbol, are in high demand on the black market. This demand continues to drive poaching and trafficking. At the same time, tiger habitats are being destroyed due to forest clearing of forests and fragmentation of habitats from human development.

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Linda Tripp, a former U.S. civil servant who blew the whistle on a sitting President, will speak this year on July 30th at the National Whistleblower Day celebration on Capitol Hill. This is the first public address Tripp will be making since 2000.

National Whistleblower Day commemorates the passage of the first U.S. whistleblower law, and celebrates the contributions of whistleblowers to creating a more open and just society. The U.S. Founding Fathers understood the importance of safeguarding whistleblower rights. Now, 240 years later, we understand just how critical this can be for even the highest public office in the land – the President.

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Whistleblower Summit
Washington, D.C. July 26, 2018. The Whistleblower Summit® for Civil & Human Rights will host its seventh annual event from July 30th to August 1st, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Whistleblowers and their advocates will attend free discussion panels and events to celebrate the important role of whistleblowers to an open and free society.

The opening welcome session will take place on July 30th, 9am-10am in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50, 50 Constitution Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Continue Reading 2018 Whistleblower Summit Opens with Welcome Session on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution declaring July 30, 2018 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. National Whistleblower Appreciation Day commemorates the passage of America’s first whistleblower law and celebrates the contributions of whistleblowers to democracy.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and cosponsored by all members of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WY), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Continue Reading U.S. Senate Unanimously Declares July 30th National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

A report recently issued by the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblowers face high rates of disciplinary action and dismissal after filing reports of wrongdoing, when compared to their peers.

Continue Reading Whistleblower Retaliation in the VA is Pervasive, GAO Report Finds