A selection of this week’s whistleblower news, including a harrowing tale of a group of war crimes whistleblowers.
Some of details of the case against Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, as reported in The New York Times Tuesday, may sound familiar to many whistleblowers. Here’s what reportedly occurred when Navy SEAL commandos reported their platoon chief had committed atrocities in Iraq.
(I)nstead of launching an investigation that day, the troop commander … warned the seven platoon members that speaking out could cost them and others their careers, according to the report.
The Times story is based on a confidential Navy criminal investigation report obtained by the paper.
According to the investigation report, the troop commander, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, said in the meeting that while the SEALs were free to report the killings, the Navy might not look kindly on rank-and-file team members making allegations against a chief. Their careers could be sidetracked, he said, and their elite status revoked; referring to the eagle-and-trident badges worn by SEALs, he said the Navy “will pull your birds.”