Meet the Heroes
"Whistleblowers are our first and best line of defense against fraud and misconduct. Every day they save the taxpayers’ money, protect the public safety, and play a vital role in ensuring government and corporate accountability." ~ From a 2015 Letter to the President and Congress
Former SET Environmental cleanup worker who was terminated by oil giant Enbridge, after objecting to corrupt
practices. Enbridge instructed contractors to cover-up spilled oil with materials like grass, rather than clean it up.Bolenbaugh exposed the largest inland oil spill in history, and his selfless devotion to transparency and exposing dirty oil cover-up’s, makes him a champion whistle blower. John is a natural community organizer and mobilizer, tirelessly advocating for human and environmental health in the face of polluting industry.
Coleen Rowley, an attorney and former FBI special agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of the agency’s pre-9/11 failures, was one of three whistleblowers named as Time magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. In February 2003, Rowley again wrote to the FBI Director questioning him and other Bush administration officials about the reliability of supposed evidence being used to justify the impending U.S invasion of Iraq.
A former Director of Fieldwork Services for United States Iinvestigative Services, Blake became a whistleblower in 2011, when he filed a qui tam suit saying he was fired from USIS, for not ordering his subordinates to submit cases to the U.S.
Government for payment, that had not been completed. After he refused to order his employees to continue an elaborate fraud known as "dumping," he was fired. His allegations were investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and in October 2013, the DOJ joined Percival’s suit and removed the seal. In their filing the DOJ stated that USIS committed fraud on at least 665,000 background investigations.
John Kiriakou was a CIA analyst and case officer, and a senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He was the first U.S. government official to confirm that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as unconscionable torture.
Although demonstrably innocent, in 2012, Kiriakou was strong-armed by the US Department of Justice into pleading guilty of disclosing the identity of a fellow CIA officer. He was the first CIA officer to be convicted for passing classified information to a reporter. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Lt. Col Timothy Ferner
Retired Air Force Lt Col Timothy Ferner is a rare breed. He is one of the few military officers to come forward as a
military whistleblower, putting his career on the line, to expose waste and abuse. Lt Col Ferner’s case against defense contractor SAIC exposed systemic problems with how Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas secured contractors and spent taxpayer money. Lt. Col. Tim Ferner observed something amiss with the SAIC contract. "We were basically paying these guys to sit around at computers and play games." A true American hero, Lt. Col Ferner held fast to his commitment to truth and integrity.
Dr. Yolanda Whyte
Pediatrician, Environmental Health Researcher, instrumental in the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, advocating for fair treatment of physicians and patients. Dr. Whyte's expertise is in environmental health and advocacy, where she lobbies
and provides medical testimony to politicians and other policymakers on air pollution, water quality, food quality and safe chemicals. Ensuring that public policies have health-protective, environmental and pediatric considerations is crucial, and has the greatest impact on preventing chronic disease and premature death, especially in children. She serves as a medical consultant to a number of environmental health organizations, and speaking engagements are done at schools, community groups and advocacy groups.