For Immediate Release
Lindsey M. Williams (202) 324-1903
FBI Whistleblowers Speak Out Against S. 372
WASHINGTON - Nationally recognized FBI whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst issued a letter
today strongly opposing the repeal of FBI whistleblower rights
contained in the current Senate version of the Whistleblower Protection
Enhancement Act (S. 372). This bill is currently being "hotlined" for unanimous consent.
In the 1990's Dr. Whitehurst
blew the whistle on scientific abuses in the FBI crime lab. He won his
cases and as a result, President Clinton signed an order protecting FBI
agents who blow the whistle. The current Senate bill repeals the
Clinton order and the law it was based on. It will result in the
dismissal of numerous pending whistleblower cases, including that of
FBI Counterterrorism Unit Chief Bassem Youssef.
Dr. Whitehurst wrote:
"Like most Americans I was looking forward to seeing President
Obama and Congress fulfill their promise to strengthen these
whistleblower rights that protect Americans. However, I was horrified
to discover that the Senate whistleblower bill does not do this. For
national security whistleblowers it does the exact opposite. S. 372
repeals the FBI whistleblower protections that I sacrificed my career
Dr. Whitehurst's letter comes shortly after two other FBI whistleblowers, Jane Turner and Sibel Edmonds, issued a similar plea that the Senate bill be fixed.
was a 25-year veteran Special Agent who was fired after she complained
that FBI agents had stolen "souvenirs" from the 9/11-crime scene. Her
case, currently pending under the current FBI whistleblower law, would
be dismissed if the S. 372 were signed into law. Sibel Edmonds
worked for the FBI as a translator. She identified about major
problems within the FBI's post-9/11 translation program. In a case
filed under the current FBI whistleblower law the Inspector General
issued a report vindicating her allegations. Under S. 372, the
Inspector General would
lose jurisdiction to conduct similar investigations.
To arrange interviews with Dr. Whitehurst, Jane Turner or Sibel Edmonds, please contact Lindsey Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-342-1903.
FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever
Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder
Since 1988, the NWC and attorneys associated with it have supported whistleblowers in the courts and before Congress and achieved victories for environmental protection, government contract fraud, nuclear safety and government and corporate accountability.