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At Constantine Cannon, we believe that whistleblowers matter.  Whistleblowers are brave people who can’t stay silent.  They stand up for what is right, and they make a difference.   On this page, we share stories about the importance of whistleblowers, and about whistleblowers who inspire us.

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Whistleblower Spotlight -- Census Bureau Whistleblower Ivan Irizarry

Posted  11/13/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Ivan Irizarry, the lead scientist at the Census Bureau’s Demographic Statistical Methods Division.  He is the whistleblower who recently outed himself and his concerns over what he sees as the government's failure to take any action to address his reports of potential fraud at the Bureau.  In an interview reported in the New...

Part One of Our Interview with Robert MacLean, Whistleblower and Former U.S. Air Marshal

Posted  11/13/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Department of Homeland Security v MacLean.  It involves the appeal by the government of a circuit court decision finding that Robert MacLean, a former Air Marshal, may qualify as a whistleblower protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. In 2003, Mr. MacLean and other Air Marshals received...

Whistleblower Spotlight – Climate Change Whistleblower Rick Piltz

Posted  10/29/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on Rick Piltz, former climate policy analyst in the George W. Bush Administration.  He is the whistleblower who exposed a White House putting politics before science by distorting scientific findings on global warming.  His release of internal government documents showing a White House behaving badly led to the immediate ousting of...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- New York Fed Whistleblower Carmen Segarra

Posted  10/9/14
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="289"] Source: ProPublica[/caption] By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on former New York Federal Reserve Bank examiner Carmen Segarra. She is the individual the New York Fed fired in 2012 for refusing to back off her charges that Goldman Sachs was engaging in serious conflicts of interest. She also is the whistleblower who has...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Marine Whistleblower Franz Gayl

Posted  10/1/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on US Marine Corps civilian scientist and retired Marine Officer Franz Gayl.  He is the Marine Corps insider who in 2006 sounded the alarm on the military's failure to protect US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with appropriate armored vehicles.  While stationed in Iraq, he saw first-hand the casualties being suffered from roadside...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Saudi Arabia's Twitter Whistleblower @mujtahidd

Posted  09/16/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" shines on the unidentified individual who goes by the Twitter handle @mujtahidd. With more than 1.5 million followers, he appears to be on a one-man crusade to expose corruption in and bring transparency to this historically tight-lipped desert kingdom of 28 million people. Choosing a moniker which in Arabic translates into "an authoritative...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- MassMutual Whistleblower Bill Lloyd

Posted  09/5/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" shines on Bill Lloyd, a former agent with the insurance company MassMutual Financial Group based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Last month, Lloyd revealed himself as the unnamed whistleblower to whom the SEC awarded $400,000 for helping the agency uncover an allegedly fraudulent investment scheme at the company. It is only the thirteenth...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Hanford Whistleblower Shelly Doss

Posted  08/22/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" shines on Shelly Doss, a former environmental compliance specialist with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), an environmental cleanup contractor for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Located in central Washington, Hanford made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades and now is the country's largest environmental cleanup site...

“David keeps beating Goliath when truth is in the slingshot.” – Part Two of Our Interview with Tom Devine, Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/20/14
Earlier this month, we brought you the first part of a two-part interview with Tom Devine, Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project.  In that post, we discussed whistleblowers and national security.  In this second part, we explore what it means to be a whistleblower in the 2010s and some pressing issues facing whistleblowers in the years ahead. Whistleblower Insider:  We've focused so far on the...

From the Pentagon Papers to Edward Snowden – Part One of Our Interview with Tom Devine, Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/6/14
Did you know the government almost left our airplanes unprotected despite knowing of an impending attack that would have made 9-11 look like a “skirmish?”  Why did Edward Snowden choose to go to the media instead of reporting his concerns internally?  Tom Devine, the Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project, spoke with us recently on these and other whistleblower issues.  Read on for Part One of...

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