Sunday, June 26, 2011

"If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

~ Ernest Hemingway “A Farewell to Arms” 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Girl, Interrupted - Who Terrorized Brittany Murphy

Since her childhood, Brittany Murphy was determined to change the world. The rollercoaster of her life peaked to dizzying heights and fell to devastating lows. Brittany undoubtedly had the “It” factor and wasn’t the kind to take “No” for an answer. She had it all – impeccable comedic timing, a talent for drama, unique beauty, voice of an angel and a fearless commitment to telling the story. The only story she didn’t get to tell was her own.

Brittany Murphy’s unexpected death stunned the world. Her departure was followed by the hauntingly similar demise of her husband, Simon Monjack. In life and death, they were plagued by rumors and vicious innuendos. Hidden in plain sight, one piece of the puzzle was missing – until now.

Everyone following Brittany Murphy’s life and career has heard of the controversy surrounding her marriage to British national, Simon Monjack. It was suggested that the rushed marriage was prompted solely by Monjack’s immigration troubles. No one explained why the Department of Homeland Security had such an interest in deporting a live-in fiancée of a movie star. In reality, an expired visa was only a pretext for attacking a witness in an incredible case - so outlandish that it surpassed fictional exploits of sensational Hollywood characters. The truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

A new documentary feature, “The Terror Within”, shows that things aren’t always what they seem. A traffic stop is not always about an infraction, an attempted deportation is not always about a visa and telling the truth can prove deadly. It did for Brittany Murphy. Many knew that in her last days, this fragile beauty was under a lot of stress. Only a few realized the inordinate extent of the burden placed upon her shoulders - the terror of being stalked, the humiliation of being called paranoid, the paralyzing dread of what might happen next. Before the darkness of death descended upon Brittany and Simon, the light was systematically extinguished from their lives.

Their hesitation to discuss the topic of Simon’s immigration status was directly related to the sickening reality of being unfairly targeted by the Department of Homeland Security. Half of all illegal immigrants in the U.S. are visa overstays. Several of the 9/11 hijackers were here on expired visas. The Department of Homeland Security and its agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), proclaim that the priority of the DHS/ICE is apprehending criminal aliens, while millions of visa overstays mainly remain off-radar. ICE dedicates roughly 3% of its investigative workforce hours to investigating visa overstays.

What made Simon Monjack a priority for the DHS/ICE was not his immigration status. To the contrary, Simon’s arrest for his expired visa was merely a pretext for attacking Brittany. “The Terror Within” finally shows that the couple was intentionally targeted and ruthlessly pursued for refuting false representations by the DHS/ICE against a national security whistleblower. Brittany was dragged into the case of Julia Davis by a third party who immediately resigned from the DHS as soon as she was asked to be interviewed for the documentary. Brittany made a brave choice to tell the truth and paid a heavy price for doing the right thing.

Simon Monjack wasn’t rich or famous. He didn’t look anything like Ashton Kutcher. When he complained of being targeted by the DHS/ICE and getting severely abused in their custody, no one seemed to care. When Brittany and Simon said their phones were wiretapped and they were subjected to surveillance by helicopters, their fears were dismissed as vain eccentricities of a troubled movie star and her much-maligned soulmate. “The Terror Within” finally sheds the light upon an incredible true story that has been suppressed from being covered by the media – until now. The VIP screening of the documentary will take place on June 28th, 2011. The truth is no longer a secret.

For additional information about the documentary film “The Terror Within”, please visit the official website:

Official trailer for "The Terror Within" on the Internet Movie Database:

Additional information about Julia Davis and her case:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Not the kind of “TRANSPARENCY” we had in mind

As you get poked, groped and humiliated at the airport, it finally dawns on you – this is not the kind of “transparency” we had in mind. Average Americans are unwittingly becoming more transparent with each passing day.

We’re being told that the government needs to have full access to every aspect of our lives in a never-ending “war on terror” - just another cliché used to justify the unacceptable. The government can see what you read, whom you call, what you e-mail, where you drive. In our big brother’s infinite wisdom, we’re not allowed to see what is being done behind closed doors in the name of the government of the people, by the people, for the people (at least that was the idea).

The current administration is even more intent on plugging the leaks than the last one. They’ve initiated more leak prosecutions than any other administration ever attempted. Ongoing cases include US Army PFC Bradley Manning (accused of releasing information to Wikileaks), Stephen Kim (accused of providing information to a television reporter); and Jeffrey Sterling (accused of passing classified information to author and New York Times reporter James Risen).

Leakers and whistleblowers are often incorrectly placed in the same category by the press. The main difference between the way the government approaches these two distinctly different groups is that leakers are prosecuted for their leaks to the media, while whistleblowers are usually attacked in more covert ways and accused of unrelated ”offenses” as a pretext for retaliating against them through the use of our legal system that was supposed to protect them. They get transferred, demoted, reprimanded, accused of sexual offenses or misconduct and eventually fired, prosecuted, crushed. Very few come out intact on the other side of the whistleblower grinder, while the government cranks up the handle faster than ever.

The reason that would-be whistleblowers choose the route of leaking to the media in lieu of going through official channels is because they’re already aware that many Offices of Inspector General have become the Venus Flytraps akin to Mao Tse-tung’s "Hundred Flowers" campaign. The agencies encourage people to come and complain only to identify and eradicate the “troublemakers” from their ranks.

The press tends to profile the leakers more often than whistleblowers. There seem to be two prevailing reasons for that: (1) leakers are often the sources for some of the best stories and (2) their stories are more straightforward, since they’re charged with offenses surrounding their disclosures. Retaliation against whistleblowers often morphs into completely unrelated accusations and prosecutions that on their surface are not related to their whistleblowing disclosure (but at heart are the very reason for the persecution in question). Those are more complex stories that are being left up to the authors and filmmakers to untangle, while the mainstream media concentrates on Weinergate, celebrity break-ups and similar trivial pursuits.

Being criminally prosecuted is one of the worst things that could be done to a whistleblower or a leaker. Not everyone can stand this kind of pressure, which is exactly why the government often chooses this mode of retribution. On June 9, 2011, Thomas Drake agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the upcoming espionage trial. This will only further empower and embolden the government to criminally charge more leakers and whistleblowers.

Do they have any incentive to stop when our “good government” groups are behaving more like lapdogs than watchdogs? In March of 2011, Obama met quietly in the Oval Office with Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Gary Bass of OMB Watch, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Patrice McDermott of These groups have bestowed a “Transparency Award” upon President Obama, while in the same breath decrying this administration’s lack of transparency.

As Glenn Greenwald aptly put it, “It is not hyperbole to say that the Obama administration is waging an all-out war against transparency and whistleblowing (and the transparency groups who obsequiously awarded Obama a transparency award [one accepted in secret] are as disgraceful as the five Norwegians who awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize...)”

Five Norwegians who awarded the Nobel Peace Prize have some semblance of an excuse, since it preceded the commencement of our intercontinental military adventures. Five advocacy groups who came up with the absurd “Transparency Award” (POGO, OMB Watch, National Security Archive, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and have no excuse whatsoever, since the undeserved prize actually followed the pattern of inexcusable behavior that should hardly be rewarded.

The government's responsiveness under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is widely considered a barometer of transparency. According to an analysis by the Associated Press, two years into its pledge to improve government transparency, the Obama administration took action on fewer FOIA requests from citizens, journalists, companies and others.

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama said when he took office." Of course, when the government doesn’t want you to know what it’s doing, the only transparency you can count on is your own.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Special Preview of the documentary feature “The Terror Within”

One of the Department of Homeland Security’s best kept secrets is about to be unveiled with the upcoming release of the documentary feature film, “The Terror Within”. Fleur De Lis Film Studios announced the special preview of the film at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, open exclusively to VIP’s and members of the media. 
This important project is sure to stimulate public debate on the most important civil liberties issues and government policies of our time,” said Asif Akbar, Director of the documentary.
"The Terror Within" explores issues that have sparked nationwide controversy such as the USA PATRIOT Act and illegal tactics improperly used against law-abiding Americans under the guise of “the war on terror”. It features the story of a national security whistleblower Julia Davis, a former federal officer with the Department of Homeland Security. She discovered and reported a breach of national security at the largest and busiest land border crossing in the U.S. on 4th of July, 2004. When the DHS failed to act on her reports, she took her concerns to the FBI/JTTF.
Numerous intelligence alerts designated Independence Day as the “date to watch” of special importance. Files found within Osama Bin Laden's compound in 2011 confirmed that the 4th of July was in fact a date of planned terrorist attacks on the United States. The DHS was quick to close Julia Davis’ reports with "no action" and without any investigation. The agency is notorious for its brutal retaliatory tactics against courageous whistleblowers.
“The Terror Within” details the unprecedented magnitude of retaliation and abuses of the PATRIOT Act in the case of Julia Davis. The documentary will show American taxpayers how the DHS spent their money on aerial surveillance with a Blackhawk helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane, warrantless surveillance, wiretaps, sneak and peek burglaries, Internet monitoring and On-Star tracking of the Davis family.
When people hear this story for the first time, they are in disbelief that something like this could happen in America. It shouldn’t, but it did. The truth is indeed stranger than fiction. You might think that events of this magnitude happen only in the movies – until it happens to you,” said Julia Davis.   
The documentary film is jam-packed with actual footage of the Blackhawk helicopter/Special Response Team raid of the Davis residence, videotaped accounts of witnesses and perpetrators with extensive evidence obtained from court records. More time, manpower and military might is utilized to attack Julia Davis than the number of US Navy SEALS on the ground during the assault of Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. The warrantless search of the Davis home lasted nearly three times longer than the search of Bin Laden's lair.
Amidst many shocking revelations, this documentary film reveals Brittany Murphy’s involvement as a witness in Julia Davis’ case, which caused the star and her significant other to be targeted by the DHS/ICE. In spite of being extensively litigated and mentioned in a book, “Unsafe At Any Altitude”, the government suppressed these sensational events from being covered by the media – until now. The truth is no longer a secret.
At the reception immediately following the screening, “The Whistleblower's Handbook” (endorsed by "60 Minutes" Producer Michael Radutzky) will be available for purchase. The proceeds from sales of the book benefit the National Whistleblowers Center and its various programs. Its author, Stephen Kohn, Executive Director at the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) will also be in attendance.
It’s important for whistleblowers to know that they’re not alone and have strong supporters in the NWC. Stephen Kohn’s recently published book is an important step-by-step guide to understanding the process and arming yourself with the knowledge essential to prevailing in your case. I only wish I’ve had access to this priceless publication even sooner! This is a must-read for every current or potential whistleblower,” said Julia Davis.
For additional information, about The Whistleblower's Handbook”, visit
For additional information about the documentary film “The Terror Within”, please visit the official website:
Official trailer for "The Terror Within" on the Internet Movie Database:
Additional information about Julia Davis and her case:

The special preview of “The Terror Within” on June 28, 2011 is open exclusively to VIP’s, members of the media/press, studio executives, members of civil liberties groups and organizations representing interests of whistleblowers. Members of the media/press are encouraged to contact Fleur De Lis Film Studios early, as available seats are very limited.

To request a pass, please e-mail your name, the name of your organization and your contact information to the following: This e-mail address is for reservations only. 

Domestic and international distributors can submit inquiries to Fleur De Lis Film Studios via telephone at (310) 494-0107 or by e-mail,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Meltdown – Chernobyl Déjà Vu

One thing that all governments of the world have in common is their deeply-rooted belief that you (the public) can’t handle the truth. Hand-in-hand with the mainstream media, they’ve perfected the art of obfuscating the facts.

In response, inquiring minds have learned to read between the lines. This ability is coming in handy in understanding the outcome of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Here are a few examples of deciphering fact from fiction in what is being reported with respect to the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the mainstream media, government officials and proponents of nuclear power.

The timetable of evacuation:

Double talk: “While he didn't set a firm timetable, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said people who'd lived within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the nuclear facility would not return home permanently in "a matter of days or weeks. It will be longer than that."

Official: Tens of thousands of evacuees can't head home for months

Translation: With no end in sight for the nuclear crisis, tens of thousands of evacuees from the area of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant may never be allowed to return home. At this point, the Japanese government conceded it has no other choice but to keep pouring water into reactors in an attempt to avoid a full meltdown, even though this will continue to cause the hazard of radioactive water leaking out into the surroundings. Japanese officials confirmed that No. 2 reactor's containment vessel may be leaking. This suspicion of a meltdown is supported by the high radiation levels on site and the discovery of plutonium, a nuclear fission byproduct as well as a component of the fuel in the reactor No. 3.

Cesium 137 has a half life of 30 years, which makes its presence especially worrisome. Cesium 137 levels have spiked in ocean waters off the nuclear plant. A recent sample showed levels of 527 times the standard. Plankton absorbs the cesium, which is then eaten by the fish. The bigger fish eat smaller fish. As a consequence, every step up the food chain, the concentration of cesium continues to increase. The amount of the radioactive iodine-131 isotope taken some 361 yards into the Pacific Ocean has surged to 4,385 times above the regulatory limit. Adding to the already dire situation, alarming levels of radiation have been recently discovered in beef, seawater and groundwater.

Radiation levels in seawater off Japan plant spike to all-time highs

UN Nuclear Officials: Radiation High Outside Japan Evacuation Zone

High levels of radioactive contamination were found in groundwater and soil near the plant. Radioactive water has been located in the basements of all four reactors' turbine buildings, with a radiation level of more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour, in volumes enough to fill up more than two Olympic swimming pools.

Radiation 10,000 Times Government Standard at Japan Nuclear Plant

Q&A: Japan's nuclear crisis

Japan says no choice but to flood reactors

Japan signals nuclear plant to be scrapped

Currently, there is no long-term storage solution for the thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste. It must be safely stored for several centuries in the case of cesium-137 and strontium-90 and over 24,000 years for plutonium to be half as lethal. Fukushima Unit 3, like many nuclear plants, is spiked with airborne plutonium. One millionth of a gram of plutonium causes cancer in laboratory animals. It takes only 10 pounds of plutonium to make a crude nuclear weapon.

25 years later, a dead zone with a 16 mile radius still surrounds Chernobyl. Even after the sarcophagus was constructed over the reactor, normal life in the area can’t resume for centuries. The International Atomic Energy Agency is warning that the Fukushima crisis will also be long-term. Meltdowns are inevitable at three reactor sites, which could lead to a tragedy far beyond that of Chernobyl, creating permanent dead zones in Japan.

Effect of radiation on health:

Double talk: “Japan's chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, however, gave no indication the government was poised to widen the zone."At the moment, we have no reason to think that the radiation will have an effect on people's health”.

Japan Told To Consider Widening Evacuation Zone Around Nuclear Plant

Radiation 1000 times above normal was detected in the control room of one plant, although authorities said levels outside the facility’s gates were only eight times above normal, spelling ‘‘no immediate health hazard’’.

Blast, smoke at Japanese nuclear plant

Translation: When government officials and the mainstream media exclaim that there is "no immediate danger" from the levels of radiation originating at the Fukushima nuclear plant, "IMMEDIATE" is the key word. Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian academy of sciences, and advisor to President Gorbachev at the time of the Chernobyl catastrophe said, "When you hear 'no immediate danger' [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can."

The latency period for cancers caused by excess radiation exposure is 10 or more years – therefore, while the danger may not be "IMMEDIATE", it does exist. All of the long term effects of radiation on a human body are unknown. Even low levels of radiation cause an increased risk of cancer. Cancer can take decades to appear as a result of radiation exposure, and epidemiological studies have found an increased risk of cancer in people who were near Chernobyl at the time of the disaster. At least 11,000 children in surrounding areas have developed thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine was ingested by the general population through milk.

The total number of deaths attributable to the accident varies enormously. Greenpeace took the evidence of 52 scientists and estimated the deaths and illnesses to be 93,000 terminal cancers and an estimated 200,000 additional deaths in the period between 1990 and 2004. UN International Atomic Energy Agency reported only 50 dead and perhaps 4,000 eventual fatalities, simply because it didn’t accept the data as to radiation-related cancers and mortalities from the Ukrainian Scientific Centre for Radiation. Outrageously, this information derived from medical records has been rejected by the UN only because it had not been published in a major scientific journal.

A 2009 book published by the New York Academy of Sciences, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”, presented an analysis of scientific literature and concluded that medical records between 1986 and 2004 reflect 985,000 deaths as a result of the radiation exposure. Approximately one million people had likely died to date as a result of the Chernobyl accident.

The effects of radiation exposure on survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings have been researched by the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, a joint U.S.-Japan effort. Studies found survivors had higher rates of leukemia and cancers in the breast, thyroid, lung, colon and stomach. These deadly conditions are not immediate, but develop over time.

Workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan say they expect to die from radiation sickness as a result of their noble efforts to bring the reactors under control. The team of 50 plant workers is struggling to contain the disaster, while being repeatedly exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. They had been asked not to communicate with the media or share details with family members “to minimize public panic”. This too bears a painful resemblance to Chernobyl, where workers responding to the accident were exposed to high doses of radiation, resulting in Acute Radiation Syndrome (radiation sickness). Two of them died within the first few days and 28 others died within the following 3 months as the result of their exposure.

Japan's Nuclear Rescuers: 'Inevitable Some of Them May Die Within Weeks'

Spread of radioactive particles to the U.S. and other countries:

Double talk: “There is no health risk from consuming milk with extremely low levels of radiation, like those found in Washington state and California, experts said Thursday, echoing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

EPA boosts radiation monitoring after low levels found in milk

Translation: As the dark shadow of Fukushima travels the world, radiation has been detected in milk in California and Washington State. Small amounts of radiation from the incident have been detected in 15 U.S. states, including radioisotopes in air, water and rainwater.

These findings were reported by the states of California, South Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nationwide radiation monitoring system, RadNet, found "slightly higher" levels of radioactive isotopes in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Washington State. EPA spokesperson stated that 90 % of the 124 RadNet monitors are operational and that the radiation readings are “below levels of public health concern”.

Japan's nuclear contamination spreads to more U.S. states

Since there are no conclusive studies as to the impact of low levels of radiation on human health, it’s impossible to accurately predict what kind of impact ether inhalation or digestion of substances contaminated with even "minuscule" levels of radiation will have in the long run. Radiation gets into the milk because it falls on grass eaten by cows. The milk does not itself absorb radiation. That means that the grass and other plants are also being contaminated with radioactive particles arriving from Japan. As the radiation levels keep growing at the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant, the levels of resulting radioactive contamination in the U.S. and other countries will also increase.

How different is Fukushima from Chernobyl:

Double talk: “Even with the two Fukushima explosions, so far this is nothing like Chernobyl. In 1986, the control rods malfunctioned and the fuel rods melted down. A subsequent explosion catapulted tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere. "One hundred times as much radioactivity as Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs combined went up into the air at Chernobyl".

How Fukushima explosions differed from Chernobyl

Translation: Much like the Chernobyl catastrophe, the fallout from the Fukushima tragedy will continue to ravage the area for generations to come. The contamination of soil, water and air is already serious. The impact of cumulative contamination on human health and environment is still unknown and might actually surpass Chernobyl. The humanity has never before witnessed a nuclear meltdown of multiple reactors, along with spent fuel pool accidents, happening in a close proximity to the metropolis that is far more densely populated than Chernobyl.

Additional reasons for concern arise out of the types of radioactive substances that continue to be released into the surroundings. Fukushima’s reactor No. 3, which uses mixed plutonium (MOX), appears to have experienced a breach of the containment vessel, which would cause the uncontrolled release of radiation into the environment. Inhalation of plutonium causes a high probability of cancer. Release of plutonium will contaminate the area for the next 240,000 years, with no possible means of clean-up.

Caesium, which is also being released from nuclear reactors, will continue to pollute the area for the next 300 years. The nuclear crisis at the plant has already spread radioactive contamination across much of northern Japan. Similarly, radioactive contamination from Chernobyl spread all over the northern hemisphere. The surrounding area is still as contaminated as it was at the time of the accident in 1986. Caesium, americium, strontium and plutonium that were deposited in soil have reached the roots of plants which then propelled the radioactive substances back to the surface.

Hell on Earth

Russian Chernobyl Expert Warns of Dire Consequences for Health Around Fukushima

Nuclear's green cheerleaders forget Chernobyl at our peril

Traces of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear fallout have already been detected in Russia, China, South Korea, the Philippines and the United States.

Nuclear industry and the authorities, aided by the mainstream media, continue to systematically understate the gravity of the situation. They repeat the magic abracadabra ad nauseam to reassure the naïve public that there is no immediate danger to human health or the environment and that only dozens died at Chernobyl (the worst nuclear accident until now). Those who dare to oppose these claims are smeared and accused of “panicking”. The writer of this article was present within a 60-mile distance from Chernobyl at the time of the reactor explosion on April 26, 1986 and witnessed similar tactics used by governments and the media to downplay the impact of the incident. A tragic sense of déjà vu echoes through the ominous assurances of “no immediate danger”, spoken in a different language. What follows is not panic, but a sense of deep disappointment in those who took an oath to protect and inform us.

Radiation Ga Ga

We have a duty to ourselves and future generations to separate fact from fiction, not allowing popular opinion to prevail over common sense. We also have a moral obligation to lend a helping hand to those in need. To date, about 28,000 people have been reported dead or missing as the result of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. The devastation continues to rise due to the growing impact of the nuclear disaster. Here is what you can do to help:

Contribute to the American Red Cross for relief of Japan Eartquake and Pacific Tsunami

Disgraced former Head of OSC Scott Bloch finally sentenced

Some semblance of justice seemingly caught up with Scott J. Bloch, the disgraced former head of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). On March 30, 2011 he was finally sentenced for some of his criminal activities. After years of legal wrangling, Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson sentenced Bloch to one month in jail plus one year of unsupervised probation and 200 hours community service.

But wait, the Bloch saga is still not over. Bloch may be able to stay out of prison, while his sentence is being appealed. His attorney, William Sullivan said that he will file a motion to keep Bloch out of prison until the U.S. Court of Appeals considers his appeal. Robinson said she will consider this motion, along with a request that Bloch avoid the prison sentence altogether, by serving it out in home confinement instead.

Throughout these proceedings, Bloch’s attorneys and federal prosecutors have done their best to keep him out of prison. Yes, Bloch was aided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors, whose job it is to represent the interests of the American taxpayers. No one seemed concerned with securing justice for the benefit of numerous whistleblowers, whose lives and careers were wrecked because of Bloch’s lackluster performance as the former head of the beleaguered Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

Office of Special Counsel (OSC) – the dark legacy

Office of Special Counsel's War On Whistleblowers

United States Office of Special Counsel

Bloch pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt of Congress in April 2010 -- a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to 6 months in prison. Instead of charging Bloch with perjury, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence, DOJ prosecutors have labored together with his defense attorneys to ensure that he gets away with mere probation. One would be hard-pressed to find an instance of the DOJ rushing to the defense of an innocent Defendant or a whistleblower unjustly facing selective and malicious prosecution. In those instances, government prosecutors throw all of the might of the U.S. government to crush their intended victims. This case was and continues to be astonishingly different.

The Dark Ages for Truth-Seekers

Under Bloch’s notorious leadership, the historically inept OSC reached new lows. In addition to his bigotry, Bloch became infamous for being the absolute antithesis of what the OSC was supposed to represent. Bloch was accused of the following:
  • Deleting hundreds of files pertaining to whistleblowing disclosures and complaints of retaliation and reprisal;
  • Rolling back protections for federal employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation;
  • Staffing key OSC positions with cronies who shared his discriminatory views;
  • Engaging in retaliatory activities against OSC staffers who opposed his wrongdoing;
  • Assigning interns to issue closure letters in hundreds of whistleblower complaints without investigation;
  • Intimidating OSC employees from cooperating with government investigators;
  • Misusing prosecutorial power for political purposes;
  • Bloch reassigned his perceived critics within the OSC to field offices across the country – giving them 10 days to accept, or else they'd be fired (a typical act of retaliation and reprisals, as per the notorious Malek Manual);
  • The OSC under Bloch rarely recognized legitimate whistleblowers, typically doing so only when the whistleblower has already prevailed elsewhere, especially if the case received media coverage.
Under Bloch’s leadership, employment rights attorneys were advising their clients to submit their complaints to the OSC simply “to obtain the pro forma closure letter” as it was guaranteed that the OSC would not investigate or take action in any complaints.

As casualties of Bloch’s wrongdoing, many have lost their jobs and life savings, defending themselves from retaliatory investigations, malicious prosecutions, baseless transfers, unwarranted demotions, unjustified firings and other reprisals by their respective government agencies.

Unlike his victims, Bloch had no trouble moving on with his life. He is currently working as an employment attorney at the Tarone & McLaughlin LLP law firm in our nation’s capitol. It remains to be seen whether Bloch’s law license will be revoked by the District of Columbia Bar Association as the result of the recent sentencing. He was granted a law license because the staff of a DC court “didn't notice that he is under criminal investigation by the FBI”.

Despite Criminal Probe, Ex-Bushie Got Law License After Blunder by DC Court

Tarone & McLaughlin website boasts that Bloch and his team “obtained settlement of a national consumer class action against General Motors (in re Dex Cool) that was valued at $300 million”. Even as a gainfully employed attorney, Bloch apparently found “the crushing legal burden of government investigators, prosecutors… and inspectors general… far too expensive for an ordinary citizen like Mr. Bloch to handle financially on his own.”

Bloch’s victims know just how crushing such a legal burden can be, especially when it arises out of unlawful retaliation, malicious prosecutions and retaliatory investigations. To the contrary, in Bloch’s case, not only did he get away with pleading to a lesser offense, but he also brazenly expects American taxpayers to chip in for his defense. A website entitled “Scott Bloch Legal Defense Trust” encourages donations from the American public to help Bloch with his legal defense fees.

Indeed, American taxpayers have already paid for Scott Bloch’s defense, since the DOJ prosecutors have been fighting for his freedom throughout the duration of his case.

Medal of Honor – what you need to know about our nation’s highest military award

March 25th is the official Medal of Honor Day. Much of the information pertaining to our nation’s highest military award for bravery is relatively unknown to many Americans, since it’s largely ignored by the mainstream media.

On December 21, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln approved and signed Senate Bill 82 into law, creating the Medal Of Honor for heroic acts above and beyond the call of duty, for gallantry in the face of enemy forces engaged in combat.

The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as “National Medal Of Honor Day”, dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. (Public Law 101-564).

There are currently less than one hundred (100) living Medal of Honor recipients, while their heroic exploits will forever live on in history.

There has been a total of 3,473 Medals of Honor awarded to 3,454 different people. The United States Army has garnered 2,404, the Navy 747, followed by the United States Marines for a 297 total with the Air Force tallying 18 and 1 going to the Coast Guard.

There have been 19 two-time recipients, a father and son, the youngest recipient being 12 years old, one U.S. President, General George Armstrong Custer’s brother Tom Custer, and one woman.  From this very unique bracket of heroes, some received a second award, 14 received 2 separate medals for different military engagements and 5 were awarded both the Navy and Army Medal of Honor for the same action.

The only female Medal of Honor recipient - Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the first-ever female U.S. Army Surgeon during the Civil War. On November 11, 1865, President Andrew Johnson signed a bill to present her with the medal for her actions at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas).

Mary Walker was one of the first women at the turn of the century to wear men’s trousers. Because of her clothing, she was arrested several times and charged with “impersonating a man”. Her medal was rescinded, based on an Army determination that she was a non-combatant. Mary Walker defiantly continued to wear her Medal Of Honor, in spite of being ordered to return it in 1917.

America’s first whistleblower - Buffalo Bill Cody was also ordered to return his Medal of Honor that he received for heroic hand-to-hand combat with Cheyenne War Chief Yellow Hand while serving with the 3rd Calvary Regiment in 1872. Cody fell into disfavor for speaking up against government corruption and abuse of Native Americans during President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration.

Subsequently, Cody was alienated politically and financially, in an attempt to discredit the hero as a non-military combatant. On February 5, 1917, 24 days after his death, Congress implemented new guidelines that would exclude Buffalo Bill from the Hall of Heroes and his medal was retroactively rescinded.

President Jimmy Carter restored the Medal of Honor to Dr. Mary Walker in 1977 by presidential decree. Buffalo Bill Cody’s Medal of Honor was restored in 1989 by an act of Congress.

The Medal Of Honor has been posthumously awarded to 625 military servicemen.

The first Army Medal of Honor was awarded to Union Army Private Jacob Parrott during the American Civil War.

Conscientious objector - Sgt. Alvin York from World War I was an expert marksman that elected not to fight, but became a one-man army in trench warfare. Noted pacifist, Desmond Doss distinguished himself by carrying 75 fallen comrades to safety, while refusing to carry or fire a rifle. He was first scorned by the military for refusing to take a life, then honored for carrying wounded warriors to safety with Bible in hand, in a hailstorm of bullets fired by Japanese soldiers.

The Medal of Honor is for American servicemen exclusively but was presented to a British Unknown Soldier by General Jack "Blackjack" Pershing on October 17, 1921. As a reciprocal act, on November 11, 1921, the U.S. Unknown Soldier was awarded the British Victoria Cross, the British military's highest award for heroism, named after England’s Queen Victoria. These are the only 2 known exceptions to the Congressional pre-requisite that America’s Medal of Honor can only be awarded to members of U.S. armed forces.

Canada has played a major role in the Medal Of Honor, with 61 recipients of the coveted medal, the majority of these were for actions during the Civil War.

Every ethnic background is represented by the Medal of Honor recipients, with Latino-Americans topping the list for their World War II contributions. Twenty-one (21) Medals Of Honor were awarded to Asian Americans, 7 to African American heroes from the World War II era. Another was awarded to Tibor Rubin, a Jewish immigrant, who was honored for his gallantry in the Korean War conflict.

Bradley A. Kasal, First Sergeant, United States Marine Corps on November 13, 2004, was mortally wounded and with deliberate intent and sense of duty, threw himself on a grenade to protect his fellow Marines from death or further injury. Kasal gave his life to save others while serving the United States, but the political red tape prevented him from receiving the Medal of Honor posthumously. Kasal was awarded with the Navy Cross, the second highest award by the Department of Navy.

Four (4) fallen heroes were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq posthumously. U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith, Army Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis, Marine Corps Corporal Jason Dunham and Navy SEAL, Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor. These brave men sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of their team members. In September of 2006, Navy SEAL team member Monsoor jumped on a grenade which was thrown in the midst of his SEAL sniper team.

Since 1979, there have been forty-seven (47) belated awards of the Medal Of Honor to recognize gallant and heroic actions from the Civil War to Vietnam. President Barack Obama has made his contribution to honoring heroes from days gone by on September 21, 2010, awarding Medal of Honor posthumously to Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger for his actions during the Vietnam War.

Hungarian immigrant, US citizen since 1964, US Army Sgt. Leslie Sabo awaits his Medal Of Honor for actions in Cambodia of May 1970. President Obama has the award that is still pending for the hero whose paperwork was misplaced in the federal bureaucratic process. Medal of Honor recommendations were reportedly denied for political reasons during the George W. Bush administration. Potential Medal of Honor recipients were subjected to intense background checks and red tape to avoid scrutiny for politically unpopular military conflicts.

United States Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta is the only living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in the Iraq and Afghanistan since the Viet Nam period of service.

Star of film and television, Academy Award nominee Burt Reynolds stated he would have given up all of his career accomplishments to receive the Medal of Honor. In 1999, Burt Reynolds hosted the “Medal of Honor” TV Series, produced by Fleur De Lis Film Studios in association with the Medal Of Honor Society.

"Medal of Honor" TV Series by Fleur De Lis Film Studios

America would not be the home of the free, if it were not the home of the brave!  

Radiation Ga Ga

Disturbing sense of Déjà Vu continues to permeate the information coming in about Japan’s Fukushima plant nuclear disaster. In spite of troubling revelations, we’re being told not to worry.

Japan's Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the rounds on American talk shows, stating that people in the U.S. are “in no danger” and as far as Japan is concerned, “we'll see what comes.” Being lulled into a false sense of security usually results in a rude awakening. The truth may not be comforting, but is definitely past due.

The design of the reactors at the Fukushima power plant has been criticized for almost 40 years. The cascade of events unfolding there had been foretold 20 years ago, in a report by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It listed earthquake-induced diesel generator failure and power outage leading to failure of cooling systems as one of the “most likely causes” of nuclear accidents. One report said that these reactors had a 90 % probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt. This is currently one of the most pressing concerns.

All six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant were designed by General Electric Co. (GE). Toshiba Corp. built reactors No. 3 and No. 5. Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. built reactor No. 4. Engineer Mitsuhiko Tanaka helped design and supervise the manufacturing of a $250 million steel pressure vessel for Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) in 1975.

Today, that vessel holds the fuel rods in the core of the No. 4 reactor at Fukushima’s Dai-Ichi plant, hit by explosion and fire after the tsunami. Tanaka says the vessel was damaged in the production process. The law required that it be scrapped, which would have likely bankrupted the company. An elaborate cover-up ensued, devising a way to reshape the vessel so that no one would know it had been damaged to begin with. Tanaka claims that he did that with Hitachi’s approval.

After the Chernobyl disaster, Tanaka finally blew the whistle on the cover-up by reporting it to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). METI disclosed the whistleblower’s name to TEPCO and attempted to bury information in collusion with the company. In a pattern familiar to whistleblowers around the world, Hitachi denied Tanaki’s assertions and the government refused to investigate. In 1990, Tanaka wrote a book called “Why Nuclear Power Is Dangerous”, detailing his experiences.

In 2002, Tokyo Electric admitted it had been falsifying repair reports at nuclear plants for over 20 years. President Nobuyama Minami and Chairman Hiroshi Araki stepped down, acknowledging responsibility for over 200 occasions in which the company had submitted false data to the regulators.

Japan’s TEPCO: a history of nuclear disaster cover-ups

Five years later, Tokyo Electric admitted even more cover-ups at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station, including at least 6 emergency stoppages and a “critical” reaction at the plant’s unit No. 3 that lasted for 7 hours.

Japan Nuclear Disaster Caps Decades of Faked Reports, Accidents

In spite of cover-ups and lies that jeopardized the safety of TEPCO’s facilities, its planned expansion includes Vietnam, Thailand and the US. In May 2010, TEPCO announced an agreement for the planned enlargement of the South Texas Project nuclear plant, in partnership with Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA), a nuclear development company jointly owned by Toshiba and NRG Energy, Inc.

Texans still really want new nuclear plant

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See locations of U.S. nuclear power facilities

TEPCO is planning to expand within Japan as well, including units No. 7 and No. 8 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant (in 2014 and 2015), and units No. 1 and No. 2 of the Higashidori plant, facing the Pacific Ocean in northern Japan (in 2015 and 2018). Last month, residents protested as the company commenced new construction in the middle of the night at Iwai Island. Footage of the protest was recorded by documentary filmmaker Hitomi Kamanaka. She resigned from Japan’s broadcast company NHK after it refused to run her material criticizing the country’s nuclear power companies.

Japan's Own Erin Brockovich Laments: 'I Wish I Could Have Done More'

The recent chain of disasters prompted by the 9.0-magnitude quake ravaged Japan's northeastern coast, killing more than 7,600 people and knocking out cooling systems at the plant, prompting overheated reactors and fuel to leak radiation. An explosion damaged Reactor No. 4, as well as part of the adjacent Unit No. 3. Spent fuel pool at the Unit No. 4 reactor caught fire, releasing radioactive contamination.

As radiation levels rose, employees were evacuated from the plant. Helicopters were sent to dump sea water onto the reactors. Strong winds prevented effective targeting of the dumped water since high radiation levels prevent the helicopters from flying low. Much of the water dispersed in mid-air, weakening the intensity of the water that was expected to cool the overheating reactor. So far, most of the attempted solutions haven’t worked as planned.

Radiation is coming up from the crippled nuclear reactor at a continuous rate, forming a rising plume. The Fukushima crisis is already ranked the second-worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl. As many suspect, the situation is a lot worse than the Japanese authorities admit.

Tokyo, which is about 170 miles from the stricken nuclear complex, has reported elevated radiation levels. On March 20, 2011 Japan's Health Ministry announced that tests had detected excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens. Radiation was also found in local milk and spinach, as well as in fava beans exported from Japan to Taiwan. Radioactive iodine and cesium turned up in Tokyo's tap water. Radioactive rain and dust also add to the ongoing contamination.

Japan Food Faces Radiation Hit

Lack of information frustrates Japanese public

Radiation Levels In Japan Causing Concern in Other Countries

We’re repeatedly being told not to compare Fukushima to Chernobyl. While the full scale of Japan’s nuclear disaster is yet to be determined, those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

In 1986, during the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, people were told not to panic. Helicopters were sent to drop water, sand, lead, clay and boron onto the burning Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Meanwhile, radiation levels continued to rise and the plume drifted over large parts of Europe.

Authorities repeatedly attempted to understate the scale of the disaster, which caused the release of 400 times more radioactive material than had been caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The total number of deaths attributable to the accident varies enormously and is estimated to be over 4,000. Greenpeace reported that "the most recently published figures indicate that in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine alone the accident could have resulted in an estimated 200,000 additional deaths in the period between 1990 and 2004."

A 2009 book published by the New York Academy of Sciences, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”, presented an analysis of scientific literature and concluded that medical records between 1986, the year of the accident, and 2004 reflect 985,000 deaths as a result of the radiation exposure.

The latency period for cancers caused by excess radiation exposure is 10 or more years – therefore, the death toll continues to rise over time. The after-effects of Chernobyl are expected to be seen for the next 100 years. The first thing children of the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have to learn is to stay out of the rain, close their eyes whenever the wind is blowing dust and not to ever smell the flowers. Defending yourself against an invisible enemy is a daunting task.

The International Project on the Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident (IPEHCA) was created and received 20 million dollars, mainly from Japan, in hopes of discovering the main cause of health problems due to radiation. Sadly, Japan is now in desperate need of learning how to deal with the tragic effects of radiation exposure.

Governments of the world should be concerned with shielding their people from disasters – not from the truth.

The Dark Ages for Truth-Seekers

The message is simple: engaging in corruption, fraud and abuse is permissible, but blowing the whistle on such activities might end your life as you knew it. We’re now behind the looking glass of justice – therefore, you should forget everything you thought you knew. Expect the opposite of what you might believe to be logical and appropriate. Here are some disturbing examples:
  • Former head of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), Porter J. Goss and Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who headed the CIA’s clandestine service at the time, approved the decision to destroy “more than a hundred tapes” documenting the brutal interrogation of detainees. Rodriguez and Goss agreed that the videotapes would make the C.I.A. “look terrible; it would be devastating to us.” Rather than face the music, Rodriguez and Goss had the tapes destroyed. Penalty for that? None.
CIA Document Details Destruction of Tapes
  • Former head of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Scott Bloch, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress. This so-called whistleblower-protector intentionally caused hundreds of whistleblower cases to be permanently destroyed without an investigation. Department of Justice prosecutors sided with Bloch, practically begging the Judge presiding over the case to let Bloch get away without serving a single day in prison. Penalty? None so far.
Office of Special Counsel (OSC) - the dark legacy

Calling all victims: former head of OSC Scott Bloch to be sentenced

Scott Bloch wants your money
  • Federal Appeals Court Judge Jay Bybee and University of California law professor John Yoo authored Bushist policies of surveillance and torture. Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) initially determined that the twosome have "violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics." But fear not, the OPR findings were downgraded to say that Bybee and Yoo merely showed 'poor judgment'. Downgrading the OPR's original finding relieved the Justice Department of having to send a referral to state bar associations "for potential disciplinary action--which, in Bybee's case, could have led to an impeachment inquiry."
Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe
  • While committing serious crimes may get you transferred or promoted - exposing these crimes or even seeking related information may qualify you to receive the following rewards:Make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request – get red-flagged and investigated. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demoted Catherine Papoi (former deputy unit chief in charge of FOIA) for disclosing that the DHS had illegally sidetracked hundreds of FOIA requests from journalists, watchdog groups and private citizens.
  • In a complete turnaround, instead of providing the requesters with the information they were seeking, the agency investigated those who requested the materials. Department of Homeland Security’s standard approach to a FOIA request is “Who do you think you are?”Relevant rules and regulations clearly state that the identity of the person requesting records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act shouldn’t affect whether the government provides information. In her interviews with the Office of Inspector General, Papoi accused political appointees in Janet Napolitano’s office of “breaking the law by knowingly and intentionally delaying and obstructing the release of agency records
Top lawmaker protests ‘whistle-blower’ demotion
  • What can you expect for asking questions, exposing the truth or blowing the whistle? Becoming the target of warrantless surveillance is a pretty safe bet. For years, AT&T, Verizon, MCI and other telecommunications companies have provided telephone records of journalists, concerned citizens and whistleblowers to federal agencies, under the guise of the "War on Terror." Between 2002 and 2007, the FBI illegally collected more than 4,000 U.S. telephone records, citing bogus terrorism threats or simply convincing telephone companies to comply with requests for information. DOJ Inspector General determined that during “leak” investigations, FBI agents improperly gained access to reporters’ calling records, including The Washington Post and the New York Times.
F.B.I. Violated Rules in Obtaining Phone Records, Report Says

FBI broke the law for years in phone record searches

After initially exclaiming that the Bush-era warrantless surveillance was illegal and unacceptable, Obama’s White House proceeded to issue a secret rule, retroactively legalizing the FBI fiasco. Whistleblower Mark Klein, who leaked documents on the existence of secret NSA-controlled spy rooms embedded in AT&T switching offices across the country, said that it "was just the tip of an eavesdropping iceberg." Klein described these programs as “an untargeted, massive vacuum cleaner sweeping up millions of peoples' communications every second automatically."

After openly condemning these activities, the Obama administration added a stunning claim that the federal government cannot be sued for engaging in such activities, even if they were illegal. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker dismissed the lawsuit, Jewell v. NSA, filed on behalf of AT&T customers fighting the National Security Agency's (NSA) illegal operations, targeting millions of citizens' phone calls, e-mails and web searches.

Walker ruled that "a citizen may not gain standing by claiming a right to have the government follow the law." This ruling further affirmed the government’s age old reliance on sovereign immunity from the perspective of “the government is the King and the King can do no wrong”. Regardless of the administration, Americans are being left without an opportunity to redress the systematic destruction of their constitutional rights. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose…

Court rules that Mass Surveillance of Americans is Immune from Judicial Review

What else can one expect for blowing the whistle? If you’re lucky enough to retire, the government is looking for a way to take away your pension for “leaking” information they could retroactively label as “classified”.

Whistleblowers' Pensions Threatened By Intelligence Committee
  • You can enjoy raids and searches of your home, as well as selective and malicious prosecutions. Obama managed to outdo the Bush administration in pursuing leak prosecutions, including former NSA executive Thomas A. Drake, an FBI linguist Shamai Leibowitz, scientist Steven Kim and US Army PFC Bradley Manning.
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley effectively ended his career by describing the treatment of PFC Manning as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” While this was clearly an understatement for the torture to which Manning is being subjected through prolonged solitary confinement, forced nudity, harassment and sleep deprivation, Crowley had to resign for voicing a public objection to the inhumane conditions under which Bradley Manning is being held.
  • In response to Crowley’s statement, Obama assured the American public that the Pentagon is using “appropriate” procedures. Daniel Ellsberg replied, “If Obama believes that, he’ll believe anything. I would hope he would know better than to ask the perpetrators whether they’ve been behaving appropriately. I can just hear President Nixon saying to a press conference the same thing: “I was assured by the the White House Plumbers that their burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s doctor in Los Angeles was appropriate and met basic standards.”
  • Obama’s Justice Department not only continued, but expanded upon the Bush-era legacy of terror, by reissuing a grand jury subpoena against New York Times reporter James Risen. This subpoena seeks to identify the sources Risen relied on in his 2006 book, “State of War,” which focuses on a CIA-led ruse to disrupt the Iranian nuclear weapons research.
  • As an attorney, Obama represented a whistleblower; as a presidential candidate, he pledged to “strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.” As a surprise to many, after he was elected, Obama has unleashed the most aggressive assault on whistleblowers to ever come from Washington, DC.
So far, Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for leaking information to the press than any other president in U.S. history. In his new book, “The Promise”, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter explains: “Obama had one pet peeve that could make him lose his cool ... leaks.” According to Alter, Obama was “fearsome” on the subject and went on an “anti-leak jihad” over some disclosures. Several press disclosures that happened since Obama took office have been referred to the Justice Department for investigation and may result in criminal cases.

Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks

Looking for a Leaker

Obama's War on Whistleblowers (by Radley Balko)

Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press

What the whistleblower prosecution says about the Obama DOJ

The Terror Within

Obama's War on Whistleblowers (by Scott Horton)

War on Whistle-blowers intensifies

One of the latest whistleblower prosecutions is being handled by William Welch, a DOJ prosecutor currently under criminal investigation for allegedly withholding evidence during the botched trial of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens’s conviction was vacated and the indictment against him was dismissed.

Nicholas Marsh, one of the prosecutors in the Ted Stevens case, worked with the FBI and other prosecutors, coordinating a massive investigation of alleged corruption in the state’s politics. These efforts culminated in 9 convictions, 6 guilty pleas and the Stevens trial. When the case fell apart, the tables were turned. Instead of leading prosecutions, Nicholas Marsh found himself as the subject of a criminal inquiry. He couldn’t stand the same kind of scrutiny routinely imposed by the Department of Justice against targeted individuals. In despair, the 37-year-old Marsh committed suicide on September 26, 2010.

Govt. Prosecutor in Ted Stevens Case Commits Suicide

Before Stevens was killed in a private plane crash, he had largely restored his good name. As Jeffrey Toobin of “The New Yorker” wrote, “the Stevens case was more than an unsuccessful prosecution. It was a profoundly unjust use of government power against an individual—a case flawed in both conception and execution.”

Casualties Of Justice

The same description could be used interchangeably to describe most prosecutions against whistleblowers. These cases are replete with government misconduct, obstruction of justice and abuse of power under the color of law. These are the dark ages for whistleblowers. Those who torture, kill and spy are immune from accountability, but those who expose illegal activities get prosecuted. Heroes get crucified, while villains get glorified (and get a pension). Whistleblowers are often the only light that is being shed upon the dark deeds of corruption. If they are silenced, it’s “lights out” for all of us.