Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week of November 7, Praising the Whistleblowers

Hi everyone,

This week we are going to honor whistleblowers.


  1. Visit this webpage from Stephane.
  2. Find one person on the list who stands out to you, either because you believe in the same cause or you simply find their journey interesting in some way.
  3. Research this person during our lab time. Find facts. 

  • How was their life affected? 
  • Where are they today? 
  • Was it worth it? 
  • What would you have done if you were in their shoes? 
  • Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences? 
  • At what point would you have turned back? 
  • Would you have done more?

  1. In Google Docs, write a song, poem or paragraph of praise for the whistleblower you have chosen. Use strong adjectives.
  2. Post to our blog
  3. Print a copy for Stephanie and bring to our class next Wed 11/14 (the day of the play).

34 comments:

  1. Kerby Marcelin about Coleen Rowley


    Find one person on the list who stands out to you, either because you believe in the same cause or you simply find their journey interesting in some way.
    - Coleen Rowley appears very interesting to me because she is mostly known for her action as a vaillant and honest person in the American society by blowing the whistle on the fact that the FBI failed to providing full security related to the September 11th tragedy.



    Research this person during our lab time. Find facts.

    How was their life affected?

    Her life wasn’t really affected by the fact that she blew the whistle because the Bureau didn’t fire but instead she found a lot of support based on her significant action.

    Where are they today?

    She runned as a democrat candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s second congressional district in 2006, but she lost the election. Now, she is living in her hometown in Iowa, so her life is pretty swell.

    Was it worth it?

    yes, her action worth it because due to her decision, the FBI has improved more in intervening in national security.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?

    I have done the same thing because this is a thing that can be beneficial for the entire country.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?

    I am not really sure about it because her action didn’t really back much consequences, so I don’t have a straight idea.

    At what point would you have turned back?

    I would have turned if I knew my whole family could have been deported from the country. This is the only thing that can make me back down, otherwise I am scared of death just to save million lives. If I die, They’ll talk about as a hero.

    Would you have done more?

    I think she has done a lot, so I don’t know what I would do in order to accomplish more.

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  2. I chose Mark Felt to be a good whistleblower. He was a former FBI agent who retired as the Bureaus associate director in Washington D.C. His nickname was deep throat and he revealed the involvement of U.S president Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal.

    He was secured by the authority and safe. People never knew that he was the whistleblower. but in 1980, Felt was convicted of the felony of violating the civil rights of people thought to be associated with members of the Weather Underground Organizations by ordering FBI agents to search their homes as part of an attempt to prevent bombings. He was ordered to pay a $7,000 fine, but was pardoned by President Ronald Regan during his appeal. But he was pardoned.

    He died in 2008, 3 years after revealing himself that he exposed the watergate scandal to The Washington Post and used a nickname called DEEP THROAT.
    It was totally worth what he have done for the country by exposing the scandal. President Nixon had to resign for this scandal.
    I would speak up too but depending on certain conditions which regards my security and also my career. But as of Felt, he was an extraordinary brave man to speak up against the most powerful man Nixon at that time.
    I wouldn’t have been willing to suffer the consequences to pay fine because of speaking the truth against a powerful man.
    I wouldn’t have turned back if I was secured all the time.
    I would have done more if it was very necessary and do good to people and save the country from frauds.

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  3. LIN, XIAOYUE

    The whistle blower I have chosen is William Mark Felt. He is a very famous person. Felt revealed himself to be the Watergate scandal's whistler blower, he exposed the scandal of the president Richard M. Nixon. He is the person who became the informant and promoted Nixon abdicated. He is the person who discovered Nixon’s bad behavior about he set up a camera in the democratic national committee office guarded people and candid camera some important document. He is the hero of this country.


    How was their life affected?
    Mark Felt’s life changed, because many people blamed him. Two groups had different opinions about Felt exposed this event. And Felt suffered many threaten from them.
    Where are they today?
    Recently, he appeared after 30 years, and he determined to tell about Watergate.
    Was it worth it?
    I think it is worth it. Because personal privacy is very important and country’s confidential is also very important to this country. Felt exposed it, he helped the country to obvious the truth.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I will agree with Felt’s behavior because I don’t want the people get confused and I think they have to know the truth about their country.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    I will to suffer the consequence because I determine to expose this big event, I already prepare to accept the blame from anywhere.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    If the evidences are not enough, I will turn back and continue to find more information to prove my thinking.
    Would you have done more?
    I will do more, because the truth is very necessary to the people. I have to exposed the scandal and make the people know it.

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  4. Li,Meng Yu
    How was their life affected?
    Her life wasn’t affected by the fact. Because he didn't tell people he was the revelator.Finally, he admitted that he was " Deep Throat".
    Where are they today?
    He died in 2008.
    Was it worth it?
    Yes, it was. He exposed the scandal, and people realized the truth.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    If I was in their shoes, I would tell the truth to everyone. They can distinguish what is right or wrong.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes, I would have been willing to suffer the consequences. Although, people don't agree with me, they have rights to realize the truth.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    I wouldn’t have turned back if I think I did right thing.
    Would you have done more?
    I would have done more if I find something bad, I would expose it.
    I chose Mark Felt to be a good whistleblower .W. Mark Felt was an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who retired as the Bureau's Associate Director in 1973.
    W. Mark Felt was a mysterious informant who exposed ''Watergate'' ;
    W. Mark Felt was a "Deep Throat" who promoted President Richard M. Nixon to resign as the first "domino";
    W. Mark Felt was a whistleblower who exposed ''Watergate'' that leaded to limit the president's power.
    Does he was a traitor to cause president's downfall or a hero to expose truth?

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  5. Tin Nilar Hlaing
    Whistle blower: Shawn Carpenter is the one who exposed the information of computer networks at US defense contractors especially in Sandia Laboratories being hacked. Even though his superior officers told him to care only about Sandia computers, he was a confidential informant for FBI for half a year.

    How was their life affected?
    After exposing to US army and FBI that hundreds of computer networks at major U.S. defense contractors were hacked at Sandia, Shawn Carpenter, the American Navy and veteran, was fired by Sandia National Laboratories. After that, as a reward and compensation, a New Mexico State Court gave him $4.7 million for being fired from Sandia Corporation in 2007.

    Where are they today?
    Carpenter continues to work at NetWitness Corporation within the United States Department of Homeland Security for clients in the intelligence community, federal agencies and the military.

    Was it worth it?
    Yes, Shawn Carpenter defended his country United States from leaking some sensitive information as a patriotic veteran. He leaves some good reputation and high recognition for this country. He was also awarded $ 4.7 million as a compensation for getting fired.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would do the same thing if I were him too. I shouldn't be afraid of trivial things like losing my job while thinking to rescue the whole nation from leaking national information.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes, I can’t let this happen if I know it. If I were him, as a navy veteran, I have already been putting my life at stake. So, the consequences that will come up after this issue will be just a breeze.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    If I didn’t find out enough proof of saying that US main defense contractors were hacked, I would have turned back to make sure I am whistleblowing it right.

    Would you have done more?
    I would have done same thing, nothing more or nothing less.

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  6. Whistleblower: Mark Felt

    How was their life affected?
    He was hiding his original identity for years, therefore his life wasn't impacted by his whistle blowing.

    Where are they today?
    He has passed away.

    Was it worth it?
    Yes, he exposed an abuse that happened inside the U.S. government and drew media attention to the issue.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I think if I had access to same information he had I would also have informed the media or authorities about that.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    I think in case of life-threats I would have stepped back.

    Would you have done more?
    I would have done just as much.


    Amid fear and discouragement he found a solution. To protect himself and his loved ones he decided to hide his true identity so he could expose the truth and do what was right. Under Deep Throat’s identity he was able to draw attention to the abuses of people who thought they could do whatever they wanted because they were powerful. What was more powerful, though, was Mark Felt’s intelligence to use the power of the media to draw attention to that problem. At the end of the day he succeeded, because he had courage and because he tried.

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  7. The person I chosen is Robert J. McCarthy. He served as Field Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as General Counsel, U.S. Section, International Boundary and Water Commission. He exposed the Interior Department�s mismanagement of $3.5 billion in Indian trust resources and saved the health of millions of people and the borde ecosystem.

    How was their life affected?
    It affected the health and safety of millions of people on both sides of the U.S.- Mexico border and seriously damaged the border ecosystem
    Where are they today?
    He died.
    Was it worth it?
    Of course. He saved millions of people and border ecosystem
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    Honestly, I am not brave as him. To be a whistleblower is very dangerous. I think that I just would send a letter to expose that fact to a Newspaper secretly
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    When I decide to do something, I have to think about the what consequences will follow. So I am not be willing to suffer, but I have to get ready to accept it.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    If it threaten my life or my family. I would have turned back to save myself and my family.
    Would you have done more?
    No, he did all I could think about.

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  8. Jean-Luc Antoine

    1. How was their life affected?
    Mordechai Vanunu was a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed The Israeli nuclear program to the British press. He was sentenced to 17 years and a half in prison. He was not allowed to leave Israel and not to speak to foreigners. Even now he is still in suffering to having speaking to foreign press.

    2. Where are they today?
    Today he is in Israel he has been there for a long time because Israel still refuses to free him.


    3. Was it worth it?
    Yes it was worth it because he received several peace awards from different organisations and his act shows him as an ambassador of peace in the world.

    4. What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    It would be a very difficult decision for me, and honestly I don’t know what I would have done.

    5. Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    The consequences suffered by Mordechai Vanunu were very painful and severe even now he is still suffering. Thus I don’t know if I would be able to suffer the consequences.

    6. At what point would you have turned back?
    If I started I think would not turn back like Mordechai Vanunu did.

    7. Would you have done more?
    Mordechai Vanunu did everything he could of possibly have done, so I don’t think I could have done more.

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  9. How was their life affected?
    His life didn’t get affected by blowing whistle because he was hiding his true identity for many years.

    Where are they today?
    He died in 2008.

    Was it worth it?
    It was totally worth what he had done for the country by exposing the scandal.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    If I was in his shoes, I think I would take the same steps with him because I want all of the people to know the truth.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes. Because if I decided to do something, I will take that all.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    I think I would have turned back if it started to affect my life.

    Would you have done more?
    I think I did more than enough.


    I chose Mark Felt to be a good whistleblower. He was a former FBI agent who retired as the Bureaus associate director in Washington D.C. He decided to hide his true identity in order to protect himself and his loved ones. So he could expose the truth and do what was right. He became the whistleblower by exposing the watergate scandal to the Washington Post by using the nickname “Deep Throat.” This made President Nixon to resign. This action could only be made by an extraordinary person. In addition, he used his ideas very well by attracting the media to make the people noticed the scandal. I think we can say him as the hero of the country.

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  10. I found W. Mark Felt is a very interesting whistleblower.

    How was their life affected?
    He lost his job and had to kind of disappeared from public eyes.

    Where are they today?
    He died naturally few years ago

    Was it worth it?
    It was definitely worth it.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would do the same thing. Because Nixon then had seriously abused his power, which might be continuing for every presidents after him if no one tried to stop him. Besides that, I could do it secretly.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    I think I would be willing to suffer the consequences. Because it's serious and things must be done to stop Nixon.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    If my family was threaten or my own life was on risk, I might change my mind and give up on exposing Nixon.

    Would you have done more?
    I couldn't have done less.

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  11. Ms.Mann Yanxi,Chen
    Human Rights Class 11/10/2012

    --------Daniel Ellsberg


    How was their life affected?
    Actually, in the beginning, he supported the war in Vietnam and later, he found the secret documents which later he called “Pentagon Papers” that revealed the true facts in the Vietnam War. He later sent these documents to “New York Times”. So all the people knew that the president cheated them and hided the facts. The president annoyed a lot after he found this problem. And some people abused him and later he put in the jail to spend his life. A decade passed, he was released and more and more people followed him and he became a whistleblower and he later continues to work for these problems.

    Where are they today?
    He still alive today.

    Was it worth it?
    It was worth doing that because it’s people’s rights to know the truth and they should know these things as the country made progress.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would follow the steps of Ellsberg and consider him as an example in the future. Later, I would try to find out these things that people don’t dare to find out even though it’s perilous for me to do it. I would take part in the organization and set up more organizations for more people.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    It’s true for me to suffer some consequences because these things irritate some people even some nobles or people in government will try to revenge you and kill you. However, I believe the truth is still exist in this earth. So I would have been willing to suffer the consequences.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    If it is related to people’s lives , I would have turned back because I don’t want to see people died.

    Would you have done more?
    If it’s possible for me to have time to done more things, I would try to done more things.




    He is a person who lost his way in his youth period.
    He is pretty urgent to show off how he is feasible to do something,
    He is too presumptuous to ignore the peril of this world,
    He lost himself in his imaginary world,
    However, he never knows he is wrong .

    He is a person who struggles for his mind about the ‘Pentagon Paper’,
    He is irresolute whether or not to reveal the unknown ‘secrets’,
    He is painfull so that he never understand how to do,
    He struggles for something right in his inner brain,
    So, who can take him out of the troubles?

    He is a whistleblower who dare to expose these ugly secrets,
    He is scrupulous and impartial for everything,
    He is brave to find out the truth even though he would stay in danger,
    He is worth for us to extol and respect,
    He is Daniel Ellsberg.








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  12. W.Mark Felt
    How was their life affected?
    His life was not affected because he was hiding his identity
    He worked secretly with the press and revealed the truth.
    Where are they today?
    He is not with us anymore. He died.
    Was it worth it?
    yes.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    May be same thing if I have enough information like him.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes, if its only about me but if it's related to my family i wouldn't do it.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    when its a threat for my family.
    Would you have done more?
    yes if I could.

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  15. The whistleblower- Mordechai Vanunu

    Mordechai Vanunu is a former Israeli nuclear technician , but he was against nuclear weapons . So he disclose the detail for england , After that he become a Israeli Betrayer . He was framed by Israeli intelligence agents in Italy . Vanunu spent 18 years in prison . Released from prison in 2004, he became subject to a broad array of restrictions on his speech and movement. He try to leave Israeli ,because that is unfair for him . Although that still have a fell people support him . They think Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release . I think he was a hero in the world because he expense himself to protect the earth . We should have to follow his example . Although he lost his freedom but the people will Praise his behavior forever , He was a very heroic person . Everybady should have give him a applause .


    1. How was their life affected?
    After that things happend Mordechai Vanunu lost his freedom and he become a betrayer in Israeli , but in the other way he was a hero of the world .
    2. Where are they today?
    Vanunu Mordechai Demanding and waiting for Freedom now .
    3.Was it worth it?
    Yes. I think was it worth it ,because he was expense himself and exchange the world peace .
    4.What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    If I was in their shoes I well do the same way . Because the nuclear weapons are very dangerous we have to advocate stop nake that .
    5. Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes . I willing to suffer the consequences because that is very great case . I do no regret .
    6.At what point would you have turned back?
    I while turned back when everybady know the dangers of nuclear weapons and we have to stop that right now .
    7.Would you have done more?
    Yes . I think I can make a orgainzation to propagate the dangers of nuclear weapons .

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  16. The whistleblower that I found is the most interesting and famous person named William Mark Felt. He was a former FBI agent who retired as the Bureaus associate director in Washington D.C. He was a great man, honest and worked hard to save the country from a fraud president. He revealed himself to be the watergate scandal whistleblower. He exposed the scandal of the president Richard M. Nixon. He worked with the press and revealed the truth secretly. He worked secretly and hide his identity to protect himself and his family.
    He is the person who found out that president Nixon was doing illegal thing like putting camera in the democratic national committee office. He had given a nickname “Deep Throat” in the Washington post. And because of him president Nixon had to resign from his office. We as American everyone should be grateful to him because if he didn't do that we could have had more cheaters as our president. He is the real hero of The United States of America.

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  17. Jeffrey Wigand

    How was their life affected?
    Jeffrey Wigand’s life was affected by whistling the blow was that he got fired by the company and lost his job.

    Where are they today?
    Jeffrey Wigand is now teaching high school students about the dangerous of smoking tobacco and cigarettes.

    Was it worth it?
    It was worth doing that, because in my opinion, saving other people’s lives is way better than investing things for ourselves.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    Honestly, I would do the same like Jeffrey Wigand did, exposing it to public about the wrongdoing of the company. However, I would do it in a different way. I would expose to people that I know, then have them spread the word.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Frankly, I am willing to suffer the consequences that Jeffey Wigand received. I would rather do the right thing than doing something that is affecting badly to others. I also know that getting a job in another company is not that hard, and we will have a chance.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    I would have turned back where I get to the point when everyone is starting to hate what I am doing. Thus, I would really try my best not to turn back at any point.

    Would you have done more?
    I would have done more if I have chances to do so. Personally, why would not I do more if I can do it? Therefore, I would have done more.




    Words of Praise For Jeffrey Wigand

    Jeffrey Wigand, a lucky and briliant man who got into a great tobacco company. Not everyone can get accepted into that company. Brown and Williamson is a selective tobacco company. Moreover, Jeffrey Wigand has a tremendously high position in that company, vice president. He was happily making lots and lots of money. He and his family were living large. However, conflicts in life are mostly inevitable. One day, Brown and Williamson company had a plan to increase the amount of nicotine inside a tobacco, it means that smoker will get more addicted to that tobacco and will want to buy more and more. Jeffrey Wigand, a righteous man, will never let that happen and will take a step. Not long after that, he got an interview with a 60 second news. Fortunately, he vented all the things he wanted to say and he did the right thing by blowing the whistle to public. Expectedly, we know that Jeffrey Wigand would receive lots of blows from the company. Yet, he was not moved by that situation. He kept going even though he was fired by the company, his annual income decreased to only 10% of what he used to get. Moreover, he started a new carrier by opening a school for anti-cigarette for kids. I am amazed by what he did. He did not only do the right thing, but he sacrificed his carrier to do the right thing and did what’s right for other people. He is a man that has no hesitation in doing the right thing. He is a wise man who took the right step by blowing the whistle. I am totally stunned by what he did. He is a sage who rejected to think for himself and did what’s right for other people.

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  18. Wenhui Cai
    GE Three(Gregory C. Minor; Richard B. Hubbard; Dale G. Bridenbaugh)

    1.How was their life affected?
    They resigned from response positions in General Electric’s nuclear energy division.

    2.Where are they today?
    They are in U.S today and they established a consulting firm on the nuclear power industry.

    3.Was it worth it?
    I think they were worth it, because they didn’t got such menaces by blew the whistle and they are still helping people to avoid danger from nuclear power.

    4.What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would have done the same thing if I were in their shoes, because I want to let more people know about danger of nuclear power.

    5.Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes, I would have been willing to suffer the consequences, because I helped more people out,
    it was worth the effort.

    6.At what point would you have turned back?
    I would never turned back, because I am willing to suffer the consequences.

    7.Would you have done more?
    I think I wouldn’t have done more, because the only thing I could done is to spread the word and if there are more people can gather together and protest, we would have done more probably.

    GE three were great group of people that helped people out from menaces of nuclear power, This is a high technology world, nuclear power plants is not our only choices, GE Three considered the benefits and disadvantages for nuclear power carefully, and they had done a wise choice which they blew the whistle on safety problems at nuclear power plants, We are people who want a great life with peace and happiness, we should consider more before we made our choice and GE done this for us. We all should give great praise to GE Three and other WhistleBlowers.

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  19. -How was their life affected?
    Linda Tripp was fired from her job in the Pentagon.

    -Where are they today?
    There is no update information but in 2003 in Larry King Live show that she was suffering from breast cancer.

    -Was it worth it?
    Bill Clinton wasn’t really affected with it but Linda Tripp was because she lost her job and the Bush Administration did not want her back in the house.

    -What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I really don’t know because in one side I need my job because it help me financially and in the other side the president is the leader and he should be an example and citizens should be able to trust him.

    -Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    No I wouldn’t. I hate receive treats and have to live my house and go somewhere safer. My house should be and always be my safer place in the country. I wouldn’t want to lose my reputation and

    -At what point would you have turned back?
    I don’t really understand the question but i wouldn’t be involved in Bill Clinton Business. Why should i be the whistleblower? Bill Clinton and Monina know what’s bad and good, so it would be their decision to continue or not with their relationship and they will pay the consequences themself because that relation wouldn’t be secret not more. Some secrets don’t stay forever.

    -Would you have done more?
    No i wouldn’t at all. My life, my reputation matter for me. I wouldn’t want and accept people push me away by doing a something i think is good and for others bad. I think that I’m selfish. Why would i destroy my life for other people?? Why?? What will i get in return?


    Linda Tripp, occupied Bill Clinton Administration (Pentagon)
    Best friend with Monica who notified her concerning her romance with a married man in the office
    Whistleblower of Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton (President of the United States of America) affair
    Detested by the society and the office, Treats push her to escape from her house and refuge in a hotel
    Reclined regarding her arrest record and declare it was unwarranted go through her papers
    Suffered from Cancer in 2003 reveal in Larry King show and claimed about her financial issues due to the attorney’s fees and the derailment of her government career
    Moved to Virginia and married a German Architect in 2004 and open a Christmas store with him.


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  20. Ernest Fitzgerald

    How was their life affected?
    He got fired from his job
    Where are they today?
    He died at year of 2006
    Was it worth it?
    He got fired wrof his job and no one didn’t do anything about it.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    Probably I could done the same thing.
    At what point what you turned back?
    I guess at the point when it affect my career
    Would you have done more
    I think I could do it for one more time, unless it will affect me a lot
    Most of us doesn’t know who was Ernest Fitzgerald. He was a whistleblower. He reported about the 2.3$ billion overrun in the aircraft program. But he didn’t get anything from this. He just destroyed his life and career, because that time president Richard Nixon give a command to fire him. He was one of the enemies of the president. But his report helped make a Civil Reform Act of 1978,and a precursor to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. So he didn’t ruined it all, something still happened with it. So he became a whistleblower for the right thing.

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  21. W.Mark Felt
    1. How was their life affected?
    I think his life did not affected as he hide his identity and worked
    with press to expose the truth.
    2. Where are they today?
    Unfortunately he is not in this world anymore,he died on december
    18,2008.
    3. Was it worth it?
    Yes it is really worth it because you are hiding yourself and doing
    good things for country.
    4. What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would do the same thing if I have the right information against
    the bad people.
    5. Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    To be honest no one doesn’t like to suffer for anything but if it is
    about my family then I would not do that.
    6. At what point would you have turned back?
    If it harms my family then i would turned back.
    7. Would you have done more?
    If I think I am safe then I would have done more.

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  22. Fahameda Hassan

    Whistle blower: Mordechai Vanunu

    1. How was their life affected?
    2. Where are they today?
    3. Was it worth it?
    4. What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    5. Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    6. At what point would you have turned back?
    7. Would you have done more?

    1. How was their life affected?
    Mordechai Vanunu was a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed the Israeli nuclear program to the British press. He was sentenced to 17 years and a half in prison. He was not allowed to leave Israel and not to speak to foreigners.

    2. Where are they today?
    Today he is in Israel he has been there for a long time because Israel still refuses to free him.


    3. Was it worth it?
    Yes it was worth it because he received several peace awards from different organisations and his act shows him as an ambassador of peace in the world.

    4. What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    It would be a very difficult decision for me, and honestly I don’t know what I would have done.

    5. Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    The consequences suffered by Mordechai Vanunu were very painful and severe even now he is still suffering. Thus I don’t know if I would be able to suffer the consequences.

    6. At what point would you have turned back?
    If I started I think would not turn back like Mordechai Vanunu did.

    7. Would you have done more?
    Mordechai Vanunu did everything he could of possibly have done, so I don’t think I could have done more.

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  23. The whistleblower I choose is named William Mark Felt.I choose him because he is different
    than any other whistleblower.He was a former FBI agent who retired as the Bureaus associate
    director in Washington D.C.He was a really great nice man and worked with press to
    revealed the truth about president Nixon.As he did his job he had to hide his identity so no will
    recognize him as he was doing his job and also to be safe for himself and his family.He revealed
    himself to be watergate scandal whistleblower and his nickname was Deep Throat.He was the man who found out that President Nixon was doing illegal things.What he revealed was that president Nixon putting camera in other nations which was illegal.Because of him president
    Nixon had to resign from his office.I really impress that he was also brave man to spoke against
    the powerful people at that time and took a great risk in his life but at least he was invisible.We
    should really thanks to him because he did a great job and because of him a cheater president
    was kicked out.If we have these types of person in our world our world will be nice place to live.

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  24. Jean-Luc Antoine

    Paragraph of praise for the whistleblower you have chosen.

    Mordechai Vanunu was a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed The Israeli nuclear program to the British press. He was sentenced to 17 years and a half in prison. He was not allowed to leave Israel and not to speak to foreigners. Even now he is still in suffering to having speaking to foreign press. He is a brilliant person, who wants peace for the world. What he did to exposed Israel's nuclear program to the press was, a courageous action to stop nuclear proliferation. He knew the consequences of his actions would be long and painful, however he didn't stop to blow the whistle and he kept fighting even after 17 years in prison. For me he is a hero even though Israel considers him as a traitor. Many of his supporters viewed him as a hero because, he received many awards and honors prized from many organizations throughout the world. What makes him more special is that he was a nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but he rejected it because what he wanted the most was to be free and to move away from Israel and to continue with his life. However the other reasons why he rejected to be taken out of the Nobel Peace Prize was that the President of Israel Shimon Peres, was on that same list and he didn't want to be in the same list with the person that ruined his life. He rather sacrifices his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, to be taken out of the list.

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  25. Jeffrey Wigand
    -How was their life affected?
    His life change, Wigand claims that he was subsequently harassed and received anonymous death threats.
    -Where are they today?
    I don't know where he is now but i'm sure he should have a great live with his family and they should feel so prove of him.
    -Was it worth it?
    Yes it does, he did that all the world knew that one of the bigger industries of Tobacco calls B&W cigarettes intentionally manipulates the tobacco blend to increases the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke, thereby increasing the 'impact' to the smoker. Also they used coumarin is a flavoring that provides a sweet taste to Tobacco products but is known to cause tumors in the livers of mice. It was removed from B&W cigarettes but they continued using it in its sir walter raleigh aromatic pipe tobacco until at least 1992.
    -What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would do the same that he did, i'll be focus on it, investigating each product that they used by do Cigarettes.
    -Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    I would be afraid for my family, I don't know if i would have been willing to suffer the consequences.
    -At what point would you have turned back?
    When everybody stops to buy these cigarettes, i won't tell you that the people will stop to smoke because it never gonna happen but really takes care about what you're consuming.
    -Would you have done more?
    I don't know because i think he did enough for us telling us the true story.

    Angrily, painfully, Jeffrey wigand emerged from the sealed world of big tobacco to confront the nation's third-largest cigarette company, Brown & Williamson. Hailed as a hero by anti- smoking forces and vilified by the tobacco industry, Wigand is at center of an epic multibillion- dollar struggle that reaches from capitol hill to the hallowed journalistic halls of CBS's 60 minutes.

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  26. Progga

    -How was their life affected?
    Linda Tripp was fired from her job in the Pentagon.

    -Where are they today?
    There is no updated information but in 2003 in Larry King Live showed that she was suffering from breast cancer.


    -Was it worth it?
    Bill Clinton wasn’t really affected with it but Linda Tripp was because she lost her job and the Bush Administration did not want her back in the house.

    -What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I really don’t know because in one side I need my job because it help me financially and in the other side the president is the leader and he should be an example and citizens should be able to trust him.

    -Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    No I wouldn’t. I hate receive treats and have to live my house and go somewhere safer. My house should be and always be my safer place in the country.

    -At what point would you have turned back?
    I don’t really understand the question but i wouldn’t be involved in Bill Clinton Business. Why should i be the whistleblower? Bill Clinton and Monina know what’s bad and good, so it would be their decision to continue or not with their relationship and they will pay the consequences themself because that relation wouldn’t be secret not more. Some secrets don’t stay forever.

    -Would you have done more?
    No i wouldn’t at all. My life, my reputation matter for me. I wouldn’t want and accept people push me away by doing a something i think is good and for others bad. I think that I’m selfish. Why would i destroy my life for other people?? Why?? What will i get in return?


    Linda Tripp, occupied Bill Clinton Administration (Pentagon)
    Best friend with Monica who notified her concerning her romance with a married man in the office
    Whistleblower of Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton (President of the United States of America) affair
    Detested by the society and the office, Treats push her to escape from her house and refuge in a hotel.

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  27. Ryszard Kuklinski

    How was their life affected?
    Ryszard Kuklinski was an Polish colonel, Cold War spy and communist whistleblower. He passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between 1971 and 1981. The former United States National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzeziński has described him as "the first Polish officer in NATO."
    Where are they today?
    He died from a stroke at the age of 73 in a Tampa, Florida, hospital, in 2004. He was buried June 19, 2004 in the row of honour in the Powązki military cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, along with his son Waldemar.
    Was it worth it?
    Yes, it was worth, because world could of know what is happening in communistic country such as Poland.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would do the same as Ryszard Kuklinski did. I would spy for another country to make my own nation free.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    Yes, I would even die for my country.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    I wouldn’t have turned back at any point.
    Would you have done more?
    If I would have more opportunities I would have done even more whisteblower to make people free.


    Ryszard Kuklinski (June 13, 1930 – February 11, 2004) was a Polish colonel, Cold War spy and communist whistleblower. He passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between 1971 and 1981. The former United States National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzeziński has described him as "the first Polish officer in NATO."Kukliński was born in Warsaw into a working-class family with catholic and socialist traditions. During World War II, his father became a member of the Polish resistance movement however, he was captured by the Gestapo, and subsequently died in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. After the war, Kukliński began a successful career in the Polish People's Army. In 1968, he took part in the preparations for the Warsaw Pact's invasion of Czechoslovakia. In 1972, Kukliński sent a letter to the US embassy in Bonn describing himself as a foreign "MAF" from a Communist country, and requested a secret meeting. In 1994, Kukliński said that his awareness of the "unambiguously offensive" nature of Soviet military plans was an important factor in his decision to communicate the details of those plans to the United States, adding that "Our front could only be a sacrifice of Polish blood at the altar of the Red Empire". Kukliński was also concerned that his homeland would be turned into a nuclear wasteland as the Warsaw Pact's superiority in conventional forces would mean NATO would respond to a military action with tactical nuclear weapons.Between 1971 and 1981 he passed 35,000 pages of mostly Soviet secret documents to the CIA. The documents described Moscow's strategic plans regarding the use of nuclear weapons, the whereabouts of Soviet anti-aircraft bases in Poland and East Germany, the methods used by the Soviets to avoid spy satellite detection of their military hardware, plans for the imposition of martial law in Poland, and many other matters.He died from a stroke at the age of 73 in a Tampa, Florida, hospital, in 2004. He was buried June 19, 2004 in the row of honour in the Powązki military cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, along with his son Waldemar.

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  28. Karen Silkwood

    How was their life affected?
    Karen Silkwood gave up on everything she had to uncover the truth. She even received threats from the company to stop her research and got contaminated by a dangerous chemical that could give her cancer.
    Where are they today?
    She unfortunately lost her life while trying to reveal the truth about the wrongdoing of the company she worked for called Kerr-McGee
    Was it worth it?
    After her sudden death, her family sued the company for what happened. This also raised public suspicion on the company and lead to a federal investigation. After finding out a mass of plutonium being illegally used in the factories, Kerr-McGee was shut down.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    Karen Silkwood really took a big risk that costed her losing her life. I really admire and respect the courage she had and I hope I could be as courageous as her if I need to blow the whistle on a situation.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    If this were to happen to me, I don’t know if I will be willing to suffer the consequences.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    Maybe to the point where she received the horrible death threats.
    Would you have done more?
    I think she maybe should have asked for help or protection from higher authority and then the company wouldn’t be able to threaten her anymore. But other than that, she did a lot with a big courage and I really respect what she has done.

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  29. Pablo Carrion
    The person I choose is Alexander Barankov. I picked him because he is a resident in Ecuador and I am from Ecuador too. It happened a couple of years ago and I remember that the president from Ecuador was having a discussion with Belarus and even with other countries about this case. What I found interesting about him is that he was a Belarusian policeman who spoke against other Belarusian policeman claiming that they were corrupt. For his actions he was put on exile in Ecuador. He was an investigator in Belarus who found evidence of corruption against police agencies and commercial organizations.

    How was their life affected?
    Barankov blew the whistle and his life was affected by his action. when he spoke against Belarusian police. He was accused of fraud, bribery and treason by the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus. He went from being an honored Belarusian army captain to a man with the possibility of extradition by Belarus.

    Where are they today?
    Today Barankov is arrested in Ecuador as of July 7, 2012 after the visit of his the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. This arrest became a second detention for Barankov. He went on a hunger strike in late July because he feared that he will lose his refugee status and given extradition to Belarus.

    Was it worth it?
    No because he is in a bad situation and made no accomplishments. He accused the president of being corrupt and now faces possibility of a death penalty. He is charged with serious crimes such as fraud and his liberty and life is now on the line.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    If I was in their shoes I would gather my evidence precisely and have something to back up the evidence. Before I published anything I would make sure that all the evidence points to the policeman and the president that was being corrupt.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    No I wouldn't be willing to suffer the consequences. I would constantly be in fear of my life and in fear of getting a life in prison penalty by Belarusa.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    I think I would have turned back when I found evidence of petroleum smuggling ring that related
    some senior officials of the presidents government and some of his relatives as well. I think that at that moment I would have realized that my possibilities of losing the support of the people and my liberty was far more greater than showing that my evidence is true.

    Would you have done more?
    Yes I would have done more. I would have used visual evidence such as pictures that show the involvement of the people Barankov accused of being corrupt. Also I would have made sure my evidence and publishments wins the support of the people first. First I would prove that my evidence towards corrupt Belarusian policeman is valid and then I would show the corruption the government has made.

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  30. Pourandarjani,
    How was their life affected?
    after he expose the tortures of jailed protester in Iran he was poisoned; his salad have a overdoses of blood pressure medication because of all the information he knows.
    Where are they today?
    he is died.
    Was it worth it?
    the thing that was worth was the reason for he was fighting but not that he was killed.
    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    If I were in his shoes I would made the same because nobody deserve being tortured. Also, I would pay more attention to the people around me.
    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    If the consequence were my died I would think about it two times after do it.
    At what point would you have turned back?
    AT the moment in which he expose the tortures, maybe he could do in other way and would be more safe as have other people who could support him.
    Would you have done more?
    I don't think so. If I see my life in risk maybe I would stop to do it but I would try to find some other authority who could do something for that people who were suffering there.

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  31. Homaira
    I chose Shawn Carpenter as a whistle blower. He exposed the information of computer networks at US defense contractors in Sandia Laboratories being hacked. Though his supervisor told him to concern only about Sandia computers, he was a confidential informant for FBI for half a year before his action was enclosed.

    After revealing to the US army and FBI about hundreds of computer networks at major U.S. defense contractors were hacked at Sandia, Shawn Carpenter was fired by Sandia National Laboratories. After that, a New Mexico State Court gave him $4.7 million for being fired from Sandia Corporation in 2007.

    Shawn Carpenter continuing his work at NetWitness Corporation within the United States Department of Homeland Security for clients in the intelligence community, federal agencies and the military.

    Yes, Shawn Carpenter defended his country United States from leaking some secret information as a patriotic. He leaves some good background and high reputation for this country.

    I would do the same thing if I were in his situation. I shouldn't be afraid of deal with things like losing my future while it’s a question for whole nation of my country.

    If i were in the navy I would had to be ready to bear all kind of consequences. so yeah I would suffer the consequences

    If there would be any threat for my family or my life then I would go back.

    I would do the same thing as he did. Nothing more or less.

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  32. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is an environmental consultant working for the Environmental Protection Agency. She discovered dangerous mining conditions in South Africa conducted by a U.S. multinational.She blew the whistle on the EPA for racial and gender discrimination in violation of Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    How was their life affected?
    She was removed from her position in South Africa and lost her job in that process. After five years of telecommuting and another lawsuit, the EPA ordered Coleman-Adebayo to return to the office, placing her on unpaid leave when she did not comply

    Where are they today?
    Coleman-Adebayo currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, advocacy group dedicated to protecting the rights of employee whistleblowers

    Was it worth it?
    I think it was worth it because her case eventually led to the passing of the No-FEAR Act in 2002. Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 is a United States federal law that seeks to discourage federal managers and supervisors from engaging in unlawful discrimination and retaliation.

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes?
    I would have done the same thing she did because i believe that if you see something bad happening to others and it puts their lives in danger, its very important to stand up and do the right thing .

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    I had taken the risk to stand up and speak out which clearly shows that i am expecting a rough path and willing to suffer the consequences. I know its hard and takes a lot of courage and determination but if my sacrifice is making a difference in someones life then its worth it.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    Everyone is afraid of death, and for me when my life or life of my loved ones is at stake I would turn back.

    Would you have done more?
    I wouldn't have done less.

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  33. William Mark Felt

    How was their life affected?
    He had to blow the blow the whistle anonymously, nobody knew it was him

    Where are they today?
    He died a couple years ago.

    Was it worth it?
    Not really, it was just a political disrespect

    What would you have done if you were in their shoes? I wouldn’t have I done it...because when you deal with politiciens, your life is in danger.

    Would you have been willing to suffer the consequences?
    No, consequences would be death.

    At what point would you have turned back?
    I wouldn't go and do it at all

    Would you have done more?
    No, i wouldn't risk my life for that.

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