Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Halliburton Whistleblower Demoted

CORRUPTION-US:
Halliburton Whistleblower Demoted
William Fisher

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (IPS) - Whistleblowers -- those who go public with allegations of waste, fraud and abuse -- continue to have a tough time, despite a law protecting them and repeated assurances from the White House, many government agencies and Congress that they maintain a policy of zero tolerance for retaliation.

The latest victim of apparent retaliation is Bunnatine H. "Bunny" Greenhouse, the senior contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers, who objected -- first, internally, then publicly -- to a multi-billion dollar, no-bid contract with the Halliburton company for work in Iraq.

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The government is increasingly using the "state secrets" privilege to block whistleblowers' suits. The State Secrets Privilege gives the federal government the ability to dismiss legal cases it claims would threaten foreign policy, military intelligence or national security.

It was used in 2002 in the case of Notra Trulock, who launched a defamation suit against Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwanese American computer scientist charged with stealing nuclear secrets for China from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Pres. George W. Bush said national security would be compromised if Trulock were allowed to seek damages from Lee.

Lee -- who had been imprisoned for 278 days in solitary confinement -- eventually pled guilty to improper handling of classified data and was cleared of all charges relating to espionage.

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Comments:
Whatever you do, keep yo' lips off'n that whistle!
 
You know, with a anme like "Notra Trulock", the guy's _got_ to be guilty of something.
 
He did make quite a few "animies".
 
"Notra Trulock"? What kinda name is that? Outta a comic book? It's not an American name, that's for sure.
 
Being a whistleblower is not a protective shield against incompetence or dishonesty. Tommy Hook is a case in point.
 
Tommy Who?
 
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