Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Whistleblowers have won only four of almost 10,000 cases to reach the federal courts"

"Most are in some way broken, unable to assimilate the experience, unable, that is, to come to terms with what they have learned about the world. Almost all say they wouldn't do it again -- if they had a choice, that is."

"The average whistleblower of my experience is a 55 year-old nuclear engineer working behind the counter at Radio Shack. Divorced and in debt to his lawyers, he lives in a two-room rented apartment. He has no retirement plan and few prospects for advancement."

-- C. Fred Alford, Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power (Cornell University Press, 2001)

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