Mike Kohn, general counsel of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C., discusses the need for whistleblowers in public life, the recent raid of the Office of the Special Counsel by the FBI, the culture of cronyism in government, the risk whistleblowers take in their careers, how the culture of secrecy and loyalty begins in government, the Sibel Edmonds story, the state secrets privilege, Scott Bloch’s lack of credentials in connection to working at the Office of the Special Counsel, the Office of the Special Counsel’s effectiveness of protecting whistleblowers during Scott Bloch’s tenure, the nature of the laws on behalf of whistleblowers and the rewarding of bad behavior in the government.
MP3 here. (19:31)
Since 1984, Mr. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers in numerous cases (both at trial and on appeal), has testified in Congress on behalf of whistleblower reforms and worked directly with the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee on drafting the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower protections. He has successfully litigated many of the nation’s landmark precedents establishing whistleblower rights and has represented whistleblowers in numeorus high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder case, the World Trade Center bombing cases, the Oklahoma City bombing case and the Linda Tripp-Privacy Act case.