Real American Heroes

1 comment July 16th, 2008at 10:39pm Posted by Eli

Admittedly, they’re not the sexiest kind of heroes, but their courage and service is undeniable.  CREW has compiled a list of 30 government whistleblower all-stars.  Some names, like Joe Wilson, Richard Clarke, and Sibel Edmonds, are very familiar; others, not so much.  The sad truth is that there have been so many outrages perpetrated by the Bush administration, that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.

Here’s the full PDF, and here’s a very brief rundown on each whistleblower:

Colonel Stephen Abraham, Army Reserve: Spoke out against kangaroo court Gitmo detainee status hearings.

Marty Bahamonde, FEMA: Frantically (and unsuccessfully) tried to get FEMA management to take Katrina disaster conditions seriously.

Charalambe Bobby Boutris, FAA: Testified to Congress about FAA’s lax inspection procedures and too-cozy relationship with airlines.

Richard Clarke, NSC: Published book about Bush administration’s total failure to take terrorism or al-Qaeda seriously prior to 9/11.

James Comey, DOJ: Former Deputy Attorney General who rushed to Ashcroft’s hospital bed to block Card and Gonzales’ attempt to get the AG’s approval for illegal surveillance.

Pasquale D’Amuro, FBI: Told FBI agents to stay away from GItmo interrogations for both moral and practical reasons (i.e., tainted prosecutions, al Qaeda propaganda).

Joseph Darby, Army Reserve: Blew the whistle on Abu Ghraib.

Col. Morris D. Davis, USAF: Blew the whistle on politically rigged military commission system for prosecuting alleged terrorists.

Earl Devaney, Interior: Inspector General who exposed failures to collect on oil and gas leases, and general lawlessness at Interior.

Sibel Edmonds, FBI: Blew the whistle on incompetence and espionage in translation division.

Glenn Fine, DOJ: Inspector General, exposed extensive malfeasance and incompetence at FBI and DOJ senior management.

Gloria Freeman, HUD: Objected to excessive, inappropriate contracts to tiny Republican company.

Jack Goldsmith, DOJ: Opposed “torture memos,” accompanied Comey to Ashcroft’s hospital room.

Dr. David Graham, FDA: Blew the whistle on Vioxx and general uselessness of drug approval process.

Bunnatine Greenhouse, Army Corps Of Engineers: Opposed and testified against massive long-term no-bid contracts to KBR.

James Hansen, NASA: Resisted Bush administration attempts to stop him from speaking out on climate change.

John P. Higgins, Jr., Department Of Education: Inspector General, exposed NCLB corruption including dodgy purchases of Neil Bush’s Ignite! products.

Captain Kevin Jarvis, Coast Guard: Exposed contract irregularities in Deepwater modernization program.

David Kuo, Office Of Faith-Based Initiatives: Wrote book about BushCo’s exploitation of his department to win religious votes.

J. William Leonard, Information Security Oversight Office: Challenged OVP’s refusal to report on its classified data holdings.

Brian Miller, GSA: Inspector General, exposed Lurita Doan’s conflicts of interest and violations of the Hatch Act.

Dr. Robert Misbin, FDA (Clinton administration): Pushed for withdrawal of deadly but profitable diabetes drug Rezulin.

Rick Piltz, Climate Change Science Program: Resigned in protest against BushCo. tampering with climate assessment reports.

Coleen Rowley, FBI: Blew the whistle on FBI headquarters’ refusal to seek search warrant to allow her field office to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui, possibly preventing 9/11.

Charles M. Smith, Army: Attempted to deny payment of $1 billion of inadequately documented KBR expenses.

Bruce C. Swartz, DOJ: Opposed torture of detainees, for reasons similar to Pasquale D’Amuro’s.

Major General Antonio Taguba, Army: Investigated and reported extensively on Abu Ghraib abuses and those responsible.

Anne Whiteman, FAA: Exposed air traffic controllers covering up their own mistakes by reporting them as pilot errors.

Ambassador Joseph Wilson: Wrote NYT op-ed debunking Bush’s claim that Iraq was seeking yellowcake in Niger.

Bassem Youssef, FBI: Blew the whistle on Bureau’s illegal surveillance and lack of Arabic-speaking translators.

Thank you all for standing up for us.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism

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  • 1. Heros for our time «&hellip  |  July 17th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    […] Heros for our time Published July 17, 2008 civil rights , constitution Tags: civil service, heroes, whislte blowers CREW has compiled a list of 30 government whistleblower all-stars. […]


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