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Whistleblower Tour Reaches Out to College Audiences

Heather Hoffman, September 14, 2011

In two weeks, on September 27th, GAP is set to kick-off theAmerican Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability with a much-anticipated first stop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Our Tour is a new, dynamic campaign that seeks to educate the public – particularly America's college students – about the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing. The 2011-12 Tour is the first incarnation of what GAP plans to institute as a yearly effort. Currently, there are at least eight other schools slated for Tour stops during the 2011-2012 academic year. Goals of the Tour include raising awareness about the vital role whistleblowing has in our democracy, preparing America's youth for ethical decision-making, and encouraging academic studies of whistleblowing, among others.

The UNL Tour stop will be highlighted by a 70-minute panel discussion focused on ethics and the whistleblowing experience. The event will begin at 3:30pm at the Lied Center.

Participants will include the following:

  • SEC whistleblower Gary Aguirre: In 2006, Gary Aguirre rocked the financial world by blowing the whistle on the Security and Exchange Commission's failure to properly investigate an insider trading scheme, possibly due to political connections. His story sparked outrage, a Congressional investigation, and eventual vindication by the U.S. Senate.
  • NSA whistleblower Tom Drake: Tom Drake is a former National Security Agency senior official who attempted to expose massive NSA mismanagement. For his actions, Drake was charged under the Espionage Act and faced 35 years in prison. The case against him fell apart in June, when he accepted a plea bargain to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
  • Investigative reporter Mike McGraw: Mike McGraw is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning special projects desk reporter for the Kansas City Star, and has covered a wide range of issues concerning the public interest. McGraw actively seeks out sources who are willing to blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse, and other wrongdoing.
  • DOJ whistleblower Jesselyn Radack: Jesselyn Radack is a former ethics adviser to the Department of Justice who disclosed that the FBI committed an ethics violation in its interrogation of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh without an attorney present. Since her ordeal, Radack has been a champion of whistleblowers, recently serving as counsel to Tom Drake. She serves as GAP National Security & Human Rights Director and will serve as the moderator for the Lied Center panel discussion.

Additional UNL Tour events include individual classroom presentations by each of the speakers, and a four-part whistleblower film series (SerpicoSilkwoodThe Informant!, and The Insider). The Tour events are co-sponsored by the UNL College of Law, the College of Business Administration, the College of Journalism and Communications, and the Program in Business Ethics.

For more information about the American Whistleblower Tour, please check out


Heather Hoffman is the American Whistleblower Tour Coordinator for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.