The Personal Cost of Blowing the Whistle

Friday, February 04, 2011


When Franz Gayl went to Iraq as a civil servant science advisor in 2006, he learned of equipment shortages that were endangering soldiers. But when he tried to address these shortages through his chain of command he was ignored. By reaching out to Congress and the press, he brought much needed attention to these problems, but he also angered his superiors, threatening his career. Franz says that if the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act had passed, he would have had adequate protections against his treatment in the workplace.

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Comments [10]

Draiman from Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles should pass whistleblower protection act, just like the City of Chicago did many years ago.
Maybe it will help expose all the corruption and payoffs.
This might help reduce the budget deficit.

Yj Draiman

Mar. 04 2011 12:23 PM
Steve Theodoropoulos from Orlando Fl.

Dear Senator George LeMieux:
This letter is to advise you of historical and ongoing acts of
discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and civil rights violations and the
egregious misconduct by management at the Department of Homeland
Security(DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Air
Marshal Service (FAMS) Orlando Field Office (OFO) targeting Federal
Air Marshals (FAM).
The OFO management made a game of targeting African Americans,
Hispanics, females, veterans and men and women of alleged
homosexual sexual orientation.
The enclosed picture details the game board, Jeopardy (similar to the
television show)
see link below

Feb. 08 2011 05:21 PM

Unfortunately this story sounds too familiar. The policy of retaliation against whistleblowers is pervasive. The fact that they will unleash multiple investigations on someone just for trying to do the right thing is quite troubling.

Feb. 08 2011 01:17 PM
Chris Harding from Anderson, Indiana, Super 8

First, I am a Whistleblower from Abbott Laboratories who has been continuously bullied by sociopathic personalities who are "friends of Abbott Laboratories. How? Abbott admitted to "harassment" last year and these sociopaths have used directional audio, which is a horrific technology when in the hands of criminal sociopaths, invasion of privacy, corrupt business leaders, corrupt officials (police included), and criminal networks to constantly affect my "personal space". Sadly, I have experienced their sociopathic tendencies everywhere I go and they have told me to commit suicide if I do not want to endure. In addition, actual attempts have been made on my life, and I spent one night in ICU, two weeks in the hospital, and six months on therapy.

"We the people" need to support "honest" people! There is a "third party" in the USA and corruption is the "King". Information:

Feb. 07 2011 12:30 PM
Sarah from Los Angeles

Plus how great is it after Enron and all the Wall Street corporations that spent and got away with billions of dollars this last couple of years ... how great is it that our Congress defeated the Whistle Blower Protection program and that is on the back of some Congress person being protected in his "hidden" status. How great is it that our Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to defeat all Corporate Accounting practices that were put into effect AFTER Enron and only stayed in existence for what? .... Maybe a couple of years. Until recently when fat cat capitalists that need to keep Wall Street corrupt in order to keep their coffers filled (like the petrified old geezer of AIG who got millions and millions as a going away present when his management was responsible for such waste and corruption) got the Republicans and the 5 conservative Supreme Court judges to take Corporate Accounting legislation down. And isn't it great that the one man with balls enough to fight AIG and the Wall Street companies ... was dogged by the AIG geezer as well as old Albany politicians and resigned after his prostitution use was revealed. But Spitzer was a god-send and is a good man and if anyone wants the truth on him, I suggest they rent out "Clent 9 - the rise and fall of Elliot Spitzer" from Netflix. That and the movie "Casino Jack" - the REAL documentary which features plenty of Abramoff and Tom Delay, quite openly reveal so obviously what has happened to our country and any policies it was trying to have to protect the vulnerable.

Feb. 06 2011 09:02 PM
Sarah from Los Angeles

Also I find it interesting that we NEVER hear anything about companies like Smith & Wesson. We never hear anything about protests directed at weapons manufacturers and we never hear anything about who those hugely profitable companies are and any link they might have to military contracts. So many people carry weapons in this country when they are NOT hunting animals and the profit on manufacturing weapons and aggressive assault weapons ... far exceeds anything ever spent on safety or protection of our fighters. I mean I think totally the only people who benefit from War are the weapons manufacturers but that THAT profit is SO HUGE that yes, war is quite profitable for them.

Feb. 06 2011 08:53 PM
Sarah from Los Angeles

This man has been on this story for, I would bet at least 8 years. Vanity Fair did a story on this that long ago when it also did a story explaining about why many soldiers were coming home with virulent raging cases of Cancer caused by the denatured plutonium artillery that they had to handle. Look how this man went from being a Major to a civil servant and still probably every time he gets an interview it is shoved under the carpet again for another 3 or 4 years. Because the same amount of "lack of funds" was the reason behind the negligent and tawdry conditions of the TOP hospital in our country that was taking care of all of those blown up bodies that found their way back home. That is, amidst all of those that never did come back. It is a disgusting situation to me that the very corporate execs who I know have stuffed their pockets from the lucrative weapons manufacturing contracts that they have ballooned up for years and years in this country - have never found the incentive to follow thru on manufacturing defensive gear for the middle to lower income people that we sacrifice to use the very weapons that those men make a profit on. How come there is never any mention of these artillery and gun and huge billion dollar flying plane companies .. or if there is mention of Boeing .. you can be sure that THOSE execs found plenty huge amounts of funds via our military. It stinks ... all of it ... to me. Because the very war mongers who walk around waving the American flag and fighting for their gun rights ... could care less about the health and the well being of the people who actually are sacrificed to go to war.

Feb. 06 2011 08:48 PM
Pauline l. DeMairo from NYC

I just listened to the report on Franz Gayl. I wanted to express my admiration for the courage he displayed following his convictions. It is unfortunate that there is a distrust of "whistle blowers." Even the term is derogatory. As I see it, if a person reveals information that is harmful to an individual, a community or any other segment of the society, at the expense of his/her own well being, then s/he is a herald not a whistle blower. Kudos Franz Gayle! I wish there were more people like you in our world.

Feb. 06 2011 11:54 AM
Mark Hallenberg from Burlington, KY

Great work Franz Gayl! Not only on this project, but on your career. Maybe we should start building these vehicles in the private sector, then sell them to the Pentagon when they are under new management. In the meantime - we're praying for our armed servicemen around the world.

Feb. 05 2011 01:11 PM
ray from Windsor/Ont./Canada

Very good interview of the whistle blower Franz by Brook. Well we know that the lives of these brave men and women are not the pentagon's priority. But there's no question that there really should be no reason for lawmakers on both sides to pass this bill. It highlights a greater problem being that many of these elected representatives are not prioritizing the issues the country must contend with. But it's pretty clear that many have ulterior motives.

Feb. 05 2011 08:15 AM

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