The Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability is at Stanford University in California this week. We’ll be speaking today at the law school along with Kathryn Bolkovac, the brave whistleblower who discovered and disclosed U.N. peacekeepers’ involvement in human trafficking and forced prostitution in Bosnia.
On Tuesday, April 22, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) brings its collegiate program, the American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability, to Stanford University. The Tour stop features two whistleblowers — Kathryn Bolkovac discussing U.N. peacekeepers’ involvement in human trafficking and forced prostitution, and Rick Piltz explaining how the George W. Bush administration censored climate science reports intended for the public and Congress.
About the Tour
GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability educates the public – particularly university students – about whistleblowers and whistleblowing. A full description of the Tour can be found at www.WhistleblowerTour.org. The Stanford University stop is the ninth of 10 to be held this academic year. Previous 2013-14 stops have included Syracuse, Florida International, American, West Virginia, Auburn, Princeton, USC and Temple. After Stanford, the Tour will conclude its season at West Chester University.
GAP secures some of the most prominent whistleblowers in American history for its Tour. Previous whistleblower presenters have included Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Frank Serpico (NYPD) and Sherron Watkins (Enron).
Goals of the Tour include raising awareness about the vital role whistleblowing has in our democracy, preparing America’s youth for ethical decision-making, countering negative connotations associated with whistleblowing, connecting prospective whistleblowers to available resources, and encouraging academic studies of whistleblowing.
The Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour made its first stop of the 2013-2014 season at West Virginia University, in an event titled Whistleblowing and the Environment: From Climate Change to the Gulf Oil Spill. [VIDEO]
Tom Drake and Rick Piltz spoke at the University of the District of Columbia Law School on March 22, 2013. Drake discussed his experience at the National Security Agency during 2001-2007 and the Justice Department’s subsequent effort to prosecute him. A one-hour edited video taken from the event. [VIDEO]
Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability Project; Kenneth Kendrick, former assistant plant manager at Peanut Corporation of America; and Rick Piltz, former senior associate of U.S. Climate Change Science Program, in panel discussions about the ethical conflicts in a career that led them to feel they must take the personal risks and the costs of going to the press. [VIDEO]
Climate Science Watch is a program of the Government Accountability Project.