Tom Devine has worked at the Government Accountability Project since January 1979. Mr. Devine has assisted over 5,000 whistleblowers in defending themselves against retaliation and in making a difference, such as shuttering accident-prone nuclear power plants, checkmating repeated industry ploys to deregulate government meat inspection, and blocking the next generation of the bloated and porous “Star Wars” missile defense systems. He has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 20 major national or international whistleblower laws, including every one enacted over the last two decades.
In 2010, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was killed when a mystery Senator placed what’s called a secret hold on the bill. On the Media partnered with the Government Accountability Project and our listeners to find out who was behind killing the bill. This week, a new version of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was finally signed into law. Tom Devine, director for the Government Accountability Project, talks to Bob about what the new law does to protect whistleblowers and where it is lacking.
— Jeffrey Wigand, a prominent tobacco industry whistle-blower and subject of the movie The Insider on The Brian Lehrer Show
Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project and co-author of The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth, and Jeffrey Wigand, a prominent tobacco industry whistleblower and subject of the movie The Insider, talk about the new legal landscape for whistleblowers and what protections there are for those who speak out about corporate misconduct.