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    •  Because, until you are fired, (38+ / 0-)

      you cannot be called a disgruntled employee or "out of the loop".

      "McCain/Guliani Lieber You'veGotToBeJoking 2008"

      by EeDan on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 06:53:38 AM PST

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    •  And it goes several steps further (29+ / 0-)

      They try to make the whistleblower unemployable by tarnishing their reputation, painting them as irrational or unstable, etc.

    •  try whistleblowing in a gay context (9+ / 0-)

      Awful, awful shit, going after partners. I've seen that.

      I'd like to think we will all be safer in an Obama Administration.

    •  Been there twice in public sector jobs, once in (13+ / 0-)

      a private sector job.  I work in IT, at least I have until mid-year 2008.  Once my internal fraud detector goes off, I usually can unearth enough to get an investigation going.  But I've learned the hard way to line up an extensive network of supporters with clout before blowing hard on the whistle.  Bucking a big enough player used to sucking undisturbed at the public trough can lead to employment doors closing mysteriously for miles around, and I find it consistently happening now. I've made it to job interview number 3 and even number 4 many dozens of times and feeling like the job was just one approval step away from being secured.  And then there's a period of quiet, a delayed response that's cryptic, and nothing after that.  Up until this year, I'd always found my next job soon after I'd realized I'd be losing the current one, or within days of a surprise termination.  I had a record of saving projects, making stuff work when others failed, finding ways to save large amounts of money, and delivering innovative programming work.  I also had a record of stand up ethical behavior and of team building.

      Ten years ago in a school system, I found a $10 million discrepancy spread over a ten year history, when migrating the computer system to a new financial system.  That led to helping a team of outside auditors on a merry chase tracking down a trail of evidence implicating a school business administrator and school board member in a contractor/check fraud scheme...the old financial system could be faked into issuing the same authorized payment for one approved expense onto multiple check numbers.  Turned a $50,000 tennis court repaving job into $500,000 McMansion. The perpetrators were quietly removed, and I was given plenty of hints to move on as well.  At least it forced some changes in the public accounting system, but only to the internal side--see end of comment.  

      My last full-time job at a large utility ended with my being under NDA restrictions...I can't even discuss why I was terminated or if numbers were involved that had more than one zero. I probably shouldn't even say that much.

      Also lost a private sector job before that one.  It wasn't intentional.  I was part of a group that helped to get investigations started into a casino investment group.  The result indirectly caused the devaluation of a large property owned by the business owner for whom I was working--and I can say my employment then involved projects to obtain large scale utility reimbursement checks from the local utility related to energy savings rebates. He was not pleased my public interest advocacy turned out to be the root cause his big hoped for retirement investment wasn't realized--he was hoping for 400% profit or more, instead of making 20%. That owner ended up shutting down all traces of his operations a few years later.  I got a job in the utility soon after my termination from that employer...but I can't discuss this. Lots of dominoes fell related that casino project.  An elected sheriff was convicted along with a diverse set of business folk involved in the casino deal, involving over-sized political contributions, a public prosecutor had to resign, and the FBI investigations ended up reaching across state lines and into Chicago mob operations.  By the way, the Interior Department finally denied that casino application yesterday, after years of waiting...not because of the trail of criminality the several sets of successive investors have generated, but the stated rationale was the tribe's reservation was located too far from the county property that was to be re-deeded as tribal land.  I suppose that closes the door in a way that the incoming administration doesn't have to feel any need to investigate.  Perhaps it gives any deeply embedded rats a bit of time to relocate without arousing suspicion.

      That school district is back in the news for having investedm, and lost tens of millions in failed Wall Street derivative CDOs...yep, a sweet deal that had been promulgated by our local 'personal and fiscal responsibility' crowd and another big business type board member who replaced the one found corrupt before, and this one turned out to have an interesting connection to the agent selling it...it never seems to end.  The school district is suing the investment agent...another fruitless horse chase after the barn doors have been left open.

      There seems to be quite a number of pirates masquerading as businessmen fearlessly advocating privatization (into their able and clever hands or a crony associate's hands) who have had quite a run at siphoning funds from the public tax-payer funded troughs in the last few decades.  Fingering these folks even when catching them red-handed is risky business indeed.  Turns out it's of practical value to know if the law enforcement folks and prosecutors and judges aren't already bought off.  Seems that the free-market with public transparency and waste-free government isn't really what these 'pro-business' shareholder-friendly types want, but a private market where they control all the variables and have government as a key partner ensuring their continued success and access.  Yep, these are the same folks promulgating deregulation, the money=free speech canard, even though it also means very the creation of hard to tame concentrated and private power, with deep hooks into public power, and paves the way for high crimes of corruption and large scale betrayal of the public interest.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 11:58:24 AM PST

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      •  Thtat's certainly been our experience in the UK (1+ / 0-)
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        The public-private partnerships that started under Thatcher and exploded under Blair/Brown are a rat's nest of insider dealing, cronyism, offshore chicanery, and outright, massive fraud. It ranges from schools to the military, even the tax service. And it's all going to come tumbling down in the very near future--either the deals (if this or a future govt grows some balls) or the British state itself, which has been undermined to the tune of trillions.

        Political Compass says: -8.88, -8.67
        "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

        by expatyank on Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 01:08:57 AM PST

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