Thursday, February 18, 2010

“Anyone Can Whistle”

An Event Honoring Whistleblowers: Live & Online Tonight


Contact: Dylan Blaylock, GAP Communications Dir.

Phone: 202.457.0034, ext. 137


An Evening Honoring Whistleblowers

Live & Online Tonight

“Anyone Can Whistle” Streams Live Starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Night

Presented by GAP, Participant Media, & Paley Center for Media

(Washington, D.C.) – GAP is proud to announce a major event honoring and showcasing whistleblowers tonight, February 17, in New York City. This entertaining evening will feature celebrities and legendary whistleblowers whose heroism has put criminals behind bars and saved countless lives. The message of the evening is clear: Whistleblowers are important, and they need the public’s protection. The event serves as a kickoff for GAP’s campaign to strengthen corporate whistleblower rights.

All are welcome to watch the event, Anyone Can Whistle: The Essential Role of the Whistleblower in American Society, live online at 7 p.m. EST at:


This event is slated to be available on satellite to over 120 colleges across the country. Noted guests for the event include:

  • Daniel Ellsberg – The patriarch of modern whistleblowing, his disclosures (the Pentagon Papers) as a Rand Corporation/DoD analyst exposed deceit and concealment involving the government’s handling of the Vietnam War.
  • Kit Foshee – Meat safety whistleblower who exposed serious problems with ammoniated beef product from a major supplier.
  • Mike German – Former uncover FBI agent who infiltrated terrorist groups before blowing the whistle on his field office’s illegal wiretaps on suspects.
  • Cathy Harris – U.S. Customs official who blew the whistle on African-Americans being unfairly targeted as potential drug smugglers.
  • Dr. David Kessler – Former FDA Commissioner who worked with “The Insider” Dr. Jeff Wigand to challenge tobacco companies.
  • Babak Pasdar – Computer security expert who exposed that a major telecommunication company provided the federal government unfettered access to its customers’ private communications.
  • Coleen Rowley – FBI whistleblower who detailed intelligence breakdowns in relation to the 9/11 attacks, and Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2002.
  • Frank Serpico – NYPD whistleblower whose story is memorialized by the film Serpico.

NPR and FOX News’ Juan Williams is set to moderate this entertaining evening.

GAP is co-producing this event in conjunction with Participant Media – the production company behind such popular films as Charlie Wilson’s War, An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, and Good Night and Good Luck – and the magnificent Paley Center for Media in Manhattan, where the event will take place.

Government Accountability Project

The Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, GAP’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, GAP is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.


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