Podcast Show #10

The Boiling Frogs Presents Stephen Kohn

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Stephen Kohn explains whistleblowing as a civil liberties and a First Amendment issue, the role of whistleblowers as enablers of congressional oversight, and discusses the legal and political implications involved in whistleblowing. He talks about the broken Merit System Protection Board, the abuses of secrecy laws and State Secrets Privilege, the current status of whistleblower protection laws in Congress, the case of Halliburton whistleblower Bunnatine Greenhouse, the current administration’s highly disappointing stand against national security whistleblowers despite President Obama’s endorsement prior to his elections, and more!

SteveKohnStephen M. Kohn is the Executive Director of National Whistleblowers Center, one of the nation’s foremost experts in whistleblower protection law, and the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation Manual. Since 1984, Mr. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers in numerous cases (both at trial and on appeal), has testified in Congress on behalf of whistleblower reforms, and has worked directly with the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee on drafting the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower law. Mr. Kohn has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law; an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University; and a B.S. in Social Education from Boston University.  In addition to his books on whistleblower law, Mr. Kohn is the author of Jailed for Peace  and American Political Prisoners.

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  1. Excellent Podcast as well as very encouraging for the future. Keep up the great work Sibel!


  2. How to stop illegality and corruption in the Federal Government, from the Congress to the White House from the Military Industrial Complex to the CIA and the FBI that is taking us slowly into a real police state? Grass roots support is important; it is a first step. Second, get big names with money to establish a cablenews network devoted to the kind of Blog News presently on this website, men and women who love liberty more than they do their financial statement. People who are patriots like Sibel Edmonds and Stephen Kohn. Fox News was not well liked by the Liberal establishment either when it started up. Yet, I am reminded that many of the Founders lost nearly everything they had to establish first the Declaration of Independance and revolution and then a written Constitutional government. It will take no less to reestablish Constitutional government here and now. Modern technology of Blogs and cable network news devoted to the cause of soveriegn government for, by, and of the people is just the beggining. Electing non-democrats and non-republicans that are virtuous men and women inculcated by a neo-Spirit of 1776, will take time. It can be done. But first the grassroots people must themselves be citizens that critically discern what is going wrong in our present Republic. It took Lincoln 10 years to inform a receptive public of the dangers of slavocracy or slavocratic society.

  3. @Dennis: glad you liked it. I miss your insightful e-mails!

    @Jackie: well-said; articulately expressed. I’m with you 100%.

  4. NeoNoetic says:

    I’m looking forward to listening to the podcast. It’ll take me over two hours to download on this slow 56k dial-up connection, but I’ll get it. Thanks, Sibel.

  5. @Neonoetic: Dial up?! I’m sorry you have to go through that in order to listen. On the other hand, I’m honored that you did:-)

  6. Sibel, the honor really is mine. What’s a couple of hours of downloading when the content is of such a high caliber? Its nothing but a little wait. I just start the download and let it hum while I start reading Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine” which just arrived in the mail today. Again, thank you. I don’t want to sound like a suckup, but I do believe in giving credit where credit is due.

  7. @ NeoNoetic – Be careful with that book. If you\’re anything like me, it might devastate you.

  8. NeoNoetic says:

    Sibel, It was a great interview. Lots of valuable information. Stephen sounds like he’s a sharp guy and a great lawyer. His clients are lucky to have him as counsel. I’m adding to my notes from this interview.

    @Jade Thanks for the warning. It probably will. But, I already have a pretty good idea of what’s been done and is still being done to people all over the world in the name of profit and power. The creme doesn’t rise to the top. The scum does.

  9. Love your podcasts and cant wait to listen to this one….but hey, are you publishing these to iTunes anymore? it is not showing up there when i check for updates….

  10. I am encouraged by the precision of the legislative process explained by Mr. Kohn. I am discouraged by the gatekeeper process to reach Congressional members or the President. Straight math tells me that there are more of us than of \’them\’. Like blogs, personal contacts by some unknown soldier speaking truth to power will win the day.

  11. Excellent, excellent podcast (the whole series). Insightful, professional and relevant. Keep up the good work. Your voices are needed desperately.

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