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Whistleblower uses YouTube to air concerns

Whistleblower uses YouTube to air concerns

by Rick Turoczy on September 5, 2006

De Kort said he tried to alert the chain of command at the Coast Guard and at Lockheed about the problems but was rebuffed by supervisors who told him to keep quiet because the program was behind schedule and over budget. De Kort was eventually transferred off the project, and he was laid off earlier this month. A company spokeswoman said he was laid off for financial reasons, but De Kort insists it was in retaliation for his complaints.

“The formal systems that whistle-blowers are expected to use have failed. That’s why you’re seeing people be creative like this,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. “This is a tremendous way for someone brave enough to do it to say something directly and not have to go through a filter.”

Whistleblower uses YouTube to air concerns

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