The opposite of manipulation

What do food farms, Republican senators, and the military have in common? The answer, of course, is that they don’t like whistleblowers.   Whistle-blowers are folks that work within an organization and see something unsavory, and then ‘blow the whistle’ on their employers by going to a higher authority. In many situations, it is only through the efforts of whistleblowers that large-scale manipulations have been exposed. For example, David Graham is an epidemiologist who exposed the problems with Viox. Mark Klein exposed the famous Room 641A, a monitoring facility built into an AT&T hub to eavesdrop on phone calls and text messages. Mark Felt, Deepthroat, was largely responsible for Watergate and the exposure of Nixon. Jeffrey Wigand  was an executive at Brown & Williamson who exposed the practice of manipulating the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, and is one of the men who is probably most responsible for exposing the dangers of smoking to the public. Despite all their benefits, whistle blowing is hard. For an employee to stand up and expose corruption and manipulation of his employers demands extraordinary courage, and even then most whistle-blowers do not get many happy endings. Mordechai Vanunu, who blew the whistle on the Israel nuclear weapons program, was lured by Israeli agents back into Israel, tried in secret, and sentenced to 18 years of jail. Gary Webb, who exposed the links of...

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