The Whistleblower's Burden: Background Research

This We'll Defend

“At the end of the road for those who did not survive, the legal issues led to a lengthy sentence in the penitentiary, the torment led to being involuntarily committed to a place with no doors, and the death threats were acted upon. For those whose consciences were numbed by watching this wickedness happen, they were left with the scarring subliminal message of that prison, of the isolation room, and of that tombstone, which echoes constantly in their minds, “snitches get stitches” (Bradeen L. 2020).


Throughout my course of research that examines the overall fate of past whistleblowers, I turned to the expertise of the late Dr. Jean Lennane, the former president of the Whistleblowers Australia National Committee; and the elite cybersecurity executive, Pierluigi Paganini, who has served to expose cybercrime, even in the highest levels of government. In the analysis of the works of these two renowned whistleblowers as my secondary sources, I found the importance and the moral obligation in not only exposing malicious wrongdoing but also in helping future whistleblowers by sharing the lessons learned in our mission to expose the virulent and malevolent actions of so many corrupt organizations that corrode our nation from within.

Moreover, I found even more understanding in the email interviews of primary sources more intimate to my mission. Through the interviews of my husband, Arlen F. Bradeen, the former headquarters’ pastor and dean of students at the Bible seminary of House of Prayer Christian Churches of America Incorporated, and Patty Leon, a journalist and investigative reporter for The Coastal Courier newspaper of Hinesville, I sought to ascertain the disposition and intent of these brave whistleblowers. More plainly, what motivated these individuals to blow the whistle, and do they have any regrets about their actions? I believe that through the analysis of all sources, satiety of the gap in knowledge concerning the outcome of blowing the whistle will be fulfilled.

Key References to Preliminary Work

The best synopsis for the secondary source analysis is offered in a direct quote from my essay, This We’ll Defend, which reads, “[Pierluigi Paganini’s] article, along with Dr. Lennane’s article on the tribulations faced in being a whistleblower, their personal experiences on the subject raised more questions for me including, ‘What motivates a person to decide to blow the whistle?’ I would consider this question a great introduction into the study of the aftermath of an act, both noble and treasonous, that challenges the boundaries of ethics and loyalty” (Bradeen 2020: 1).

Both secondary sources were articles that offered alarming truths on the subject matter. I highlighted the specific concerns that were unique to Dr. Lennane’s article, which addressed the mere suspicions in the “witch hunt” for dissenters, which reads, “Of the people suspected of whistleblowing, that had not done so, these individuals were scrutinized for their innocent actions that may have coincidentally brought some misconduct to light. These individuals appear to be blind sighted by accusers, as this whistle-blowing expert describes when she writes, ‘he was suspected of loitering with intent near a whistle’ (Lennane 2012)” (Bradeen 2020: 3-4).

From Mr. Paganini’s article, I focused on the startling statistics that he drew from a survey conducted in 1990. Concerning whistleblowers in the United States, he affirms that ninety percent of these individuals suffered a loss of employment, while twenty-seven percent faced legal problems involving defamation amongst other issues, and ten percent of these brave souls had resulted to attempt suicide as a result of their suffering (Paganini 2018). On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most severe outcome of blowing the whistle, both articles surpass the scale’s ceiling in these eye-opening realities.

The Last Whistle (Interview Prospects That Were Unavailable)

(Photo credit: On Rome 2020)

Dr. Li Wenliang (Apr. 1, 1967- Feb. 7, 2020)

Physician in China who was the whistleblower warning about the Coronavirus in Dec. 2019.

“On 3 January 2020, police from the Wuhan Public Security Bureau investigated the case and interrogated Li, giving him a warning notice and censuring him for "making false comments on the Internet" (Wikipedia 2020).

This research project began in January, at which time, I recalled seeing Dr. Li blow the whistle on the coronavirus risk in December 2019.

Died on February 7, 2020 of the Coronavirus...

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