The idea for the campaign was sparked by Dr. Fredric Whitehurst, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who blew the whistle on the FBI crime lab in the 1990's. His allegations forced the crime lab to obtain accreditation and resulted in the expulsion from the laboratory of examiners who had engaged in forensic misconduct. According to Dr. Whitehurst:
Whistleblowers must know their rights. They need this Handbook to protect themselves. Being able to effectively blow the whistle is vital to our democracy. We, the whistleblowers, want to make sure that every single American has access to the information they need to expose corruption and misconduct.
More information about the library donations, including the names of the 20 whistleblowers
Article in The Daily Beast by John Solomon about the whistleblowers' generous donations
Members of the public who would like to join the whistleblowers' initiative can donate a Handbook to a public library by purchasing a book above. The NWC will package and ship the book to a public library.
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