Tuesday, June 07, 2005

So This Is Why Mark Felt Kept the "Deep Throat" Secret So Long

Being a government whistle blower can be dangerous. It can cost you your job, your career -- maybe even your life.

Just ask Tommy Hook -- when he's able to talk again.

Mr Hook blew the whistle on waste and other financial abuses at Los Alamos lab. He was supposed to testify before Congress. He was lured to a meeting and beaten within an inch of his life. His wife says the attackers told him:

"If you know what's good for you, you'll keep your mouth shut."

His mouth is wired shut now, as his broken jaw heals.

This is the rising cost whistleblowers face. The feds are investigating a pair of deaths in Iraq -- contractors who tried blowing the whistle on scandals involving millions in taxpayer dollars.

When a criminal has to decide between going to jail -- or keeping millions of your dollars, killing a whistleblower seems to make some kind of twisted financial sense for them.

1 comment:

Gindy said...

This one suprised me because it almost seems obvious who beat him up. That is not to say that it wasn't for another reason by someone else.