Whistle Blowing Panel Session
Tue, 9 Apr 2013 6:30 PM
Room 1302, Health and Human Services Building
Features whistle blowers Rick Piltz and Thomas Tamm with Louis Clark of the Government Accountability Project serving as moderator. Rick Piltz is a former senior associate in the coordination office of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. In 2005, he blew the whistle on the White House’s improper editing and censorship of science program reports on global warming intended for the public and Congress. Thomas Tamm was a well-regarded Justice Department attorney in the Capital Cases Unit who transferred to the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review in the Justice Department in 2003. He became aware of a program that bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court in an arrangement where only the Attorney General would sign certain wiretap requests, without review by the 11-member court. As a result, The New York Times ran an explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning cover story about the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program in 2005. In 2009, Tamm received the Ridenour Truth-Telling Award; sponsored by the Departments of Integrated Science and Technology and Political Science and the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication; free.