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Interview With A Whistleblower: "The Spirit of Resistance is Alive and Well"

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A. Many presume I have done something wrong. However, many know my character and know my heart, and know that I would never do something I knew was wrong. In fact, I was trying to do something noble and honorable. Those who think I did something wrong do not understand all of the other sub-texts; the motives of the government if you will, to neutralize my voice. That is the problem whistleblowers have. Those on the outside do not understand what is really going on behind the scenes. All they see or hear is the accusation and the government's carefully crafted narrative. It is never, ever, that simple. There is always so much more to the story, and often the story is tangled in twists, turns, complexities, nuances, etc. Those are the very scenarios the prosecutor will pursue, because truth is stranger than fiction, and it is difficult for outsiders, and sometimes even family members, to grasp what is really driving the prosecution. I will say this, I've learned that most of the time, the motive driving the prosecution is not what the prosecution says it is. My true friends have stood by me through thick and thin, and I cannot say how thankful I am for that. 

Q. Recent news stories have revealed a wider war on whistleblowers. When did it first occur to you that your case was part of a larger pattern and how has this shaped your view of your prosecution?

A. I published five animated PowerPoint presentations on YouTube in 2012; long before the IRS targeting scandal broke; long before the AP news scandal; long before Benghazi. However, there was the Fast and Furious Scandal, the Secret Service prostitution scandal and others, but I still felt alone. In the introductory PowerPoint presentation to the five presentations previously mentioned, I refer to myself as a whistleblower. That's exactly what I was. But I did not have any idea how malignant the epidemic had become until April of this year (2013). 


Now I know I am almost a statistic, as sad as that sounds.   There are not hundreds of others like me, but thousands. Where is the Department of Justice getting all of its funding to attack honorable citizens who simply call out improper behavior by their own government? The Department of Justice needs to have its funding adjusted downward in a significant way. What is going to happen when every American is in prison? Only a revolution awaits. We will not tolerate this abuse anymore. Enough is enough. 

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Victims of the war on whistleblowers recognize the Department of Justice to be the administration's main weapon against dissent

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Q. Were you confident that you would prevail at trial, or did you feel as the process went on that the result was all but a foregone conclusion?

A. I begged my court appointed attorneys to have the judge let me line up witnesses who could help me. He waited until a few weeks prior to trial, and by then it was too late because the judge would not grant a continuance despite my counsel admitting they were not ready for trial (on the record).

More importantly, one of the prosecution's key witnesses was somehow able to illegally sell my home out from under me without due process. That is another sub-text that introduces other complexities into the narrative that are beyond the scope of this interview. However, because my home was illegally sold to another party, my family and I were forced out under a 24 hour eviction order of the sheriff. My documents and records were scattered to several different storage units, garages of friends; my work papers were basically lost. I repeatedly explained this reality to my court appointed legal counsel. Since I could not speak to witnesses who may have duplicate copies of my exonerating work papers, the government had hog-tied me and was holding my head underwater. There was nothing I could do to defend myself. So I was forced into trial essentially naked, and I was crucified. Only recently, after the conviction, did my wife locate the exonerating documents (in a box marked "kitchen" of all things). 

Q. How do you assess your chances of obtaining post-conviction relief? 

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A. It is hard to say. I have been granted a new attorney, who I am told is very good, and will fight like a warrior for me. That provides some comfort. We will just have to let it play out, but I do still believe in the justice system, believe it or not. Yes, there was a failure, but I believe the failure will be corrected. The judge is an honorable man, and he is smart, and I believe with competent counsel the true narrative can now be properly conveyed to him.

Q. Have any steps been taken to address the wrongdoing your whistleblowing initially identified? 

A. Not a thing. The Department of Labor buried it, and clearly intends to keep it buried. 


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Evidence of wrongdoing exposed by whistleblowers is quickly sent down a modern day version of Orwell's memory hole


Q. It is assumed that you now see how easy it is for the federal government to convict an intended target. What else have you learned about the federal criminal process?

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Barry Scott Sussman- Born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology. Graduated with a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law specializing in Federal Criminal Procedure and Federal Prosecutorial (more...)

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