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

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PBS Television's Frontline was preparing to air a documentary supporting Hutcheson, but appears to have been dissuaded from doing so


 

Q. At the time you identified the misconduct at the DOL, did it ever occur to you that you would be facing retribution?

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A. Never. My relationship with the Department of Labor had been very good until 2009, and I believed the matter could be worked out without me going to the media; without me making a public statement, or seeking to humiliate the Department of Labor. I was wrong. In hindsight I should have gone public in the biggest possible way. I advise all other whistleblowers to not give the federal government any credit. The government is no longer trustworthy. If someone discovers the government's involvement in something improper, shout it from the rooftops as loudly as you can.

 

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Q. How did you feel about America's system of justice prior to your charges and how have your feelings changed as a result of your experience in federal court?

 

A. Until recently, I have always respected the government. I love the United States of America and the ideal it beacons to the world is worth protecting. The indictment process was disturbing. A person should be notified if they are being investigated so they can at least tell his or her side of the story. Federal prosecutors are notorious for targeting a person, and then engineering charges tailor made specifically for that person. If that person does not know what the prosecutor is telling the grand jury, whether it is true or not, there is nothing that person can do. Once the indictment is made, his or her reputation is forever destroyed. I've learned that is the point. If the government can just bring an indictment, it will exact enough damage in most cases to take the whistleblower out. But the federal government does not quite grasp that the spirit of resistance (Thomas Jefferson) is alive and well in the United States.   The U.S. Attorney's office has become the enemy of "We the People." No one respects the Department of Justice anymore. It has brought it upon itself.  It is so sad, and disappointing. 

 


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Hutcheson's experience with the federal criminal justice systems leads him to believe that Jefferson's "spirit of resistance" is very much alive 


 

Q. How has your experience changed the way you view other federal prosecutions? 

 

A. When I hear of a federal indictment, I immediately think of injustice. Prior to my indictment, I used to think, "oh, that person must have done something; that person must be guilty. Why else would the government spend all of those resources pursuing that person?" But today, I think there is something nefarious going on; something dark, politically motivated, a vendetta by someone in power, silencing someone the federal government fears. That is proving to be true more often than not. 

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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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