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Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), offers insider knowledge into what motivates a whistleblower:
Whistleblowers are trailblazers who exercise freedom of speech, freedom to protest, and freedom to warn. They demand accountability from those in power, typically government officials or their own employer (ranging from the foreman on the factory floor to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company). Whistleblowers change the course of history, preventing disasters before it is too late for anything except blame, clean-up, and damage control.
After working with more than 5,000 whistleblowers, Tom Devine observes:
The common factor is they have to act on their knowledge to live with themselves. They'd be haunted by their silence. Most are trying to play it straight doing their jobs, then learn something they wish they hadn't, and find themselves at the intersection of valid but conflicting life values — such as loyalty to supporting their families versus loyalty to the law when their employer is breaking it. They have to decide whether to risk their career, or whether their values stop at lip service.
The term whistleblower may originate from roles such as a policeman whistling to stop, or a sports referee whistling a foul. European nations use the term bell ringer or lighthouse keeper.Georgena S. Sil