Bunnatine Greenhouse settles whistleblower suit after she was injured by boobytrap
(The Bunnatine Greenhouse segment is after the Noraway attacks. I couldn’t figure out how to separate them or fast forward. It’s well worth your patience.)
EXCLUSIVE: Fired Army Whistleblower Receives $970K for Exposing Halliburton No-Bid Contract in Iraq
Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse, the former chief oversight official of contracts at the Army Corps of Engineers, has reached a $970,000 settlement six years after she was demoted for publicly criticizing a multi-billion-dollar, no-bid contract to Halliburton—the company formerly headed by then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Greenhouse had accused the Pentagon of unfairly awarding the contract to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root. Testifying before Congress in June 2005, she called the contract the worst case of government abuse she had ever witnessed in her 20-year career. Just two months after that testimony, Greenhouse was demoted at the Pentagon, ostensibly for “poor performance.” She had overseen government contracts for 20 years and had drawn high praise in her rise to become the senior civilian oversight official at the Army Corps of Engineers. With the help of the National Whistleblowers Center, Greenhouse filed a lawsuit challenging her demotion. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, Greenhouse announces that a settlement has been reached in what is seen as a major victory for government whistleblowers. We’re also joined by Greenhouse’s attorney, Michael Kohn, and by Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. (Click HERE for original article)
In a recent comment from Charles M. Smith:
A bittersweet ending to the Bunny Greenhouse case. Ms. Greenhouse certainly deserves the settlement. However the circumstances that led her to take the settlement rather than go to trial are outrageous. Given what we know of Ms. Greenhouse’s character, I believe she wanted a court trail, with testimony under oath, more than money. Unfortunately physical violence and the Army refusal to protect her forced her to settle and leave. Once again, no individual will be held accountable, the Corps will have protected those who retaliate and intimidate good civil servants and we all suffer a loss.
My best wishes go out to Ms. Greenhouse who is a great American and an outstanding example of a public servant. ~ Charles M. Smith
Charles M. Smith, a retired Army civilian employee, went up against KBR on behalf of the troops and taxpayers and was demoted for it as well. Smith was chief of the Field Support Contracting Division of the Army Field Support Command at Rock Island Arsenal where one of his primary jobs was to oversee the enormous Army LOGCAP contract with KBR during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Charles M. Smith has testified before Congress on several occasions and is now President of CALEX LLC a consulting firm which specializes in the areas of Government Acquisitions and Logistics. Mr. Smith also blogs at Charles M. Smith Site and other sites such as TruthOut.