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Re: ATSDR Child-Health Materials via Duke's What's New Page
Consider, for instance, that
there are now laws in about
13 states which make it illegal
for a company employee to
reveal that his/her company
is poisoning people if that
company has "self-reported"
the activity. Some of these
laws make a whistleblower
liable for any fines or lawsuits
that a company might face
as a result of the media
exposure. I would absolutely
support a whistleblower secretly
revealing the pollution, even though
he/she is breaking the law.
These laws do not prove that it is improper for an employee to reveal the
sins of the employer, but rather the inappropriate and inordinate influence
over our elected officials by industry. Also the extent of the usurpation
of democracy by industry.
Another evidence of this is the so called "tort reform" that is taking
place across the country to the benefit of poisoners and polluters. Again
they do not want to be responsible for the tremendous expenses of poisoning
people so they have pushed to have laws passed to limit their liability for
defective products. Caps on punitive damages are to polluters; as is
giving all convicted murderers an automatic 6 month sentence for killing.
These industrial poison pushers are actively and openly working to
eliminate jury awards all together. As it is juries have their decisions
reversed by a politically motivated judge in most of these toxic tort cases
now. Citizens should express outrage with their politicians that these
abridgements of American rights are taking place.