Book Forum

Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud

(Random House, 2019)

October 2, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring the author Tom Mueller; with comments by Marianne Jennings, Professor, Arizona State University; Irvin McCullough, National Security Analyst, Government Accountability Project; moderated by Patrick Eddington, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

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Daniel Ellsberg. Edward Snowden. Elin Baklid-Kunz. Lynn Stout. Diane Roark. Franz Gayl. They and others like them come from all across the country. Some worked for the federal government; others worked in the private sector. All have one thing in common: in the organizations for which they worked, they saw things they knew were morally and legally wrong. Each made a life-altering decision to do something about it.


In his new book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud, journalist Tom Mueller takes us into the world of the whistleblower. What makes them different? Why did they elect to act when others would not? Do the pathologies in large organizations — whether in government or the private sector — inevitably produce whistleblowers? Is Congress serious about protecting whistleblowers? How do protections for federal whistleblowers differ from agency to agency and from the private sector? Are new federal “insider threat” programs just a bureaucrat smokescreen for cracking down on internal dissent?

Join us as an expert panel talks with Mueller about his book and the state of government and corporate whistleblowing in the Trump era.