Understanding the Whistleblower’s Hell

A new book by whistleblower James H. Holzrichter, Sr. has been released. A Just Cause shares the story of how Mr. Holzrichter’s integrity brought great pain upon his family, when he bravely and responsibly spoke up about massive fraud by Northrop Grumman Corp., in federal Defense contracts. Hopefully, this book will help us all understand (and end) the corruption that has become so pervasive in recent years.

As noted by Jebb White, former CEO of Taxpayers Against Fraud, A Just Cause is the first single volume to successfully bypass extreme stereotypes and misinformation, and fully reveals the inner and outer struggles of the whistleblower. It distills the personal and professional story into a fully developed portrait. “By sharing his firsthand, unvarnished experience of struggle and survival, Jim Holzrichter finally provides us with a more complete picture of what it actually means to blow the whistle on dishonest corporations.”

From my own experience as a federal air traffic controller and whistleblower, I would estimate that statistically there is a small minority of people who ignore personal hazard and feel compelled to speak up when they see something wrong. Frankly, in our current culture, the vast majority of us are inclined toward silence. Of those few who do speak up, a tiny minority of them have the passion and the energy to fight all the way through. These few wage heroic battles that often run for decades. They should not have to do so, but they do. Why? Because it has to be done.

Mr. Holzrichter is one of these truly heroic whistleblowers; his case began in 1988.

Lastly, I applaud Mr. Holzrichter for taking the time to share his story, which mirrors so many of my own experiences, after I spoke up about that TV set at my first FAA control tower