From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Whistle-Blower May Be Fired
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:17:46 EDT
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 20:17:46 GMT
FBI Whistle-Blower May Be Fired
(EXCERPT) Tue Oct 22, 7:31 PM ET, by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated
WASHINGTON (AP) - An FBI (news - web sites) agent who accused
colleagues of stealing a Tiffany crystal globe from the World Trade
Center ruins received a poor performance review, an indication the
agency is preparing to fire her, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Special Agent Jane Turner of Minneapolis already was on probation for
reporting "serious misconduct" last year in a criminal case in North
Dakota, said Washington lawyer Stephen Kohn. Kohn would not elaborate,
except to say the case was the subject of another whistle-blower
On Tuesday, Turner's 24th anniversary with the FBI, she was told in a
performance review that she "failed to meet expectations," Kohn said.
He said he expects Turner to be suspended.
Kohn claimed the FBI is retaliating and said if the agency tries to
fire Turner, he will sue to block the dismissal.
"The FBI does not retaliate against its employees," said Paul McCabe,
a spokesman for the FBI office in Minneapolis, where Turner is based.
"We are referring allegations of retaliation to the inspector general
In a letter to the inspector general's office dated Sept. 11, 2002,
Turner said she discovered the Tiffany globe on a secretary's desk in
August. When Turner asked about it, the secretary told her someone
from the bureau's evidence recovery team had recovered it from Ground
Her letter prompted Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record),
D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (news - web sites),
and Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has pushed for
stronger protections for whistle-blowers, to urge FBI Director Robert
Mueller to promise that Turner would not face retaliation.
On Tuesday, Grassley said, "This looks like retaliation against a
whistle-blower who followed her conscience and exposed wrongdoing,
even though it embarrassed the FBI. If there are plans to fire her,
the FBI is making a big mistake, and I want the people behind this
retaliation held accountable."
Kohn said Turner has received excellent performance reviews in the
past, and it was her legal duty to report what she knew about the
Earlier this year, another FBI whistle-blower in the Minneapolis
office, Coleen Rowley, alleged that FBI headquarters ignored her
office's pleas to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui aggressively before
last year's terrorist attacks. Moussaoui has since been charged with
conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks.
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