Nuclear Whistleblower: I was asked to leave my church — It’s been a living hell (VIDEO)

Published: October 3rd, 2012 at 10:58 am ET


Interview with Ann Harris
Uploaded by: laborvideo
Upload Date: Sep 13, 2011

Interviewer: What happens is workers who do speak out go through hell, they’re attacked…

Ann Harris, former Watts Bar nuclear plant employee: A Living Hell. I was asked to leave my church.

Interviewer: …What?

Harris: I was asked to leave my church because people that worked at TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority] — just being seen talking to me… could cost people their jobs. That’s the kind of harassment that you can expect.

Watch the full interview here

Published: October 3rd, 2012 at 10:58 am ET


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13 comments to Nuclear Whistleblower: I was asked to leave my church — It’s been a living hell (VIDEO)

  • Anthony Anthony

    Zero comments on this doo-doo article:
    Health effects of Radiation – Overestimated?
    Posted October 2, 2012

    • Anthony Anthony

      **3. NOTE: The Dean of the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine works at the the top teaching hospitals in the Philippines.

      He asked for help in placing his top resident in a fellowship in the West.

      His resident ended up at U. Pisa in Italy.

      The nuclear medicine department at U. Pisa occupies its own three (it may have been four) story building, plus basement.

      Years ago (ten?), the chief developed a THIRTY MINUTE (he now says that he can do it in under 20 minutes) OUTPATIENT procedure to remove accessible, confined, single node LUNG cancer!

      He makes an incision BETWEEN the patient’s ribs. Conventional lung surgery cuts THROUGH the patient’s ribs, cracking open the chest.

      A gamma probe, smaller than a magic marker, goes through the incision down to the tumor and localizes the tumor after the injected radionuclide compound concentrates in the tumor.

      The surgeon cuts around the tumor and removes it when the Geiger counter detects no more signal = tumor gone!

      The main cancer research center in Europe does the same thing for confined breast cancer. They probably treat over 4,000 breast cancer patients per year.

      Patients recover faster and more easily (and keep their breast far more often) when therapy like this is available.**

      • Anthony Anthony

        **The foregoing is not, to my knowledge, available in the USA.

        NOTE: The surgeon doesn’t even have to SEE the tumor to remove it!

        After the band-aid type dressing was applied at U. Pisa, the lung cancer patient sat up on the operating table, and received his shirt – brown plaid, short sleeved. He put on his shirt.

        The surgery nursed helped him put on his shoes as his feet dangled over the side of the table.

        She took the patient’s arm to steady him as he hopped down from the surgery table.

        The patient walked out of the operating room under his own steam…**

  • or-well

    Whistleblowers –
    Non-disclosure, Rights you waiver,
    later speak, get branded "raver",
    lose the job, take a smear,
    anonymous calls, family fear,
    lose career and reputation,
    avoid secluded meet locations,
    back up proof, have strong friends,
    consider the others' untimely ends.

    Since when is "whistle blowing" not the job of an investigative Media? ( asking rhetorically, not naively).

    Should whistle-blowers not be granted much respect and protection
    in an effectively regulated society governed by just laws?

    Who benefits when a whistle-blowers' motives are unjustly associated with anti-State, anti-Corporate interests?
    And when they are so portrayed, should not State and Corporate interests be closely examined?

    Is it safe to assume All are disgruntled employees, or that ALL former employees who are disgruntled don't have legitimate concerns?

    Our societies seem increasingly backwards and inside out to me.

  • kalidances

    Admin we have a troll. Can you please do something with him please? We don't have time to plod through deliberate troll posts. We need all the space we have for properly networking with the Japanese people. Anthony isn't helping a single Japanese person with any of his posts.

    • or-well

      Actually, I found Anthonys' link interesting. It contains an amateurish Fuku whitewash by one Jun Takada, Dr. of Science at Sapporo Med. Univ that is so blatantly dismissive of health concerns as to be mockable.

      It also has this from the British Journal of Cancer –
      "Genetic mutations in recombinational processes that affect replication and DSB repair may not only promote genomic instability…"
      Genomic instability! Not what radiation leakers want to hear, I suggest!

      And then there's the shared email describing less than appropriate behaviour on the part of an NPR interviewer as well as a much less invasive than usual surgical procedure for lung nodules – that, I suggest, is of possible interest and benefit to Japanese people in years to come.

      Admittedly, nothing in it really specific to whistleblowing, and probably more appropriate in the general Forum, but not enough to brand the poster a troll. Just my opinion kalidances, with regards.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Thank you or-well.

        • or-well

          Well Anthony, you're welcome. I hope the statement you found by Dr. Takada gets circulation in Japan and "outs" him as of the Smiley Yamashita School of Dismissive Nonsense. It's too outrageous to even laugh at.

          I feel the rage kalidances has been known to express, as any who know the body of what I've published here will attest.
          I just have a feeling that there is less tolerance here lately of individual differences among people who share the same basic goal and it may discourage newcomers or longtime lurkers from speaking up with their own contribution.

          I hope kalidances doesn't think I'm singling out him/her for criticism. It's simply on my mind.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Wow kalidances I always thought we were on a similar wavelength. Far from any troll, I have always striven to show the truths of things, people and situations, well beyond posting relevant materials on enenews. If you read the info, it is not my authorship and I think I even took the time to call it a *doo doo article* which I think clearly reveals my position. I think any Japanese people addressing the situation of their lives needs all the information. The deepest learnings I have had on nuclear personally has been on enenews, especially where we dissect topics bit by bit and not engage personal attacks.

      You are among the last people I would expect to call me a troll.

    • @Anthony It is 'spammy'. It detracts from the article message.

      Net Etiquette:
      I think your comments should go into the proper forum.

      The comments area for each article should be for those who actually read, watch or listen to the article and then express an opinion or add to it. Comments can sometimes take on a tangent idea, but to start a thread with what YOU think is important is impolite.

      Note the 'rules' just below the "Submit Comment" button.

      #1 is On-Topic.

      Thanks, 🙂

  • kalidances

    Anthony you keep stating the obvious. Everyone in Japan KNOWS these people are corrupt.
    Why does everyone keep doing this? Arguing about the "level" of corruption while no containment is completed? The woman above stated that being a whistleblower ruined her life, the EXACT reason many whistle blowers do not speak up and what does Anthony do? Talk radioactive dispute articles. How does his statement have ANYTHING to do with the fact that a whistleblower was abused?
    Please explain. Right now. Then tell me how Anthony's post helped a single whistle blower in or America Japan get help.

  • Mack Mack

    Here is good news for whistleblowers, if the Senate passes this:


    "The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (S. 743), as amended, this past Friday, September 28, 2012. The legislation strengthens the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) to better protect federal employees who come forward to disclose government waste, fraud, abuse, and other wrongdoing. The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration."