Professional Codes of Ethics and Whistleblowing (18 May 2019)

Dear John, et al.
Why do I write my blogs? You know why, really. But, for the record, I publish in pursuit of the truth and justice that was denied me and my family by the evil that you represent. The silence and abuse of power can only protect evil so long.

It is high time that scrutiny is placed on the use of [Non-disclosure Agreement] NDAs in circumstances in which there is a clear imbalance of power between parties. Evidence suggests that they are used as a tool of abuse to scare victims into silence and suppress vital evidence from emerging.

Kevin Hollinrake, MP,
Non-disclosure agreements are being abused to scare victims into silence, says Yorkshire MP
Uttering a forged instrument is a criminal offense. When a person knowingly publishes or puts into circulation any forged or altered financial document, legal document or other writing with the intent to misrepresent it as true and defraud others it amounts to uttering a forged instrument.
A criminal conspiracy takes place when two or more people get together and plan to carry out a course of conduct which will necessarily involve the commission of an offence. In other words, more than one person agrees to do something which will involve committing a crime.
Truth, Justice and the American way …
In the absence of truth, power is the only game in town. – Richard John Neuhaus
A confidentiality clause or ‘gagging clause’ in a settlement agreement is not valid if you’re a whistleblower.
It is unethical for a lawyer to threaten to present criminal, administrative or disciplinary charges to obtain advantage in a civil dispute. Extortion constitutes a threat to accuse someone of a crime, or to expose or impute to him any significant misconduct, accompanied by a demand for payment β€œor else.” 

Extortion is the use of a threat to extract money from someone. Blackmail consists of threats made to gain anything of value from the other person, such as money, property or sexual favors. Blackmail, therefore, is broader. The threats themselves may be the same β€” such as the intention to inflict injury on someone else β€” but the nature of what the person seeks in return is the distinction.

Professionals have a responsibility to reveal unethical or illegal conduct by corporate board of directors’ and / or company executives. In fact, it is the definition of professionalism which supersedes technical proficiency.

The Society for Exploration Geophysicists Code of Ethics states:

It shall be your duty as a geophysicist, in order to maintain the dignity of your chosen profession to [abide by the Code of Ethics].

CIPD Code of Professional Conduct

Demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in the treatment of people who are operating within their sphere of influence

The Norwegian Lawyers Rules for Good Practice states:

A lawyer’s task is to promote justice and prevent injustice.

The UK Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct states:

[Lawyers should always] uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice

Whistleblowers who are victims of crimes and abuse are attacked for being true Professionals!