Your July 20 article regarding Sonny Noble’s story as a whistle-blower has an all too familiar ending. Having spent 25 years working in the government contracting industry, I have had the chance to see a number of whistleblower actions, with all coming to the same end.
While the initial motive is an attempt to end the unethical and sometimes criminal behavior, the person trying to do the right thing becomes collateral damage. Initially the opinion is on the side of the whistleblower for having had the courage; however, once the story unfolds and revenue becomes more important than ethics the hero becomes the villain. The sad part is that as a society, and now with social media playing such a huge role in affecting uninformed opinions, we turn on the very person whose courage in speaking out was initially hailed as the right thing to do into the enemy.
Politics, governmental agencies and other organizations where power is pride is fraught with unethical, immoral and criminal behavior. You need only to pick up the paper each day to see examples.
I don’t know this young man, but I know his story…the ending is always the same. Time will pass and another unethical dilemma will find its way into the news. Mr. Noble may have to move to find another job he loves and as long as he never loses sight that what he did was the right thing to do he will be able to look himself in the mirror and to teach his children never to settle for the status quo and always do the right thing, no matter the outcome.
This article was very well written as are most in the Journal. Your writer did not portray Mr. Noble as a victim but rather as a strong individual intent on moving forward regardless of public opinion. The negativity associated with his actions were downplayed which is refreshing when most of the news media uses the negative to fuel a story and that gives rise to the uninformed social media opinions that spin a situation out of control at the speed of light.