Jesselyn Radack has blown the whistle. She’s also been punished for it. As an ethics adviser in the Justice Department in 2001, she advised the government not to interrogate John Walker Lindh without his counsel present. When she learned that the FBI had questioned the American found fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, she warned government officials not to use his confession for a criminal prosecution.
Jesse Eisinger isn’t afraid to ask stupid questions. He isn’t afraid of the suits on Wall Street, either. As a former Wall Street Journal writer and now a senior reporter at ProPublica, he has written about the underbelly of business. He and colleague Jake Bernstein won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “Wall Street Money Machine” series, which delved into the practices that exacerbated financial industry problems of the past several years.
Days: 3,652. Weeks: 520. Months: 120. Years: 10. Ten years ago, the U.S. was rocked by the biggest terrorist attack in its history. The nation lost 2,977 people that day. After 10 years, the legacy of that terrible day persists. The times may have changed, but 9/11 left a mark that may have been tempered with time but can never be erased.