Whistleblower Testifies That President Bush Wore Faulty Bullet Proof Vest
Washington, D.C. September 26, 2005. In sworn deposition testimony, Second Chance Body Armor whistleblower Dr. Aaron Westrick testified that the President of the United States, the First Lady and members of the US Army Central Command all wore defective bullet proof vests sold by Second Chance. According to a story released by the Associated Press, Second Chance officials who profited from these sales are now under criminal investigation.
The US Department of Justice has already civilly sued Second Chance and
Toyobo in federal court based on the fraudulent sale of defective
bullet proof vests. Toyobo is a named defendant because it manufactured
the defective material (Zylon) which was used to construct the Second
Dr. Westrick worked as the research chief for Second Chance, but was
removed from managerial responsibilities after he recommended that the
company inform its customers that the vests were defective. He was
terminated by Second Chance once the company learned that Westrick has
provided documents to the Department of Justice that documenting
corporate greed over protecting the lives of police officers.
Specifically, Westrick provided documentation that continued sale of
the vests would result in the loss of life. Despite these warnings, the
company continued selling the vests.
Dr. Westrick’s counsel, Stephen M. Kohn, issued the following statement:
“Toyobo and Second Chance officials knew the vests would fail. Greed
prevailed over the safety of even the President of the United States.
The corporate officials who profited by selling defective vests must be
held accountable and face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
Once again, the public interest was served by a whistleblower with the
courage to expose corporate misconduct and provided documented evidence
to the Justice Department.”
Kohn, who also serves as the Chair of the National Whistleblowers
Center, praised Dr. Westrick for saving critical internal corporate
documents which demonstrate that Second Chance and Toyobo officials
knew of the defects in the vest at the time of the sales in question.