--That the massive National Security Agency routinely violated its own rules and the U.S. Constitution by spying on the electronic communications of American citizens, without obtaining legally mandated search warrants;
--That the U.S. Marine Corps, in spite of its long and proud tradition of service, failed to acquire easily obtainable armored vehicles which would have protected its own soldiers from explosive devices in the Iraq War . . . a failure that resulted in the needless death or maiming of hundreds of Marines, and which occurred because military requisitioning officers were more interested in preserving cushy contracting relationships than in identifying and obtaining the safest possible personnel carriers for their combat forces;
--That the FBI routinely violated the rights of accused lawbreakers by improperly operating its forensic laboratory and slanting its findings in order to help federal prosecutors obtain federal convictions, instead of analyzing evidence impartially and thus protecting the rights of suspects who were supposed to "presumed innocent until proven guilty."
The new Soeken book, which also documents the stories of bold Americans who blew the whistle on alleged corporate malfeasance in the 1986 space shuttle disaster and continuing engineering and manufacturing failures in the production of nuclear-missile components for the Pentagon, is being praised as "starkly compelling" and full of "vivid, unforgettable detail" by such early reviewers as famed corporate whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand.
Wigand (whose own whistle-blowing story was documented in the 1999 blockbuster film The Insider), describes Don't Shoot the Messenger! as "a highly suspenseful book that often reads like a contemporary political thriller" - but then goes on to tell readers: "Along with its chilling narratives, however, the book contains a vitally important warning for all of us - we must protect our truth-tellers if we hope to preserve our constitutional freedoms and the rule of law."