5. Frederic Whitehurst
FBI chemist Frederic Whitehurst’s misgivings about the Bureau’s scientific inadequacies cast doubt on the investigations of a number of serious bombing incidents.
He testified to a Senate committee in 1997 that several investigations may have been flawed due to the lack of due care and process exercised by the FBI’s crime lab. These included the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Even after his departure from the FBI, Whitehurst’s legacy through his work provided scrutiny of forensic justice for the National Whistleblower Center.