#94 | John Mark Dougan: Police Corruption, Whistleblowing, & Escaping The Country

John Mark Dougan, our guest for this episode, is a former police officer from Palm Beach County, Florida, and while serving his time there witnessed corruption and gross misuse of police authority within his department, which eventually lead to his resignation from police work in 2009. 

After his time ended as a police officer, John started PBSOtalk in 2010, a whistleblower website created as a means for individuals working in Palm Beach County law enforcement to anonymously and safely release information to the public, without out fear of reprisal.

In 2015 John posted on the website audio recordings of phone calls between a Palm Beach County detective and an unidentified woman, revealing targeted retaliations and investigations against the Sheriff’s political enemies, including John. Shortly after this, thousands of confidential documents revealing the private information of government agents, judges and police officers were leaked on the site. The FBI and Palm Beach County police department raided John’s home, confiscating his computer and other belongings.

Fearing arrest, John cleverly managed to sneaked his way out of the United States into Canada, eventually making his way to Moscow, Russia where he has resided since 2016.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about PBSOtalk at the website: http://pbsotalk.ru

- Listen to the audio recordings and other information discussed in this episode here: http://wiki.pbsotalk.ru

- For a more concise interview with John, listen to this: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/weekend-special-the-price-of-truth-with-john-mark-dougan

- The song featured in this episode is "Fishin' Blues" by Taj Mahal from the album Giant Step.