Former #Boston U activist heads #FDA spy case #pharma

How I know this? I was one too.  Steve Kohn was head of the BU Student Union in 1975-76 and was part of a newspaper/student organization that fought former BU president John Silber on issue including for free speech, student rights and transparency.

For year’s, he’s been a Washington lawyer, defending whistleblowers. From today’s New York Times.

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show. …

Although some senior F.D.A. officials appear to have been made aware of aspects of the surveillance, which went on for months, the documents do not make clear who at the agency authorized the program or whether it is still in operation.       

But Stephen Kohn, a lawyer who represents six scientists who are suing the agency, said he planned to go to federal court this month seeking an injunction to stop any surveillance that may be continuing against the two medical researchers among the group who are still employed there.       

The scientists who have been let go say in a lawsuit that their treatment was retaliation for reporting their claims of mismanagement and safety abuses in the F.D.A.’s medical reviews

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