Sandy G. Nunn, MBA
National Security Whistleblower
From 1988-1999, Sandy G. Nunn, MBA, served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles, California. During this time, Sandy became a highly-decorated federal agent in Los Angeles where she enforced federal laws regarding money laundering, narcotics smuggling, and arms smuggling. Her most noteworthy experiences included service on two diplomatic tours on behalf of the U.S. Government to Eastern and Western Europe during the UN Sanctions against Serbia in 1994-1995. Because of her success as a federal investigator, her investigations have been featured in TIME and Businessweek as well as other national media. Her exemplary work has earned her more than 26 awards from the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Organizational for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), foreign governments, and private organizations.
While serving as a Customs agent in 1998-1999, Sandy and another agent uncovered apparent breaches of national security in the midst of the other agent’s major narcotics investigation concerning railway tanker cars. Five railway tanker cars that were supposed to be empty were each found to be approximately 11 tons overweight for a grand total
of over 50 tons. When agents attempted to do a thorough search of each tanker car, the agents were reportedly ordered by upper-level Customs managers not to do the searches. Sandy attempted to look at the investigation because of her expertise in narcotics and arms smuggling, but was instead put under internal affairs investigation for doing her job to uphold the public trust. Both Sandy and her fellow agent went public shortly thereafter as national security whistleblowers and eventually resigned from the Customs Service because of the retaliation resulting from their whistleblowing efforts. They sued the Department of Homeland Security and went to federal court regarding the issues in 2005. During the three week trial, one of the government managers admitted on the stand that the national security accusations that Sandy and her colleague raised were in fact true, thus putting this fact on the court transcript. However, the judge prevented all of the evidence from being heard by the jury, and Sandy as well as her colleague lost their case to the government.
As a national security whistleblower, Sandy has appeared extensively in the national and international media, testified before the U.S. Senate, and provided testimony to the House of Representatives. She was also featured as a guest speaker at prestigious Smith College in a special 3-day event in 2003 entitled “Women of Courage: Whistleblowers in the Public Interest.” In addition, her whistleblowing efforts have been featured in more than five books. Sandy has also been proactive for the past 13 years in supporting the efforts of whistleblower organizations such as the Patrick Henry Center, Government Accountability Project (GAP), and Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Her support along with that of countless other national security whistleblowers resulted in the passage of new national security whistleblower legislation in 2012. Because of her close alignment in the whistleblower community, Sandy also consults with other well-known whistleblowers regarding national security issues.
In addition to the foregoing, Sandy previously served on the Board of Directors for an international public company as well as an international nonprofit organization. Currently, she serves as an executive with two consulting firms, an alternative energy firm, an international trust, and as a Board Member with National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. She holds an MBA in Global Management, a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology, and an AA in General Studies. In early 2014, Sandy will complete her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and will graduate with honors. For her outstanding work and contributions, Sandy was recently accorded membership in Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business as well as the International Women’s Leadership Association. Following the completion of her doctoral studies, Sandy intends to publish a book regarding her work during the international UN sanctions in the Balkans. Through her collaborative efforts, Sandy also intends to establish a humanitarian foundation to commence work on more than 200 humanitarian and green energy projects in the international community in mid-2014.