for immediate release, Thursday, May 30, 1996
The lawyer for chemical weapons whistleblower Steve Jones has notified the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of a possible obstruction of justice by a senior Army
manager at the Tooele Army Depot, and a top civilian Army employee working at the
Tooele nerve agent incinerator.
"As an officer o the court, it is my duty to notify the proper authorities of possible witness
tampering," explained John Preston Creer, Jones' Salt Lake City attorney. "That is why I
went to the FBI." Jones is also represented by Richard Condit and Joanne Royce of the
Government Accountability Project.
The allegations are based on courtroom testimony indicating that Dave Jackson, an Army
Chemical Demilitarization Program official, and Harold Oliver, a civilian executive at the
Tooele Army Depot, both warned Philip Krippner, a Tooele Army safety specialist, not to
testify on Jones' behalf. Jones claims he was fired for refusing to certify that the
incinerator, scheduled to begin burning deadly nerve agents this spring, was safe.
According to an affidavit submitted by Krippner, he contacted Jones offering to speak at
his whistleblower protection hearing because he believed witnesses for the Army's
contractor, EG&G, "were not telling the truth." Jones testified that Krippner decided not to
appear at the hearing after Jackson called and "went 'wild' on the telephone, threatening
him if he testified at my trial.' Krippner also told Jones that Oliver warned him in a
meeting that "the government would 'scrutinize' him very carefully" if he testified. Both
the phone call from Jackson and the meeting with Oliver took place less than 72 hours
before Krippner was scheduled to testify.
Jackson has admitted to local newspapers that he did contact Krippner several days before
he was scheduled to testify. Oliver has not been available for comment.
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