There is tremendous public support for Mr. Birkenfeld because he is responsible for the U.S. recovery of billions of dollars. (We’ve put a petition on the Web you can sign here.) While Mr. Birkenfeld is the biggest tax whistleblower in history, he should not be the last. Every American taxpayer owes Mr. Birkenfeld a debt of gratitude for putting money back into their pockets.
Mr. Birkenfeld has served enough time. Today is the day for President Obama to use his pardon power to ensure that “justice” does not come at the cost of what is in the best interest of the American taxpayers.
Stephen M. Kohn is the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center. Dean Zerbe is a former counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. They are both representing Mr. Birkenfeld.