Subject: File Number S7-33-10: Whistleblower Award Program

December 7, 2010

Dear Ms. Murphy

I just signed a petition saying:

"More whistleblowing about corporate crimes could have made the foreclosure crisis and economic meltdown less severe. Whistleblowers should never be forced or engouraged to take their concerns to their potentially corrupt bosses first: Those who go directly to the government deserve the strongest rewards and protections allowed by law."

Not protecting whistleblowers who may be able to reveal legitimate problems in the operation of any business is the same as not protecting consumers from predatory practices of those businesses. Every person should have the freedom to reveal what they feel to be gross crimes against individuals, organizations, or our own country without fear of being punished by their employer - or the law - for coming out and doing the right thing.

Joseph Fitzner
Charlotte, NC