Tag Archives: Thomas Drake

Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition, by Chris Hedges

The corporate state hardly intends to stop with Manning and Assange. The target is the press itself.

The Constitution and Conscience: NSA’s Thomas Drake (Video)

A program that he exposed was later confirmed by the NSA to have been a waste of over a billion dollars.

Stand Up for Truth: The European Tour of a Band of American Whistleblowers:

Jesselyn Radack: “This war on whistleblowers has an incredibly chilling effect and I believe, in the grand scheme of things, it is really a backdoor war on journalists and I believe even further it’s a way of creating an official Secrets Actwhich our country has been able to live without for more than 200 years, so this is very pernicious. People talk about amending the Espionage Act. I don’t think it needs to be amended. I think it needs to be ended.”

The Guardian: US whistleblowers extend cautious welcome to NSA reforms | Stand Up for Truth

International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Democracy needs truth-telling. June 1-7, 2015   StandUpForTruth.org People in many countries will create Stand Up For Truth activities during the week of June 1-7, 2015 — to move toward a culture of openness and truth as well as security for those who take the risk of disclosing information that authorities want […]

Julian Assange: How “The Guardian” Milked Edward Snowden’s Story

Assange: The most disappointing thing of all about The Snowden Files is that it is exploitative. It should not have existed at all. We all understand the pressures facing print journalism and the need to diversify revenue in order to cross-subsidize investigative journalism. But investigative journalism involves being able to develop relationships of trust with your sources.

Glenn Greenwald: Keith Alexander Unplugged — on Bush/Obama, 1.7 million stolen documents and other matters

The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review.  By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  8 May 2014 Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP The resulting 17,000-word transcript andaccompanying article form a model of uncritical stenography journalism, but Alexander clearly chose to […]

Ellsberg, Rowley, et al: National security experts appeal for return to Constitutional government

Ellsberg, Rowley, Drake, McGovern, Greenwald speak at “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” By Linda Lewis • April 27, 2014 • WhistleblowingToday.org Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” Keynote speaker Daniel Ellsberg, […]

▶ Defending Democracy: Government Whistleblowing in the Digital Age, the Manning Trial Appeal

Published on Apr 16, 2014 WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s new legal defense council is preparing for an appeals process that may go up to the Supreme Court. On Sunday, April 13th at 7:30pm, defense council Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward will be joined by prominent FBI whistleblower Mike German and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake to discuss […]

Noted Whistleblowers Speak Up for Edward Snowden

Blowing the whistle on powerful factions is not a fun thing to do, but it is the last avenue for truth, balanced debate and democracy By Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Katharine Gun, Peter Kofod, Ray McGovern, Jesselyn Radack and Coleen Rowley, Guardian UK  14 December 13  ReaderSupportedNews.org    t least since the aftermath of September […]

[Video] Edward Snowden Is A Patriot: Ex-NSA CIA, FBI and Justice Whistleblowers Meet Leaker in Moscow

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with four former U.S. intelligence officials — all whistleblowers themselves — who have just returned from visiting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in Russia. They are former CIAanalyst Ray McGovern, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas […]

Norman Solomon: What The Assault On Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria

To stop attack on Syria, we must support whistleblowers. By Norman Solomon  August 28, 2013  opednews.com  Source: AlterNet  Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria. Every president who wants to launch […]

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Confirmed WikiLeaks Statement Was Written By Him

 “In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake,” the letter read. “We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.” […]

John Cassidy> Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On?

The government is desperate to not deal with the actual exposures, the content of the disclosures. Because they do reveal a vast, systemic, institutionalized, industrial-scale Leviathan surveillance state that has clearly gone far beyond the original mandate to deal with terrorism—far beyond.  —Thomas Drake ◊ POSTED BY JOHN CASSIDY  JUNE 24, 2013  The New Yorker ◊ As I write […]

Video> ACLU Blasts Supreme Court Rejection of Challenge to Warrantless Spying Without Proof of Surveillance

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Peter Van Buren> The Campaign Against Whistleblowers in Washington

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, In Washington, Fear the Silence, Not the Noise Posted by Peter Van Buren    February 09, 2012 One thing is obvious.  No one ever joins the government in order to be a whistleblower or leaker.  Whistleblowers are created, not born.  To offer an example, as Peter Van Buren is happy to […]

What Country Do We Want to Keep?> former Natl. Security Agency official Thomas Drake

What Country Do We Want to Keep? November 27, 2011   Consortium News On Nov. 21, former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake was honored for his courage in blowing the whistle on the U.S. government’s abuse of its secrecy powers. In his acceptance speech, Drake explained the larger and more frightening context – the […]

Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts, by Karen J. Greenberg

Tomgram: Karen J. Greenberg, Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System Posted by Karen J. Greenberg, August 21, 2011.  TomDispatch.com Can you even remember the world before 9/11?  You know, the one where you weren’t stripped in the airport or body-wanded at the ballpark?  It’s as much a lost world as anything Conan Doyle ever imagined.  And it seems there’s no turning […]