Tag Archives: whistleblower

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.

Pentagon Faces More Scrutiny Over $766 Million Task Force

ProPublica: Earlier this month, we reported that the Pentagon was making it difficult for the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction to investigate reports of gross waste and mismanagement by the now-defunct, five-year Task Force for Business Stability Operations. One of its projects, a gas station, cost 140 times what it should have.

New Leaks Reveal Dark Details of U.S. Drone Program

Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama’s Drone Wars truthdig.com  October 15, 2015 jules 2000 / Shutterstock Targeted killings carried out by unmanned drones, though still very controversial, have become a fixture of U.S. foreign policy. On Thursday, The Intercept published a report, “The Drone Papers,” which gives the public a close look […]

Bill Binney Speaks The Truth, Ouch

Former NSA official and whistleblower William Binney recently was the key speaker in a panel in the Twin Cities.    William Binney is a former high-level National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence official who, after 30 years of service, blew the whistle on NSA surveillance programs. His outspoken criticism of the NSA during the George W. […]

Vice News: Inside Washington’s Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden

Leopold: A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to “damage” former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s “credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.”

Norman Solomon: Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA

Left dangling in the air was the indication that Harlow thought of Sterling as a possible leaker because he’d gone through channels to claim that he had been a victim of racial bias at the CIA.

Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

In addition to shedding light on his motives, Snowden says he meant the clues to allow the NSA to avoid collateral damage from his leaks, changing codenames and plans to anticipate the release of some of its most sensitive secrets. BY ANDY GREENBERG  Wired.com  8.13.14 If the NSA still doesn’t know the full extent of the […]

▶ NSA whistleblower requests asylum extension for another year

Philip Holloway, a former military attorney, and Coleen Rowley, a retired FBI agent and whistleblower, discuss Snowden Al Jazeera America  July 27, 2014 Watch the video here. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise […]

▶ Edward Snowden’s Attorney Speaks at Peacestock: Ben Wizner

from Bill Sorem PRO Ben Wizner, Edward Snowden’s attorney discussed details of the Snowden case in his presentation at Peacestock, 2014. In this excerpt of his total presentation (full talk included below) he reminded the audience that Snowden published nothing, his material was turned over to legitimate journalistic organizations, initially the Guardian and Washington Post, who then decided what to […]

▶ Guardian interviews Snowden: ‘If I End Up In Chains In Guantanamo I Can Live With That’

 Link to video: Edward Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that’ Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications Exclusive: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security   • Watch Snowden’s interview with the Guardian in Moscow • Read a summary […]

▶ Coleen Rowley: Mainstream media perpetuates myths about government activity

Published on May 13, 2014 What were once thought of as conspiracy theories about government spying are now backed up by facts, according to Coleen Rowley. The FBI whistleblower and 2002 Time Person of the Year believes the National Security Agency spying scandal has provided crucial insights to the public on how not only the […]

Chris Hedges: Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

What is moral courage? By Chris Hedges  February 26, 2014  truthdig.com In this still image from video footage released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award. (AP photo) Last Thursday Chris Hedges opened a team debate […]

The Criminalization of Journalism: Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir Pens Open Letter in Defense of Jailed Journalist, Barrett Brown

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF JOURNALISM The Sparrow Project  FEB 24, 2014 [DALLAS, TX]  The curious case of Barrett Brown —a freelance journalist and satirist, turned political prisoner— has captivated thousands in the lead-up to what many are calling a “show trial” slated to take place in Dallas, TX, later this year.  In an open letter published this morning (and […]

▶ Coleen Rowley exclusive interview on President Obama’s NSA speech

Published on Jan 17, 2014 Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistle blower  RTQuestionMore Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Find us on TWITTER at Rise Up Times(@touchpeace). Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ […]

Tikkun: Q & A with Coleen Rowley, F.B.I. Whistleblower: Part Two

In Part Two of this Q & A with Coleen Rowley, the former FBI agent discusses bureaucratic arrogance, psychopathic leadership, and why strict adherence to just war doctrine, not “humanitarian” intervention, will lead to a safer world. In addition, Rowley offers her thoughts on the U.S. response to the use of chemical weapons in the […]

Spencer Ackerman: Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

Incensed Fisa court judges questioned NSA’s truthfulness after repeated breaches of rules meant to protect Americans’ privacy Spencer Ackerman in New York  Tuesday 19 November 2013 13.42 EST  theguardian.com   Fisa court judge John Bates found that the NSA engaged in ‘systemic overcollection’. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP Newly declassified court documents indicate that the National Security Agency shared its […]

[Video] Edward Snowden Speaks Out Against NSA “Dragnet Mass Surveillance”

For the first time in months, the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on video speaking in Moscow. He warned about “dragnet mass surveillance that puts entire populations under sort of an eye that sees everything even when it’s not needed.” Snowden’s remarks were made after four American whistleblowers traveled to Russia to give […]

Peter Kennard: Poem for Bradley Manning & Art belongs in the Street, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Peter Kennard is a well known British visual artist. This is a poem by him, on United States whistleblower Bradley Manning: Private First Class by Peter Kennard Claw over the parapet Voice raised Is voice gagged. The world as in fact it is, Isn’t. In a Democracy of liars Is a lock-up for facts. Three blows of a whistle: […]

Peter Van Buren> Welcome to Post-Constitution America

The war on whistleblowers is metastasizing into a war on the First Amendment. People may now be convicted based on secret testimony by unnamed persons. Military courts and jails can replace civilian ones. Justice can be twisted and tangled into an almost unrecognizable form and then used to send a young man to prison for decades. Claiming its actions […]

Statements on Bradley Manning Verdict: ACLU and CRR

Center for Constitutional Rights Statement on Bradley Manning Verdict July 30, 2013  CRRjustice.org Dear CCR Supporter:CCR released the following statement today in response to the verdict in the Bradley Manning trial: “While the ‘aiding the enemy’ charges (on which Manning was rightly acquitted) received the most attention from the mainstream media, the Espionage Act itself […]