Tag Archives: whistleblowers.

Bill Conroy:Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

So, in essence, the CIA operated as a propaganda machine, utilizing classified information as part of a larger effort to deceive the American public about the shortcomings of its torture program, if the Senate report is to be believed.

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Glenn Greenwald: Talking to James Risen about “Pay Any Price,” the War on Terror, and Press Freedoms

 Fear is hard to question. It is central to the financial well-being of countless federal bureaucrats, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, analysts, and pundits. Fear generates funds. Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  November 25, 2014 James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s […]

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John Pilger: The Siege of Julian Assange is a Farce

In the summer of 2010, Assange had been in Sweden to talk about WikiLeaks revelations of the war in Afghanistan – in which Sweden had forces under US command. The Americans are pursuing Assange because WikiLeaks exposed their epic crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale killing of tens of thousands of civilians, which they […]

John Nichols: Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth to Power From Ferguson to Washington

 “Media criticism, at its best, is not rooted in partisanship, or ideology; it is a demand for the pursuit of truths that someone with economic or political power does not want told. Americans have good reason to be frustrated with media that misses the essential stories of racism and inequality, as well as assaults on […]

Peter Hart: Chelsea Manning Speaks — But Who Listened?

“According to a search of the Nexis news database, Manning’s op-ed received scant coverage. . . . In the abstract, journalists often profess a great deal of admiration for whistleblowers, and value the service such individuals provide to the news media. “ By Peter Hart  FAIR BLOG  June 18, 2014 US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning wrote a remarkable […]

Michael Ratner: WikiLeaks editor remains unjustly holed up in Ecuadoran Embassy two years later.

Michael Ratner  USAToday   June 17, 2014    (Photo: David Paul Morris, Bloomberg) A whistle-blower living in exile in Russia. A publisher seeking the asylum he has already been granted while his sources are imprisoned. This isn’t the cast of a summer blockbuster. It’s a perfect storm of real-life cases that make it clear that constitutional […]

Daniel Ellsberg: Don’t Do What I Did

This billboard is now outside the U.S. State Department, saying “don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth…” RootsAction.org 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 Up Times is also […]

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong

Edward Snowden is the greatest patriot whistleblower of our time, and he knows what I learned more than four decades ago: until the Espionage Act gets reformed, he can never come home safe and receive justice   Daniel Ellsberg  theguardian.com Friday 30 May 2014  As the author knows from direct chat-log conversations with him over the past […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Knowledge Is Crime

Too Big to Jail?  Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington  By Tom Engelhardt   April 20, 2014  TomDispatch.com How the mighty have fallen.  Once known as “Obama’s favorite general,” James Cartwright will soon don a prison uniform and, thanks to a plea deal, spend 13 months behind bars.  Involved in setting up […]

Peter Van Buren: Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style — Supreme Court Edition?

Tomgram:  Peter Van Buren, The Next Battleground in the War on Whistleblowers By Peter Van Buren  TomDispatch.com  March 4, 2014 Read Tom Englelhardt’s introduction here. The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all […]

Patrick Smith: Our Orwellian reality. Drone wars, surveillance, a lapdog media — and you

Our government lies to itself — and to us.  Like Edward Snowden, it is time for us all to stand up for our values. PATRICK L. SMITH  January 2, 2013   Salon.com George Orwell, Edward Snowden (Credit: AP) This column is not another look back, another of those tedious end-of-year rituals the very best hacks, the hacks truly […]

New York Times Editorial: Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they […]

WAMM: A Visit with Edward Snowden

Lighting Candles in the Dark By WAMM  WAMM Newsletter  November/December 2013 Portrait of Coleen Rowley by realist painter Robert Shetterly in the series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth:  Models of Courageous Citzenship.” Within Robert Shetterly’s portrait of her in his series “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a quote from Coleen Rowley reads: “What if you […]

Chase Madar: The Criminalization of Everyday Life

The Over-Policing of America Police Overkill Has Entered the DNA of Social Policy     By Chase Madar  December 8, 2013  tomdispatch.com Read Tom Dispatch editor Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Xurble. Art from truthdig.com posting of this article. If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police […]

John Cole Cartoon: The NSA Snake

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Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State

Democratic leaders are full-fledged players in the national surveillance state, right along with Republicans. By Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, Jie Chen  October 21, 2013  AlterNet.org Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Alternet Editor’s note: This is the first in a new series from AlterNet’s New Economic Dialogue Project, edited by Lynn Parramore.  Long before President Obama kicked off his 2008 campaign, many Americans took […]

[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 […]

Glenn Greenwald: Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration

Obama’s anti-press measures ‘are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration’ UPDATE Edward Snowden was awarded this year’s Sam Adams Whistleblower Award, and several of his fellow heroic whistleblowers – including Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack and Coleen Rowley – traveled to Moscow to present it to him. An excellent photo of that event is here. […]

[Video Panel] Glenn Greenwald: The war on whistleblowers and journalism – Julian Assange, David Coombs, Alexa O’Brien and others

Discussing press freedoms with Julian Assange, David Coombs, Alexa O’Brien and others.   Glenn Greenwald  Thursday 19 September 2013 06.49 EDT  theguardian.com I’m working on several stories, so posting this week will be difficult. Until then, below is the video of the 90-minute event I did this week at the Sydney Opera House on the […]

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 […]