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  •  Ellsberg says, Only looking back at whistleblowers (6+ / 0-)

    goal: criminalize all leaks

    Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:43:52 AM PDT

    •  My appearance with NSA whistleblower Tom Drake (6+ / 0-)

      on Democacy NOW! this past March addresses Obama's crackdown on whistleblowers:

      Watch the video: http://www.democracynow.org/...

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:04:54 AM PDT

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      •  I want to read more about (2+ / 0-)
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        Don midwest, Claudius Bombarnac

        how Thomas Drake prevailed against all those charges. How did you get the gubberment to back off?

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        "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

        by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 12:12:47 PM PDT

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        •  Case Against Whistleblower Thomas Drake Collapses (0+ / 0-)

          by Marcy Wheeler, June 13, 2011

          The Obama Administration’s aggressive war on whistleblowers suffered a humiliating setback on June 9 when former NSA official Thomas Drake accepted a misdemeanor plea agreement for exceeding his authorized use of a government computer.

          The Department of Justice had been pursuing Drake for alleged violations of the Espionage Act that might have sent him to prison for up to 35 years. But the government withdrew the evidence supporting several of the central charges after a judge ruled Drake would not be able to defend himself unless the government revealed details about one of the National Security Agency’s telecommunications collection programs.

          On two other counts, documents the government had claimed were classified have either been shown to be labeled unclassified when Drake accessed them or have since been declassified. Faced with the prospect of trying to convict a man for leaking unclassified information, the government frantically crafted a plea deal in the last days before the case was due to go to trial.

          Report continues...

          "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

          by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:09:47 PM PDT

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          •  Another report, before case collapsed... (0+ / 0-)

            It's long, but easy reading.

            The Justice Department’s indictment narrows the frame around Drake’s actions, focussing almost exclusively on his handling of what it claims are five classified documents. But Drake sees his story as a larger tale of political reprisal, one that he fears the government will never allow him to air fully in court. “I’m a target,” he said. “I’ve got a bull’s-eye on my back.” He continued, “I did not tell secrets. I am facing prison for having raised an alarm, period. I went to a reporter with a few key things: fraud, waste, and abuse, and the fact that there were legal alternatives to the Bush Administration’s ‘dark side’ ”—in particular, warrantless domestic spying by the N.S.A.
            http://www.newyorker.com/...

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            "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

            by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:40:56 PM PDT

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