On the 12th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Patriot Act, a group of whistle-blowers, activists and politicians from across the political spectrum are participating in the “largest rally yet” against unchecked NSA spying.
“Democracy Now!” spent an hour Monday with four whistle-blowers who traveled to Moscow to give Edward Snowden an award for Integrity in Intelligence. The occasion marks the first time in months the public has heard Snowden speak.
One wonders if the Obama administration’s increasing hostility toward reporters, editors and publishers may frighten members of the traditional press—who eschew any and all claims to activism—into becoming the open campaigners for public welfare that their fellow citizens need them to be.
Thomas Drake, one of the few government whistle-blowers of the Bush and Obama years to stave off prosecution, explains why people like him should avoid official channels when disclosing classified information.
After a court hearing over the 2012 NDAA in Manhattan on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges appeared on a panel of activists who are suing the Obama administration over its attempt to claim the right to indefinitely hold U.S. citizens in military detention.
There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.