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If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE


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NSA Leaker Thomas Drake Praises Report Showing U.S.’ Failure Toward Whistleblowers

Drake, who in 2010 became the first American charged with espionage in almost 40 years, applauds a new report by the PEN American Center accusing the government of failing to protect whistleblowers.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch: Livestream of D.C. Protest Against Mass Surveillance

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.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Snowden Receives Award, Speaks Against ‘Dragnet Mass Surveillance’

“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.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Journalist Protection Group Denounces Obama Administration on Press Freedoms

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.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Former NSA Whistle-Blower: Don’t Go to the Cops

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.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE


Activist Heavyweights Convene Against NDAA

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.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

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.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


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