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Silencing Whistle-Blowers Obama Style

Despite all the talk by Washington insiders about how whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden should work through the system rather than bring their concerns directly into the public sphere, former Transportation Security Administration Air Marshal Robert MacLean is living proof of the hell of trying to do so.

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The Snowden Files

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The Snowden Files

Edward Snowden’s story, assembled for the first time in a single volume by Guardian correspondent Luke Harding, is one of the most compelling in the history of American espionage.

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Debate: Was Snowden Justified?

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg opposes former NSA counsel Stewart Baker in a conversation about the significance of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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The Making of Edward Snowden

Before he became the early 21st century’s most important whistle-blower, Edward Snowden “was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek,” writes Luke Harding in his new book, “The Snowden Files.”

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Eric Holder Hints at Plea Deal for Edward Snowden

The U.S. attorney general suggested Thursday that the government could allow the NSA whistle-blower to return home from Russia under negotiated terms.

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New Year Brings New Obamacare Benefits

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The best parts of the ACA finally kick in. Lynne Stewart is free—is Edward Snowden next? And why The Advocate made the pope person of the year.

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New Year Brings New Obamacare Benefits

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The best parts of the ACA finally kick in. Lynne Stewart is free—is Edward Snowden next? And why The Advocate made the pope person of the year.

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New York Times: Edward Snowden ‘Has Done His Country a Great Service’

The New York Times is kicking off 2014 by demanding clemency or a plea deal for Edward Snowden.

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Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

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Edward Snowden Is the Whistle-Blower of the Year

For months, a debate over Edward Snowden’s status has raged. In the back and forth, one question about this icon who disclosed NSA abuses has dominated: Is he or is he not a whistle-blower with all the attendant protections that should come with such a designation?

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FISA Court Documents Reveal Just How Little the NSA Cares About Your Privacy

The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it’s also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let’s face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt

“Hactivist” Jeremy Hammond speaks out for his principles as a harsh sentence is imposed on him. His case exposes the deep fear the state now has of its own citizenry.

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Polish Dissidents Cry Out for Snowden

Four members of Poland’s Solidarity movement, which toppled the country’s totalitarian regime in the 1980s, recently issued an open letter calling for their government to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden sanctuary from the United States. “The fact that only dictatorial governments agreed to give him shelter shames the democratic states,” they wrote.

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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America

On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Bradley Manning

After a three year court-martial ended in a conviction on 17 counts of theft, espionage and other alleged crimes against the interests of the American public, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the admitted source of the largest classified leak in U.S. history, is still free.

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Edward Snowden Gains Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

The NSA whistle-blower has left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and crossed into the city upon being granted temporary asylum for one year in Russia.

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The NSA Counts Fewer Defenders

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers seriously questioned government officials in a second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying on Wednesday, when the NSA acknowledged its ability to analyze phone records and online behavior goes far beyond what it had previously disclosed. On “Democracy Now!” on Thursday, Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the story, called the debate “encouraging.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Snowden, Food Stamps and an Immigration Thunderbolt

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new Quinnipiac University poll showing that more American voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower than a traitor, by 55 to 34 percent. Should Russia grant Snowden asylum?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll: Snowden Is a Whistle-Blower, Not a Traitor

American lawmakers on the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden may want to take a look at the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which finds “Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.”

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Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum

After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

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Edward Snowden’s Long Flight

As a State Department whistle-blower, I think a lot about Edward Snowden. I suspect we have a lot in common, though I’ve never had the slightest contact with him. Still, as he took his long flight from Hong Kong into the unknown, I couldn’t help feeling that he was thinking some of my thoughts, or I his. Here are five things that I imagine were on his mind as that plane took off.

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U.S. Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against the 29-year-old former NSA contractor who leaked documents revealing details of top-secret surveillance programs this month. Officials say the U.S. has asked Hong Kong to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Shift and the Meaning of Edward Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether Edward Snowden is a laudable whistle-blower or a threat to our security. Also, the Obama administration said it had confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons and announced that the U.S. would send arms to rebel fighters there.

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Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

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Snowden: NSA Spying Targets China, ‘I Am Here to Reveal Criminality’

The whistle-blower and former NSA spy said the PRISM program he helped expose last week extends to people and institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China, and that he has resolved to leave his fate to “the courts and people of Hong Kong.”

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Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Is Edward Snowden a criminal for leaking information about secret NSA spying to The Guardian newspaper? “I suppose in a technical sense it was criminal,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday as he debated law professor Geoffrey Stone. “But set against the larger crime that is being committed by the state,” his strictly technical crime is trivial.

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‘We Steal Secrets’: State Agitprop

A new documentary defames Bradley Manning as a sexually confused young man and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a paranoid megalomaniac and sexual deviant. But what else would you expect of a film commissioned by one of the largest corporations in the country?

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Homeland Insecurity

With a recent semi-victory, whistle-blower Robert MacLean may not only have given himself a shot at getting his old job back, but he may have also created a precedent for future federal whistle-blowers. In the post-9/11 world, people like him show us how deep the Washington rabbit hole really goes.

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Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

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Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

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Whistle While You Work

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We Are Bradley Manning

His trial is not simply the persecution of a courageous whistle-blower, but a state mechanism to destroy the independence of the press and its ability to expose the power elite’s criminal activity.

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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he illegally acquired a cache of U.S. state secrets and later provided it to WikiLeaks, but not guilty to the most serious charge against him—that he “aided the enemy.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Brennan and Kiriakou, Drones and Torture

John Brennan and John Kiriakou worked together years ago, but their careers have dramatically diverged. Brennan is now on track to head the CIA, while Kiriakou is headed off to prison.

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Do As We Say, Congress Says, Before Doing What It Wants

Did you know Congress is exempt from portions of a number of federal laws, including provisions that protect workers in the private sector but don’t apply to the legislative branch’s approximately 30,000 employees? Here’s a look at some of the measures Congress exempts itself from.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Government Says Manning Knew He Was ‘Aiding the Enemy’

The U.S. government claims it has proof that Pfc. Bradley Manning knew state secrets would fall into the hands of enemies of the United States after he allegedly passed thousands of documents to the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

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The War on Whistle-Blowers

You would think that even the most flaccid, rubber-stamp Congress might ask a few questions about the president’s “kill list,” but Congress is instead focused on making sure those who blew the whistle on it are punished.

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China’s Social Media Hall of Mirrors

Social media in China is blurring the lines between facts, lies and rumors, as evidenced by the Bo Xilai case; some homophobic video gamers are in an uproar about characters identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transgender; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has made it back into young voters’ good graces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Why No One Would Listen

What’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing? Or—like so many in the corporate and financial world—to be ignored for doing so?

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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

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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.

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Bradley Manning and the Fog of War

Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death.

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