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CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Speaks Out Upon Sentencing to 3.5 Years In Prison

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: CIA Whistleblower, Senate Intelligence Committee, Jeffrey Sterling )

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I reached out to the Senate Intelligence Committee. I gave them my concerns about an operation I was involved in, and I thought it could have an impact, a negative impact, on our soldiers going into Iraq. Per Jeffrey Sterling


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Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 4:52 pm
NORMAN SOLOMON (coordinator of Well, there are a dozen aspects, but it’s really the continuation of a war on whistleblowing and journalism, to clamp down on the absolutely essential flow of information for democracy. The Obama administration continues its war on the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment, on journalism and on whistleblowing. And the courtroom sentencing yesterday was part of the attack on our freedom and liberties, really.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 5:01 pm
The ideals that we share for the rule of law and equal justice are often confronted by the cynicism that says such virtues are not to be fulfilled in the real world. So we are challenged to prove such cynicism wrong. It is in that context that I am respectfully writing to Your Honor about the sentencing of Jeffrey Alexander Sterling.

Equality under the law, as a cornerstone of justice, is significantly at stake in the sentencing of Mr. Sterling. While I realize that no two cases are identical, the fact remains that charges akin to those for which Mr. Sterling was convicted have in recent years resulted in extremely disparate penalties.

Your Honor, I appeal to you to provide the sentencing of Mr. Sterling with a sense of equity that can help to move the way of the world closer to real justice, nurturing belief in the law as a guardian of justice and not a violator of it. I hope that you will pronounce a sentence for Mr. Sterling that is consistent with our aspirations for equal justice under the law.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu Calls for Justice for Jeffrey Sterling Citing Petraeus Deal

Animae C (509)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 5:21 pm
T.Y. Dandelion

Wilde Thange (10)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 5:34 pm
I read the story long ago in Mother Jones on the Russian defector bullied into a attempt to sell nuclear weapon plans to Iran with defects in it. I don't think they bought it but if they did it may not have been hared to assume bugs included, look for them and edit them out. Likely really an attempt to set Iran up as looking to build a bomb as
pretense for demonizing and destabilizing them and as now getting sanctions.
Here we seem to have fingering a scapegoat for going to the secret intelligence committee. Likely someone else leaked from there.
Regardless, it was a harebrained scheme CIA can add to its proud list of assassinations and plots and thing like using Afghan religious rebels piped in from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere as weapons against the Soviets and the Afghan people get to be caught in the middle for 3 decades.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:43 pm
Thank you Dandelion.
"Without once mentioning race, a living symbol of the struggle for equal justice got to the even bigger questions of inequity in the Obama Administration’s treatment of leakers, the unequal treatment of insiders like Petraeus, who leaked to fluff his own ego, and that of those who tried to alert the public to government misconduct."

Jeanne Rogers (1203)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:56 pm

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:09 pm
Forgive me for c/p these points, but these truths are my beliefs and unfortunately I am not eloquent with my words to express them.

"RAY McGOVERN: They’re trying to make an example of Sterling. I don’t know whether he did it or not, but whoever did it did a service to our country, because our country needs to know".

*** "NORMAN SOLOMON: Well, there are a dozen aspects, but it’s really the continuation of a war on whistlblowing and journalism, to clamp down on the absolutely essential flow of information for democracy. The Obama administration continues its war on the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment, on journalism and on whistleblowing. And the courtroom sentencing yesterday was part of the attack on our freedom and liberties, really." ***

Birgit W (160)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:40 pm
Sadly noted. We are in urgent need of more brave men an women who speak up against all the lies our governments wants us to believe.

Mandi T (367)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:52 pm

Sarah Dyson (139)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:56 pm
Noted. I try to not discuss politics and religion because someone is going to get their feelings hurt. And to think, I am not getting 20 butterfly points for this. No matter what is leaked or to who to, the law still says that you are not suppose to leak information to an enemy country. That is the law. Those who are against this need to work to get the law changed. HUGS TO ALL WHO CARE FROM TEXAS

Kathleen M (208)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 3:02 pm
Sadly noted. This attack on the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments, not to mention journalism and whistleblowing, is the height of cowardice! Thanks, Dandelion.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 3:13 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion.
Whistleblowers like Jeffrey Sterling should be given medals, not sentenced to prison. (This is exactly why Snowden won't return to the U.S). I have been greatly disappointed with the way Obama has handled this. But, in fact I don't know whether Obama is handling it or if he is "being handled."

Wilde Thange (10)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 3:39 pm
We do get the point he is not accused of leaking to Iran? That was a Russian at the insistence of the CIA to leak falsified data on how to build a nuclear bomb. He didn't leak anything, he admits informing the congressional committee on intelligence about the sting to make Iran. They are the oversight committee on secret intelligence activity. It got to the press by someone perhaps from the committee and staff, and they accuse him, and he denies it. It could just be they are punishing him from informing the committee as well as having a previous discrimination suit that he eventually withdrew. The leak to Iran was a risky sting to make Iran look like the wanted to build a bomb so we could accuse them of it.

Maryann S (112)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 4:19 pm
We need more whistle blowers in this country!

Terry King (113)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 4:30 pm
This has become the way we deal with inconvenient truth in this country... Blame the messenger!

Linda Moore (240)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 5:13 pm
Noted, shared.

Shirley S (187)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 8:16 pm
What has happened to the word TRUTH. Does it no longer exist ?

Arild Warud (174)
Friday May 15, 2015, 3:06 am
Seems like the USA will do everything to stop you learning the truth.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday May 15, 2015, 4:51 am
Sterling’s sentence continues a trend of what appears to be highly selective punishment of leakers. Classified information is regularly leaked by government officials who want to make themselves or the government look good.

Such “authorized leaks” are rarely prosecuted. For instance, an array of highly classified information about the killing of Osama bin Laden — which made the Obama administration look resolute and militarily effective — was leaked to the press and no one was punished in connection with the leaks. It tends to be only unauthorized leaks, particularly those that highlight wrongdoing or ineptitude, that the Department of Justice takes an interest in. per Intercept

The Justice Department had no direct proof that Mr. Sterling, who managed the Iranian operation, provided the information to Mr. Risen, but prosecutors stitched together a strong circumstantial case. They described Mr. Sterling, who is black, as bitter and frustrated about what he believed was workplace discrimination. Telephone records and emails showed that Mr. Sterling and Mr. Risen had talked frequently, and prosecutors argued that only Mr. Sterling had the information, the motive and the opportunity to leak it.

“The defendant put his own selfishness and his own vindictiveness ahead of the American people,” Eric G. Olshan, a federal prosecutor, said during closing arguments Thursday. “For what? He hated the C.I.A., and he wanted to settle the score.” per the NY Times

I guess what this all boils down to for me, as a citizen of this Country, is that we need to treat everyone fairly in their employment, and as a citizens of the USA. If we have people in critical positions we can't take a chance it will cause them to have a bitter taste in their mouth. Also, if we expect everyone to hold to certain standards it should be the same standards for everyone, that some people are encouraged to do the same thing and that others are given less of a punishment for doing the same thing.....that too sends mixed messages. Corruption at all levels in this Country and racism is something that is pulling this Nation apart. It appears instead of fixing the problems, we end up with the occasional scapegoat here and there that takes the fall and then we are all suppose to go away and feel good about it, wipe our hands clean and it's over. Just like the economic disaster of having only one be held accountable, while all the rest ride off into the sunset gleefully, and the rest of the Country is suppose to what.....forget?


Mitchell D (82)
Friday May 15, 2015, 7:03 am
Power does not like truth, it threatens to diminish power!

Wilde Thange (10)
Friday May 15, 2015, 11:23 am
Imagine the CIA all of the sudden believes in the rule of law. Well only when it pleases them. They have no fear of lying and disinforming such as scare religious leaders that Mossedegh is going to outlaw religion in Iran and all kinds of other plots to stir the pot of rebellion. They didn't flinch from using religious leader to overthrow Arbenz in Guatemala. They have no scruples in importing religious force into Afghanistan to use all the lives in the country in proxy war with the Soviets. They are our worldwide Dirty Harry who always is on the side of right by definition. And like our superman know all in vigilante justice. They act for us in our disbelief in truth and justice and that you have to be immoral to protect morality.

Wilde Thange (10)
Friday May 15, 2015, 11:54 am
Further if the CIA's logic is breaking laws to protect us then his logic is breaking laws to protect us from the consequences of the CIA. It is the looking glass world of secrets you don't want the world to know to protect oneself from ones own logic. As in blowback to our country as written about by Chalmers Johnson where we have no idea why some have reason to retaliate against us because of an illusion of innocence..

Winn A (179)
Friday May 15, 2015, 12:10 pm
Sadly noted - thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday May 15, 2015, 12:14 pm
Jeffrey Sterling is the scapegoat, and yes, we are getting blowback from a lot of things we've put out there but if the American people don't take the time to start seeing these things as they are, our whistleblowers, even when they go through proper channels, are going to be hung out to dry. And more of them are being hung out to dry in the past few years than ever before.

"We live now in an era where normal values have been displaced. The good is called bad, the bad – good." Anna Politkovskaya Assassinated Russian journalist, writer and human rights activist

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 10:52 am
Thx Sheryl, been following his case and frankly, expected nothing different, of course! Maybe even more years.
All been said above.. and the "flow of information for democracy" is still guaranteed, the sort they design for you!
Don't buy it, don't eat it !

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 2:48 pm
very sad :(

Judy C (91)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 8:46 pm
Wilde points out some important facts. Democracy Now has a lot of excellent coverage on this matter.

Many in the press have commented on the irony of people like Risen and Sterling being penalized while Petraeus gives out real top secret data to his floozy / biographer, and gets a wrist slap. Thanks Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday May 18, 2015, 10:01 am
Again, seems the Elites take care of their own......while the rest of the people go to prison, starve, loose pensions and homes. An unjust society at ever level.

Val D (34)
Monday May 18, 2015, 2:53 pm
Sadly noted. But, I have a fever for more whistle-blowing so that maybe, just maybe, the pendulum will swing the other way. I'm just glad people have the courage to speak out, and even risk a prison sentence for what they believe in (though of course, this gentleman deserves a medal, not prison). But you know that United States of Fascism. Sometimes, I wonder when will the right-wingers and elites just start goose-stepping already, they are shameless (apologies to geese everywhere).

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday May 18, 2015, 11:47 pm
Shared on facebook and twittersphere
Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
Noted with sadness, Truth imprisoned again.....that's what they think. Thanks Dandelion.
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