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War on Whistleblowers

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: War on the Whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, Thomas Tamm, Michael Dekort, Thomas Drake, David Carr, Daniel Ellsberg )

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War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives. Our true heros


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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 7:03 am
IMPORTANT FILM....I hope at least those who are American citizens will take the time to watch it.

With President Obama's commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. But according to the film, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers. Obama's administration has attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

2:30 After the death of Major Megan McClung who was killed by an IED while riding in a Humvee, Franz Gayl asked himself, "If not me, then who? If not now then when?" Gayl blew the whistle on the Military Industry who were dragging their feet to provide MRAPS, a vehicle that could replace the Humvee and prevent unnecessary casualties amongst American Soldiers in Irag.

11:53 "Why didn't they do the right thing?" , asks Gayl. It comes down to money and reputations. The Humvee, though not the safest choice for our soldiers, is backed by millions of dollars and powerful lobbying. Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of the National taxpayers Union stresses the need for more accountability in our spending.

13:18 The more powerful our National Security State becomes, the greater the need for Whistle Blowers and as our need for Whistle Blowers has increased, so has the aggression towards and attacks on them via the Obama Administration.

"We talk about a National Security State that pretends it's interested in our National Security when in fact it's interested in the security of corporate interests, of agency interests, of politicians keeping their jobs..."
-Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower

16:24 Meet Thomas Drake, Former Senior Executive of the NSA. WhistleBlower.

18:23 Meet Michael Dekort, Former Lead Systems Engineer of the Deepwater Program. Whistleblower.

20:40 Meet Thomas Tamm, Former Attorney in the Department of Justice. WhistleBlower.

23:21 Hear how Drake, Dekort and Tamm arrived at their fateful decisions to brave the risk and blow the whistle.
"...we nickname whistleblowing the sound of professional suicide."
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

32:26 Michael Dekort uses YouTube as a last resort tactic to be heard. It worked.

35:26 Drake recounts the day they came for him, the charges made against him and the severity of punishments he faced under the Espionage Act.
"I met the Chief prosecutor at a secret FBI facility in Maryland where the prosecutor threatened me with spending the rest of my life in prison..."
-Thomas Drake

39:55 The Obama administration began with promises of transparency and accountability to the American people, yet turned very quickly in to an administration that has cracked down on Whistleblowers harder than any other. Thomas Tamm also finds himself charged under the Espionage Act.

44:55 Jesselyn Radack writes an article in the L.A times on behalf of Thomas Drake calling attention to the differences between "leaking" and "whistleblowing". The tide turns for Drake who begins to receive long overdue recognition for telling the truth.

47:10 Thomas Tamm recalls his moment to speak and be heard in the press.

51:12 It's a bittersweet moment when Thomas Drake is vindicated.

52:49 The Obama administration prosecutes, prosecutes, prosecutes some more.

"Efforts to target me have continued under the Obama administration which has been aggressively investigating whistleblowers in a way that will have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press in the United States."
-James Risen

55:07 The government uses selective leaking to release only the stories that cast them in a good light.

1:02 What kind of nation are we becoming? Edward Snowden encourages us to decide what kind of contribution we will make together, not just by saying, but by doing.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 7:25 am
Shared the video all over social media.

I bet the Corporate world wish it had never created and encouraged "Whistleblowing" since it's come back to bite them on the ass, much to the public's delight.

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Sunday January 10, 2016, 7:49 am
TY Dandelion

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 8:53 am
thks, Dandelion. saved.

Marcia M (27)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 8:57 am
Brave New Films does a super fantastic job on all subjects they tackle. They fight to get at the truth and I applaud them for that. We need to protect whistleblowers They are often the only ones doing anything to hold a company or federal agency accountable for what they are doing or not doing. The justice department needs to stop prosecuting the messenger and go after the true criminals!
Thanks Dandelion.

Animae C (508)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 2:04 pm
They are HERO'S!

Thanx Dande

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 4:23 pm
Reshared the video all over social media.

Maryann S (114)
Monday January 11, 2016, 3:18 pm
Thanks Dandelion, shared & saved!

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 11, 2016, 4:52 pm
More power to whistle blowers

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 7:29 am
Censorship = Fascism

fahad Al fahad (140)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 9:58 am
Thanx Dande Obama is one of the worst presidents who ruled America !!


Birgit W (160)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 2:23 pm
All whistleblowers are heroes in my eyes, and I am very grateful for what they are doing in order to save us from the 1%. Thanks Dandelion.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 2:36 pm
What criteria are you using to declare that Barack Hussein Obama is one of the worst President in American history?

Bush and Reagan actively encouraged warfare (Star Wars, Axis Of Evil. . . )

Completely agree with Birgit, ALL whistle blowers are public heroes and are to be commended.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 4:20 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion.
But, I will have to return to finish watching. Definitely agree that these whistleblowers deserve medals rather than threats of prison, or as in Chelsea Manning's case, prison.....or in Snowden's case, asylum in Russia.

Judy C (91)
Wednesday January 13, 2016, 8:10 pm
I subscribe to Brave New Films, and they've done some great work. I'm sure that many people don't know about, or even understand the important work done by whistleblowers. They are needed more than ever, considering the enormous scope of the security apparatus that has developed in this country. Dana Priest appears at around 14:00. She and William M. Arkin worked for two years on an investigative project for the Washington Post called "Top Secret America", published in 2010.

That piece is absolutely astounding. This level of secrecy goes completely against the grain of a Democratic type of government. Since 9/11, the role of the whistleblower has become more vital than ever. People need to realize that they truly are heroic. Thanks for posting this, Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 12:07 am
Secrecy is usually, ironically and paradoxically, explained away as "in the interests of national security"

If whatever you do, or propose, threatens, especially, economic, instability, then it's deemed as a major threat

Thursday January 14, 2016, 1:12 am
As my support to whistleblowers I've shared this video
Gladly done...
Thank you, Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 3:48 am
Fahad I believe was speaking on the whistleblower situation, and in that case, he is worse than Bush and the previous Presidents. More whistleblowers have suffered far greater under President Obama than others and under President Obama he has increased what Bush had placed in for the Patriot Act, NDAA and NSA.

There are a lot of other things I'm not thrilled at all that Obama did, and while he might of improved things in a few places he went worse in others including the environment, although it "appears" from the Paris talk that he really "gets it"....but that is what it is, talk. His actions on environment has been terrible, after over 3 decades he started up the building of more nuclear power plants, he also opened our east coast to drilling for oil, now Florida, which heavily depends on tourists and it's beaches not only has to worry about the Gulf side, which already has been hit, but also it's east coast now.

Worst.....on whistleblowers yes. Worst overall, no I wouldn't say overall, but I'd put him alongside of Bush, Reagan, and Clinton. We've had Corporate Presidents on both sides of the aisle and is the reason that the USA is suffering they way it is. We've not had anyone for the people or truly for the environment since our President Jimmy Carter......who only lasted one term because he wouldn't play just the way the Corporate and Military Industrial Complex wanted.

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Friday January 22, 2016, 11:15 am
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