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Video: ‘Whistleblower’ Putin: Russian president checks out craft toys at Crimea youth forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the International Youth Forum Tavrida in Bakal Spit, Crimea. Photo exhibitions, urban design and architectural ... Via Youtube

N. Korea tension: ‘People who say nukes deter war must reconsider,’ says Trident whistleblower

Published time: 11 Aug, 2017 12:04 Edited time: 11 Aug, 2017 13:37 As threats between...

Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama's War on Leaks

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the FBI has formed a new team focused on investigating potential leaks to the press. During a press conference...
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Video: Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama’s War on...

https://democracynow.org - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the FBI has formed a new team focused on investigating potential leaks to the ... Via...
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Video: Whistleblowers Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner

https://democracynow.org - The parent company of The Intercept—First Look Media—has announced that it will provide support for the legal defense of Reality ... Via Youtube
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Video: New Whistleblower Teachers Say Baltimore Schools Designed to Fail to Speed Privatization

In a follow-up exclusive interview with another Baltimore school teacher, TRNN delves deeper into the threats to public education that involve over testing, ... Via...

Corporate Democrats Persecute Whistleblowers

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Assange wants support for NSA whistleblower as WikiLeaks offers $10k reward to ‘expose’ reporter

Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 12:37 WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange is calling for the woman who...

Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison

Chelsea Manning, a free woman. Human Rights Watch is glad that Chelsea Manning is free. A statement from the group’s General Counsel’s office notes that...
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Video: Whistleblower Chelsea Manning finally freed from US military prison after 7 years

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower who leaked documents to WikiLeaks on US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was released from military prison on Wednesday. Via Youtube
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Video: CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: We Should Be Considering Impeachment If Trump Obstructed FBI...

http://democracynow.org - President Trump is facing yet another major scandal. The New York Times is reporting Trump personally asked FBI Director James ... Via Youtube

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning freed from US military prison after 7 years

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower who leaked documents to WikiLeaks on US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,...

The Need for Whistleblowers

Despite the increasingly bizarre and even tyrannical behavior of Donald Trump, the mainstream media are still assuring Americans that our checks and balances are...
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Video: Whistleblower Christoph Meili: Swiss banks stole from Nazi victims, now fund Al Qaeda...

Former UBS security guard Christoph Meili on UBS & Eidgenössische Bank theft, fraud and terror financing http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/92093 ... Via Youtube
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Video: Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization

In TRNN's ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them...

Rip-off culture ‘embedded’ in foreign aid contracts costing taxpayer £300mn a year– whistleblowers

Published time: 5 Apr, 2017 15:48Edited time: 5 Apr, 2017 16:12 A rip-off culture is rife...

‘Doing time as a spy’: CIA whistleblower Kiriakou on surviving jail term & his...

John Kiriakou served nearly two years in federal prison for exposing illegal CIA torture programs. RT...
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Video: Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Part II: ‘I Could Lose my Job for Standing up...

In the second part of our exclusive interview, a Baltimore teacher says one of the biggest obstacles to reform is threats to employees who...

Britain’s draconian surveillance powers leave whistleblowers unprotected, study finds

Protections for whistleblowers have become “ineffective” in the digital era thanks to stricter laws governing...
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Video: MKUltra & Project Monarch Whistleblower Cathy O’Brien On Her Groundbreaking New Book.

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Anti-whistleblower laws are ‘full-frontal attack’ on public’s right to know – campaigners

Proposed whistleblowing laws which would hand truth-tellers up to 14 years in jail are a “full-frontal assault” on freedom, say campaigners. Draft proposals written up...

Trident whistleblower calls out MoD’s ‘lame attempt’ to excuse nuke malfunctions

Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly has returned fire after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) again tried to discredit him. He labeled it an attempt...

‘Become a suicide bomber!’: Trident whistleblower says artist’s spoof Navy ads are accurate

Spoof Royal Navy recruitment posters, which claim sailors on board Britain’s nuclear submarines are effectively...

British hackers, spies & whistleblowers could face 14yrs in prison under new proposals

British spies and civil servants could now face up to 14 years in prison if they are found leaking national secrets, after allegations about...

‘Scientology knock-off’: Whistleblower exposes ‘cult’ that thinks ‘children are sexy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Almost two years after Jane started ‘personal development’ course Access Consciousness, she realized she was...

Trident whistleblower tells RT he ‘witnessed 4 unreported missile test failures’

Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly leaked details about a number of serious test fire issues aboard Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine fleet a whole year...
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Video: Chelsea Manning’s Attorneys: Obama’s Commutation Will Help “Save” Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower

http://democracynow.org - In one of his final acts in office, President Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday. Via...

‘Pharma bro’ a whistleblower? Martin Shkreli complaint leads to $100mn FTC drug price settlement

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical has agreed to pay $100 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for charges that were, in part, brought on by Martin...

Chelsea Manning's Attorneys: Obama's Commutation Will Help Save Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower

In one of his final acts in office, President Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday. The list...

Snowden speechless: NSA whistleblower overwhelmed by push for presidential pardon

More than 1 million signatures have been delivered to the White House calling on outgoing President...
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Video: ‘Clinton email leak done by insider, not Russia’ – frmr UK diplomat &...

The US Intelligence Community has accused Russia and Vladimir Putin personally of meddling in last year's US presidential election, through hacking and ... Via Youtube
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Video: CIA, White House owe US people proof of Russian role in US election...

The US unveiled the new sanctions after the release of a joint FBI and Homeland Security report. However, the joint report put together by...
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Video: ‘Revealing such a secret takes your life away’ – UBS whistleblower

French whistleblower Stephanie Gibaud lifted the lid on tax evasion schemes used by UBS bank back in 2008. But the case is still ongoing...

Belatedly, a Defense of a Whistleblower

After vowing to run a transparent government, President Obama oversaw an unprecedented legal assault on whistleblowers, only now offering up...

WikiLeaks envoy: Leaked DNC emails came from ‘disgusted’ whistleblower, not Russian hackers

The DNC and Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks came from a “disgusted” whistleblower, not from hackers, the whistleblower site’s associate Craig Murray said, as...

Obama says he ‘can’t pardon’ Snowden unless whistleblower goes to court

President Obama gave an interview to German media outlets Spiegel and ARD during his visit to...

Sacked army whistleblower branded ‘security risk’ over David Kelly inquest campaign

A whistleblowing doctor sacked by the military was viewed as a security risk because of...

Wells Fargo ‘retaliated’ against scandal-linked ‘whistleblowers’ with false reports – US senators

Three US senators suspect Wells Fargo retaliated against hundreds of employees who blew the whistle on the big bank’s bogus accounts. They say Wells...
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Video: Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower

The US Government relies on public ignorance in order to threaten the privacy of tens of millions of people around the world, Snowden exposed...

Federal whistleblowers left out to dry by OSHA – report

Numerous federal protections are afforded to whistleblowers to shield them from retaliation. But if this is the case, why was former Wells Fargo general...

CDC used 40% less sensitive Zika test, punished whistleblower for raising concerns – investigation

The US health agency in charge of fighting Zika used a less effective test to diagnose the virus and punished a whistleblower who raised...

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored for Integrity

Former CIA official John Kiriakou, who spent two years in prison for revealing the truth about White House-sanctioned torture, became the 15th recipient of...

Snowden has ‘a lot of guts,’ Oliver Stone tells RT as Washington Post turns...

Edward Snowden showed “a lot of guts” to speak out about the NSA surveillance program, director...
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Video: What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under...

http://democracynow.org - In Part 2 of our debate about whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should be pardoned, we examine ... Via Youtube
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Video: Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden?

http://democracynow.org - It has been three years since National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA files to media outlets ... Via Youtube

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling not receiving lifesaving healthcare in prison (VIDEO)

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence after being convicted under the...

House urges Obama not to pardon Snowden, claims he is ‘not a whistleblower’

US lawmakers intend to shoot down any hope for pardoning Edward Snowden, claiming that the...
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Video: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers Forced Edward Snowden to Release Documents, Says Wikileaks Editor

http://democracynow.org - On the release of Oliver Stone's new film, "Snowden," we speak with WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison, who accompanied NSA ... Via Youtube
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Video: Lawyer for Imprisoned Whistleblower Chelsea Manning: Ongoing Pattern of Abuse Led to Hunger...

http://democracynow.org - We speak with Chase Strangio, lawyer for imprisoned Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, about the hunger strike she launched ... Via Youtube

Why This FBI Whistleblower Seconds Jill Stein’s Call For A New 9/11 Investigation

After the events of September 11, 2001, as a longtime FBI agent and division legal counsel, I blew the whistle on the FBI’s failure...

Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike in prison protest

US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now on a hunger strike as she serves a 35-year sentence in relation to leaking thousands of military...

Monsanto whistleblower receives $22mn award under US federal govt program

An unnamed whistleblower responsible for exposing Monsanto’s shady deals involving Roundup products to the federal government...
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Video: Threat from within? US Army unit lists Clinton in same category as whistleblowers

A US Army unit chucks Hillary Clinton in the same category as whistleblowers: A threat from Within. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Raid on police corruption whistleblower was unconstitutional, court rules

Police officer Wayne Anderson took a risk when he shared evidence of corruption in the Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office. He was finally vindicated, however, when...

The Lonely Whistleblower

by Douglas Smith / August 21st, 2016 Only one person would knock at this late hour.Hello whispers the one-eyed whistleblowerhere are the plans for the...

Whistleblower Retaliation Alive and Well at Hanford

It’s getting real out at Hanford in eastern Washington, the site of the most expensive (and likely dangerous) environmental clean-up in the world. On...

EXCLUSIVE: Trident renewal ‘assures Scottish independence,’ says navy whistleblower William McNeilly

As Prime Minister Theresa May convenes Parliament on Monday to debate renewing Britain’s Trident nuclear...
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Video: Police Whistleblower: Failures of Criminal Justice System Lead to the Dallas Shooting

In the full interview, ex-Cop Michael Wood responds to the Dallas attacks, the history of racism in modern policing, threats against the Black Lives...
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Video: PREVIEW: Police Whistleblower: Failures of Criminal Justice System Lead to the Dallas Shooting

Ex-Cop Michael Wood says we shouldn't be surprised by the Dallas attacks when police forces all over the nation operate with impunity. You can...

Whistleblower Manning rushed to hospital, reports claim attempted suicide

Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning was taken to a hospital in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas after reportedly attempting...

Whistleblowers in UK government too scared to go public – Cabinet Office

The UK government should do more to promote a “pro-whistleblower” culture across all departments, the...

Chicago mayor dodges witness stand as whistleblowers settle lawsuit against city

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not have to testify about an alleged “code of silence” in...
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Video: Part 3: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...
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Video: Part 2: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...
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Video: Part 1: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...
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Video: War waged against Pope Francis in the heart of Vatican – whistleblower

Europe's smallest country - the Vatican, led by the pontiff - is one of the most powerful states on the planet, a moral compass...

Whistleblower Fired for Exposing Flint Mayor's Alleged Plan to Take Water Donations

Every time the Flint, Mich., water crisis seems to have finally hit rock bottom, a new development tosses that assumption out the window....

Head of TSA addresses retaliation against whistleblowers, long lines at airports

If you have a bone to pick with the Transportation Security Administration over lengthy security lines, you are not alone. The head of the...
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Video: Tortured, Killed & Driven to Suicide: Whistleblower Exposes Abuse of Mentally Ill in...

http://democracynow.org - A shocking new exposé in The New Yorker magazine documents how prison guards at the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida ... Via Youtube
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Video: Part 2: “It’s a War on Whistleblowers”: Snowden Pens Foreword to New Scahill...

http://democracynow.org - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote the foreword for the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, "The ... Via...
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Video: Part 1: “It’s a War on Whistleblowers”: Snowden Pens Foreword to New Scahill...

http://democracynow.org - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote the foreword for the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, "The ... Via...

‘Going native’: TSA whistleblower claims orders were to profile Somali imams

Minnesota is home to one in three Somalis in the US, according to MPR News, and...
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Video: ‘It Feels Like Murder’ – Obama Drone Program Whistleblower

Watch all Going Underground episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoingUndergroundRT/videos Afshin Rattansi goes underground on drones. Via Youtube

Pipeline leaks will continue due to reliance on bad welds – TransCanada whistleblower

Oil leaks like the latest from TransCanada's Keystone pipeline often have their origins in "political decisions" made by pipeline managers who advocate use of...
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Video: Emirates Airline a golden cage that reinforces culture of fear – whistleblower website

Employees of Emirates Airline refer to the company as a 'golden cage,' which allegedly exhausts crews beyond their limits and employs punishments when ... Via...

Gagging orders stifling whistleblowers risk spreading council corruption

Britain’s gagging orders used to silence former employees-turned-whistleblowers, which have cost local authorities over £220...
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Video: The Vaccine Whistleblower The Main Stream Media Does Not Want You To Know...

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Dr. Brian Hooker at the premier of VAXXED in NYC about his incredible story exposing a whistleblower...
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Video: Pilots ‘worked to death’: Flydubai whistleblower says fatigue-related crash predicted (RT EXCLUSIVE)

An accident involving a Flydubai plane was inevitable, a former Flydubai captain told RT on condition of anonymity. He revealed that pilots are forced...

A History of Silencing Israeli Amy Whistleblowers From 1948 Until Today

One might expect that only historians would care to revisit the 1948 war that created Israel. And yet the debate about what constitutes truth...

Chelsea Manning reveals anti-whistleblower ‘insider threat’ surveillance program

The US government uses an “insider threat” task force that has effectively placed thousands of its...
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Video: Prominent Wall Street Whistleblowers Announce New Initiative (Part 4)

Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking bankers outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential ... Via...
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Video: Prominent Wall Street Whistleblowers Announce New Initiative (Part 3)

Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking bankers outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential ... Via...
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Video: Prominent Wall Street Whistleblowers Announce New Initiative (Part 2)

Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking bankers outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential ... Via...
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Video: Prominent Wall Street Whistleblowers Announce New Initiative

Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking bankers outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential ... Via...

Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers

The Obama administration’s ongoing crusade against government whistleblowers — which culminated last year in the imprisonment of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — has reignited a...
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Video: Subprime Mortgage Whistleblowers Warn Bigger Crash on Its Way (2/2)

Whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Michael Winston, along with UMKC's Bill Black, discuss the rampant fraud at Countrywide and Citigroup and how today's ... Via Youtube
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Video: Subprime Mortgage Whistleblowers Warn Bigger Crash on Its Way (1/2)

Whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Michael Winston, along with UMKC's Bill Black, discuss the rampant fraud at Countrywide and Citigroup and how today's ... Via Youtube

Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started

The actions of a small group of dedicated activists in the Coalition for Clean Water led to the revelation that Flint, Michigan, residents were...
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Video: Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers (1/2)

UMKC's Bill Black reviews the highlights and holes of the film The Big Short. Via Youtube
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Video: Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers (2/2)

UMKC's Bill Black reviews the highlights and holes of the film The Big Short. Via Youtube

Leaking Classified Info Not Such a Big Deal (Except When Whistleblowers Do It)

Defense Department says no demotion for General David Petraeus by Andrea Germanos In what some are calling another example of a two-tiered justice system, the Pentagon...
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Video: Migrants don’t fear police — ex-cop whistleblower on Cologne sex attacks

In the wake of the sexual attacks in Germany, the government has promised to toughen its stance on asylum-seekers accused of crimes. However, a...
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Video: From Drone Technician to Whistleblower

Fmr. Senior Airman Cian Westmoreland discusses why he began to question his work in assisting more than 350 civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Via Youtube

NSA Whistleblower Tells UK Parliament: “Snooper’s Charter” Is Deadly

'Britain should not go further down this road and risk making the same mistakes as my country did, or they will end up perpetuating...
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Video: ‘Breaking the Silence’: IDF whistleblowers expose reality of occupation to Israelis

An Israeli politician has proposed new legislation against an organization of Israeli veterans called 'Breaking the Silence'. It's mission is to expose the reality...

9/11 Whistleblower Rowley on Visas and Mideast War Root Causes

WASHINGTON - COLEEN ROWLEY, rowleyclan at earthlink.net, @ColeenRowley Rowley, a former FBI special agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of...

Killer Drone News Blackout Continues as Mainstream Media Ignore Four Whistleblowers

The polls show it and commentators of all political stripes often cite the figures: Killer drone attacks by the U.S. military and the CIA...
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Video: US drone-killing whistleblowers reportedly see bank accounts frozen

Four former U.S. military drone operators, who blew the whistle on what they called a 'horrifying' programme which too often kills civilians, have reportedly...

‘Tatler Tory’ scandal: Senior aide ‘blackmailed’ whistleblower with sex tape

A senior election aide at the heart of a deepening sex scandal engulfing the Conservative Party has been accused of blackmailing an activist days...
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Video: Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels...

Has the U.S. drone war "fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS"? That's the conclusion of four former Air...

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored

CIA officer John Kiriakou, the first U.S. official to confirm that waterboarding was used to torture “war on terror” detainees, then faced a retaliatory prosecution and 30...

NY Times Buries Intercept Whistleblower’s Shocking Drone War Disclosures

For that slice of the American public that still depends heavily on major daily newspapers as their main source of news, they might not even...

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was...
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Video: There’s A New Edward Snowden Whistleblower!!!

In this video Luke Rudkowski covers the latest news of a new Edward Snowden coming out and releasing hidden government documents relating to the...
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Video: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower...

Democracynow.org - One of the most secretive military campaigns in U.S. history is under the microscope like never before. In a major exposé based...
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Video: Frmr US serviceman gets whistleblower award for revealing details on drone war

A former US drone operator has been awarded the biennial 'Whistleblower award' in Germany. Brandon Bryant revealed details of the secret programme he ... Via...
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Video: CIA Whistleblower’s Wife Asks Obama for Husband’s Pardon

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's wife, Holly Sterling, breaks her silence and says her husband was wrongly convicted under the Espionage Act after going ... Via...
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Video: Breaking Silence, Wife of Jailed CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Seeks Presidential Pardon

In an unprecedented news conference today, the spouse of a jailed CIA whistleblower is speaking out. Holly Sterling, the wife of imprisoned former CIA...
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Video: A New Snowden? Whistleblower Leaks Trove of Documents on Drones & Obama’s Assassination...

Newly leaked government documents have provided an unprecedented window into the secret U.S. drone assassination program across the globe. Via Youtube

Military Refuses Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Gender-Affirming Treatment

"I'm gonna fight in court," Manning declared on her Twitter account. by Sarah Lazare Prison authorities are refusing jailed whistleblower Chelsea Manning medically-necessary treatment for gender dysphoria,...
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Video: State Department Whistleblower Exposes Covert Terrorist Funding

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to J. Michael Springmann, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the...
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Video: Back Behind Bars: Israeli nuclear whistleblower arrested after TV interview

Nuclear whistle blower, Mordechai Vanunu, has been arrested by Israeli police in connection with an interview he gave to a TV channel. The authorities...
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Video: ‘Israel may have one of biggest nuclear stockpiles in the world’ — whistleblower...

Nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, who spent 18 years in prison for exposing Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program, is arrested for violating his ... Via Youtube
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Video: Whistleblower: Modern Policing Rooted in Racist Policies

TRNN brings you the second part of our interview with former Baltimore Police Sergeant Michael Wood. Via Youtube

Video: Back Behind Bars: Israeli nuclear whistleblower arrested after TV interview

Nuclear whistle blower, Mordechai Vanunu, has been arrested by Israeli police in connection with an interview he gave to a TV channel. The authorities...

Video: ‘Israel may have one of biggest nuclear stockpiles in the world’ — whistleblower...

Nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, who spent 18 years in prison for exposing Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program, is arrested for violating his ... Via Youtube

Video: Back Behind Bars: Israeli nuclear whistleblower arrested after TV interview

Nuclear whistle blower, Mordechai Vanunu, has been arrested by Israeli police in connection with an interview he gave to a TV channel. The authorities...

Video: ‘Israel may have one of biggest nuclear stockpiles in the world’ — whistleblower...

Nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, who spent 18 years in prison for exposing Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program, is arrested for violating his ... Via Youtube
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Video: Meet the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Secret Room AT&T Used to Help the...

http://democracynow.org - As documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expose how AT&T aided the NSA's vast spying operations, we speak to ... Via Youtube

US nuclear whistleblower to receive $4.1 million to drop charges

A nuclear whistleblower in the US will be paid millions of dollars in exchange for dropping his legal charges against the company that fired...

Is the Intelligence Community Inspector General Trying to Give Contractors Whistleblower Protections?

McClatchy's Marisa Taylor reported on two cases showing the new appeals process for whistleblower retaliation claims ordered by President Obama is now operational; in the cases...

Pentagon, CIA Instructed to Reinvestigate Whistleblower Cases

The action by the intelligence community inspector general is the first public indication that a new intelligence appeals system is underway. The panel was...
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Video: AMA Verifies Whistleblower Warning of Vaccine Harm to Infants

Michelle Rowton of Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccinations (NAMV, http://www.namv.org) revealed in an InfoWars interview on May 1, 2015 that it was well ... Via Youtube

WHISTLEBLOWER PETER HOFSCHROER CALL FOR ACTION

Whistleblower Peter Hofschroer, whom I know personally, is to appear in York Crown Court on 27th July 2015, for the start of his Kangaroo Court ‘trial’.  It...
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Video: An NSA Whistleblower’s Guide to Encryption

Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act...
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Video: An NSA Whistleblower’s Guide to Encryption

Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act...

War on Whistleblowers, After Obama

The war on whistleblowers has injected fear of prosecution into all honest communications between national security officials and reporters, meaning that the public instead...

It Took Three to Out NSA Snooping on Us; Can We Really Afford to...

There's a little-known backstory to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's famous "not wittingly" lie, in response to Sen. Ron Wyden's March 2013 question, "Does...

The Unknown Whistleblower

Rambo! In my Reagan-era youth, the name was synonymous with the Vietnam War — at least the Vietnam War reimagined, the celluloid fantasy version of it...

The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months –...

Punishing Another Whistleblower

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was a whistleblower who was then targeted by the U.S. legal system for retaliation, which now includes a 42-month...
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The Invisible Man: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

For the first time since his indictment in December 2010, whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling’s voice can be heard — in this short documentary film, released...

Groups Add to Evidence in “Whistleblower” Tax Fraud Claim Against ALEC

Many Corporate Members Admit Joining ALEC to Advance Legislation Benefitting Them, Despite Group's Claim That It Doesn't Lobby WASHINGTON - Common Cause and the Center...

Nation’s Leading Whistleblower Protection and Advocacy Organization Speaks out on Jeffrey Sterling Sentence

Today, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison after being convicted of exposing a botched CIA operation to the American people, in...

WikiLeaks Relaunch Anonymous Whistleblower Submissions

(RINF) - After a five year hiatus, anonymous submissions have returned to WikiLeaks. The group have launched a new system that uses the Tor network to encrypt...
Photo of (left to right) Kirk Wiebe, Coleen Rowley, Raymond McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg, William Binney, Jesselyn Radack, and Thomas Drake. (Photo: Kathleen McClellan/ Government Accountability Project)

National Security Whistleblowers Call for Repeal of Patriot Act

Prominent national security whistleblowers are calling for the full repeal of the USA Patriot Act, charging that under that legislation the federal government has...

Whistleblowers reveal Medicare billing abuses

Federal court records show at least a half dozen whistleblower lawsuits alleging billing abuses in these Medicare Advantage plans have been filed under the...

Dozens of US government online whistleblower sites not secured

Whistleblowers beware: At least 29 US government agencies' websites that allow the online reporting of abuse, waste, and fraud are not encrypted with HTTPS,...

Chevron Whistleblower Leaks ‘Smoking Gun’ in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill

Videos sent to Amazon Watch described as 'a true treasure trove of Chevron misdeeds and corporate malfeasance' Lauren McCauley In what is being described as "smoking...

Whistleblower spied upon for raising alarm about child safety

A teacher wrongly spied on by her employers amid an escalating row over pupil safety has said she would have no qualms about being...

Protecting Whistleblowers Protects National Security

There seems to be a growing consensus that protecting intelligence community whistleblowers is important to national security. More needs to be done to protect...

I Toured Stasi HQ with NSA Whistleblowers

The Stasi offices in Berlin have been frozen in time since they were stormed by activists on January 15th, 1990, shortly after the fall of...

Sharp Criticism Follows Rejection of NSA Whistleblower’s Retaliation Claim

Thomas Drake, a National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, who reported billions of dollars in waste and rampant civil liberties abuses by the NSA on...

Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says “I Would Do It All Again” to Expose...

In a broadcast exclusive interview, we spend the hour with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after...

Only CIA Agent Jailed for Torture Program Is Whistleblower Who Confirmed Its Existence

Former operative John Kiriakou, currently in prison, was charged with a crime after helping expose widespread abuses conducted by agency Sarah Lazare There is only one...

Top NSA Whistleblower: Federal Government Has Gone Rogue

Binney, a 36-year veteran of the NSA, detailed multiple aspects of the agency’s current agenda, including its “treasonous” role in lying to judges in...

Whistleblowers Expose USAID’s Pervasive Hidden Failures

Internal documents and whistleblowers reveal that the U.S. Office of the Inspector General, which is tasked with overseeing the U.S. Agency for International Development...

Whistleblowers: IRS officials behind ‘fraudulent’ multi-billion dollar corporate tax giveaways

NAFEEZ AHMED A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in...

What Whistleblowers Tell Us About Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

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In the 1976 movie “Network,” news anchor Howard Beale proclaimed, “We’re in a lot of trouble!” He had no idea.

We’ve watched as the Department of Homeland Security has beefed up to the point that SWAT teams under DHS authority from no less than seventy government agencies, including the National Weather Service and the Library of Congress, can load some of their 2 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition (enough to fight an Iraq-intensity conflict for 24 years) into their thousands of brand new MRAPS and take down a major city as we saw recently in Boston.

This is the “domestic army as powerful as the U.S. military” that Barack Obama promised to raise when he campaigned for President; and according to CIA whistleblower Dr. Jim Garrow, who has just come in out of the cold world of international espionage after a 45-year career as a CIA operative in China, he is about to unleash it upon the American people.

Dr. Garrow, revealed earlier this year that Obama was giving General officers in the United States military a "litmus test," a loyalty test, asking if they would fire on American citizens. Over thirty high-ranking Admirals and Generals have been removed from duty in the past year, including teo Three-star generals in charge of nuclear weapons in just the past few days.

On Friday the Air Force fired Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who was in charge of its nuclear missiles., citing "alcohol abuse." Two days earlier the Navy deep-sixed Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, SAC's second-in-command. The reasons given for his dismissals was "gambling."
In this episode of The Truth Is Viral, Dr. Garrow tells Publisher Bobby Powell the explosive truth about the origins of Barack Hussein Obama, his parents and grandparents, and his Communist upbringing as a young Muslim child who was schooled in an Indonesian Madrassa.

Even more shockingly, Dr. Garrow confirms information published by The Truth Is Viral last year that Obama relies on Iranian-born White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to make foreign policy decisions. According to another former CIA spy, Iranian-national Reza Kahlili, Jarrett has even been conducting secret negotiations with Iran with the intent of betraying the United States to the Iranians should hostilities break out with Israel, a scenario that would necessitate the involvement of the United States.

Those hostilities could begin over Israeli retaliation for a WMD attack launched from Syria by either the Iranian-backed government of Bashar al-Assad or the al-Qaeda terrorists backed by Barack Obama, or they could begin should Israel strike Iranian nuclear facilities. Either way, the U.S. would be dragged into the conflict. With Russia and China recently asserting influence and projecting forces into the Eastern Mediterranean, and Russia especially stating that they would not allow U.S. airstrikes on Syrian targets, the possibility for a much wider conflict is uncomfortably high.

According to Kahlili, who sits on the board of EMPact America and is an advisor to the Congressional EMP Commission, the Iranians already possess nuclear weapons, some of their own manufacture and at least two purchased from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. Dr. Garrow agrees with Kahlili’s assessment that an EMP strike against the United States is possible, combined with terrorist attacks perpetrated by Iranian agents already in place inside the United States.

After an EMP attack, all electronics not specifically hardened against an electro-magnetic pulse will be fried. There will be no telephones, no internet, no way for Patriots to communicate with one another. In the days after such an attack, the country would be in utter chaos and Obama would undoubtedly declare martial law, sealing off major cities with the help of his new private army and Russian and U.N. troops.

According to Dr. Garrow, this is the ultimate dream of Barack Hussein Obama: To utterly destroy the United States and replace it with a Marxist/Muslim tyranny. The Muslim Brotherhood has been shown to have infiltrated the highest levels of the United States government. Valerie Jarrett and Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s most trusted assistant, are the most visible; but there are dozens of Muslim Brotherhood operatives in place in various federal agencies.

One FEMA employee, a man in charge of purchasing weapons for the agency, was recently in the news because he has published a radical Muslim Brotherhood-linked website that calls for the murders of gays, Christians, and basically anyone who doesn’t submit to the Muslim Brotherhood’s form of Islam.

Dr. Garrow goes on to talk about the murders of Andrew Brietbart, Michael Hastings, and novelist Tom Clancy and the information that they had about the Obama administration that led to their murders. He said that Obama has no problem killing those who get in his way or try to expose his true past or plans for the destruction of the United States.

According to Dr. Garrow, the People of the United States have been betrayed. Traitors sit in the highest offices in the land and they control vast resources; and they will not hesitate to crush any who would oppose their rule once this Marxist/Muslim coup is complete.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified my guest as Dr. Jim Garrison in a couple of places; his name is Dr. Jim Garrow. I apologize for the confusion. ~ Bobby

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We Must Not Fail Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning

As I sat in court last Thursday at Fort Meade, watching Bradley Manning take responsibility as the Wikileaks whistleblower, two things struck me: (1) his thorough intelligence fueled by intellectual curiosity and (2) his empathy for other people when so many in war had lost their humanity.

This was the second time I had heard Manning testify. The first was his testimony about the abusive pre-trial incarceration he suffered for one year while being held in a cage in Kuwait and in solitary confinement in the Quantico Brig.  I’ve now seen him testify for a total of 15 hours.

Bradley Manning, sketched by Clark Stoeckley of the Bradley Manning Support Netowrk

Bradley Manning testifying, sketched by Clark Stoeckley of the Bradley Manning Support Network

His testimony leads me to wonder: what would have happened to Bradley Manning if we had a decent educational system that included affordable, preferably free, college education so that young people weren’t driven to the military for economic reasons? What could Bradley Manning have given the country if he had been able to pursue his interests and natural talents? Would Manning have joined the military if the country was honest about how the US Empire operates around the world?

But, that was not to be.  The country failed Bradley Manning.

I hope we do not fail him again.

Bradley Manning reading his plea statement in court, sketched by Clark Stoeckley of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Bradley Manning reading his plea statement in court, sketched by Clark Stoeckley of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Manning made it clear last Thursday that he leaked the documents to Wikileaks because he saw serious problems in US foreign policy. Problems which are as serious as they can be: war crimes, criminal behavior at the highest levels up to Secretary of State Clinton, unethical behavior and bullying of other nations.

Manning’s sole purpose was to “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.”* He hoped the debate “might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment every day.”

Regarding the collateral murder video which showed civilians, including two Reuters journalists being massacred, he said “I hoped that the public would be as alarmed as me about the conduct of the aerial weapons team crew members. I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan are targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.”

When discussing the State Department cables Manning saw that the US was not behaving the way the “de facto leader of the free world” should act as the cables “documented backdoor deals and seemingly criminal activity.” Again, he hoped for a change in policy as the “cables were a prime example of a need for a more open diplomacy” that would avoid conflict and save lives.

In some of these statements you get a hint of Manning’s empathy for fellow human beings. The incident that really showed it was his comments on David Frankel’s book “The Good Soldier,” where Frankel describes a seriously injured Iraqi civilian on the ground at the end of the Collateral Murder video. He lifts two fingers toward the soldier, a well-known sign of friendship, as he asks for help. The US soldier responds lifting his middle finger as the Iraqi died. Manning puts himself in the place of the Iraqi thinking his final act was an act of friendship only to be returned by a crude obscenity of unfriendliness. Manning acknowledges that this “burdens me emotionally.”

Manning was clear that he was solely responsible for his actions saying “The decisions that I made to send documents and information to the WLO [Wikileaks Organization] and website were my own decisions, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”  He described his conversations with an anonymous person at Wikileaks but made it quite clear there was no espionage conspiracy between Manning and Julian Assange.  His statement made it much more difficult for the US to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act.

There is no question that Manning will spend years in jail.  The ten charges he pled guilty to last week each carry two years for a total potential of 20 years incarceration. The government has announced it will still prosecute the espionage and aiding the enemy charges which could lead to a life sentence. This is an abuse of government power.  They may be able to prove their case, but that does not mean he is truly guilty of those crimes, if convicted it will be another example of laws written to favor the prosecution; another example of injustice in today’s United States.

Judge Denise Lind. Sketch by Clark Stoeckley, Bradley Manning Support Network.

Judge Denise Lind. Sketch by Clark Stoeckley, Bradley Manning Support Network.

Judge Denise Lind has beautiful judicial decorum in court and shows she is on top of the details of the proceedings and the law.  She is an impressive judicial figure but so far when there have been disputes between Manning and the government she has tended to split the difference, always giving a little more to the government. She has served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 25 years, four as a judge.  She is a product of a system that does not blow the whistle, does not go outside the chain of command and views following orders as a way of life. She will do what she thinks is just when she considers Manning’s case, but I doubt it will seem like justice to those of us who support Manning.

How can we avoid failing Bradley Manning? Ongoing support through the Bradley Manning Support Network continues to be essential but more than that, we need to do what we can to disseminate the information he leaked and work to create a national debate on a foreign policy that is seriously off-track.

This will be a long term effort, and as we pursue that work, we should never forget the young man who put his life and liberty on the line to give the world a glimpse of US foreign policy, a person who was failed by a country that talks about its concern for the young but does not do enough for them. Now, it is our job to pick up the materials Bradley has provided and work to create the better world we urgently need and he sought in his own patriotic way.

* All quotations are taken from the transcript of Manning’s testimony prepared by Alexa O’Brien as the court has not release his written statement to the public.

Kevin Zeese is an attorney who serves on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. He also serves a co-director of It’s Our Economy. His twitter is @KBZeese.

Hunt Urges Bosses To End Gags On NHS Whistleblowers

Jeremy Hunt has stepped up pressure to end the use of legal gags on whistleblowers as he faced calls for an independent inquiry into his own department's involvement.

In a letter to the chairmen of every Trust, the Health Secretary warned against a culture in some quarters of "institutional self defence that prevents honest acknowledgement of failure".

In order to avoid a repeat of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal it was vital to "recognise and celebrate staff" who had the "courage and professional integrity" to speak out over safety concerns, he suggested.

He called on all bodies to ensure their actions met both the letter and the spirit of NHS whistleblower guidance.

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The high number of unexpected deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust could have been prevented

On Friday Mr Hunt warned United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust that it faced action if it had wrongly tried to silence a former chief executive from speaking out about patient safety concerns as part of a unfair dismissal case settlement.

Gary Walker was threatened with legal action related to his reported £500,000 payout after breaking his silence to allege he was forced out of his job in 2010 because he put patient safety ahead of Whitehall targets.

The trust is one of 14 being investigated by health chiefs over high mortality rates in the wake of the public inquiry report into serious failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust that led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths.

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Members of Cure the NHS demonstrate outside Stafford Hospital, during an inquiry into standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Walker welcomed the Health Secretary's intervention as a "very positive move" but said the threat of action against him for an interview with the BBC's Today programme on Thursday had still not been lifted.

And he suggested that Whitehall had a hand in prompting the action and should also be investigated.

"The threat against me has still not been withdrawn, despite the reassurance that it should not be in place," he said in his latest interview with the programme.

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"I don't think I want to be too negative about Mr Hunt. He has clearly taken a personal interest and said that he will personally carry out the investigation and get to the bottom of it."

He questioned though how the Trust had known in advance of his decision to speak out.

"The Trust were never contacted by me or the Today programme so somebody from the Department of Health, and I do not know who that was, clearly spoke to them.

"I don't think that Mr Hunt can investigate his own department so I think he should be looking for someone exceptionally independent from all of this so I don't think it should be a civil service investigation.

"The whole chain of command needs to be looked at if Mr Hunt wants to stand by the transparency agenda."

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Hunt 'can't investigate his own department' said NHS whistleblower Walker

He has claimed that NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson ignored him when he raised concerns about patient safety in 2009. He told the Daily Mail that Sir David was "not interested in patient safety" and called on him to resign.

The Francis Report into the Mid-Staffordshire scandal called for a ban on the use of gagging orders that prevented concerns being raised about patient safety.

Mr Walker was sacked in 2010 for gross professional misconduct over alleged swearing at a meeting but insists he was in fact forced out for refusing to meet Whitehall targets for non-emergency patients when the trust came under pressure because of soaring demand for beds for emergency patients.

He defended his acceptance of the so-called "supergag", which prevented him even from revealing the existence of the agreement, saying the saga had help break up his family, left him unable to pay his mortgage and left him with "no choice".

East Midlands Strategic Health Authority rejects Mr Walker's claims and insists that it acted at all times "in the interest of patients".

Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Orchestrated Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm

Obama promised justice to abused American homeowners. Have they gotten it?

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Editor's Note:  In his 2012 State of The Union address, President Obama spoke of American homeowners abused by unscrupulous banks and financial institutions. Have they gotten justice? What follows is the first in a new series examining foreclosure settlements and the disturbing patterns of incomptency, malfeasance, and conflicts of interest which have marked their execution. Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism takes a deep dive into the mire of America's mortage industry and investigates the continued suffering of the public at the hands of greedy predators.

On January 7, 2013, ten servicers entered into an $8.5 billion settlement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve, terminating a foreclosure review process which was set forth in consent orders issued in April 2010. Borrowers who had had foreclosures that were pending or had completed foreclosure sales in 2009 and 2010 could request an investigation by independent reviewers, selected and paid for by the servicers but subject to approval by the OCC.

Some experts argued that the 2009 and 2010 time range was too narrow and excluded many borrowers who had been treated improperly. These professionals also questioned whether the investigators would operate independently and fairly. Nevertheless, the reviews were touted as delivering a measure of justice to abused homeowners, since any found to be have suffered wrongful foreclosures were to receive sizable monetary awards, and smaller payments would be made to those who experienced other forms of abuse. As HUD Secretary Shuan Donovan proclaimed:

For families who suffered much deeper harm — who may have been improperly foreclosed on and lost their homes and could therefore be owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages — the settlement preserves their ability to get justice in two key ways.

First, it recognizes that the federal banking regulators have established a process through which these families can receive help by requesting a review of their file. If a borrower can document that they were improperly foreclosed on, they can receive every cent of the compensation they are entitled to through that process.

Second, the agreement preserves the right of homeowners to take their servicer to court. Indeed, if banks or other financial institutions broke the law or treated the families they served unfairly, they should pay the price — and with this settlement they will.

Yet the foreclosure investigation was halted abruptly, with the OCC and the Fed failing to identify any methodology for how the portion of the settlement allotted to cash awards, $3.3 billion, would be distributed to homeowners who might have been harmed in 2009 to 2010, an astonishing lapse that will almost certainly result in small payments being made to large numbers of borrowers, irrespective of whether they deserved vasty more or nothing at all.*

But except from its hamhandedness, this outcome was no surprise to astute observers. The OCC consent orders had been launched in an unsuccessful effort to render the ongoing 50 state attorney general/Federal negotiations moot. Critics described how these orders were regulatory theater, with Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin comparing them to promising in public to spank a child, then taking him indoors and giving him a snuggle. Leaks during the course of the reviews confirmed these concerns, revealing deep-seated conflicts, limited competence among the review firms, half-hearted efforts to reach eligible homeowners, and aggressive efforts by the banks to suppress any findings of harm.

As grim as this sounds, the conduct was worse than the leaks suggested. After extensive debriefing of Bank of America whistleblowers, we found overwhelming evidence that the bank engaged in certain abuses frequently, in some cases pervasively, in its servicing of delinquent mortgages. This is particularly important because Bank of America has been identified in previous settlements as far and away the biggest mortgage miscreant, paying over 40% of last year’s state/federal mortgage settlement among the five biggest servicers.

Obama’s Vendetta against Whistleblowers: Former CIA Agent Who Revealed US Agents Involved in Torture,...

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The Obama administration’s vendetta against whistleblowers continues with the sentence of 30 months jail time handed down on Friday for former CIA agent John C. Kiriakou, who in 2007 acknowledged that US agents were involved in torture.

On December 10, 2007, Kiriakou was interviewed on ABC News about the capture of Abu Zubaydah, who the Bush administration claimed was an Al Qaeda “mastermind” and aide to Osama Bin Laden. In the course of the interview, Kiriakou acknowledged that CIA agents waterboarded Zubaydah.

Kiriakou’s statements about torture in the 2007 interview were ambivalent. On the one hand, Kiriakou stated that the torture of Zubaydah was effective in obtaining information. On the other hand, Kiriakou was apparently troubled by the political, legal, and moral implications of torture.

Whatever Kiriakou’s intentions in his initial ABC News interview, his statements represented the first public confirmation by a government agent that Zubaydah had been waterboarded. The interview was widely reported and lauded internationally, but it also made Kiriakou a number of enemies in high places.

Kiriakou’s 2007 interview represented a step forward in efforts to bring to light the criminal abduction, torture, and murder apparatus erected by the US government in the course of the so-called “war on terror.” The revelation that Zubaydah was tortured certainly implicated top personnel in the US government, as well as the torturers themselves, in war crimes and other serious violations of US and international law.

In the upside-down world of the US justice system, the orchestrators of torture remain at large, and Kiriakou is going to prison.

According to his 2010 memoir entitled, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror (which the CIA prevented him from publishing for two years), Kiriakou did not participate in the torture of Zubaydah. Kiriakou instead relied in the 2007 interview on one internal agency cable, according to which Zubaydah had been waterboarded only once and had provided “actionable intelligence.” In fact, the cable was false. Two years later it emerged that Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times.

In the course of his capture, Zubaydah was shot and seriously injured as he attempted to flee. In secret CIA “black sites,” Zubaydah endured brutal beatings, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures, stress positions, being locked in a crouching position in a tiny box for long periods of time, and loud music at debilitating volumes. At one point, CIA agents removed Zubaydah’s left eye.

The Bush administration claimed that Zubaydah was Al Qaeda’s “number three” leader and the “hub of the wheel.” However, in subsequent legal proceedings, the US government admitted that Zubaydah had not been a “member” of Al Qaeda or even “formally” identified with the organization, and he had no advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

According to his attorneys, Zubaydah currently suffers from permanent brain damage and can no longer remember his father’s name or his mother’s face.

The torture of Zubaydah and others was carried out at the behest of top figures in the US political establishment. The August 2002 “torture memos” drafted by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, which recommend waterboarding, include the following description of the procedure:

“In this procedure, the individual is bound securely to an inclined bench, which is approximately four feet by seven feet. The individual’s feet are generally elevated. A cloth is placed over the forehead and eyes. Water is then applied to the cloth in a controlled manner. As this is done, the cloth is lowered until it covers both the nose and mouth. Once the cloth is saturated and completely covers the mouth and nose, airflow is slightly restricted for 20 to 40 seconds due to the presence of the cloth… During those 20 to 40 seconds, water is continuously applied from a height of twelve to twenty-four inches. After this period, the cloth is lifted, and the individual is allowed to breathe unimpeded for three or four full breaths… The procedure may then be repeated. The water is usually applied from a canteen cup or small watering can with a spout…”

While Kiriakou is chiefly known for his role in exposing torture, his memoir also contains several damning revelations concerning the Bush administration’s criminal preparations for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which were the subject of a Truthout investigative report.

According to Kiriakou, he and another CIA official were approached in August 2002 by the CIA’s unnamed director of Iraq operations. “Okay, here’s the deal,” the director said. “We’re going to invade Iraq next spring…It’s a done deal…The decision’s already been made…the planning’s completed, everything’s in place.”

Kiriakou said he was told to ignore the public “debate” as to whether the US should invade Iraq. “We were going to war regardless of what the legislative branch or what the federal government chose to do,” Kiriakou wrote. Kiriakou identified the office of Vice President Dick Cheney as one of the principal moving forces behind the war.

The pretext for the Obama administration’s prosecution of Kiriakou was his alleged leak of the names of covert CIA agents involved in torture to journalists in 2008. Kiriakou, for his part, claims the leak was inadvertent. “If I’d known the guy was still under cover,” Kiriakou said, according to the New York Times, “I would never have mentioned him.”

The prosecution of Kiriakou marks the sixth in a string of prosecutions by the Obama administration of individuals who have leaked “classified” information. Before these six prosecutions, there were only three such prosecutions in US history, including the Nixon administration’s prosecution of Daniel Ellsburg, who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers.

The New York Times reported on January 5 that the “leak prosecutions,” including of Kiriakou, “have been lauded on Capitol Hill as a long-overdue response to a rash of dangerous disclosures and have been defended by both Mr. Obama and his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. ”

“We know the government wants to send a signal…that the U.S. is intent on protecting its secrets from disclosure in cases relating to torture, and wants to chill further disclosures by anyone,” read a statement by the Friends of John Kiriakou, soliciting donations for his legal defense fund.

“But this is a case that should never have been brought anywhere—let alone in a country that values free speech and the protections of the First Amendment. Journalists covering national security issues understand the stakes here, and what this case represents.”

The Obama administration’s trademark political prosecution method is to seek gratuitously excessive prison time for the targeted individual in order to bully that person into making a guilty plea to a lesser charge. In this case, Kiriakou was threatened with up to 45 years in prison, with violations of the World-War-I-era Espionage Act included among the charges in the indictment.

Kiriakou has stated that he accepted the plea deal for 30 months prison time out of concern for his family and young children, who at one point were reduced to living on food stamps following his indictment. In addition to prison time, Kiriakou has accrued approximately $500,000 in legal fees associated with his defense, according to one account.

Kiriakou’s prosecution for allegedly leaking the names of undercover intelligence agents cannot help but recall the Valerie Plame affair. In June 2007, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted in connection with the leak of the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Plame’s name was leaked in apparent retaliation for revelations by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, Plame’s husband, concerning the falsity of the Bush administration’s “weapons of mass destruction” claims in the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq. In 2007, the Bush administration commuted Libby’s prison sentence.

To date, Kiriakou is the only CIA agent to be prosecuted by the Obama administration in connection with torture.

Kiriakou and Stuxnet: The Danger of the Still-Escalating Obama Whistleblower War

The permanent US national security state has used extreme secrecy to shield its actions from democratic accountability ever since its creation after World War II. But those secrecy powers were dramatically escalated in the name of 9/11 and the War on Terror, such that most of what the US government now does of any significance is completely hidden from public knowledge. Two recent events - the sentencing last week of CIA torture whistleblower John Kirikaou to 30 months in prison and the invasive investigation to find the New York Times' source for its reporting on the US role in launching cyberwarfare at Iran - demonstrate how devoted the Obama administration is not only to maintaining, but increasing, these secrecy powers.Former CIA officer John Kiriakou becomes the only government official convicted in connection with the US torture program: not for having done it, but for having talked about it. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

When WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables in 2010, government defenders were quick to insist that most of those documents were banal and uninteresting. And that's true: most (though by no means all) of those cables contained nothing of significance. That, by itself, should have been a scandal. All of those documents were designated as "secret", making it a crime for government officials to reveal their contents - despite how insignificant most of it was. That revealed how the US government reflexively - really automatically - hides anything and everything it does behind this wall of secrecy: they have made it a felony to reveal even the most inconsequential and pedestrian information about its actions.

This is why whistleblowing - or, if you prefer, unauthorized leaks of classified information - has become so vital to preserving any residual amounts of transparency. Given how subservient the federal judiciary is to government secrecy claims, it is not hyperbole to describe unauthorized leaks as the only real avenue remaining for learning about what the US government does - particularly for discovering the bad acts it commits. That is why the Obama administration is waging an unprecedented war against it - a war that continually escalates - and it is why it is so threatening.

To understand the Obama White House's obsession with punishing leaks - as evidenced by its historically unprecedented war on whistleblowers - just consider how virtually every significant revelation of the bad acts of the US government over the last decade came from this process. Unauthorized leaks are how we learned about the Bush administration's use of torture, the NSA's illegal eavesdropping on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, the abuses at Abu Ghraib, the secret network of CIA "black sites" beyond the reach of law or human rights monitoring, the targeting by Obama of a US citizen for assassination without due process, the re-definition of "militant" to mean "any military age male in a strike zone", the video of a US Apache helicopter gunning down journalists and rescuers in Baghdad, the vastly under-counted civilians deaths caused by the war in Iraq, and the Obama administration's campaign to pressure Germany and Spain to cease criminal investigations of the US torture regime.

In light of this, it should not be difficult to understand why the Obama administration is so fixated on intimidating whistleblowers and going far beyond any prior administration - including those of the secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon and George W Bush - to plug all leaks. It's because those methods are the only ones preventing the US government from doing whatever it wants in complete secrecy and without any accountability of any kind.

Silencing government sources is the key to disabling investigative journalism and a free press. That is why the New Yorker's Jane Mayer told whistleblowing advocate Jesselyn Radack last April: "when our sources are prosecuted, the news-gathering process is criminalized, so it's incumbent upon all journalists to speak up."

Indeed, if you talk to leading investigative journalists they will tell you that the Obama war on whistleblowers has succeeded in intimidating not only journalists' sources but also investigative journalists themselves. Just look at the way the DOJ has pursued and threatened with prison one of the most accomplished and institutionally protected investigative journalists in the country - James Risen - and it's easy to see why the small amount of real journalism done in the US, most driven by unauthorized leaks, is being severely impeded. This morning's Washington Post article on the DOJ's email snooping to find the NYT's Stuxnet source included this anonymous quote: "People are feeling less open to talking to reporters given this uptick. There is a definite chilling effect in government due to these investigations."

For authoritarians who view assertions of government power as inherently valid and government claims as inherently true, none of this will be bothersome. Under that mentality, if the government decrees that something shall be secret, then it should be secret, and anyone who defies that dictate should be punished as a felon - or even a traitor. That view is typically accompanied by the belief that we can and should trust our leaders to be good and do good even if they exercise power in the dark, so that transparency is not only unnecessary but undesirable.

But the most basic precepts of human nature, political science, and the American founding teach that power exercised in the dark will be inevitably abused. Secrecy is the linchpin of abuse of power. That's why those who wield political power are always driven to destroy methods of transparency. About this fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote in an 1804 letter to John Tyler [emphasis added]:

"Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues of truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is freedom of the press. It is therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."

About all that, Yale law professor David A Schultz observed: "For Jefferson, a free press was the tool of public criticism. It held public officials accountable, opening them up to the judgment of people who could decide whether the government was doing good or whether it had anything to hide. . . . A democratic and free society is dependent upon the media to inform."

There should be no doubt that destroying this method of transparency - not protection of legitimate national security secrets- is the primary effect, and almost certainly the intent, of this unprecedented war on whistleblowers. Just consider the revelations that have prompted the Obama DOJ's war on whistleblowers, whereby those who leak are not merely being prosecuted, but threatened with decades or even life in prison for "espionage" or "aiding the enemy".

Does anyone believe it would be better if we remained ignorant about the massive waste, corruption and illegality plaguing the NSA's secret domestic eavesdropping program (Thomas Drake); or the dangerously inept CIA effort to infiltrate the Iranian nuclear program but which ended up assisting that program (Jeffrey Sterling); or the overlooking of torture squads in Iraq, the gunning down of journalists and rescuers in Baghdad, or the pressure campaign to stop torture investigations in Spain and Germany (Bradley Manning); or the decision by Obama to wage cyberwar on Iran, which the Pentagon itself considers an act of war (current DOJ investigation)?

Like all of the Obama leak prosecutions - see here - none of those revelations resulted in any tangible harm, yet all revealed vital information about what our government was doing in secret. As long-time DC lawyer Abbe Lowell, who represents indicted whistleblower Stephen Kim, put it: what makes the Obama DOJ's prosecutions historically unique is that they "don't distinguish between bad people - people who spy for other governments, people who sell secrets for money - and people who are accused of having conversations and discussions". Not only doesn't it draw this distinction, but it is focused almost entirely on those who leak in order to expose wrongdoing and bring about transparency and accountability.

That is the primary impact of all of this. A Bloomberg report last October on this intimidation campaign summarized the objections this way: "the president's crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama's initial promise to 'usher in a new era of open government.'"

The Obama administration does not dislike leaks of classified information. To the contrary, it is a prolific exploiter of exactly those types of leaks - when they can be used to propagandize the citizenry to glorify the president's image as a tough guy, advance his political goals or produce a multi-million-dollar Hollywood film about his greatest conquest. Leaks are only objectionable when they undercut that propaganda by exposing government deceit, corruption and illegality.

Few events have vividly illustrated this actual goal as much as the lengthy prison sentence this week meted out to former CIA officer John Kiriakou. It's true that Kiriakou is not a pure anti-torture hero given that, in his first public disclosures, he made inaccurate claims about the efficacy of waterboarding. But he did also unequivocally condemn waterboarding and other methods as torture. And, as FAIR put it this week, whatever else is true: "The only person to do time for the CIA's torture policies appears to be a guy who spoke publicly about them, not any of the people who did the actual torturing."

Despite zero evidence of any harm from his disclosures, the federal judge presiding over his case - the reliably government-subservient US District Judge Leonie Brinkema - said she "would have given Kiriakou much more time if she could." As usual, the only real criminals in the government are those who expose or condemn its wrongdoing.

Exactly the same happened with revelations by the New York Times of the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program. None of the officials who eavesdropped on Americans without the warrants required by law were prosecuted. The telecoms that illegally cooperated were retroactively immunized from all legal accountability by the US Congress. The only person to suffer recriminations from that scandal was Thomas Tamm, the mid-level DOJ official who discovered the program and told the New York Times about it, and then had his life ruined with vindictive investigations.

This Obama whistleblower war has nothing to do with national security. It has nothing to do with punishing those who harm the country with espionage or treason.

It has everything to do with destroying those who expose high-level government wrongdoing. It is particularly devoted to preserving the government's ability to abuse its power in secret by intimidating and deterring future acts of whistleblowing and impeding investigative journalism. This Obama whistleblower war continues to escalate because it triggers no objections from Republicans (who always adore government secrecy) or Democrats (who always adore what Obama does), but most of all because it triggers so few objections from media outlets, which - at least in theory - suffer the most from what is being done.

© 2012 The Guardian

Glenn Greenwald

Kiriakou and Stuxnet: The Danger of the Still-Escalating Obama Whistleblower War

The permanent US national security state has used extreme secrecy to shield its actions from democratic accountability ever since its creation after World War II. But those secrecy powers were dramatically escalated in the name of 9/11 and the War on Terror, such that most of what the US government now does of any significance is completely hidden from public knowledge. Two recent events - the sentencing last week of CIA torture whistleblower John Kirikaou to 30 months in prison and the invasive investigation to find the New York Times' source for its reporting on the US role in launching cyberwarfare at Iran - demonstrate how devoted the Obama administration is not only to maintaining, but increasing, these secrecy powers.Former CIA officer John Kiriakou becomes the only government official convicted in connection with the US torture program: not for having done it, but for having talked about it. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

When WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables in 2010, government defenders were quick to insist that most of those documents were banal and uninteresting. And that's true: most (though by no means all) of those cables contained nothing of significance. That, by itself, should have been a scandal. All of those documents were designated as "secret", making it a crime for government officials to reveal their contents - despite how insignificant most of it was. That revealed how the US government reflexively - really automatically - hides anything and everything it does behind this wall of secrecy: they have made it a felony to reveal even the most inconsequential and pedestrian information about its actions.

This is why whistleblowing - or, if you prefer, unauthorized leaks of classified information - has become so vital to preserving any residual amounts of transparency. Given how subservient the federal judiciary is to government secrecy claims, it is not hyperbole to describe unauthorized leaks as the only real avenue remaining for learning about what the US government does - particularly for discovering the bad acts it commits. That is why the Obama administration is waging an unprecedented war against it - a war that continually escalates - and it is why it is so threatening.

To understand the Obama White House's obsession with punishing leaks - as evidenced by its historically unprecedented war on whistleblowers - just consider how virtually every significant revelation of the bad acts of the US government over the last decade came from this process. Unauthorized leaks are how we learned about the Bush administration's use of torture, the NSA's illegal eavesdropping on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, the abuses at Abu Ghraib, the secret network of CIA "black sites" beyond the reach of law or human rights monitoring, the targeting by Obama of a US citizen for assassination without due process, the re-definition of "militant" to mean "any military age male in a strike zone", the video of a US Apache helicopter gunning down journalists and rescuers in Baghdad, the vastly under-counted civilians deaths caused by the war in Iraq, and the Obama administration's campaign to pressure Germany and Spain to cease criminal investigations of the US torture regime.

In light of this, it should not be difficult to understand why the Obama administration is so fixated on intimidating whistleblowers and going far beyond any prior administration - including those of the secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon and George W Bush - to plug all leaks. It's because those methods are the only ones preventing the US government from doing whatever it wants in complete secrecy and without any accountability of any kind.

Silencing government sources is the key to disabling investigative journalism and a free press. That is why the New Yorker's Jane Mayer told whistleblowing advocate Jesselyn Radack last April: "when our sources are prosecuted, the news-gathering process is criminalized, so it's incumbent upon all journalists to speak up."

Indeed, if you talk to leading investigative journalists they will tell you that the Obama war on whistleblowers has succeeded in intimidating not only journalists' sources but also investigative journalists themselves. Just look at the way the DOJ has pursued and threatened with prison one of the most accomplished and institutionally protected investigative journalists in the country - James Risen - and it's easy to see why the small amount of real journalism done in the US, most driven by unauthorized leaks, is being severely impeded. This morning's Washington Post article on the DOJ's email snooping to find the NYT's Stuxnet source included this anonymous quote: "People are feeling less open to talking to reporters given this uptick. There is a definite chilling effect in government due to these investigations."

For authoritarians who view assertions of government power as inherently valid and government claims as inherently true, none of this will be bothersome. Under that mentality, if the government decrees that something shall be secret, then it should be secret, and anyone who defies that dictate should be punished as a felon - or even a traitor. That view is typically accompanied by the belief that we can and should trust our leaders to be good and do good even if they exercise power in the dark, so that transparency is not only unnecessary but undesirable.

But the most basic precepts of human nature, political science, and the American founding teach that power exercised in the dark will be inevitably abused. Secrecy is the linchpin of abuse of power. That's why those who wield political power are always driven to destroy methods of transparency. About this fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote in an 1804 letter to John Tyler [emphasis added]:

"Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues of truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is freedom of the press. It is therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."

About all that, Yale law professor David A Schultz observed: "For Jefferson, a free press was the tool of public criticism. It held public officials accountable, opening them up to the judgment of people who could decide whether the government was doing good or whether it had anything to hide. . . . A democratic and free society is dependent upon the media to inform."

There should be no doubt that destroying this method of transparency - not protection of legitimate national security secrets- is the primary effect, and almost certainly the intent, of this unprecedented war on whistleblowers. Just consider the revelations that have prompted the Obama DOJ's war on whistleblowers, whereby those who leak are not merely being prosecuted, but threatened with decades or even life in prison for "espionage" or "aiding the enemy".

Does anyone believe it would be better if we remained ignorant about the massive waste, corruption and illegality plaguing the NSA's secret domestic eavesdropping program (Thomas Drake); or the dangerously inept CIA effort to infiltrate the Iranian nuclear program but which ended up assisting that program (Jeffrey Sterling); or the overlooking of torture squads in Iraq, the gunning down of journalists and rescuers in Baghdad, or the pressure campaign to stop torture investigations in Spain and Germany (Bradley Manning); or the decision by Obama to wage cyberwar on Iran, which the Pentagon itself considers an act of war (current DOJ investigation)?

Like all of the Obama leak prosecutions - see here - none of those revelations resulted in any tangible harm, yet all revealed vital information about what our government was doing in secret. As long-time DC lawyer Abbe Lowell, who represents indicted whistleblower Stephen Kim, put it: what makes the Obama DOJ's prosecutions historically unique is that they "don't distinguish between bad people - people who spy for other governments, people who sell secrets for money - and people who are accused of having conversations and discussions". Not only doesn't it draw this distinction, but it is focused almost entirely on those who leak in order to expose wrongdoing and bring about transparency and accountability.

That is the primary impact of all of this. A Bloomberg report last October on this intimidation campaign summarized the objections this way: "the president's crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama's initial promise to 'usher in a new era of open government.'"

The Obama administration does not dislike leaks of classified information. To the contrary, it is a prolific exploiter of exactly those types of leaks - when they can be used to propagandize the citizenry to glorify the president's image as a tough guy, advance his political goals or produce a multi-million-dollar Hollywood film about his greatest conquest. Leaks are only objectionable when they undercut that propaganda by exposing government deceit, corruption and illegality.

Few events have vividly illustrated this actual goal as much as the lengthy prison sentence this week meted out to former CIA officer John Kiriakou. It's true that Kiriakou is not a pure anti-torture hero given that, in his first public disclosures, he made inaccurate claims about the efficacy of waterboarding. But he did also unequivocally condemn waterboarding and other methods as torture. And, as FAIR put it this week, whatever else is true: "The only person to do time for the CIA's torture policies appears to be a guy who spoke publicly about them, not any of the people who did the actual torturing."

Despite zero evidence of any harm from his disclosures, the federal judge presiding over his case - the reliably government-subservient US District Judge Leonie Brinkema - said she "would have given Kiriakou much more time if she could." As usual, the only real criminals in the government are those who expose or condemn its wrongdoing.

Exactly the same happened with revelations by the New York Times of the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program. None of the officials who eavesdropped on Americans without the warrants required by law were prosecuted. The telecoms that illegally cooperated were retroactively immunized from all legal accountability by the US Congress. The only person to suffer recriminations from that scandal was Thomas Tamm, the mid-level DOJ official who discovered the program and told the New York Times about it, and then had his life ruined with vindictive investigations.

This Obama whistleblower war has nothing to do with national security. It has nothing to do with punishing those who harm the country with espionage or treason.

It has everything to do with destroying those who expose high-level government wrongdoing. It is particularly devoted to preserving the government's ability to abuse its power in secret by intimidating and deterring future acts of whistleblowing and impeding investigative journalism. This Obama whistleblower war continues to escalate because it triggers no objections from Republicans (who always adore government secrecy) or Democrats (who always adore what Obama does), but most of all because it triggers so few objections from media outlets, which - at least in theory - suffer the most from what is being done.

© 2012 The Guardian

Glenn Greenwald

CIA Torture Whistleblower Sentenced to 30 Months

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 &frac12; years in prison on Friday for what critics of his prosecution are calling trumped-up charges by the Department of Justice for his exposure of the spy agency's torture program established by the former Bush administration.

(Associated Press) In a letter urging President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower, several high profile civil rights defenders including Ralph Nader and retired CIA officer Raymond McGovern stated:

[Kiriakou] is an anti-torture whistleblower who spoke out against torture because he believed it violated his oath to the Constitution. He never tortured anyone, yet he is the only individual to be prosecuted in relation to the torture program of the past decade. [...]

The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA officers who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable.

Please, Mr. President, do not allow your legacy to be one where only the whistleblower goes to prison.

"He [was] prosecuted not by the Bush administration but by Obama's," added Robert Shetterly, an artist and activist who pointed to the fact that President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined, despite pledges during his first presidential campaign to protect whistleblowers.

"The CIA leadership was furious that I blew the whistle on torture and the Justice Department never stopped investigating me..." – John Kiriakou

Such protections, then Senator Obama said, were vital "to maintain integrity in government."

In October, Kiriakou was charged by the DoJ for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) for releasing the name of an officer implicated in a CIA torture program to the media. Federal prosecutors had originally charged Kiriakou for violations against the Espionage Act—which held a sentence of up to 35 years—but a plea agreement saw those charges lessened.

Kiriakou was the first employee of the CIA to publicly acknowledge and describe details of the  torture program that thrived under the Bush administration.

“There is a legal definition of whistleblower and I meet that legal definition,” Kiriakou told Firedoglake in an interview Thursday.

He continued:

I was the first person to acknowledge that the CIA was using waterboarding against al Qaeda prisoners. I said in 2007 that I regarded waterboarding as torture and I also said that it was not the result of rogue CIA officers but that it was official US government policy. So, that’s whistleblowing. That’s the definition of whistleblowing. [...]

The CIA leadership was furious that I blew the whistle on torture and the Justice Department never stopped investigating me from December 2007...They found their opportunity and threw in a bunch of trumped up charges they knew they could bargain away and finally found something with which to prosecute me. [...]

I don’t think I am overstating this when I say I feel like we’re entering a second McCarthy era where the Justice Department uses the law as a fist or as a hammer not just to try and convict people but to ruin them personally and professionally because they don’t like where they stand on different issues... they can convict anybody of anything if they put their minds to it.

On the eve of the sentencing, Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Government Accountability Project unveiled a portrait of Kiriakou by Shetterly, the latest in the AWTT portrait series.  Kiriakou was heralded for his opposition to "this country’s flagrant use of torture and its attempt to justify that use."

RT provides footage from that evening's event:

CIA Torture Whistleblower Sentenced to 30 Months

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 &frac12; years in prison on Friday for what critics of his prosecution are calling trumped-up charges by the Department of Justice for his exposure of the spy agency's torture program established by the former Bush administration.

(Associated Press) In a letter urging President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower, several high profile civil rights defenders including Ralph Nader and retired CIA officer Raymond McGovern stated:

[Kiriakou] is an anti-torture whistleblower who spoke out against torture because he believed it violated his oath to the Constitution. He never tortured anyone, yet he is the only individual to be prosecuted in relation to the torture program of the past decade. [...]

The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA officers who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable.

Please, Mr. President, do not allow your legacy to be one where only the whistleblower goes to prison.

"He [was] prosecuted not by the Bush administration but by Obama's," added Robert Shetterly, an artist and activist who pointed to the fact that President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined, despite pledges during his first presidential campaign to protect whistleblowers.

"The CIA leadership was furious that I blew the whistle on torture and the Justice Department never stopped investigating me..." – John Kiriakou

Such protections, then Senator Obama said, were vital "to maintain integrity in government."

In October, Kiriakou was charged by the DoJ for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) for releasing the name of an officer implicated in a CIA torture program to the media. Federal prosecutors had originally charged Kiriakou for violations against the Espionage Act—which held a sentence of up to 35 years—but a plea agreement saw those charges lessened.

Kiriakou was the first employee of the CIA to publicly acknowledge and describe details of the  torture program that thrived under the Bush administration.

“There is a legal definition of whistleblower and I meet that legal definition,” Kiriakou told Firedoglake in an interview Thursday.

He continued:

I was the first person to acknowledge that the CIA was using waterboarding against al Qaeda prisoners. I said in 2007 that I regarded waterboarding as torture and I also said that it was not the result of rogue CIA officers but that it was official US government policy. So, that’s whistleblowing. That’s the definition of whistleblowing. [...]

The CIA leadership was furious that I blew the whistle on torture and the Justice Department never stopped investigating me from December 2007...They found their opportunity and threw in a bunch of trumped up charges they knew they could bargain away and finally found something with which to prosecute me. [...]

I don’t think I am overstating this when I say I feel like we’re entering a second McCarthy era where the Justice Department uses the law as a fist or as a hammer not just to try and convict people but to ruin them personally and professionally because they don’t like where they stand on different issues... they can convict anybody of anything if they put their minds to it.

On the eve of the sentencing, Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Government Accountability Project unveiled a portrait of Kiriakou by Shetterly, the latest in the AWTT portrait series.  Kiriakou was heralded for his opposition to "this country’s flagrant use of torture and its attempt to justify that use."

RT provides footage from that evening's event:

The Portrait of a Whistleblower: Torture Cannot Be Tolerated

On January 25th, 2013 in Washington, D.C., former CIA agent John Kiriakou will be sentenced to 2 &frac12; years in prison for revealing the name of an undercover CIA agent. On the eve of that sentencing, Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Government Accountability Project are unveiling his portrait as the newest in the AWTT portrait series. Why are AWTT & GAP celebrating and honoring a man whom our president, Justice Department, intelligence agencies, and military are prosecuting as a criminal?  

The first and most important answer to that question is that in Mr. Kiriakou’s indictment and conviction there is no mention about what he really did nor his intent.  As a CIA agent he refused to go along with the Bush administration’s claim that “enhanced interrogation” techniques, such as waterboarding, were not torture. And he pointed out that the decision to use torture was not being made by low level “bad apples” in the military & intelligence communities. Mr Kiriakou wrote in his book The Reluctant Spy ( Bantam Books, 2009)  that the decision to use torture was being made at the very top of our government, by the bad apples at the top of the tree. People in positions of great power decided to employ “enhanced interrogation “ techniques and “extraordinary renditions” and to deny these programs while they were simultaneously re-writing the law to legalize them. John Kiriakou refused to go along and blew the whistle.

He is being prosecuted not by the Bush administration but by Obama´s. President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined. When the  president ran for office the first time he pledged to protect whistleblowers, saying how important they are to maintain integrity in government. He has offered to explanation for his change of heart.

When I was asked to write a statement for the press release about the portrait unveiling event, I wrote, “A state that consistently uses law to subvert justice and to violate human rights has become an enemy of its own defining spirit. It takes great courage to defy the power of such a state and to demand that it adhere to its moral imperatives. John Kiriakou has shown that courage in opposing this country’s flagrant use of torture and its attempt to justify that use. It is my great honor to add his portrait to the Americans Who Tell the Truth project.”

In saying, “A state that consistently uses law to subvert justice…,” I was thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr., writing in 1963  his Letter from the Birmingham Jail condemning the praise that the racist southern sheriff of Birmingham, Bull Connor, was receiving from white ministers for using “nonviolent” techniques to arrest the people protesting for civil rights. King said, “Maybe Mr. Connor and his policemen have been rather publicly nonviolent … but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of flagrant racial injustice.”  And Dr. King continued addressing those ministers, “I wish you had commended the Negro sit-inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of the most inhuman provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes.” In other words, it was the courageous nonviolence of the protesters that prevented violence.

This portrait is an attempt to recognize a real hero. It is a terrible irony that the people who ordered the use of torture are free and continue to be rewarded for their “service” to this country, while the man who tried to stop torture is going to prison.

I was telling a friend recently about my choice to paint Mr. Kiriakou, and she said she was disappointed that I had chosen to do it. Why, I asked. Well, she said, Code of Honor. She was referring to the notion that an honorable member of an intelligence agency or the military would never speak negatively about another member publicly, never desert a comrade. Her attitude is understandable but fails to see how dangerous this code can be when it is used to hide the breaking of a more serious code. Just as a soldier is required by law to report a war crime, an intelligence officer who tries to stop the use of torture is staying true to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution. The people who ordered torture, who lied about the fact of its use, who carried it out have made a mockery of any idea of the Code of Honor. For a person to invoke the Code of Honor as a reason for not reporting a crime makes one complicit in the crime. And for a person in a position of power to expect those under his/her jurisdiction to remain silent about a crime because they are respecting a Code of Honor is tantamount to moral bribery. A higher Code of Honor was broken by those political, military, and intelligence leaders who lied to create an unnecessary, illegal war and then denied and justified the use of torture.

Some people defending and supporting John Kiriakou have said that he has been destroyed by this ordeal. Originally he was charged under the Espionage Act and faced 35 years in prison. As a young man ( 48 ) with five children rather than risk conviction, he plea bargained to one count of revealing an agent’s name (even though that name was never revealed publicly and did nothing to expose classified information). Mr. Kiriakou has had his freedom taken away from him. He has lost his job, his house, his income. He has a debt of half a million dollars in lawyers fees. But destroyed? I’d say created. He has discovered a moral fiber that he may not have known that he had. He can, without denial, rationalization or hypocrisy, look at himself in the mirror. It’s hard to say you are on the right side of history when most of your former colleagues are on the other. But he has a new community now -- a community of whistleblowers, truth tellers, and activists for justice and human rights who support his courage. His former colleagues fear him because they know his courage to tell the truth complicates their  Code of Honor and, perhaps, indicts their cowardice.

John Kiriakou’s quote on his portrait says:

“Even if torture works, it cannot be tolerated -- not in one case or a thousand or a million. If their efficacy becomes the measure of abhorrent acts, all sorts of unspeakable crimes somehow become acceptable. I may have found myself on the wrong side of government on torture. But I’m on the right side of history. … There are things we should not do, even in the name of national security. One of them, I now firmly believe, is torture.”

Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly [send him mail] is a writer and artist who lives in Brooksville, Maine. He is the author of Americans Who Tell the Truth. See his website.

The Portrait of a Whistleblower: Torture Cannot Be Tolerated

On January 25th, 2013 in Washington, D.C., former CIA agent John Kiriakou will be sentenced to 2 &frac12; years in prison for revealing the name of an undercover CIA agent. On the eve of that sentencing, Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Government Accountability Project are unveiling his portrait as the newest in the AWTT portrait series. Why are AWTT & GAP celebrating and honoring a man whom our president, Justice Department, intelligence agencies, and military are prosecuting as a criminal?  

The first and most important answer to that question is that in Mr. Kiriakou’s indictment and conviction there is no mention about what he really did nor his intent.  As a CIA agent he refused to go along with the Bush administration’s claim that “enhanced interrogation” techniques, such as waterboarding, were not torture. And he pointed out that the decision to use torture was not being made by low level “bad apples” in the military & intelligence communities. Mr Kiriakou wrote in his book The Reluctant Spy ( Bantam Books, 2009)  that the decision to use torture was being made at the very top of our government, by the bad apples at the top of the tree. People in positions of great power decided to employ “enhanced interrogation “ techniques and “extraordinary renditions” and to deny these programs while they were simultaneously re-writing the law to legalize them. John Kiriakou refused to go along and blew the whistle.

He is being prosecuted not by the Bush administration but by Obama´s. President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined. When the  president ran for office the first time he pledged to protect whistleblowers, saying how important they are to maintain integrity in government. He has offered to explanation for his change of heart.

When I was asked to write a statement for the press release about the portrait unveiling event, I wrote, “A state that consistently uses law to subvert justice and to violate human rights has become an enemy of its own defining spirit. It takes great courage to defy the power of such a state and to demand that it adhere to its moral imperatives. John Kiriakou has shown that courage in opposing this country’s flagrant use of torture and its attempt to justify that use. It is my great honor to add his portrait to the Americans Who Tell the Truth project.”

In saying, “A state that consistently uses law to subvert justice…,” I was thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr., writing in 1963  his Letter from the Birmingham Jail condemning the praise that the racist southern sheriff of Birmingham, Bull Connor, was receiving from white ministers for using “nonviolent” techniques to arrest the people protesting for civil rights. King said, “Maybe Mr. Connor and his policemen have been rather publicly nonviolent … but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of flagrant racial injustice.”  And Dr. King continued addressing those ministers, “I wish you had commended the Negro sit-inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of the most inhuman provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes.” In other words, it was the courageous nonviolence of the protesters that prevented violence.

This portrait is an attempt to recognize a real hero. It is a terrible irony that the people who ordered the use of torture are free and continue to be rewarded for their “service” to this country, while the man who tried to stop torture is going to prison.

I was telling a friend recently about my choice to paint Mr. Kiriakou, and she said she was disappointed that I had chosen to do it. Why, I asked. Well, she said, Code of Honor. She was referring to the notion that an honorable member of an intelligence agency or the military would never speak negatively about another member publicly, never desert a comrade. Her attitude is understandable but fails to see how dangerous this code can be when it is used to hide the breaking of a more serious code. Just as a soldier is required by law to report a war crime, an intelligence officer who tries to stop the use of torture is staying true to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution. The people who ordered torture, who lied about the fact of its use, who carried it out have made a mockery of any idea of the Code of Honor. For a person to invoke the Code of Honor as a reason for not reporting a crime makes one complicit in the crime. And for a person in a position of power to expect those under his/her jurisdiction to remain silent about a crime because they are respecting a Code of Honor is tantamount to moral bribery. A higher Code of Honor was broken by those political, military, and intelligence leaders who lied to create an unnecessary, illegal war and then denied and justified the use of torture.

Some people defending and supporting John Kiriakou have said that he has been destroyed by this ordeal. Originally he was charged under the Espionage Act and faced 35 years in prison. As a young man ( 48 ) with five children rather than risk conviction, he plea bargained to one count of revealing an agent’s name (even though that name was never revealed publicly and did nothing to expose classified information). Mr. Kiriakou has had his freedom taken away from him. He has lost his job, his house, his income. He has a debt of half a million dollars in lawyers fees. But destroyed? I’d say created. He has discovered a moral fiber that he may not have known that he had. He can, without denial, rationalization or hypocrisy, look at himself in the mirror. It’s hard to say you are on the right side of history when most of your former colleagues are on the other. But he has a new community now -- a community of whistleblowers, truth tellers, and activists for justice and human rights who support his courage. His former colleagues fear him because they know his courage to tell the truth complicates their  Code of Honor and, perhaps, indicts their cowardice.

John Kiriakou’s quote on his portrait says:

“Even if torture works, it cannot be tolerated -- not in one case or a thousand or a million. If their efficacy becomes the measure of abhorrent acts, all sorts of unspeakable crimes somehow become acceptable. I may have found myself on the wrong side of government on torture. But I’m on the right side of history. … There are things we should not do, even in the name of national security. One of them, I now firmly believe, is torture.”

Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly [send him mail] is a writer and artist who lives in Brooksville, Maine. He is the author of Americans Who Tell the Truth. See his website.

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