TV News LIES

Friday, Aug 22nd

Last update05:16:56 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers

Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers

E-mail Print PDF

ObamaIn the annals of national security, the Obama administration will long be remembered for its unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers. Since 2009, it has employed the World War I–era Espionage Act a record six times to prosecute government officials suspected of leaking classified information

. The latest example is John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer serving a thirty-month term in federal prison for publicly identifying an intelligence operative involved in torture. It’s a pattern: the whistleblowers are punished, sometimes severely, while the perpetrators of the crimes they expose remain free.

The hypocrisy is best illustrated in the case of four whistleblowers from the National Security Agency: Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe and Edward Loomis. Falsely accused of leaking in 2007, they have endured years of legal harassment for exposing the waste and fraud behind a multibillion-dollar contract for a system called Trailblazer, which was supposed to “revolutionize” the way the NSA produced signals intelligence (SIGINT) in the digital age.

Instead, it was canceled in 2006 and remains one of the worst failures in US intelligence history. But the money spent on this privatization scheme, like so much at the NSA, remains a state secret.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Detroit Water Crisis - a Prelude to the Privatization of Water

Detroit water brigadeAtpeace Makita, a single mother of five children who turned to activism after her water was...

Expert witness in US execution cases will no longer defend states' methods

Execution defense quitsAn anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their...

The Killing of Kajieme Powell and How It Divides Americans

Powell killing in FergusonThe police officers who shot and killed Kajieme Powell, 25, in St. Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday...

High court blocks same-sex marriage in Virginia

Supreme Court bars gay marriage in VirginiaSame-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!