Slideshow: Eight Whistleblowers Charged Under the Espionage Act

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President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before his departure on Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a visit with veterans who are being treated at the hospital and their families. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Obama administration has been carrying out an unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, particularly on those who have divulged information that relates to national security. The Espionage Act, enacted during the World War I to punish Americans who aided the enemy, had only been used three times in its history to try government officials accused of leaking classified information — until the Obama administration. Since 2009, the administration has used the act to prosecute eight government officials. Meet the whistleblowers.

First up: Thomas Drake »

John Light blogs and works on multimedia projects for Moyers & Company. Before joining the Moyers team, he was a public radio producer. His work has been supported by grants from The Nation Institute Investigative Fund and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, among others. A New Jersey native, John studied history and film at Oberlin College and holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow John on Twitter @lighttweeting.
Lauren Feeney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work has appeared on air and online at PBS, Al Jazeera English and other outlets. Before joining the billmoyers.com team, she headed the websites for PBS's Wide Angle and Women, War & Peace. Lauren is a graduate of Bard College and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
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  • Anonymous

    The Obama administration is anything but transparent. It is the enemy of the democratic and free flow of information.

  • Gary Scher

    Manning, by definition of the US Qui Tam law [the Whistleblower statute] is not in fact a whistleblower as he did not follow the correct guidelines to avail himself of those protections. What he DID do was violate his oath as a soldier and for not keeping classified information in his care secured. He has released so much information after wholesale ‘shopping’ through a classified computer system, that he did not know what he had in his possession and in a fit of anger, performed a ‘data dump’ to Wikileaks. He had options to raise his concerns and he did not take them. He is certainly no whistleblower.

  • Jon Adams

    Here, Obama is clearly doing the bidding of Bush.

  • Jon Adams

    It is the duty of a soldier to expose war crimes. Sometimes the crime is so great — the entire Iraq Invasion — that it begs to be exposed. The fact that the SIPRnet allowed individual soldiers to to acquire so much information is a FAILING of the Signal Corps. The reason why Manning has been held so long is that he is like a hostage — a warning to other military members to suppress their own disgust and keep what they know to themselves.

  • Jon Adams

    and you can’t expose the criminals in the CIA either.

  • Jon Adams

    What is really sad about America today is that the reporters at the NY Times and Washington Post WERE NOT INTERESTED in Bradley Manning’s revelations. Which goes to show you that the media in America has become tools of the corporate barbarians who run our government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.dewald.9 Michael DeWald

    If Manning’s data dump consisted solely of obvious or even potential crimes, such as the attack mentioned, he would have a certain amount of credibility. 700K pages? and claims that he carefully considered each release? Sorry, that makes no sense on it’s face. It was an indiscriminate data dump by someone committing an act of rebellion, not a reasoned, responsible action.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Wisdom/1662686328 Tom Wisdom

    Gary, you should work for our lie infested, pervert justice, war mongering system.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know that I would say that he is doing the bidding of Bush, which implies that Bush is orchestrating something, but he certainly is continuing the same policies, or in some cases going even further. Frankly I think the policies are more likely those of Cheney than Bush because Bush is just too clueless to have thought of them. In either case it is disappointing that Obama has seen fit to continue policies that clearly reduce liberty and freedom in this country.

  • Gary Scher

    I did and had I been on duty when he committed his acts, I would have certainly been the one to put on his nice, new jewelry.

  • Gary Scher

    Manning did not do his massive data dump out of some altruistic goal. He did not get the attention he wanted from his boyfriend [stated by Manning] when he was home on mid-tour leave from Iraq, and made his decision to collect the information and look around for a donation entity.

    If you notice, I agree with you that a soldier should and must expose war crimes, but there is a way to do this properly and Manning did NOT do that. He violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice [UCMJ] and should be punished. Being in the military brings with it certain additional lines of responsibilities. I’m NOT speaking of a wall of silence, but rather of the proper reporting channels.

    He should have reported this to his chain of command or the Inspector General [IG] and from his testimony, he did not even attempt this. If he wasn’t comfortable reporting it to the local IG, he also could have used the Department of the Army IG channels. By going outside and improperly releasing classified data he was supposed to control, he violated the law. As he’s pled guilty to ten charges, each with a possibility of two years each, he could be looking at some significant prison time beyond what he’s already experienced.

    There is plenty of blame to share here including the G-6, the SSO, and I will even concede that Manning’s immediate chain of command from his NCOIC on up failed to support him or recognize the changes when he returned from his mid-tour leave. This was very apparent when he assaulted his immediate supervisor for which he received an Article 15 and lost a grade.

    This wasn’t Manning’s first issues in the Army however. He had the opportunity to get out several times from Basic Training on up, but decided to stay in. He had security problems while attending the Army’s Intelligence Center for initial training as an Intelligence Analyst. Were you aware that he took videos of the school SCIF and after posting them to YouTube, announced this was where he worked? He was counseled for that action but the Intel Center being what it is and more worried about higher graduate numbers and percentages, passed him along over the recommendations [and in some cases, protests] by the instructor staff.

    He had problems adjusting to his assignment at Fort Drum, NY, [I don't have specifics] and his command should never have let him deploy, but again, he did because they were already short-handed and did not wish to go over missing another analyst.

    Manning has also been accused of installing unauthorized software into the SIPRNet system and the allegations are that this software was provided by Julian Assange or someone else connected to WikiLeaks. If true, the software was designed to allow Manning to datamine for additional information within the various computer systems without authority. He actively downloaded the data and placed it on a music CD that he AND others were allowed to use in the tactical SCIF in violation of numerous rules and regulations. The NCOIC was apparently of the opinion that things were harsh enough in their tactical environment, that relaxing some security protocols wouldn’t cause any problems.

    No, there is enough blame to go around, but this wasn’t an accident that caused some material to be improperly lost or sent to a wrong email. This was deliberately done because he was angry and didn’t want to be there. Well, I can only say he signed the contract to enlist and missed one or more chances to get out well before he deployed. He will have to live with that series of decisions.

  • Anonymous

    Henry Kissinger: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” Having taught military personnel for several years, I can tell you they are neither dumb nor stupid. But they certainly are used as pawns, and they know it. They have few choices and even fewer resources when they refuse to surrender their souls to blatant criminality. They swear to uphold the Constitution–but acting on that oath is extremely dangerous. Manning will someday be regarded as a hero–but long after his role as a martyred pawn is played out.

  • 1938marine

    What always come back to my mind on this matter is, is our government trying to keep embarrassing situations done in the name of America from Americans or trying to keep them from the rest of the world that already knows.

  • Mike

    And that’s one of many mistakes Obama has made in the new term…I’m looking for him to declare as a republican any day now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    Power corrupts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynn-Faulkner/100001652887249 Lynn Faulkner

    Gary, Manning did attempt to go through the proper channels and was ignored and threatened. Manning did not take an oath to the Military. His oath was to defend the country against enemies at home and abroad, and he kept that promise even knowing that he would be prosecuted.”Just following orders” is not, IMHO, always the right thing to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000683197193 Sharon Ivicevic

    Surprisingly true!!!!

  • so sorry

    Be great to see Pres. step up and present awards for doing the job, all folks should do……… On the other hand, I am still waiting for Wall St. (Corp.) evil-doers to be charged, etc.

  • Gary Scher

    Actually yes, all soldiers take an oath to the military as below. Here is the current oath of enlistment PFC Manning swore:

    I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

    Nowhere has there been any discussion of just following orders. He knew the rules and broke them. Facing them as an adult is the right thing to do in this case, no matter what the outcome. As far as his attempting to report whatever he knew, I don’t know about that so I’ll leave that as you’ve provided. I’ve only posted what I’ve been able to confirm and listed some things as allegations because they haven’t been substantiated.

  • Mark Asselin

    Again, this administration is just a huge disappointment, you know he is going to give the ok for the keystone pipeline, oh yea can’t forget about the trans Pacific partnership

  • susanpub

    Tragically true.

  • susanpub

    Ah, it’s Satan’s little Helper (Kissinger, not you), again. Thanks for the quote.

  • http://twitter.com/wiccanwolfess power to the peons!

    Concerning the pipeline — the decision has been put off until late 2015, and while he may try to do an end run around all the protesters and ram it thru I think that if the protesters keep up their level of involvement until then he won’t have any choice but to shut it down permanently. Transcanada is saying that it has already cost them more than 5 million not to build it and that’s going to keep going up as long as it’s in limbo, so at some point they might give up and search for an alternate route — I think it would be prudent of the stockholders to put the screws to them and tell them to shut it down.

  • Gary Scher

    Why are we one of the few major industrial nations that stills pays the commodities daily rate for domestically produced crude oil for our own internal market use? Crude oil extracted in other nations like the UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, China, Russia, etc., are sold at a cheaper rates when used for their domestic markets. That is another reason we pay so much at the pump for gasoline but why isn’t there any discussion on that?

  • Anonymous

    “Rebellion” against what, precisely?

  • inside Job Again

    all the major media are controlled by the cia son

  • http://twitter.com/wiccanwolfess power to the peons!

    And you know the tarsands kxl was going outside the US to other countries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Brodeur/1819964077 Ken Brodeur

    torture is a terror tactic. a government officially employing terror is a terrorist state. the true purpose of terror and torture is to force compliance with criminal gangs which control governments. for example, what happens when you continuously criticize your employer? you will likely loose your job and when a centrally controlled economy, designed for extortion of the working class eliminates many job opportunities, succeeds in eliminating many good jobs, you keep your mouth shut and go along with the criminals, just to keep your job. all part of the plan to eliminate the brave in favor of cowards. such is the fate of empire, always has been, always will be.

  • Anonymous

    Is this the “hope and change” we voted for in 2008? Because Obama has been a freaking lemon, even worse than Bush43 when it comes to the rule of law. Pathetic. Disappointing, bitterly disappointing. Obama is WORSE than Bush43, not the least of which is that he seems smart enough to realize that what he is doing is Un-Constitutional and WRONG.

  • http://twitter.com/CalmAwareness Duncan Alden Jones

    When those in government believe “the ends justify the means” the entire nation is in serious trouble. The media ignored opponents of Hitler’s “means” until it was to late. It will happen here if the press fails to step up to the plate.

  • Anonymous

    Telling any form of the real truth is extremely dangerous with the group of traitorous trash we have running the federal government today! The very last thing the government wants us to know is the truth of what they are doing to all of us!Then we have to realize that the same thing is going on at State,County,City levels of government too.Anything to keep the sheep stupid so they can continue to shear them of any money they might have left.There does seem to be money for the security though,like armored vehicles to the country,cameras every where,DHS,Militarized police,Drones,ETC.

  • Anonymous

    He more than likely does!

  • http://twitter.com/thehighlandway Warren Puckett

    This is horrible. We need to take some responsibility for getting our country back from those who would make her weak and pitiful. Please sign this petition at whitehouse.gov to get Obama to tell us why his administration has cracked down on more whistle blowers than any other administration. Despicable. 1.usa.gov/11PXgV7

    Thank you,
    Warren

  • Jon Adams

    Manning’s internal state or exact motives are of no import.

  • Jon Adams

    or rather it doesn’t seem to matter who is elected president.

  • Jon Adams

    then let’s nationalize our own oil supply.

  • Jon Adams

    what happens when the orders received come from war criminals?

  • Eddie

    the same can be said about all the presidents that came before him! At the same..

  • Gary Scher

    Please let the courts-martial panel members know that just prior to sentencing. Motive and intent are considered at that point.

  • Gary Scher

    Actually no he wasn’t but he is capable of listening to the entire video and accompanying audio wherein the chopper was called in for aerial gunnery support because the infantry team on the ground was taking RPG and automatic weapons fire from that same point just prior to that air-to-ground engagement.

    You can do the same thing by swinging back over to the Huffington Post and listening to the audio just like I have Mr. Cracker.

  • Gary Scher

    Convicted war criminals don’t remain in the military so what was your point?

  • Gary Scher

    So is most of the oil and associated products from Alaska. They are being shipped directly to Japan.

  • Gary Scher

    I don’t recommend that but I do suggest we look at a true price for oil and its distilled products for domestic sale, plus we should remove petroleum from the commodities market.

  • John Cusick

    Gary, I happen to agree with (almost) everything you’ve said here. The fact is he knew he was breaking the UCMJ and hopefully he was, and is, prepared to take whatever consequences he meets. We’ll forget the terrible treatment he has received since he was detained for now. Obama, as Commander In Chief, should be absolutely ashamed of that.

    When I was in the Army we discussed ethics from Basic Training all the way through the last day I was in, and situations similar to what he faces now were discussed. We were told, no matter what, obey the orders you are given even if you believe they are not lawful orders, but if you truly believe they were unlawful then it is your duty to report such after the fact. And if you see something unlawful occur, it is also your duty to report it. But, and it was a Big BUT, be prepared to take the consequences should you go forward and no one agrees with you.

    With that said, I still think he did the right thing no matter what his motives may have been. And I still think the Washington Post and NY Times have shown their true colors, good for wrapping fish guts and not much else. And I also firmly believe that if Manning had followed up through his Chain of Command and additionally the IG, this would have been buried, because that is what our Government now does as best it can particularly as it breaks Geneva Convention rules one after the other.

  • Anonymous

    He was not releasing information that harmed our faceless government, he was releasing info that put our soldiers at risk in a time of war.

  • Christie

    Obama is not only continuing the Bush Agenda, he’s expanding on it and his zealous persecution of whistle blowers shows that his administration had a lot to hide. It’s time to dig deeper and find out what’s driving this. Bankers run the show behind the scenes, e.g., foreign policy and national security, not just Treasury and Commerce. Are we as a nation “owned” as George Carlin once thundered? Department of Justice under Eric Holder has already ceded sovereignty to the lawless gangster Banking Cartel. Who “owns” the Big Banks? Who are their biggest shareholders? It’s not easy to find this information! Lenny Breuer (formerly #2 at DOJ) is now safely back at Covington & Burling. What exactly is the role of this law firm in serving these banks? It’s obviously more than just “lobbying.” Are they busy designing a new version of the infamous MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registry Service)? Are they plotting ways to expand on the Cyprus model? Europeans are in a similar predicament — not just the U.S.!

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_obama135.htm

    Thank you Bill Moyers and team for all that you do! I’ve been a fan since the Joseph Campbell days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/howard.lewis.902 Howard Lewis

    Most of America can barely figure out how to screw in a light bulb. Being a whistle blower is an extraordinary work in a field like his.Heshouldget congressional help annd publicity.

  • Anonymous

    Is Wikileaks also an act of espionage

  • hp

    No, but a whole bunch of unconvicted ones remain.
    Or move on up to politics.

  • Gary Scher

    Yes, per Title 18 USC, Chapter 37 § 793. Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information and § 798. Disclosure of classified information.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you.

  • blackyb

    They should arrest the real enemies of this country and that would be the current Administration in the White House and thugs.

  • Lesl

    The Wikileaks example aside, I think it’s quite disturbing that journalists appear to be giving up their sources. This is what may in fact be the difference here – not the Obama administration. Just a thought….

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.mcadams.96 Anthony McAdams

    If the forefathers could trust “The People” why doesn’t the fed?
    Isn’t modern “whistle blowing” the 21st century version of The Pentagon Papers?
    Unless “The People” are now considered “The Enemy”…
    When can I have my rights back?

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.firewulf William FireWulf Brunson Jr.

    When the People Rise up and Take down the Corrupt Government, corporations, and bankers

  • john allison

    Bush your hero zero ?

  • Alexander Symington

    Intimidating and imprisoning whistle blowers is the hallmark of totalitarian state security. We’re not in Kansas anymore…

  • http://profiles.google.com/john.joh40 john jones

    Not is Kansas anymore…Indeed we are living in the Land Of Oz with Oz hiding behind the veil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/valerie.wells.121 Valerie Wells

    We the people are all just numbers to our government now. Wake up America. Your government licks the boots of International corporations. The desperate need of those on high to hide those facts from us can be directly interpreted by their actions to squelch those who would pull aside the increasingly transparent veil, only to expose the lovers entwined.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ottertruth.boxworth Ottertruth Boxworth

    Back in the 80s, my dad blew the whistle on a CIA underling who was stealing equipment. For that, my dad, who’d had an excellent career, was stripped of all responsibilities. The ordeal stressed my dad terribly, and after a couple months, he had a heart attack and died in his 50s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.lee7 Jeanne Lee

    our forefathers did not trust the people, only the landed wealthy had the vote, it was decades before a white man with 5 acres could also vote, and of course is wasn’t until the 19th century that minorities got the vote and early 20th century that women could vote….now we have another generation of very powerful and greedy mostly angry white men who are telling us that they know what is best and trying to undermine voting and the voice of the people..good books to read… Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland and The RIghteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt…they take a look at our current global governing bodies

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.lee7 Jeanne Lee

    more and better education is needed, we see the dumbing down of the past thirty years, we expect people to read and think but we stopped teaching children to think – so now we have a society the believes everything in emails and in the media is true…so sad and so dangerous

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lightbringer Jake Tuck

    Incorrect. Wikileaks is a news organization and did not violate any laws in acquiring this information. Dissemination of the information is covered by the First Amendment.

  • http://www.legalfunding.com/ RD Legal Funding

    Whistleblowers suffer a large amount of stress and pain for doing what they think and sometimes what is usually right. The risks they take for the greater good is never repaid and often they become ostracized members of their communities including their families. Whistleblowers are never appreciated until years later and in many cases their situations are so traumatized that they come to regret even coming forward. There has to be a bigger appreciation for what they do and a better way to treat them. These people are patriots of the highest kind because they risk it all for the truth. It’s like the old saying no good deed goes unpunished applies specifically to a Whistleblower.

  • Anonymous

    I have worked with whistleblowers during my time at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Whistleblowers are punished harshly there, even if they win in court. It is hard to believe we let our government get away with this kind of thing. I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.

  • Kathleen

    Very few Americans are aware the Obama’s administration is prosecuting whistle blowers.., the Corporate main stream media, does not report this outrage!

  • Wilder Man On Rolling Creek

    WOW ! Good post. Individuals who are passionate about doing the right thing … calling out bullies and bad guys. I enjoyed this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Fritch-Richey/1486548092 Dorothy Fritch Richey

    God, please be with those who for our sake risk so much to get the truth out.

  • jeffrey joseph

    when you post the same comment repeatedly to every blog entry, you stultify the effectiveness of the commentary process. Please take the time and effort to think up original thoughts and elevate the discussion.

  • Girl Fren’

    A. You don’t know *most of America”, and B. Who died and left you in charge? Speak your mind without rancor, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    Whistle blowers are suppose to be protected under the law, but apparently not if they expose American war crimes.
    The proof that he was targeted is that, he is in prison and the killers of innocents are free.
    Releasing that information did not endanger any US soldier, it does not give away military positions.
    Our involvement overseas in wars is not noble. We are not finding WMD or winning hearts and minds. No innocent should ever be written off as collateral damage.
    It is no wonder that so many of our soldiers come home suffering from PTSD. They are doing things as soldiers that is diametrically opposite from how they were brought up to respect human life and to protect the innocent. Even with the horrors of war, when a soldier knows that his involvement is good, his clear conscience will heal his battered heart.
    The American people who cast our votes need to know what our military is doing on foreign soil.
    These wars have more to do with lining pockets in Congress and supporting the war machine than with spreading democracy.
    If these truths make us sick, perhaps we will elect men and women of honor and integrity who do not put personal profits and portfolios over human life.

  • Anonymous

    my best friend’s step-sister makes $77/hr on the laptop. She has been fired from work for 6 months but last month her pay check was $18623 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on  Zap22.c­om

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who does NOT put profits first will NEVER be elected. You see, Pat, the President really doesn’t run the country. The President is really just the spokesman for the Wall Street crowd. He takes his orders from them. And, it’s been that way for a long , long, time.

    Actually, it’s the way of the world. If you don’t know that, well, then, you just don’t know.

  • Anonymous

    Really Pat?

  • Dennis Bohner

    Attempting to utilize the two named papers for the public interest flies in the face of Rockerfeller’s thanks for allowing the NWO;s plans to go forth. Wikileaks may be the ONLY honest news broker.

  • john autry

    Hats off to anyone who exposes things that should and need to be exposed, classified or not! Enough of the secret government!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279573373 Barry Porter

    “to eliminate the brave in favor of cowards” – Very well said.

  • mojacar

    all these great posts and nothing will change

  • Wilson Pickett

    I keep telling myself that the Obama Administration is better than the alternative, but he keeps trying to prove me wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynnloudean Lynn Boyce

    It is good to encounter your articulate, spot on analysis. More power to you. Continue to beat back the darkness.

  • Robert

    there are a lot of die-hard Democrats who refuse to even look at the evidence right in front of their nose on main stream news about Obama’s attacks on American’s rights and freedoms. By the way, I’m not plugging for Republicans. They’re as bad or worse. I’m done with parties. I’m for truth, and freedom; whoever will speak out and defend it.

  • Anonymous

    Irrespective of intent, the value of Manning’s act, is clear. He’s provided the public with information that is not without a right to know, and now we do. No doubt, Manning’s prospects aren’t so great. I’m hoping he gets at least justice. It would be nice to think that he was motivated by altruistic ends or moral compunction, but that is not required for his act to have utility to a public that has a aright to know what is done in their name.

    I understand the military’s need for secrecy, but I hope that there will be those willing to act out of conscience and call BS what it is, when they see it.

  • dbailar

    depressing isn’t it

  • John Fiorvante

    we have espinage in new york im getting vey tired.f-0866

  • mstrdiver

    Not really. The US Code doesn’t discriminate in identifying unauthorized recipients to include the press. Some US courts have made the determination but they aren’t accepted across the board and only some portions of the argument have made it to the US Supreme Court. As to your second point, when did WikiLeaks become a “news organization”? It’s whole purpose as stated on its website wasn’t so much to promote and disseminate any news, but was designed purely as a muckraker and exposure system. That to me isn’t a news organization worthy of the name, is it?

  • Anonymous

    Better than Jill Stein, are you kidding?

    Or are you using the mental model that we have only two choices – which corporate totalitarian party do you support?

  • Steve

    So long as America is engaged in plurality/First-past-the-post voting, there is no third party. There are only spoilers.

    I would gladly have voted for Jill Stein, except that she hasn’t the ghost of a chance of winning, and even if she had won, she would not have had a supportive Congress. She would’ve been a do-nothing president stymied by BOTH parties.

    Greens should be campaigning exclusively on the issue of voting reform, not shaming people for playing the game as it’s laid out.

  • Anonymous

    That’s your belief and it works to keep us trapped exactly where we are.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/giddygirlie/2987270819/

    The Green have been working on and advocating for voting reform since the day we were founded. Unfortunately, the two corporate parties like it the way it is.

  • Anonymous

    @ Steve

    If you think we need electoral reform, what are you doing about it?

  • orange52

    I’m so disgusted with this government spying. What do they need all this info for?

  • dientes en la Tierra

    Horrid. Really sorry for your loss. So many brave people and their families and communities are tortured by persecution for fighting injustice.

  • dientes en la Tierra

    Re-read Altered States’ post above – what comforts are any of us…What comfort am I willing to give up, to walk away from, including this keyboard, to join with you and try to make real change? Isn’t this what we are commenting on. Until there are more of us willing to pay the price standing with these brave whistleblowers, why would the 1% (the White House is a cover!) stop taking what they want and crushing the resisters one by one or two by two while we sit here and type?

  • Gjergji Cumani

    they just told you, they thwarted 50 + attacks , and if they had it your pretty daisy liberal way wouldn’t they have blown us all up if they could, sure they would. im from Massachusetts btw.

  • Sharon M. Mullins

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  • Montaigne Lover

    Stop thinking you have to vote for the winner. The more votes stein gets, the louder the MESSAGE to the democratic party- that message is: you are losing your liberal base. Until we liberals send the dems that message loud and clear, we will continue to get NOTHING from them, except on a social issue or two.

  • Brent Stauffer

    Given the cases cited, this statement seems false:

    The Obama administration has been carrying out an unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, particularly on those who have divulged information that relates to national security.

    It seems false given these six cases, since five out of these six prosectutions began under the previous administration, and one of them the case of Jame4s Risen, has already been terminated!

    Keep your wits about you, John Light and Lauren Finney!

  • Brent Stauffer

    please notice the above post

  • Brent Stauffer

    not that I don’t feel frustrated, as well, with the current admin!

  • Brent Stauffer

    Lauren FEENEY, that is. My apologoies, to Ms. Feeney!

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    ban bribes. disqualify and permantly ban from gov jobs: anyone running who asks for or receives gifts, prv campaign contributions or uses prv property for their campaign. fire and pematly ban from gov jobs: politicans who ask for or receive gifts.
    ban bribes. disqualify and permantly ban from gov jobs: anyone running who asks for or receives gifts, prv campaign contributions or uses prv property for their campaign. fire and pematly ban from gov jobs: politicans who ask for or receive gifts.
    put gov under 24-7live public video surveilence, subject gov to surprize inspections done by non gov unpaid by gov

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    arrest who arrested manning. ban from gov jobs who thinks manning should be charged. arrest/charge criminals manning exposed.
    charge nsa w espionage.
    espionage/spying=to look at/listen to/record someone/something w/o their knowledge or permission, and is legal if its looking at/listening to/recording public property, the outside of things that are outside or in public, anything you have permission to see, things w probable cause or potentially resonable suspicion of finding evidence of crime/gov misconduct, and gov info that is legally sapose to be public
    leaking classified info is legal. breaching a paid confidentality contact may result in oweing a refund and loss of occupational licence, not arrest. gov confidentiality agreements to keep info secret that is sapose to be public, is illegal and a void contract. leaking classified info that is sapose to be public, or is probable cause of gov misconduct, is honorable, deserve reward, and what people are sapose to do.
    ‘causing intelligence to be published’, ‘transmitting defense information’, is freedom of press and speech.
    manning’s search and seizure is lawful there was probable cause of crime/gov misconduct.
    its legal to share (gov info that is legally sapose to be published) with the public
    public sector(gov) is sapose to be the public’s employees and be publicly viewable
    whistle blower law-cant legally get in trouble for reporting crime/gov-misconduct
    its gov’s job to report and try to stop crime/gov-misconduct, and protect everyone=under the law=not letting some get away w the same type of misconduct you dont let others get away with, =no spying on everyone while baning every1 to spy on u
    us army subject schedule no. 27-1 is “the obligation to report all violations of the law of war”
    it is a felony to attempt to use the classification system to hide a crime or protect the powerful from embarrassment. Such material remains unclassified even after being stamped.
    Title 18 US Code contains the law. Executive order 13526 declares that crimes and embarrassing material CANNOT be classified:
    Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations.
    (a) In no case shall information be classified, continue to be
    maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:
    (1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
    (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
    Also see
    403 U.S. 713 (1971)
    NEW YORK TIMES CO. v. UNITED STATES.
    No. 1873.
    it is a felony to attempt to use the classification system to hide a crime or protect the powerful from embarrassment. Such material remains unclassified even after being stamped.
    Title 18 US Code contains the law. Executive order 13526 declares that crimes and embarrassing material CANNOT be classified:
    Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations.
    (a) In no case shall information be classified, continue to be
    maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:
    (1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
    (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
    Also see
    403 U.S. 713 (1971)
    NEW YORK TIMES CO. v. UNITED STATES.
    No. 1873.

  • Anonymous

    Which ‘five out of these six’ prosecutions ‘began’ under the previous administration?

    http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/06/21/snowden-becomes-eighth-person-to-be-indicted-for-espionage-by-the-obama-justice-department/

  • Anonymous

    You know… human beings tend to do the same thing all the time. Day after day. If for example, they do something more then once you could bet lots of $$ that they do that all the time. Perhaps, there are even MORE terrible things to hide and are hidden.

  • Anonymous

    Also, like a cup, there are only so many lies that can be held under before they spill out.

  • Frank N. Blunt

    Since 2003 my exploitation, tribulation, & revelations have been ignored as kleptocracy, malevolent practices, injury, & murder are among problems plaguing the San Diego Veterans Administration, Naval Medical Center, & other agencies including abuses & misconduct in the San Diego ‘police’ department. Ignored while conditions deteriorate, corruption festers, injury, murder & injustice are indulged.

  • Melissa Songer

    I am convinced that the intelligence and LE community (NSA, CIA, FBI) have seized control of the government and probably everyone in DC knows it. It’s like a play where the curtain rises and the President and the Congress are the actors. We are living in a police state where the corporate puppet-masters are in control.

  • Anonymous

    Without doing much research, I have arrived at the conclusion that none of the US Govt. agencies can be trusted for honesty — none,
    from the CIA, FBI, to healthcare, educational, financial agencies — none! Even our general public is corrupt — many lazy, dishonest
    citizens who have no care except being selfish without any care for keeping the USA a great nation like it was starting with the Founding Fathers, which I realize wasn’t perfect, but was more transparent than today. I think we’re near our end unless we have some strong
    leadership and revealing information to give citizens who care about our future, there’s not much future left.

  • Anonymous

    Manning’s claims were correct. The sources of the revealed facts were already vetted by the military itself as facts that could cause no harm. Pvt. Manning was put through a gauntlet of a show trial in collusion with media silence/spin to make the general public believe as you just demonstrated. Had you been watching the trial as I did through the eyes of voluntary witnesses of the trial, who reported every detail, you would know the truth. Citizen bloggers are the true Fourth Estate of today. Main-stream-media is the pure propaganda arm of the oligarchs.

  • Anonymous

    Since their creation in the 1930-40′s, the intelligence agencies have been a jobs program setup by an Ivy-League good-old-boy network. They have convinced the public and brainwashed the each administration that America is not safe without them, so money is funneled to them in black budgets without accountability. They play games with the lives of people and manipulate governments with often catastrophic consequences, and cover up their corruption, mistakes and incompetence in the name of national security and at the tax payers’ expense. Their failures are profound and numerous, and their rare successes, like the blind squirrel finding the nut, are touted beyond legitimate value. The president today can get better intelligence from Wikipedia and Twitter than most agency reports. If the intelligence was worth the billions of dollars spent, why are administration after administration caught by surprise or completely ignorant and confused by the complexities of international events? Most or all of these whistleblowers are more an embarrassment to the US intelligence agencies and that is the “damage” they have done to national security.