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NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Prevails in Unprecedented Obama Admin Crackdown (video)

 
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democracynow.org - We speak with Thomas Drake, who was targeted after he leaked details about waste management and possible constitutional violations at the National Security Agency, but the case against him later collapsed. Drake was one of several sources for a Baltimore Sun article about a $1.2 billion NSA experimental program called "Trailblazer" to sift through electronic communications for national security threats. He alleged that the program was inefficient compared to a rival program called "Thin Thread" and also violated Americans' privacy rights. As a result, he faced 35 years in prison for charges under The Espionage Act, but was not ever actually accused of spying. Instead, he was accused of holding on to classified documents in his basement that he says he did not even know were classified. In a major embarrassment for the U.S. Department of Justice, his case ended last year in a misdemeanor plea deal. Now former top spokesman for the Justice Department Matthew Miller seems to be reversing his stance on the prosecution of Drake, saying the case may have been an "ill-considered choice for prosecution." All of this comes amidst the Obama administration's unprecedented attack on whisteblowers. We also speak with Drake's attorney, Jesselyn Radack, a former ethics adviser to the Justice Department and whistleblower. She is currently the director of National Security and Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower organization. Her new book is called, "TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the "American Taliban."
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Now this man fits the definition of a true "hero" IMHO.

We need more of these types to come forward.

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"The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry"

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”
.........William Henry Channing
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Yes, we need these types to come forward ... tough call if your a potential whistleblower ... JAIL, DEATH OR MAINTAIN YOUR INTEGRITY regardless of possible bad outcomes.

Obamo is such a hypocrite !!
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Yes, we need these types to come forward ... tough call if your a potential whistleblower ... JAIL, DEATH OR MAINTAIN YOUR INTEGRITY regardless of possible bad outcomes.

Obamo is such a hypocrite !!
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It is these types of situations that really call on a persons moral integrity. That is to say what it means to truly live without fear and do the "right" thing.

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"The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry"

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”
.........William Henry Channing
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