Skip to comments.Whistleblowers denounce Obama administration's secrecy crackdown
Posted on 03/28/2012 8:32:19 PM PDT by libertarian27
SOUTH HADLEY Three prominent whistleblowers appearing at Mount Holyoke College Wednesday said exposing government misconduct has become more daunting during the Obama administration, despite the presidents assurances to the contrary.
The speakers Daniel Ellsberg, best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971; Jesselyn Radack, author and former U.S. Justice Department lawyer; and Thomas Drake, former National Security Agency official targeted in an aborted espionage prosecution said the government has become increasingly aggressive in protecting disclosure of embarrassing or illegal activities.
This is the most aggressively secretive administration weve seen, said Ellsworth, the first American to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act for leaking the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971.
In addition to charges against Ellsworth and a co-defendant, which were dismissed in 1973, two others individuals were prosecuted for leaking secrets before Obama took office in 2008, Ellsworth said. Since then, six whistleblower cases have been filed under the Espionage Act, representing a dramatic, if largely unheralded, shift in national policy, Ellsworth said.
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Must have been a pretty interesting lecture to attend for Mount Holyoke College in the Progressive Happy Valley of MA.
Lefties eating lefties. Great fun!
The secrecy is to prevent the public from worrying about the corruption, or finding out the truth about the incompetence. Other than that, it is simply the overthrow of the US being carried out without exposure to political criticism. Obama is a sensitive, young lad who doesn’t perform well under pressure.
When you’ve lost Ellsberg, you’ve lost the left.
Gonna be a hot summer.
The speakers -- Daniel Ellsberg, best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971; Jesselyn Radack, author and former U.S. Justice Department lawyer; and Thomas Drake, former National Security Agency official targeted in an aborted espionage prosecution -- said the government has become increasingly aggressive in protecting disclosure of embarrassing or illegal activities. "This is the most aggressively secretive administration weâve seen," said Ellsworth...WTH Ellsworth is, eh? Nice "journalism" job, the same kind of fact-checking that led to the Kenyan-born Muzzie being forced into the White House in the first place.
Wait. Who’s “Ellsworth”?
This site/paper is known for errors - I just cut n’ paste....they’ll get around to fixing it - it’s already been adjusted once that I can see by the time stamps....lol
FYI, I had to check abut the Pentagon Papers, but they didn’t even have info from the Nixon years. Only 1945-1967. Of course, with disagreements with people like Ellsberg, the left will say this proves Obama is a centrist.
I don't know about that - many of the far left revere Ellsberg, the run-of-the-mill dems think his name is Ellsworth - like this reporter....
Either way, interesting story and quotes.
More shotty journalism. They can’ even get his name right Ellsberg changed to Ellsworh after the second paragraph. Pathetic!!!!
Isn’t he the Dan Akroyd character from the Blues Brothers?
Another article about the lecture - from the Daily Hampshire Gazette (References Barry only once - it’s all Bush’s fault)
Whistleblowers can pay heavy price for speaking out
Ellwood isn’t it?
Mandatory reading, ‘Throw Them All Out’ by Schweitzer for all Americans especially students.
Considering the historical ends that are typically delivered upon Useful Idiot quislings like Comrade Elsberg — once their usefulness is ended — he has good reason to be worried.