DAVID SWANSON – The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple “reports” aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. But a closer analysis finds a different reality.
VICTOR WALLIS – The more extreme the crimes of state, the more the state seeks to shroud them in secrecy. The greater the secrecy and the accompanying lies, the more vital becomes the role of whistleblowers â€“ and the more vindictive becomes the state in its pursuit of them.
ABBY ZIMET – May Day saw the Berlin unveiling of Anything To Say?, a public art project and “monument to courage” featuring life-size bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, all of whom have “lost their freedom for the truth.” The installation in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a project conceived by American journalist Charles Glass and created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, features the three whistleblowers upright on chairs, with a fourth empty chair inviting passersby to express their solidarity or their views, to “stand up, get a better view and share their courageous stance.” Says Dormino, “It is for you.”
JOHN HANRAHAN – On Monday, April 27, seven prominent national security whistleblowers called for a number of wide-ranging reforms â€” including passage of the â€œSurveillance State Repeal Act,â€ which would repeal the USA Patriot Act â€” in an effort to restore the Constitutionally guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be free from government spying. Several of the whistleblowers also said that the recent lenient sentence of probation and a fine for General David Petraeus â€” for his providing of classified information to his mistress Paula Broadwell â€” underscores the double standard of justice at work in the area of classified information handling.
NORMAN SOLOMON – The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling â€” after his conviction Monday, January 26, as a CIA whistleblower. Sterlingâ€™s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the governmentâ€™s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful â€” with the classic trash-the-whistleblower word â€œdisgruntledâ€ thrown in â€” all of which the mainline media dutifully recounted without any other perspective.
NORMAN SOLOMON – No single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price — the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the â€œwar on terror.â€ Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive. Published this week, Pay Any Price throws down an urgent gauntlet. We should pick it up. After 13 years of militarized zealotry and fear-mongering in the name of fighting terrorism, the book — subtitled â€œGreed, Power, and Endless Warâ€ — zeros in on immense horrors being perpetrated in the name of national security.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing creates a moral frequency that vast numbers of people are eager to hear. We donâ€™t want our lives, communities, country and world continually damaged by the deadening silences of fear and conformity.
RT.COM – A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a meeting with him to offer â€œa fuller pictureâ€ of the spy agencyâ€™s systemic problems.
NORMAN SOLOMON – When the State Department revoked Edward Snowdenâ€™s passport four months ago, the move was a reprisal from a surveillance-and-warfare state that operates largely in the shadows. Top officials in Washington were furious. Snowden had suddenly exposed what couldnâ€™t stand the light of day, blowing the cover of the worldâ€™s Biggest Brother.
NORMAN SOLOMON – The part of the First Amendment that prohibits â€œabridging the freedom â€¦ of the pressâ€ is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washingtonâ€™s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber — and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable. Bipartisan condemnations of Snowden are escalating from Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. More of the NSAâ€™s massive surveillance program is now visible in the light of day — which is exactly what it canâ€™t stand.