IN THIS SECTION COMMENTS GENERAL INFORMATION/HISTORY WHISTLEBLOWERS* ORGANIZATIONS/SUPPORT ACTS LEGISLATION * WHISTLEBLOWERS Black, Sandra Drake, Thomas Eastman, Gerald Edmonds, Sibel D. Ellsberg, Daniel Ginsburg, Edward Kwiatowski, Karen Kiriakou, John-Whistle-3b Kiriakou Articles MacLean, Robert Manning, Bradley/Chelsea Rowley, Coleen Ruppert, Michael (under Conspiracies) Russo, Aaron (under conspiracies) Russo, Anthony Snepp, Frank Snowden, Edward-Whistle-2a Sterling, Jeffrey Stich, Rodney (under Conspiracies) Westmoreland Whitehurst See also: Notes 2013-08/11 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COMMENTS Some whistleblowing is legitimate and helps people out, but some of it could be from actors trying to disrupt the American system and weaken it (see “softening”). Consider a compromised whistleblowing source who has gotten into opponent hands; for example, while out in the field, an agent or military person might have been overcome and tables reversed (like during an interrogation session), or abducted. Extortion is possible, like threatening to harm or kill a loved one, or to bomb an American or other public facility. Some cues whistleblowers might be in the hands of the opponent could include, but not be limited to: subdued facial expressions, like they are not saying everything or something is off; they start showing a whole new way of expressing their political beliefs, with views that seem to be that of certain opponent factions; a tendency to be consistently interviewed by certain media or journalists known or suspected to work with opponents; the feeling the whistleblower might be sexually abused or otherwise tormented - like a shift in their sexual energy or orientation; placement in prisons - even American prisons - with such prisons possibly compromised by opponents (example, Shiites, Sunnis or cartels of Hispanics/Latinos). Note 2021/01/28: On later reflection, it is suspected that Eastman should be looking into an Islamic and/or Black conspiracy to undermine American corporations and systems; watch for a “black friends” connection inside the Boeing-related union he was a member of. GENERAL INFORMATION History 1777-- Shaw/Marven blew whistle on torturing British POWs - Whistleblower Law passed 1778 by Continental Congress Along with Third Lieutenant Richard Marven, midshipman Shaw was a key figure in the passage of the first whistleblower law passed in the United States by the Continental Congress. During the Revolutionary War, the two naval officers blew the whistle on the torturing of British POWs by Commodore Esek Hopkins, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy. The Continental Congress enacted the whistleblower protection law on July 30, 1778, by a unanimous vote. In addition, it declared that the United States would defend the two against a libel suit filed against them by Hopkins. https //en wikipedia org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers List of Whistleblowers List of Whistleblowers - USA and international https: //en Whistleblower Organizations, Support National Security Whistleblowers Coalition https //www nswbc org/ War on Whistleblowers waronwhistleblowers com Whistleblowers dot org http //www whistleblowers org/meet-the-whistleblowers/824-sibel-edmonds Freedom dot press Sourcewatch dot org https //www sourcewatch org/index php/Project_On_Government_Oversight Acts, Legislation - Used For and Against Whistleblowers Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Intelligence_Community_Whistleblower_Protection_Act Excerpt: Sets forth a procedure for employees and contractors of specified federal intelligence agencies to report complaints or information to Congress about serious problems involving intelligence activities. The Act defines "urgent concern" as a "serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law or Executive order, or deficiency relating to the funding, administration, or operations of an intelligence activity involving classified information, but does not include differences of opinions concerning public policy matters"; a false statement to Congress; and taking or threatening to take certain personnel actions in retaliation for making the report to Congress. https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Intelligence_Community_Whistleblower_Protection_Act Intelligence Identities Protection Act https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Intelligence_Identities_Protection_Act FBI gov - Example of usage: Kiriakou was charged with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act for allegedly illegally disclosing the identity of a covert officer https //archives fbi gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou- charged-with-disclosing-covert-officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying- to-cias-publications-review-board Espionage Act The Espionage Act of 1917 is a United States federal law passed on June 15, 1917, shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I. It has been amended numerous times over the years. It was originally found in Title 50 of the U.S. Code (War) but is now found under Title 18, Crime.The Espionage Act of 1917 was passed, along with the Trading with the Enemy Act, just after the United States entered World War I in April 1917. It was based on the Defense Secrets Act of 1911, especially the notions of obtaining or delivering information relating to "national defense" to a person who was not "entitled to have it", itself based on an earlier British Official Secrets Act. The Espionage Act law imposed much stiffer penalties than the 1911 law, including the death penalty.[3Numerous people have criticized the use of the Espionage Act against national security leakers. A 2015 study by the PEN American Center found that almost all of the non-government representatives they interviewed, including activists, lawyers, journalists and whistleblowers, "thought the Espionage Act had been used inappropriately in leak cases that have a public interest component." PEN wrote, "experts described it as 'too blunt an instrument,' 'aggressive, broad and suppressive,' a 'tool of intimidation, 'chilling of free speech,' and a 'poor vehicle for prosecuting leakers and whistleblowers.'"[112] Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said, "the current state of whistleblowing prosecutions under the Espionage Act makes a truly fair trial wholly unavailable to an American who has exposed classified wrongdoing," and that "legal scholars have strongly argued that the US Supreme Court – which has never yet addressed the constitutionality of applying the Espionage Act to leaks to the American public – should find the use of it overbroad and unconstitutional in the absence of a public interest defense."[113] Professor at American University Washington College of Law and national security law expert Stephen Vladeck has said that the law “lacks the hallmarks of a carefully and precisely defined statutory restriction on speech.”[112] Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, said, “basically any information the whistleblower or source would want to bring up at trial to show that they are not guilty of violating the Espionage Act the jury would never hear. It’s almost a certainty that because the law is so broadly written that they would be convicted no matter what.”[112] Attorney and former whistleblower Jesselyn Radack notes that the law was enacted "35 years before the word 'classification' entered the government's lexicon" and believes that "under the Espionage Act, no prosecution of a non-spy can be fair or just."[114] She added that mounting a legal legal defense to the Espionage Act is estimated to "cost $1 million to $3 million."[1 WHISTLEBLOWERS List of Whistleblowers - USA and international https: //en A-C Black, Sandra Washington Post 2017/03/23 Energy Dept. Whistleblower finally gets justice despite agency neglect https //www washingtonpost com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/23/energy-department-whistleblower- finally-gets-justice-despite-agency-neglect/?utm_term=.389130abf5ee D-E Drake, Thomas Background In 2011 Drake was awarded the Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling and was co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award. (Wikipedia) Al Jazeera 2015/11/12 NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake protections espionage In 2010, Drake, a senior executive with the National Security Agency from 2001 to 2008, was indicted under the Espionage Act by Barack Obama’s administration for leaking classified information, after speaking out on secret mass surveillance programs, multibillion-dollar fraud and intelligence failures from 9/11. He was the first U.S. whistleblower to be charged under the Espionage Act since Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 and faced 35 years in prison before the government’s charges against him were ultimately dropped in 2011. http //america aljazeera com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/11/12/nsa-whistleblower- thomas-drake-protections-espionage.html Video: Silenced (2015) Whistleblower dot org Thomas Drake https //www whistleblower org/bio-thomas-drake Americans Who Tell the Truth: Thomas Drake roundtable/2428809/ frontline-interview-thomas-drake/ Eastman, Gerald Boeing Corruption: On Boeing Inspection/Rollerstamping Corruption Pogoblog http //pogoblog typepad com/pogo/2008/03/whistleblowing html Edmonds, Sibel D. Background: Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI's Washington Field Office. During her work there, she reported serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence. After she reported these acts to FBI management, she was fired in March 2002. Since that time, court proceedings on her issues have been blocked by the assertion of "State Secret Privilege" by the attorney general. The Congress of the United States has been gagged and prevented from discussion of her case through retroactive re-classification by the Department of Justice. https //www democraticunderground com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x182938 2004 Sam Adams Foundation Award PEN American Center awarded Ms. Edmonds the 2006 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her "commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy." Books: Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir (2012) The Lone Gladio (2014) A Review of the FBI's Actions: In Connection With Allegations Raised By Contract Linguist Sibel Edmonds (2005) by U.S. Department of Justice ACLU Sibel Edmonds Patriot Silenced Unjustly fired fighting back help keep America safe safe Excerpt: Sibel Edmonds, a 32-year-old Turkish-American, was hired as a translator by the FBI shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 because of her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages. She was fired less than a year later in March 2002 for reporting shoddy work and security breaches to her supervisors that could have prevented those attacks. Edmonds has been fighting the corruption permeating the FBI since her unfair dismissal and sued to contest her firing in July 2002. On July 6, 2004 , Judge Reggie Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Edmonds' case, citing the government's state secrets privilege. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing Edmonds in her appeal of that ruling. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 21, 2005. safe Just A Citizen
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