Original post made by Ted Rudow III, MA on May 23, 2013
The use of the Espionage Act, to essentially silence whistleblowers within the governmentKiriakou, Drake and others, although Kiriakou went to jail onpled out on another chargethe FISA Amendment Act, which allows for warrantless wiretapping, the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the stripping of American citizens of due process and indefinite detention. And it is one more assault in a long series of assault against freedom of information and freedom of the press.
And I would also, of course, throw in the persecution of Julian Assange at WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning as part of that process all of these measures to essentially shut down the freedom of information, as symptomatic of a reconfiguration of our society into a totalitarian security and surveillance state. One where anyone who challenges the official narrative, who digs out cases of torture, war crimeswhich is, of course, what Manning and Assange presented to the American publicis going to be ruthlessly silenced.
on May 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Why does Obama keep Eric Holder on, especially after the Fast and Furious scandal that cost the lives of DEA agents and Border Patrol?
The guy is amoral, and a danger to society
on May 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm
@difference: Bush had a similar program in 2006 and 2007, called Wide Receiver -- both were run out of the ATF's Phoenix office. The ATF agents decided in the fall of 2009 to start up the gun-walking practice again.
Did you complain when it happened under Bush, or are you a hypocrite that just waited until you could blame Obama?
@Ted: yes, the tools available to shut down whistleblowers are pervasive. Time to end the so called War On A Tactic (terrah!) and reestablish the Bill of Rights.
America is about FREEDOM.
on May 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm
I don't see Julian Assange and Bradley Manning as the issue here. Those two guys conspired to let out classified information. They broke the law and they should be prosecuted.
The AP situation is entirely different because they are using searches (and not notifying their target) based upon a set of reporter's questions that were asked --- not based upon an actual and purposeful effort to break the law and/or leak classified information to the public.