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  •  Transparent administration? (11+ / 0-)

    This is what Candidate Obama (CO) promised. But there is someone else in the white house.

    Or was he a Manchurian candidate who fooled some of us?

    These attacks on whistle blowers are being done to discourage others to speak out.

    With the collapse of journalism and corporate ownership of the press, and an unengaged public, it is increasingly necessary to have whistle blowers to know what the government is doing and how various efforts are doing.

    With the prosecution under the espionage act, Obama is setting new records of hiding from the public.

    What else has been done in our name, but we don't have any idea about?
     

    •  Also in WaPo today (18+ / 0-)
      Obama administration officials reject charges that they are “trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court,” as ABC News reporter Jake Tapper put it last month.

      Yet, Tapper’s question during a White House briefing drew national attention to a growing sense of unease among whistleblower and good-government types who feel President Obama isn’t fully living up to his billing, despite welcomed appointments to whistleblower-protection agencies. . . . .

      “Obama’s Justice Department has sent a clear message of fear and intimidation by vigorously pursuing prosecutions of whistleblowers and so-called leakers, rather than the people whose misconduct was being disclosed,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:56:07 AM PDT

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    •  This is part of the reason politicalcompass.org (6+ / 0-)

      has put the Obama administration at (+6.0, +6.0), firmly in the authoritarian right.

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 07:16:15 AM PDT

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    •  Is this the America that we really want? (5+ / 0-)
      The Obama administration, to make matters worse, has mounted a war not only against those who leak information but those who publish it, including Assange.

      The Obama administration is attempting to force New York Times reporter James Risen to name the source, or sources, that told him about a failed effort by the Central Intelligence Agency to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, is charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking information about the program to Risen.

      If Risen confirms in court that Sterling was his source, Sterling probably will be convicted. A Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Espionage Act in a leak case would also remove the legal protection that traditionally allows journalists to refuse to reveal their sources.

      http://www.truthdig.com/...

      Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

      by allenjo on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 07:45:04 AM PDT

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      •  Yemeni journalist current example of Obama (4+ / 0-)
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        administration going after journalist who reports stuff they don't like, as Glenn Greenwald reported yesterday, Obama’s personal role in a journalist’s imprisonment, and as Amy Gooman featured on Democracy Now! this morning.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:48:41 AM PDT

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        •  It was Shaye’s journalism that led (3+ / 0-)
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          Thanks for the link, lysias. I read a bit yesterday, but this is a great article.

          It was Shaye’s journalism that led Amnesty International to show the world the evidence that it was the U.S. which had perpetrated the attack using cluster bombs, and media outlets to reveal the horrifying extent of the civilian deaths.

          Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

          by allenjo on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:14:34 AM PDT

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        •  when President Obama intervened (3+ / 0-)
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          Despite that important journalism — or, more accurately, because of it — Shaye is now in prison, thanks largely to President Obama himself. For the past two years, Shaye has been arrested, beaten, and held in solitary confinement by the security forces of Saleh, America’s obedient tyrant. In January, 2011, he was convicted in a Yemeni court of terrorism-related charges — alleging that he was not a reporter covering Al Qaeda but a mouthpiece for it — in a proceeding widely condemned by human rights groups around the world. “There are strong indications that the charges against [Shaye] are trumped up and that he has been jailed solely for daring to speak out about US collaboration in a cluster munitions attack which took place in Yemen,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, told Scahill. The Yemen expert, Johnsen, added: “There is no publicly available evidence to suggest that Abdulelah was anything other than a journalist attempting to do his job.”

          Shaye’s real crime is that he reported facts that the U.S. government and its Yemeni client regime wanted suppressed. But while the imprisonment of this journalist was ignored in the U.S, it became a significant controversy in Yemen. Numerous Yemeni tribal leaders, sheiks and activist groups agitated for his release, and in response, President Saleh, as the Yemeni press reported, had a pardon drawn up for him and was ready to sign it. That came to a halt when President Obama intervened...

          http://www.salon.com/...

          Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

          by allenjo on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:30:29 AM PDT

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          •  President Obama - we hardly knew yee (0+ / 0-)
            As we now know, on December 17, 2009, President Obama ordered an air attack — using Tomahawk cruise missiles and cluster bombs — on the village of al Majala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province; the strike ended the lives of 14 women and 21 children.
            It was Shaye’s journalism that led Amnesty International to show the world the evidence that it was the U.S. which had perpetrated the attack using cluster bombs, and media outlets to reveal the horrifying extent of the civilian deaths.
            http://www.salon.com/...

            Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

            by allenjo on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 03:01:10 PM PDT

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    •  speaking of discouraging others... (1+ / 0-)
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      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:14:52 AM PDT

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