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  •  A minor correction: (0+ / 0-)

    Obama has invoked the Espionage Act 6 times in his presidency. You claim that this is more than twice as many as all other presidents combined. I'm afraid that's just not true.

    As you can see, Clinton and Bush senior alone prosecuted more people under the act than Obama has. Reagan currently has the record for most prosecutions, with 5 in one year ( Perhaps you are referring to a specific section of the act concerning information leaks? If that's the case, it might be better to make that more clear.

    Other than that, while I disagree with some parts (such as the condemnation of Al-Awlaki's death), I think you raise a good point of Holder focusing more energy on whistleblowers than crimes of the previous administration.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 09:32:22 AM PDT

    •  Espionage Act Invocation by Obama Administration (5+ / 0-)
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      Current Administration has used the Espionage Act against non-spy Americans more than all other Administrations combined.

      Daniel Ellsberg was the first.

      Espionage Act is a WWI-era statute designed to go after spies and NOT whistleblowers.

      It is incredibly overreaching and heavy handed on the part of the government to abuse/misuse in such an egregious manner - treating whistleblowers and truth tellers in the same manner as spies and then prosecuting them as criminals for revealing government wrongdoing and criminal conduct - including torture, rendition, warrantless wiretapping/electronic surveillance, war crimes and more.

      It is a direct assault on the 1st Amendment. Speak truth to power and you will get hammered and hammered hard.

      In addition, as a whistleblower my protected communications and cooperation with official government investigations into NSA fraud, waste and abuse and illegalities were utterly compromised during their criminal prosecution against me.

      As one on the receiving end of such a blunt instrument of injustice who managed in the end to hold them off after a multi-year, multi-million dollar concerted effort to put me away for many years while sending the most chilling of messages, I find the government's retaliatory prosecutions against whistleblowers unconscionable while the perpetrators and authors of government wrongdoing and illegalities get off scot free - remaining well protected and well supported by the national security regime.

      Trust this clarifies.

      "Truth is treason in the empire of lies." - George Orwell

      by Thomas Drake on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 10:06:50 AM PDT

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      •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

        But one question: who decides who is a whistleblower and what is a legitimate leak? There are some leaks, such as the leak of Valerie Plume's name, which may have legitimate security problems. I'm not saying anything about your particular case, but what do we use to determine the legitimacy of a leak?

        Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

        by MrAnon on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 11:39:53 AM PDT

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    •  Rereading that sentence might clarify. (2+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, BradyB
      To say nothing of the fact that Holder's Justice Department has waged a war on whistleblowers, bringing twice as many Espionage Act prosecutions for alleged mishandling of classified information against so-called "leakers" - who are usually whistleblowers - than all past administrations combined.

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