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Updates:  12/23/2017 Stich, Rodney separate page; 12/03/2017 Coleen Rowley added; 12/02/2017 Kirakou separate page created; 11/24/2017: Kiriakou book added The Convenient Terrorist. 11/21/2017 kiriakou fbi case; espionage act, more on 11/19/2017 Russo, Anthony added; 11/12/2017 Kiriakou open letter on CIA abuses/Shadowproof 05/29/2013; Guardian/05/30/2013; snepp, whitehurst, ruppert, kwiatkowski added but not filled in yet; 11/08/2017 Kiriakou ABC 2007 article Coming in From Cold; 11/04/2017 Black, Sandra section started; Kiriakou and Sterling/shadproof article excerpt/link added. 10/02/2017 Kiriakou/Voices of Liberty video clips; 09/30/2017 Drake background and several links; Manning, The Guardian; Kiriakou background material added: The Real News, IPS; 09/29/2017 edmonds, manning; 09/27/2017 Edmonds 09/21/2017 Mannng The Real News/Kiriakou; Daniel Ellsberg The Real news/Wikipedia; Edward Ginsberg section added; John Kiriakou;his books; The Guardian/Truth Dig/The Real News/NY Times; 09/19/2017 “in this section”menu started; week of 09/18/2017 Gerald Eastman ex-Boeing quality assurance (QA) inspector WHISTLEBLOWERS See also:   Notes 2013-08/11 Brief LinkS (Separate page)     General Information     General Information:   History     List of whistleblowers     Whistleblower orgs/support     Acts/Legislation          Whistleblowers:     Black     Drake     Eastman     Edmonds     Ellsberg     Ginsburg     Kwiatowski     Kiriakou (on separate page)     MacLean     Manning      Rowley     Ruppert     Russo Anthony     Snepp     Snowden     Sterling    Stich (on Separate page)    Westmoreland     Whitehurst 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 wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers 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 https://freedom.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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act_of_1917 WHISTLEBLOWERS A--G Black, Sandra Washington Post: Energy Dept. Whistleblower finally gets justice despite agency neglect (03/23/2017) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/23/energy-department-whistleblower-finally-gets-justice- despite-agency-neglect/?utm_term=.389130abf5ee 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) 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 http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/thomas-drake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HalZBxN133Q https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/16/snowden-whistleblower-nsa-officials-roundtable/2428809/ http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/nsa-whistleblower-retail-store/2015/07/30/id/659735/ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/how-pentagon-punished-nsa-whistleblowers http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/united-states-of-secrets/the-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 https://www.aclu.org/other/sibel-edmonds-patriot-silenced-unjustly-fired-fighting-back-help-keep-america-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. https://www.aclu.org/other/sibel-edmonds-patriot-silenced-unjustly-fired-fighting-back-help-keep-america-safe Just A Citizen https://www.justacitizen.com/ Tom Woods   Silenced Whistleblower Defies Authorities A Conversation with Sibel Edmonds (03/30/2016) http://tomwoods.com/ep-629-silenced-whistleblower-defies-authorities-a-conversation-with-sibel-edmonds/ Vanity Fair. By David Rose (09/2005) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2005/09/edmonds200509 Ellsberg, Daniel Daniel Ellsberg: his website http://www.ellsberg.net/ Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg The Real News:  Ellsberg: From Vietnam to Afghanistan (10/25/2009) Ellsberg: As President Obama decides what to do in Afghanistan he must learn the lessons of Vietnam http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=4375 Daniel Ellsberg: We Need Whistleblowers to Stop Murder (01/24/2011) Daniel Ellsberg: There was no law against leaking the Pentagon Papers nor is there now against WikiLeaks http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6132 Ginsburg, Edward Boston Globe: The Whistleblower Edward Ginsburg (12/18/2005) https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2005/12/18/the-whistle-blower-edward- ginsburg/EvOVVomx8ZL35AOEVuNLBJ/story.html Excerpt:  He’s the one who blew the lid on the Big Dig’s leak problems. He’s the one who stripped away the project’s veneer of invincibility and may well be, more than anyone, responsible for the work being done to make the tunnels safer and to hold contractors accountable. For all of this, Edward Ginsburg is the one we are naming 2005 Bostonian of the Year. https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2005/12/18/the-whistle-blower-edward- ginsburg/EvOVVomx8ZL35AOEVuNLBJ/story.html H-K-L Kiriakou, John  - see separate page M-N Maclean, Robert   The War on Whistleblowers May Have a "Chilling Effect on Future Acts of Conscience" The Department of Justice is taking its case against former Air Marshal Robert MacLean all the way to the Supreme Court. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/war-on-whistleblowers-robert-maclean-fired-department-justice-supreme-court Manning, Bradley/Chelsea see General Notes entry 07/11/2016 Background:  This, of course, is because the US says Manning took 250,000 diplomatic embassy cables and a trove of sensitive military documents and sent them to the website WikiLeaks. Among the documents Pfc. Manning allegedly leaked are the Afghan War Diaries, the Iraq War Logs, secret diplomatic communications, and a video of US soldiers firing at Iraqi civilians and journalists from the air in a clip that was dubbed “Collateral Murder.” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/yv54x7/the-torture-of-bradley-manning The Real News:  CIA Whistleblower: Harvard Picks Torture Apologists Over Chelsea Manning. By Aaron Mate (09/15/2017) Harvard's rescinding of Chelsea Manning's visiting fellowship -- following a backlash from current and former US officials -- is a 'disgrace,' says CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou on Manning http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20004 CNN:  Chelsea Manning release By Emanuella Grinberg and Eliott C. McLaughlin (05/17/2017) http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/chelsea-manning-release/index.html Consortium News: The Humiliation of Bradley Manning (11/28/2012) https://consortiumnews.com/2012/11/28/the-humiliation-of-bradley-manning/ The Guardian: Bradley Manning Cruel Inhuman Treatment. By Ed Pilkington (03/12/2012) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/12/bradley-manning-cruel-inhuman-treatment-un Excerpt: The UN special rapporteur on torture has formally accused the US government of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment towards Bradley Manning, the US soldier who was held in solitary confinement for almost a year on suspicion of being the WikiLeaks source.  Juan Mendez has completed a 14-month investigation into the treatment of Manning since the soldier's arrest at a US military base in May 2010. He concludes that the US military was at least culpable of cruel and inhumane treatment in keeping Manning locked up alone for 23 hours a day over an 11-month period in conditions that he also found might have constituted torture.  "The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence," Mendez writes.But the Pentagon's arguments did not impress the special rapporteur. He stressed in his final conclusions that "solitary confinement is a harsh measure which may cause serious psychological and physiological adverse effects on individuals regardless of their specific conditions." Moreover, "[d]epending on the specific reason for its application, conditions, length, effects and other circumstances, solitary confinement can amount to a breach of article seven of the international covenant on civil and political rights, and to an act defined in article one or article 16 of the convention against torture." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/12/bradley-manning-cruel-inhuman-treatment-un New York Times: The Long Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning (06/12/2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/magazine/the-long-lonely-road-of-chelsea-manning.html?mcubz=0 Chelsea Manning Sentance - Obama (01/13/2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/us/chelsea-manning-sentence-obama.html?mcubz=0 Biography https://www.biography.com/people/chelsea-manning-21299995 The Guardian: Bradley Manning 35 years prison Wikileaks sentence 08/21/(2013) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/21/bradley-manning-35-years-prison-wikileaks-sentence Vice: The Torture of Bradley Manning.  By Andrew Blake (12/15/2012) https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/yv54x7/the-torture-of-bradley-manning Excerpt:  When only 22 years old, Pfc. Manning was arrested at his barrack in Baghdad and dragged off to Kuwait, then to perhaps the worst locale yet— Quantico, Virginia—for the longest stretch of the two-and-a-half years of imprisonment that’s been condemned by the United Nations and Nobel laureates as tantamount to torture. Pfc. Manning won’t be court- martialed by a military judge until next March, and at that point he’ll likely have spent over 1,000 days—ten percent of his life—in solitary confinement. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/yv54x7/the-torture-of-bradley-manning Wired: Bradley Manning Sentenced (08/2013) https://www.wired.com/2013/08/bradley-manning-sentenced/ O-R-S-T Rowley, Coleen See System Abuse/FBI/Coleen  Rowley Ruppert, Michael See Ruppert, Michael  Russo, Anthony https://www.thenation.com/article/secret-origins-cias-torture-program-and-forgotten-man-who-tried-expose-it/ Snepp, Frank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers Excerpt:  CIA analyst at the US Embassy, Saigon who published Decent Interval in 1977 about Operation Frequent Wind and the failures of the CIA and other American entities to properly prepare for the Fall of Saigon. Although he redacted all names, methods, and sources from the book, after it was published, CIA Director Stansfield Turner had Snepp successfully prosecuted for breach of contract for violating his non-disclosure agreement.[30] Snepp lost all income, including royalties, from publication of the book, a verdict upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19780307&id=cZgzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GI0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3410,1237679 Edward Snowden See System Abuse Snowden Jeffrey Sterling, former CIA officer Background https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/26/cia-poised-crackdown-whistleblowers-torture-program-restored/ Excerpt: Jeffrey Sterling, an African American CIA officer, was imprisoned at a federal correctional facility in Littleton, Colorado, about 900 miles away from his wife and family in St. Louis. He stood up to the CIA and brought a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency in 2002. It was dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2005 after the government invoked the “state secrets privilege.”  He then informed the Senate intelligence committee he had knowledge of waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality related to Operation Merlin, a botched operation which involved passing on flawed nuclear blueprints to Iran officials. Instead of investigating his claims, he became the target of a leak prosecution.  Sterling was convicted in 2015 by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia through largely circumstantial evidence. It was never proven that he leaked any details about Operation Merlin to New York Times reporter James Risen. Nevertheless, he was convicted of multiple offenses under the Espionage Act and sentenced to 42 months in prison, and his life was utterly destroyed. https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/26/cia-poised-crackdown-whistleblowers-torture-program-restored/ http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10707 Excerpt:  A federal indictment accuses former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling of giving classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about a CIA operation that provided flawed nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran in 2000.  The charges in that indictment are unproven, and a trial is set for January 2015. But no one disputes that Sterling told Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about that CIA action, which was dubbed Operation Merlin.   As Risen documented in his book State of War, Operation Merlin was ill-conceived and dangerous.   DropTheCharges.org Follow daily coverage of the trial at ExposeFacts.org. Background: >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Leaky CIA's Case Against Alleged Leaker" >>  Norman Solomon, Marcy Wheeler, The Nation: "The Government War Against Reporter James Risen" >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Government’s Single-Source Theory of Journalism" >>  Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times, "CIA Leaked Classified Information to Support Program" >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers" >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Grassley Questions Why DOD IG Cannot Report on Leaks" In the name of countering nuclear proliferation, the CIA risked promoting it. The prosecution of Sterling smacks of selective prosecution. General James Cartwright, who reportedly leaked information on far more recent and sensitive counter-proliferation efforts against Iran, has not faced prosecution. And the Defense Department’s top officials cannot even be identified as leakers by that agency’s Inspector General reports, which apparently protected the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from scrutiny for leaking classified information about the raid on Osama bin Laden. http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10707 Shadowland https://shadowproof.com/prison-protest/ Stich, Rodney see separate page U-Z Westmoreland , Cian Drone abuse US military See General Notes 07/03/2016 https://www.facebook.com/InternetPartyNZ/videos/1235147086591726/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/us-drone-whistleblowers-brussels-european-parliament http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/whistleblowers-expose-drone-warfare/7666542 https://theintercept.com/2015/11/19/former-drone-operators-say-they-were-horrified-by-cruelty-of-assassination-program/
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