Obama Is Officially Bragging About Cracking Down On Whistleblowers

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Obama is bragging about using the Espionage Act twice as many as all other administrations combined to prosecute those who revealed CIA torture and other government crimes.

Not only is Obama not ashamed that he used archaic World World 1 era laws to prosecute whistle-blowers that revealed a variety of US government crimes hidden from the public under the pretense of National Insecurity but his is now bragging about it.

In a fact check countering claims from the Republican Party Obama has been weak on leaks Nation security Obama brags about how he has used the Espionage Act to go after such whistleblowers twice as much as all previous Presidents combined.

This comes from the man who claimed he would be the transparent administration ever.

Instead Obama has chose to wage war on the likes of those who revealed the true extent of US government crimes.

The targets aren’t those who are giving sensitive military information to our enemies.

Instead the targets have been those who have leaked information on fascist Gestapo crimes that run the gamut of everything from CIA torture and kidnappings to information about illegal unconstitutional  spying on American citizens and the murder of innocent civilians in illegal overseas wars.

As the Daily Sheep reports:

The Obama Administration is Officially Bragging About Cracking Down on Whistleblowing!

The Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many cases under the Espionage Act as all other administrations combined.

You’ve got to love our President.  In one his first official memos to federal agencies after his inauguration our Puppet in Chief wrote:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Public engagement enhances the Government’s effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.

Fast forward to 2012, and this is what Obama is officially bragging about on his own website!

The Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many cases under the Espionage Act as all other administrations combined.

Under the President, the Justice Department has prosecuted six cases regarding national security leaks.

Before he took office, federal prosecutors had used the Espionage Act in only three cases.

Read it here.

Never in my life have I come across a bigger pathological liar.  Change you can believe in!

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Here’s one of many articles here on The Alexander Higgins Blog exposing the hypocrisy of Obama’s War On Whistleblowers:

Under Obama 6 Whistleblowers Charged With Espionage

To ensure the survival of systematic of fraud, corruption and criminal behavior, 6 whistleblowers have been charged under the World War 1 era Espionage Act – more than any other administration in history

The espionage charges filed under Obama are just one of many techniques the crooked establishment uses to silence those seeking to restore America to her greatness by tearing down the foundation of fraud and corruption and fraud being used to exploit the masses for financial gain with a campaign of terror, propaganda, war and death.

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The campaign against whistleblowers in Washington

On January 23, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified informationto journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects. His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort.

Kiriakou’s plight will clearly be but one more battle in a broader war to ensure that government actions and sunshine policies don’t go together. By now, there can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistleblowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organised strategy to deprive those in the US of any knowledge of the more disreputable things that their government does. How it plays out in court and elsewhere will significantly affect our democracy.

The Obama administration has already charged more people – six – under the Espionage Act for alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined. (Prior to Obama, there were only three such cases in US history.)

Kiriakou, in particular, is accused of giving information about the CIA’s torture programmes to reporters two years ago. Like the other five whistleblowers, he has been charged under the draconian World War I-era Espionage Act.

Listening Post: Bradley Manning vs the US military

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hat act has a sordid history, having once been used against the government’s political opponents. Targets included labour leaders and radicals such as Eugene V Debs, Bill Haywood, Philip Randolph, Victor Berger, John Reed, Max Eastman and Emma Goldman. Debs, a union leader and socialist candidate for the presidency, was, in fact, sentenced to ten years in jail for a speech attacking the Espionage Act itself. The Nixon administration infamously (and unsuccessfully) invoked the act to bar the New York Times from continuing to publish the classified Pentagon Papers.

Yet, extreme as use of the Espionage Act against government insiders and whistleblowers may be, it’s only one part of the Obama administration’s attempt to sideline, if not always put away, those it wants to silence. Increasingly, federal agencies or departments intent on punishing a whistleblower are also resorting to extra-legal means. They are, for instance, manipulating personnel rules that cannot be easily challenged and do not require the production of evidence. And sometimes, they are moving beyond traditional notions of “punishment” and simply seeking to destroy the lives of those who dissent.

The well-reported case of Thomas Drake is an example. As an employee, Drake revealed to the press that the National Security Agency (NSA) spent $1.2 billion on a contract for a data collection programme called Trailblazer when the work could have been done in-house for $3 million. The NSA’s response? Drake’s home was raided at gunpoint and the agency forced him out of his job.

“The government convinced themselves I was a bad guy, an enemy of the state, and went after me with everything they had, seeking to destroy my life, my livelihood, and my person – the politics of personal destruction, while also engaging in abject, cut-throat character assassination, a complete fabrication and frame up,” Drake told Antiwar.com.

His attorney added: “Marriages are strained, and spouses’ professional lives suffer as much as their personal lives. Too often, whistleblowers end up broken, blacklisted and bankrupted.”

In Kiriakou’s case, the CIA found an excuse to fire his wife, also employed by the agency, while she was on maternity leave. Whistleblower Bradley Manning, accused of leaking army and State Department documents to the website WikiLeaks, spent more than a year in the worst of punitive conditions in a US Marine prison and was denied the chance even to appear in court to defend himself until almost two years after his arrest. Former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Morris Davis lost his career as a researcher at the Library of Congress for writing a critical op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and a letter to the editor at the Washington Post on double standards at the infamous prison, as didRobert MacClean for blowing the whistle on the Transportation Security Administration.

“Four employees of the Air Force Mortuary in Dover, Delaware, attempted to address shortcomings at the facility, which handles the remains of all US service members who die overseas.”

Four employees of the Air Force Mortuary in Dover, Delaware, attempted to address shortcomings at the facility, which handles the remains of all US service members who die overseas.Retaliation against them included firings, the placing of employees on indefinite administrative leave, and the imposition of five-day suspensions. The story repeats itself in the context of whistleblowers now suing the Food and Drug Administration for electronically spying on them when they tried to alert Congress about misconduct at the agency. We are waiting to see the army’s reaction to whistleblower Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, who documented publicly this week that senior leaders of the Department of Defense intentionally and consistently misled the American people and Congress on the conduct and progress of the Afghan War.

And this remains the most partial of lists, when it comes to recent examples of non-judicial government retaliation against whistleblowers.

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