WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS NEWSLETTER, Series 2, #5, May 9,
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
#1 May 18, 2015
#2 Aug. 6, 2016
#3 Dec. 13, 2018
#4 Oct. 3, 2019
#5 May 9, 2021
CONTENTS WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS NEWSLETTER, SERIES 2, #5, MAY 9, 2021
Webinar May 18, Noon, Distinguished Panel of Radack, Kiriakou, Kelly
Corporate Ag-Gag v. First Amendment
Whistleblowers and Leakers
NATIONAL AG-GAG RULE ASSAULT ON FIRST AMENDMENT V. TRUTH, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS
Exposing Corporate-Backed Attacks on Activists and Whistleblowers
1:04 PM (1 hour ago)
INDIVIDUAL WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS
4-3-18 In this new video,
Katharine Gun describes how she saw U.S. war preparations in September
2002 and knew the United States was
going to attack Iraq in a major way, even while President George W. Bush was
claiming to be trying to avoid war.
Watch the video.
RootsAction Education Fund is in desperate need of funding. We will not be able to continue supporting brave
whistleblowers unless people who care now pitch in and help a bit. If you
appreciate what we do, please click here to fund our work
with a tax-deductible donation and watch Gun's video.
Katharine Gun was a 28-year-old linguist and analyst at GCHQ when Prime
Minister Tony Blair was teaming up with President Bush, eager to push a
resolution through the UN Security Council for an invasion of Iraq.
On the last day of January 2003, Gun recounts, she and other GCHQ employees
“received an email from a senior official at the National Security Agency. It
said the agency was ‘mounting a surge particularly directed at the UN Security
Council members,’ and that it wanted ‘the whole gamut of information that could
give U.S. policymakers an edge in obtaining results favorable to U.S. goals or
to head off surprises.’” In other words, the Bush and Blair
governments wanted to eavesdrop on key UN delegations and then manipulate or
even blackmail them into voting for war.
In this video -- speaking at a recent news conference that the RootsAction
Education Fund co-sponsored with ExposeFacts in London -- Gun describes her
reaction to the email as immediate and automatic, the same as
if she'd seen a child wandering into a busy road. Gun responded with basic human decency. Yet, over 100 other people
received the same email and did not react as Gun did.
Click here to watch the video and
to help us support such rare and courageous whistleblowers.
Your donation is tax-deductible.
Gun took action: “I was furious when I read that email and leaked it. Soon
afterwards, when theObserver ran a front-page story -- ‘US dirty
tricks to win vote on Iraq war’ -- I confessed to the leak and was arrested on
suspicion of the breach of section 1 of the Official Secrets Act.”
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has called what Katharine Gun did
“the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen.... No one else -- including myself -- has ever
done what Gun did: tell secret truths at personal risk, before an imminent war,
in time, possibly, to avert it.”
AFFIRMATIVE GOVERNMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISMANTLED BY TRUMP, AGENCY BY AGENCY, BUT SOME RESIST: JOEL CLEMENT HERO OF THE PEOPLE --D
· TOPICS > SCIENCE
Interior official turns whistle-blower, claiming retaliation for climate change work
August 2, 2017 at 6:20 PM EDT
A government scientist who studied dangerous climate change in the Arctic got an ironic reassignment at the Interior Department from the Trump administration: collecting checks from oil and gas companies. Joel Clement, the former director of the Interior Department Office of Policy Analysis, believes he was reassigned because he worked on climate change. Clement joins William Brangham to explain.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, what do you do when your job changes, but you don’t agree with the change?
For one government scientist, it forced him into the role of a reluctant whistle-blower.
Our William Brangham has our conversation.
Recently, Joel Clement had been working as a senior policy official in the Department of the Interior. His work included the Arctic and the dangerous climate change posed.
But, in June, he was reassigned, along with several dozen others, to a completely different position unrelated to his previous work.
Last week, Clement went public in a The Washington Post op-ed alleging that he was reassigned because of his work on climate change. He said he was now — quote — “a whistle-blower on an administration that chooses silence over science.”
Joel Clement joins me now.
Welcome to the NewsHour. MORE https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/interior-official-turns-whistleblower-claiming-retaliation-climate-change-work
I reported on Bravehearts and Traitor in both #3 and #4, and again on Drake and
Kiriakou in #4.
Let's help pay the price of freedom and democracy
7:03 AM (3 hours ago)
REMEMERING THE TORTURE AND PERSCUTION OF CHELSEA
[see manning newsletters: ]
Remembering: “Serving 35-Year
Sentence for Leaking Documents, Manning Tries Suicide Again.” (NYT). NADG (Nov. 5, 2016). Chelsea Manning “tried to
kill herself a second time last month” as her solitary confinement was
reimposed that had been “punishment for a previous attempt to end her life in
Chelsea Manning: to those who kept me alive all these years, thank you.
REMEMBERING, NOT FORGETTING
The following 3 items are from Transcend Media Service Weekly Digest, 9-2/8-2019
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service
On Monday, 2 Sep, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will perform his classic ‘Wish You Were Here’ outside the Home Office (Interior Ministry) on Marsham Street in the heart of London. I will be speaking. Join us at 6 p.m. in solidarity with Britain’s major political prisoner. Read more...
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service
28 Aug 2019 – Australian clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson has been an outspoken defender of Julian Assange. Earlier this year she wrote an extensive five-part investigative series titled “The Psychology of Getting Julian Assange.” Johnson provided the following responses to a series of questions earlier this week. Read more...
Mnar Muhawesh - MintPress News
26 Aug 2019 – The role of journalism in a democracy is publishing information that empowers the public to become more engaged citizens so that we can vote in representatives that work in the interest of “we the people.” The same media that has spent years dragging Assange’s name through the mud is now engaging in a blackout on his treatment. If you are waiting for corporate media pundits to defend freedom of the press, you’re going to be disappointed.
Edward Snowden. Newsletter #4
Bravehearts by Mark Hertsgaard Features Numerous Past and Present GAP Clients Revealing A New Chapter In The Edward Snowden Story And Highlighting The Whistle Blowers Who Pay With Their Lives to Save Ours. https://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/2019/10/whistleblowers-and-leakers-newsletter-4.html
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu convicted again over meetings
with US citizens
(Also in Nuclear Resister). 23 JANUARY 2017 • 6:56PM
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National Whistleblower Center - Wikipedia
The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax exempt, educational and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1988 by the lawyers Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. As of March 2019, John Kostyack is the executive director.
Government Accountability Project
I have reported on this excellent NGO several times, for example #3: https://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/2018/12/whistleblower-newsletter-series-2-3.html
CONTENTS: WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS NEWSLETTER, Series 2, #4, October 3, 2019.
Reporting in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Whistleblower, the Newsletter of Government Accountability Project
Bravehearts by Mark Hertsgaard
Snowden’s New Book, Permanent Record
Jesselyn Radack’s memoir Traitor: The Whistleblower and the American Taliban
Whistleblowers Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou
Army Reserve Captain, Brittany Ramos Debarros
Film: War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State
END WHISTLEBLOWERS AND LEAKERS NEWSLETTER, SERIES 2, #5, May 9, 2021