Obama Ran on Platform of Protecting Whistleblowers Now Seeks Punishment!
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Obama Ran on Platform of Protecting Whistleblowers Now Seeks Punishment!
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02-27-2011 04:20 AM#1
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Obama Ran on Platform of Protecting Whistleblowers Now Seeks Punishment!
The DOJ's creeping war on whistle-blowers

Last April, the DOJ served a subpoena on New York Times reporter James Risen, demanding to know his source for a story he published in his 2006 book regarding a "reckless" and horribly botched CIA effort to infiltrate Iran's nuclear program. That subpoena had originally been served but was then abandoned by the Bush DOJ, but its revitalization by the Obama administration was but one of many steps taken to dramatically expand the war on whistleblowers being waged by the current President, who ran on a platform of "protecting whistleblowers"

Those pretty words have given way to the most aggressive crusade to expose, punish and silence "courageous and patriotic" whistleblowers by any President in decades. As the Federation of American Scientists' Steven Aftergood put it, "They’re going after this at every opportunity and with unmatched vigor." And last May, The New York Times described how "the Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks." This war has entailed multiple indictments and prosecutions of Bush-era leaks which exposed various degrees of corruption, ineptitude and illegality.

Read it all at Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

13.gif Say one thing do another, I believe we're all familiar with that as an mo since the Bush fiasco.

The article went on to say D0J required the atty general to sign off on subpoenas directed to members of the media and on requests for their phone records.

They even went back into the past to dredge up forgotten episodes James Sterling, a former CIA officer facing federal criminal charges for allegedly disclosing classified information hasn't worked for the Government or had a security clearance in more than 8 years.

The alleged leak took place in Bush's first term. Disclosure resulted in substantial embarrassment for the U.S. but -- given the utter failure of the operation -- no identifiable national security harm.

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11-18-2012 03:33 AM#2
オタマジャクシMember
Posts: 1,366Joined: Nov 2012
RE: Obama Ran on Platform of Protecting Whistleblowers Now Seeks Punishment!
That was troubling.

Here is more.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/...rsecutions

There seems to be a theme here. Whistleblowers were supposed to be a protected species. Good in theory not so good in practice. Hows about a deal with Liberals. We will protect animal species as well as you protect whistleblowers (particularly conservative ones).

The reporters just need a fair play law that allows the reporters investigating the government to use the same tactics the government uses investigating reporters.
11-19-2012 06:05 PM#3
yankeesskier
Posts: 6,198Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Obama Ran on Platform of Protecting Whistleblowers Now Seeks Punishment!
Politicians are amazingly consistent, in saying one thing, and doing another. It amazes me that people put faith in them. gaah.gif

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