AFTER 6+ YEARS IN OFFICE, IT’S PRETTY CLEAR OBAMA COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW
These days, you’d think I’d be used to the INSANITY, however even after all these years, whenever someone in the Obama administration is explaining their stance on an issue (pretty much ANY issue), it feels like I am having an out of body experience or something. Either that or like I’m trapped in some alternate parallel dimension where everything is backwards. I never learn though. I always think I’m ready for whatever LUNACY is about to come out of the mouth of whoever is speaking, but more often than not, I find myself in awe because somehow whoever it is has found a way to sink to an even MORE ANTI-AMERICAN stance, or something that just makes even LESS sense than one of their previous idiotic ideas.
WHY WOULD WHISTLE BLOWERS BE ANY DIFFERENT?
The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, Pub.L. 101-12 as amended
United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant. Whistleblowers may file complaints that they believe reasonably evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
Back when liberals still thought Obama knew what he was talking about, and before he got caught in a never ending stream of pathological lies, Obama still had enough political capital that he was able to come out and try to intimidate whistleblowers by telling them, “YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID!” Who cares if he was breaking the law right? Obama definitely wasn’t kidding about how they should have been afraid though. Who can forget 2013 when AS MANY AS SIX WHISTLEBLOWERS MYSTERIOUSLY DIED WITHIN THE SAME THE YEAR. After those SIX deaths, came the whole Michael Hastings death. He was the writer for Rolling Stone. There was definitely EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST MICHAEL HASTINGS WAS ASSASSINATED WHILE WORKING ON A STORY ABOUT THE CIA.
The final story Michael Hastings was working on, “WHY DEMOCRATS LOVE TO SPY ON AMERICANS,” just happened to be a searing take on the NSA snooping scandal, which Hastings described as “North Korea-esque.” Hastings pulled no punches as he linked the NSA scandal to the Department of Justice’s spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal.” Call me the conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help but find it just a bit “OFF” that in addition to the LONG LIST OF PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED OBAMA AND WOUND UP DEAD, a film crew just “happened to be there” at the time of Michael Hasting’s accident when his car burst into flames??? Come on! NOW, we also know there has been accusations that Obama was behind OPERATION EXTORTION 17. Allegedly that was a covert operation that took down the helicopter with 22 members of Seal Team 6 aboard.
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Robert Greenwald’s 2015 documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State details the cases of four US whistleblowers who experienced brutal government retaliation after exposing systematic wrongdoing to journalists.
The men profiled are marine Franz Gaye, who broke the story about the Pentagon refusal to replace Humvees with much safer MRAPs in the US occupation of Iraq; NSA senior executive Thomas Drake, who first blew the whistle on illegal NSA mass surveillance; Lockheed-Martin engineer Michael DeKort, who broke the story that Lockheed was supplying the Coast Guard with substandard boats and radios that weren’t waterproof; and Department of Justice lawyer Jim Risen, who first exposed the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretaps.
Their stories are interspersed with commentary by iconic whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden (via Internet linkup), as well as the handful of journalists who have been brave enough to publish evidence of government corruption and criminality and members of the Project on Government Oversight and the Project for Government Accountability.
Each of the four whistleblowers went up his workplace chain of command in his agency and exhausted every option for addressing the problem internally. Each was fully aware of the potential consequences of their actions of going to the press. Yet after much soul searching, they saw whistle blowing as a preferable alternative than to colluding in their superiors’ criminality.
Paying the Price
Only Gaye was allowed to resume his career as an active duty marine. DeKort had his Lockheed position cancelled and was blackballed from further work in the defense industry. In addition to losing their jobs, both Drake and Risen experienced financial ruin, spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting felony charges the Obama Justice Department brought against them. Drake was charged under the Espionage Act, even though the information he shared with the Baltimore Sun was unclassified.
After seven years of persecution by the Justice Department, Drake eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor: excessive use of a computer without authorization. The charges against Risen were dropped after four years of legal battles.
The Distinction Between Leaking and Whistle Blowing
The film makes the clear distinction between leaking and whistleblowing. High level Obama administration officials constantly leak classified information to the press with no legal consequences.
Despite his campaign promises to make government more transparent and accountable, Obama has significantly increased government secrecy, as well as prosecuting more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.
According to Snowden, the President’s purpose isn’t to make Americans more secure. It’s to protect government agencies and politicians from embarrassment a criminal prosecution.
His crackdown on whistleblowers is also a fundamental violation of the First Amendment. The whole intent of freedom of speech and the press is to ensure citizens’ right to criticize their government without being punished.
THE VOICE OF REASON
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