Next Tuesday evening, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will host a free showing of Robert Greenwald’s latest documentary: “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.”
With the recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leading to public rallies in Washington DC and across the country against warrantless electronic data and metadata surveillance, this documentary could not be more timely: how can we learn what’s wrong if those who know are persecuted and punished for saying so?
The movie focuses on whistleblowers Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Frank Gayl, and Thomas Tamm, and shows how revealing misfeasance or malfeasance in government has grown much more risky since the “good old days” … of Richard Nixon. From a Mother Jones review by Dana Liebelson:
“It’s extremely dangerous in America right now to be right as a whistleblower when the government is so wrong,” says Drake, who was charged under the Espionage Act for disclosing secret warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (the major felony charges were eventually dropped after an outpouring of public support for Drake.) “Speaking truth to power is now a criminal act.” Jane Mayer, a staff writer for The New Yorker who won the George Polk Award for her coverage of the Drake case, explains the unusual measures she had to take during the course of reporting the story. She and Drake couldn’t talk on the phone because he was being charged with leaking and there was concern of eavesdropping, so she had to meet sources in unmarked hotel rooms. “It does not feel like America, land of the free press,” she says in the film.
We hope you’ll join us for an important movie and discussion about how “national security” is trumping and distorting good government, a free press, and the right of the American people to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
For more on the movie, visit the web site http://www.waronwhistleblowers.com/
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