Whistleblowers: Seize the Moment

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 6:40 pm

Whistleblowers need to recognize the opportunities that abound these days and convert them into tangible rights and legal protections. Yes, the government is hostile to whistleblowers (especially those from the national security sector), but with sustained, effective, and forward-looking political action, it can happen, even if not right away.

 

Ellsberg: Snowden Saving America’s Constitution

By: Monday June 10, 2013 2:00 pm

Legendary Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg has written a supporting article in the Guardian about Edward Snowden, the man behind the recent leaking of the NSA’s secret program to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Ellsberg writes:

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

By: Friday June 7, 2013 2:10 pm

Dear Senator Feinstein:

On Thursday, when you responded to news about massive ongoing surveillance of phone records of people in the United States, you slipped past the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you seem to be in the habit of treating the Bill of Rights as merely advisory.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes James C. Goodale, Fighting For The Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles

By: Sunday May 19, 2013 1:59 pm

In his book, Fighting for the Press: The Pentagon Papers & Other Battles, Goodale presents a first-hand account of what happened as lawyers sought to defend the newspaper from the government. He describes how Max Frankel, foreign reporter for the Times, informed him he had “documents related to the Vietnam War.” He did not, at first, see them but was confronted with the issue of whether it was legal for the press to publish classified information.

How San Francisco Pride Is Perpetuating a Scandal by Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

By: Saturday May 11, 2013 11:30 am

The San Francisco Pride Committee held a meeting on Tuesday night. It was their monthly meeting and the Board of Directors was well aware that there would be individuals from the community that would be attending to express their outrage at the Board’s decision to not allow Pfc. Bradley Manning to be honored as a Grand Marshal at this year’s Pride parade. However, the meeting was held in a small conference room and members of the public and press were kept out of the meeting.

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning, One Person Who Acted on Crimes He Uncovered

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 5:00 pm

Following Pfc. Bradley Manning’s statement in court, Daniel Ellsberg, who blew the whistle on the Pentagon Papers, shares his reaction to the statement and thoughts on his case. He draws comparisons between his case forty years ago and Manning’s today.

Yoko Ono Lennon Presents 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange

By: Monday February 4, 2013 8:35 am

Last night Yoko Ono presented the 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange, who accepted in absentia in New York.

Group Launches to Encourage Transparency & Aggressive Journalism, Help WikiLeaks Survive Blockade

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:50 am

A foundation dedicated to promoting and funding aggressive journalism and media organizations that push for transparency and accountability in government is launching on Monday.

Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Ratner and Jessalyn Radack Discuss Bradley Manning Trial on HuffPost Live

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:31 am

Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearing begins again today, and once again Kevin Gosztola will be there covering it at The Dissenter.

As Jesselyn Radack says at 26:40 in the HuffPost Live clip:

Kevin Gosztola should be recognized as one of the best journalist in our country and one of the only ones chronicling what is happening in Bradley Manning’s court marshal, as he has since the beginning.

Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:43 pm

Dear Dan,

You and I are getting ready to tape a debate on the question of whether to vote for Obama (in “swing states”). It will air on Lila Garrett’s “Connect the Dots” show on KPFK next Monday. I’m looking forward to it, if for no other reason, because I think our public discourse lacks much serious debate between people who respect each other’s intentions. I have nothing but respect for you and believe you mean nothing but the best in advocating votes for Obama. You honestly believe I was catastrophically wrong to vote for Jill Stein in Virginia, as I’ve done, and I honestly believe you are horrendously misguided to be expending your valuable energy trying to get others to vote for Obama. And yet we’ll be friends through this and regardless of whether one or both of us ever change our minds.

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