Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

By: Saturday June 7, 2014 11:59 am

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing creates a moral frequency that vast numbers of people are eager to hear. We don’t want our lives, communities, country and world continually damaged by the deadening silences of fear and conformity.

I’ve met many whistleblowers over the years, and they’ve been extraordinarily ordinary. None were applying for halos or sainthood. All experienced anguish before deciding that continuous inaction had a price that was too high. All suffered negative consequences as well as relief after they spoke up and took action. All made the world better with their courage.


The Next Victim in the US Government’s War on Whistleblowing

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 3:35 pm

The Pentagon is now “investigating” and going after Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who submitted an 86-page report with classified information to Congress on the war in Afghanistan. He also wrote an unclassified version of the report that he is waiting for Army Public Affairs to review so that he can release it to the public.

Who’s Really “Relying on Assumptions and Beliefs to Shape Reality” in Afghanistan War Debate?

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 2:55 pm

The Afghanistan Study Group report is out, and the fight is on. A number of critiques have been leveled at the report, one of the most influential being Joshua Foust’s over at, chunks of which are percolating upward into larger outlets. Foust is a smart guy with whom I regularly debate, but there’s a particularly offensive landmine hiding at the end of Foust’s post that I want to highlight, where Foust states that the anti-war movement “relies on assumption and beliefs to shape reality”.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

By: Friday September 10, 2010 4:10 pm

The report of the Afghanistan Study Group makes arguments that stand a good chance of moving the Washington debate towards ending the war.

What are We Doing There? Ellsberg and Hoh Discuss the Afghanistan Dilemma

By: Monday November 23, 2009 7:27 am

Matthew Hoh, the highest ranking U.S. official to resign over policy on Afghanistan, discusses the predicament of military activity in that country with Daniel Ellsberg.

Obama and Afghanistan: It’s Hard to Decide on a Move When You Have So Few Pieces Left

By: Friday November 20, 2009 3:15 pm

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told Reuters today that it will be at least another week — in other words, after Thanksgiving — before President Obama announces his new strategy for Afghanistan (not to be confused, of course, with his previous new strategy from earlier this year).

Meanwhile, though, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wasn’t waiting to reiterate her assessment of the situation.

Progressive Caucus Requests Meeting with President Obama to Rethink Afghanistan

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 3:47 pm

The Progressive Caucus just sent a letter to President Obama asking for a meeting to discuss “a comprehensive rethinking of our military mission, a complete redesign of our reconstruction and stabilization strategy and a courageous reconciliation strategy for Afghanistan.”

In Exclusive Interview, Matthew Hoh Says Escalation in Afghanistan a “Terrible Way to Prove a Point”

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 1:49 pm

Matthew Hoh sounds more like a professor of Asian history than anything. “The British and Russian occupations of Afghanistan were based on irrational fear and regional politics. The British thought Afghanistan could be a buffer state between Russia and India, when Russia had no designs on India whatsoever at that time. We’re making some of [...]

Matthew Hoh on Eikenberry’s Afghanistan Cables: “I’m Not Surprised”

By: Friday November 13, 2009 8:59 am

Matthew Hoh, the highest-ranking foreign service officer to resign his post in Afghanistan, says he completely understands US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry’s move to privately speak out against an escalation of forces, given the corrupt central government in place in the country.

Foreign Service Officer Resigns His Post in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 9:00 am

  I agree with Spencer Ackerman that this is a big deal–Matthew Hoh, a Foreign Service officer with previous experience in the Marines, has resigned his post in Afghanistan, specifically in protest over the war, which he claims “fuels the insurgency.”   “I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United [...]

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