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Pause A Moment And Think About How Many People AREN'T Whistleblowing

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now being slammed with $500 fines for every single day that she remains imprisoned in contempt of court for refusing to testify in a secret grand jury against Julian Assange. Next month it will increase to $1,000 a day.

Again, this is while Manning is also locked up in jail. It's not enough to re-imprison a whistleblower who already served years of prison time, including nearly a year in solitary confinement, for taking a principled stand against an opaque and unjust grand jury system; they're going to potentially ruin her life with crippling debt as well. The only way to make it more cruel and unusual would be to start waterboarding her or threatening her family members.

All for refusing to participate in a corrupt and unaccountable legal performance designed to imprison a publisher to whom she leaked evidence of US war crimes in 2010.

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People see this. People watch this and learn from this, as sure as people watched and learned from the public town square executions of those who spoke ill of their medieval lords. And just like those medieval executions, many of the onlookers have been trained to cheer and celebrate at the fate of the accused; have a look at the power-worshiping, government-boot-licking comments under my recent tweet about Manning's persecution for a perfect example of this. People have been taught what happens to those who blow the whistle on the powerful, and they have been taught to become quite comfortable with it.

And, of course, that is the whole idea.

Chelsea Manning is paying $500/day fines for not testifying, scheduled to double next month. Slamming someone with crippling debt for taking a principled stand against warmongering tyrants is in some ways just as draconian as imprisoning them. https://t.co/CiLfzK3Efu

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Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) June 16, 2019

Who is going to blow the whistle on US government malfeasance after watching what's being done to Chelsea Manning? Seriously, who? Would you? Would anyone you know?

I think most people, the overwhelming majority of people, would opt out of the chance to give the empire a truth smack in exchange for years in prison, financial ruin, and seeing their name slandered and smeared around the world. Most people have too much to lose and too little to gain to take that risk already, and the war on whistleblowers and investigative journalists is only escalating.

And that's just the general population. What percentage of people who'd be willing to suffer the draconian consequences of telling the truth about the powerful are actually in a position to do so? Most of the people who are in a position to expose significant government malfeasance are individuals who've already been selected and appointed to their positions because they've exhibited certain qualities that indicate loyalty and obedience. The bigger the secrets you have access to, the higher up the chain of command you must therefore be, and the more loyalty and obedience hoops you'll therefore have had to have jumped through.

What percentage of this population, the population who has gained access to sensitive information by demonstrating loyalty and obedience, would be willing to face the harsh punishments which are inflicted on anyone who exposes the evil deeds of the powerful? Almost none. And the higher up the chain of command you go, i.e., the more significant information someone might have access to, the lower the probability of their blowing the whistle on any depravity they discover.

It's a really slick double bind they've got us all in, if you think about it. Try to expose government malfeasance from the inside and you're a traitor; you're guilty of transgressing the rules of the position you've been entrusted with. You go to jail. Try to expose government malfeasance from the outside and that's hacking, that's espionage. You go to jail.

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Either way, you go to jail. Directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

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Not much to add after Caitlin writes, except to say hope you truly grasped what she's saying.

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Pause A Moment And Think About How Many People AREN'T Whistleblowing

Exactly. Mission Accomplished.

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Courtesy of Dr. David Janda, I've discovered articles from 2017 by Mary Fanning and Alan Jones concerning the use of The Hammer, a surveillance system created by Dennis Montgomery, a contractor working for our intelligence agencies. Montgomery created a database that could be queried for international inquiries.

According to Larry Klayman and Montgomery's 2017 lawsuit, Clapper and Brennan turned the database into a domestic surveillance program. Montgomery turned in to FBI Director Comey hard drives with data that had been harvested through the HAMMER, also known as HAMR.

The timing of the launch of the Mueller investigate dates to the March 2017 release by Wikileaks of Vault 7. That trove of documents was the first to exposed the existence of The Hammer, as Montgomery had been gagged by NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements.)

In response to the risk of exposure, the defendants in Montgomery's suit--Pompeo, Obama, Coats, etc.--launched Mueller, which distracted from the massive spy operation which is at the root of the FISA/Russiagate scandal.

Under Durham, the DOJ is now identifying how the Russian collusion narrative began, which will lead to how the spying on Trump began, which leads directly to the Obama White House. Post-Trump victory, the insurance policy called the Mueller investigation (and mindless repetition of the narrative) was meant to distract from the illegal surveillance that had been conducted, not just on Trump but Supreme Court justices and many others.

Montgomery's lawsuit is here: click here Fanning & Jones' recent article here: click here Their original 2017 article on Montgomery: click here

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Significant comment, and some good links! Thanks for that!

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Truth unites. Falsehood divides.

The Rule of Law vs. Continuity of Government.

"You're either with us, or you're our enemy"

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

--GEORGE BUSH JR.

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