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My name is Jesselyn Radack and I am the former Justice Department ethics attorney and whistleblower in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. In today's issue of The National Law Journal (Feb. 19, 2007), I have an Op-Ed entitled "Targeting Lawyers" on what it really looks like when the government tries to control attorneys acting on behalf of terrorism suspects and, if it cannot control them, punish them. I speak from personal experience in being blacklisted by this Administration.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Reality Winner is a Whistleblower
Reality Winner, the 25-year-old Air Force veteran and NSA contractor charged with mailing classified material to a news outlet, is a classic whistleblower.
SHARE Friday, April 14, 2017 What Have We Done: Executive Power, Drones, and Trump?
The drone program is plagued by secrecy and unaccountability. That was true even before Trump put strike authority with the CIA and possibly relaxed civilian kill standards. Several whistleblowers have come forward to point out abusive practices and high turnover within the program, misleading government statements on the accuracy of strikes and targeting capabilities, and an overall pressure to launch strikes...
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2012 The Truth About Espionage Act Prosecution Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou
It's outrageous that John Kiriakou, a whistleblower, is the ONLY INDIVIDUAL TO BE PROSECUTED IN RELATION TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S TORTURE PROGRAM .
The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA agents who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes.
SHARE Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Thomas Drake and I on Democracy Now Discussing NSA's Warrantless Spying
discussing the NSA's spying on American citizens, Drake's experience as the fourth person in history prosecuted under the Espionage Act for alleged mishandling of classified information, and Justice Department's using the Espionage Act as back-door of creating an Official Secrets Act to silence media sources and discourage potential whistleblowers.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Former Classification Czar: Information Drake Accused of Retaining Never Should Have Been Classified
These developments - victories in suits against Rumsfeld, bucking the Justice Department's claims of secrecy, and classification experts writing that even a 6-year-old knows what a secret is - should signal to the Obama administration that its policy of "looking forward" to avoid accountability for Bush-era abuses like torture while looking backward to prosecute whistleblowers - in Judge Bennett's works at the Drake sentencing
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Punishment for NSA & DOJ Overclassification in Drake Case
that former classification czar J. William Leonard filed a formal complaint with his former office - the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) - requesting punishment for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Department officials who improperly classified documents in the Espionage Act case against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.
SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Government Accessing Journalists' Phone Records
There's a lot of MSM attention being paid to the most recent of three identical subpoenas issued to New York Times investigative reporter James Risen to reveal his source, widely known to be whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. Risen submitted an amazing affidavit that should be required reading for anyone who cares about a free press.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 16, 2011 The New Yorker's Damning Dissection of "Leak" Prosecution of Thomas Drake
Former National Security Agency (NSA) official Thomas Drake faces some of the gravest charges that can be brought against an American: trial under the Espionage Act for allegedly "retaining" classified information. Thankfully, The New Yorker has put this case under a miscroscope and revealed this criminalization of whistleblowing to be the government covering up for its own sins of secret domestic surveillance.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 26, 2011 WaPo, Politico, Washingtonian: Portrait of an Overzealous Prosecutor
Recent news coverage of prosecutor William Welch's leadership of the Justice Department's war on whistle-blowers reveals that his overzealous and shady tactics weren't restricted to his handling of the botched prosecution of late-Senator Ted Stevens, a case that landed Welch and his team in a pile of still ongoing criminal investigations.
Welch's tactics are at best idiosyncratic and ineffective and at worst unethical.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 DOJ: So-Called "Leakers" Are More Dangerous Than Spies
The strength of government's unyielding animus toward whistleblowers is no more evident than in the latest statements from disgraced prosecutor William Welch, who is "redeeming" himself amidst prosecutorial misconduct allegations stemming from the botched case against late-senator Ted Stevens by prosecuting whistleblowers like Thomas Drake under the Espionage Act.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 Justice Department Leakers of Classified Info. Get a Pass
Three months ago, journalist Michael Isikoff noted the disturbing "Double Standard" in White House Leak Inquiries. But now it's not just the Executive Branch. Josh Gerstein of Politico just published an article on how a judge ruled that the Justice Department can keep secret names of its own lawyers who leak classified information.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Whistleblower Rollercoaster & Espionage Hysteria
The bizarre behavior of our government following the Wikileaks disclosures illustrates the growing totalitarianism of the Obama administration.
With fascism creeping ever closer, it is necessary for people of good conscience to do more than merely complain.
It is time to act.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 21, 2010 McCarthyism on Steroids: Monitoring Americans
The federal government, under the phony auspices of anti-terrorism, is vacuuming up untold quantities of data on citizens in this country. All in the name of keeping us "safe".
George Orwell's prophetic anti-vision has arrived.