National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Thomas Drake has been mentioned by name in editorials in all the major newspapers – the Washington Post (here and here), L.A. Times (here), and New York Times yesterday, which is worth quoting:
Treating potentially embarrassing information as a state secret is the antithesis of healthy government.
Today, WaPo publishes Drake's first solo op-ed since he was sentenced to community service and probation after the Justice Department's Espionage Act case against him imploded days before trial. Drake and I did a joint op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer a few weeks ago, but now, after being silenced for the better part of a decade, Drake speaks on his own, in his own powerful words:
The government’s penchant since Sept. 11, 2001, for operating in secrecy and hiding behind an executive branch “state secrets” doctrine has damaged our long-term national security and national character. It has, by sacrificing Americans’ general welfare and civil liberties, given rise to a persistent military-industrial-intelligence congressional surveillance complex.
Do not let Drake become a footnote in history. We have gone too far down the path of becoming a secrecy surveillance society, but it is not too late. Drake's case should be a turning point and his op-ed a rallying cry that our government can no longer hide its malfeasance behind the national security hysteria that has corrupted its institutions since 9/11.
- Newly-Released Inspector General Report Vindicates Drake and Other NSA Whistleblowers
- NSA Whistleblowers on 60 Minutes: 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
- Increasing Intelligence Spending While Punishing Whistleblowers Who Report Waste
- Democracy Now!: What the Prosecution of NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake is Really About
- Widespread NSA Wrongdoing Detailed in New Yorker Article Featuring GAP Client Thomas Drake
- The New Yorker's Damning Dissection of "Leak" Prosecution of Thomas Drake
- Govt. Tries to Create New Secrecy Designation: UNCLASSIFIED
- McCarthyism on Steroids: Monitoring Americans
- Security Clearances: Meal Ticket for the Jobless