By Cory Doctorow
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Jesselyn Radack is a former US government lawyer, blew the whistle on the US Justice Department when her advice that John Walker Lindh request to have access to a lawyer during questioning should be allowed was sealed, and then Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that Lindh had not requested a lawyer. She was given a blistering performance review, fired, and placed under criminal investigation and intense surveillance. She was also added to the nation's No Fly list.
When the Obama administration assumed office, they continued and amplified the Bush-era harassment of Radack. Her 10-minute speech on her plight is a chilling reminder of how hostile the US government is to workers who point out its criminal failings, lies, and misdeeds, no matter who is in office.