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What Really Happens To Whistleblowers

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Thomas Drake reading at the Beyond Orwell panel, Georgetown University. Photo: Slowking (licensed via GFDL v1.2)

It’s no secret that people who go public with damaging information about the misdeeds of government or corporations become untouchable (see Robert Greenwald’s documentary War on Whistleblowers for examples). But just how tough is it to get a job after you’ve blown the whistle? Almost impossible, finds The Guardian in this investigation:

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission made history by promising an anonymous overseas whistleblower a reward of $30m.

It doesn’t usually work out that way for whistleblowers. Ringing the bell on abuse in a company or government usually means losing jobs and status. The norm is pariah treatment and low-wage jobs, as well as trips to the welfare office and the lingering threat of prosecution or intimidation.

Consider: it’s not every day that you get to buy an iPhone from an ex-NSA officer.

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NSA Whistleblower on 911 Foreknowledge and The Information War

In this video Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange talks to former NSA Senior Executive turned whistleblower Thomas Drake. Mr. Drake speaks about 9/11 foreknowledge; in which the NSA had information that if shared could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The NSA whistleblower discusses his conversations with Snowden and reiterates the fact the US government has repeatedly violated its own rules and has failed to adhere to the Constitution.

For more information on the NSA’s 9/11 foreknowledge, see the article referenced in the video.

Via We Are Change

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Advice from NSA Whistleblower on Trusting Your Government

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive and whistleblower, and Jesselyn Raddack, National Security Director for the Government Accountability Project, about whistleblower Edward Snowden about the dangerous climate surrounding classified information in the US, how the extent of the NSA spying program has yet to be revealed, and how the mantra ‘if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear’, is false.

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