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Thomas A. Drake

Senior Executive

National Security Agency

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National Security Agency

9800 Savage Road

Fort Meade, Maryland,20755

United States

Company Description

NSA employs the U.S.'s premier codemakers and codebreakers. It is said to be the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States and perhaps the world. Its mathematicians contribute directly to the two missions of the Agency: designing cipher systems t... more

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About Whistleblowers - Brave New Films

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Thomas Drake
Former Senior Executive of the National Security Agency


www.couragefound.org

Thomas Drake
Thomas Drake Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multimillion dollar fraud, waste and abuse, the failure of 9/11, as well as the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. As a material witness he provided extensive documented evidence for two 9/11 Congressional investigations and the US DoD Inspector General before going to the press with what he knew. In 2010, he was charged under the Espionage Act by the Obama Administration, facing 35 years in prison. In 2011, the government's case against him collapsed and he went free in a plea deal with no jail time or fine. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, and a joint recipient with Ms. Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. Since his case closed, Drake has been an outspoken defender of whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.


Former NSA executive urges public vigilance against government overreach - StarTribune.com

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NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake said he chose defending the law over loyalty to the agency.
Thomas Drake still thinks about waking up a free man, instead of the lifelong prison term he was promised by the government he used to work for. Drake woke up Wednesday in a guesthouse on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The former senior executive of the National Security Agency spoke at the college's annual Mayday Peace Conference last week as part of his second career: the whistleblower warning the nation about the rise of mass surveillance. After a career in the Air Force and stints as a CIA analyst and an intelligence agency contractor, Drake took a job at the NSA, perhaps the country's most secretive federal agency, which exists to protect the nation by intercepting and analyzing telephone and digital communications. His first day of work was Sept. 11, 2001. Within months, he said, he was disturbed by what he saw. To stop future attacks, the NSA was collecting huge volumes of communications of Americans, flouting the Constitution's protection against warrantless searches, he said. He said he raised his concerns internally at first, to no effect. In 2006, he contacted a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, which then published a series of stories about Trailblazer, an NSA program it described as violating privacy at huge cost and dubious benefit. Drake said he chose defending the law over loyalty to the agency. "If that meant going to prison, then I would go to prison. I knew that in blowing the whistle, shortly after 9/11, I would expose myself to that possibility, and not just lose my job, but lose everything." In 2007, FBI agents raided his home in Maryland. Drake was left in limbo for two years, wondering whether the new Obama administration would continue the case. He got his answer in April 2010 when he was charged with 10 felony counts. Five of them invoked the Espionage Act, a law that's intended for saboteurs, not whistleblowers. Four days before his trial was to begin in 2011, the government dropped the espionage charges and allowed Drake to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of misusing a government computer. He was sentenced to community service, probation and a $25 court fee. The judge lashed out at the prosecution for putting Drake through "four years of hell." By then, Drake could no longer afford private attorneys and had found a job at an Apple Store, where he still works today. Yet he had the unique distinction of having beaten the rap in the Obama administration's unprecedented use of the Espionage Act to punish leakers. Now he's a celebrity in the small society of federal whistleblowers, a subject of documentary films and profiles, with his own book on the way and plans to teach. "We are in serious distress as a nation and as a society," he told the conference. "What would you sacrifice in defending the Constitution? What would you be willing to give up for liberty and freedom?" Drake and other NSA whistleblowers were vindicated when NSA contractor Edward Snowden went public in 2013 with secret records that showed the enormous scale of illegal spying by the agency. In October 2013, Drake was one of four Americans, including former Minneapolis FBI special agent Coleen Rowley, who traveled to Moscow to deliver an award to Snowden. Rowley shared the stage with Drake at Gustavus last week. "I'm a living example of how it's possible to speak truth to power," Drake said. Asked last week for a statement about Drake, the National Security Agency responded: "We have nothing for you on this request."


Stand Up for Truth: Whistleblowers speaking tour London - Media Reform Coalition

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Speakers: Eileen Chubb, Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, Norman Solomon & Justin Schlosberg (see below for full bios)
Thomas Drake Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the National Security Agency who blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. As retaliation and reprisal, the Obama administration indicted Drake in 2010 as the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg charged with espionage, and Drake faced 35 years in prison. As retaliation and reprisal, the Obama administration indicted Drake in 2010 as the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg charged with espionage, and Drake faced 35 years in prison.


Thomas Drake | Progressive Voices | Progressive Voices

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Thomas Drake
Thomas Drake While at the NSA, Thomas Drake blew the whistle on multi-billion dollar programmatic fraud, waste and abuse, the critical loss and coverup of 9/11 intelligence and a dragnet electronic mass surveillance and data mining program conducted on a vast scale with the approval of the White House after 9/11. Thomas Drake is a former senior executive with the National Security Agency (NSA) where he witnessed massive fraud, waste and abuse as well as a government secret surveillance program involving widespread violations of the 4th Amendment. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Drake became aware of this massive breach of the Constitution and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) conducted in total secrecy by NSA with the approval of the White House and reported it to Congress. While at NSA he became a material witness and whistleblower for two 9/11 congressional investigations and with a Department of Defense Office of Inspector General audit of a failed multi- billion dollar boondoggle flagship program called Trailblazer and an alternative program called Thinthread. However, Thinthread was a revolutionary and breakthrough system already developed for several million dollars, involving the very best of American innovation and ingenuity, while also protecting privacy rights and providing superior intelligence in the Digital Age. NSA rejected Thinthread with an incalculable loss of intelligence and privacy. Instead, NSA engaged in illegal electronic surveillance and data mining conducted on a vast scale within the US, combined with huge losses in intelligence capability and capacity that fundamentally weakened national security and eroded our precious liberties. Suspicioning that Mr. Drake had disclosed classified information regarding the secret domestic surveillance program, the NSA through the Department of Justice began targeting him as part of a multi-million dollar, multi-year federal criminal national security "leak" investigation launched in December of 2005 and he was raided by the FBI in November of 2007. In April of 2008 the chief prosecutor threatened him with spending the rest of his life in prison if he did not cooperate with the government's investigation. As retaliation and reprisal, the Justice Department under the Obama Administration prosecuted and indicted Mr. Drake in April of 2010 using the WWI- era Espionage Act (designed to go after spies and not whistleblowers) on ten felony counts and facing up to 35 years in prison. In June 2011 a plea agreement to a minor misdemeanor was reached with the government on the eve of trial, and all 10 felony counts against Mr. Drake were dropped after the government's criminal case against him collapsed under the weight of truth. The extraordinary charges brought against him as an American exposing government waste, fraud, wrongdoing and illegalities are symptomatic of the rising power of the national security state since 9/11 and its direct assaults on freedom of speech (including speaking truth to power), association, thought, innovation, and privacy. Mr. Drake was turned into an enemy of the state. During Drake's sentencing hearing in July 2011, the presiding judge said of the government (in its treatment of Mr. Drake) "I find...unconscionable. It is at the very root of what this country was founded on...It was one of the most fundamental things in the Bill of Rights, that this country was not to be exposed to people knocking on the door with government authority and coming into their homes.....It is four years of hell that a citizen has gone through. It was not proper. It does not pass the smell test." In partnership with Jesselyn Radack (the National Security and Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project), Mr. Drake writes, speaks and teaches on whistleblowing, Constitutional rights, the 1st and 4th Amendment, civil liberties, secrecy, surveillance and abusive government power. Those booking should be aware Mr. Drake often teams up with Ms. Radack for speaking engagements and that media bias critic Norman Solomon has offered to be part of a three speaker panel at no additional charge.


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