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Harry Binswanger and the Surveillance State
Soon patriotic whistleblowers came forward, some at great personal risk and financial loss, to tell the public what the NSA was up to, men such as Thomas Tamm in the U.S. Department of Justice (2004), Mark Klein at AT&T (2004), Russell Tice (2005), Thomas Drake (2005), Kirk Wiebe and William Binney all of the National Security Administration.
The revelations about the NSA
by Thomas Drake
, Edward Snowden et al belong in any Objectivist Horror File of today.
Thomas Drake, former senior executive at the NSA and former Assistant Professor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, is especially articulate.
knowledge of history and political philosophy he
makes sense of what is going on today.
Interview with Thomas Drake, Kirk Wiebe and William Binney
Thomas Drake, The Guardian 12 June 2013.
Thomas Drake, former ...
Thomas Drake, former National Security Agency analyst, receives a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in the government category for blowing the whistle on his employer the National Security Agency for massive waste, contract fraud, government wrongdoing and violations of the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.
Drake shares the award with Jesselyn Radack, Director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project, who provided critical whistleblower advocacy and litigated Drake's case.
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Former Senior Executive of the National Security Agency
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
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.
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.
Thomas Drake | Progressive Voices | Progressive Voices
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.
rejected Thinthread with an incalculable loss of intelligence and privacy.
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.
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.