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Mr. Thomas A. Drake

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Thomas Drake WSJ: Why Edward Snowden Wouldn't Get a Fair Trial William Binney/J.
Bio: Thomas Drake
Thomas Drake is a whistleblower who has dedicated his life to safeguarding his country. A ten-year veteran of the Air Force (specializing in intelligence), he served as a CIA analyst and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) for 12 years before joining the Agency full time in 2001.
When Drake saw mass waste and abuse in the billions of dollars spent on Operation Stellar Wind, he took his concerns to his superiors at NSA, to Congress and to the NSA and Department of Defense Inspectors General (DoD IG). Retaliation soon followed. Management took aim at Drake's career by removing his responsibilities and shifting him to a meaningless position. He was increasingly isolated, singled-out, transferred away from projects, and marginalized. After his cooperation with DoD IG, which validated his concerns, Drake became the target of a "leak" investigation related to the infamous NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal-despite the fact that he had nothing to do with the "leak."
After reaching out to multiple proper oversight bodies, nothing changed. Finally, Drake made legal disclosures of unclassified information to a Baltimore Sun reporter, who wrote a series of award-winning articles that exposed the billion-dollar NSA boondoggle.
Reprisal against Drake was then ratcheted up to the maximum: criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917. The government conduced an armed raid of Drake's home, interrogated him for hours, confiscated his personal notes and computers, and threatened him with spending "the rest of his natural life behind bars. The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Drake under the Espionage Act with improper "retention" - not disclosure - of allegedly classified information, and Drake faced decades in prison.
Justice Department officials interrogated Drake for hours on several occasions. Knowing he had done nothing wrong, Drake cooperated with the pre-textual "leak" investigation until he realized that the purpose was to retaliate against him. The officials pressured Drake multiple times to take a plea deal, threatening him with spending the "rest of his natural life behind bars" if he didn't - but Drake "refused to plea bargain with the truth."
Drake hoped that the new Obama administration - one that had touted the importance of federal whistleblowers during the 2008 campaign - would reverse direction and cease the use of the criminal justice system to go after whistleblowers, but after being under a cloud for two and a half years, the DOJ finally indicted him in April 2010.
Charged under 10 separate counts, Drake faced 5 charges under the Espionage Act - a 1917 piece of legislation intended to be used against spies. Drake was only the fourth case in U.S. history where the government used the Act to go after someone for allegedly mishandling classified materials - Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was the first.
Despite statements to the press to the contrary, the DOJ did not charge Drake with disclosing classified information to a reporter, but, rather, accused him of improper retention of classified information. Despite years investigating him, the DOJ had no evidence of improper disclosure of classified materials. Nonetheless, Drake faced the possibility of decades in prison.
Drake Turns To GAP
Though the criminal defense team for Drake was headed by the federal public defender's office in Maryland, his case drew the attention of dozens of legal experts and advocates. Among these was GAP's National Security & Human Rights team (Jesselyn Radack & Kathleen McClellan) who spoke out against the government's treatment of Drake in aLos Angeles Times op-ed, which prompted Drake to contact and, eventually, retain the services of GAP.
In March 2011, just three months before his trial was slated to begin, Drake received the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling - widely regarded as the highest honor for an American whistleblower.
GAP harnessed this coverage and started an online petition in support of Drake. GAP's petition targeted the Attorney General and heads of the Congressional Judiciary Committees, demanding to know why the Justice Department was prosecuting Drake for protecting Americans and exposing gross waste. In just a few weeks, nearly 5,000 people signed the online petition, which GAP delivered to Congress and the Justice Department.
The Case Against Drake Collapses
In the face of mounting public support for Drake, the overwhelming media coverage, and several rulings against the DOJ in court, the case against Drake imploded just four days before the trial was set to begin. The DOJ agreed to drop the ten-count felony indictment, including all of the Espionage Act charges. Drake pled guilty to a mere misdemeanor: "exceeding authorized use of a computer. One month later, Drake was sentenced to one year of probation and community service, a far cry from the government's goal of putting Drake in jail for "the rest of his natural life.
A few weeks after the sentencing, in a remarkably rare move, former George W. Bush classification czar J. William Leonard filed a complaint against NSA and DOJ, seeking punishment for the officials who wrongfully classified the documents that Drake allegedly retained. Leonard, who was slated to serve as an expert on Drake's criminal defense team, stated that the documents contained no secrets, and "should never have been classified in the first place."
In the days after his sentencing, Drake remained anything but silent. Together, he and Radack penned a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed excoriating the Obama administration for the criminalization of whistleblowing for national security workers. About a month later, another prominent op-ed appeared, this time in theWashington Post,explaining how his actions were driven by his oath to the Constitution.
Drake won the battle for his freedom, but the war against whistleblowers continues.
Thomas Drake WSJ: Why Edward Snowden Wouldn't Get a Fair Trial William Binney/J.
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Thomas Drake WSJ: Why Edward Snowden Wouldn't Get a Fair Trial William Binney/J.
'American Whistleblower Tour' Announced - Government Accountability Project, 13 Sept 2011 [cached]
National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Tom Drake: The case of Tom Drake made national headlines this past summer, and the prosecution of him by the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to receive widespread coverage. Drake attempted to expose massive NSA mismanagement and the agency's use of a data collection program that was more costly, more threatening to American citizens' privacy rights, and less effective than a readily-available alternative. For his actions, Drake's house was raided, and he was subsequently charged under the Espionage Act, facing 35 years in prison. The case against him collapsed in June, when he pled guilty to exceeding authorized use of a government computer - a misdemeanor.
Since her ordeal, Radack has been a champion of whistleblowers, recently serving as counsel on whistleblower issues to Tom Drake. She serves as GAP National Security & Human Rights Director.
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Thomas A. Drake
The 'Dark Side' of Data: The NSA ThinThread Tale: Web 2.0 Summit 2011 - Co-produced by UBM TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, October 17 - 19, 2011, San Francisco, 16 Oct 2011 [cached]
Thomas Drake (Knowpari Systems, LLC)
Thomas Drake, Founder and Senior Leader, Knowpari Systems, LLC - Recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize.
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Thomas Drake
Knowpari Systems, LLC
Thomas Drake is the founder and senior leader of Knowpari Systems, a boutique leadership development and executive consulting firm formed in 2008 and focused on business intelligence, IT-corporate governance, risk management, operations analysis, systems thinking, strategic advising and deep learning through people, process and technology â€" expanding capacity, increasing performance and enhancing social and relational well-being for individuals, teams, and organizations.
His recently concluded legal ordeal with the federal government - while on the receiving end of a Department of Justice prosecution and indictment over the past several years - lies at the nexus of national security, secrecy, overclassification, decision making, freedom of thought and innovation, civil liberties and the Constitution - and speaks volumes to the core question of just how much data is truly free (especially when it is digital), through data sharing (or hoarding), in what he calls the 'dark side' of data and decision making â€" the ‘elephant’ too often found in the boardroom and the executive suites.
In addition, Mr. Drake has conducted multiple presentations, interactive seminars, briefings, and tutorials on Software Quality Assurance, Testing, Best Current Practices in Software Development, Project Management: Achieving Success and Avoiding Failure, Risk Management, Team Management, People Management, Making a Difference: Transforming Information Technology - The People Side of the Equation, Inventing from the Future: The 21st Century Organization, The Customer is Your Quality, and many others. He was also a Certified Software Test Engineer for a number of years. He was also a visiting professor of strategic leadership and information strategy at the National Defense University with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Previously, he was a principal in a couple of dot coms, served in the military (both Air Force and the Navy), and has 12 years of industry experience in change leadership, senior management, organizational leadership and development, quality assurance, software and systems engineering (having analyzed over 150 million lines of code), learning strategies, acquisition and program management, operations and technology life-cycle integration as a contractor and consultant with both government and commercial clients including Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 companies. He was at Booz | Allen | Hamilton as a management, strategy and technology consultant and software quality engineer from 1991-1998.
He enjoys gardening, reading, writing, talk abouts and talk it outs, operating his classic computers (including an 8-bit Atari home computer), playing chess (was rated competitively by the U.S. Chess Federation), experiential-based life learning, thinking ‘out of the box’, and living the ‘being’ part of human being.
Mr. Drake holds a bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees as well as numerous graduate certificates.
He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize.
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