Ron Paul: “It’s deeply troubling that so many in the news media and in both political parties attack the efforts of whistle-blowers and those who publish their revelations. These individuals risk it all, not for their own wealth and glory, but to inform us of what is being done to us and in our name. Their releases are both heroic and pro-American.”
Julian Assange is a dangerous person, in words and deeds—dangerous to those who constantly make a killing from war, vast inequities and plunder of the planet.
Courage Foundation is an important vehicle for the effort to overcome the surveillance and other abuses of the security state, including the abusive dragnet searches of the NSA.
Before his untimely death, “hacktivist” Aaron Swartz was working on a project called “DeadDrop,” a WikiLeaks-style submission system in which whistleblowers could leak information to journalists and retain their anonymity. The program was not quite ready for prime time when Swartz died, as a number of kinks in the software remained. However, other freedom-of-information activists have taken up the cause. This week, the Freedom of the Press Foundation announced it has taken on the new project, which it renamed “SecureDrop.” RT web producer Andrew Blake describes how news organizations will use SecureDrop and how the program works.
The government should be accountable to the citizens, not the other way around. Whistleblowers play an important role in making sure the people know when the government is doing things it shouldn’t do.
The Washington Post, the pre-Politiconewsletter of choice for The Political Establishment, has the worst opinion sectionin America.
Whistleblowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have both similarities and differences that are noteworthy. These two men are similar in some superficial ways: their young ages, middle-class backgrounds. But let’s go below the surface.