This speech by Thomas Drake, which occurred two months before Edward Snowden’s first disclosure, should send chills down your spine. What’s almost as revealing is that it has not been widely disseminated. I wonder why? If you don’t have time to listen to the entire speech, you can jump to the 49 min mark to get the heart of the message.
At a minimum, I hope Mr. Drake’s words will cause those that still cling to the Bush Doctrine or Obama’s Hope & Change to loosen their grip just enough to permit a little truth to slip in.
Thomas Andrews Drake is a former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, and a whistleblower.
In 2010 the government alleged that Drake ‘mishandled’ documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. Drake’s defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project. He is the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence award.
On June 9, 2011, all 10 original charges against him were dropped. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth”. He eventually pled to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer.
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Humanity Is Drowning In Washington’s Criminality
So, you would have me to cut down the law in order to chase after devils? And what will we do, with the law cut down, when the devil turns on us? –– Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, in “A Man For All Seasons”