Tag: Thomas Drake

Comforting the NSA and Afflicting Its Dissenters

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In a New Republic article on NSA surveillance, Yishai Schwartz defends the U.S. government against the critiques of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his supporters. This defense warrants close scrutiny, because several of the arguments offered echo misinformation spread by national

Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens

I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks and presentations on the

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

Woman holds a portrait of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden in front of her face as she stands in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Berlin in this file photo

Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA’s Secretive Work

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Here’s a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation’s spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets? Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some

Former NSA whistleblowers plead for chance to brief Obama on agency abuses

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A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting with him to offer “a fuller picture” of the spy agency’s systemic problems. The group

The original NSA whistleblower: “Snowden is a patriot”

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Unless you live under a rock that has no Internet connectivity, you know of Ed Snowden. You might also be aware of his predecessor in NSA whistle-blowing, Thomas Drake. But it’s likely you haven’t heard of Perry Fellwock (once known