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Standing Up in the Spirit of America's First Whistleblower Benjamin Franklin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

Throughout the week, we discussed the problem of pernicious governmental, corporate and other top-down secrecy involved in globalization that enables large-scale wrongdoing and keeps citizens in the dark about it, making effective solutions and real democracy, and even our collective security, impossible.

The USA Freedom Act Is a Virtual Scam

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Some foes of mass surveillance have been celebrating the final passage of the USA Freedom Act, but Thomas Drake sounds decidedly glum. The new law, he tells me, is "a new spy program." It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act.

The Great Age of Whistleblowers

Nick Turse | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Without whistleblowers, citizens are at the mercy of massaged truths and fine-crafted fictions spun by officials who prefer shadows to sunlight.

The Other Conspirator

Barbara Myers | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Myers

While Daniel Ellsberg, his compatriot and companion in revelation, remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Tony Russo is a forgotten man. That's too bad. He shouldn't be forgotten. His is, unfortunately, a story of our times as well as his.

Real Democracy Promotion: Lord Acton and Tom Clancy vs John Yoo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

With its omnipresent surveillance, the U.S. government began aggressively targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers and other sources, putting renowned journalists and publishers worldwide directly or incidentally in their surveillance crosshairs.

45 Years and Waiting

Helen Young | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Helen Young

Over the next few weeks at the United Nations the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will be in session, and the central question is will it go down in history as another lost opportunity or the dramatic turning point that millions of people around the world are hoping for?

Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government's siege against whistleblowing.

Fred Branfman, ¡Presente!

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

Fred Branfman, writer and peace activist, passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 72 in Budapest.

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Warns Of Vietnam-Like Risks In ISIS War

consortiumnews.com | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers exposing the Vietnam War lies, is alarmed at the many parallels...

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

No Security: HOPE X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 3

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.26.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

I had a great epiphany on the train last week which was that I'm beginning to see hacking not merely as cracking codes, or as Richard Stallman says "playful cleverness", but as man's will to deconstruct things in order to rebuild them into something better.

No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference.

No Security: Hope X (Is Not) Decadent and Depraved - Day 1

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is part one of my three-day diary on filming my currently untitled history of hacking documentary at the Hackers On Planet Earth X (HOPE X) Convention hosted by the legendary 2600 Hacker Quarterly.

Obama Choosing the Wrong Enemies

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Miraldi

The Obama administration is toying with whether to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for refusing to reveal a source involved in a federal leak investigation dating back to 2006.

70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics With Freedom of the Press

Carey Shenkman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

In forty years perhaps the WikiLeaks cables will be declassified and heralded in the same way that the Pentagon Papers were a few years ago. And by then, the investigation into WikiLeaks will be seen as the selective political assault that it is.

U.S. Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If the president had done what the Joint Chiefs recommended, the movement would have grown even larger, but so would the war, much larger than it ever became.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Whistleblowers don't sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

Daniel Ellsberg Blasts John Kerry's 'Despicable' Edward Snowden Comments

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg came to the defense of Edward Snowden after Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden a "coward...

An Assault From Obama's Escalating War On Journalism

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

Charging that the administration has launched "an assault on freedom of the press," a new petition tells Obama and Holder: "We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources."

Whistleblowers, Painted from Life by Florence Hartmann

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I have tended to see whistleblowers as courageous individuals performing an often useful function, but also as slightly crazy vigilantes who were participating in that conspiracy against confidentiality, and thus against privacy.

It Can Happen Again: Covert Government Programs to Discredit Martin Luther King and Other Dissenters Show Dangers of NSA

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Given the recent history of clandestine government operations against American citizens like Martin Luther King, there's good reason to reason to be worried about the future of liberty in America.

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

Edward Snowden Joins Press Freedom Group

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the press freedom group launched by Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and o...

WATCH: NSA Insider's Message To President Obama

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

On a day when President Obama met with congressional critics of NSA surveillance, a group of former NSA officials continued their call for major refor...

Whistleblowing Is About the Message, Not the Messenger

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Snowden, in a larger sense, in a good way, doesn't matter as a person. What matters is what he has revealed to us about a national security state that has clearly gone quite insane, violating our liberty and our freedom to live without unwarranted search and seizure of our private lives.