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Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for Snowden’s Leaks | Democracy Now

Whistleblowers need protections…

“In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to punish a key National Security Agency whistleblower for leaking information about waste, mismanagement and surveillance. His account sheds light on how and why Edward Snowden revealed how the government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. John Crane worked 25 years for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which helps federal employees expose abuse. He now says whistleblowers have little choice but to go outside the system, and is speaking out about what happened to NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who revealed the existence of a widespread illegal program of domestic surveillance… Mark Hertsgaard recounts Crane’s story in his new book, “Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden,” and shows how Drake’s persecution sent an unmistakable message to Edward Snowden: Raising concerns within the system meant he would be targeted next. Edward Snowden has responded to Crane’s revelations by calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections…” ~ Democracy Now!

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

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  1. PW

    Most of what Snowden revealed were military secrets and spying abroad (on terrorists and foreign governments), not domestic spying. 900,000 Department of Defense documents that have literally zero to do with NSA:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/why-did-it-take-the-pentagon-a-month-to-figure-out-its-files-were-compromised/394991/

    He’s not a whistleblower, he’s a traitor who defected to an anti-U.S. dictatorship (Russia). Check out what this card-carrying member of the ACLU has to say about what the NSA is up to:

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-05-18/civil-liberties-and-national-security-expert-on-edward-snowden-and-the-nsa

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for sharing these resources, PW. Snowden remains a controversial figure. Still, I’m all for whistleblower protections. If they were always routinely enforced, perhaps the Snowden leak would have been avoided.

      • PW

        I’m also for whistleblower protections. Snowden declined to use proper procedures or channels.

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