Whistleblowing As An Art

Whistle Blowers in our history have been hailed as heroes and traitors…..these people take transparency and the public’s right to know the facts seriously…..

Back in my youthful days the hero was Daniel Ellsberg who released the Pentagon Papers….a report that told the story of our involvement in Vietnam and it was not the “approved” version the government fed to the media.

Then there was Manning who released a bunch of “classified” stuff that told a different version the the accepted one…..

Finally, the latest whistle blower to make the news has bee Edward Snowden……

In this foreword from The Assassination Complex, a new book about drone warfare, the whistleblower explains why leaking information about wrongdoing is a vital act of resistance….

I’ve been waiting 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much – and to be irrevocably changed – by revealing secret truths.

One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice.

Source: Edward Snowden: ‘Governments can reduce our dignity to that of tagged animals’ | US news | The Guardian

Legal or not….I still support people that have the gonads to buck the system and release information that they public needs to know……most of the condemnation comes from people that have no idea of what has been released other than what some high paid pundit tells them….it is usually a different story when they learn that their rights are being violated….then their tune usually changes.

Personally, I do not want to be in the dark about the actions of my government……but that is me.

17 thoughts on “Whistleblowing As An Art

  1. I support whistle blowers, not people who blow their whistles with ulterior motives. Snowden ran from USA with 4 laptops full of USA intell and ran straight to USA enemies with this information, a coward and a traitor. Manning did his whistle blowing but when he was convicted, he/she decided that USA citizens should foot the bill to facilitate his/her sex change…not my idea of a whistle blower, instead my idea of a con artist.

    Yes real true whistle blowers are vital to alert us of corruption and wrong doing in government. Ellsberg was a whistle blower, Manning & Snowden are dumbfucks misleading Americans by their corrupt motives.

    1. Daniel Ellsberg is 85 years of Age…..
      Say no more!
      I support the Young un’s…
      Free Manning and Save your Tax Payers!
      Free Snowden…
      Free Julian Assange…
      And I am an Oldie…….
      ;(

    2. I agree with the Ellsberg thing…..the others did what they did for their egos I believe …but I also believe that the info needed to be out there….

      1. And precisely what man does not have an overblown EGO?
        Jesus Mio!

    3. (Uh-oh it’s another one of “those” Sedate Me posts)

      Oh, yeah. Manning is sure living the high life. Excellent plan, Brad! You get to spend the rest of your life as The Invisible Woman in some dark hole somewhere. Another “Mission Accomplished”. At least Snowden was lucky enough to have his passport invalidated while in the Russian airport, allowing him to be permanently stuck in the unending bliss that is the Soviet Union -er- “our good friend & ally” Russia. (It’s now on par with India in terms of average income, but with far more crime.)

      While I doubt it’s true, I don’t give a fuck if they actually had “ulterior motives”. I don’t care if Manning thought he was going to be crowned Miss America. I don’t care if Snowden thought he was going to go to Bolivia (or wherever he was going before getting grounded in Russia), given a lifetime supply of Bolivian Marching Powder and get a parade in his name every day. I don’t even care if this was part of their “master plan” to elect Donald Trump. They STILL blew that whistle and gave us information we have every right to know but are prevented from ever knowing. In whistle-blowing, all that counts is the act of blowing the whistle. The whistle-blower is irrelevant.

      Remember, whistle-blowers are still people. And especially these days, people are fucked up. Just look at the hundreds of thousands of people with Top Secret clearance working in the Military Industrial Spy Complex (MISC) who sit at their desks every day. They see the lies & bullshit the US Empire pulls…and never even question it. THOSE are the self-motivated traitors.

      If you want to talk “ulterior motives”….From top to bottom, the MISC Industries are a giant fucking “ulterior motive”. They only want to advance their careers, or get filthy rich, by killing, maiming, spying & violating the rights of everyone on Earth in total secrecy. Some (all?) have serious ego/hero complexes. They treat us all like drooling infants incapable of anything. (Not that they’re far off the mark, but still.) So, to hear them scapegoating whistle-blowers is laughably hypocritical. They themselves are the biggest threats to America. They are the ones making wars, making enemies…shit even making deals with said “enemies”…. and making America a fascist state in the process. (Did you catch that Mr NSA agent monitoring this comment?)

      The parsing of Ellsberg’s whistle-blowing and Manning/Snowden’s “traitorous” acts requires a lot of exposure to straight-up Propagandhi. Ellsberg was equally vilified back then…and with the same language & accusations coming from the same kind of people. But Ellsberg (& other whistle-blowers I’ve heard) seem to be cool with what the newcomers to the club did. They’re probably in the best position to judge. And once this unending global war finally does end (if it ever does), they will likely get the same image over-haul Ellsberg did.

      Yes, anybody who stands up to the unquestioned power of the US Empire is a “dumbfuck”, if not a suicidal one. Yes, they probably have their “issues”. But If these guys were truly “traitors” with “ulterior motives”, they would NOT have released the info to the public. They’d have just sold the info to the “enemy” and disappeared. We’d have NEVER even heard of these people. Because the US Empire would have kept the embarrassment secret, as they do with anything of importance. All you have to do is read the leaked documents these whistle-blowers gave us to know everything we’re told is marinated in bullshit. These people lie to us for a living. They can’t be trusted.

      And I actually think these whistle-blowing dumbfucks are the exception to the rule. Considering how ridiculously easy it was for these low-level dorks to get massive piles of Top Secret information and not even get suspected of anything until after going public, I can only imagine how much information is snatched up by actual professionals and quietly distributed to whoever wants it. And considering how many secrets the US government keeps and how much it spies on everyone (including its own citizens) that’s as juicy a target as it gets. But it’s funny how precious little we hear of that kind of thing happening. And when we do, it’s on page 37 and runs for a day. Why is that?

      I guess we’re all expected to believe that, without a few “self-motivated traitors” who give the public a glimpse of what’s actually going on, the US government keeps all its secrets safe from all its enemies and frenemies. The real truth is these whistle-blowers are just Emmanuel Goldsteins to be booed during Two Minutes Hates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate

      It’s all just part of the mind-fuck they routinely pull on us, usually with great success. Even the smarter ones buy into it as often as not.

      1. Sedate Me…cool name!
        😉
        I for one,really appreciate your comments….and respect them.
        So,keep them rolling…..

      2. That makes you a club of one. Even I hate my own comments half the time, or just skim them. 🙂

        I guess all that really matters is what the NSA thinks of them.

      3. Yeah, the NSA “likes me” alright…for an all expense paid trip to Gitmo! I like Cuba, but not that region of the country.

  2. Many more people want to contribute with bringing valuable information into the light but are afraid to do so mindful of the consequences. That’s why WikiLeaks as an anonymous whistleblowing platform is a great idea. It has been emulated around the world to various degrees, but we need a lot more of them.

    1. Welcome and thanx for the visit and comment….I agree that transparency is needed and is always a good thing…..

  3. “The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.” — Plato

    gigoid, the dubious

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