To Protect the Fourth Amendment, We Need to Push Back Against the Patriot Act

Rolling back key aspects of the military-industrial-surveillance complex cannot be accomplished without putting up a huge fight.

By Norman Solomon – Common Dreams

Why the Hell Did Democrats Just Extend the Patriot Act?

By Sam Adler-Bell : The New Republic

House leadership included the measure in a government funding bill—and even members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus went along with it.

CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling discusses new memoir, “Unwanted Spy”

By Good Morning Washington –

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Former CIA analyst and author of “Unwanted Spy” Jeffrey Sterling shares his long-fought battle for justice and equality.

Report Exposes FBI’s Systemic Surveillance of Activists

By Chip Gibbons –

A new report from Defending Rights & Dissent finds that nearly every major social movement of the past decade — including Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock protesters, environmental activists, and supporters of Palestinian rights — has been targeted by the FBI.​

‘Whoa,’ Says Edward Snowden as Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act

By Jake Johnson,

“This is the most important stance any candidate has taken affecting press freedom so far. Hopefully this will force others to follow,” said Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press foundation.

Talk Nation Radio: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower, on What He Now Thinks Was the Purpose of Operation Merlin

World Beyond War

Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Prior to this program, as far as we know, Sterling had not been asked whether he believes the stated purpose of the program he worked on. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed nuclear bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have existed? Or does he believe the purpose was to plant evidence on the government of Iran? Listen to his answer.

Daniel Ellsberg on the Role of a Whistle-Blower in the U.S.

Bloomberg Markets – Balance of Power Video

Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower and former Rand Corp. researcher, discusses the role of a whistle-blower in a democracy and reflects on the Pentagon Papers nearly 50 years later. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Balance of Power.” (Source: Bloomberg)

While Assange, Manning and Snowden languish, U.S. media rediscovers its love of whistle-blowers

By Derek Royden –

Until Assange, Manning and Snowden are given similar coverage to these new whistle-blowers, we probably shouldn’t trust the U.S. mainstream media’s newfound love of those who reveal the crimes and incompetence of the powerful.

Messenger: Local spy offers advice to CIA whistleblower at center of impeachment inquiry

By Tony Messenger – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeffrey Sterling knows the inconvenient truth.

American politicians don’t care about protecting whistleblowers except for when they do.

Pelosi Wants to Prosecute Snowden But Protect Trump Whistleblower

By Norman Solomon, Truthout

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to condemn NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he revealed the U.S. government’s vast surveillance programs. “I think that he should be prosecuted,” Pelosi told reporters, just days after Snowden’s name became public in June 2013.