Conservatives have always hated free speech. They always seem to be an enemy of the Press unless flattered. Recently the Guardian reported: The former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced to more than two years in prison, by a federal judge who rejected arguments that he was acting as a whistle blower when he leaked a covert officer’s name to a reporter. A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence of two and a half years. US district judge Leonie Brinkema said she would have given Kiriakou much more time if she could.
Kiriakou’s supporters describe him as a whistle blower who exposed aspects of the CIA’s use of torture against detained terrorists. Prosecutors said Kiriakou was merely seeking to increase his fame and public stature by trading on his insider knowledge. The 48-year-old Arlington resident pleaded guilty last year to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. No one had been convicted under the law in 27 years.
With no standing to challenge suspicionless surveillance that ensnares national security journalists thanks to the Supreme Court’s Clapper v. Amnesty International decision, and little protection from the loophole-ridden DOJ rule, the government has forced journalists to go cloak-and-dagger themselves: encrypting messages, building secure document storage like SecureDrop, and hoping that they stay ahead in a cat and mouse game against the most sophisticated intelligence agency on Earth. Journalists who can’t stand the heat have one viable option: Don’t report the story.
The Administration’s aggressive criminal pursuit of sources contributes to a growing climate of hostility toward journalists. House committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has charged that journalists who work with leakers might be criminal “accomplices.” According to Rogers, freelance journalists or others not associated with a “genuine news outlet” are not doing “legitimate journalism that is protected by our Constitution.”
Jeremy Scahill, Reporter for the Gaurdian and Doctumentary “Dirty War” Says: I actually was just in London in a meeting and, you know, the other editors at The Guardian. And, you know, there is a war on journalism right now. And in some countries, like Mexico, it comes in the form of journalists being assassinated on an almost weekly basis by narco-cartels or people that have links to the Mexican security forces. In Somalia, journalists are killed—being killed in record numbers. There are a couple of dozen journalists missing right now in Syria. And then, in Western societies, you have, on the one hand, President Obama saying that his administration is going to be the most transparent in history and that they want to be friends with the press; and on the other hand, they are monitoring the metadata of journalists, they are seizing phone records, they’re trying to compel journalists to testify against their sources, they’re trying to figure out who journalists are talking to within government so that they can go and indict those people. That’s what they did to the Associated Press. They went after the aggressive team there—Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo and Kim Dozier and others—who were investigating the CIA. And they went to try to figure out who was talking to them. And then it resulted in the indictment of a—I believe he was a senior FBI official. They will go after the whistleblowers who are providing independent information to journalists, and then leak their own information that makes them look noble and like they’re winning the day for peace, freedom and democracy. They were a total sieve in the aftermath of the bin Laden raid, and everything they said was total—was a total lie, basically, that bin Laden had grabbed a wife and put her in front of him and, you know, all of these things.
Journalist Barrett Brown has spent time behind bars on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted. Brown created Project PM, which was, quote, “dedicated to investigating private government contractors working in the secretive fields of cybersecurity, intelligence and surveillance.” He was particularly interested in the documents leaked by WikiLeaks and Anonymous. In the documentary “We Are Legion”
Heath The Freedoms reports: Over the course of the past year, you’ve most likely come across strange stories regarding the tragic fates of those connected with the BP oil disaster. When compiled, the stories are all together shocking and disturbing. Is it possible that the nine deaths and others affected who were involved in different areas of disaster knowledge are just random coincidences? Check into the details and decide for yourself.
Of the 12 high profile people in question, 9 are mysteriously dead, 1 nearly died in a brutal assassination attempt, 1 is imprisoned under questionable charges, and another has simply disappeared. You can watch a video tutorial of the cases while you read the segments. Below that, you can follow the links to all the cases.
Not all of the people listed are directly related to the disaster, however, they are high profile truth tellers with different areas of expertise. Statistically speaking, it is unlikely that this many experts and activists would suddenly wind up dead within a year of the disaster. It is suspected that those who were indirectly connected with the event, may have had more knowledge or pull than originally thought.