|We’re pleased to invite you and your friends to a unique event:
Stand Up For Truth
Whistleblowers Speaking Tour, London
Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture
in collaboration with
* Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom * National Union of Journalists * Media Reform Coalition * Public Concern at Work * Whistleblowing International Network
Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.
University of London
Birkbeck, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square)
This forum will hear from a delegation that includes U.S. whistleblowers from the National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Justice Department and Pentagon. They’re on a Stand Up For Truth speaking tour.
Among the scheduled speakers is Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. For a complete list of all six speakers with background information, please see below.
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If you’ll be in the London area on June 1, we hope to see you there! And please pass this invitation along to friends who might want to attend.
This event is free and open to all, but booking is essential. Reserve your place by clicking here.
RootsAction is pleased to be working with another U.S.-based organization, ExposeFacts.org, to help arrange this Stand Up For Truth event in London.
With best wishes,
The RootsAction.org Team
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Speakers at the June 1 event:
Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. As retaliation and reprisal, the Obama administration indicted Drake in 2010 as the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg charged with espionage, and Drake faced 35 years in prison, turning him into an Enemy of the State for his oath to defend the Constitution. In 2011, the government’s case against him collapsed and he went free in a plea deal. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, and a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst who served in Vietnam, worked at the RAND Corporation, and then risked decades in prison to release the top-secret Pentagon Papers to The New York Times and other newspapers in 1971 — thereby adding impetus to the movement to end the Vietnam War. Although Ellsberg faced espionage and other felony charges, the case against him was dismissed because of egregious misconduct by the Nixon administration. Ellsberg has been a strong supporter of modern-day NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and convicted Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. In 2006, Ellsberg received the Right Livelihood Award (the “alternative Nobel Prize”). In 2012 he became a co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and in 2014 he became the founding member of the ExposeFacts advisory board.
Jesselyn Radack is the director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the leading U.S. whistleblower organization. Her program focuses specifically on secrecy, surveillance, torture and discrimination. She has been at the forefront of defending against the government’s unprecedented “war on whistleblowers,” which has also implicated journalists. Among her clients, she represents seven national security and intelligence community employees who have been investigated, charged or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information, including Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, and John Kiriakou. She also represents clients bringing whistleblower retaliation complaints in federal court and various administrative bodies. Previously, she served on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee and worked at the Justice Department for seven years, first as a trial attorney and later as a legal ethics advisor. Radack is author of TRAITOR: The Whistleblower & the “American Taliban.”
Coleen Rowley, an attorney and former FBI special agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of the agency’s pre-9/11 failures, was one of three whistleblowers named as Time magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. In February 2003, Rowley again wrote to the FBI Director questioning him and other Bush administration officials about the reliability of supposed evidence being used to justify the impending U.S invasion of Iraq. Under sharp criticism for her comments, Rowley stepped down from her legal position to go back to being an FBI Special Agent. She retired from the FBI in 2004 after 24 years with the agency.
Justin Schlosberg is a Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and an Edmund J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. His research has critically examined the failures of mainstream journalism in covering national security controversies such as corruption in the British arms trade, the death of intelligence analyst Dr David Kelly, the mass leak of US diplomatic cables in 2010, and the revelations of former NSA contractor Ed Snowden in 2013. Many of these are documented in his first book, Power beyond Scrutiny, described by veteran author and journalist Phil Knightley as “absorbing and revelatory.”
Norman Solomon is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and the coordinator of ExposeFacts. He is the author of a dozen books on media and public policy, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. A former associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting, he is a longtime associate of the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). Solomon wrote the syndicated weekly “Media Beat” column for 17 years. He is co-founder and coordinator of RootsAction.org, an online action group with more than half a million active supporters.