Here at RootsAction, we’re glad that whistleblowing has exposed President Trump’s indefensible effort with Ukraine. It’s yet another impeachable offense, adding to a long list that we’ve documented since Inauguration Day.
At the same time, we strongly differ with the politicians and pundits still condemning the whistleblowers who’ve been prosecuted and imprisoned for the “crime” of telling difficult truths.
For many years, RootsAction has actively supported courageous whistleblowers -- such as Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake -- who’ve informed the public about such matters as U.S. war crimes and extreme mass surveillance.
Actual democracy requires the informed consent of the governed.
That’s why we want to ask you to:
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation has pointed out, the 102-year-old Espionage Act “has been misused throughout its existence, from silencing left-wing speech during the Red Scare days of its origins to the indictments of whistleblowers such as Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden.”
At RootsAction, we’ve been proud to work closely with brave truth-tellers including Pentagon Papers whistleblower Dan Ellsberg, NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, and CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. We believe that all whistleblowers deserve protection, not just the ones with powerful allies on Capitol Hill.
As Snowden has often emphasized, going through channels is usually a trap for “national security” whistleblowers. The common result is what happened to Drake, who was targeted and then prosecuted on numerous felony counts. Snowden wisely decided to go directly to journalists.
Vital information that authorities want to keep from the public is oxygen that democracy needs. Please help RootsAction’s work on behalf of whistleblowing with a donation that you can afford.
-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
>> Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Misused Espionage Act Targets Government Whistleblowers”
>> Katharine Gun, The Nation: “‘Is It a Crime to Expose Crimes Already Committed?’”
>> Daily Beast: “U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation”
>> Thomas Drake: “The Rising Power of the ‘National Security’ State”
>> Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"
>> Some Current Thoughts From Jeffrey Sterling
>> Norman Solomon, Truthout: “Pelosi Wants to Prosecute Snowden But Protect Trump Whistleblower”