Wherever you live on this planet, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency of the United States are casting ominous shadows.
Please help answer this question: Will the U.S. government get away with ruining the personal finances of brave whistleblowers because they exposed official crimes like torture and mass surveillance?
After blowing the whistle on torture and surveillance by the George W. Bush administration, former CIA officer John Kiriakou and former NSA executive Thomas Drake were prosecuted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act -- by the same government that has refused to prosecute a single torturer or any violator of privacy rights.
By clicking here to directly support those two whistleblowers, you can insist that the U.S. government can't get away with sending such courageous truth-tellers into bankruptcy.
Edward Snowden has credited Kiriakou and Drake with inspiring his own act of conscience. As Snowden put it: "If there hadn't been a Thomas Drake, there couldn't have been an Edward Snowden."
Now we've launched the RootsAction for Whistleblowers public education campaign -- being co-chaired by Drake and Kiriakou. You can give crucial support.
Half of the money that you donate to this campaign will go directly to Drake and Kiriakou, providing them with vital personal support. The other half of your donation will support the public action campaign they're chairing.
Show the U.S. government that you stand with these inspiring whistleblowers.
In defense of civil liberties and human decency, while taking grave risks at great personal costs -- Drake underwent years of vicious investigation, harassment and prosecution before defeating the government in court. Kiriakou spent two years in prison before being released early this year.
Click here if you don't think that their financial lives should be destroyed for speaking truth about power.
Last winter, while Kiriakou was still in prison, a Huffington Post headline summed up: "The One Man Jailed For CIA Torture Tried to Expose It."
An attorney for Kiriakou and Drake who is herself a whistleblower, Jesselyn Radack, wrote for The New York Times: "Torturers have been glorified in movies (which benefited from close government cooperation and a cascade of government leaks), written books divulging classified information (including sources and methods), and been given a pass by President Obama's 'look forward, not backward' policy."
If you find that morally unacceptable: please support John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake and the RootsAction for Whistleblowers public education campaign.
Tom Drake and John Kiriakou have been criminally prosecuted -- investigated, charged, convicted and sentenced -- for exposing mass surveillance and torture as secret state-sponsored policies at the highest levels of the U.S. government. They were treated as criminals because they exposed serious crimes by top officials, who violated human rights with impunity and who continue to enjoy immunity from prosecution.
Drake and Kiriakou paid an extremely high price for telling very difficult truth. They were both criminalized for exposing government criminal conduct. And both of them are now in severe debt. They have paid dearly with their livelihoods and their freedom.
If you want to help fight back:
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--- The RootsAction.org Team
> Jesselyn Radack, The New York Times: "Whistleblowers Deserve Protection Not Prison"
> The Huffington Post: "The One Man Jailed for CIA Torture Tried to Expose It"
> Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: Thomas Drake -- "The Secret Sharer"