• An Obligation to Speak Out

    July 20, 2012

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    In an age where dissent is thought of as a form of treason, where Federal agencies spy on their own employees to prevent whistleblowing, it is important to remind ourselves that as government workers– f*ck that, public servants— we have an obligation to speak out to the people we serve.

    Timothy MacBain, who creates the podcasts for TomDispatch, has created a brilliant audio meditation on whistleblowing well-worth a listen for its five minute span. Listen to it here.

    MacBain’s piece uses the voices of Daniel Ellsberg, author Eyal Press (Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times), attorney Chase Madar(The Passion of Bradley Manning), me, and one-time Constitutional law professor Barack Obama.

    Listen to it carefully, before someone switches the channel on you and

    shuts

    it

    off.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Understanding government’s fear of whistleblowers:

      “The problem isn’t security itself. The problem is insecurity.” – Peter Van Buren

      Exactly. If American taxpayers were aware of the astounding level of incompetence in the management of government agencies they would appreciate Mitt Romney’s efforts to avoid paying any US income taxes.

      “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

      07/20/12 2:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Speaking Out on Spying: I want my money back

      The American Psycho in Aurora, who shall not be named, purchased 6000 rounds of ammo, an assault rifle, two Glocks, a shotgun, not to mention an alarming amount of body armor which in itself should have rung some alarm bells, but amazingly the NSA, DHS and the rest of the alphabet soup of “intelligence” agencies that spy on US who are not gun fanatics were caught flatfooted again by a terrorist hellbent on killing as many defenseless Americans as he could. In our Faustian bargain with the devil we allow our government to spy on US so that, god-forbid, ala Person of Interest, we can prevent this crap from happening. Where were the great database search masters who supposedly can connect these dots like the numerous alarming purchases the American Psycho made – and then send out the Flying Monkeys to make a search of his residence to find out what the hell he was up to? One could conclude that we have surrendered our privacy to a surveillance state so overwhelmed with worthless data that it could never find the devil in the details. If we are going to create massive databases in the Utah desert to spy on US whistleblowers, why not use it to keep tabs on Amrican Psychos who need to buy 6000 rounds of ammo and body armor that strains the credulity of the term self-defense?

      It is estimated five percent of the US population suffers from some mental illness. We are a sick society that cannot get too much violence. If we allow weapons of mass destruction to go unchecked to fall into the hands of American Psychos, then my friends, we can Holmes again.

      07/21/12 2:44 AM | Comment Link

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