• I Join the Advisory Board for ExposeFacts.org

    July 29, 2014

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq




    I am quite pleased to have joined the Advisory Board of ExposeFacts.org.

    The group’s message is clear: encourage more government officials to blow the whistle. As said on their website, “ExposeFacts.org represents a new approach for encouraging whistleblowers to disclose information that citizens need to make truly informed decisions in a democracy. From the outset, our message is clear: “Whistleblowers Welcome at ExposeFacts.org.”

    I’m sort of amazed I fit in alongside the others working with ExposeFacts: Barbara Ehrenreich, Dan Ellsberg, Tom Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Michael Ratner, Matt Hoh, Coleen Rowley, Ann Wright and Ray McGovern. So there’s yer humble brag for today.

    I am also quite pleased that half a block from the State Department in Washington, at a bus stop used by America’s diplomats, ExposeFacts erected its first outdoor advertisement encouraging government employees to blow the whistle (photo above; that’s Matt Hoh there, not me). The ad shows Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg alongside the words “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started, don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers. You might save a war’s worth of lives.”

    ExposeFacts will erect more such ads at other prominent locations in Washington and beyond. As an advisory board member, I’m glad to report that outreach to potential whistleblowers is just getting started.

    (For those new to the blog, I am a State Department whistleblower, so this all resonates with me personally as well as a concerned American. Learn more in my book We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project))



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      07/29/14 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Another typical, bureaucratic organisation which does not enable non-“journalists” nor anyone else outside of the limited cabal of “professionals journalists”, to contribute to it or to send tips to it.

      It’s just reinforcing the difference between the elites and everyone else. A homeless man who might have some serious information to tell, would not be able to do it on “ExposeFacts”.

      07/29/14 8:40 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      The goal is to encourage US government employees to blow the whistle. I just can’t find the downside to that, sorry.

      07/29/14 8:50 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      And Peter Van Buren wrote:

      “I’m sort of amazed I fit in alongside the others working with ExposeFacts: Barbara Ehrenreich, Dan Ellsberg, Tom Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Michael Ratner, Matt Hoh, Coleen Rowley, Ann Wright and Ray McGovern”…

      …but not any homeless men in the gutter, because they have no access to what you and those other fashionable Pharisees are promoting.

      You fit in with Dan Ellsberg – who IS VERY PRESTIGIOUS! – but not with a homeless man in the gutter. (Come on, Peter, no, you really don’t fit in with the man in the gutter!) And Dan Ellsberg was never in the gutter, either!

      Bloody Pharisees! Privileged people who regard themselves as “righteous”! It’s the same old story, all over again. You American Pharisees think you’re righteous because you talk the talk, but you don’t walk the walk. It’s still the same story, after 2,000 years:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByiqpMtfsSc

      07/29/14 8:52 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Aw c’mon, MeLove. Of course I’m not homeless. I preach fair wage for work, and often get that myself. I see no purity in poverty, no natural goodness in not being poor. Read what I write (and whoever writes) and call it that way.

      The idea of getting the information to people who write about these things is to give it a platform.

      07/29/14 8:57 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Congratulations Peter. Give em hell. You know of course this org. will be prime fodder for NSA. Even a “whistleblower” could be a rat. At least you have a collective of decades of experience. Good luck to you. Keep us informed on the poster things. Those should make heads explode throughout the Executive branch. Good. The need it.

      07/29/14 11:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Good luck waiting for CIA spies to expose the facts. I suggest we don’t wait. Eliminate the Imminent Threat to National Security – the CIA

      “IT WAS DONE IN GOOD FAITH.”

      That was the sorry “excuse” the CIA trotted out to a disbelieving Congress after an internal investigation by the C.I.A. found that its officers penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program. The report by the agency’s inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday.

      John Brennan, who laughed at the accusations not long ago, apologized to Ms. Feinstein and the committee’s ranking Republican, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and would set up an internal accountability board to review the issue. The statement said that the board, which will be led by a former Democratic senator, Evan Bayh of Indiana, could recommend “potential disciplinary measures” and “steps to address systemic issues.” Senator Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado and another member of the Intelligence Committee, demanded Mr. Brennan’s resignation. “The C.I.A. unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into the Senate Intelligence Committee computers,” he said in a written statement. “This grave misconduct not only is illegal but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. “These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the C.I.A., demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences,” he added.

      Ye of little faith: Committee Democrats have spent more than five years working on a report about the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program during the Bush administration, which employed brutal interrogation methods like waterboarding. Parts of that report, which concluded that the techniques yielded little valuable information and that C.I.A. officials consistently misled the White House and Congress about the efficacy of the techniques.

      The only step that will address the issue is to eliminate an institution that is rotten systemically. The CIA lies about the Iraq WMDs alone have caused great harm to our national security, not to mention the deaths of thousands.

      The only reason to centralize the “intelligence” is to control the Truth. Controlling the truth will not set ye free. It will keep you in chains.
      To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.

      To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas

      08/1/14 11:18 AM | Comment Link

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