• You Wanna Help Ed Snowden? Here’s How…

    June 3, 2015

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    One of the reasons Ed Snowden is not in prison is because he has great lawyers who have been willing to work pro bono on his behalf.

    I’m no Ed Snowden, but one of the reasons I am able to write this blog is because I had great lawyers in my fight against the State Department who were willing to work pro bono on my behalf.

    The one thing Snowden and I do really have in common is that we are represented by the same group of lawyers, the men and women at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU can always use a financial hand, but today’s request for help is aimed specifically at the Government Accountability Project.

    The Government Accountability Project’s office which works specifically on national security whistleblower cases and represents clients who cannot afford legal fees for free, is facing a funding crisis. You can imagine the legal efforts that have been necessary to help Snowden, Tom Drake, John Kiriakou, Bill Binney (and me) through sometimes years of government efforts to silence them.

    The government has lots of money and resources; whistleblowers have only the Government Accountability Project.

    So here it is: please go to the Government Accountability Project GoFundMe page and give something.

    They have a group lined up to offer matching donations, so even a small contribution doubles itself automatically. Your donation is tax-deductible in the U.S. You can donate anonymously.

    The next whistleblower who will change history is out there, sitting in some government office, wondering if s/he will be alone when it is time to act on conscience and tell you the kind of things only someone inside the system can know. If you read this blog, I know you want to help him or her. Now, there is a way.

    FYI: I receive no money from any of this. My only association with the Government Accountability Project is as their legal client. They saved me and I’d kneel on broken glass if I thought that would help them continue their work.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Bruce said...


      OR, we The PEOPLE could simply banish the halfascist sons (and daughters)-of-Bushs to Paraguay, Kenya, Qatar and Narkansas, so US whistle-blowing true patriots need only the comfort of The CONSTITUTION, henceforth.

      06/3/15 10:25 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      They do much-needed work, thank you, Peter and them too

      06/3/15 5:34 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”So here it is: please go to the Government Accountability Project GoFundMe page and give something. “unquote

      damn. I wish I could Peter. As you already know I’m already below the Ghosts of Tom Joad’s benchmark of poverty. In lieu of financially contribution, all I can do is offer up my deepest appreciation to these people, as they are the last bulwark against the legal imperialism tyrants that aim to fulfill Orwell’s prophesy.

      BRAVO!!! to the team who still spits in the face of the tyrants by virtue of the very essence of “rules of law”.

      My deepest appreciation for all they have done, and still do.

      06/3/15 7:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Ingmar said...


      Sure looks like they’re doing an good job – I’ll follow my impulse to put aside a handful $ for a monthly donation. Btw thanks for this blog.

      06/14/15 5:39 AM | Comment Link

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