Obama Using Espionage Act To Silence Whistle-Blowers

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. pspr

    pspr

    Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft.

    The indictments of six individuals under that spy law have drawn criticism from those who say the president’s crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama’s initial promise to “usher in a new era of open government.”

    “There’s a problem with prosecutions that don’t distinguish between bad people -- people who spy for other governments, people who sell secrets for money -- and people who are accused of having conversations and discussions,” said Abbe Lowell, attorney for Stephen J. Kim, an intelligence analyst charged under the Act.

    Lowell, the Washington defense lawyer who has counted as his clients the likes of Jack Abramoff, the former Washington lobbyist, and political figures including former presidential candidate John Edwards, said the Obama administration is using the Espionage Act “like a club” against government employees accused of leaks.

    The prosecutions, which Obama and the Justice Department have defended on national security grounds, mean that government officials who speak to the media can face financial and professional ruin as they spend years fighting for their reputations, and, in some cases, their freedom.


    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-...leakers-sends-warning-to-whistle-blowers.html
     
  2. Motherfuckers in Government are terrified real patriots will expose their evil deeds. So they work overtime to abolish whistleblower protections. Sibel Edmonds. Fast and Furious. Much easier for the DoJ to ship guns to Mexico under the cloak of darkness.