War on Whistleblowers (ft. Edward Snowden & David Carr) 2015 • FULL DOCUMENTARY • BRAVE NEW FILMS

We need to decide the kind of world we want to live in and the only way we can make those decisions is if we know whats going on. And that can’t happen without a free press And that can’t happen without people willing to stand up and speak the truth. Even when that is a very
dangerous thing to do. Whistleblowers are the pioneers
of change Daniel Ellsberg is the source
of the Pentagon documents. It is time to quit making national heroes out of those who steal secrets and publish them in the
newspaper. I began copying the Pentagon papers to give them to the American Congress and share them with the
American public. I came to realize that a wrongful war was going on and it would continue to go on unless these lies were exposed He is the preeminent whistleblower in the deepest sense Whistleblowers have become kind of fundamental part of how our democracy works. Mark Felt, the former associate director of the FBI, revealed that he was the man that helped bring down the
Nixon administration They have unquestionable
patriotism and a lot of courage His testimony was a key to the eventual 246 billion dollar settlement with five tobacco companies. Jeffery Wigund brought down big Tobacco. Former Enron employee, Sharon Watkins, better known as the Enron whistleblower. Ex-cop Frank Serpico changed
the NYPD forever when he revealed a multimillion-dollar payoff corruption scam. You have to go up against the
odds to do the right thing. Karen Silkwood took on one of the biggest companies in America, crusading against America’s
nuclear power industry. And in the face of fear, she
continued to collect data. It changed history, what Dan
did. …American hero. …I saw
corruption around, reported it to the–his brass. (harsh cold wind) (alarm and sirens) The greatest gift that the
national security state ever got was obviously the ability to exploit the fear of 9/11 very aggressively without opposition, to enjoy this massive, booming
growth in power. Exerting that vast power, the national security state surrounds itself within a wall of silence, where whistleblowers and the free press are attacked and vilified, even when lives are at stake. (eerie music playing) (sound of Humvee motors driving) (sound of big explosion) The day that Major Megan
McClung was killed by an IED while riding in a Humvee was
the tipping point for me. I had to do something. If not me, then who,and if not
now, then when? It was one of those situations, and I just said, “No, no, no, no. It doesn’t matter what the
consequences are, personal or otherwise,” right. I said this needs to be fixed. Whistleblowers are just people
who said, “There’s something more
important here than my boss or the generalor
the admiral or the president.” The most common vehicle used
was the Humvee. They were never built to withstand weapons that the insurgents were using, these IEDs. The estimates are that about a third of the casualties in Iraq were due to Humvees. Hundreds of Marines were tragically lost and probably thousands maimed unnecessarily, so I said let’s replace the
with what are called MRAPs, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
vehicles. The MRAP was bound to save
lives. It’s more survivable than
Humvee, because it has this V-hull that
deflects the blast out, rather than focusing it or
carrying it straight up. The base is much higher off the
ground, so it’s further away from the
center of the blast, tailor-made for bombs or IEDs. But it wasn’t a new solution. The Marines had asked for MRAPs, but that request had been
pushed back. The Pentagon, intentionally or
unintentionally, had preventably caused 19
months in delays, and that had a direct impact on
lost lives, unnecessarily. I came with these concerns to
my supervisors. No success. Then communicating directly
with the agency that’s supposed to be providing
the support. No luck there. Then working with Systems
Command. Well, Systems Command depended
on other parties. No luck there. And so I was determined to
bring this to the attention of the Office
of the Secretary of Defense. But when the officials saw the
brief that I was going to present,
they said, “Absolutely not. That cannot be allowed to go
forward.” When they get to the end of
that chain of command and it becomes more important
that nobody get embarrassed, that some people eventually
just said, “You know what? I’m gonna do
the outside play.” I contacted Sharon Weinberger
of the blog called Danger Room. He was a champion for fighting
against the Pentagon bureaucracy that
was slowing things down. Military-industrial… and the military piece is
supposed to be in charge, tell the industry, you know. But what happens is the bureaucracy has its own interests. And we had documents backing it
up, and so we went ahead and
published it. Publishes the actual document
on Danger Room, which was very, very helpful. That got the attention of
Senator Biden and his staff. They asked whether I would like
to speak to USA Today. I said yes, and I got a call from Tom
Vanden Brook, I believe, the very next day. And as soon as I found out
about Franz, I thought, “Oh, my God, I’ve
got a real-live honest-to-god whistleblower who
knows what’s going on.” I provided him unclassified
information which was key to understanding
the issue. I thought immediately we were
embarking on a bigger project to find out why these vehicles hadn’t been getting there in
the first place. And immediately he took and ran
with it, and he understood and was
fortunately able to bring this to a front-page
article. These have to be genuine,
important issues that are being exposed, and in
Franz’s case, when you hear about decisions
that are made that save thousands of lives, there’s nothing more important
than that. Now a new Pentagon study: Are our troops getting what
they need when they need it? Is the U.S. military
shortchanging its troops? According to Franz Gayl, the Marine bureaucracy has continued to under-equip
our troops for years. I contend that officials
knowingly delayed or refused the provision of urgently requested
capabilities like MRAP. Gayl says hundreds of troops
have been killed. Delays in military
bureaucracy… They’re not gonna tell you
what’s appropriate. – We asked… – And the
only way to find that out… – why did it take so long….
– is for people on the inside… They couldn’t allow something
like this to happen again. Fight ’em with truth. That’s
what it’s all about. Now it’s in the press, and now
the Commandant is getting asked about it during Senate Armed Services Committee
testimony. Does the administration have a
plan to replace each of those
Humvees in Iraq with some variation of an MRAP? We don’t have an answer right
now on how long-term I think the
MRAPs is gonna be. Two, three days after actually
my story had run on MRAPs, I was taken aside by a senior
Defense official who told me that my access was
gonna dry up for writing a story like that. It wasn’t gonna change the way
I reported, but I thought it was
interesting that, you know, someone at his level would take
the time to make that threat. They were using all these
personnel actions against me. I’m the substandard employee,
bottom 3%, unreliable, untrustworthy, et
cetera, et cetera. After investigations and after all these personnel
actions and reprisals, I was placed on administrative
leave. The MRAPs are starting to get
media attention, but the guy who makes it happen, Franz Gayl, is losing his security clearance and is getting pounded on in
his own job. I was fearful. If I have to leave the
government now and I don’t have security
clearances, we’re gonna have to move away.
I can’t get a job around here. You can’t do anything without a
security clearance around D.C. area. I knew that life was gonna go,
“foof,” fall off a cliff. With the things that’s going
through in his head and work and family and my
children, all this chaos thing, we went
through with it. I mean, like tough time, you know, but we hang in there, each other. When Gates saw the stuff the whistleblower was pushing
out there, everything changed. Secretary of Defense Gates,
first thing he did, he’s established what was
called the MRAP Task Force. Vehicles like the MRAP provide
the best protection available against roadside bombs, and so the need for these kinds
of vehicles will not soon go away. The MRAPs started going out
there en masse. This is the largest acquisition
program for the Department of Defense
since World War II. Working round the clock to keep
these trucks in the fight. We sent more than 24,000
MRAPs… (News Headlines) – Many lives will be saved…- to our war fighters. – by the use of this new
vehicle. Dust everywhere, and then when
the dust settled, everybody was like, “Are we
okay? Are we okay?” And we were all good and moved
on. It protected our soldiers, and
that’s what matters. We were in a lot better shape
than had we been in a Humvee. It made a difference, saved
lives everyday. We were all lucky to be alive. The MRAP saved my life. We were able to bring everyone
home alive. The number of deaths and
maimings just plummet. I’ve been a reporter for 25
years, and there’s nothing that’s been
more satisfying than this story. Because a whistleblower stood
up and said, “You know what? This is the
right thing to do,” lives were saved, and that, to me, is the
definition of a hero. My husband, I consider him hero, but he didn’t think he want me
to call him hero like that, because he loves the Marine,
and he just like– he just did what he needs to do. You know, he just– I’m proud
of him, that– I love you, honey. I think you are so good, and
I’m very, very proud of you. We made it happen… and that was hugely satisfying. He’s losing his job while the
right thing is happening. This is where wonderful
advocates who have been helping me all these years really came to the rescue. We at the Project On Government
Oversight worked with our colleagues at the Government
Accountability Project, and we started a public campaign to ask people around the country to demand to protect the man who actually is helping to save
our troops, and we got thousands and
thousands of letters. POGO approached the Office of
Special Counsel. They actually cited our public appeal in their ruling in his favor. At that point, the Marine Corps
contacted me immediately and said, “Well, now you can
come back to work.” But why didn’t they do the
right thing? Since the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan began, it’s been the heydays for
defense contracting. The biggest problem is the lack
of oversight. We have a system that doesn’t
want to find out what’s going on. It comes down to money and
reputations. There’s a lot of money behind
the Humvee, a lot of lobbying behind the
Humvee. Tens of millions, hundreds of
millions, if you take into account the
Army contracts as well. A lot of the money that’s
allegedly spent to defend us is really about
greed. It’s about waste. From a fiscal conservative’s
perspective, we need to change that kind of cycle and get to a
point where money is being spent more
efficiently, more effectively and more
accountably. It is the military-industrial
complex. I’m not some left-wing guy who
has grabbed onto that concept. You know, I would consider
myself a conservative, a patriotic American, but it’s
real. And there are so many conflicts
of interest. This is the beast that we have
in industrialized societies. This problem is real. The government can construct
systems of surveillience that watch everything we do. And they allow them, at any
point, to turn a key and say, I want to know everything this person did for the last five years Already captured, already collected, ready for the taking. The more powerful the national
security state becomes the more we need whistleblowers. It is all in the classified
realm. What we discovered as a result
of our research is that there are over 1,200
government organizations working at the top-secret level
on counterterrorism. There are another close to
2,000 companies that work for the government on
top-secret matters, and they’re all located in about 10,000 locations
throughout the country. There are close to a million people who have top secret clearance. We talk about a national
security state that pretends that it’s interested in our national security, when in fact it’s interested in the security of corporate interests, of agency interests, of politicians keeping their
jobs. It is, as one source said, a
self-licking ice-cream cone. It’s there to support itself. The national security state is an establishment that
involves huge expenditures, whose effectiveness and
efficiency are questionable. Secrecy is always the linchpin
of abuses of power. If you can exercise your power
in the dark, people have insufficient
power to hold you accountable. And unfortunately right now we’ve seen a big crackdown on
whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are under attack in ways they’ve never been
before in history. I was interviewed by one of the
journalist, in advance of going public. And they asked me, you know, what I thought was going to
happen. Are they going to use legal processes that would condemn me in the media? Ya know, they would go after my reputation. They would try to make sure I can’t keep a job. They would freeze my assets. They would harass my family. The things that’s happened to
everybody. But they went much much further. Obama administration’s been extremely aggressive in trying to root out whistleblowers within the government. I think President Obama feels
this way because he’s grown very close
to the CIA and to the classified military
operators. Both of those are in the
deepest of the secret world. At one point, they actually brought down the presidential plane of Bolvia, Abel Morales, to search it because they thought I might be on board. traveling to Latin
America, to pursue an asylum plane. And there’s no precident for
that. It never happened before. The impact of this
administration’s aggressiveness in the national-security arena has had an extraordinary
chilling effect. The number of people who have
indicated to us they wish they could talk, but
they can’t because they’re so afraid of
what could happen to them is a terrible thing for our
democracy. My name’s Thomas Drake. I took the oath four times in
my government career to support and defend the Constitution of the United
States of America against all enemies, foreign
and domestic. I joined NSA as a senior
executive primarily responsible for
electronic foreign intelligence. 9/11 was my first day on the job after in-processing, taking the
oath, getting all my paperwork
straightened out. We were in this meeting, and there was a rather dramatic
moment, particularly with the second
tower being hit, and I remember standing up and
saying America is under attack. It’s a nightmare. It’s
Armageddon right here. And the call went out to all
the intelligence agencies and departments, “Whatever you
have in the labs, we need to put into the fight.” I was literally charged to be
the leader at NSA to go out and find all of these
programs for filtering through the vast
reams of data being generated by the Digital
Age, the Internet Age, and provide the intelligence on
it as it’s being generated, while protecting the rights of
Americans. It was the prime directive at
NSA– you do not spy on Americans
without a war. And then, as I discover to my
horror, the government is conducting
blanket electronic surveillance with no controls, no accountability and no oversight. NSA would have extraordinary
penetration of U.S. citizenry in terms of spying and
surveillance. I was so concerned, because I
remember telling my immediate
supervisor, “What are we doing?” It was the most chilling of conversations I have probably had, ’cause here he is telling me
it’s all been approved, don’t worry about it and don’t ask any more
questions. My name is Michael DeKort. I was a lead system engineer to
the Deepwater Program. The federal government is
spending billions of dollars to improve the fleet of the
U.S. Coast Guard. The massive modernization
program called Deepwater. This is the largest acquisition program in the Coast Guard’s history. 91 new ships and 124 smaller
boats. A $24 billion project. The Deepwater System Program will provide our nation with a
21st-century Coast Guard. But the program has serious
problems. And it ended up way over its
head. One day, somebody came to me, and they said, “I’m gonna tell you something just so my conscience is clear.” The radios that they were
putting on the smaller boats that were exposed were not
waterproof. Some of the systems mounted on
the outside of the boat wouldn’t survive harsh elements
or harsh weather. The radios would have failed if
they even got a little bit wet. And you need a radio to
communicate, right? The backup for that radio not being on that small boat is a flare. If you could screw something up
in that area, you’re pretty much open game
for anything else. Some of the things, I found on
my own. Some of it was brought to me,
though, right? Some things, people told me
about. There’s a point at which the
boats were not designed properly with their hull extensions, and
they buckled. They were all bending. And if you can imagine them
going out in very high seas, the boats would have just fell
apart. It just snowballed. So if you make a design error,
but you do not correct it, you do not tell somebody about
it, you do not– and you misrepresent that
design problem and you say everything’s fine, now you’ve just crossed into
the point from making a mistake to willful intent and to fraud. I didn’t want a loss of life, right, so that was my thing. I didn’t want a loss of life. Lives of the people doing the
rescuing, but also average citizens,
right? I mean, the Coast Guard rescues
people who are in trouble from fishing outings or storms
or whatever. I wanted to make sure that if something bad happened
to one of these boats or somebody in the general
public or whatever, that I didn’t want that on my
conscience. Like most people, maybe they
tell their boss, and then they drop it. That
wasn’t good enough. My name is Thomas Tamm. I’m currently an attorney doing
criminal defense litigation. I was hired as an attorney at
the Department of Justice and wound up at what was then
called the Office of Intelligence
Policy and Review. And after 9/11, my unit was
assigned to go talk to the victims’
families of 9/11 in New York, and so we were gathering victim
impact information. And it was actually really
largely as a result of that that I decided that I wanted to
do something more directly going after
terrorists. I mean, I thought it was kind
of my patriotic duty to go after the people that had
attacked my country, and I thought it would be
really rewarding. There was a court, at the time, located in the Department of Justice that literally meets in a bank
vault so there can’t be any
surreptitious listening to what’s going on in there. And we applied for, through the
court, to listen to people’s phones,
essentially. Let’s say someone was picked up
by our troops in Afghanistan or the CIA in Afghanistan and they had phone numbers in
their pockets and those phone numbers were listed to people in the United States. And so with that information that the person’s picked up in
Afghanistan, we would go before a court and
say here’s why we think this person may be connected
with terrorism. And if the court said, “Yes, we believe there’s a
probable cause,” they would issue a warrant, and
we would be able to listen. The government would be able to
gather intelligence, gather surveillance, email
addresses, telephones, and we could do that for 90
days. So we were working with FBI
agents who had developed probable cause to believe someone in the
country was connected with terrorist
organizations. But there was a certain smaller
number of phone numbers that would come into this
office, that had to be handled
separately and kind of given special
attention. We didn’t call it any special
code word or name. It was just known as the
program. I just found that really
curious, and I started asking people
that I worked with if they knew any of the details
about the program. You know, “Do you know why one
phone number is in the program and one phone number is not in
the program?” Basically, I was convinced that something illegal was
going on, so I asked a supervisor. She said to me that she just assumed what was being done was illegal. I knew that if I remained
silent, that I would be an accessory to
a crime: the subversion of our own
Constitution and warrantless spying and
surveillance. People work within the system… I went to the Office of General
Counsel. work their chain of command… I went to the House Permanent
Select Committee on
Intelligence. They expect that someone is going to see the light along
the way. I went to the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence. And I went to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office I was being told it’s all legal. So I’d spent some time trying
to demonstrate to them that these radios needed to be
switched out and the hulls were not safe. I utilized the process the way it was supposed to be
used and notified everybody all the
way up through to the CEO and the
Board of Directors. The president that I was trying
to deal with at the time, his name was Fred Moosally,
right, who not only had Deepwater, but also the Aegis Weapon
System program, and he refused to talk to me. He did everything the way you
should be doing it. He goes to the top people of
his company and said, “These are major
problems. We need to do something about
this,” and they did not want to hear
it. I’m running out of options, but
my whole thought was I’m gonna try everything I
think I can try, and then my conscience will be
clear. That whole “do as to others as you would wish to have done
to yourself,” I actually believe in that. And so relative to my kids, if
I say don’t lie or don’t–you know, don’t screw
anybody over, the times when that matters most is when you’d most like to or
try to justify your doing so. I thought I kind of have a
responsibility to keep going with this, so it
just– I kind of didn’t even think
twice about it. There were wiretaps, electronic
surveillance conducted without getting search warrants, without getting the legal piece
of paper that said that you could do
that. We took a separate track that would kind of circumvent
the normal process and circumvent the court, and I said, “Really?” Said, “Aren’t we supposed to– “You know, that’s why we’re
here, “is to do things that are legal, “to do it the right way, catch
bad people, and we think that we’re doing
something illegal?” It’s a federal crime. It’s in the statute. There’s no really– no arguments, no questions
about it. It’s a federal crime to listen to somebody’s phone
without getting a warrant. I came to the decision that I thought that the
American people should know, and let the American people
decide whether they thought it was–
that the government was doing what they considered
legal or not. We see government’s are increasingly starting to shut us out, there starting to change the
processes by which they govern. And they say, these are really
important things but you’ll just have to trust
that we are making the right
decisions about how these powers should
be used. And particularly in America,
that’s a fundamentally Un-American concept. This is supposed to be government of the people, by the people, for the people. But how do we make decisions
about how we want to vote? How do we make decisions about
what kind of goverment we would
like? If we don’t know what those
goverments are doing, I ultimately chose– I made a fateful decision to go
to the press. So I shared what was
unclassified anonymously about the government’s warrantless wiretapping with a reporter. Her name was Siobhan Gorman, at the time wrote for The
Baltimore Sun. I knew that I could be fired, but, again, as an American, I
made that choice. And there was a May 2006, article about the warrantless
surveillance of Americans. That really, no doubt, caused a
real stir at NSA. I had just recently read an article about the Justice Department written by a reporter for The
New York Times and recognized that he seemed
to have a pretty good handle on what was going on in the
Department of Justice and thought that if I make a
phone call, I don’t want to use my
cellphone, and I don’t want to use my
phone at home, because they could potentially
find records of that. And I would go by on the subway
every day the kind of old-fashioned pay
phones. I thought about various
investigative reporters that I would try and contact. I remember picking up the
cradle of the phone and calling a reporter by the
name of Eric Lichtblau. Once I put the phone down, I knew I was committed to the
path I had decided to take. I was pretty confident that my life would never be
quite the same. They are people who want to
speak up and usually tell you about
something that they think is really wrong, and sometimes they’re willing
to risk their jobs to do that. But if they did act on it, they’re going to be risking
everything. We nickname whistleblowing “the sound of
professional suicide.” It’s almost always bad for them. It’s almost–They’re the ones who are putting their careers
on the line. I met him at a bookstore, so I was nowhere connected to
the Department of Justice, and we had a cup of coffee, and I told him that I worked at
the Department of Justice and I might have some
information that he might find useful,
interesting, newsworthy. I expressed to The New York
Times reporter that I didn’t want to actually
turn over what I considered would be
classified information, so I would give him information about this separate track of
cases and the fact that people
thought it was illegal in the office where I worked. Initially met with Eric
Lichtblau numerous times, felt I could trust him, and then he brought in another
reporter named James Risen, who I was informed had sources
from other agencies, presumably the NSA and the CIA. He assured me that The New York
Times would protect sources, that they would never reveal my
identity, and so that’s kind of how it
began. I don’t really like thinking
about that period of time in my life
all that much, because it really was stressful, and it was something that I didn’t think I could talk to anybody about. And I didn’t want to involve my
family, because they would be worried. The Bush administration is fighting mad at The New York Times… But I believe it was November
or December of 2005, The New York Times ran a front-page story that
there was a warrantless wiretapping
program. And when it first came out, I
was– I think I was undoubtedly
trembling, as I was looking at it to read
the story very carefully and see whether there was any
way that somebody could read that
story and figure out who had revealed this
information. My first reaction was that, “Oh, my God. You know, what
have I done?” President Bush is breaking the
law by spying on people in this
country without a warrant. Eavesdropping on Americans
without court order… Could the government be
listening in to your private conversations? The secret wiretapping without
warrants of communications between U.S.
residents – and people overseas. –
Listening of conversations and monitoring of emails
without a warrant, under the law, is unreasonable
and unconstitutional. Means he’s been lying to us about the program since it started, when he’s been telling us there’s nothing illegal about
what he’s doing. The federal government, in
effect, can wiretap you. They can snoop on you. They can break into your house. President Bush says they only
listen to Americans if it involves Al Qaeda. These two say not true. Allowing for the warrantless
wiretapping of Americans… – President Bush is… – Most
experts believe the domestic surveillance
program… Some in the press, in particular The New York
Times, have made the job of defending against further terrorist
attacks more difficult. We’re at war with a bunch of
people who want to hurt the United
States of America, and for people to leak that
program and for a newspaper to publish
it does great harm to the United
States of America. They said all these publishers, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian will have blood on their hands from publishing these stories But when we look at it, we see
that these threats, these statements from the government about what we, the public, simply cannot be trusted to know because this knowledge that
is just too dangerous. Is actually not true. Give us one example where this
has caused harm. Show us anybody who’s died as a
result to this, because you’ve told us, if any of these documents were ever made public it would cause grave
damage to the country. You notice there’s a high
correlation between how secret news is and how bad it is for the
people. They don’t trust us to know these things because it’s embarrassing. Because it could affect them
politically. But it doesn’t actually
increase the threat to us as a public or a soceity. And it’s for that reason, we
need to look very carefully and very critically at the claims that any official puts forward about how dangerous this sort
of thing is. I was in my car in the parking
lot, and I remember thinking, “Okay,
I gotta do something else.” I tried to think of something
that I thought would be catchy, so I thought I would do a
YouTube video. All they were using it for at the time was, you know, goofy pet tricks. Nobody ever used YouTube as a
whistleblower, right, and that was the angle I was
trying to go for. So I wrote a script, and I had one of those cheap
computer cameras, and I read it one time, and it
seemed okay, and then I just– the second
one was the take. Before I begin, I want to tell
you that making videos like this is not something I do as a
profession. So I broke all the rules of a
professional, but my thought was that that’s
not the point, because to some degree, I
was–you know, I was running out of ideas at
the time. The purpose of this video is to ask for your assistance
in helping me resolve several serious safety and
security issues. But then after that, I had a
listing of dozens and dozens of
reporters in both print and media, and I told them that I posted
the video. I was the reporter covering
Homeland Security, and while doing research on the Deepwater project, Michael DeKort told me really
explosive information. I took his tips, and then I
used that to report. I talked to the companies
involved, and I was able to basically confirm individual allegations he was making. That’s incredible to see that
the federal government made such a terrible mistake. Then I thought, well, here we go, ’cause it’s all momentum. You can find the most unusual
videos on YouTube.com, but one of them has raised
questions about a potential Homeland
Security problem. Now his story has gotten more
public attention in just a few weeks than in all the months he spent rattling the cage
through traditional means. The Coast Guard’s own expert warned radios placed in open
boats shorted out because they weren’t waterproof and of serious design flaws that could lead to catastrophic
hull collapse. It takes a lot of guts to do what Michael DeKort did, to blow the whistle on the largest defense
contractor in the world. When I brought this information to Lockheed management, they directed me and my team to stop looking into whether or not the rest of the equipment met
requirements. You have provided enormous service to the public, to the Committee, and I think, in the long run,
to the Coast Guard. I remember sitting at lunch
with people and saying, “You know, this
could get on 60 Minutes.” The $24 billion project has
turned into a fiasco that has set new standards for
incompetence and triggered a Justice
Department investigation. Michael DeKort was Lockheed
Martin’s lead engineer for electronics on the patrol
boats. We actually ordered radios for
the very small boats that go on the 123s that were
not waterproof. That is hard to believe. Yes, sir. I’m getting ready for work, and I’m looking out my bedroom
window, and I see a bunch of cars pull
up… and a dozen agents are
streaming across my front yard. Thomas Drake, accused of leaking classified information… And you can imagine, in that
moment, they’ve come for me. Got a knock on the door. Agents raiding his home in
Howard County… My wife and son, I still
remember the look on their eye– on
their faces. They had a warrant. They had a
search warrant. My life, at that point, was turned completely upside
down. I met the chief prosecutor at a
secret FBI facility in Maryland, where the prosecutor threatened me with spending the rest of my life in prison if I didn’t cooperate. “Otherwise, we’ll throw the
book at you.” And I was charged under the
Espionage Act. The Espionage Act, which has been around since
1917, was designed to stop spies. But a spy is not a midlevel bureaucrat who notices tens of millions of
dollars going down a rathole somewhere and, after notifying his
superiors and getting nowhere, eventually drops a dime and
calls a newspaper. That’s a whistleblower. That’s not a spy. By using the Espionage Act,
they are saying, “Not only are we gonna retaliate against whistleblowers, we’re gonna try to throw ’em in
jail.” I said you know, I think they are going to charge me with the Espionage Act. They are going to say I gave
information to our enemies. But the reality is I gave this information to the American public. So if they’re the enemies, what does that say about what’s really going on? The deterrent effect is very
great. These people face a terrifying
situation, I mean, possible imprisonment,
huge legal bills. We were in whole new territory
here, and it was a really sad
commentary on how far the secrecy regime
and expanded executive authority has gone in this country. All it takes is for the
government to assert that you have unauthorized
possession of information relating to the
national defense. Whistleblowing is when someone
discloses fraud, waste, abuse, illegality or a danger to public health or safety. Leaking serves no public value. 10 felony counts– 5 under the
Espionage Act, one for obstruction of justice, and 4 for making false
statements– all of which, if I was found
guilty on, would mean 35 years in prison. The substance of the espionage
charges against Drake dealt with some documents that the FBI had discovered in
a search of his residence. There was a very innocuous
email, one of these
rally-the-workforce emails, and there was absolutely no sensitive information that was contained in there. The government claimed that it could cause damage to
national security. They say it revealed levels of
NSA’s capability. It revealed no capabilities
whatsoever. I mean, what was secret about that? One of the reasons that so much classified information leaks out is that there is so much
classified information. In 2011, there were 92 million
classification decisions, four times as many
classification decisions as the last year of George W.
Bush. That’s not increased
transparency, of course. That’s closing the curtains. They’ve classified so much
information that it has a negative effect
of not letting the right hand know what the left hand is
doing, because there’s too much
secrecy. The danger is when we, the
public, begin to lose sight over what those private hands
are doing with all that power. Classification can be deliberately abused to deny information to others for political reasons, for reasons of precluding
embarrassment, and it definitely contributes
to a lack of accountability. Our security is not just a
matter of our ability to conduct covert warfare or
counterterrorism measures. It has to do with having a public that trusts its government. The Obama administration came
to power promising the most transparent
administration in history. The way to make government
responsible is to hold it accountable, make
it transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions
are being made and whether their interests are
being well served. “We’re gonna be incredibly
transparent. There’s gonna be sunlight
everywhere.” Hope and change for
whistleblowers. But all that quickly darkened. I never imagined that he would
just run with it… and take it far beyond even what the Bush
administration had implemented. When he became president, I
think that he tipped much more towards being protective of the
secrets. Instead of getting hope and
change for whistleblowers, the Obama administration had cracked down on national security whistleblowers much more so than the Bush
administration. This administration has been
using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court. Divulging that kind of information is a serious issue and always
has been. They have indicted more
people for violating secrecy than all of the previous
administrations put together. Unfortunately, the climate in
the Obama administration is just not good for national
security whistleblowers. They wanted to make an example
of me, but in the worst possible way. So you can imagine how I’m
feeling, absolutely betrayed by my own
government. I mean, at the end of the day,
right, when you make a decision like
this– And what I tell other
whistleblowers, actually, is if you’re not prepared to have the worst happen and go
110%, then really don’t do it at all,
’cause it’s really not worth it. ‘Cause the other side, they’re getting new and new cadre of lawyers who are coming up through the
ranks that they will pay to go
against you. Shortly thereafter– I’m still an employee of the
Department of Justice– I get a phone call from the FBI, and he said that he wanted to
come by and talk to me. And I said–I told him, okay,
that would be fine and that I would get back to
him. I put him off, put him off and then invoked my rights
under the Bill of Rights and told him that I did not
choose to be interviewed. I certainly knew that I needed
a lawyer, so I contacted a lawyer and
asked him to represent me. So I felt that it probably
wasn’t appropriate for me to stay employed by the Department of Justice, so I voluntarily left. On a beautiful summer day in August of 2007 I came home from taking my son
to school and saw that there were 12 cars parked all along one side of the street. One of them was blocking my driveway. And then I saw my lawyer, standing there, who had never been to my house standing in the middle of the
street and my heart just sunk. 18 agents, some of them in body
armor, I’m told, had been banging on our front
door, and our dog was barking. My wife was still in her bathrobe, and they were yelling at her, “Show us your hands,” and
things like that. And then when she opened the door all eighteen came in fairly quickly, all went to pre-assigned spots and went up and woke up my other two kids in bed, told them to get dressed and, you know, my wife was still trembling when I got home. They took out a lot of personal papers that would have just shown that I was very interested– in my view of it, that I was very interested in the issue of wiretapping without obtaining warrants. They asked my family about whether New York Times reporters had ever been to the house. They looked for secret compartments and took all of our computers. So a couple of days after the raid, I remember being in my attorney’s office, and he said that they’ve
offered me a plea. The government has offered me a plea to a count of espionage, having something to do with the Espionage Act, and that it would contemplate that I would be potentially jailed for period of time. And I really didn’t think about
it all that long. I didn’t hesitate in saying, no, I wasn’t interested in pleading, because I didn’t think I had done anything wrong. I hadn’t turned over any documents. They hadn’t gotten any secret
documents out of my house. I hadn’t removed any documents from the secret corridor or anything along those lines, and I just basically said, “No. They’re gonna have to try me and convict me.” I’m spending tens and tens of thousands of dollars during this time period on a private attorney. I had to take out a second mortgage on my house. I had to basically clear out half of my retirement account from the government just to pay for all this, plus a whole number of other expenses. And I happen to read an article. It was an Op-Ed in the L.A.
Times and by Jesselyn Radack. When I heard that a whistleblower had been indicted, I immediately did an Op-Ed on the difference between leaking and whistleblowing and discussed Tom Drake’s case and why what he allegedly did qualified as whistleblowing, not leaking. She understood exactly what was
at stake and, it turned out way before
anybody else did. His case, if it were to be won, would have to occur both in the
courtroom and in the court of public
opinion. And she began to strategically
turn the tide. I said I’m gonna nominate him for a Ridenhour prize for truth-telling as the first stop. I did not take an oath to support and defend
government illegalities. Followed shortlyby the Jane
Mayer article… Jesselyn Radack called me up
one day, and she said, you know, “I have something that I think
might interest you.” If we could get an article in
The New Yorker, I thought it would
beappropriate for him to be able to speak during that
article. Dealing with a source who’s
being prosecuted for leaking, I could not talk on the phone
with Tom Drake. I had to fly across the country and meet people in sort of
unmarked hotel rooms in order to try to get the
details of that story. And it does not feel kind of
like America, land of the free press. To date, it remains the most comprehensive
summary of what happened. And then the 60 Minutes
segment… He’s been charged under the
Espionage Act and could spend the rest of his
life in prison. I began to have grave concerns about the decisions that were
made to bypass the Constitution
willfully and deliberately. Over the period of a year, I
learned that the FBI knew who I had had lunch with
on certain days. They obviously had wiretapped
my phone. So I knew I was being followed, and I knew that I was being
watched, and I knew that I was being
investigated. The day after this raid on my
house, I got a phone call from a person who identified himself as
Michael Isikoff of Newsweek. I got a tip that a squad of FBI
agents had shown up at the house of a Justice Department lawyer. Alarm bells went off in my mind that this was related to the
criminal investigation into who leaked the information about warrantless wiretapping
to The New York Times. It led me to want to tell his story. I decided to talk to Michael Isikoff, because I was convinced that I
had not done anything illegal. He agreed to talk to me. A classic case of a whistleblower who comes across information
that is truly troubling. And I could either wait for
them to charge me if they were gonna charge me,
or I could be proactive. I thought it went fairly well. I mean, I remember talking to
him. It eventually came out, you
know, that I actually had pictures of myself with J.
Edgar Hoover as a kid. He came from a family that was
steeped in FBI history. His uncle had been a top aide
to J. Edgar Hoover. His brother was an FBI agent. His father was a top official
in the FBI. And he just kind of lit up at that. “Oh, that’s absolutely a
fascinating connection.” And I got a sense of what led
him to take the steps he did, that he had tried to bring his
concerns to somebody at the Intelligence
Committee and had been rebuffed. And, you know, there was kind
of this understanding that he wasn’t gonna run with
the story until I told him that it was
okay. And it was an issue where I ended up feeling I
could trust him. When my story came out on the
cover of Newsweek, I basically thought, “Okay,
I’ve done it. This is gonna help.” “Here’s why I did it. “Here’s what I did, “and if you all think that you
can charge me with that, then go for it.” Again, I thought it was the
right thing to do to go to the press and to let
the American people decide that there might be something
going on that was not following the law. Today, both the government and
the contractors try to keep sort of the dirty
laundry to themselves, and whistleblowers are really critical to helping us get through that barrier that this sort of unified contractor-government force creates. The story that I wrote and Michael DeKort’s work to
bring it to light sort of helped expose that
scandal, and the government has, you
know, I think, improved as a
result. The boats, the first eight were
taken out of service. The program was stopped. Some of the designs on the other boats and future boats were changed. The price I paid as a
whistleblower was they eliminated my job. I left the world’s largest
defense contractor. I mean, I would have had a
20-year pension by now. Anyone who takes a step like that, you know that they’ve probably
got something important to say, because they’re basically
wiping away their career. And then we had to move a
couple times, and nobody else in the defense
industry will touch me, so it causes some financial
hardship. I mean, there’s unfortunate
parts, but I have no regrets. There are still problems, and
soon–and it’s unfortunate, but the Coast Guard is in such
bad shape that there will probably be a
loss of life in the near future, ’cause the boats that should
have been replaced by now, that weren’t because of this
mismanagement, are still out there. A high-profile failure for the
Justice Department. Federal prosecutors today
dropped nearly all of the charges against Thomas Drake. A former NSA official accused
of mishandling classified data strikes a plea deal today. He’s only pleading guilty to a
misdemeanor count of exceeding authorized use of
a computer. It’s the legal equivalent of a
parking ticket. It had nothing to do with
classified. It had nothing to do with
retention. There was a judge with the integrity to say “You’re not doing the right
thing, Prosecutor.” The federal judge in this case actually berated the prosecutors. He berated the government for the years of persecution, the threat of 35 years behind bars, and the charges were suddenly
dropped. So the whole case did fall apart and of its own weight, I think, really. The government does tend to
overreact and overcharge and overdramatize. He was vindicated in the end,
essentially, but had his life, for the
moment, ruined. It’s extremely dangerous in
America right now to be right as a whistleblower
when the government is so wrong. So speaking truth to power is
now a criminal act. One’s rights, given history, it’s too easy for others to
take them away. When a government gains new
powers, they never release them. They always use times of
emergency, they use special circumstances,
to create exceptions in our
thinking. To say that, “this time it’s
different.” It’s not different. What’s different are the people
in power and what they want to do. And if you put your trust in me, I will stand up at that
convention and say that our divisions are
behind us. I was very optimistic about hope and change coming in 2008. I thought the Obama
administration would actually say that I had
done the right thing, that I had followed the law and, “We would even be honored if you would come back and work
for the Department of Justice.” And, I mean, in retrospect, how
stupid and naive could I be? Not only did the Obama
administration not apologize to me and offer
me my job back, but, I mean, they continued the
investigation, and, in other instances, went
after people. One of the most disappointing
things we’ve seen has been the president’s commitment to going after the journalists that they’ve worked with, when all they’re doing is
exposing wrongdoing. It’s put a lot of journalists
on the defensive to make them even more reluctant to work with whistleblowers. It really criminalizes the
news-gathering process. There just seems to be a
disconnect here. You want aggressive journalism
abroad. You just don’t want it in the
United States. Well, I would hesitate to speak
to any particular case. The Obama administration had taken what was an understandable
sense of governmental discipline and kind of gone over the top
with it and began prosecuting every
which way. There are some risks involved with publishing stories. You can be hauled into court for a very lengthy, expensive
court battle if they are trying to get you
to divulge your sources. Jim Risen of The New York Times is very familiar with this
particular problem. Jim was subpoenaed in
connection with a book he wrote. That case is still pending. Basic issue is whether or not
you can have a democracy without aggressive
investigative reporting, and I don’t believe you can. After the grand jury, after I
testified, right, sitting in a room, anteroom
outside of the grand jury, the lead prosecutor came out
and told my lawyer– I don’t know why he didn’t tell me, ’cause I’m sitting right there– but he told my lawyer that there weren’t gonna be any charges as a result of this, you know, five-, six-, seven-year investigation. of total waste of taxpayers dollars, total waste of FBI agent’s time, and effort, they could have been investigating somebody who had really hurt our country And, you know, it was a relief, but it was also kind of, you
know, “Is that it?” I mean, is that–That’s it. You know, how about, you know– Again, not–I guess I wasn’t
looking for an apology. I don’t know what I was looking
for, but I was angry. I am angry. I still am angry. And we still don’t know how many people were illegally
wire tapped, and those people haven’t been
informed that their communications were
intercepted. And I just think that’s wrong. I think in many cases– and I think Tom Tamm’s is one
of them– they’ve enriched our democracy. They’re guarded by the truth. The truth eventually does set
them free. During the period of time, it was a real financial
struggle, and I have not really recovered
from that, so my family is still suffering
as a result of what I did. That is truly my biggest regret, is what I put my family through. I sometimes wonder did I
accomplish anything other than kind of ruin a
career? I loved working for the
Department of Justice and walking the halls where I had walked as a little
kid with my father. The building is very much the
same. And did I accomplish anything? Well, I accomplished something,
and with the help of the medias, I let people know what was
going on. I let people know that we’re the greatest country
in the world, and we have a great government, but the government sometimes
lies. You know, the little guy who
leaks a piece of information to a reporter might lose his
job, might go to jail, but he looks up above him and he sees senior officials in
the White House sitting down for tell-all
books, because they know that if they don’t tell their
side of the story, they’re not gonna look so good
in the books. Somehow or other, that never
gets treated as a nefarious leak of
government secrets. People in high office leak all
the time, and they leak national security
information quite often. Run-up to the Iraq war, where selective leaking took
place all the time by senior Bush administration
officials who were trying to make the case that we ought to invade Iraq. John Brennan is allowed to leak to make the Obama
administration look good without any kind of retaliation. When the government leaks for
political gain, people get rewarded handsomely. But what they want out are the stories that cast them
in a good light, and what they would like to
prosecute are the ones that don’t, and so that’s the two tiers,
really. You know, when we’ve got these
people who have practically limitless
powers within a society, if they get a pass, without so
much as a slap on the wrist, what example does that set for the next group of officials
that come into power? The push line’s a little bit
further, a little bit further, a little bit further, and we’ll realize that we’re no
longer citizens– we’re subjects. It’s only the person who
reveals the criminal activity who is prosecuted for it. And I would say I identify very
strongly with Bradley Manning, because first of all, he was
doing this because he felt crimes were
being committed, horrible things. He said, “I’m prepared to go to
prison for life or even be executed.” So once again, it’s the
messenger. To me, the John Kiriakou case
is so tragic because the guy who blew the
whistle on the government’s torture
program is going to jail. I do meet the legal definition
of whistleblowing, and that is someone who brings
to light evidence of waste, fraud, abuse or
illegality. This conviction is not about
leaking. This case was about torture
from the very beginning. Those who conceived of the
torture are free. Those who destroyed evidence of
the torture are free, and even the attorneys who papered over the torture are free. It’s about believing in America
and the Constitution and believing that your job is
not just to do this. Your job is to respect the
Constitution. And, unfortunately, that’s a
losing position right now. The federal government often
makes examples both of citizens and employees
within its own ranks who want to say something like, “Look, there’s a problem going
on here,” and I fear the taxpayers are getting ripped off in the
process. The environment now is as chilling as they’ve seen
it in a long time. You’re gonna lose your job. You’re gonna lose your livelihood. And people who used to talk to
you will not take your phone calls
anymore. That does have an intimidating
effect, not just on leakers. It has an intimidating effect
on the process. So when a whistleblower comes
forward, you would think the government
would want to find out what is going on and
investigate the misconduct, but what happens is the hammer
comes down, and they shoot the messenger. And as a result, they come up
with bad laws. And so it is extremely important for the national security state to punish in very severe ways
whistleblowers, because that is what they need
to do to make an example out of them and to deter future
whistleblowing. Senator Joe Lieberman has
introduced the SHIELD Act, which would make it a crime to publish certain classified intelligence. But if you were to pass some of
the legislation that is now on the–in Congress, it would handcuff whistleblowers in a different, more profound way. You know, Senator Cardin of
Maryland had actually introduced
legislation that would have tried to
modernize the Espionage Act. In other words, the people who
know the most and who might actually be
inclined to say something that would challenge the
official line are the ones who are supposed
to be silent. Congress is pushing to prevent
classified information from being made public. Now, there can be certainly bad
leaks, but that’s used as an excuse
for keeping information from the public that we
desperately need to have. Senator Dianne Feinstein is among a handful of
Congressional lawmakers who want to plug national
security leaks using the law. Whistleblowers really are our
modern-day heroes, and we need to be doing
everything we can to be protecting them, to make
sure that they have what it takes to protect our
safety and our freedom, and we can’t let them fight
this fight alone. People just talk too much. Let me say it as simply as I
can. Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this
presidency. There has been good news, that
Congress has just passed the Whistleblower Protection
Enhancement Act, which is really going to help
federal employees. But what was still left
unprotected was those employees who worked
at the intelligence agencies. They were left out. So as a result of that, the
president issued then separately a Presidential Decision
Directive that deals with whistleblowers
in the intelligence agencies. The problem is there that it’s really only
protecting internal disclosures. It is not only not helping those people who go outside the system, but you have the Justice
Department, who actually prosecute them for
doing it. Fear made us change some of our
freedoms, and I think it’s really
important for the people to stick up for their freedoms
and their civil liberties. The goal of terrorism is not
just to kill people. The goal is to instill terror
in people and to make them become what they are not. The Pentagon and the
contractors are kind of masters of using the fear tactic to get
more of our tax money, making billions and billions of
dollars. But our nation was founded on
speaking out, solving these problems. By clamping down on
whistleblowers, we’re working in the wrong
direction. We’re actually not making
ourselves any safer. It’s making us exactly the kind
of government we don’t want. The most important thing you
can do is think critically. Look at the claims that are
being put to you by authority figures, by teachers, by everyone around you, even by your friends and your
family, people that you love and you
trust, and go, “What do I think about
this?” “What’s the evidence to support it?” There’s a check of public opinion, and that can’t take place if the public can’t learn what’s going on and if our sources are being
prosecuted. It’s an issue of great importance to reporters everywhere. But in terms of using the mechanisms of government to silence aggressive
journalism, that’s never worked in the past. It’s not gonna work now. We’ll still be here when the
smoke clears. Questioning is not just the
recipe for a strong individual, but it’s what makes us really free. There was a grand experiment that was launched over 220
years ago. That’s the country that I want
to keep. The reason they gave protection to the First Amendment and the
media is for the people to not be subject to prosecution because they question what the
government is doing. Just one of the things that we
fought for and something that I think sets
us apart from an awful lot of other
countries. The Founding Fathers didn’t
want it to be possible to be charged with treason in
this country simply for disagreeing with the
government. The Founders established all of
these safeguards to prevent abuse of power, and those are the very powers
that have been acquired in the name of keeping America safe. We all have little differences in how much, sort of, inhumanity and incivility we can witness before it moves
us to action, but we all have that line. And it’s up to you to decide– What do you want to do? What do you want us to do? What will we do together? And make that contribution by
standing up, and not just saying something, but doing something. Hi, I’m Robert Greenwald – thank you for watching the War on Whistleblowers If you like what you just saw, hit that like button. Share it, leave a comment, subscribe. If you’d like to host a screening -a free screening of any of our films, send us an email [email protected] Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “War on Whistleblowers (ft. Edward Snowden & David Carr) 2015 • FULL DOCUMENTARY • BRAVE NEW FILMS

  • Rudy Giuliani was paid well to look the other way while the towers were being prepped for demolition

  • i commend these people who want to do the right thing to protect people from corporate American greed but the sad fact is is once you expose corporate greed and crooked politicians and Americans feel like the job of exposing and stopping corporate America from stealing, they have already figured out a way to continue their crookedness thru other channels and we are none the wiser until we expose them again 20  years later and then the cycle is repeated again.

  • The reason she and thousands of others died had nothing to do with the need to replace the fucking humvees, they died because they were in Iraq!! They died for oil and power lol to make rich people richer. that's all that poor girl died for. a lie. And now look what's breeding over there and around the world! Thanks the USA OORAHhh!

  • TRUTH ONCE AGAIN GIVES HOPE & LIBERTY FOR US ALL – WE THE PEOPLE: SEE FULL DOCUMENTARY by BRAVE NEW FILMS: 'The War on Whistleblowers' the current back story and where and what's happening now! Of Edward Snowden & David Carr in their fight for our 'Liberty & freedom from tyranny in 2015" • Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American Gov. employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives. Obama's administration has attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

    With President Obama's commitment to transparency ((in reality it did the exact opposite!) His passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. But according to the film, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers. 
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    2: 30 After the death of Major Megan McClung who was killed by an IED while riding in a Humvee, Franz Gayl asked himself, "If not me, then who? If not now then when?" Gayl blew the whistle on the Military Industry who were dragging their feet to provide MRAPS, a vehicle that could replace the Humvee and prevent unnecessary casualties amongst American Soldiers in Irag. 

    11: 53 "Why didn't they do the right thing?" , asks Gayl. It comes down to money and reputations. The Humvee, though not the safest choice for our soldiers, is backed by millions of dollars and powerful lobbying. Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of the National taxpayers Union stresses the need for more accountability in our spending.

    13: 18 The more powerful our National Security State becomes, the greater the need for Whistle Blowers and as our need for Whistle Blowers has increased, so has the aggression towards and attacks on them via the Obama Administration. 

    "We talk about a National Security State that pretends it's interested in our National Security when in fact it's interested in the security of corporate interests, of agency interests, of politicians keeping their jobs…"
    -Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower

    16: 24 Meet Thomas Drake, Former Senior Executive of the NSA. WhistleBlower.

    18: 23 Meet Michael Dekort, Former Lead Systems Engineer of the Deepwater Program. Whistleblower.

    20: 40 Meet Thomas Tamm, Former Attorney in the Department of Justice. WhistleBlower.

    23: 21 Hear how Drake, Dekort and Tamm arrived at their fateful decisions to brave the risk and blow the whistle. 
    "…we nickname whistleblowing the sound of professional suicide."
    Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

    32: 26 Michael Dekort uses YouTube as a last resort tactic to be heard. It worked. 

    35: 26 Drake recounts the day they came for him, the charges made against him and the severity of punishments he faced under the Espionage Act.
    "I met the Chief prosecutor at a secret FBI facility in Maryland where the prosecutor threatened me with spending the rest of my life in prison…"
    -Thomas Drake

    39: 55 The Obama administration began with promises of transparency and accountability to the American people, yet turned very quickly in to an administration that has cracked down on Whistleblowers harder than any other. Thomas Tamm also finds himself charged under the Espionage Act. 

    44: 55 Jesselyn Radack writes an article in the L.A times on behalf of Thomas Drake calling attention to the differences between "leaking" and "whistleblowing". The tide turns for Drake who begins to receive long overdue recognition for telling the truth.

    47: 10 Thomas Tamm recalls his moment to speak and be heard in the press.

    51: 12 It's a bittersweet moment when Thomas Drake is vindicated.

    52: 49 The Obama administration prosecutes, prosecutes, prosecutes some more. 

    "Efforts to target me have continued under the Obama administration which has been aggressively investigating whistleblowers in a way that will have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press in the United States."
    -James Risen

    55: 07 The government uses selective leaking to release only the stories that cast them in a good light.

    1: 02 What kind of nation are we becoming? Edward Snowden encourages us to decide what kind of contribution we will make together, not just by saying, but by doing.

    Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Films’ investigative films have scrutinized the impact of U.S. drone strikes; the war on whistleblowers; and Wal Mart’s corporate practices. The company’s films have received more than 56 million views online.


  • "We have a great government, but sometimes the government lies". NO! Great governments don't exist, they all lie to the public. If they were open and transparent, there wouldn't be a need for whistle-blowers. It's all about controlling the population.
    Land of the free? Don't make me laugh…….

  • America doesn't live here anymore corporation own and run this country the politicians work for CEO's of who knows for sure they don't even know. the true America was good while it lasted when was the day it ended? no one knows for sure but it's been sold to parties unknown who do we buy it back from.

  • Edward Snowden has brought to light important information that deserved to be in the public domain. He recognised the NSAs surveillance programs for what they are: dangerous, undemocratic and unconstitutional activity. This wholesale invasion of privacy does not contribute to our security, it puts in danger the very liberties we are trying to protect. Edward Snowden deserves a statue! https://www.etsy.com/listing/237623587/edward-snowden-statue

  • Snowden, I assure you, is no 'Whistle-blower'. He is a chess piece crafted by design to fulfill the function of spreading anxiety to the masses, should they consider talking against mainstream ideas online, via the mainstream media (his contrived Whistle-blower status enacted so the media can spread the warning while ostensibly reporting about a whistle-blower)  How does one arrive at this conclusion? By simply recognising the fact that Snowden HAS NOT revealed anything that was not already in the public domain. All he has served to do is tell millions of people that they cannot communicate online with each other without being watched, which in my opinion serves to make people reluctant to discuss matter of substance with each other which in turn leads to self censorship.

  • I keep saying this, US Americans that think that they still live in a democracy are truly living in a self willed delusion. Because ultimately, that is simply not the case.

    Even though I'm an Australian I know the US has done a lot of wrong in this century and some right. I know America was established on beautiful things. For the sake of the world capslock warning PLEASE BE BEAUTIFUL ONCE AGAIN, I BELIEVE IN YOU.

  • I served in the military of this fucked up country. I'm ashamed and fucking hate it here now after everything I've learned over the years. Wish I could take those years of my life back.

  • Going to war for a country that does not care about you at all. Meanwhile you are dead, investors are counting their money from behind the scenes. So why do these Americans still go to war lol?

  • Thank you for this. I apologize on behalf of my generation for this video having only eleven thousand views. Go see how many views Beyoncé and Taylor Swift videos have.. Sad sad times

  • We need this documentary in Spanish.  https://law.newark.rutgers.edu/files/u/MilitaryRecruitingReportConLitFinal.pdf  
    They target low income areas, in Imperial County, more than 80% of the students are hispanics….  Their parents need to understand what is going on….

  • Thankyou so much for putting this together! I am so disgusted with our government. I applaud all the whistleblowers out there for their courage and integrity. I am so sorry that our own government has not shown any support for the truth. I am mad that we as a nation can't stop this, that all these rich conglomerates are running our government. I am sad about the insurance companies that are dictating to doctors what can & can't be done. I am mad that the FDA won't demand GMO labeling and that we are being feed sub standard chemically produced food. I could go on & on.
    Thank you for the wonderful but sad video.

  • How dare our government give our troops Humvees when they knew full and well and that the MRAP would save lives!!  How dare they when they spend billions on crap that doesn't matter?  I am appalled at our federal government once again!

  • Thomas Drake looks like your typical grade A scumbag. I'll bet any money he blew the whistle to save his own worthless hide.

  • In America, "it's only the person who reveals the criminal activity who is prosecuted." The actual criminals are never prosecuted.

  • Oh yeah and there's a really easy solution to saving lives in the Middle East. First thing you do is not go to war in the region, the second thing you do is not join the military.

  • i don't know why opposition parties in congress aren't using this info to get elected doesn't the opposing party to the government have access to this and why are they hiding this congress can call hearings that could declassify info in the public interest or are their no independent members of congress, in my country parliamentary opposition parties would have milked this sort of thing to get elected or maybe you need to make the president have as little real power as the Aussie governor general just sign bill's that have passed through parliament to make them law and that is all

  • We no longer have a democracy (if we ever did). The U.S. now is an autocratic police state, ruled by the 1%, Wall St., the banksters, multinational corporations, and the whore-politicians they own. They control the sheeple through fear, and will do whatever is necessary to shutdown dissent and control the flow of information. This is very easy, as corporations now control over 90% of the print and broadcast media in the nation. Obama is a member of this controlling cabal, as is evidenced by the fact that he has used the Foreign Espionage Act more than all former Presidents combined, to shut down dissent.

  • whistle blowers are the true patriots. americans open your eyes for the ones who you vote for, are the ones that betray you…….

  • they kidnapped European citizens, they have been spying us in Europe. We are supposed to have an alliance agreement since wwll…… if they do it to us across the Atlantic what do you think they are able to do to you?????

  • This is no longer the free United States Of America. This very comment is being filtered by NSA threat matrix programs. Hello there!!!!!

    +2 Citizen Dissent

  • I served in the CORPS when MRAPS were just hitting theater, it was a little too late for many of my friends and brothers. It pains me to death what happens at the upper eschlons of rank and affiliations. They treat us underlings like dogs, just shut up and do what you're told. We would strive to have people with good ideas on tactics, routes of march, patrolling standards, and pushing for better equipment. Our voices were never heard. Meanwhile my guys and others were being killed over easily preventable situations. When you have money in war, the dead president's have more say the young Marines who lived in the shit, and learned through experience. Higher ups in the DOD do not care about lives, they view us as a number, and Smedley Butler had it correct. WAR IS A RACKET.

  • Whistleblowers expose often ties to corruption and big corporations don't like that, in other words, it's not the government that is bad and wants all this surveillance, it's the koch brothers and the rest of the elites. Corruption is their game and they are good at it.

  • Shit-man Obama , U.S. off America… Working against freedom for madness (freak-dumbs). The winter of losers… Afraid of God, scared of Jesus. "Yes U canT". in The world according to "Shake-spear", Shaking Pisa.

  • "Hide your smile and bow", …dodge the bullets… Forex sample, Money over matter and pocket-mind in Unjust Society.

  • I just came across your documentaries this week. You guys do amazing work bringing light to these issues.  It would be interesting if you guys did a little more work exposing the military industrial complex in todays context as police departments are now using MRAP's and other military style weapons and armor, treating our streets as a war zone, etc.  With as much as has been going on with police brutality within the US in the past year or so since Ferguson, I wonder if you guys will cover this issue.  Also, looking at the corruption created by the NRA and the unwillingness for governments to have any kind of gun control legislation would be very good.   By the way, I was extremely pleased to see your videos on universities, funding and the exploitation of adjunct faculty.  Keep up the great work!

  • Glenn…I read your book and I thought that Jessica went to Hong Kong with you, yet in an interview I heard it wasn't Jessica Raddick at all & whomever it was, she was forced to stay in a windowless room without a shower (with Snowden) in Russia before he was granted a stay by Puten. What is the true version, please?

  • This country is a cesspool of greed and corruption. It weighs heavily on my consicence what this country does in our name. Today, I feel only depression and despair.

  • I used to admire America but it's ironic that it't called the land of the free but its citizens are controlled and monitored by the government. People are careful with what they say because they might be tagged as racist. People can't express their faith in public. It has lost its glory days…

  • #Надо менять всю систему,ибо она обречена!!!.Она обречена в смысле входа в обмен забора информац.ЭП спектра,как создание основы своего всестороннего существования…Точка не возврата пройдена,поэтому истина в том,что нельзя производить что либо,без отсчёта смысла кода разрыва,посредством отсечения сознания от подключения цикла!!!.Это просто,чем вы думаете…Ибо истина в том,что производя изменения,вы непросто обозначение мозг,вы включает систему ФОНА коррекции возобновления в пространстве…Что это означает???!Это означает начало счёта///свой/чужой/// на определённых уровнях превращения…активирования памяти соединения!!!.#zZz#.

  • What a fantastic a necessary documentary! Thank you BNF for helping to shed light upon a dark aspect of the functioning of the state and the way that can go awry and detrimentally affect all our lives. Keep up the quality exceptional work you folks have been doing.

  • the big picture is they want the nwo I'm afraid it's already here just as the book of rev says anyone Google search social security international you'll see it is the mark of beast

  • So our own government using government resources and taxpayer dollars to cover for their own corrupt or criminal behaviors. Bush and his cronies don't want to be accountable to US laws. Politicians appear to be above the law? This includes the phoney Obama Administration with his propaganda speeches about transparency. Only on paper not in the real operations of government – that is propaganda speech. We might as well watch old Hilter speeches on news reels.

  • We do not have a government we want – at all. We have bullshit propaganda speech writers with a front man in a suit.

  • Whistleblowers = the unsung heroes. I am very grateful for them and the sacrifices they made to bringing us truth in an effort to bring justice. Speaking of justice and truth, here's a petition to get a real independent investigation into 9/11. http://rethink911.org/petition/#pagecontent

  • French Revolution II — The DC Connection
    "Off with their Fukkin' HEADS"

  • Its bittersweet…you do the right thing and get blackballed, lose your job, ruin your reputation- while saving others… God help us, no good deed goes unpunished.

  • Another damn coverup under equipping our soldiers in an already BOGUS WAR. And what did it take to get the MRAPS TO THE SOLDIERS. A whistle blower and AND LOST HIS JOB.

  • This is very revealing and just confirming even more disgusting that this country is. These guys all HEROS.

  • to summarize America in one word in relation to the government in all its forms you can't come to any other conclusions than that word been CORRUPT

  • Trying to find the truth is so frustrating. Why do they kill off some and let others live? Why are there those walking around who've exposed incredible evil and others murdered for doing the same or sometimes for exposing things already known by many. Just so hard to determine the truth. So many shills and traitors in the truth community and so hard to know who's who.

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  • the Americans have much better vehicles and equipment than the Canadians. of coarse our soldiers lives have an equivalent Mona try value. how else are you to plan and purchase. the US actually most likely protects Thier soldiers better than any other country. the canadian polatitions straight up say we cannot afford anything better.

  • When will the senseless violence stop on all sides? When will human beings respect the lives of other irregardless of: race, creed, status and sexual preference. Let each man be the change we want to see or at least try.

  • Who knows what crimes have been covered up, what investigations have been thwarted, what stories have been nixed and even what people have been killed because of their knowledge. And because the deep state can listen in to whatever they want, they know if you're willing to talk. RIP Michael Hastings, Seth Rich, the DC Madame Debra Jean Pelfrey and maybe even Andrew Breitbart. Bush and Cheney were nefarious characters, but as Republicans I'm sure that they were careful not to authorize illegal spying on political adversaries. Barack Obama, as a leftist media darling with full cover by the establishment, likely used all the NSA'S tools on Donald Trump and other political rivals. And they likely had all those mentioned above killed.

  • I watched this on Netflix and was so angry and inspired at the same time.
    Excellent documentary and truly appreciate all the work put into it. Thank you!



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  • And I Cody Bryson do not want to hear a fucking thing from hope fellowship biker churches (hope biker churches leaders ) saying anything about anybody not being of they're word cuz the fucking USA is not of his word for breaking all those treaties with native American Indians.

  • Perhaps this willingness to suppress the Ukraine Whistle blower, shows the fear in Snowden's actions to get the evidence out first even though illegally (since it had national security issues); to get it out there quickly enough to protect himself from harm like this refusal to officially present this Whistle blower's concerns might develop into. Could this illegal keeping of the Whistle blower silent, also get him bumped off in the night if these guys get too desperate, like oppressive or repressive countries. I thought of how things could shed light on Snowden's case; then I felt responsible should place this comment somewhere on youtube.. I now found this video. It looks like it might be saying the same thing…I am posting the comment now; but intend to watch this documentary afterward. It might be fun to see if it says anything similar.

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