National security experts call for a return to Constitutional government

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L-R: Thomas Drake, Coleen Rowley, Antony Arnove, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, and Ray McGovern, 22 Apr 2014, Georgetown U. Photo by Linda Lewis

[Republished from Whistleblowing Today] Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.”  (more…)

Verdict in Bradley Manning trial discussed on Charlie Rose Show

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The verdict in the Bradley Manning trial was the subject of discussion on Thursday’s Charlie Rose Show. Amy Davidson (the New Yorker) and Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School) debated Phil Mudd (formerly of the FBI).  Like President Obama, Mudd took the position that individuals must never disclose classified information. Professor Benkler, a defense witness at Manning’s trial, looked at the issue more thoughtfully, saying,  “The question is:  What’s the proper balance?”

That question deserves serious national debate.

Oak Ridge nuclear weapons security breach showed how U.S. system for protecting federal whistleblowers is broken

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By Tom Nugent and Donald R. Soeken, Ph.D

(Re-posted with permission from OpEd News – 20 November 2012)

Now that President Barack Obama has been convincingly reelected, he can do the nation a huge service by quickly ordering his White House legal counsel to review a potential national security threat that could produce a catastrophe on the scale of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

That potentially devastating threat was nakedly exposed last July 28, when three senior citizens armed only with Bibles and bolt-cutters successfully invaded the country’s major storage facility for enriched uranium. (more…)