Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Obama admin's abysmal record on whistle blowers

From Robert Reich's FB page. Astounding.

"Since Michael Brown’s killing, Ferguson police have arrested or detained at least 10 journalists, and tried to silence and intimidate many more. Ferguson isn’t the only place in America that’s out to silence the press. Under the World War I era Espionage Act, the Justice Department is subpoenaing James Risen, a New York Times reporter, to testify in a case against one of Risen’s alleged sources, threatening Risen with jail if he doesn’t. Risen is refusing, knowing full well that journalists must guarantee their sources anonymity in order to get information about alleged government wrongdoing. The Obama administration has used the Espionage Act against whistle-blowers more often than all previous administrations put together."

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