Stop the Retaliatory Prosecution of Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower and American Hero
  • Petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder

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Attorney General Eric Holder

Stop the Retaliatory Prosecution of Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower and American Hero

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      Government Accountability Project

Thomas Drake is a former National Security Agency employee who is being prosecuted under the Espionage Act for retaining classified information in conjunction with a series of news articles that revealed gross mismanagement and terrible waste in the agency. Despite the Espionage Act's Cold War connotations, Drake is not being charged with anything remotely related to spying. Far from it, Drake is a patriot who was appalled to see hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted and the civil liberties of countless American citizens ignored.

Without adequate internal disclosure channels, intelligence whistleblowers are faced with an impossible choice. They can either risk their careers by making unprotected internal disclosures, or remain silent about horrible problems, such as gross waste, privacy violations, or even lapses in national security. 

Drake protected the American people from waste and abuse at the hands of their government. If anything, he should be applauded for his actions. 

Contact President Obama and Attorney General Holder by signing the petition below, and urge them to end this senseless retaliatory campaign. Comments can also be directed to the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and the Office of the Attorney General public comment line at 202-353-1555.

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    • M M RIVERSIDE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Here is the explicit example of "laudable conduct on behalf of taxpayers:" Blackwater & Halliburton misappropriation (Embezzlement, Fraud) of billions of taxpayer dollars; JP Morgan, Goldman Sax, BOA- mortgage fraud-trillions. Do you recall the Oath taken on February 3, 2009 Mr. Holder? First you permit Congressional sandbag of terrorist cases & now your office is their gestapo lap dog? You are responsible to ensure the balance of powers through the Rule of Law under the USC. Go back & watch the video of 2/3/09 Sir. "Defend & Uphold." Then watch Thurgood Marshall: UPHOLD. UPHOLD.

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    • Michael McNeil MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Best Regards to you Thomas Drake, After your acquittal on all charges we the people can demand the right investigation

      to begin. (NSA freaks)

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    • joanne kim WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 3 years ago

      May 18, 2011 --- The crippled economy instigated by the financial crisis of '08 , sustained by business failures, fraudulent mortgage schemes raises the waste, fraud and abuse of the National Security Agency to new heights. Their $2B fiasco not only put America deeper into debt but ALSO engaged in warrantless wiretapping (sign of sheer arrogance). Together, these willful and deliberate actions have incapacitated the United States of America in the successful prosecution of its mission (the health and safety of its citizens). It is the NSA officials who are the traitors to America and must be charged with treason.

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    • Lucille Goodier HILLSBOROUGH, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I gave freely of my time, energy & money to get Obama in Whte House. According to Pres.Obama's own logic, Drake is exactly the kind of whistleblower who deserves Obama's protection.

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    • Chad Hanson CRAWFORDVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Come on President Obama! this is unbelievable that your team and AG Holder are going after a whistleblower when you are letting the torturers, wiretappers, and eavesdroppers run free. where the hell are your principles you proclaimed during the historic campaign. You're losing your base big f'in time. Jon Stewart just told millions and millions he might not vote for you but a Republican instead. Stand up for your citizens that are pointing out wrong-doing and law-breaking, just like you said you'd do!!

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