michael isikoff

michael isikoff

War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State - Trailer

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War on Whistleblowers - Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press. The film includes interviews with whistleblowers Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm and award-winning journalists like David Carr, Lucy Dalglish, Glenn Greenwald, Seymour Hersh, Michael Isikoff, Bill Keller, Eric Lipton, Jane Mayer, Dana Preist, Tom Vanden Brook and Sharon Weinberger. With President Obama's commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. But times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers. New rights are all about employment and do nothing to protect against threats of prosecution and incarceration. In fact, the Obama administration has attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. There are 56 federal laws about whistleblower job rights, but none about protection from imprisonment.